How EKKSTACY Beat Writer’s Block to Make His Best Album
Pop anti-hero EKKSTACY finds his aggressive voice on his new album, 'misery.' He breaks down his journey through writer's block for Audiomack World.
As you already know if you closely follow everything I write - and if you don't, what are you going with your life? - than you already know I went through a phase when I was obsessed with Houston hip-hop. I grew up as a cliched east coast hip-hop head in the '90s, so of course I dismissed Houston hip-hop as shallow. It wasn't until my later years that I let go of the backpack and realized just how incredible H-Town's hip-hop history is, and I committed myself to becoming a student.
In my studies I came across Fat Tony and was instantly engaged. A rapper whose name is a Simpsons reference is alright with me right off the bat, and I was drawn in even further when I saw just how much Tony's music overlapped and diverged with what we usually think of as Houston hip-hop. You could hear the influence, but you could also hear shades of The Clash, see Richard Pryor in his videos more than Paul Wall.
“Some of us have a sound that’s linked more to that Swishahouse era, there’s some of us on some whole different stuff.” Clearly Fat Tony is on some different stuff.
I thought Tony would be the perfect person to give me a more complex sense of what Houston's present and past truly looks like, so I talked to him and sure enough the man's something different. So whether you're also interested in H-Town's scene or just looking for a new artist to put into your eye and ear holes, check out my profile on Fat Tony. Enjoy.