K-Salaam + Beatnick [liberator mag extra]

Never greedy, we like to share even what was left on the cutting room floor as we labored in love to produce [The Liberator Magazine 8.1]. And since we just so happen to have this here blog, what follows is a bonus Q+A with K-Salaam + Beatnick. But if you don't want to miss out on the good stuff, subscribe to The Liberator Magazine today for just $5 a year using this special subscription link: liberatormagazine.com/excitingtimes.

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(K-Salaam + Beatnick | by Khia Jackson) When did you know that music was going to play such an important part in your life?

K-Salaam: I was exposed to Hip Hop through friends, I just developed a real passion for it. I loved it so much there was never really another option.

Liberator: What did you imagine the answer would be to “Whose World Is This?”

Beatnick: You can’t tell the listener what they are going to take from it. We wanted to create music that gives back to the people that are listening.

Liberator: What has been your proudest accomplishment so far?

K-Salaam: Being thanked by obscure people ... being told that the work meant a lot to them.

Liberator: What did you say to pique the artist’s interest?

K-Salaam: [With the Jamaican artists] they were just moved that we put the work in to travel out to their city and to their doors to ask them in person. With the Hip Hop artists it took more time. In America, everything is about money.

Liberator: Why the inclusion of such artists as Young Buck or Trey Songz? They don’t fit the mold of revolutionary artists ...

Beatnick: Young Buck and Trey Songz see stuff that is not put into club songs. They come from bad situations but don’t get the opportunity to talk about it because of the way the industry is laid out.

Liberator: What criteria did you use for selecting the artists that you used?

K-Salaam: [An artist like] Sizzla says whatever he wants to say. The rappers in Dead Prez don’t hold their tongues. [I look at] a person who came from the very bottom and is not supposed to speak his mind, but says what he feels. I really admire that about artists.

Liberator: What would make you avoid an artist and not work with them?

K-Salaam: An artist with no talent and no movement behind what [they're] doing, like Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake … I still might sell [them] a beat, I’m not going to lie.

Liberator: What's the biggest misconception people have about you that you wish that they would just get right?

K-Salaam: That I’m white.