10 Questions – Gee Bag (Gatecrasherz)

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What’s good lovely people! We’re back at it again with another round of 10 Questions, keeping the questions light and loose to allow the contestants to get creative and expand with their answers. So! This time round we have London based rhyming stalwart Gee Bag of Gatecrasherz. Let’s go!….

1. Contestant?
Do I get to win something?
Yes Gee, you get to win the feeling of warming our readers hearts….
Ha ha!
So, contestant (pause) what’s your name, chosen craft and where are you based?
ok, I go by the stage name Gee Bag aka Geebagular aka Gavalar. I’m an emcee that rhymes from the Boogie Down Cronx (Croydon) South London.
2) How would you describe your sound?
There is something about my sound vocally that people always tell me ” you got the voice”. For me it’s all about writing clever creative lyrics. Rhymes that makes the listener intrigued. My lyrical content is all about wordplay and flows, being original and not following the crowd. I can’t be pigeon holed I guess. My content varies from many different angles. I was born to entertain especially at live performances as you get another showman side of me which you can’t capture on a studio recording if you get my drift. I’ve been told many times that I sound like method man, ha ha!! Maybe it was because my voice got a bit course rhyming live at the time. Sometimes I would listen to my raps and I would say to myself ” I sound shit”. My sound musically is a variety of different types of hip hop. Uptempo to slow tempo, Hard drums, lo fi, smooth, rugged, head bopping music you name it. Overall my sound is unconventional in content & structure. I hate depressing sounding hip hop. You know the type, boring, morphid bullshit.
3) Who / what do you consider to be the biggest influence on your music?
My biggest influence has to be my surroundings. All matter is vibrating at different frequencies. I got to be in a good vibe and focused  to create my music. Even though at times I can be in a bad mood and still come up with some dope ideas. Having conversations with people influence my lyrics a lot. Having a visual concept for a track before I hear a track or even write helps a lot. Once I hear a dope beat, I’ll be thinking of some new words to flip. I’ve been listening to hip hop since I was around 7 years old till now. Originally I was influenced by people like Slick Rick, NWA, EPMD, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee. The list goes on and on so I won’t mention too many artists or groups or it will get ridiculous. Apart from Hip hop I’ve been influenced by other genres such as Blues, Funk, Rare Groove, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Rock n Roll to name a few.

4) What’s the proudest moment to date for you as an artist?
Being still relevant in the Hip hop game till this year as Gee Bag which is ten years now on and off. This year has been the most productive to date. Been very busy with collaborations and creating my very first music video (Still Rockin), as well as making a couple beats which will be featured on the Gatecrasherz release. on my third solo album.
5) Do you have any advice for our readers who maybe trying to play the mad game of music?
My advice is to never give up on your craft. You’ll never know what the future holds. If someone would of told me 10 years ago what I would be doing now, I wouldn’t of believed it. I think it also helps if you get a profession within the music industry too. You need a lot of patience and perseverance. Shit takes ages to come out in this scene.
6) Name 3 people you would love to work with and why?
I wouldn’t mind working with Daniel Dumiel aka MF DOOM. Been a big fan since he was in KMD. He’s such a great original emcee. I think we would make some dope shit. I would also like to work with Omar the British soul singer. I haven’t had many collaborations with singers as I’m into many genres of music. I was raised on Soul and Rare groove in my household as a child and heavily into it. Last and by no means least I would have to say my younger brother Doug Sure. He’s an acoustic guitar player and a good singer. We always say we should do something but it just never happens. I like to try new things out and experiment with my music. There’s no point limiting yourself.
7) What have you got planned for the not so distant future?
Ive just received the mastered version courtesy of Curt Cataract of the Gatecrasherz Uninvited project. That’s a group I’m part of consisting of Downstroke, Jack Diggs, Oliver Sudden and Big Toast. We was all chilling in the studio one day and thought lets do a project together. It’s been a long time coming but will be dropping hopefully this year on Revorg Records. Features on the album include Dat Kid from Split Prophets, Cracker Jon from High Focus and also Al Mighty on the cuts. I haven’t been on wax since ten years ago so being featured on the Creatures of Habit “Test Subjects” album on RLD Records coming out in October is a good look too. Them guys are well safe. Skrabl has an album dropping soon called “The Emperors New Garms” on the True Unity Records which I feature on. New Hip hop group “Corners” which consists of Benny Diction, Deeflux and Beit Nun have a new album dropping at some point which I also feature on too. There’s also an app called Brapp that I’ve been using which is an amazing musical social network. I entered a competition on there and won the opportunity to do a track with Leaf Dog. The track has been recorded so I’m just waiting to see what happens with it. I’ve also done a couple of tracks with Verb T from the Four Owls who will be hopefully putting one on his In The Balance compilation in the near future. Apart from the above I’ve also started recording on my third solo release with Illinformed who is exclusively producing all of it. Props to man J to the EFF for filming another forthcoming Gee Bag visual which will be dropping very soon too. I almost forgot about that one. There’s loads of other features I’ve been doing with various artists in the pipeline, so keep an eye out.

8) What’s the album you’ve played more than any other?
That’s a tricky one, I’m gonna go with Ice Cube’s Death Certificate. I had that on cassette back in 1991. I must of been about 14 years old. My mum use to always yell at me for playing it with all the cursing and profanity. I still know most of the lyrics till this day. Shows you how powerful and influential Hip Hop can be.
9) What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? And where?
That’s a toss up between the Brixton Academy Public Enemy concert and Brooklyns Public Assembly 90’s Reunion Hip Hop night. Public Enemy was supported by EPMD and Gangstarr I think I was still in secondary school at the time. Was an epic night to see three major groups on the same bill. Around three years ago I went to New York and was invited by Apani B to a 90’s Hip Hop reunion jam in Brooklyn . The amount of emcees in one place that night was so dope. The venue was quite intimate so I was rubbing shoulders in the crowd with the likes of JeanGrae, Kurious Jorge, 9th Prince, Finsta Bundy, John Robinson, Mr Complex, Pumpkinhead, Royal Flush and more.
10) Name 3 things you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my hearing, if I went deaf and no longer could enjoy music that would be a nightmare. My family and people no doubt. If I lost my touch that would be the nail in the coffin. Rap game over but I guess I would adapt and cope, ha ha!
Any last words/shoutouts?
I wanna nominate Teach and ask her who’s her top 10 female emcees stateside and in the UK.
Thanks to Holly Flo Lightly for nominating me in the first place. To answer your question, the reason I come up with so many similes sis is because that’s what I enjoy doing. Big respect for thinking that I’m dope it’s a hard graft coming up with unique flows.

You know you shouldn’t ask Black folks to do shoutouts, that can go on for ages! Big up to Wordplay magazine for being a outlet for the culture. Props to Revorg for the endless features. Shout outs to Baileys Brown, Ophqi, Sus Bully, Downstroke, Pavan, Ogre Drool, Jman, the RLD & In The Balance Familia. Big up all the DJ’s and promoters that know me. Can’t forget my supporters and haters love you all because everything works together for the greater good.