While hip-hoppers argue over tight pants, the relevance of femcees, hip-hop’s lifeforce, regionalism and realness Black Spade is in St.Louis making music he overheard someone call “ghetto clash.”The March release of his debut album To Sir With Love disclosed a style of hip-hop built on a Kurzweil keyboard, shower singing and steady verses at the center. Critics would be quick to put him into an obscure hipster box (The Cool Kids, Jay Electronica) but his honesty and love of the form has translated to myriads of traditional hip-hop fans. A longterm Sidney Poitier fan he named the CD after one of the actor’s biggest movie roles. When he is not attending shows and doing his own gigs he is working on the follow-up to Sir which he promises will not take nearly as long to finish. Spade spoke with Kickmag about the discovery of his art and how so many creative nobles have blessed his style that he refers to as “no style.”
There was a time period between the break-up of Soul Tyde and the release of your album were you making music or were these tracks done a while ago?
Some of those tracks were already made I broke up with Soul Tyde and got back with them and was able to still knock a few songs out and after that umm it’s really just making a gang of tracks and recording with a friend by the name of Kenautis uh still like putting it down that way as well.
How did you come up with your style of singing and rapping? You also have a penchant for funky keyboard basslines?
I knew I liked singing and I knew I liked rapping and I always a lot of west coast cats kind of dibbed and dabbed at it so I just felt like you know man I just wanted to be that one that’s on the same page with everything that’s really how it came about. I really didn’t want to see no styles I know I have to live in hip-hop with it but I ain’t really know if it was a style or not I was just doing it because I wanted to do it and try to be the best I could be at it at that time.