M. Killa: Rapping About Real Things

M.Killa is a rap artist, activist and CEO of record label, Legendz Never Breed Haterz.

Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” This saying is true for a lot of talented artists who use their voices for the betterment of society. One such artist is M.Killa, rapper, activist, and CEO of record label . M.Killa is as passionate about his music as he is passionate about giving back. Every year, he releases some epic music, and he has made it a point over the last few years, to give back to society on the same day his albums are released. This year, on November 11, his album, War, will be launched. The album contains some of his best work yet, as well as tracks dedicated to the Black struggle. M.Killa is next on Your Voices. Today he talks to us about his vision for his music and his activism. He also gives us a little insight into his upcoming album, War.

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First of all, could you tell us more about yourself?
M. Killa Jones
My name is M.Killa. I rap, I write books, I’m an activist, I’m a revolutionary, I’m very militant and I love my people real hard. It’s for my movement, I’ve got my own label, Legendz Never Breed Haterz. And as far the condition and what we’re facing today, I like speaking on topics like that. I like rapping about real things, real life stuff, not just stuff that’s going to tear us down as a people. I’ve got an event that’s coming out the same day my album is dropping, November 11. It’s a day that we give to the homeless, we’re feeding and clothing them again. We did this last year too, and we do it every year, November 11. We try to make it bigger and bigger. Because the government is not helping us help homeless people. They’re not lending a hand to help them get back on their feet, so that’s what I feel like my purpose is on earth, to help my people. At the same time, I don’t judge anybody for whatever they do but I’m trying to do it the right way and show my people that we can still love each other. We don’t have to put up an image and be hard to get to each other because we are each others’ brothers and sisters. Basically that’s what me and my team is about.
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Tell us about your inspiration to do music. What inspires you and keeps you going?
M. Killa Jones
Well, when I first started rapping I was 9 years old. And it was just some play stuff but I didn’t know that that was my gift. But after hearing a lot of Public Enemy, NWA, Tupac – he’s my number one, he had street music but he had a whole bunch of messages that were far beyond his time – that sparked the whole light out of me. I like Biggie, I like a lot of rappers, but the one that was more revolutionary to me and was more militant was Tupac and so that’s who I looked up to. Because of how he moved, he was really for us. And seeing the way that my people are treated because of our skin tone. I was locked up ten years from 2003 to 2013, so I firsthand witnessed police brutality inside the prison system. That gave me time to sit down and think and begin to come to who I am, I began to know who I was. So that’s basically been a lot of my inspiration, seeing and going through a whole bunch of brutality in my life and seeing how we’re seen as less than anybody on this earth. That’s plenty of motivation for me.
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What’s the main content and message of your lyrics? Is it personal experiences, about personal relationships, about community life?
M. Killa Jones
I do real life music because it’s music of my life, what I have experienced, what I have been through. That’s why you’ve got some real street music, and you get militant music and uplifting music. I like to uplift women because those are our sisters, and they birth our kids, they birth our future. So instead of tearing them down, I’d rather lift them up too. I just try to give people what they need, not what they want, because a lot these rappers out now, you can barely understand what they are talking about. It isn’t any message. It’s just rhyming over hot beats and not really saying anything.
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Let’s talk about Legendz Never Breed Haterz, your label. Are there any other artists signed to it? How old is the music group?
M. Killa Jones
Well, it was me and two other people but when you show me you’re disloyal and that you’re not really for the cause that I’m for, and you’re selfish, you get dropped quick. It was three people signed to my label but now it’s just me and a younger female. We’re for the people, so if you want to sign to my label, you have to be dedicated, motivated, you’ve got to have passion and love. Because Legendz Never Breed Haterz isn’t just a rap label, it’s my life.
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Tell us more about your upcoming album. What’s the content? How many tracks are we to expect?
M. Killa Jones
The story behind War, the album that’s dropping on November 11, is basically real life stuff, what we’re going through now. The album title, War, is just based on the people that laid down their lives for us, the people that lost their lives just from protesting, like Emmett Till, for whistling at a white lady he got beaten and killed and that’s ridiculous. I like to expose things like that. So that was the meaning behind War. As far as the album as a whole, I just think it’s going to be spectacular, because I have old school music samples that I just recreated. It’s really motivational, inspirational, uplifting, it’s really real music.
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Do you take part in any protests and do you belong to any Black rights groups?
M. Killa Jones
Yes, I protest and march. Like my single that’s out M.Killa – Black Lives Matter, I’m all for Black. I marched and protested at Marshall Park in my home town for Trayvon Martin, Jonathan Ferrell and all the recent police brutally victims.
I’m not saying I’m racist or I hate any other race, because that’s not the case. I’ve got a song that’s called Forget Your Religion, and that’s not disrespecting anybody’s religion but that’s letting you know we don’t need to clinch to any religion. Religions divide us. It’s one God, one unity, one everything. So in order for us to get right, we’ve got to become one instead of dividing ourselves among these cliques and gangs. I’m a part of the Black Lives Matter movement as far as representing for them. I represent any kind of Black organization if they’re about what they say they’re about and not just doing something that when the government comes with a check and tells them, “say this and say that,” that’s what they’re going to do.
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Do you plan to go on a tour with the upcoming album?
M. Killa Jones
Yes. Any city or state that demands for M.Killa, I’m out there and I have travelled to VA, and I’ve been in South Carolina, all over North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, I’ve performed in a lot of different cities and states.
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How do you think that music as an art can influence society and help us in combating our problems like police brutality?
M. Killa Jones
Well, you know, music is a big influence on especially youngsters. And when they go out, they feed on whatever they hear on the radio. My plan is just to uplift them and encourage them to do better, so basically that’s what my music is about. Like I said, I’ve been to prison and I’ve lived the street life, so it’s just time for a change. Time to wake up and do better for each other.
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What do you think about celebrities’ involvement in the fight against police brutality and other racial injustice problems that are facing Blacks in America right now? Do you think it’s just a publicity stunt or they’re really trying to gain attention to get the problem solved?
M. Killa Jones
Sometimes I’ve been wanting to say these things are real, but sometimes I think people are just seeking attention. And a lot of people that want that media attention do their stuff with their own selfish reasons.
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What are your parting words for our readers?
M. Killa Jones
All I want to say is that we need to unite, we’ve got to do better as a people. As a whole, we’ve got to start loving each other, we’ve got to start like we used to be. We used to care about and look out for each other’s family, we all used to be one. And now it’s just division, so we just need to get that old school love back and start loving each other instead of doing all this hating. That’s why people from foreign countries come over here and surpass us, because they stay together. And we used to sit back and laugh at how deep the Mexicans used to be parked up in cars and houses and stuff, but they’re really smart. They surpassed us when they came inside our country. So what I’m saying is we need to stop all of the hatred that we’ve got towards each other and start loving each other, start building up each other, start supporting each other’s businesses, especially if it’s someone that you know that’s got a good heart and is doing the right thing. Those are people you need to look up to. And don’t forget to go out and get that Black Brotherhood – Betrayal, that’s my first album, and my single is M.Killa – Black Lives Matter. That’s on my upcoming album, War.

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