Soul Flows


Take a Reign Cheque
September 14, 2009, 3:56 pm
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G-Five Clive - photo credit Avanti Fernandez

SoulFlows comes back this time, bringing to the stage, G5 Clive. With a flow similar to that of a storyteller and verses that are beyond relatable, G5 Clive makes us reminisce, remember, and imagine each line. G5 is an artist creating works that separately are like entries in a journal, and together are like a movie. His lyrics are full of imagery, his flow is conversational, his style is all his own. It’s hard to describe his work or compare him to other emcees, because there’s easily no comparison. His music is full of experimental, hip-hop, new school, old school, and jazz influences. G5 Clive is the definition of a generator. The mixtapes have been on repeat since SoulFlows was introduced to G5. “Neva Can Say Goodbye featuring TeeThree” is my ultimate favorite [from The Social Class mixtape], and contains a sample of the Jackson 5 classic, “Never Can Say Goodbye”. Another must listen is “Sex Ed: Like Water”, also off The Social Class mixtape; the song has an interesting subject, but what I love about this joint in particular is the delivery. With the release of his single “Vice City” off his next mixtape, Reign Cheque [dropping September 30], getting major reviews, SoulFlows brings to the stage… G5 Clive, the Style Generator.

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric/verse, what would it be?

Hmm…There’s so many but I’d have to go with this song I did called “James Bond.” It was on my Social Class mixtape and it pretty much chronicled my life before music up till now. James Bond was always the smooth character that gave you his last name first, which it pretty parallel to me. G5 being an abbreviation of my last name (GRANT= 5 Letters), as well as a metaphor for my style.

In your own words introduce G5 Clive to the stage.

Umm…Simply put, I’m no different than you…but being that I’m not you I’m me…you know? But really I’m DC…I’m Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon fused together…I’m Negril…I’m BOMB weed…I’m real rap… I’m that silly dude Clive…I’m a thinker of extreme sorts. Extreme.

You would describe your style as…

Breezy. If that makes sense lol…It’s just chill. Someone once described my style as ‘Complex Simplicity,’ and I tend to agree with that. It’s everything but nothing… but it’s something. It’s actually a whole lot. I’d say my style is ‘Progressive.’

G5 Clive, the Style Generator. How’d that come about, because I see you styling.

Haha… That came from Uptown DC. And my parents… cause they kinda traumatized me with mad styles they had going on LOL… So it’s like embedded in me to be flavorful… refreshing. Some people take note, others don’t.

So going through your mixtapes, the I notice that each tape offers mad varieties as far as subject matter, beats, even lyricism. Hard to believe an emcee could be that versatile. How do you think your music is different from the old G5 and other emcees?

We as humans are an ever-evolving species. And I’m no different… even though I’m a Beast! Haha. But seriously, just as I evolve as a person, my art does. I go through different things on a daily basis, which warrants a different mind state, which ultimately drives me to make different music. I’m not a person of the past too much so each project will seem like the first one I’ve ever done. Not skills wise, but feeling wise. The difference between me and other emcees is that I do soul music. Not “Hip-Hop,” SOUL music.

So, your music seems to be influenced a lot by the 80s and early 90s. You did the joint “I Still Love H.E.R.” on your A Bathing tApe, sort of like Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”, about the love for hip hop. What do you think of the state hip hop is in? And how do you plan on changing [or adding to] that?

I believe Hip-Hop is a beautiful thing that will never die, just evolve. I think today, Hip-Hop is looking for its new face. I don’t want to say “saviour” but I kinda do. It’s stagnant, repetitive, and content. But it should be progressive, edgy and informative. I plan to go for the throat of the game, keep making progressive hip-hop with that soul feel to restore its essence and add to its repertoire. Hip-Hop needs more repertoires.

Now I have been rocking The Social Class and a Bathing tApe mixtapes, what other projects do you have on the menu? And what can we expect from them?

Well I’m currently working on another mixtape/album called “Reign Cheque’ which should be out early September. It’s crazy! That G500 Sound.

Describe to us what your dream song would be. [Who would make the beat? What would it be about? Who would it feature? What would it sound like?]

Hmm… Good one. I’d have to have either Dr. Dre or Vaughn Kerns on the beat. It would be about my [our] great lineage. It would feature Doug E Fresh & Diddy on background vocals LOL and probably Chuck Brown on the hook. It would sound LEGENDARY. Let’s see who tries to steal that idea lol.

What’s one thing you want your listeners to walk away with?

An open mind. Period.

So to wrap it up, tell everybody where they can hear more from you.

Catch me on Myspace.com/g5clive and Facebook.com/g5clive

I’ll also be performing at various spots throughout the rest of the summer and this year.

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Let’s Get Free. & Thank You.

Check out & D/L G5 Clive’s 2nd single off Reign Cheque, “So Many Girls” featuring Choppa Block…

http://divshare.com/download/8582707-6a6

:: photo credit :: Avanti Fernandez ::

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric/verse, what would it be? [Lyric, Song Name, Artist]

Hmm.. Theres so many but I’d have to go with this song I did called ‘James Bond.’ It was on my Social Class mixtape and it pretty much chronicled my life before music up til now. James Bond was always the smooth character that gave you his last name first, which it pretty parallel to me. G5 being an abreviation of my last name (GRANT= 5 Letters), as well as a metaphor for my style.

In your own words introduce G5 Clive to the stage.

Umm… Simply put, Im no different than you.. but being that Im not you Im me.. you know? lol But really I’m DC.. I’m Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon fused together.. I’m Negril.. Im BOMB weed.. I’m real rap.. I’m that silly dude Clive.. I’m a thinker of extreme sorts. Extreme.

You would describe your style as…

Breezy. If that makes sense lol Its just chill. Someone once described my style as ‘Complex Simplicity,’ and I tend to agree with that. Its everything but nothing… but its something. Its actually a whole lot. I’d say my style is ‘Progressive.’

G5 Clive, the Style Generator. How’d that come about, because I see you styling.

Haha.. That came from Uptown DC. And my parents.. cuz they kinda tramautized me with mad styles they had going on LOL.. So its like embredded in me to be flavorful.. refreshing. Some people take note, others dont.

So going through your mixtapes, the I notice that each tape offers mad varieties as far as subject matter, beats, even lyricism. Hard to believe an emcee could be that versatile. How do you think your music is different from the old G5 and other emcees?

We as humans are a ever-evolving species. And I’m no different.. even though Im a Beast! haha. But seriously, just as I evolve as a person, my art does. I go through different things on a daily basis, which warrants a different mindstate, which ultimately drives me to make different music. Im not a person of the past too much so each project will seem like the first one Ive ever done. Not skills wise, but feeling wise. The difference between me and other emcees is that I do soul music. Not “Hip-Hop,” SOUL music.

So, your music seems to be influenced a lot by the 80s and early 90s. You did the joint “I Still Love H.E.R.” on your A Bathing tApe, sort of like Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”, about the love for hip hop. What do you think of the state hip hop is in? And how do you plan on changing [or adding to] that?

I believe Hip-Hop is a beautiful thing that will never die, just evolve. I think today, Hip-Hop is looking for its new face. I dont want to say “saviour” but I kinda do. Its stagnant, repetitive, content. But it should be progressive, edgy and informative. I plan to go for the throat of the game. Keep making progressive Hip-Hop with that Soul Feel ta restore its essence and add to its repertoire. Hip-Hop needs more repertoire.

Now I have been rocking The Social Class and A Bathing tApe mixtapes, what other projects do you have on the menu? And what can we expect from them?

Well I’m currently working on another mixtape/album called “Reign Cheque’ which should be out early September. Its crazy! That G500 Sound.

Describe to us what your dream song would be. [Who would make the beat? What would it be about? Who would it feature? What would it sound like?]

Hmm.. Good one. I’d have to have either Dr. Dre or Vaughn Kerns on the beat. It would be about my [our] great lineage. It would feature Doug E Fresh & Diddy on backround vocals LOL and probably Chuck Brown on the hook. It would sound LEGENDARY. Lets see who tries to steal that idea lol

What’s one thing you want your listeners to walk away with?

An open mind. Period.

So to wrap it up, tell everybody where they can hear more from you.

Catch me on Myspace.com/g5clive and Facebook.com/g5clive

Ill also be performing at various spots throughout the rest of the summer and this year.

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Lets Get Free. & Thank You.

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