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Interview: Wish Master flies the flag for Bristol “It felt great to be a voice for my community”

In Hip Hop, Interviews by Nick Russell

Bristol emcee Wish Master is more than just a rapper. He’s an accomplished word smith and leader amongst his community of his home town of Bristol, in the south west of England.

Recently featured in a BBC documentary centred around the fall of a slave trader’s statue,  Wish Master is built on his well deserved attention with his latest video Write Pages, which showed a biographical tale of his life thru the lens of hip hop. The song was the final video from his album The BULL, and  we spoke to Wish Master to talk Black Lives Matter, dream collaborations, advice for any young MCs and more…

What inspired the concept and visual execution for your new video ‘Write Pages’?

The video was directed and storyboarded by Patch De Salis. The idea behind it was that we wanted the visual to show how through out it all the pen and the tongue were what made it happen. In the visual,  Patch only wanted to concentrate on key moments of the past present and future.

From the video of “Write Pages” it looks like you will be rapping for many years to come, what are some of your future dream collaborations and projects?

Yeah been rapping since I was fifteen, but started music when at thirteen. I want to work with artist like Lil Wayne, Eto, Willie The Kid, Roc Marciano, Benny and J Cole. In terms of producers, the likes of Alchemist, Just Blaze, Justice League, 9th wonder and Madlib.

How has the Black Lives Matter movement influenced the subject matter and lyrical evolution of your music?

It hasn’t really changed and influenced my subject matter, as it has always been something I highlighted and spoke about before the BLM movement. My music all about spreading a message and awareness of what’s happening in the world. I do think as I’ve progressed as an artist, I have definitely learned to dig deeper and not just scratch the surface of subjects.

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How important is it to write from personal experience rather than from fiction?

I believe it’s very important for me – this is me telling my story of personal experiences and letting people get to know and understand who I am more as a person. I think it’s important to portray an honest version of yourself, especially for me as a role model in my community.

Why should people turn their attention to the Bristol scene?

They should turn their heads to the scene because it’s not up and coming, IT’S HERE! And it’s a pool of talent that is raw, rugged and unapologetic. One of the most exciting hip hop scenes going, and full of not just amazing rappers, but powerhouse producers of the UK as well. It has strong roots from early in the D&B, Dubstep and Dub culture too.

If you had to give advice for any young MCs thinking about getting their music started, what would you say to them?

Learn your craft, know your lane and target market. One thing I would say when it comes to recording –  take your time, don’t rush, as once you give it to the world you can’t take it back. Don’t be afraid to try new things, work with different people and step outside your comfort zone.

How did it feel to be featured in the recent TV documentary surrounding the fall of the Colston statue and how will you build on this attention?

It felt great to be a voice for my community. I plan to build on this by dropping more music which touches on some of the topics of discussion that need to be had about difficult conversations. I am looking at setting up a program to go in to schools and give talks to the children and a little lesson on some things that don’t get mentioned in the national curriculum.

What are the most important lessons the public can learn off the back of the most recent BLM movement

The most important lesson people can learn is to listen more research and be more sympathetic toward peoples’ feelings. Don’t be ignorant – be understanding and respectful of peoples views and opinions.

How do you hope this will change public perception going forward?

Hopefully moving forward people will understand the struggles and systematic equalities that we have been through as people, and we as the people shall up rise and start to move as one. (“Its time to be part of the solution or you are part of the problem”).