"YUKON MAGAZINE.XIV" Sun May-01-05 03:00 PM by blak_yukon
YaíknowÖitís funny how just two months ago I lobbied the need for a name change around here. Since than there have been battles (and attempts at battles) popping up sporadically. Itís like a car accident thoughÖit gets ugly and yet we all want to slow down and watch it as it unfolds. So with the resurgence of the battle scene I figure who better to chop it up with than the ďnew-vetĒ MiracleRic. Much like Bartek, Ric came into his own through the boards. Representing the new breed of rapper where laptops and Soundclick pages have replaced the notebook and cipher on any given block to a degree. This thundercat is an admitted shit-talker whoís in transition from being a ďnetceeĒ, to becoming a great songwriter. Letís see what dude has to say.
YM. Whatís good?
What's Really Good? Not Much, stuck in writer's block's clutch, losing my hot touch, to a cold stroke, losing focus like old folks, I hold hopes and faith, I mold dope and grace, my mojo potion is hustled at a slow motion pace, and then its packed in vials, fuck it, lets collab an call it blak and mild!
YM. Up until recently you were the reigning King OíThe Ring, right? Gifted writer a lot of people respect around here on top of that. Do you think from that you might have influence over some people? Case in point last monthís tournament; there seemed to be some swaying of a vote on your part. A draw came about till one person started to voted one way and you ďofferedĒ your opinion as to why they should vote for another. Talk a little about that.
I remember the incident. I was really surprised that the person changed there vote. I guess I am somewhat respected by the battlers/MC's of the board I'm very vocal about my opinions and usually pretty neutral but if I disagree with a vote i'm vocal about it. I'm known to complain about the weakness of my own verse to folks. Zin and Frak like to mess with me and say I be pollyin' votes and I guess sometimes my opinions do influence folks so I guess itís somewhat true. It doesnít bother me because iím usually vocal with the intent not to influence but to understand why someone thought this or that verse was hotter than the next and sometimes to show people what theyíre missing from a verse.
YM. Iíve watched you for years and battling stands out as your forte, am I wrong in that assumption? Your wordplay is real intricateÖitís like you have a gang of books close by for some ill references. I take it being an emcee is more than just posting verses on the internet for you, yes?
Iím not sure if I would say battling is my forte but it's definitely a strong point. As an MC/writer my talents lie mostly in wordplay/clever ish, imagery/vibe and flow. As far as the references...it's weird, I used to think I was good at that but Iíve fallen off. It takes a lot of input of inspiration for me to get going nowadays. As a battler I think ima lil lax with the punchlines. I like the raw feel they can add to a verse and how a good punchline can appeal to anyone. As an overall MC, I still see myself as a netcee. I'm hard on myself, so until I improve things like my mic presence, cadences, focus and consistency Iím still just an aspiring MC. Donít be mistaken, Iím grinding, in fact me and frak are gonna try and pump mixtapes out this summer on the beatjack tip. There are some other okp's Iím tryin' to work with...u,zin,aus,frak and I got ish to connect with...I wanna get at some bartek beats, and its a few lessonheads I had my eye on for a while for beats. So, things are looking up but iím gonna stay hungry for a while.
YM. When did you decide heyÖI want to be an emcee, than realize heyÖI AM an emcee? Youíre actually becoming a double threat in that you make your own beats as well, right? With all that howís the transition from just writing to actually recording going?
Iím not sure of the exact moment when I just decided, "I'm gonna be an MC" but this board has had a huge influence on that choice. I started out with poetry/spoken word writing and posting. PSALM was the beginning of the rhymes for me and it just blew up from there and battling just called to me. I see myself as the playful yet philosophical, storytellin' yet shit-talkin' everyday type of MC. I wanna spit love-songs, I wanna spit street soundtracks, I wanna spit chill music and bangers, I wanna spit stories and concepts but I still consider myself a writer first and an MC second and iím workin' on that. Writer's Block has reluctantly become a very close friend. So my plan is to write verses until it comes natural again and then move on to polishing myself as an MC. Beatmaking is even more challenging. I'll return to that once I heat up a few mixtapes. The transition from writing to recording is actually tougher than a brick masonís hand. I'm improving and these beatjacks should help out a lot. After that, I think I will start taking things a lot more serious and network more and make good music.
YM. Letís back track a little, the name Miracle Ric. There might be a few people who donít know the story behind the name.
This name came into existence about 6 or 7 years ago when I broke my neck in swimming accident. I didnít know I broke my neck for 2 weeks, some malpractice suits coulda been filed but I didnít want any more drama. So, I eventually had to have surgery. Titanium plates and screws and fused 4th and 5th vertebrae did the trick. Even my neurosurgeon said it was a miracle my vertebrae didnít slip and cut my spinal cord. Miracle stuck for a lot of people. So I just added Ric (Rick being my name) and that was it.
YM. Lastly, you mightíve caught Aprilís YM where I was doing some lobbying about changing the name of the Freestyle Boards to The Speakeasy. Without the political correctness, whatís your opinion of the boards?
I think the speakeasy would be a more appropriate name because the freestyle board is most definitely more catered to poetic types than to us verse vandals. I like to dabble in poetry myself but not as much as I used to. I enjoy reading a lot of folks, particularly those who flaunt they skill in ill imagery. I feel like I neglect my more poetic side at times but it shines thru many of my rhymes. The boards are kinda strange right now. A few new talented cats around on both sides of the Poet/MC spectrum but it seems the usual suspects I check for arenít posting as much and many new MC's get discouraged easily (some for very good reason). I think the board was more cohesive at one point and I think some egos are in need of deflation but overall I donít have a major problem with it. I donít like the decline of MC's b/c this is how I got my start but maybe thatís a sign to do something about my hunger and eat. Feed Me Seymour!
Good lookin Blak
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1. "RE: YUKON MAGAZINE.XIV" In response to Reply # 0
Very nice interview and the swimming accident?? Damn, man I know you're grateful to be alive!!! Great interview as usual, Blak! ~~~~~~~~ if you like my poems let them walk in the evening,a little behind you
then people will say "Along this road i saw a princess pass on her way to meet her lover(it was toward nightfall)with tall and ignorant servants." e.e. cummings
you can keep this month's issue ...this mofo ...giving us some 'ol miracale ...story bout how he was in a wheel chair and the preacher touched his head ....and he walked and said i'm healed ....lmwcsao ****that's laugh my wheel chair story ass off****
Hate is the way we show love ....my mans you know i got love for you lil homie .... thanks for think enough of me to include me
...been on here a while as a lurker and an active participant and for whatever reason i never checked these anchored yukon mag threads till today
many props to yukon for setting this up- what an ill idea
i really like the way it looks on the page too- you should post that first next time cause i just read the interview in the post then i saw it in mag format
many props to ric as well for trying to succeeed as an mc in every aspect (a rhyming rennaissance man), for giving a very honest interview, for coming back from the dead, and especially for having the cojones to step in the ring with me when i called him out
20. "RE: YUKON MAGAZINE.XIV" In response to Reply # 0
HA! M Ricky str8 out a marvel comic book! it has been a pleasure to see and hear you grow (by leaps and bounds) as an emcee. now all you gotta do is get to miami and help me bag some of these dimes, i cant get em all.
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"I school a beat like I'm Aus at Harvard" - Miracle Ric