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I was finally able to get up with the good homie Visto a few days back; we talked about his latest project MOVIE TIME EP. We chatted about how he got started rapping, the concept behind MOVIE TIME, and the negative and positive feeling that come along with the culture.
The seven track EP features production on Philly native and soul sample aficionado Rolled Gold. Visto also shows some love to Kno Picks on Wonder Years where the reminisce over fist fights and bullshitting in school yards.
Visto, who is pretty fresh to the scene, maintains a wordplay that is playful and sincere, leaving the listener eager to hear the sequel.
Listen To MOVIE TIME EP here.
Lissa Alicia: How long have you been rapping?
Visto: My oldest brother used to tell me I was forming sounds that sounded like each other when I wasn’t able to put actual words in rhyme form when I was a little boy. but as far as I can say the first time I spit a rhyme was in 98 and I been rapping since.
Lissa Alicia: Who are your influences?
Visto: Musically my influence has a wide range.
The Wu Tang Clan played a big part. Nas, Big L, Core Mega, Capone & Noreaga, The LOX. We’re apart of the earlier influences. There are a lot more but these cats are at the core of it pretty much.
Lissa Alicia: How would you describe your style?
Visto: In essence I’m a boom bap fanatic. My style reflects that. Funky, grungy, jazzy, city life boom bap rap. That’s the easiest way I could describe it.
Lissa Alicia:What sets you off from other rappers.
Visto: To be honest I never really try too hard to stand out. I also never put much energy to fitting in either. Its as simple as I do my best to be the best me I can be. In all scenarios. I want to be the best “me” I personally believe I can. That spills over from me as a person to me as a rapper and entertainer
Lissa Alicia: When did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?
Visto: I was always a hip-hop head. But when I realized that hip-hop as an entity, as a real life thing, was something that would always be a part of me was when Lord Tariq and Peter gunz came out with the Dé ja vu video. Lord Tariq is from sound view which is a area in the Bronx I was familiar with growing up. It hit me I’m from the home if hip hop. I was young then but as the song suggests I knew “if it wasn’t for the Bronx this rap ish probably wouldn’t be goin on” and at the end of the day I’m from uptown.
Lissa Alicia: What is the concept behind Movietme?
Visto: Movie time is like my slogan, or catch phrase. When things are about to get epic. I usually come out of nowhere like “it’s movie time” then most ppl around knows it’s about to get live. That with the fact that at times I live life as an observer. I watch things in my life and others from almost like an out of body type of way. Almost like watching a movie. That inspired me to create a small story composed of other small stories and call it movie time.
Lissa Alicia: What’s your favorite track on the EP?
Visto: My personal favorite track is Black Hollywood. Only because of its imagery. I portrayed myself to be an action movie actor that was friends with some of my favorite black actors and public figures. It was fun. Probably the most fun song to make. And that beat is genius. Thanks to Jurd Beats for that.
Lissa Alicia: What can listeners expect from you in the future?
Visto: I got a few projects in the works right now. Very nostalgic pieces that paint a picture of that old boom bap hip hop feel. Mixed with a bit of today’s relevance. Besides that a few videos, and a number of live performances that I’m looking forward to being a part of.
Lissa Alicia: What do you love most about Hip-Hop culture?
Visto: The creativity. It’s art. Visual art. Audible art. Performing art. It’s really a powerful lifestyle. It has its problems as well as its solutions. Hip hop culture is expression. And young people who adhere to the culture learn to be expressive in a way that keeps the culture alive.
Lissa Alicia: What do you hate most about the culture?
Visto: Hate is a strong word for it. But what I do dislike is the overwhelming way corporation put their hands into the culture and try to control it for their own benefit. It’s cool that there’s money in it, but the love of money, creates a dark side to the whole thing. But that’s the beauty of it still since all things have positive and negative aspects and energy. There’s an ebb and flow to it just like life itself.
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Melissa "Lissa Alicia" Simpson is a 23-year-old freelance journalist, media & marketing specialist, event curator and amateur model. Her interest include binge watching Dr. Who, writing creative nonfiction, street art, and sleep. Lissa currently lives in West Philly and can often be found at some sort of art show or independent music event. If you she her, say hi!

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