Hezekiah breaks down his new album, Conscious Porn, which will be released on October 12 via Soulspazm.

Hezekiah: Breaking Down ‘Conscious Porn’

In recent years Hip-Hop has been going through a series of major identity crisis. Some have been far more painful and glaring than others and, well, some actually do indeed manufacture new trends and practices that tend to embody more of what the framers of this great culture were all about.

Insert enigmatic, Delaware-raised, Philly-dwelling emcee and supporter of all things DIY, Hezekiah. With two exceedingly interesting albums already under his belt, the musical jack of all trades is poised yet again to burst onto the consciousness of all those that refuse to think outside the box with a brand new LP. This go-round promises to be even more unconventionally engrossing as Hezekiah embarks upon the wild ride that surely will be Conscious Porn. Before he drops his new magnum opus on your head he sat down with us here at aboveGround Magazine to answer a few quick questions and break down his newest effort.

1. What’s the inspiration behind the album’s title? Most people don’t see the words “conscious” and “porn” within the same sentence never mind right next to each other.

The title of the album came from me living a double life freely and not caring what people thought about it. I would go from the protest rally straight to the strip club. I just got sick of being labeled by other people so I made one for them.

2. How will this album be different from your last two albums?

I’m all about progression and if I can’t find a new way to express myself musically then I won’t put any music out. In Conscious Porn you will hear me more aggressive and more in your face. From the production to the lyrics and still with the honest and open heart.

3. Who can we expect to see on the album?

Whooo!!! You can expect to see Talib Kweli, Raheem Devoughn, Peedi Crakk, Cody Chesnutt, Bahamadia, Ishe, Tu Phace, and more.

4. What was the goal you wanted to complete with Conscious Porn?

The goal of Conscious Porn is to chip away at the segregated wall that the industry has built in hip hop. Such as street rap, conscious rap, back-pack, hipster rap, rock rap, crunk, snap… blah, blah, blah. It’s just a game they play to divide and conquer and it worked…so-far.

5. How can people get in contact with you and check out you music?

They can check out my music on iTunes (itunes.com/hezekiah) or check out my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/hezekiah234)

Break Down of Conscious Porn

1. Skit 1 (The Consultation)
All skits were written by Mikey McFly and also performed by Mikey McFly and Tracy Washinksy.

2. She Male
This track was produced by “I Make Mad Beats”. I wanted to enter the album hard and witty, but with a back ground that complimented both my street and eclectic side at once.

3. All Rays (Feat. Keziah)
This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It features my sister, Keziah, plus my horn section, ME SO HORNY. Both have albums coming out on my label, 3crates. The trick is to make live music sound like samples. It’s all in the mix.

4. Skit 2 (Pre-op)

5. Corn Bread (feat. Drez Da Beatnik)
I wrote this song as a joke and ended up learning that the best music is made as a reflex. Drez was perfect for the hook. Great old school, D.C. Go-Go vibe. Thanks to Street Orchestra and Steve McKie G.

6. If This World Were Mine (feat. Raheem Devaughn)
This track is a live recording from one of my jam sessions that I do weekly in Philly. As soon as the band played it I knew it was gonna be on the album. So Raheem and I have known each other for over six years and this is our first time working together and since this song we [have] knocked out a few more jams. He was perfect for this song.

7. Movers and Shakers. (Feat. Poindexter)
I said I would never write a song about the music industry but after all the B.S. I’ve been through in the last 10 years, I had to get this off my chest. Tony Whitfield and I always put together big songs like really epic and Poindexter croons his soul out.

8. The Clinic (Feat Ishe)
The first verse is about the stress of getting tested after being promiscuous. The second verse is about the pressure of abortion and again Tone Whitfield pulls at your heart with the production along with Ishe (another artist I’m releasing on my label).

9. Skit 3 (The Procedure)

10. Hold it now (Feat. Tu Phace, Chriss Harris, and Peedi Crakk)
Another song that started as a joke but ended up awesome. It’s pop yet gritty with a 60’s vibe. I’m a fan of Peedi, Chriss and Tu Phace and Mr. Sonny James on the cuts. I thought it would be explosive to mash it up on one track and I think we have a hit.

11. Here’s To The World (Feat. Aaron Livingston)
More porn, less conscious {laughs}. All my years of strip clubs pays off on this song with more fun. Steve Mckie on the drums and Aaron is my favorite song writer. We always work well together and there will never be a Hezekiah album without this dude.

12. Fired Up (Feat. Talib Kweli and Bahamadia)
Ok, so I e-mailed Bahamadia the track and she sends it to Kweli…two days later the song is finished. This was the easiest big song ever. This song set the pace for the rest of the album. Everything had to be this easy or I wasn’t going to make an album. Thank god for real friends.

13. Raining (Feat Ghingy)
I wrote these verses after watching Chris Rock’s movie I Think I Love My Wife, and it’s a lesson to men. The song says that after all the pimping and being fly you may end up single and lonely. Trust me, I’m almost that dude, just to be honest.

14. Skit 4 (Cured)

15. What Kind of Cool (Feat. Cody Chestnut)
You won’t believe this but I contacted Cody through MySpace and asked him if he can email me the wave file so I can produce and remix it. He called me, we spoke, and then he sent the file. The song is so necessary today. What kind of cool will we think of next to hide behind? Next I called Tone Whitfield and we did what we do best.

I’m telling you this album was sent from either heaven or hell depending on the outcome…{laughs}.

Hezekiah’s Conscious Porn will be available worldwide on Tuesday, October 12 via Soulspazm.

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