Is R’n’B star Masego really the greatest of all time? Be the judge of RISING

“I try to create the best version of myself,” says Masego.

“There was a lot of juxtaposition. It was those musicians, like, very modest, who played beautiful instruments like the viola, the harp, the double bass, and we’re all in that battered house that we called trap house” – a reference, surely ironic, to the drug traffic. “We were doing a kind of jazz. But I mean, nobody can be John Coltrane or Miles Davis. So we had to invent our own thing.

How he found himself at the forefront of the whole was partly the strength of his personality and partly the instrument he learned in school because he had a crush on a teacher who had a crush on a saxophonist.

“I mean, I’m the saxophonist, so I draw people in,” he says. “Like, I’m very tall. I was longboarding and playing sax at the same time. It was just this moving moko jumbie-looking character walking around town, so people just gravitated towards that. I don’t even remember how I met my bandmates. I just gave off an aura.

It still works. The obsession with silk and perfumes is common knowledge (Pink Sands by Yankee Candle or Calvin Klein All, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift), although you have to wonder if Masego’s slightly comedic persona is intended to offset the sweet romanticism of albums like his most recent, lady lady.


“Dude, you’re trying to get me,” he replies. “You put on the voice of the therapist. I like it. I really feel like there’s a lot of lag, to get the message across in the best way. I love when you can cry in the middle of the dance floor because of the lyrics you heard, but that beat gets you moving. I love that push and pull that emotions can do.

Inevitably, there is also politics in the mix. Discover the beat-box and the piano demonstration of Whitefrom his 2016 album loose thoughtsor LA’s big-screen street drama yamz video (with Devin Morrison). Even the demagogy of I DO ALL! “I was talking about some of the limitations where I come from, in terms of having a place to rehearse or having a path and a path to pursue the music,” he says. “It can get deep if you analyze it. Even in my childhood, I guess, you always reference and react to your environment. But it becomes more and more obvious as I get older.

Meanwhile, there are a ton of tracks to polish, so he better get off the couch.

“Still in the studio,” he confirms. “Trust me. I try to be the best version of myself.″⁣

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