Welcome back to Underground Chat Sessions brought to you by Bfly Magazine.In my teens and early to mid twenties I was out at clubs and warehouse raves up to 5 nights per week. There was literally something good to get into almost every night of the week. Even on Monday nights but I usually took Mondays and Tuesdays off to recover because I had work and other responsibilities.We’re about to change up the pace and get into some Jungle/ Drum N bass. Next on the Chat Sesh we have another L.A. OG, SUPERSTAR MC Mickey Flair.Throughout the years I’ve caught SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR at several events and shows and I can tell you from watching him perform, he is a cat that never mumbles when he’s on the mic and manages to raise the energy of the party every time. He always comes correct and has a conscious way of dropping flows on a set. When you hear someone say “next to bless the mic” chances are SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR is up next. Now let’s get into this chat and see what he’s been up to.
See: I’ve seen you MC at several parties in the past! Excited to be chatting with you!SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: THANK YOU + APOLOGIES FOR THE CAPITALS…I TYPE LIKE I TALK…LOLSee: Haha no worries I love your energy bro!So lets get into this!SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: YES..LET’S AND AGAIN PLEASE ASK ANYTHING…NOTHING’S OFF…See: Let’s start at the beginning then. When did you discover your love for music? What got you started? Give us your background we need to know!SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: WOW…OK…MUSIC!..I PROMISE EVERY WORD OF THIS IS TRUE STUFF…See: Dope! We don’t doubt you bro.SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: MY DAD WOULD ASK MY MOM TO PUT HER PREGNANT BELLY AGAINST A SPEAKER AT LEAST ONE HOUR A DAY…SO I LITERALLY HAVE BEEN INTO MUSIC FROM DAY ONE…MY MOM WAS AN AFRO-CUBAN TRIBAL SINGER AND DANCER WITH A TROUPE CALLED “THE MACUMBAS”…MY DAD PLAYED DRUMS FOR A FOLK/ROCK BAND KIND OF LIKE A JOAN BAEZ-ISH SORTA THING…MY OLDEST BROTHER MICHAEL WAS INTO DOO-WOP OLDIES…MY BROTHER RICK PLAYED CONGAS IN A SALSA GROUP (TITO PUENTE STUFF) AND MY OTHER BROTHER THADDEUS WAS INTO ROCK,SOUL, FUNK AND STUFF…SO YOU COULD LITERALLY WALK FROM ROOM TO ROOM IN MY HOUSE AS A KID AND HEAR A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT SOUNDS. MY COUSINS HAD AN 11 PIECE BAND CALLED “MOTIVATION” AND THEY PLAYED ALL OVER LOS ANGELES. I EARNED MY FIRST DOLLARS AS A KID SINGING AND DANCING AT FAMILY EVENTS/REUNIONS AND SUCH…SO AS A PERFORMER, I HAVE BEEN DOING IT ALL MY LIFE!SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY “RAPPER’S DELIGHT” BY SUGARHILL GANG CAME OUT…AND THAT WAS MY NICHE…I WROTE MY FIRST RAP AT 11 YEARS OLD AND I STILL REMEMBER IT!THEN RUN DMC CAME OUT AND BOOM IT WAS OVER…I DRESSED LIKE THEM…EMULATED THEM…AND STILL DO. I ONLY WEAR ADIDAS…I LOVE TO ROCK MY JEWELRY…AND THE LOUD PARTY ROCK STYLE I HAVE IS A DIRECT TRIBUTE TO THEM!See: Wow! You literally got into music as a fetus! You were born for this music thing too. I love that we have a lot in common. I have 4 older sisters they each have their own style of music that influenced me as well. They kind of went with trends but I stuck in the electronic mode. Mainly breaks but I love 4/4 beats as well.I have that Sugarhill Gang vinyl it’s one of the first records I bought with my own money as a teen. Sugarhill Gang and Run DMC are your main influences for your rap game. Can you tell us two others that made a profound impact on your musical style?SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: 2 OTHER INFLUENCES…LED ZEPPELLIN…I SOMETIMES DO ROBERT PLANT ONSTAGE WITH THE OUTSTRETCHED ARMS AND THE BIGGER THAN LIFE SEX SWAGGER WALK…JAMES BROWN!See: Yeah! That’s a great mixture of musical influence. I love me some James Brown! So how did you go from mainly Hip Hop into Jungle/ DNB?SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: AS FAR AS JUNGLE/DRUM AND BASS…WELL I WAS INTRODUCED TO THE SOUND BY MY BEST FRIEND LARRY KRAUSE…A LOCAL PROMOTER GIDEON SAUCEDA WAS DOING A CLUB CALLED JUNGLE IN LIKE 1992 OR 1993 AND I WENT… THE DJ THAT NIGHT WAS MARK SHRIMPTON AKA “DJ TRADEMARK” AT THAT TIME HE WENT BY THE NAME “SYNCHRONOME”…See: Yes! That sounds like good times getting started.What’s your philosophy when you get on the mic?SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: ENERGY…SOUL…PASSION…DANCE AND DELIVERY! I WILL NEVER BE THE MC THAT JUST STANDS AND BLABS TO THE AUDIENCE…PEOPLE PAID THEIR MONEY FOR A SHOW…AND I GIVE THEM ONE…EVERY TIME…I REFUSE TO DO OTHERWISE…See: That’s what’s up! Respect.Going back to Jungle/ DNB can you tell us who got you in behind the scenes and how you went from being a fan to being an artist?SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: WELL…LIKE I SAID MY BROTHER LARRY TOOK ME TO A JUNGLE PARTY…AND BOOM!AT THAT TIME THE SCENE HAD VERY LITTLE EDGE…IT WAS TRANCEY…AND HOUSEY…BUT DIDN’T HAVE A KIND OF GRITTY URBAN FEEL TO IT…NOW, DON’T GET ME WRONG…I LOVED THOSE FORMS OF MUSIC AND STILL DO BUT, THE CONNECTION FOR ME WAS KIND OF MISSING. ONCE I GOT A TASTE OF JUNGLE/DNB…IT WAS A WRAP…THE VISUAL OF A DJ AND AN MC…AND THE SOUND AND LOOK WAS SOMETHING I COULD INSTANTLY RELATE TO…AND SO I DOVE IN!AT THAT TIME MY FRIEND AND I HAD OUR VERY OWN LITTLE RAVE PRODUCTION COMPANY CALLED “K.Y. LUBE-N-STUPH” WE ALSO DID PROPS FOR OTHER EVENTS AND PARTIES…SO WE WERE OUT ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND AND I WOULD BE IN THE JUNGLE/DNB ROOM…I WOULD BUST RHYMES IN THE PARKING LOT AFTER SHOWS…I WOULD ANNOY AND PESTER CATS TO BOOK ME…HAHAHA…LOOKING BACK NOW…I MUST HAVE LOOKED LIKE A LOON..See: I can relate. Early hardcore techno and hard trance turned my whole world upside-down but when I heard Amen Jungle I was instantly in love with the sound and the culture that was developing around it.Please tell us more!SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: AND THEN ONE NIGHT ALEXANDER BENES…A VERY AWESOME PROMOTER…ACTUALLY BOOKED ME TO HOST HIS JUNGLE/DNB ROOM IN THE MID 90’S …WHAT A NIGHT! I’VE BEEN AT IT EVER SINCE. I MOVED TO SAN DIEGO FROM THE RIVERSIDE AREA AND PUSHED HARD THERE UNTIL I PLAYED EVERY VENUE INCLUDING THE SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA.SOON I WENT BACK TO L.A. AND STARTED GETTING MORE GIGS AND BOOKINGS…THEN I MET AND WAS MENTORED BY MY FAVORITE MC…THE MIGHTY EMPRESS DYER MC…AND WELL HERE WE ARE…See: First generation Junglist and mentored by Dyer MC as well?! Very cool indeed.See: So now I’m really interested in knowing what you’re currently working on? Any shows or projects where we can catch you on the mic?SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: CURRENTLY…I AM REALLY FOCUSED ON LIVE SHOWS…I HAVE A FEW RECORDINGS…BUT IT IS REALLY HARD TO HARNESS WHAT I DO AS AN MC AND PUT IT ON A RECORDING…IT’S KIND OF LIKE TRYING TO PUT A TORNADO IN A TEACUP AND EXPECTING IT TO BE BROAD AND POWERFUL..BUT I AM DEFINITELY WORKING ON SOME SOLO STUFF AND WITH MY LIVE DNB BAND “NAPPY SOLDIER”..AND OF COURSE ROCKING WITH MY FAVE DYER MC AND OUR CLIQUE “SIDE GRIND SYNDICATE”. I AM ALSO PROUD TO REPRESENT MY NEW VISIONARY FAM CREW GNVDNB…WHICH FEATURES THE LEGENDARY ILLTERROR AND MYSELF!See: Tornado in a tea cup I love that! Looking forward to hearing what you and Dyer MC come out with next!Can you tell us what’s coming up in the near future? Shows, records or anything that we should be looking out for? Any plans on collabs or is there anyone you haven’t worked with that you are interested in working with?SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: WELL, I HAVE MY RESIDENCY IN TAMPA WITH ANODNB…WE ROCK A SERIOUS MONTHLY THERE AND IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER.LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING “TORQUE” IN ORLANDO WITH R.A.W. AND DYER MC IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE…THE “NAPPY SOLDIER” ALBUM IS BEING PRODUCED AS WE SPEAK AND WE FINALLY HAVE OUR OWN RECORDING STUDIO IN VEGAS…I REALLY WANT TO DO A BRIEF TOUR IN THE U.K.I HAVE BEEN PERSONALLY INVITED TO PLAY AT SUMO WHICH IS RUN BY MY MAN “HEIST” WHICH WOULD BE BONKERS…MY MAN JJFROST HAS ASKED ME TO COME OVER AND BLESS THEM TOO…AND I HAVE A TUNE PLAYING IN NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA RIGHT NOW.See: Words are magic bro! I’m positive you will manifest a tour in the U.K.! Congrats on the Heist/ Sumo gig that right there can lead to a tour!Happy to see Jungle/ DNB spreading! You are an inspiration to many! So keep it rolling.Love Jumpin Jack Frost BTW! Woot!Is there a special lady in your life?SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: HAHAHAHA…NAH… NO “SPECIAL LADY” THESE DAYS… I WISH…LOL…MAYBE ONE DAY (HOPEFUL EYES LOOKING UP)See: Okay you heard it here first ladies…man’s available. 😉Now that we know what’s going on with Mickey Flair. I’m wondering about that first flow you wrote? Would love to hear or read that!SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: HAHAHAHA…IT WAS A DISS RAP…“YOU JUST UGLY THAT’S ALL I KNOW…YOU SHOULD HIDE YO FACE SO YOUR LOOKS WON’T SHOW”.See: LOL too funny! 😂SUPERSTAR MC MICKEY FLAIR: I SEEK TO MOTIVATE AND MOVE FORWARD IN THE SPIRIT OF LOVE AND POSITIVITY…I AM A LOT OF THINGS BUT EVERYTHING IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF OTHERS…SO LOVE YOUR BROVAS AND SISTAS…BIND THEM TO YOUR SOUL AND WITH THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR WORLD AN UNBELIEVABLE PLACE TO EXIST IN!See: Dope I love that! We need more of this in the scene.Its been great chatting with you. Looking forward to hearing your upcoming tunes. Thanks for the positive words. We need more of that out in the world especially nowadays.Check the links Mickey has given us an exclusive Jungle tune that he created in collaboration with the one and only R.A.W.Thanks so much for the exclusive release with this interview!Respect.
HERE IS THE UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVE PUSH PLAY!!!!