Where in the world are you located?
Gaithersburg/Rockville, MD - Montgomery County
What was your favorite past time when you were young?
Playing basketball / football / videogames
What was the very first CD you remember acquiring as a kid?
"Life After Death" - The Notorious B.I.G / Bad Boy
What was the first concert or performance you ever attended?
Gaithersburg Fair Grounds 2006 - Lil Scrappy , Busta Rhymes , Grafh , G-Unit (Yung Buck, Lloyd Banks)
At what age did you begin to take music seriously?
15 years old I started writing seriously, 16 I started recording and mixing (2004)
If you had the chance to play one of your pieces to the ENTIRE world, what song would you choose?
Its really a toss up between "Exhibit G" and "Back At The Alter" but the two really do go together.
"Back At The Alter"
not yet on spotify or youtube
Where did you find the inspiration for this particular track and what is the meaning behind the song and what inspired this track in particular?
The beat, produced by Juno Adonis, sparked a stream of consciousness, allowing me to draw from many inspirations. The instrumental was titled "at The Alter" ; I am a very spiritual person, I spend time meditating, connecting to The Most High, The Universe and All Spirits, and I couldn't ignore those words. I consider the body to be a Temple, or a vessel for limitless amounts and varieties of energies, and as an artist, we have the potential to express good energies, or not so good energies. So I used this track as an opportunity to express positive energy and my spirituality, and also reveal some truth about Yah, the Seraphim, and hidden knowledge to the people. The title "Exhibit G" is a big-up to Jay Electronica and his songs "Exhibit A" "Exhibit B ft Mos Def" and "Exhibit C" I believe Jay Electronica is one of the greatest emcees to ever touch a mic, his flow and his delivery are always on point, but its the message in his music that puts him on another level in my opinion.. My follow up song "Back At The Alter" which I dropped the day after "Exhibit G" is coming from the same place but is a lot more high energy and I'm just proud to be the vessel that those songs passed through.
What do you think about the state of the music industry today and how would you like to see it change?
I think the music industry is in a better place now than it was maybe three or four years ago because more independent artists are rising and the level of consciousness in the world in general is rising, and it reflects in the music. That being said, I don't rate the music industry that much; its too much politics and marketing strategies in place to get the executives, who don't event care about the music, paid. A lot of what we may hear on the radio don't sound natural, because its actually forced. Someone trying to meet a deadline or sell a certain amount; it saturates the airwaves with a lot of nonsense. But artistry is artistry and there are so many Great artists who may or may not be mainstream that are still pouring their hearts out, making LIT, enlightening, and empowering songs, so I can't complain.
What is one issue in the world that you would like to see change in your lifetime?
I believe anything is possible so I have a lot of dreams of issues that I would like to see changed: war, poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, miseducation that leads to prejudices like racism and sexism, clean water, and so many more. If I had to pick one, before leave this earth, I would say World Peace. I really do believe its possible with the right education and communication. The way I look at it, how will I ever rest in peace if I go up and have to look down on a world that is in war and violence with many cries and prayers of the suffering? We gotta keep on fighting the good fight no matter what, for this generation and the generations to come.
What current projects are buzzing and what future projects do we have to look forward to from you?
Right now I'm mainly releasing singles. I have at least 20 unreleased studio tracks that I could drop right now, but as an independent artist I try to take my time and be efficient and effective with each release. My singles, "Exhibit G" , and "Back At The Alter" that I just dropped one day after the other, are my favorite songs I've ever worked on so I will be focusing on promoting those song for a while. When the time comes I will release more music and likely that will be sooner than later.
Where can we find you on social media?
On social media you can find me on Instagram (@georgeogkush) , Facebook (facebook.com/GeorgeKushMusic) you can subscribe to my Youtube (bit.ly/2HfGpWU) follow me on Soundcloud (bit.ly/2qFvNKT) or just visit my website @ www.GeorgeKush.com
Is there anything else you would like the world to know about you?
One thing I would like the world to know about Me is that, I follow, as best as I can, the ways and the teachings of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, the Emperor of Ethiopia and the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. In other words, I and I a Rastafari, so even though I'm not Jamaican (I'm actually a first generation Nigerian-American, I was born in D.C. both my parents are Igbo, Nigerians) so even though I'm not Jamaican, Rastafari is where I draw my inspiration from for real, so if I seem hip or very aware, its all things I learned from Rasta, reading up on Selassie, and listening to conscious Reggae artists. Just positive, uplifting, unconditionally respectful, upful vibes. Even though its a war outside, and I'm definitely not blind, as far as what I'll contribute to the world, its gonna be nothing but good vibes. Blessings world. LOVE