We asked the question, “Why don’t we see more collaborations in CHH?” to DJ Cass C & Calvin Venus regulars on the UKCHH Podcast.
DJ Cass C
Some people suffer from over-importance, some people think they are too far ahead in what they actually are.
Sometimes they feel like some people are not good enough for them because they are not in a certain circle or clique. I find it quite disheartening, as Christians, we can’t come together and support each other.
It even stretches over to DJ’s too, at times they don’t want to share, it can get to their heads. I try to be welcoming with anyone.
On quality, some DJ’s can play one-two songs but can’t mix. DJing is a whole craft to really know. I think DJ’s need to hear themselves, knowing a lot of songs does not equate to knowing the sound of music.
Your transition of every song should sound continuous and seamless, not messy with only just cross-fading.
Every music scene, no matter the genre is the combination of individuals. Being competitive is anti-community, your brand shouldn’t be more important the community at large.
Let’s face it, when you act competitively it doesn’t promote quality. When you play in a band you need to play with others who are better than you to get better. in Christian Hip Hop, there is none of that now. We’ve got fantastic artists but nobody’s part of the scene.
At times it’s easier to collaborate with non-Christians than to collaborate with Christian rappers.
There is self-righteousness that prevents us from working together, along the lines of “I’m more anointed than you”
Most of the people in the top 10 Hip Hop charts have ghostwriters but it’s frowned upon. Having your peers you admire around critique you, will only make you stronger.
You have to dare to be better.
Everyone has a brand nowadays at times we can take ourselves too seriously. Judging each other by their Instagram account.
Now it has become normal that CHH doesn’t collaborate. Many have not got the insight that DRE, Timberland, DJ Khaled don’t always make the beat, some have an executive production role.
We need the responsibility, if you are in your incubator and making tunes and you are not sending them to your friends who can say no or yes or you can improve, from computer hard drive to the market.
You haven’t done your due diligence, research and development which at times we can fail by.
Catch Up with Calvin Venus & DJ Cass with Charles on the UKCHH Podcast
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