Get Familiar: 810 and The Black Sunn

Get Familiar: 810 and The Black SunnIn a special two-part Get Familiar, we introduce you to the likes of Baltimore MCs 810 and The Black Sunn. Fresh off the release of their new collaborative album, UniteDivision, they’re building a buzz and moving forward with their dope brand of East-coast boom bap.


The Black Sunn: Adam aka The Black Sunn

810:  Matthew McKeldin Sutton



The Black Sunn: 22 (Sept 10th Virgo Boy!)

810: 22



The Black Sunn / 810: Baltimore, MD


Label / Group Affiliations

The Black Sunn: Move Forward Music and Empire Distribution affiliated

810: Move Forward Music, Street Legal Entertainment, Empire Distribution



The Black Sunn: Born Alone, Die Alone (09), The Sunn Is Black EP (09), Godsound (09), Sol Parables (10), UniteDivision (11)

810: Supply And Demand (Mixtape), Glass Half Full (Mixtape), UniteDivision (Album) w/The Black Sunn


What do you think is the difference for you between working as a solo artist versus with a group/duo?

The Black Sunn: Solo I can do what the fuck I want without having to ask anyone. [Laughs] As a group/duo there are more opinions that have to be taken into consideration and the process takes longer but I honestly like both styles. I can’t dwell on one thing for too long, just like I crave my family’s attention I need that alone time to do my own thing. It’s the duality of the universe.

How did you get started making music?

The Black Sunn: I’ve been around hip hop since I was a baby thanks to my brother, DJ Bishop, but I wrote my first rap in 4th grade.  My first rap group was called MART with 810. Back then, I was Big A and he was DJ Bush. [Laughs] I changed my named to Sun Tzu in high school when I went through a heavy Wu Tang phase.  As I discovered myself and who I really wanted to be, I changed my name to The Black Sunn and got serious about this around 2007.

810: I feel like I was born into this; I come from a musical family and making music is something that I can’t stop making even if I wanted to.  If you mean rap specifically, I remember writing my 1st rap at 11 and I haven’t stopped since.

If you could do something over again in your life, what would it be? Why?

The Black Sunn: I wouldn’t — every moment in my life has been a lesson that I’ve learned from, some even ignored and repeated until I got the lesson.  I’m not ashamed of my life and I know when I die I’ll be proud of everything that I’ve accomplished.

810: I would do High School over; I never took it seriously.   I used to go to a prestigious school and I threw it away. I graduated, but there were a lot of missed opportunities in that part of my life.  Then again, the lessons that I’ve learned have helped me get where I am now. So In actuality, I probably wouldn’t change a thing.

Do you think your early involvement with music drove you decision not to take school seriously?

810: To a certain extent yes, but honestly I think without music it would have been something else to distract me from classwork.  High school is when I feel like I honed my skills. I feel school is to be taken seriously; without some form of knowledge we are very weak as a people. Even if it isn’t from a college or university, you should gain knowledge to excel in whatever your craft is.

Tell us about a great music memory that you have. 

The Black Sunn: My first memory is being 2 or 3 years old and my brother spinning “C.R.E.A.M.” by Wu Tang.  That’s my first music memory and that feeling is something I can’t describe but that’s why I do what I do today. I want to create a legacy that people can grow with in the same way I grew up with music.

810: When I was 15 and I went to my 1st studio, it was like a dream come true. I recorded a song called “We’re In The Studio” with a few friends. I never heard the song after that day though.

I think there are a lot of heads that grew up with Wu Tang and really fell in love with their style of music, what made them so meaningful for you?

The Black Sunn: Well like I said, my brother was a DJ and I was literally in Pampers listening to Wu Tang because of him. [Laughs] Some of my earliest memories are of Wu Tang so I always have that respect. When I got to High School I really began to discover their catalog and a lot of their music described how I was feeling at the time. I wasn’t a problem child but somehow I always ended up in some kinda bullshit. Their attitude just fit my view on life.

Looking at your “peers” in terms of modern artists, who do you think best carries on that legacy of really powerful, lasting hip hop?

The Black Sunn: We talking about longevity right? Because I’m big on that..but people who are in my age range? Kendrick Lamar, King Mez, Big K.R.I.T. — those are some of the first names that come to my mind; their substance is deep. Even Drake, though people like to hate on him, I believe his material can relate to a wide range of people. That’s what it’s about right? Touching people’s souls.  They take that with them through life and that makes it timeless.


What’s next for you?

The Black Sunn: Pushing UniteDivision by shooting more videos, organizing a tour, etc and working on my next solo LP.

810: More music is being made now and more greatness is being achieved. *Thumbs Up*

Do you have any specific plans for the future in terms of what will be released next?

810: Another solo project, although I don’t know what I’m gonna call it yet.  Songs are being recorded now. I feel like myself and Sunn have a opportunity to move to the next level and I will make the project that will bring people into my world. At some point I want to change the world also, whether through music or through my brand as a whole.

Stream 810 and The Black Sunn’s new album, UniteDivision via BandCamp and pick up the album for just $5.

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