“I wanna bring that vibe
of what made me want to be an artist. I want them to feel that
vibration, to make them say… ‘Oh yeah, Watusi… he hit me.’
Just like KRS-One hit me, just like Digital Underground hit me.”

Watusi grew up outside of the Washington D.C. area, but
he spent much of his time visiting the inner city. He comes
from a very musical family that helped him develop an
eclectic ear. “I came up listening to a lot of different kinds
of music, it wasn’t just hip-hop… a lot of Afrobeat. I grew
up listening to Reggae, a lot of R&B, definitely Rock-n-Roll,
Alternative Music, a lot of Funk/Soul, and Jazz especially…
It’s the nation’s capital, so there’s definitely a lot of culture.”

When Watusi was 18, he came across the ‘All Eyes on Egypt’
bookstore in D.C. He began to research the literature of Dr.
Malachi Kobina York, a well-known author, master teacher,
guide and activist. He soon discovered the artists he’d found
inspiration in, were also inspired by Dr. York’s writings.

In 1999 when he was 19, he visited the theme park that Dr.
York and his community constructed, ‘Tama Re, Egypt of the
West.’ This is where Watusi met Dr. York personally. “It was
something that was very uplifting… From him, I saw different
aspects of me, other than just an African-American. So, I
definitely believe that he is someone that has that peace to the
puzzle of making everything back to the way it was. He brought
so many people together from all around the world. It wasn’t
on some religious type of aspect. It wasn’t with fanaticism…
The world needs a person like that. African men especially
black men in America, we especially need positive influences…
I think there are a lot of things on the earth that can be done
away with. If we had more of the influence of our elders, who
want the best for us, we would be a lot better. The elders know
what’s going on before it even happens to you. Their feet have
been in those shoes before, you know what I mean?” Watusi
accredits much of who he is today to the spiritual work he was
able to accomplish through the teachings he’s studied.

He entered the Hip-Hop scene in the early nineties, known as
‘The Golden Era’ in the Hip-Hop cultural movement. This was
a pivotal time for anyone who understood the culture born from
this atmosphere needed to germinate. He holds the origins and
truths about how Hip-Hop is; and how it came to be, as a top
priority to what he put into his music. “I wanna bring that vibe
of what made me want to be an artist. I want them to feel that
vibration, to make them say… ‘Oh yeah, Watusi… he hit me.’
Just like KRS-One hit me, just like Digital Underground hit me.
They all did it in different ways. That’s the one thing I can say
about my influence from that era, and I was very thankful of it. I
learned from all them in certain aspects of it.” Watusi explains.

Most recently, Watusi has found performing to be the most
exhilarating aspect of the creative process. He explains, “People
are starting to get it now. People are more receptive. Ten years
ago, I was all about writing because I was developing. People
hear songs now, and think they’re current. When they’re really
from like five years ago.” His music tends to touch on topics that
you wouldn’t find in the most obvious places. He’s taken a lot of
time observing the world around him, studying information in it,
and applying his thoughts and theories to the manifestation. “I’m
not crazy for askin’ questions. There’s no such thing as a stupid
question. People see artists on TV and they don’t think they are a
real person like they are. They are. I’m an expressionist. I use my
music to touch. I use my music as something for the youth to get
through certain things. I want to use my music to form unity and
togetherness, like how it did when I was getting into Hip-Hop.”

He continues to pay all of his respects to those who inspire
his creativity in his life. His daughter, his parents, his friends,
his family, the All Eyes on Egypt bookstore and the employees
who keep it moving, and Dr. Malachi Kobina York. If you’re
interested in learning more about Watusi, with The Cult Leaders,
make sure to look for him on www.musicthatpays.com.

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