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Obba Supa
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Written by Kwaku   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Obba SupaObba Supa who are Heyzeus and Teknical Development are on the verge of unleashing their forthcoming album TO: AM - FREE: AM. This is a group that hails the traditional art of Hip Hop, yet stems from a completely different era.

In an age where deep thought becomes as rare as a Hip Hop track without a blinged out cameo from a platinum contender, is it fair to assume that we are about to time travel back full circle on a journey to its true essence of skills over shallow rhyming and lame beats?

I guess time will only tell, in the mean time keep your ears and your eyes peeled for Obba Supa as I unveiled what they had to say. Once again its Kwaku at the helm read onÖ

Kwaku: How are you guys doing you good yeah?

Heyzeus: Yeah man.

Teknical: Yeah, we are good.

Kwaku: Ok so when did you guys get together?

Heyzeus: I would say about 2001.

Kwaku: So how did you guys get together how it did all happen?

Obba Supa - TO: AM - FREE: AMHeyzeus: Well I was working at Pizza Hut doing deliveries, in fact I already knew Tek from college and we were smoking some herbs together, and he must have been battling some guy in the car park or something like that, in fact I knew him from before from around and I was like, yeah I know this guy so it just built on from there.

Kwaku: I hear you, I understand. So with regards to the crew name how did that come
about?

Heyzeus: There was this girl, I think she was Jewish, she would often say this word that sounded like oobaa. She was from the old space we used to rent and after hearing that word and finding out the meaning we connected the supa at the end of it to make Obba Supa.

Kwaku: How would you describe the type of Hip Hop that you guys make?

Teknical: The type of Hip Hop that we do is something special and itís something thatís needed because, boy, (pauses for a moment) Hip Hop just isnít satisfying right now and thatís the most honest way that we can put it.

We are not really dealing with this people or that, we are just doing our thing and what we are doing is basically whatís needed, like I said previously, thatís it. Thatís the fusion that we are on right now but there are also otherís doing their thing, because like I said we are special.

Kwaku: I listened to the music and it just comes across a little bit deeper than the usual Hip Hop one tends to hear out of this country.

Teknical: You know what? I wonít even call it deeper Iíd call it more sensible. We arenít scared to say anything. We say whatís on our minds because music is emotional, expressive and that forces me as a writer to bring the same, so itís a 50/50 thing. At the same time I truly feel that there are a lot of MCís and people out there dealing with all types of music that have a voice, but donít say whatís on their minds fully! And thatís what we do, we say whatís on our minds. And thatís honesty full stop and thatís it, those are the terms. I couldnít put it more real than that.

Kwaku: In regards to the songs and how you put them together, whatís the process?

Heyzeus: Well we have our own studio set up so Iíll just make a tune, play a record and listen to samples and while Iím chopping up stuff, Tek would be writing a verse. Because Tek can write 32 bars in 5 minutes you know what I mean? And itís not even some gibberish, but thatís just down to his style.

Kwaku: So when you guys were coming up in the game what kind of artists were you listening to, who where the people that youíd say inspired you?

Heyzeus: Pretty much the same as every one else you know what I mean?† Now for me as far as beats the standard would be Pete Rock, Primo, J Dilla, Dr Dre, Diamond D, Havoc - who else man, ah Madlib and Prince Paul. And as you can tell by the lyrics we always take things on a spiritual level and obviously having knowledge, understanding or an overstanding of myself I understand that my purpose is to deal with frequencies and how I regulate vibrations and the human brain works of vibrations and frequencies, thatís basically my style without going too out there (ha ha Heyzeus laughs).

Kwaku: Why do you feel that a lot of artists tend to glorify a lot of negativity in the game?

Heyzeus: Because thatís them. People get wrapped up on television with out having an understanding on what it is to read something or actually create something artistic. Whereas people might be describing themselves as artists, but donít even understand what it is to create art.

Kwaku: That is a good point.

Heyzeus: So some people will call themselves artists but they're really filling in the blanks. And I consider what we do on a whole new other level. Because I view vibrations and numbers in the same way I experience sound. And all of this plays a part on what you hear and a lot of people donít know that. But you canít really blame them because people are ignorant to what it actually is. I feel the sound and know what it is. So because they donít understand that, they simply make tunes based on what they see on television.

Obba Supa

Kwaku: How did the title TO AM: Free AM come about?

Heyzeus: Well TO: AM was the first thing then Free: AM was the second and Four AM will be the next. We have a whole camp that we work with my self, Teknical Development, Body Bravo and Vague, we all had a studio together, and basically work on everything in the AM. So because we were in that vibe and because of the time, obviously it just went in that direction. And this is just a project because normally we got some hard shit to fuck people up. Also if you listen to each one thereís a whole different theory behind each of them. I mean you havenít heard Free: AM yet because it isnít out yet, itís not out until July 31st.

Kwaku: OK with that said, talk us through the album. How did it formulate?

Teknical: Like Heyzeus was saying him and I was in the studio right through to late hours of the morning and Zeus would just make up the beat and TO: AM evolved quickly like within a week or so. And we put that out as a download and it got quite a good reception. We alerted people's antennaís so people knew who we were. So to cut a long story short some one else heard TO: AM loved it and helped us out so big up to Project Mooncircle.

Heyzeus: When I first met them it was a nice day everything just fell into place and normally I host a show with Alexander every Saturday on Rinse FM and basically the show is just blowing up now. Well Alex werenít there that day, anyway after the show we went to the park and there was this dude in a wheelchair that had a sound system on his chair in the middle of park. Well there were four other guys in the park at the same time listening to this guy's old school sound coming from his chair. Project Mooncircle had just released MF Doom and John Robinson album. And I saw Cooper he was from Project Mooncircle and they were seeking to expand into the UK because they were mainly catering for Europe and Japan. They heard our tune and they liked it and a couple days later I had a call and they said that they like it and wanted to put out Free AM and thatís how it came about really.

Kwaku: Well thanks for taking that time out for the interview any shout outs?

We would like to say thanks to RDL, Radar, Delta, Vague, Teknical, Gordon, Distribution Boombox, HHC, Wax museum Records, and Project Mooncircle.

The Album TO: AM - FREE: AM is out on 31st of July On Project Mooncircle.

Written by: Kwaku





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