Interview with Grand Surgeon
I had the honor of catching up with one hip hop’s most original and dedicated MC’s… He goes by the name The “Grand Surgeon” a.k.a. Will P. He has been in the hip hop culture since the late 1970’s. Originally exposed to hip hop where he grew up in (Park Slope, Flatbush and East Flatbush) Brooklyn N.Y. where it all began from D.J.’ing to B-Boy’ing to finally Rapp’ing. When I think of MC’s who came from the “Original Era” of hip hop, The Grand Surgeon is surely to be on that list. Here is what he had to say when I was able to ask him a few questions….. (Nicholas Misha Dabich aka MISH)
MISH – Where were you born and raised?
Grand Surgeon – Brooklyn, N.Y.C.
MISH – When did you first discover hip hop, and what was the first record you ever listened to?
Grand Surgeon – Around 1979. Rapper’s Delight.
MISH – Who had the biggest musical impact on you, and why?
Grand Surgeon – Probably a few different artists. Including James Brown, Kurtis Blow, Spoonie G., Jimmy Spicer, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambatta, Planet Patrol, Super Cat, U.T.F.O., Run D.M.C., L.L. CooL J., Beastie Boys, Barrington Levy, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap, & Big Pun. Amongst others.
MISH – How long have you been an MC and making hip hop records?
Grand Surgeon – Been an underground street, studio & Internet emcee since around 1985. That includes B-Boying as extras in films such as “Beat Street” and “Delivery Boys” as well as performing at Latin Quarters, C.B.G.B., Tudor Hotel, Ernie Barry’s as well as street fairs, schools & hospital.
MISH – Where does your passion and creativity come from in your writing?
Grand Surgeon – From deep in my heart & soul. My experiences. The struggles and joy of living & growing up in Brooklyn and being raised by a single mom at a time when drugs, violence and crime were at its historic peak, never to be repeated.
MISH – What would you say were some of the biggest obstacles to overcome in your career?
Grand Surgeon – Being lightskinned Puerto Rican. Not having the financial support necessary to succeed in the industry.
MISH – You have worked with an extensive list of artists in your career, is there anyone who stands out to you in particular?
Grand Surgeon – I think Tragedy has been the most real and humble artist. That’s hard to receive from this genre. Especially from a legend like Khadafi. I learned a lot and respect and admire his craft and humility. Also, a friend of mine. Cutty Ranks. He’s been a huge support and mentor as well.
MISH – What imprint would you like to leave on the hip hop community and culture from your music?
Grand Surgeon – I’d like to leave my mark as an emcee that gave his all and never asked for anything back but to share my work. To have been a good example and a light in the dark.
MISH – Can you tell us about some of the projects you’re working on, and when they will be available?
Grand Surgeon – The Blessings compilation album with Big Bob Pattison. And my first complete album with Kyo Itachi.
MISH – What advice do you have for the new generation of hip hop, and what would you like to say to your fans?
Grand Surgeon – Never forget where this all came from and keep creating new art forms with respect for the old. Always speak positivity to your fans. Your words can mean the difference to someone you’ll never meet.
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