An Exclusive Interview with True God

Good afternoon, faithful reader(s?).

I have a special treat for you all. Today, I'm interviewing artist, visionary, and burgeoning entrepreneur True God. And, no, I don't show favoritism towards him because he and I work together.

Controversial is one of the world that often comes to mind when people speak about opinionated artists that buck trends. But, instead of boring you with a suckup lead-in about how amazingly epic he is, I'll let the True G (skip the O.D) tell you what's up. So, without further ado, here's True.
True God
Speed on the Beat: So, on your previous album, Soul Revival, your focus was, in some ways, the rebirth of the conscious-minded individual. How would you respond to critics of your body of work that may say that your controversial approach is actually aiding what you're fighting against?

True God: I'll agree with you on that. Soul Revival was intended to wake up the masses and reinvigorate the consciousness missing from modern day society. As far as the critics are concerned? In order to truly
criticize what I do and the message or approach behind it, you have to truly understand what I'm saying. I've had conversations with fans and critics alike, and most of them never fully understand what it is that
I'm doing. I'm fine with that. As far as what I'm fighting against? People would think I'm aiding racism, aiding the evolution of the culture. But, in essence I'm putting out the issues that we, as humans in our passive nature, put to the side. Topics and things such as racism, revolution, sexuality, psychology are all things that the human mind tries to block or perpetuate. I rather put these issues on the forefront and be 100 % honest. Everything I say is just my opinion and it just happens to have truth in it. Being controversial however,
is necessary. Every leader was controversial. Being politically correct has never been me, and it will never be. I'm controversial by nature.


SOTB: On the new album, DOA [which is due to be released on July 7, 2012], you decide to pick up where you left off on SR and become more personal, something that is often missing from "elevated" music, as artists tend to focus on how to better the world, but don't take time to better themselves. Was this a hard process, to delve into your life and pull out books you previously locked away?

TG: It's not necessarily a hard process at all. For me, I'm pretty much an open book. There were a few things I pulled up that hadn't been spoken on, but as much as I look into the past, I spend a lot of time focusing on the now and the present. That's why my relationship is talked about very much on here and that's why my daughter is a very big part of the album. I feel like more artists would benefit from looking internally to make music. Instead of portraying the swag monsters, the superheroes, and lovers of excess, maybe it would be beneficial for them and their listeners. Honestly...the listeners would benefit from opening up their skeletons, problems, and issues. Everything ain't swag swag swag. But I digress.


SOTB: As you mentioned, you're a father-to-be. How has the upcoming birth of your daughter affected your music and your life plan? Will there be wedding bells a-ringing for Mr. and Mrs. True? I ask that last part because I know some of your stances on the modern day parental structure and want to assure people you're not just another self-righteous hypocrite.

TG: The impending birth of my daughter means everything to me. For someone to know my personal life, and the trials that me and my lady--Mrs. True as you put it--went through to get to a successful pregnancy, it's the most beautiful time in my life. Ever. There is so much clarity in my head, mind, soul, body, that it's beautiful. Of course, there will be wedding bells for me and my lady. A little secret: we're shopping for engagement rings now, so that's in the plan of course. That's my legacy. A happy family, being successful as a husband and father. Music takes a backseat to that always. I know a lot of artists do the opposite and that's where we begin to fail.


SOTB: There's a question that a lot of the people I've talked to you about always ask me. "Why does this cat call himself 'True God'?" Well...why do you, for those not in the know, call yourself such?

TG: I've spoken about this SOOOO much that it gets old. There are too many reasons for the name, and we've talked about this personally, but I'll give this answer. I have cultural relevance in both Africa and Asia,
which both stake a claim in the origin of our earth. I also believe in the concept of those who are human in body, being Godly and immortal in spirit and the mental. That's about as much as I can give without
going into a TITANGRAPH (laughs).


SOTB: Your rise to underground prominence has been meteoric in some senses. Where were you before the DAR movement, musically and personally?

TG: Firstly, it's going to be bigger than just the underground. I don't even think the "underground" loves me like they should (laughs). I feel like more people who gravitate to the weaker mainstream music find my
music to be refreshing. To answer your question though, before the DAR movement? Musically, I was just a rapper. I wasn't an artist. I was working with other artists in various crews, movements, but those were
pretty stagnant. It was always a case of me wanting it more than they did or us not being on the same page. Personally? I was always the same person. I was probably more street-orientated, more aggressive--if
that's possible. I've calmed down a lot since then personally.


SOTB: Backtracking a bit, but still within the realm of the previous question--how does the past play a part in shaping who you are musically?

TG: My past shapes me a lot musically. My past was full of the usual dope slinging, hopelessness, despair, insert-random-rapper-cliche-about-street-life-here, but it was also filled with a strong single mother
at the time, and honor roll and intelligence. I think the misconception of most rappers is that they're hoodlums--niggas with no parental guidance, wild childs, gangstas. Oftentimes, that shit is far from the truth. For me, my life has seen the good and the bad. I've been homeless with my lady living on bus stops, benches, hallways, broke as fuck for years, struggling, holding guns and shooting my own people,
at the same time trying to uplift my own people and tell them to put down the guns. My past and my present intertwined just tell the perfect narrative.


SOTB: Have you views ever alienated people from working with you? If so, what would you like to say to those put off by your approach to life and music? Finally, What about those that lump you into Christian rap based off your name?

TG: I think my views endeared people to work with me, to be honest with you. For those put off? I could give a fuck. Some people will like, some people won't. To those that consider me a Christian rapper: listen closely--or closer. Your pick.


SOTB: For those oblivious to the acronym, what the hell does DAR stand for? I know that several members of the camp [ed. note: Speed on the Beat officially became a member of Team DAR in late 2011] have said it stands for many different things, including "Dreams are Reality," and "Destroying All Relics." Now, from the God himself, can you set the record straight?

TG: It means all those things. It means Defining A Revolution as well. It's subjective. If you rep D.A.R., you can also make your own meaning for it [ed. note: SoTB takes this acronym and appropriates it as "Decisions Arrange Results." More on that at a later time]. Defining A Revolution is the most powerful one, so I usually just give that. But, to box that acronym in (laughs) would be limiting.

SOTB: [insert random "yo, son, where can we find you online" question here]

TG: You can mainly find me on www.youtube.com/TrueGodTubeTV or www.twitter.com/TrueGodImmortal. People can also catch me as a co-host on the WrestlingHeads radio show(www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestlingheads) and on my blog www.truegodimmortal.blogspot.com


SOTB: Finally, any last words for the non-believers?

TG: No words needed. Everything I do speaks for itself. If they don't believe now, they will after D.O.A.


And there you have it.
And, here are some of True's pieces from the DOA album. The songs speak for themselves.
First up, "Black Renaissance":


And, here's his newest release, "JJE (Judge, Jury, Executioner)":

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