We had the good fortune of connecting with MASH and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi MASH, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is probably the most important part of any career in my opinion. It reveals, or better yet, unlocks parts of ourselves we don’t know about. When all the odds are against you, and everyone is saying no, with even more discouragement waiting around the corner. Risk teaches you to truly have faith in yourself for new possibilities we never were aware of. Yeah, it might not work, and sometimes we come home empty handed, but with a head full new knowledge. I’ve rolled the dice with my last dollar more than once, and more times than not, I come out with a seven. I’m not saying to gamble with your life, but we do only get one. I base many decisions on when I look back on my life, am I going to be happy or regret not trying? I rather not live with never knowing what could have been.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is music, and music is my life. I look at it as a journal that rhymes. Some people say it might be my voice or tone that sets me apart, and that may be true, but I think I just have a feel for the music that you don’t come across too often. I’m always playing my Grandfathers records, a lot of artist that aren’t around anymore. So when you hear me, you might get a glimpse of those influences while still pushing for a new sound. My process has always been the same, just constant upgrades. We really just try shit and see what works. We’re a run and gun offense lol. None of it has been easy either, every new door we open has a new set of rules and list of things we don’t have but we figure out other ways in, someone always leaves a window cracked, and that’s all we need. Working with what we have is the best lesson that I’ve learned, don’t worry about someone else with the best gear. There are plenty of ways to produce quality art with what you have, just takes a little more work if you put the time in. Thats what our story is all about, carrying that torch. Keeping that flame lit through all the elements life brings toward you. That flame is our dreams and passions that we run with everyday. Protecting it on our journey, and passing it to the next to keep it going. Either way the flame never dies.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First things first. We get tacos. There are so many fire taco spots in Long Beach and every surrounding city. So specifically we would pull up on Stretch, Kennedy, and Elyzr and go to a spot that Elyzr showed me in Bolen heights that serves fried quesadillas, and it hits different I’ll just say that. And we would be smoking weed simultaneously during all of this I might add. If it’s in the summer, we outside with it lol. Times are a little different with covid going on, but I’m usually popping up up on the homies events and studios, sharing a good laugh. If we’re in Long Beach we can start in the city at the bars, and work our way to the beach on the bird scooters, enjoying the nice ocean views a lot of other places don’t have such easy access to. Thats the beautiful thing about Long Beach is that there’s is something major happening everyday. I’m not in LA too much but its always dope to explore out there. Might take a drive just to hit the Hot Wing Cafe and catch a view on a hill over the city. But we gotta take it to San Diego before the week is up. Best Mexican food, scenery, and flat out one of my favorite places to be. I’m not really a plan it out type of person I go with the flow and always end up finding something dope to do. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This ones easy. My younger brother, Slick, and the homie Sinjin. Those two held me down on all levels from our early beginnings until now. I’ve watched Slick grow very fast in a short amount of time once we got serious about the Torch Carrier brand. He studied up on how to create websites, designing merchandise, and how to maneuver in this game in a way that works best for us, all at the same time. I’m amazed and grateful. Sinjin was there right along with him, providing visuals, and insight really helped us push things forward. Sinjin has gone the extra mile for me many times when he didn’t have to and for that I’m always grateful. His work ethic reminds me of Kobe, no excuses just put the work in. We’ve learned a lot and experienced a lot together, and I wouldn’t be here without them. With the Memory Den & Brother Smack family, I’ve grown a lot as a musician/vocalist in these groups. Being encouraged to sing more has opened a lot of avenues in my own music that set me apart from other artist. A collective of kind selfless talented musicians is a breath of fresh air. The homie Rj has also helped to take the sound to a new level as well, being an engineer as dedicated to their craft as anyone I’ve seen.

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