EXCLUSIVE: Wisemen Member Kevlaar 7 Talks New Album, MC/Producer Bronze Nazareth, Salute da kidd, & More
Woodlawn Post’s Adrian Mitchell talked with the Co-CEO of Black Day In July Productions Kevlaar 7 of the Wiseman, who is best known for his skillz as an MC and producing quality music for their rising fan base. The topics cover are the Wiseman group’s movement, his album “Die Ageless.” And we also discuss his collaboration with Salute da kidd on his 1st single Kings and working with his brother MC/producer Bronze Nazareth and more.
Kevlaar 7 on his music creativity process: For me, it’s simply a process of displaying my feelings, thoughts, thought process’, pain, and joy, etc. basically it’s my life story in music form.
WP: Thanks for taking the time from your schedule and agreeing to do this interview. Congratulations on dropping your solo debut “Die Ageless.”
Kevlaar 7: Thanks bro, yeah its definitely been a ill process putting this album together.
WP: You collaborated with Wiseman member Salute da kidd, and he dropped some serious lyrics “This Ain’t A Walk Through, ***** It’s The Ball Game“, “Mistakes Around Here Can Lead To Early Dismissal” on your first single Kings produced by Woodenchainz. Can you discuss that particular collaboration and the Official Music Video.
Kevlaar 7: It was crazy how that joint came about. That was a beat Chainz had been telling me about for a while, and he kept saying he was unsure if I would even want the beat. So he gets around to sending it to me, and as SOON as I downloaded it and listened to it, I went IN on writing my verse…Ended up writing kind of a long verse and shit too. I went down to Indiana to work with Chainz on the album that me and him are doing and recorded Kings down there, and it was supposed to be on our album. But the more I listened to it, I was thinking that it would be perfect for the first single off Die ageless. I still wasn’t sure though, when I had the idea that Salute would probably SMASH that joint.
Kevlaar 7: So I sent it to him, and he wrote his verse, and laid it that night. When I heard Lute’s verse, I was like HELL yeah, this is going to be the first single for Die ageless, shit is ridiculous! Which also meant we HAD to shoot a video for the joint, so we all drew up a plan to handle that, and we made it happen about one month before the album was supposed to drop. My mans Josiah from DVG media is a HELL of a video director/editor, and he knocked out the editing CRAZY fast.
WP: With solos from Phillie, Salute, June Megalodon and Illah Dayz all coming in 2012. Is this the year that the mainstream music industry will become aware of your movement and the individual member’s skillz?
Kevlaar 7: It should be. That’s part of the reason we set up our release schedule like that. It’s TIME for us to take that next step, and there are mad sites, industry folk, and new fans that are really stepping forward, taking notice, and banging with us.
WP: With the success of several artist’s like Big Sean and Royce Da 5″9 going mainstream. Moving forward, where does the Wiseman Group and your movement fit amongst Detroit and Michigan’s rising national hip hop scene?
Kevlaar 7: We bring a whole different sound from out of Michigan PERIOD. We kind of been labeled as our own genre called the “Hip hop Blues”, with a hard edge though. We have a LOT of shit dropping so everyone will really get a chance to hear ALL of the different angles we can come from. We definitely have carved out our own corner in the Detroit hip hop scene.
WP: Can you discuss your ability too uniquely blend hardcore/street hip hop music, soulful sounds and a powerful message?
Kevlaar 7: LOL! That’s a hell of a thing to try to explain. But basically for me, it’s simply a process of displaying my feelings, thoughts, thought process’, pain, and joy, etc. basically it’s my life story in music form. That’s it, it’s just life. We are all products of our environment, and we channel our reactions and feeling in different ways. It just so happens to be music for me.
WP: Can you explain how you balance being creative and being a for profit Co-CEO?
WP: As a Producer, you have the luxury of working and learning with your “Big Brother” Bronze, who I consider to be an Elite producer. Can you discuss that unique family/business relationship?
Kevlaar 7: No doubt…He’s actually my younger brother, LOL but word…When we first started doing this, all i did was rhyme. After a few years i basically realized the path that we’re on is definitely headed in positive directions, so i felt i had to grow and expand, and diversify my abilities. Bronze was already years into his producing talent, so i thought that him showing me how in the fuck he comes up with those ill ass instrumentals would definitely be a great thing. So he showed me the basics, and i took it from there. We still to this day call each other every once in while after we make a new beat, and be like, Yo check this joint, what you think? It’s definitely a positive thing to have an elite producer, in your corner when sharpening your productions skills.
WP: When can your fans expect your next project with Woodenchainz titled, Sophisticated Movement. When will Salute da kidd be dropping his debut album?
Kevlaar 7: Sophisticated movement is dropping in August, and Me and Lute was just building about his album, and “Diggstown” is dropping in October.
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