A lot of people don’t expose themselves to experimental rap like this because they’re scared of what they’re gonna be listening to, but I can tell you this. If you honestly trust us at Senclaire keep reading this. From North Carolina we bring you Wasif Allah, rapper from the experimental rap group Weirdo. Allah’s not you’re average rapper though; his raspy hyperactive flow in many of his songs could light you up at any occasion (birthday, classroom, doctor’s appointment, man you name it) or he could switch it up to a smother flow something you’d normally play with the light’s down (let’s not get into that right now though). Allah’s been doing a lot these past couple of years from acting to the independent film Omnipotence! to rapping and working with his collective these past two years. We got the chance to talk to Allah earlier this week and get to see into the weirdo himself.
Spotlight tracks, peep these first (tracks are listed by time of release)
Who are you?
Wasif: I’m wasif allah. I’m in an experimental rap group called weirdo and we’re a completely different type of beast.
How long have you been rapping?
Wasif: I’ve been rapping and performing locally in Fayetteville and NC since I was 15. I’m 18 now. So 3 years and some change?
What inspired you to start rapping?
Wasif: I started off writing short stories in the second grade. They were super hero stories. I modeled them after dragon ball z. In the first year of middle school I was a youth pastor in a baptist temple and would write religiously speeches. In seventh grade, no ceilings dropped and I remember rapping the lyrics through the hallways. People told me I should be a rapper because they thought they were my bars. The next day I started writing poetry. I made “freestyle” posts on Facebook and became popular in high school after me and my friends dissed the most popular rapper at my high school.
Did this make you take it more serious than you thought you would?
Wasif: I always knew I was going to make it from some form of writing, but it definitely built a sense of pride in my work having people I’ve grown up with take my art seriously even through the poor quality and through me growing up.
Do you have any inspirations?
Wasif: Aalon Rock and Roll Gangster, Malo Sauvecito, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Drake, Raekwon, Private Eyes by Hall and Oates, You Are My Starship by Norman Connors, Harry Potter, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Jaiden Smith, Young Thug, Kidd Rock, Jay Z, and Tupac. Specify Kanye ’08-’13, Drake Take Care and promo singles, The Weeknd. I love movies and anime.
Weren’t you in a independent film that released recently?
Wasif: I was. Omnipotence! It was apart of ihorror’s first film contest. It’s been in the processing for coding for iTunes and Netflix. I’m working on another film right now where I’m taking the reigns on screenwriting and I’m performing in it. It’s about my rap group and it’s going to be directed by the first residential filmmaker at Nickelodeon Theaters in Colombia SC. Yates. He did our ep teaser.
Have you ever thought of being in movies before recently?
Wasif: I honestly just jumped at the chance to be in a film. Jaiden did all of my old music videos so we had that relationship built. I watched scream and became inspired to be in a horror film. The next day jaiden made a fb post about an acting search for a film that was in wes craven’s remembrance. It seemed like it was meant to be. So I did it!
In the future do you see yourself verging off from rap into the film industry?
Wasif: I feel like I’m going to do it all. My end goal is to own my own media company. I want to be a mogul. I want to be will and jay and the real boss.
For those that don’t know, what is Weirdo?
(Oh look another track!)
How long have you all been together?
Wasif: We formed a little after I started recording. So three years I believe?
How did you all meet? Is everyone locally connected?
Wasif: David dissed the same people as me! Ka5sh heard it and wanted to make a group with him. Not me. David brought me along and Mark Mayr said we should form a rap group. We were a rap group from then on. David dropped around a year and a half in because of college.
Is Weirdo working on an upcoming project right now?
Wasif:We are. Our debut album is going to come out through our record label before the year gives in. New videos are dropping soon for hellagrip and I’m raging bc I’m sad. New distribution through our label and we’re trying to get our old music on Spotify and Apple Music currently.
Anything solo coming from you in the near future?
Wasif: I’m going to be dropping a solo project soon so that I can continue to perform while Ka5sh is in long beach. I plan on moving there soon as well.
Is there anything you want to say to the fans reading this?
Wasif: Don’t let anyone tell you shit about yourself. Find out about yourself before you do anything. Everything is about you. Your whole life and experience is literally your own and how you make it. Make it great.
(Recently released EP from Weirdo)
You can listen to more of Allah and Weirdo on their Soundcloud and follow him on Twitter. I hope you walk out of your comfort zone after reading this because you won’t be able to ignore Allah and Weirdo for long!