Underground hip hop artist Kam Moye dropped into the Hot Seat this week and answered our burning questions about everything from life on the road to MC Lyte.
1. Tell us about your craziest touring experience.
The wildest experience on tour was in Helsinki, Finland during my European tour. This was close to the winter season where the sun doesn’t rise for a few months in Finland. Myself and Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks) did a sound check and we thought nobody would show up for the show because it was gloomy, freezing outside, and snow was everywhere. I was so used to people in my own city who wouldn’t come out to an event 5 miles from their house if it rained. We were joking about how it was going to be one of those “50 people in the crowd” nights. When we came back to the venue to perform later that night, the line was wrapped around the building. There were over 1,000 people in the crowd. It was hands down one of the best shows I’ve down. That opened up my eyes to how dedicated some music fans can be and how different it was over there. The other incident was when a fan asked to switch shirts with him after a show. I was like…”No disrespect but I’m not giving you this sweaty shirt I’m wearing and you’re out of your mind to think that I’d wear yours!!!”
2. What type of college class would you’d most want to take and why?
I’d love to take a course in Psychiatry or Psychology. I’ve always been fascinated with understanding human behavior plus social and mental disorders.
3. What city in America is the most fun to visit and why?
I’ve always been drawn to Philadelphia ever since my first trip there. I love the city, the music scene and the food. It reminds me of New York in a sense but it’s more of a down home feel. I’ve considered moving there a few times.
4. What’s some of the best advice you were ever given?
The best advice was that it’s not so much about right now but more about how many people you touch and inspire by the time that you leave this earth. We get so caught up in trying to impress the world today that we don’t think about the legacy that we will leave behind. Many artists and musicians don’t receive their proper recognition until after they are long gone.
5. What’s in heavy rotation in your MP3/CD player right now?
I have a diverse music collection so I listen to a little of everything. Lately it’s been DJ Premier’s catalog, Bilal, Zero 7, Melanie Fiona, Jackie Mittoo, Talib Kweli, Esthero, J-Dilla, and much more.
6. The last good book you read or TV show you’re addicted to.
I’ve been heavily into watching the Dexter and True Blood seasons lately. I don’t watch too many television programs but I watch a lot of DVD’s. I’ll buy an entire season of a DVD and watch it all at once. The last books that I’ve read were The Alchemist and the Autobiography of Dick Gregory.
7. What’s the first concert you ever saw – how was it?
Wow... I'd have to say it was seeing MC Lyte or Grand Puba when I was just a kid. It was monumental to me because you didn't get to see the whole NY block party vibe while living in NC. It was a big deal to be able to see your favorite artist live on stage back then. It truly changed my life.
8. What are three items you can’t live without on tour?
Definitely the Blackberry, wash cloths, and some Febreze. I travel abroad a lot and I’d rarely see anything except a hand towel in the bathrooms. I can’t get down with that. I need to be clean! I’m always the non-smoker on tour so the Febreze keeps the horrible smell out of my luggage. Walking in and out of smoke-filled clubs gets old after awhile.
9. Who are your major musical influences?
As a hip hop artist, I always break it down like this. I learned the power of the voice from Rakim, the storytelling abilities from Slick Rick, the punchlines from Lord Finesse, and the charm and wit from Big Daddy Kane. There are others including Andre3000, Q-Tip, Kool G Rap, Chuck D, and more. The entire mid-80’s and 90’s movement influenced me.
Any random messages or tips you’d like to give to mtvU watchers?
I’d just like to say that it’s pointless to think that someone’s intelligence is based on the music that they listen to and how they dress. There are still those who think that hip hop listeners are ignorant. There are also hip hop listeners who think that other hip hop listeners are idiots because they don’t listen to the same type of hip hop or dress a certain way. We all listen to music for different reasons so you can’t expect everyone to like what you like. In the end, we all just end up looking down on others and alienating them. You gain nothing from being a music snob other than beating your chest every time you know more than someone else.