This week I decided to get my internal “Fancy Feast” on and poppin’. Using a Magical Butter machine I'll (by the end of the video below) decarbonize an ounce of botanicals [at 250° for approximately 27 - 30 minutes], then after letting the botanicals cool down for a few minutes I’ll add 2 Cups [16 fl oz] of Everclear Whole Grain alcohol to the decarbonized botanicals inside the Magical Butter machine.
Setting it low & slow, Temperature: 130° Time: 8 hrs The beauty of using the magical butter method is that you can basically set it -then forget it. Then when finished the Magical Butter machine will beep letting you know it's done doing it’s thing. Using the brands rubber glove, alongside their version of a cheesecloth you can easily drain the contents of the machine; squeezing every last drop of tincture out of the pulp left from the botanicals. Make sure when putting away large contents of Tincture that you house it in a green, brown, or black glass bottle (as long as it isn’t clear) *exposure to sunlight is not good* then u can get a dropper bottle from gnc type of establishment for everyday use.
-Enjoy the video
I had the good fortune to sit down with rapper/emcee “Henny.201” who was recently featured on a mixtape hosted by the one & only “Jadakiss” Who Really Got Bars Part 2
This is the interview in it’s entirety.. I’m featuring him this week on “Art & Skillz” for the simple fact to show that hard work, grinding, & perseverance most definitely pays off
“Henny” stays dropping verses daily on Instagram. Lo & behold “Jadakiss” himself came across one of them & gave it his stamp of approval, then a week later @Henny.201 is being featured on a mixtape hosted by The Legend -Jadakiss- himself.
So with no further ado here’s the video of our one on one interview
Here’s the link to “Henny.201’s” track on the
Who Really Got Bars Vol 2 mixtape
Presented By JADA KISS
The day we conducted this interview the animal crackers were going to do a show at Porta Lounge w/quite an interesting caveat,they would be performing virtually from the roof of this establishment; as The performance itself would be broadcasted live on Facebook.. Actually Sour D. was already there mic checking & getting a lay of the land, when he actually doubled back and met C. Rich & I At the rendezvous spot where we’d be conducting the interview.
I just really wanna thank the guys for taking the time to chop it up w/me on behalf of hip-hop has soul dot com, & though we didn’t heavily touch upon the new album and all of its facets; I know for a fact that creators young & old will benefit from the words that were spoken on that day. True artistry is rarely found that is why you know it when you see it, this is why you feel it when you experience it; & at the end of the day -this is why I took the time to make sure the AnimalCrackas were properly featured in the Art & Skills section of h3soul -Salute to y’all both Kings UN3 fo’ life
Style & Process
How would you describe your style?
C.Rich I call us The YING & The YANG. We have our own styles, but together as the Animal Crackas Sour D.we’re just like dualism in its purest form; interconnected contrary forces that are actually complementary to each other.
(they pretty much both answered)
What’s your process when starting a new piece of work?
Animal Crackas: Our process has pretty much changed throughout the years with many facets of our life being the catalyst to how we create music (this was a very nuanced answer they gave to this question-I recommend you watch the interview.. link below )
Opinions & Advice
Coming up or at least being influenced by the golden era of hip-hop (90’s HipHop)
What’s your take on the rap world today?
are there aspects U like dislike do U hate it all out of the gate?
Sour D. I like it. I listen to a lot of new stuff, & not only because some of it is dope; but because I like to keep a pulse on what’s poppin’
We create music therefore it would benefit us to know what we’re going up against.
C. Rich: I can’t say I listen to any new rap/hip hop music.. Truthfully I’m always thinking about producing beats, so I’ll much rather spend my time putting on some old Jazz & building something NEW from there.
Do u have advice for any entrepreneuring young artists out there?
Sour D. Don’t be negative towards other artists, you gain nothing by shitting on other people especially if the end result is them getting hurt; for simply trying to create something that they thought it was dope.
C. Rich be original stay true to yourself and instead of trying to copy whatever is hot right now dare to be different
The Animal Crackas Interview
for their new album 2020
Where did y’all grow up? During what era?
Jersey City , NJ
Where does the name of your group derive from?
Does it signify deeper meaning than the obvious?
Growing up the other peoples vernacular would always be “what’s up my n*gga” to each other & so we flipped on its head when talking to each other being on some “what’s up Cracka” Plus The fact that we are beastly on the microphone (almost Animalistic) the group name pretty much was born out the ether
Influences & Inspiration
Who are your top three influences?
Sour D. “Look at most peoples top five lists and my top three are in there easily.” -as for genres of music I’ve got to say some deep blues puts me in the mood to rock a microphone quick
C. Rich Being the youngest of three brothers & being influenced by my mom & pop, both loving all types of different music I listen to reggae, rock, blues, jazz; it would be hard for me to pinpoint.. you can definitely hear the influence of my favorites in our music.
Did u have a mentor?
Both Sour D & C Rich
Not in the traditional sense, but a lot of the emcees we’ve met along our career, especially those we’ve befriended, we’ve looked too for strength support and inspiration
What’s really good h3soul readers? Hope all is grand where you stand. I’m lining up a double dose of art & skills in the coming weeks I’ll be Interviewing the Animal Crackas. The duo just dropped their new album “2020”a few weeks ago so you already know gotta strike while the irons hot.. Needless to say to say they’ve been busy as of late would be an understatement. Regardless of the weird times we find ourselves in, they’re out there promoting the fact that their albums on all streaming platforms; most recently their album 2020 being reviewed on Break A Leg Ent. Constructive Criticism Podcast.
As y’all well know I’m a huge proponent of research and knowledge so as not to be blindsided. In this instance I’m gonna stack up a few of my personal favorites, that way you’ll familiarize yourself with the facets of Art & Skills on display when you step into the world of the Animal Crackas. As stated in the beginning these men not only make music, but they’re artistic prowess with a can of spray paint cannot be understated; actually to pigeonholed their art to just graffiti would be wrong in my part..well you know what I’ll let them tell it when I speak to them next week. For now enjoy some of these tasty morsels I’ve enjoyed throughout their career.
Plus the last link below is actually the playlist to the new album 2020, you’re definitely gonna want to give it a listen or even better head on over to your favorite streaming service and buy the album. It’s well worth it as you will hear, flexing a sound that’s all their own; & in this day and age of copy cats & clones it’s refreshing to hear Dope music that isn’t a replica of anyone else.
I had the good fortune to spend a couple of days with the artist ”SERRINGE”. A renowned graffiti artist, rapper/emcee, photographer videographer renaissance man & entrepreneur; being the founder & CEO of Element Tree. More than just a website its truly a movement all its own.
As always I have a condensed written version of this interview, but I implore you to click the link below & hear the man for yourself; plus see a piece birthed right before your eyes as well
Background / History
Where did you grow up?
S: Jersey City
Influences & Inspiration
Who were ur Top 3 influences?
S: Edgar Allen Poe, T Dee , Run DMC
Did you have a mentor?
S: Not really but I’d say my older brother & all my friends growing up had a large effect on me.
What’s the meaning behind Element Tree?
S: Two words spawned from one ideal “Elementary” (eh le mehn trē) Element Tree
Planting a seed whose roots would be the strong foundation for the stalks, to not only provide a canopy for us artists to brave any weather; but to also one day provide fruit that my regiment & I can eat off of.
Style & Process
How would you describe your style of piecing?
S: Emotions, vibes, basically how I feel.. as an artist with me I can never focus on just one thing, because I wake up feeling different every day.
What’s your process when starting a new piece of work?
S: With photography it’s how I wake up feeling, with art something needs to come out & I never know what it is -I just start doing it
with video it’s more of “How do I tell this story”
Opinions & Advice
Do u have advice for any entrepreneurial young artists out there?
S: There’s a beginning middle and end to everything in order to get from point a to point Z. Lock down all the steps that it’s gonna take to get there.
Write things down. Writing things down is the most powerful thing you can do in your life.
The goal you want to attain has steps, that when completed will bring your dream to fruition; so write down all the steps -you’ll be way better off in the long run.
Good day, afternoon, or night all you H3Soul dot com perusers; I sincerely hope the week has been kind to you and I’ve got some great news for y’all. The feedback and response to The SNOW Interview has gone better than I could have ever imagined, and we here at Hip Hop Has Soul believe in striking when the iron’s hot; therefore I’m proud to say we’ll be following that one up strong.
Next Weeks article will be featuring the one and only “SERRINGE”. An artist proficient in graffiti, photography, videography, amongst also being an entrepreneur. It’s gonna be grand, so as always I wanna prep your collective pallets properly; by showing you but a taste of what this man has to offer.
So now with no further ado, I’ve selected a small smorgasbord of videos displaying “SERRINGEs’” talents; both in front and behind the camera. That way you can fully appreciate the caliber of artist the Art & Skills section of H3Soul will be featuring next week.
Element Tree / Art Primo present Yardwork S:4
Element Tree/Art Primo Presents “SER”
Element Tree & Art Primo Presents
SER x VERS 718
Under Pressure 2016
& these are two personal favorites:
Element Tree / Art Primo present ACROE LIVES
ArtPrimo.com / Element Tree presents:
ACROE Solid Marker Demo
Hip Hop Has Soul is a new and fledgling enterprise, therefore we don’t have a lot of fancy departments that proofread and edit things as we pass them up along the chain of command.
Graffiti “GHOST” EA Crew
On 9/25/11, FDS's own Carmelo "Snow" Sigona was featured on MTV2's SUCKER FREE Countdown. He is the first graffiti artist to be interviewed and given national recognition on MTV. Check it out!!!