The Whole 9 returns, and we chop it up with veteran Boston emcee Singapore Kane. Having done music with the likes of Royce da 5’9″ and Big Shug, he has a new releasing coming soon, titled Steel Pulse, Metal Veins. Check out the interview below.
the9elements: You have a new album coming soon titled Steel Pulse, Metal Veins. Tell us a little bit about the project. What can we expect? What’s the meaning of the album title?
Singapore Kane: That project was recorded and produced entirely by Purpose of Tragic Allies. Dropped a few joints off of it but that project will take a back seat to something different I have cooking.
T9E: Being from Boston, you forged a relationship with vet emcee and Gangstarr Foundation member Big Shug. How did that relationship start?
SK: I met Big Shug in Manhattan Square in Boston. First thing I thought was how is he chilling like that with all that jewelry around here it was crazy dangerous! But we met while I was in a group. He took me overseas introduced me to Guru and Premier and we been rocking ever since.
T9E: Growing up and being of Jamaican descent, you also had a father who was a well known reggae artist in Boston. Being that got into Hip Hop, was there any part of you that wanted to get into reggae like your dad did?
SK: I was definitely influenced by Danny Tucker, lead vocalist of the Reggae band Zion Initiation but as far as doing reggae like him I couldn’t even if I tried! Besides the fact that I do not sing, he is also a self taught musician and vocalist. But I love reggae music and dabble in it from time to time.
T9E: A lot of artists have distinct styles when it comes to their rhymes. Some write before the beat, some write after. Some even brag about not writing raps at all. What’s your process?
SK: I still write my raps to the beat ON PAPER! Sometimes I write before the studio session sometimes I write on the spot but I never leave a session without something done.
T9E: In your career, you’ve worked with some heavyweights like DJ Premier, Royce Da 5’9, and of course Big Shug. Anyone else you want to work with?
SK: I don’t want to just work with anybody. There’s a lot of artists who have respectable bodies of work but right now I’m just doing my thing!
T9E: As we wait for “Steel Pulse, Metal Veins” to drop, what else can we expect from you in the future?
SK: As far as “SPMV” goes that project has been put on halt due to a new situation that was just presented to me. So expect a project with production from DJ Premier 4th Disciple and a few other guests instead.