Herbal T on Latest Mixtape, Influences & More [Interview] [@HerbzMusic]
For those who may not be aware, underground UK rap artist, Herbal Tee, is a talented London based UK hip hop emcee that specializes in providing thoughtful lyrics and commentaries about the life confronted by people on the urban street of London.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Herbal T from KRT London ,Born in Hammersmith Hospital raised in Nth West/ west London. I’m an Urban Metropolis Poet, and beat maker, From duo Rap Group Kings Of The Round Table (K.R.T) and a representative of the independent label Redonda Ent
What made you choose the name?
I had many names before Herbal T such as Killa Dread, then Ras Brown , It was me evolving in character that came up with the name Herbal T. Growing up around the Rastafari movement I see Herbs as a good thing for people, Herbs are used to heal people as well as to make them stronger, pure and it is used in prayer. Metaphorically speaking I put Herbal before my initial T meaning strong T, Pure, T ect I,E my Music and lyrics are good for you
What, if any, are the main influences for you when writing your music?
My Main Influence is my life, and the people that are in it, things happen in life, and in the society we live in good and bad, this is all expressed in my music. Also it’s the passion I’ve got for music , It’s in my blood, my dad did music and is definitely a main influence, I was born through music.
At what age did you first decide to make Hip Hop music?
Been rapping since 7 over my dad’s dub records but I Started to make Hip Hop properly back in 1995 me and L.DON formed the Group K.R.T, .We was using Cubase on an Atari making beats and recording onto DAT tapes, then In 2000 we joined with a movement called U1 entertainment where we elevated our technique up until 2006 then we moved on to build Redonda Studios
What is the main theme behind your current release?
I see it as a lost book of truth in the rap industry. In religion there was many lost scriptures that people did not want the masses to know about, so were hidden underground. So it’s like I’m revealing and returning the real essence and truth of Hip Hop in this modern day, I drop knowledge and religious quotes as well as road talk and experiences. The theme is a millennium hidden rap scripture!
How long have you been working on your current project?
I started the project in July 2012, but was also working on my previous mixtape Passion Of Herbz at the same time. All in all it took 6 months
Who features on production for your current project?
I got a few artist features and producers, artists like L.don, A. wibz, C.notez, Young May from the Redonda camp, also Joe spesh from Group The Goldsmiths, and reggae artist G star. Producers Herbal T, That Producer G.I , Ekizel, Anger, Chris Taylor and Paper chase beats
Have you got any other promotion in place?
I have got some street promotion set up for this project, also going to try performing at some live events, and Mic nights throughout the year
Have you performed at many live shows and what kind of a reaction do you get?
I have performed at many venues 1st performance was at Subterranea in Notting Hill a venue well known for hip hop back in the day. After that followed a list of shows,
I have been on flyers with artist such as Skinny Man, Sway, ,lethal B, Rodney P, Klashnekoff , sincere, terminology and Cormega. From the shows we got good feedback
Have you been on any live radio shows and what do you prefer, radio or live on stage?
I have been on live radio too , stations like platinum fm and Bang fm , I like Radio because it is good for promotion and you have a chance to talk to a wide audience, but I prefer to perform its more fun to me , I get chance to interact with listeners face to face
Have you featured on any other UK Hip Hop artist’s tracks, if so, who?
I’ve featured on a few Tracks for artists like young may (Elite 13) Murdock from Narm, The Goldsmiths, Melanin 9, Mike GLC, and a few more
Have you got any videos on-line i.e YouTube, Vimeo etc?
Yes I have many on you tube just type in Google/ You tube (Herbal T from KRT LONDON) or (KRT LONDON) and a list should show
Have you been featured on any UK broadcasters like SBTV/Link Up TV’s YouTube channels?
I have featured on channels like Runnin Wid Da Streetz, Beatz 2 beatz, HecticTv, Black Budget tv, rymez.co.uk .
What are the plans for the future?
I am going to drop My Ep this summer distributed via Def Jam/Digital. It will be a ten track project, with homegrown productions, got a few features lined up too, this will be available on I tunes/ Amazon. Also me and L.Don have got the (KRT) GRIND MODE MIXTAPE forwarding around April, so stay in tuned to Herbal T & (REDONDA ENT)
Thanks for your time, is there anyone you would like to shout out?
Shout out to the Most High first! Respect to Redonda Ent, L.don, A.wibz, C.Notes, Young May, that producer GI, Current world media, My Family, my cousins up north, J Bizzal, Sugar, Litz,Glockz,2Badz and all the people that follow the underground hip hop scene.
Lastly, please drop us your social links!
@HERBZMUSIC / (FACE BOOK) HERBAL TEE/ (YOUTUBE) HERBZRAS007