Interview with Rap Duo / Sim-Plex | Edition IX
Could you talk about your Music?
Our music is nothing more than a reflection of our life, our minds, our actions. We are simple dudes, meaning we don’t brag about our checks or talk about flashy whips, we just enjoy music, but in the same breathe we feel have some abstract mindsets. However we are abstract enough where people can still relate. Sim-PLEX are fans of the arts, whether its performing arts or visual arts, our goals are to embody that in our rhymes.
So what is the motivation behind your whole movement?
The motivation behind our whole movement is change, Obama stressed it while running for presidency, but we want to be the face of that change. Obama can’t change music, only we can, the listeners, the fans, the artists. The motivation is the current state of Hip-Hop, which motivates us to bring a change to Hip-Hop and music overall. Hip-Hop is in a recession, shit..music itself is in a recession “main stream” wise. So we feel its our job to start the renaissance, you can’t bring back the 90’s…its 2009, there will never be another Michael Jackson, he already existed. People have a hard time letting the 90’s go, but in order to make a change, you have to.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
As far as those who are still alive we would love to work with Kanye, N.E.R.D, Kenna, Lupe, Wale, Lauryn HIll and Outkast. As far as those who have passed, we would have loved to work with Bob Marley Jimmy Hendrix and of course Biggie.
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet has revolutionized the way we promote our music, we are everywhere, Mypsace, Facebook, Twitter, Sonicbid, and now Street Tip, we even have our own blogs. There are no excuses anymore with the power of the internet, people in Asia can hear our music…and we live in Baltimore, how crazy is that? The internet is a crazy thing and has given us new ways to connect with fans but we still try to keep it personal with fans, you know the “old school” way, “street team” style, lol.
Are you down with the whole twitter thing?
Of course! Totally addicted to Twitter, it’s dope because it isn’t as high maintenance as Myspace or Facebook, but just as powerful. We can be reached at twitter.com/Simply_Complex, hit us up!
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
We feel its beyond important, necessary…we’re college students, black college students at that, both come from families who understood the struggle, and always promoted hard work and our goal is promote intelligence, ignorance is everywhere, you could find ignorance just as easy as you could find a liquor store in the hood. We wouldn’t be doing this if we felt it wasn’t important. We are giving those who are tired of listening to the same thing all over the radio, a new lane to choose their music from. We feel that artists should be able to blend any type of music together, un-categorically (made that up! lol), as well as coming up with our own “flavor” of music.
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
Of course we did, we just never thought it would pick up as quick as it did, we just started this in november and we have accomplished a lot since. We just take what we are doing day by day, and not trying to force something to happen.
How do you separate yourself from others?
We really don’t aim to be different, we just happen to be different, well…naturally, because we stress the fact that music is an art, which is our goal. We don’t consider ourselves as rappers, we consider ourselves musical artists because music is more that just putting rhymes over a beat, there is a craft to this. We feel that music comes to us naturally, and with the tools we were blessed with we express ourselves to through our musical avenue. We feel that everyone on this earth is an individual, and everyone has a God-given talent for something, whether it be shooting hoops, or solving chemical equations, everyone must find their lane individually. We once heard Lauryn Hill say “there can only be one of you, and who can be you better than…you?” and we live by that daily.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
As we mentioned before we want to be recognized for bringing change, we want to be remembered for making an impact in music through bringing in a new era of music, similar to how Jackie Robinson was to baseball. He will always be known for starting a revolution within baseball, and sports overall. We want to do something similar to music, while stressing individuality and intelligence through our music.