Check out our exclusive interview with Realio Sparkzwell.
I2G is here with Realio Sparkzwell, how’s it going?
Honestly im going through a rough time, but im still breathing and my blood still pumping, im ok
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in hip hop and who are some of your musical influences.
I started making pause tapes around 10 years old. I freestyled and taught myself how to Dj , produce and emcee. My older cousin Mike and my older brother really influenced me as far as taste in music. They put me on to stuff. Im influenced from everyone like Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Hazel, PFunk, Zeplin, Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, The Meters, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, im all over the place.. Hip Hop wise Eric B & Rakim, Epmd, Gangstarr, Wu Tang, Hit Squad, Nas, Big L, Kool G Rap, i could name so many influences honestly
Tell me a little bit about your new EP, The Main Ingredient and how the project came together for you.
I was working on finishing up my full length albums The Top emblem and Bloody Luciano. I was writing heavy and looking for samples. I had the sample for Purple Grimace for a while in the stash and always wanted to use it. I also had other samples from the soul group The Main Ingredient that i really liked. I was like yo, i can’t use more than one for a project, but i can make a ep and dedicate it to them as an art piece. So i fell in love with that idea and wote and pieced it together in under a week. I also recorded and executive produced it in one session. I feel it came out solid, im proud of it.. i think it might take time for people to catch it especially with so much music coming out these days
Do you have any upcoming videos?
I’m on the wall with videos right now. For me to do any new video’s it has to satisfy my artistic vision of the song. So yes i do but i can’t say when or what will drop. I have these great idea’s for video’s for 2 of the songs for The Main Ingredient but if i can’t get the visuals i want artistically I’d just rather not do video’s. Just vibe off the music, it will give you visuals.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
I got a lot in the works, it’s crazy actually. I could literally name 10 projects right now that I’m finishing that need to come out. Most solo albums, but some group and side projects. I will name a few solo’s i’m finishing up with final touches. Realio Sparkzwell : The Top Emblem full album, Loosies Out The Bundy ep, Bloody Luciano full album. That’s 3 of them. Also french producer Kyo Itachi and myself have a full length album we recorded in 2017 and its basically done, just waiting on a few feature verses. That project already has C Rayz Walz, Poison Pen, Kinetic 9 (Beretta 9 of Killarmy), Supreme Cerebral, n more surprises. Not to mention my side group with Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, we have 2 projects coming, Crimson Godz and Cheef Rockaz. But i don’t want to mention everything because it’s alot, just focus on this for now. Shouts to Dj Audas , Clypto, we got stuff coming too!
What are your current thoughts on the state of hip hop?
I think it’s great actually. I think there are alot of great producers, beatmakers, emcees, and dj’s that are really holding the culture down and carrying the torch. I think people need to stop complaining about wack music and just really support the artists they like! That is how you balance out the equation. You support the artist’s you love so they can thrive and continue to bring the art. People may not realize it takes alot to put together an album. It takes time, money, creativity, blood,sweat, n tears goes into this. The people’s support is vital.
What is currently playing on your playlist musically?
Honestly, recently i checked out Benny’s mixtape from Griselda camp and Conway’s new tape which are both official. But i peeped alot of official music this year and am proud of that. But i don’t listen to too much because I have so much to work on myself. I’m always listening , vibing and writing to beats, or making beats myself
Do you have any shows or tour dates?
The last tour I was on was this past summer with my bros Cannibal Ox. I have been touring with them opening up and performing with them for the past 5 years. Right now I’m just focused on getting everything prepared so i can dump on heads this year. But yes, shows and tours to come inshaAllah. To book myself Realio Sparkzwell and Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox hit my inbox on twitter or fb and we can politic that.
What is your website information?
www.realz.bandcamp.com , twitter @irealz , www.facebook.com/irealz , IG @irealzofficial
Appreciate the interview any last words or shout outs?
Shouts to my IGC Iron Galaxy Clik Fam, we are the Crimson Godz!! Also shouts to my fams Gold Chain Military / Poison Ring Regime !! I wish all my brothers much success. Get the limited edition collector’s vinyl for The Main Ingredient only available here for a limited time only!! https://www.diggersfactory.com/vinyl/1312/realio-sparkzwell-the-main-ingredient. PEACE