I Also Rap: Audible Doctor of Brown Bag Allstars Takes the Solo Leap
He's created a name for himself thus far for his phenomenal production skills and his eclectic voice within the conglomerate of spitters known as the Brown Bag AllStars. And, with his recent EP titled I Think That..., The Audible Doctor has demonstrated yet again that he is ready, willing, and able to step up to most any rap challenge.
His readiness is even more apparent now that his new solo project has dropped, and in a recent meeting with AllHipHop.com, The Audible Doctor spoke on I Think That... and his feelings about stepping to the front of the stage on his own. He also promised he isn't going to be "shutting up anytime soon!" Check out AllHipHop.com's interview with Brown Bag Allstars member, Audible Doctor:
AllHipHop.com: Thanks for sitting down with us, Let's just get right to it. This is your very first solo project on this side of the mic. How did it feel to create this project as a solo act versus as a member of a large group?
The Audible Doctor: Thank you for sitting down with me. It feels really good, but it's also scary. I've been rapping longer than I've been producing, but this is really the first time I've stepped out on my own as an MC. It's very different having all the creativity and all the content of a record resting on just your shoulders, but it's something that I've been wanting to do for a while now, and it feels good to finally have the first project out. I hope people like it, because there's a lot more on the way. I'm not shutting up anytime soon.
AllHipHop.com: Can you speak to the inspiration for this project and who worked on it with you, both the artists and producers?
The Audible Doctor: A lot of the inspiration for this record was just things that have been happening in my life and things I've been thinking about. There wasn't any direct theme throughout the record, although you'll hear me coming back to certain ideas and certain topics on different songs because I've been thinking about them a lot recently. Part of the idea of naming the project I Think That... is it's really just a bunch of my thoughts put to music.
This was my announcement to the world that I rap as well as make beats, and a lot of the artists you hear on the project are people I've been working with in some capacity. I didn't reach out too far for any special features; it's mostly just family. I also reached out to a few people for outside production in an effort to try to get myself out from under that "oh he's just a producer" shadow.
AllHipHop.com: What was the biggest lesson learned for you during this process?
The Audible Doctor: I procrastinate WAY too much [laughter]. I always knew that about myself, but I really stressed myself out with this one. I think I put too much pressure on myself because it's my debut vocal project. I ended up having to cut a song, because I didn't have the time to finish it and stay on track with the deadlines. But I'm very happy with how it came out, and I feel like I can only get better from here.
AllHipHop.com: What do you hope the listener takes away from this project?
The Audible Doctor: Really, I just hope they can relate to it. I connect with the music I love on a very personal level. I feel like I understand what the artist is going through and what they felt when they made the song, and that's what I want to give to my fans. I hope they appreciate the music I make the same way I appreciate the music made by those that I'm fans of. I met a fan once that told me that I saved his life. He was going through a hard time and was suicidal, and in his darkest time, he found a CD of mine and put it on and just started writing. He ended up writing an entire project about his situation and came out the other end stronger than ever. Music is a very powerful thing, and I try to make genuine music that people can connect with.
AllHipHop.com: Are there anymore videos from this coming out soon?
The Audible Doctor: Yeah, I dropped the "Success (Part 1)" video featuring Chaundon, and I just dropped another video for "Baby Momma" recently. There is at least one more video on the way, but I'm not sure exactly when yet. The next video is going to be for "Andy Kaufman Theory".
AllHipHop.com: Is there anyone that you haven't worked with yet that you hope to work with in the future?
The Audible Doctor: Hell yeah, man, that's a HUGE list. Um... lets just say my top five artists I hope to work someday with in no particular order are Ghostface, Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Andre 3000, and Gladys Knight. I feel like most of them are accessible, it's just a matter of time. I'm coming for you, Gladys!
AllHipHop.com: What will make this first solo experience complete for you?
The Audible Doctor: A Grammy. No, I'm kidding. Honestly, it is complete. The project came out, and I've gotten a lot of really great positive feedback on it. I don't like to dwell on things, so it's time to keep it moving and focus on the next project. I set out to establish myself as more than just a producer, and I think I have. Now it's time to keep running with it.
AllHipHop.com: What five words best describe this project?
The Audible Doctor: Genuine, Soulful, Good, Hip, Hop. Yeah I got lazy with the last three [laughter].
AllHipHop.com: What's up next for you?
The Audible Doctor: My next project drops on the 30th of October. It's an instrumental project called Doctorin that is executive produced by Large Professor. It's 12 tracks of soulful Hip-Hop production, and you should buy it because I need to pay rent. You can and should pre-order it on iTunes now.
AllHipHop.com: How can people catch up with you?
The Audible Doctor: You can keep up with all updates on my website www.AudibleDoctor.com, or follow me on Twitter (@AudibleDoctor) and make sure you like me on www.facebook.com/AudibleDoctor. Or, you can always just Google me and you'll find me, I'm lurking just around the corner on the Internet.