is a band of Philly brothers determining
there own place in Hip-hop. Currently
these guys are very busy traveling doing
shows and producing great music.
there current release “Sunshine
Philadelphia: The WrittenHouse Effect
Vol.2 Mixed by DJ Akshun. You can also
check them out at The Roots picnic later
this summer Please support your local
in Black and White.
In the era of auto-tune and tight pants,
what inspires you to make your music?
(WH): Originality. Originality
inspires us to make our music. Kinda
disbarring ourselves from what social
norms are and moving towards something
outside the box. Mainly just going against
the grain and staying true to within
ourselves. Is the main part and we had
the pleasure and been blessed to be working
with each other for years now. So we
know each others struggles and weaknesses
and strengths. So music is exactly a
venting process for all of us. And actually
brings us closer together. But the originality
aspect of music is what really drives
City” is about
Philly and the experience of living here.
Why do you think the vibe unfortunately
is so negative?
I think it’s that
same mentality that is recycled over
and over again. That cloudy vision that
I have to look at TV and develop my image
from what they tell me. Everyday, we
wake up and the mirror can tell us how
different we really are. But if we look
at how similar we are we realize we have
a lot more in common, then we do in contrast.
City” is how we came at the thinking
in Philadelphia. There is clouded thinking
going on here that keeping the creativity
at bay. It keeps the same thinking recycling
over and over again. And keeps a big
cloud where people can not think or see
straight. It’s all about positive
images that people can respond to and
hold on too.
In your creative process when song writing.
Especially with two producers and once
emcee. What comes first the rhymes or
The cool thing about us is that we are
constantly moving. We fall into consistent
formula of recording for a couple of
days. Then we can go into our own cut
and get it in. We could be a rhyme ahead
or a rhyme behind, but it really gives
everybody something to look forward too.
We are always getting it in, but when
we get together it just happens. We could
have a thousand beats, rhymes or ideas.
But at any given time, we can come together.
With Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
saturating and exposing people to so
much music and media. Is this a good
time or a bad time for music? Also how
does Writtenhouse use this technology
to promote and reach its audience?
It is a good
time to use technology. These are strong
tools and every generation has had some
type of mechanism. The internet is taking
away the glass wall that divides the
artist and the fan.
You all share the same space and its
more personal and can talk on a constant
To people that like the music, then
it’s not even a fan anymore. It’s
just someone that likes music and you
can dialogue with them, it may even be
another artist. But there is a lot more
personal connection now.
If MLK was still alive, how do you think
he would feel about the progress of his
think it would be a double edge sword.
I think he would be happy with the progress
that has been made. But upset with the
potential that we have, because with
the potential that black people have
we should be further then where we are
now. But we also came along way from
what we where. But if MLK was here, I
like he would be looking for more leaders.
During his first 100 days in office,
what suggestions would you give President
strong. You know the cool thing about
it, For you to have the audacity to tackle
this beast. They had a vision, and I
there is anything I could tell him,hahaha.
So stay focused, stay strong. But one
thing I would like to see him name is
a Secretary of the Arts.
Geoclan.com’s slogan and there
have been a few t-shirts that say "I
Make Change". So I ask you, How do you
What it is that we are blessed to have
each other. We have come together and
are allowing growth to take place. Both
individually as well as a group, because
we have only been together for a year.
make change through my lyrics and the
way I live my life. We let the crowd
know that this is our music and it’s
positive. We recognize the power of what
we are doing, and in that sense we hold
ourselves accountable. We do this to
have a positive vibe for everyone and
that it can be done!
Thanks: To Muhammad
Abdul-Sharif and the whole WrittenHouse
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