Our next featured guest is a beloved hip-hop artist and full-time missionary who mixes fun and style with his musical messages and testimonies. When you see him he’s sure to be wearing one of the coolest t-shirts ever, too. A self-professed “Geek”- one of his many popular songs from his catalog of albums that includes ‘Shut Up the Devil’, ‘Nightwing’, and ‘Not Your Rapper’s Rapper’ – he recently joined us for our 2nd Annual Royal Rumble Q&A and Potluck [Jiddoe S’Phatt Remix]. Please welcome back to LiquidAE.com…Erik Stephen!
Erik Stephen: Oh my gosh; it was just so much about it! I loved the energy! It was for a great cause! It could be very chaotic to have that many performers, especially rappers, but HighTyde makes it run so smoothly. It was just a fun time with a lot of positive energy there. It was amazing.
LiquidAE.com: HighTyde told us then you’re always on the road. As a touring artist and full-time missionary, how many days out the year are you traveling city to city?
Erik Stephen: For the past 3 years we were on the road for pretty much 7 to 8 month out of the year, each year. That’s just how it’s worked out. So you have to take downtime or you’ll go nuts.
Erik Stephen: When I’m back in Phoenix, any downtime that we have. It’s not like 8 months straight. It’ll be a couple months home then 3 months out. When I’m back home in Phoenix I spend as much time in the studio as I can.
LiquidAE.com: We know you have a ton of music. How many albums have you released in total?
Erik Stephen: Well, as Erik Stephen I’ve released 4 albums. I’ve got 2 more tracks to do for my 5th album. But I used to rap under the name King MC. I have 7 albums from that one. Since I switched my name I’ve released 4 albums.
LiquidAE.com: How are you expecting audiences to respond to your upcoming 5th album?
Erik Stephen: The next album that’s coming out is going to be called ‘Limited Edition Vol. 1’. It’s going to have 8 tracks on it and its going to be featuring some exciting people! I’m really excited about these people that are going to be on it! I hope people just enjoy the music. I hope that they feel so connected to God through it. I hope they’re able to reflect on their own lives through the music and just have a good time with it too.
LiquidAE.com: We’re going to assume you’ll be wearing some cool t-shirts on the promotional pictures too!
Erik Stephen: Yeah! One of my songs on there is actually called “T-Shirt Game”! I’m talking about how my t-shirt game is on point.
Erik Stephen: It was just a different time in my life. I got to the point as I grew closer in my relationship with Christ, King MC just wasn’t me anymore. It almost felt like bragging or boasting. So I just went with my first and middle names. That’s who God made me so that’s who I am.
LiquidAE.com: Based on what you’ve said we can gather your newer music has a tonal difference than what’s deeper in your back catalog. Is there a style or delivery difference between King MC and Erik Stephen?
Erik Stephen: The whole point of being an artist is to evolve with your craft and grow with your craft. The song I recorded last week doesn’t sound like the first song I ever did. The whole point is I just want to keep getting better and better as I move along. Whether that’s changing up my delivery a little bit, changing up my style a little bit, I just want to keep evolving and being better. |
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