Black History Month: A.D. Is A Scholar Not A Saint - Page 3
Although he did not get to attend LaGuardia, A.D. continued to pursue his calling as an entertainer by participating in the acapella programs and was often asked to be in the dramas.
“It was actually in middle school and high school that I started rapping. I had always been around Hip-Hop since I was like 6 years old. That was my earliest memory having heard it.”
A.D. having grown up in the South Bronx, literally a few doors down from where Grandmaster Flash used to DJ at the park.
Upon entering college at Brown, the focus on Hip-Hop for A.D. began to shift. It had been quite some time since he had done anything involving the performing arts.
“It was the most depressing period in my life when I wasn’t doing music. “
It is easy to liken this to one of nature’s elements being taken from its natural habitat. A.D. like many other artists needed music, it was his oxygen.
“Once I came back to it, my life has pretty much been devoted to it ever since then.”
In discussing music with A.D., it is impossible not to hear the passion in his voice about it. The commitment is enough to inspire other to pursue their own passions in life. A.D. goes into detail about the Jus Cuz album PM2AM, the motivation and inspiration he and Young MiScHifF had.
“I was listening to The Fugees’ first full album, The Score. I was astounded by how much that album affected me, to the point for where when we did PM2AM, that album worked as a blueprint for how we approached our album. People will not understand this for a couple years. It’s really an album about a life that everyone connects to.”
A.D. elaborates on the band’s motivations and one of the album’s most engaging cuts.
“One of the things that people will always ask is how does Jus Cuz work. It goes back to the idea that no man is an angel or a devil; we all have sides. I think when we make our music; we want to show you a full spectrum of human emotion. There is a song called Express, it’s basically our stripper song. It’s not a stripper song in the conventional sense. We talk about women being fast. It’s also about a woman who knows who she is and where she wants to go. In the song, there is a language that to the average listener will think it’s just Rap and a stripper talk. If you really listen to what we are talking about, then you’ll hear that we are talking about meeting a specific type of woman who is that way versus the woman who knows what it is and you have no problem with her being your freak.”Continued on the next page