Following the release of his "Forever" track with Wiley late last year, We caught up with well respected and seasoned grime MC Saskilla for a quick Q & A. One of the faces of Nu Brand Flexx- Saskilla talks grime, the problems within the music industry & more.
Q: How's life treating you at the moment bro?
A: Life is being fair to a brother at the moment, its being what I call honest to me at the moment.
Q: How did the making of "Forever" come about? What inspired it?
A: Forever came about from Darq E freaker helping me make my new album. He sent me the beat- Then Wiley flew me out to Toronto to record at OVO's studio for inspiration.
Q: Your bar "Grime's forever, not just for the year" seems fitting right now as there's been a lot of coverage regarding it's "resurgence". What do you make of it all.
A: As my song states, grime is not a fad or phase- I feel there's a lot of fallen off pop artists etc and bandwagon jumpers. They're trying to use grime to prop their dead careers- so me and Wiley set the record straight.
Q: You've been quite vocal about it recently but what are your thoughts on Chip's Fire in the Booth?
A: I think he's a talented young black artist, so also I didn't take kindly to him trying to bring down another young black artist. I see it as institutionalised racism and working backwards. Throwing shade on someone is one thing- but trying to destroy their brand underhanded.
Q: What did you enjoy most about working with Wiley?
A: The energy we create when we're in the studio is crazy- So many ideas and concepts.
Q: On that note, do you think that level of competitiveness is needed in Grime?
A: Grime was born on competitiveness. The labels got involved a few years back, they raped our scene for its hunger as they threw around cheque books and clothing sponsors. Everybody thought they had made it and disregarded the scene now the new youth have put a stop to that.
Q: If there was any change needed, what would you like to see?
A: I would just love more acceptance of grime on daytime radio. And the country's full acceptance of what is homegrown and British.
Q: What are you looking forward to most this year?
A: The American invasion is what I am looking forward to. People are going to be seeing a lot of work. Real street music from Britain to the states and visa versa.
Q: Are there any plans on a mixtape or album in the near future?
A: I have my Own album "Godson of Grime " Later this year
Q: Saw that your performing in the Czech Republic in May. What do you love most about performing live?
A: What I love about live performing is that I can be totally in a creative state. With no worries about my life, all I have to enjoy is the moment on the stage right there and then.
Q: Who do you enjoy listening to at the moment?
A: I love the hipster rap thats out right now. Ever since I toured with Kendrick Lamar in 2013. I like Soulection, new reggae and some harajuku japanese music that I'm locked into right now. And Japanese grime is good too.
Listen to his most recent release, off DJ Cameo's "Black Heart E.P", Executively produced by saskilla himself:
& Check out "Forever" below.