Soul Plasma - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman
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MVRemix: I just want to start with some questions that delve into your past and background so the readers can get to know you beyond the music. To start, can you tell us where you were born and raised, and what was it like growing up there for you?
Soul Plasma: I was Born in Seattle, Washington in 1981. The early ages of my life were solid and pretty good. I was active in sports such as basketball and football. I was even the main ball boy for the Washing Huskies and a honor roll student. But soon my home life got out of line. I really got involved in the streets and dropped out of middle school From there, it lead to Y.A. and so forth. I managed for a while to avoid the lifestyle of selling dope and being involved in gangs. But once you feel nobody cares, you have to live for you. All of the positive things go out of the window especially when you are surrounded by an negative environment. And being young with no understanding of how things work, you fall face first into all the garbage that’s surrounds you.
MVRemix: How would you say your environment or surroundings helped shaped you into the man you are today?
Soul Plasma: From everything I went through back then and until now. I have more of an understanding that I what I am today depends on me and nobody else. I can not depend on another individual to be there for you all the time. And that’s where my faith in Gods comes in. Cause without Faith that In God and myself that I could be a better person I don’t know where I would be at today. And also with everything that I have been through and I am still breathing. I don’t believe nothing can stop me and my destiny.
MVRemix: How would you characterize yourself - introverted or extroverted?
Soul Plasma: Both - “Can I be that?” I am a people person - I love being with my family and people that I care for and those that care for me. And then again I can hold a lot of things in and not talk about of a lot of things I am dealing with. And not be open at all with anyone. I guess it depends on my mood.
MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip-Hop?
Soul Plasma: I was chillin with a few of my dudes in my neighborhood in Seattle - The Yesler Terrace and my boy put on an N.W.A tape and it was rap. I then started rapping - I was real gangsta back then. (Laughter)
MVRemix: What was the one album you constantly listened to growing up?
Soul Plasma: N.W.A. - 100 Miles and Running. That was my joint back then everyday.
MVRemix: How did you start to make a name for yourself locally at first, and then on a bigger scale?
Soul Plasma: At first I was in group with Braille and Ohmega watts of Lightheaded. After that was over, I dropped a solo record called “Simply Soul” and cats started looking at me and plus they somewhat new who I was from the album with Braille and Ohmega. I gave the record a good push with the knowledge I had, because I was doing it all independent. And cats thought it was dope and I started doing a few shows around the town. And went from there and now I got the new album “The Soul Affect," which will open up a lot more eyes and ears to Soul Plasma.
MVRemix: How would you describe your rhyme style or sound? What are your strong points as an emcee?
Soul Plasma: I really don’t know how to describe it cause I am very diverse. I pretty much do what the tracks ask for me to do. I am that confident in my style so lets say diverse. I feel my strong points as an emcee are painting picture and relaying the message I want to get across in a good and strong way.
MVRemix: Tell us about Soul Affect - what can fans expect to hear? What types of concepts, issues and topics can people expect to hear?
Soul Plasma: Fans can expect to hear a lot of social issues being dealt with in my life, personally and in the world - political issues and so forth. The album also has a few feel good joints that you can chill to. There is a song I got on the album called Racial Profile where I say the word Nigga all through the song. And some people frown there nose to it. But it's cool cause if people really listen to the song closely as a whole they will understand I am not saying the word just to say it. Cause the reason I wrote the song is to point out the way the world see us as black men throughout the ghettos of America. But also how we are see ourselves which is the same way, not trustworthy, shady ignorant ass niggas. I feel we are more than that. I feel we are strong and have a lot of good things that we possess but sometimes are circumstances does not bring out the best of us. And we should be looked at solely on that. And understand we really can change.
MVRemix: One song that really stuck with me is "Survive," can you talk about your message and intent with that song?
Soul Plasma: Its pretty much saying we have survived through a lot as people not just black people or white people or Asian people of Jews. But as people in general and we need to change personally before the world can change as a whole. Cause there is a lot of bad things going down today. And another thing is to not just believe everything you hear on the radio, TV, Preachers, Politicians, we gotta attain knowledge ourselves and learn who we are as people and just don’t settle for less. Cause we all can be a lot more that what we are. Especially me.
MVRemix: Another great song is "It's Been," tell the readers about that.
Soul Plasma: Man, that is a real personal song about my father, mother, and my sister who I only seen once, because I have only met my biological father two times and he acts like he wants to be in my life as a grown man. But he is very hard to find like he always has been. But its one of things were I have a man who I consider my father but I wanted to let him know I still got love for him. And The other verse about my Mom is just see is a queen and has been through the worst and I love her for trying and never giving it up. And my sister is some one I long to see and I hear she is in my area but I have no way of contacting her due to the state and whatever else happen in her infant stages. Its personal and very heartfelt
MVRemix: I am really feeling the production on the album, tell the readers who is doing the beats on the album.
Soul Plasma: A lot of talented cats, Centric, Elected Official, Whyos, PaleSoul, Dj Flip Flop, Mazz, DeepSix, Tony Stone, The Carolina boy. Yea them dudes right there
MVRemix: What do you want fans to come away with after listening to Soul Affect?
Soul Plasma: Hopefully with a different outlook on life and even though life gets hella hard and challenging at times we still here and there are more good days to come. Just keep standing. The record talks to me a lot when I listen back to the joint.
MVRemix: How would you describe the current state of Oregon/Pacific Northwest Hip-Hop? Why do you feel the state has been overlooked all these years?
Soul Plasma: Its raw, you got a lot sick acts out here, As far as overlooked it has been, but I think in the past few years cats are opening up to what's going on cause you got acts like Lifesavas, Greyskull, Sleep, Lightheaded, Libretto, Soul Plasma and more that are actually going global and really repping for the Northwest. So the ears are peeled
MVRemix: What has been the biggest headache you have had to deal with in this Hip-Hop game so far?
Soul Plasma: Get recognized just because I am independent and don’t have a label backing me that’s the worst one. Cause I believe if I had a label it might be a little different for me, but its all good and I am in talks with a certain label now that is a major. So in due time. Its just crazy sometimes how the consumers are cause if somebody that is well know puts a stamp of approval the cat is accepted even if he is wack. Maybe it just me but that’s the biggest headache. Besides all of the administration work that I have to do being indie and still be the artist.
MVRemix: Corporate America has basically taken over Hip Hop and brainwashed the public to think what you hear on the radio and TV is real Hip Hop. What do we have to do to change that, or can we change that? Because it seems as if there is no hope in the fight against the corporate manipulation of Hip Hop?
Soul Plasma: Personally, I feel good music will get recognized. And the only way I feel we can change that is to keeping pumping good music out and eventually it will be heard. And where the money is there will always be power. And right now they got a lot of doe to do what they do. But I feel Common is opening doors for artists like me that do good music that the masses would grab if it was put on the same avenue as a lot of the majors. That’s just my opinion.
MVRemix: It seems as if a lot of emcees create an overblown character or image for themselves so they can sell records. But after while, they get wrapped up in their own character and can't decipher between the two. Do you think that is an accurate statement? Does that make it harder for the regular guys in this rap game who aren't Mr. Super Thug?
Soul Plasma: Yeah I feel you are accurate, As far as making it hard for regular cats who ain't acting hard - maybe at the beginning, but I feel a lot of people are getting tired of it. I believe there will be a shift, but whether that is sooner or later, I don’t know. Because you can't fool the people all the time. That’s why I like what MTV is doing like when they have emcees like Saigon on there talking about fake gangstas on TV. It will change eventually. But for now the cats that have good music with out the fake image needs to keep pumping it out for the world to hear.
MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?
Soul Plasma: I am working on a project called “The Truth LP” With my man Centric out of Oakland. I am working on a deal with a label I am in talks with which should be real good thing. And then I can get my joints out to the masses a lot easier, and there are a few other things but there are not finalized. But stay tuned to www.soulplasma.net and it will be all there.
MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs or plugs?
Soul Plasma: Thanks for the love and support, its greatly appreciated. And to my family for standing by me through the hardest of times. And to all the supporters that support Soul P all my love. Peace and Blessing
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