Dubb Spot Records Featured Hip Hop Artist – Caper
Dubb Spot Records got the chance to catch up with a talented hip hop Artist by the name of “Caper” from Harlem, New York. We discussed his childhood, the significance of his name and what inspires him to keep going on with his music.
Check out what the hip hop artist Caper had to say in this exclusive interview.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in hip hop music?
Caper: I was about 7 years old I use to break dance with my aunts & uncle they were teenagers at the time but I go more into when I was about 15 years old my uncle use to inspire me to Dj so I use to spin records and I made a mixtape under the name Dj Hurricane. After the 3rd tape it was successful and they were running my tapes hard in harlem. I decided to rap on my intros, at that time my role models were Dj Chill Will from the Eastside and Dj Rey
Double R &G-Bo the Pro. After I did it so many people were amazed and my childhood friend Oshyn motivated me to do more since he rap also.
DSR: What was your earliest musical memory? What formed your love of hip hop music in your head?
Caper: That would have to be hip hop artists Afrika bambata & the Soul Sonic Force. Breakdancing in a small room in Brooklyn in Manhattan ave projects.
DSR: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?
Caper: I grew up in the streets of Harlem and I got into a lot of trouble from fights, getting arrested, and graffiti. I was in a gifted class for smart kids but often found myself in trouble with my partner in crime “Oshyn” who is also an artist on the label I have. My hometown in Harlem was all about drug dealing and fighting. I had a rough childhood but managed to get back up and grow into a better man.
DSR: So let’s talk about your hip hop music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Caper: My hip hop music consists of lyricism, realistic experiences, creativity and teachings. My major sound comes from the sounds of the 90”s when hip Hop was at its peak . When artists such as Wu-tang clan, Nas, Big L, and others where creating the way for aspiring artists.
DSR: What is the significance of your name?
Caper: C.A.P.E.R stands for Can All People Estimate Reality and it was actually my tag name. I use to write graffiti on the walls and Draw mural’s on the walls with crews like M.O.M , T.D.S, M.D.R, 2DVS, N.K.W and more. I found my name listening to a verse from a House of pain track “Boom Shalock Boom” on danny boys verse. It was only ment to be a tag name and at that time all I did was Dj.
DSR: There’s a part of the industry that irks me the most, where great hip hop music gets overlooked because it doesn’t fit a mold. How frustrating is that for you, if people seem to think that you don’t have that sound for radio?
Caper: It use to frustrate me a lot when I was younger as I got older I stop caring because I know & feel I am the essence of Hip hop in its truest form. I will not allow anyone to dictate what I should put in my music or change me from the artist I am. I love to make some money but not if it will take away from the artist within myself that I created. I rather stay underground because I’m free to be myself without the political censorship. I refuse to become someone I am not just for the purpose of money. That is why I started my own Label Darkstarz Records for that sole purpose.
DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to hip hop music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?
Caper: I think Hip hop has turned into a commercial escapade with watered down lyrics. I feel that the current state of hip hop lost its creativity and only promotes the ignorance in our community. Think about the music from the 90’s and the music from now you can hear it water down. I plan to revive the essence of Hip hop with my charismatic flow and creativity. I want to bring back a meaning into hip hop while having fun with it.
DSR: What do you think of the hip hop music that came out in the last decade?
Caper: I think it is very generic and you can tell it was planned in that way to eat the minds of people with the sole purpose of making money. I feel the goal of any music should not be making money but it should be the talent, creativity and expression of your words that should be accounted for.
DSR: How would you rate the hip hop music that your music competes against in your local area?
Caper: I feel my hip hop music combats the generic music in my local community and it is unique because of the quality and it actually gets you running to a dictionary to learn what I mean. My lyrics can mean a lot of things the way I express them.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
Caper: I learned to stay true to yourself and don’t change your style just to sell records. If I’m an artistic painter and I draw what everyone wants on a canvas would I still be considered a artistic painter? No that comes from self-expression and If I am limited as an artist how could I accomplish my goal?
DSR: Do you write all of your own material? And if so, are you working on any new projects or have any projects that you are promoting right now?
Caper: I write all of my material and right now I am working on a couple of projects such as avarious artist mix tape cd called, The Hip Hop canvas” and I am working on my album called “Explode”
DSR: Where can the people find you performing or attend the events you are involved in?
Caper: Right now I am performing locally but I plan to perform overseas in places like Japan, Latin America, Germany and more.
DSR: Where can we find your hip hop music online and offline?
Caper: You can find my hip hop music on http://darkstarzrecords.com reverbnation, bandcamp, bands,com, myhiphopbox.com, iTunes, Amazon, The Android market, Emsuic, napster and just about every major music site online.
DSR: We ask all Artists that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?
Caper: Maintain your faith, your dignity, Understanding, and Confidence.
DSR: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?
Caper: You can check out my hip hop music videos at http://youtube.com/darkstarzrecords. I would like to thank everyone who has been a blessing in my life and who has inspired me to keep striving to do my absolute best in everything I do for this hip hop music.
That wraps up this interview with the hip hop artist Caper. Make sure you get out and support this hip hop movement!