7 Moor Questions-Stahhr
1. Islam Moabitess. What part of the nation are you from?
Entered this plane via Memphis in Tennessee territory, been in Atlantis since 1989.
2. What was it about Hip Hop that captivated your soul?
The freedom of expression, soulfulness and nature of alchemy that is pervasive and demonstrated in every aspect of the culture. It always resonated with my spirit because it is source energy. Familiar.
3. You have an amazing gift to weave histories, philosophies, and lineages together in dope verses. From whence does it come?
Gratitude and many thanks. I was born with it and it was nurtured and cultivated by my parents/family exposing me to many different experiences both social and cultural growing up. I’ve been traveling since a youth, so that always helps expand ones world view. I truly see it as a gift and I am a vessel that messages channel through. I am always aware of that power and strive to avoid taking it lightly
4. Why did choose to proclaim your nationality in the Moorish Science Temple of America?
It was my birthright, I was simply acknowledging and honoring my fore mothers/fathers and being myself. It was a natural, innate choice.
5. Will you describe the prerequisite ingredients required for a Stahrr track?
Drums! The drum is the heartbeat so the drums have to be layered nicely and soul stirring. Strings and horns are always nice; most importantly I have to feel something that makes me want to write, it’s a charge I can’t really describe in words, but when I feel it, I know. Gotta be soulful though.
6. You embody Hip Hop culture holistically…music, fashion, slang, etc. Who are some of the ones you rotate with be it producers, designers,etc?
I have so many, I’ll try to keep it brief and primarily hip hop. Primarily my influences range from Native Tongues, Flavor Unit, Boot Camp Clik, Dungeon Family, Hiero, Def Squad, Nas, The Roots, Wu Tang, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Common, NWA, DOC, KRS ONE, Mobb Deep, Biggie, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, E40. Producers RZA, Organized Noize, Beatminerz, Prince Paul, Doom, Large Professor, JDilla, Madlib, DITC, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre. Style/fashion wise Salt n Pepa, Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick, E. Badu, Queen Latifah, Zap Mama, Bjork and a lot of the b boys and b girls and club kids I’ve encountered. My style is what I naturally gravitate towards, with touches and influence from my own indigenous culture and other cultures that embrace the beauty of nature.
7. Are you presently involved with any projects, musical or otherwise?
I’m always writing or featuring for or on something. Currently I’m focused on an EP with exclusive production by Astronote entitled ” The Amethyst Anecdotes.”