The Board of Education is a rap group putting it down from the New Jersey area.
We get the chance to discuss some of the music that has inspired them, what type of sound they have and who are the members of the rap group Board of Education.
DSR: Who are the members of rap group the Board of Education?
Darryl : The members are Me I am the emcee and Ryan who is the producer although we also share both duties also we have my good friend Jamal who is the Jarobi White of our rap group.
DSR: What is the significance of your names?
Darryl: Me and Ryan were thinking of a name for our rap group and one our friends suggested the name and it stuck.
DSR: When and how did each one of you begin your journey into the world of music?
Ryan: I’ve been listening to music since I was an infant. My dad used to play 90’s alternative all the time in the car and at home, so that was the music I was really bred on. I’ve always been creative, but I didn’t put that creative energy towards making music until I was about 12.
Darryl: I have to also credit my start of pursuing a career to my father. He has a vast knowledge of an assortment of genres from gospel to funk to old school r and b.
DSR: How would you describe your sound as a rap group, to someone who has never heard it before?
R: Not sure if I can answer this. I would probably recommend listening to the music and making a personal judgment.
D: Same as Ryan
DSR: What influences shaped your musical style?
R: Whatever our current sound may be is pretty much influenced by whatever we are listening to at the time. If I had to name my top 5 influences overall, I’d probably say (in no order): Kanye West, Outkast, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, and John Frusciante. However, like I already said, our creative output is mainly influenced by our current listening habits.
D: I would have to say (in no order) Kanye , Phonte of Little Brother, A Tribe Called Quest and I have been getting into Radiohead a lot lately.
DSR: We all know that you are a rap group, but I’m sure the group is also songwriters. What’s the easiest kind of song for you to write?
R: There aren’t any “hard” or “easy” songs to write in my opinion. We never really force things; we usually write songs when we feel inspired or compelled to do so. It’s really a free-flowing process, so whenever we do something, it’s usually “easy” I guess.
D: There’s times when I might have something written and Ryan or Jamal (who helped co-write some parts of songs) will be like change this or that and I have complete confidence in their judgement. As far as the difficulty of writing songs it’s not any particular degree of real difficulty in writing songs it comes easy once we find our groove.
DSR: Who is in charge of writing the songs for your rap group? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
R: In all of our projects up to date, I have handled most of the production duties, with Darryl occasionally co-producing some stuff. Darryl pretty much single-handedly does the lyrics.
D: I write at least 75% of all the lyrics and there is always Ryan (more recently Jamal) helping out making certain connections with the listeners, it’s always good to have a person listen from outside of the rap group.
R: We write songs at our own pace. This means that we do things on our own schedule. If we’re ready to release something we’ll do it. At this point, there’s really no point for us to hold back anything.
D: To add to what Ryan said I feel our pace is good because it gives us time to promote and gather ourselves.
DSR: Let’s get to know a little bit more about the rap group Board of Education. What area do you call your hometown and what type of following do you have?
R: I grew up in Washington Township, NJ. Our following is pretty small now, restricted to mostly people we know, and people our friends know. Hopefully our following will grow in the near future.
D: I’m from Deptford Township, NJ which is the closest township to Ryan’s. Right now we have a fan base of family and friends but we get a couple every time we go out and perform or promote.
DSR: What is the rap group’s main goal at this point? Where do you possibly see yourself 5-10 years from now?
R: To make good music. That’s pretty much it. Success and notoriety would be great, but we really can’t worry about that right now. In 5 to 10 years, I would like to see myself making music that positively affects other people, but nothing is promised. We’re just taking it day by day now.
D: I’m hungry to be an artist that is going to be looked at as influential and changed not only the genre but the area he came from. If I just had 30,000 die-hard fans that’s more valuable than 1,000,000 casual fans that are on you because you’re the “flavor of the month”.
DSR: Are you working on any projects at the moment?
R: Our next project is in the baby stages right now, I wouldn’t expect to see anything new until the summer most likely.
D: Definitely summer fall-ish we are working on promoting our latest project Sailing Away. (out now)
DSR: Where can we catch the rap group Board of Education blessing the mic?
D: The best way to stay up to date with all shows and appearances is to follow us on http://facebook.com/theboardofeducation and follow me on twitter @Darryl_Watson
DSR: Where can we find your music? Online and offline?
D: We are currently working on a new website but as for now http://boardofeducation.bandcamp.com for all of our releases.
DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?
R: Nothing really. There’s always good music if you know where to find it. However, it’s always great to see creatively challenging rap group (s) come into the pop landscape.
D: one word – originality. How many Drake wannabes are there or even artist that steal lines from their favorite rappers. Hip hop rule #1 don’t bite.
DSR: We ask all the artists we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you?
R: I don’t know if anyone ever really gave me this advice, but my main way of living life is by a principle of balance. Being too one-sided is dangerous, and in my opinion doesn’t promote good living. It’s important to always question yourself first and wonder if there is a better way to do something. This principle can apply to music too. As a musician, I think it’s very important not to box yourself in and try to make a certain kind of music. Limiting one’s creative output can only hinder the quality of the music, and as I’ve found over time, there is no one right way to do things.
D: Integrity and being true to yourself. I can count on your hands how many people say you should make this or make that but honestly if I wanted to I would. Not saying I’m against the mainstream but you got artist that rap so well on per say a trap beat or on a young chop beat or have a particular sound, they can have that. I just wanna make what I feel you might say it corny or wack or whatever but at the end of the day it’s what I please.
Thanks for stopping by Dubb Spot Records! Much success to the rap group Board of Education.