We caught up with one of the UK’s most consistent underground Hip-Hop artists, M-Acculate, to find how more about his past, his future, and his thoughts on the state of the game now!!!
U.E.M – Give us a bit of background on yourself. When did you first get into Hip-Hop and what inspired you to start making music?
M-Acculate – I always loved poetry as a kid. I discovered Hip-Hop in 1993, at the age of 13, when my brother brought home a 2 Live Crew tape. Then came ‘The Chronic’, ‘Doggystyle’, but, the big game changer was ‘Enter The 36 Chambers’. I fell in love with the lyricism and kind of blended my poetry and creative writing skills with my new found passion for Hip-Hop. I then started writing rhymes, free-styling and battling, mostly just at parties, to try impress chicks but never did it on a serious level. Eventually started doing a few demos, put together a couple of groups and eventually (about 10 years ago) I decided to make a full on go at it as a solo artist.
U.E.M – What do you think of the current state on Hip-Hop?
M-Acculate – I have no idea what it even is! I don’t follow it as a culture anymore and I literally don’t understand what happened. Many say rap went pop but I see it more as pop went rap. We started out as an alternative to music on the radio. Remember the shock and uniqueness of tracks like ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ climbing the charts? Well nowadays every single chart song is rap/R&B influenced. And its not just music, its pop culture on every scale. TV shows, movies, cartoons, commercials, everything always has an ‘urban’ character. I heard 3 TV advertisements, in the space of an hour the other day, all with Busta Rhymes tracks. The Rocky Robin chocolate bar advert is a cartoon bird in a backwards cap and gold chain. Rap emojis will be next and it’s just ridiculous. Its a total mockery to the culture.
U.E.M – Who’s your favourite MC/Artist of all time and favourite out now?
M-Acculate – Kool G Rap. Greatest lyricist of all time! I’m all about the wordplay, metaphors and punchlines and I craft my verses with technical pride. G Rap, Proof (D-12) Cormega, Chino XL, Canibus, Killah Priest, Ill Bill, Redman, thats who I look up to. As far as artists that are ‘out now’ I still listen to those guys and other older heads still dropping new stuff as well as their older stuff. I have tried a lot of the newer artists (Logic, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Joey Bada$$, Conway etc.) but it’s not for me! I don’t get anything from it. I don’t even class myself as a Hip-Hop fan no more. It just happens to be the only form of music that I listen too. I am a fan of certain Hip-Hop era’s, and artists, just not the genre.
U.E.M – Do you have any forthcoming projects dropping this year?
M-Acculate – Yeah, I just started the year off with ‘The Trinity’ E.P. that’s myself, Hidden & Anonymous, with Markie4eyez on the boards. We have ‘Hidden Underground Vol. 2’, dropping in April, with all the HRSUnderground roster and others on there. Lucifer’s Apostles new album will be out in the summer and, hopefully, drop a solo E.P or maybe even the, long overdue, ‘Ballad Of A Bastard’ album. That’s been written for ages but it was written through some of my darkest times and memories. As much as I may sound like a grumpy old miserable bastard at times I have never been happier in life so its hard to capture the emotion and feel I want in this album’s delivery. I might leave my wife for a month, quit my job and go back on the drugs just to get it done! Show my dedication to the game haha.
U.E.M – Where do you see yourself, musically, in 5 years time?
M-Acculate – Still sat on my sofa, drunk, playing golden era shit on YouTube saying “I wish it was 1995”. I’m not sure, still be here in some capacity, not rapping. I’ll be in my early 40’s by then so I will be promoting and I’ve also got a few other ideas. Still trying to figure some plans out. Hip-Hop will always be a big part of my heart so as long as my heart has a beat, it will be a 96BPM boom bap beat, and I’ll always be a part of the game. Thanks for having me here, I’ve enjoyed it, and big up all you guys that support me and real Hip-Hop! Keep up the dope work. Peace!!!
Stream + Purchase his music here –
iTunes – M-Acculate on iTunes
Spotify – M-Acculate on Spotify
Bandcamp – M-Acculate on Bandcamp
HRSUnderground Bio – M-Acculate – Official HRSUnderground Bio