Alexander Spit is an artist who’s known through many creative streams. A psychedelic filipino who’s one of the most West Coast artists on the West Coast. From the start, he’s been unapologetically doing whatever is necessary to create. Listening to his music presents the listener with trippy homemade beats slid underneath poetic introspective raps of a day to day lifestyle. To me, Alexander Spit is a grimy, raw, real dude who will do anything to present his art, even if it means being broke by the end of the week.
When asked to describe his sound, Spit replied “It’s jazzy, home-cooked, handmade, seasoned, but most importantly very warm.” You can tell Spit stays in grind mode, from beats to raps to engineering, Spit does it all. His evolution as an artist (peep the playlist above, and compare it to his work now) has allowed him to break into new realms whether it be through close ties to clothing brands like The Hundreds, or being brought in to help on a Create and Explore photography project, I was curious as to where his vision will take him, “I’m trying to be fearless as possible. Push the boundaries. If I can’t hit that note, then i’ma be like fuck you i’ma try and hit that note somehow. I know I don’t sing, but fuck it i’ma try and sing that note. Or if I can’t rap that fast? Fuck it, i’ma rap that fast and make it happen. I always try to put a middle finger to doubt. The music evolves out of pressure. I’m very neurotic to be better at all times.”
“I always try to put a middle finger to doubt. The music evolves out of pressure. I’m very neurotic to be better at all times.”
Spit’s music has a lot of references to drugs, specifically shrooms, and seeing as how he feels pressured at times, I asked if he uses shrooms to help relieve it or break through a plateau.
“I’ma be completely 100 with you, in the last year i’ve been very sober for the most part. I drink a lot more than anything. When I was doing a lot of psychedelics, I was doing A LOT of psychedelics, to the point homies was concerned. I was being creative but only to the point of being creative for myself. As I get older I’m trying to be a representation of the people I love and the places i love, rather than just me being high. Psychedelics and reading is my form of spirituality. I’m a very spiritual person, every time I perform I pray. I don’t know what I’m praying to, but I need to center myself all the time. I do a lot of spiritual things to maintain being creative.”
Spit has had an interesting career to say the least. By starting with a small group called known for it’s live energy, The Instant Messengers, Spit has took that same energy, went solo, and now his music has been heard by many. One of his best friends, Brick Stowell, is one of the best photographers in the game. Brick shot Mac Miller’s latest album cover, and did some work for A$AP Rocky and Tyler the Creator for their latest tour, (look for more of his work here). Brick was actually working for Mac Miller’s management and suggested Spit as an artist for Mac Miller to work with. Mac and Spit soon started trading emails. “I would send Mac 10 beats in one night, and he’s the only artist, that on that same night, hours later, Mac would send back 4-5 complete songs, verse, chorus, concept, mixed, everything. That was about 6 months ago and ever since then when I make a good beat, and I don’t want it for myself, Mac’s the first person I send it to. After the album came out, he hit me up and asked if I wanted to go on tour. He’s the man.”
With the ADD behavior of the Internet, we see artists come and go. Staying relevant and putting out consistent heat is a hard thing to do. I questioned if there’s any harsh feelings for artists like Spit who have grinded for so long and only are now seeing sell out crowds around the country. “I hate bitter. Bitter is the worst taste, the worst personality trait, it just don’t sit right with anyone. If I catch myself being bitter, I try to slap myself in the face because of course you’re always going to feel unappreciated at all times when you think your stuff is brilliant. But I try to look at it from a humble point, like if these kids are just catching on, it’s because I wasn’t going hard enough before, so I gotta go harder.”
“But I try to look at it from a humble point, like if these kids are just catching on, it’s because I wasn’t going hard enough before, so I gotta go harder.”
If you went to a show on THE GO:OD AM tour, you would’ve seen Spit for his set, and only Spit. There was no DJ, no hype man, and even after the show there was no merch crew. There’s a hip-hop legend that still tours, and his name is Talib Kweli. Talib’s DJ also used to do DJ duties for Alexander Spit. I mentioned if Spit likes touring solo when he has had DJ Spintelect on stage with him before, he replied, “When I moved to LA, Spintelect was the first person in the scene to introduce me to people in the scene, and was reppin’ me before I even had a buzz going on. It became a bummer because I would hit him up for shows and he’d be in like Prague/Paris/etc… with Talib. So it forced me to either find another DJ, which I didn’t want to do, or do my own shit by myself. I think it resonates with the crowd a little bit more when they see me by myself, doing what I do, by myself.”
Circling back to the subject of psychedelics, I asked Spit’s stance on if he thinks everybody should do them. “It’s very case to case, it depends on the environment and the intention. If it’s on a partying tip, I don’t suggest doing any psychadelics. Partying with drugs always leads to bad things, if you’re gonna party just drink and smoke weed. Psychedelics are a very revealing thing, it sheds a lot of ego from people, but it has to be in a very sometimes controlled environment, with the right people, but I highly suggest everybody use psychedelics. A lot of people are scared of each other, and it kind of takes away that fear factor of being scared of just random people. And when you’re not scared of things you act a lot more truthful.”
“… And when you’re not scared of things you act a lot more truthful.”
If you ever in the area during a Spitset, or any other Alexander Spit show, go check him out. The man knows what he’s about and he’s doing it, even if it means doing it alone.
Alexander Spit is connected with many creative types, and his solo show proves that he can hold it down on his own, he’s seasoned in the game. We got a chance to interview the psychedelic filipino after his set, that interview will be out later this week.
Goldlink is our bet to be a future legend. With his new record, “And After That We Didn’t Talk”, which is out via Soulection, Goldlink is prepared to take over the game. From future beats, to unparalleled flow, he’s got the game on lock.
As for the veteran, Mac Miller is proving why his new sound is to be reckoned with, selling out venues across the nation by playing older songs mixed in with new heaters like “100 Grandkids”.
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