[Exclusive Interviews] LoDo Interviews Montreal mc CeasRock #LiveHangout #hiphop

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Interview with Montreal mc CeasRock #LiveHangout #ZeroGravity

I had the pleasure to chat with Montreal hip hop artist and mc CeasRock. You may remember we recently featured CeasRock's EP "Zero Gravity", which is part 1 of a 2 part release (part 2 "FrequenCeas" currently in the works). On the EP Ceas really demonstrates his versatility, blending conscious lyrics over hard-hitting beats but not taking himself too serious and remembering to have fun.

LoDo's #LiveHangout interview with CeasRock

Ceas and I discuss the challenges faced with attempting to be a versatile mc and refusing to fit into any predefined box. While typecasting is part of the artistic world, it is not something that CeasRock has any interest in happening to him. We also discuss how tracks like his "M.O.E. (Money Over Everything)" help to bridge the gap between the "conscious" rap fans and the "masses". Surprisingly, Ceas found that the masses were more supportive of his "M.O.E." as he found many "conscious" fans were quick to "judge the book by its cover"; "The people who were the 'masses' were the people who accepted the song for the music.....the 'hip hop heads', wouldn't even accept it". I admitted to Ceas that I myself have been guilty of jumping to conclusions from a small snippet on one track and assuming I know everything about that artist. Hell, I slept on Kendrick for a while (even though I had been a big fan of Ab Soul) because I heard a few featured verses and thought I knew everything about who he was as an artist. Moral of the story? Let's stop segmenting this hip hop world, to each his own....if you don't like it you don't like it, on to the next. 

Be sure to check out the Zero Gravity EP at www.ceasrock.com (and twitter @ceasrock, google+ @ceasrock, ceasrock everything!).

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