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Interview With Rapper Big Piph

How would you describe your music to any person who may have never heard it before? Piph: I make it from the perspective in which I sit. A black person who is settled in his life, but still is ambitious, connected to the community and likes to enjoy moments.

Press photo for hip-hop star Big Piph.

What’s the significance of your musical moniker?

Piph: My original name was solely Epiphany, but that was horrible for online searches due to the commonality of it. One of my homeboy’s used to joke and call me “Big Piph” and one day I put it in a song mostly playing around. The thing is it stuck and people started calling me that. Since it was easier to search online, I kept it. What are your influences? Piph: Despite my heavy love of hip hop, my first musical influences actually came from the Stax and Motown era. A lot of Temptations, Issac Hayes, Gladys Knight, and the like. Also, gospel was heavy in my family. They still feed my instincts in song making. What are your musical inspirations? Piph: As clichè as it sounds, it’s really life. I go through it experiencing different things and then let it feed my subject matter.

If given the chance, what musician(s) would you like to collaborate with? Rather this is to either write a song or be featured on a track. Piph: I think I would vibe well with Anderson .Paak and Ari Lennox.

What is your forthcoming single about? Piph: I’m releasing a new single called, “Spike Lee,” which is really just a fun, chant/banger of a celebration of black excellence. It’s meant to be fun and inclusive as blackness has benefited the world, so all can celebrate that.

What’s something you hope people take away from "Spike Lee"? Piph: To remember that many and far reaching contributions that black people have given this world for betterment.

Do you have any favourite songs to perform live? Could be your own music or even a

cover. Any reason why? Piph: I perform with a 7-piece band called, Tomorrow Maybe. We have a song called “Feel Alright” that we often get the audience to sing along too. It’s just a jazz/soul influence hip hop vibe.

If you could perform a show this very second anywhere in the world, where would it be? Any venues come to mind?

Piph: It would either be in Accra, Ghana, or Tokyo, Japan. No venues come to mind. Just the energy from the first one and vibe from the second.

What do you currently have planned for the remainder of the year? Piph: Well, since this interview is catching me during the last 2 weeks of the year, it’s really just decompress a bit and prep for next. I’m going on a family vacay and I plan to enjoy the time!

Thanks for the time today, Piph. Is there anything else you may want to add before you go? Piph: Really just thanking ya’ll for the opportunity of this interview. I’m appreciative.

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