Sa Roc sits down with urbanr3volution ahead of her London Jazz Cafe Show

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  • Sun 15th 2018

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Sa Roc

Ahead of her London show at Jazz Cafe on 24th August we caught up with Goddess MC, Sa Roc.

Jamie Loyn: So you’ve shared the stage with The Roots, De La Sol and Aesop Rock to
name a few. I’m finally getting to speak to you over the Atlantic; it’s about
1pm over in Georgia right?

Sa Roc: Yeh yeh, I’ve just kicked off the day with a kind of veggie brunch.

JL: Oh so you’re all about that veggie lifestyle then?

SR: Yeh I incorporate that into my rap actually. I’m doing a show with Styles P in Seattle this month for this ‘Hip Hop is Green’ thing. How it works is we do a concert and then we go to local schools and introduce the kids to plant-based eating. We talk to them about how within this genre of hip hop sometimes there’s a focus on that decadent lifestyle, where drug use plays a part. We’re trying to shift that paradigm; to focus on more ways we can elevate our health by bringing cool resources into communities, to improve the environment, and the health of the people that don’t usually have access to that.

JL: Got any other collaborations coming out then?

SR: Black Thought from The Roots is on my new album, ‘The Sharecropper’s Daughter’. That should be dropped at the top of the year. I also love Anderson Paak. His versatility is amazing. He can rhyme, sing and play an instrument at the same damn time. He performed at Soundset which is what my label, Rhymesayers, throw every year. He’s really cool and down to earth. You have artists that blow up and get all these accolades and that can inflate the ego; but he was super cool and down to earth. He just loved what he was doing wholeheartedly. Same with J.I.D – I’m really liking what he’s doing with his show at the moment.

Sa Roc

JL: What’s your current shower song?

SR: I like listening to the new music people send in so I can stay up to date. I like to listen to whole albums in the shower; like Jay Rock’s new one. And of course, my standards like Rapsody and J Cole.

JL: Anyone MC’s your noticing on the UK scene at all?

SR: Lady Leshurr. I like her attitude and how she incorporates that Jamaican dancehall style into her hip hop. I’m real excited to find out more about the scene when I’m over.

JL: How long are you around for?

SR: Only in London for a couple of days, then we’re doing hip hop camp, this big festival in the Czeck Republic. Apparently, I’ll be performing in a huge airplane hangar. I think Evidence is gonna be there – also from Rhymesayers. Ooh also Bahamadia; I grew up listening to her so that’ll be pretty cool.

JL: Are you a big fan of Music Festivals then?

SR: I think I’ve outgrown being in the massive sea of people, it gets too claustrophobic. I love seeing the energy of the crowd though – seeing their reactions and how everyone can just vibe out together to a musician. I love that feel of it. The energy of thousands of people vibing out on a high to music.

JL: We’ll definitely have to link up when you come to London?

SR: Yeah it’s going to be a really good time; we have a lot of fun. It’s not just about getting on stage and like knocking out a whole group of songs, it’s an experience I like to say. I’m looking forward to having that experience with the crew in London. As a young girl I used to watch all of the shows and try to get my accent right.

JL: Are you going to be quite touristy when you come over then?

SR: Anyone who’s followed me for awhile knows that the food is a huge part of my tours. I’ve already tagged a load of joints I want to go to – like Club Mexicana for instance. I mean I’d also like to drive by Buckingham Palace with the roof down but the fashion scene I’ve heard is incredible. I love thrifting and I’ve heard the
vintage scene is pretty down

JL: What can you not live without when you’re onstage?

SR: Ooh I have to light up a Sage Smudge Stick, it makes my crowd come together in a more ceremonial way

JL: Dressing up also invokes this feeling right? Like in your music videos?

SR: I love wearing things that are unconventional. Everybody expects me to start singing when I come on stage because I wear things that aren’t usually seen on a hip hop stage. I can wear anything from a Moroccan embroidered tunic to a full-length sequin jacket. It’s just what I’m most comfortable in. I also love rich details
in clothing; even the whole funk scene with Parliament and Afrika Bambaataa. All those artists used to come wearing things that were just otherworldly and outlandish as well as incredibly detailed. That’s a crucial part of creating performance. 

JL: I look forward to seeing your performance. Do you know what marmite is by the way?

SR: Haha I have heard of it! It’s a very polarizing food!

JL: That it is. Look forward to meeting with you and DJ Sol Messiah when you get over here

LINK TO TICKETS 24th Aug Jazz Cafe https://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/sa-roc-layfullstop

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Sa Roc

Ahead of her London show at Jazz Cafe on 24th August we caught up with Goddess MC, Sa Roc.

Jamie Loyn: So you’ve shared the stage with The Roots, De La Sol and Aesop Rock to
name a few. I’m finally getting to speak to you over the Atlantic; it’s about
1pm over in Georgia right?

Sa Roc: Yeh yeh, I’ve just kicked off the day with a kind of veggie brunch.

JL: Oh so you’re all about that veggie lifestyle then?

SR: Yeh I incorporate that into my rap actually. I’m doing a show with Styles P in Seattle this month for this ‘Hip Hop is Green’ thing. How it works is we do a concert and then we go to local schools and introduce the kids to plant-based eating. We talk to them about how within this genre of hip hop sometimes there’s a focus on that decadent lifestyle, where drug use plays a part. We’re trying to shift that paradigm; to focus on more ways we can elevate our health by bringing cool resources into communities, to improve the environment, and the health of the people that don’t usually have access to that.

JL: Got any other collaborations coming out then?

SR: Black Thought from The Roots is on my new album, ‘The Sharecropper’s Daughter’. That should be dropped at the top of the year. I also love Anderson Paak. His versatility is amazing. He can rhyme, sing and play an instrument at the same damn time. He performed at Soundset which is what my label, Rhymesayers, throw every year. He’s really cool and down to earth. You have artists that blow up and get all these accolades and that can inflate the ego; but he was super cool and down to earth. He just loved what he was doing wholeheartedly. Same with J.I.D – I’m really liking what he’s doing with his show at the moment.

Sa Roc

JL: What’s your current shower song?

SR: I like listening to the new music people send in so I can stay up to date. I like to listen to whole albums in the shower; like Jay Rock’s new one. And of course, my standards like Rapsody and J Cole.

JL: Anyone MC’s your noticing on the UK scene at all?

SR: Lady Leshurr. I like her attitude and how she incorporates that Jamaican dancehall style into her hip hop. I’m real excited to find out more about the scene when I’m over.

JL: How long are you around for?

SR: Only in London for a couple of days, then we’re doing hip hop camp, this big festival in the Czeck Republic. Apparently, I’ll be performing in a huge airplane hangar. I think Evidence is gonna be there – also from Rhymesayers. Ooh also Bahamadia; I grew up listening to her so that’ll be pretty cool.

JL: Are you a big fan of Music Festivals then?

SR: I think I’ve outgrown being in the massive sea of people, it gets too claustrophobic. I love seeing the energy of the crowd though – seeing their reactions and how everyone can just vibe out together to a musician. I love that feel of it. The energy of thousands of people vibing out on a high to music.

JL: We’ll definitely have to link up when you come to London?

SR: Yeah it’s going to be a really good time; we have a lot of fun. It’s not just about getting on stage and like knocking out a whole group of songs, it’s an experience I like to say. I’m looking forward to having that experience with the crew in London. As a young girl I used to watch all of the shows and try to get my accent right.

JL: Are you going to be quite touristy when you come over then?

SR: Anyone who’s followed me for awhile knows that the food is a huge part of my tours. I’ve already tagged a load of joints I want to go to – like Club Mexicana for instance. I mean I’d also like to drive by Buckingham Palace with the roof down but the fashion scene I’ve heard is incredible. I love thrifting and I’ve heard the
vintage scene is pretty down

JL: What can you not live without when you’re onstage?

SR: Ooh I have to light up a Sage Smudge Stick, it makes my crowd come together in a more ceremonial way

JL: Dressing up also invokes this feeling right? Like in your music videos?

SR: I love wearing things that are unconventional. Everybody expects me to start singing when I come on stage because I wear things that aren’t usually seen on a hip hop stage. I can wear anything from a Moroccan embroidered tunic to a full-length sequin jacket. It’s just what I’m most comfortable in. I also love rich details
in clothing; even the whole funk scene with Parliament and Afrika Bambaataa. All those artists used to come wearing things that were just otherworldly and outlandish as well as incredibly detailed. That’s a crucial part of creating performance. 

JL: I look forward to seeing your performance. Do you know what marmite is by the way?

SR: Haha I have heard of it! It’s a very polarizing food!

JL: That it is. Look forward to meeting with you and DJ Sol Messiah when you get over here

LINK TO TICKETS 24th Aug Jazz Cafe https://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/sa-roc-layfullstop

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