Hey guys I'm back with another interview. Whoop Whoop.
This time I caught up with artist Missy D to chat about her project.
More Recently She has dropped some wicked visuals to go with her track XX featuring another talented female , Kimmortal. This track ,produced by David T , and video is about being a female in a male dominated industry ,such as hip hop. Not only does it give light into a topic that many female artist have to deal with but it also celebrates being a minority and how we all deserve equality.
Check out XX below and be sure to Vote for Missy D on here for a chance for her to win StoryHive. Voting closes at 12 noon July 28th!
Who is Missy D?
We could simply talk about the bio but the question is complex.Yes I am a bilingual female emcee born and raised around the Motherland. I call Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and now Vancouver , my Home. My Hip Hop sounds like what I call "Rap & Soul". From the Erykah Badu to Missy Elliott , J.Cole and Chance the Rapper, or mix in some Tupac and Kendrick with your 90's throwback. Don't forget some MC Solaar or Diam's! I love them all!
How did your Journey into music start?
A little summary of my Hip Hop Serendipity. It started back when I was 11 at my French School in Zimbabwe. One semester we went from learning about the recorder to the rhymes of MC Solaar ( French rapper) and were assigned as a final project " to write a rap". I was always a fan of Hip-Hop but after learning its history , technique and importance, it all clicked. I fell in love. I had been writing poems before , I added a rhythm and flow to it and surprised my friends. Everybody started calling Missy Elliott , and soon enough the birth of Missy D came thru , performing at every talent and music show since 2003.
When creating a track what's your process by yourself or when doing a collab?
With just me , its like a lyrical diary , I usually write a lot when I have high amounts of " Feelings" hehe hence #toomanyfeelings. You could say I am an over thinker so that happens often. Whether it be joy or pain , it flows in my google drive. Later on , I sometimes share it at a show as a new track or it stays hidden in my cloud. Music is therapy, music answers to some of the questions I have , music is writing my story.
With a collabo, I love the idea of sharing and vibing with someone else. I like to know the concept behind the song and let each person find their flow to it. Its all about the beat hitting home for all artists and them making it their own .
2016 you release your first solo Project. How did the journey start into creating it?
Definitely started with #toomanyfeelings. Just going through the motion of " adulating" , graduating from UBC and looking at what my next chapter would be. You end up thinking about everything from family , love , career... It brought a lot of Pain, 'once school wasn't there to distract. So I had to sit down and unwrap some of these feelings and left it in " When Music Hits You Feel No Pain". Music has been a constant healer throughout my life . We then worked overtime, threw a campaign, hours of studio and writing , and somehow it came along!*this makes it sound easy bt nah!!!*
Your Track Frere Jacques you hit us with some French, which was dope. Do u find a difference in creating an English song verses a bilingual track? Do you approach it in the same way?
It' s always interesting to create a bilingual track because I'm hoping that people don't stop it and say " I don't understand this , so cut it!" I try to find melodies that are familiar or rhymes that might make you recall your Grade 8 French Class .Similarly, that's how I learned English while trying catch the melodies of Jill Scott , Erykah Badu, India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Tupac( let me not namedrop an essay here ).....
Frere Jacques is a special track, it brings up my childhood, I am also directly talking to a French Speaker but then in the second verse bring up issues that we are facing in North America. In a bilingual track you want to intrigue people but also make them feel connected.
Since the release of the project how has the reception from other artist and friends been?
This release is my official my introduction as Missy D to Vancouver. I have always performed at various shows from Studios to Fortune Sound Club and many more but often it was usually student based. But now I have received various offers from online listeners , to shows with amazing upcoming artists like So Loki or connecting with the family at Emotions Open Mic. I have recently had the chance to feature in a short movie for Crazy 8s Festival and feature "XX" my single off the album. I really wanted this album to be a stepping stone. It is just a beginning, but the reception has been promising, even my mama said "I had a feeling you would end up doing this(the album) one day!"
Now moving forward in 2017 any big plans?
Yes definitely! For this beggining of the year, the promotion continues for the album. Meanwhile I am cooking up some new solo tracks but also focusing on nurturing new collabos. Recently, Kimmortal dropped a video for Jungle , our new collabo together on March 8th ,My band Laydy Jams will be dropping an EP on April 1st .Summer 2017 will be the completion of working on some fresssh new projects with fellow artist Francis Arevalo for his project The Lions We Are.
More surprises to come as well with Floetic , Lowkita , Shaylen and Kimmortal! Late Summer 2017, a possible EP from yours truly and an offical video for XX as well. I don't know yet but we will see where go by Dec 2017 and start apply to festivals and all.