#19: Small Literature

#19: Small Literature

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Lafayette Lewis goes by the producer name Small Literature. I first got in touch with him through IG and he made a The Healer Hip Hop remix for me which I was supposed to play in this epsiode. But I ended up choosing a song from his latest album instead.

That album – Kind of you – is dedicated to his sister who passed away last year around the same time I received my gift to second chance at life. That’s why I feel a special connection to him and his music about her. I dedicate this episode to his sister.

From Hip Hop to Rock and back

Small Literature is from St. Petersburg, Florida, so he grew up predominantly around Southern Hip Hop Rappers such as  Mystikal, Master P, T.I. etc.

Starting High School, he also came in touch with Rock Music, e.g. Fall Out Boy, Creed, but also classics like Led Zeppelin and the Pixies. From there he transitioned to discovering all types of music across all genres and eras.

The name Small Literature was originally meant for a band, but it ended up becoming his producer name. 

Your music should reflect your personality

Producing came natural to him, because he had always been passionate about listening to every detail of music. Some of his favorite producers are Madlib, J Dilla, The Alchemist and Oddisee.

He puts out a lot of music (just look at his IG) because he has found a formula that makes him able to produce a beat quickly. Also, he found that in the 60’s bands used to put out 5 to 6 albums a year. To Lafayette  it’s not just about creating the perfect album, but also documenting the journey of the creative process to that perfect album. 

Favorite Music

Lastly, Lafayette is my go to person for musical inspiration – new and old! On each of my playlists there is at least one song or artist that I got to know through him. His favorite artists at the moment are Black Milk, The Alchemist and Tokimonsta:

There is a right way to use music. It’s all about what’s in you. What you are willing to give on a positive end. People can feel that. In the South they have Soul Food. You can tell when it’s made with the heart and soul. The good in Hip Hop is always made with a heart and soul.

Small Literature

on how Hip Hop can be a Healer

In the future, he plans to have artists sing to his beats, so feel free to contact him through his Bandcamp or IG!

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#14: GiwHa – The Artist formerly known as Musiqman

#14: GiwHa - The artist formerly known as Musiq Man

by GiwHa | The Healer Hip Hop

GiwHa is a quite diverse artist: he is a singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and plays the Piano, bass, drum machine, percussions and a little bit of Sax all by himself.

Born in Nigeria, and raised in Brighton, UK, he grew up listening to a lot of music at home, such as Fela Kuti, Billy Ocean, Marvin Gaye and always played music in church where his mom would sing.

He studied engineering at university, which was more of a back up plan than his true passion. However, this has prepared him for the technical side of music so that it came easy for him to produce music.

 

I don’t follow people. I follow what I do. GiwHa

Yet, it wasn’t until after his mother had passed away in 2007, that he finally started doing music properly as a producer around 2009. Under the name Musiq Man he has since published two instrumental albums.

Finally artists like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and a chat he had with Robert Glasper backstage at the Love Supreme Festival convinved him that there was room out there for his own voice.

 

People need to hear it from me too. GiwHa

He felt like the name Musiq Man was very generic, so he finally went with a name that meant something to him and that was unique:

GiwHa – after his Grandpa Giwa.

GiwHa only met his Grandfather when he was very young and he remembers that he was scared of him and didn’t want to touch him. He later got to know more about him and learned that he resembles his Grandfather, who was a very important man in his town – Giwa means leader, he was adviser to the King. GiwHa began to realize that that’s ME!

Find out more about GiwHa on Bandcamp or follow him on Social Media!

Music as a Healer:
“Music has always been a healer to me. My first album is dedicated to my mom. She passed away in 2007. She was a singer and music was her passion and I couldn’t think of anything else to make her this proud. I’ve always used music for everything and to express myself.”

GiwHa

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“You can’t hide from it forever”
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