We had the good fortune of connecting with Rastabwoykell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rastabwoykell, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue a creative career for 2 reasons. The first why was because I just wanted to help artists that I believed in whether it be helping them record their first song or shoot their first music video. The why slowly began to change overtime due to the Chicago Police stealing my camera and equipment and that became the reason why I pursued a career as a artist.
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.
With my art, I don’t like to make things about nothing so often times i like to use themes such as Trapsta Fari where i play with different ideas of trap reggae. Over the years I’ve developed it more and more after exploring many ideas and combinations but it all started with wanting to make my own brand of reggae and as it developed I decided I wanted to make my own brand of Chicago Reggae. After having this strong feeling in my hand I bought a drum. See the Rastas in Jamaica had the nyabinghi drumming which was influenced by Kumina. At first i added that into my production, but then I wanted to do a Chicago version using Chicago drumming influence and that’s what led me to King Solomon’s Mines where I met the Master drum teacher Papa Mangue and he taught me the secrets of the drum and i started incorporating some of those ideas into my music. What sets me apart from others is i produce my music in 6/8 timing while the standard timing of music is in 4/4. I also add healing frequencies into my production to give the listeners a unique listening experience. I would say I’m most proud of not giving up✊🏾
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I don’t eat meat so id have to take them to one of my favorite vegan spots in Chicago which is Plant base junkie. If we was to hang out or something I’d definitely take them to 63rd st beach to get those vibes, as long as the sun is out the people will be there and if you want sum jerk my bredren bellyup is who I normally go to. Ima rasta so I don’t do alcohol but i do smoke some herb and when im not growing some myself i like to try different strains at dispensaries trying the high thc strains so id take them there for some smokes, I like Mission Dispensary. Another cool spot to check out is Frontline distribution they have the most amazing books if you like reading.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Id like to give thx to Jah first and foremost and Shout out to the Whole Get Money Mob Family, i bredren MasoThaRebel, Ras Maisha, the Rastafari movement, John Sol, Drubeatz, my drum teacher Papa Mangue, Woppo, Birdy, Free Mari, and I gotta shout out i bredren Everton, cus he da one who tell i of Rastafari.
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