STACKD: We recently released an article onto our website covering “The Current State of Irish Hip-Hop”. You were one of the artists mentioned in this article and you expressed your opinion in some small capacity over social media. How do YOU feel the current state of Irish Hip-Hop stands and do you believe that despite some friction within the community, that it is in a healthy state?
Ama: Irish Hip-Hop is definitely in a different place compared to 2,3 years ago. Artists are really stepping up their game and it has become more than a hobby and more like a lifestyle. Personally, I don’t think there is any friction it’s more of a lack of acknowledgment in the community but a lot of things contribute to this, not just the the division between artists with different accents.
STACKD: How do you feel about the use of American, English or “Fake” accents within the Irish Hip-Hop scene and do you believe that there is a line that needs to be drawn when it comes to the use of an outside accent?
Ama: I have no problem with artists that use an American/English accent in their music. If that’s what’s true to them then I have nothing against it but the reason this is a conversation is because there are artists who use fake accents and you can clearly tell its fake.
STACKD: You mentioned that this is a topic that has seemingly been on your mind for quite some time. Is this topic something that you believe could hold artists down and suppress their creativity or do you feel that it is right for select artists to be pressured into abiding by the unwritten rules set out by the Pro-Irish / Pro-Local accent side?
Ama: I’m always looking for new music especially in Ireland, a lot of artists just want to sound like their favorite artist. Finding your own style is the most important thing to do as an artist because when you constantly imitate others you will always fall short. Artists are supposed to take influences and make it their own, that’s the whole point of being a creative. They are no rules, just a few people who need a history lesson.
STACKD: A select few people may consider you to be an artist using one of these “Fake” accents in some capacity. Has this opinion ever gotten under your skin during your creative process or do you carry on without paying any mind to them?
Ama: I pay no mind because at the end of the day these people don’t know my background or my influences. It’s very stupid to assume someone’s accent is fake when you’ve never heard that person speak in real life or ask the simple question of ‘where did he live before Ireland’. My accent didn’t just appear over night, it has been a part of me since New York 2005.
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STACKD: Is this an issue that you believe will linger in the Irish music scene and how do you feel it should be resolved, (if possible)?
Ama: It will blow over once everybody truly finds themselves as artists and know what direction they what to take their music. Good music is good music, it doesn’t matter how it’s presented or what accent is used to deliver it. The artist is always in control and at the end of the day, it’s nothing personal, Its just business.
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