Since being signed to Jehst’s YNR label Micall Parknsun (Parky) has enjoyed success all over the UK. Rising to fame with his celebrated first album ‘Working Class Dad’ Parky proved his talent with a blend of effortless flow and creative lyricism whilst churning out heavy anthems such as ‘So What’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Stay Here’ which proved that he was more than just a one trick pony. Parky then released ‘Dunya’ a massive hit in 2006. In the same year he worked alongside Jehst featuring on his production album ‘Underworld Epics Vol.1’. Since then he has gone onto enhance his reputation in the UK Hip Hop industry by releasing his accomplished second album ‘First Second Time Around’. Louise Brisbane caught up with Parky to talk Wu Tang, Jehst and most importantly what he’s doing now. We also managed to catch him at his Bournemouth gig at Backyard Boogaloo for some guest bars alongside North London’s Dubbledge.
How did you get into the industry? What made you want to start rapping?
To be honest, I thought I’d give it a try because I just have so much love for the Hip Hop movement in general. I’d find it hard if I wasn’t rapping, breaking, writing or just playing Hip Hop music. I’m too much of a fan not to mess with it, hence why I still do this today and I haven’t packed it in yet! Haha.
You recently supported GZA from Wu Tang on his UK tour, how was that experience?
Really good, I’m happy I got that platform to express what I do. The feedback has been unbelievable and has opened doors for me. I’m glad I got to gain new fans and I got to meet a founding member of one of the best rap groups ever to do it. Can’t beat that. Shame I didn’t get to play chess with him though…
You’ve stated before that East Cost hip hop has been a driving force in you making music but what artists in particular influenced you from that era?
Too many to mention. I’m more of a golden era type of fan ’cause I was teenager when ‘Illmatic’ came out. Most of the names I mention, a lot of the younger generation won’t know who I’m on about unless it’s Tupac or Biggie but artists like Big Daddy Kane, Large Professor, Das Efx, Beatnuts, D.I.T.C, Black Sheep, L.O.N.S (Leaders Of The New School), plus many more.
If your music had to convey a particular message to the people listening what would you say it would be?
I’d say my message is follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you different, no matter what your dreams may be.
What’s the story behind getting signed to YNR Productions?
I just thought to go with Jehst’s label seeing that he’s one of the only people that saw me making some money off this rap music, but not only that he was the first person to pay me to rap. No one else gave a damn, especially in an industry where everyone else gets paid before the artist.
What do you feel about the current state of hip hop nowadays?
I don’t know, it depends on the way you define Hip Hop. To me it’s a way of life, to a lot of the younger generation it’s entertainment. Hence why we have a lot of rappers going to prison or getting shot and using it to boost sales, so right now I’d say it’s in a bad place.
On your Twitter page you’ve mentioned Me, Myself and Akai a few times, what is that all about?
Me, Myself & Akai is the name of my new album coming out on YNR. I made all the beats on this new album on my Akai MPC, hence the title.
You’ve got a close working relationship with Jehst, but what would you say is the best piece of advice he’s given you?
I don’t know where to start. There have been so many things I’ve learnt from him. I’d say one of the best things is; be true to yourself because no one else can be a better you than yourself.
Working Class Dad and First Second Time Around are both dope albums but what would say are the differences between the two?
I’d say with The Working Class Dad album I had more of the UK rap scene in mind when I did it. But with First Second Time Around I had more of a worldwide feel in mind when I done it. I wanted it to be seen as a Hip Hop album not a ‘UK Hip Hop’ album.
What can we expect from Parky in the near future?
My new album Me, Myself & Akai will be out soon on YNR so stay tuned and I’m also working on a project with DJ Mr Thing so keep your eyes peeled for that but don’t hold your breath, we’ve just gotten started! Haha.
Any shout outs?
Shout out to y’all for the interview and shout out to everyone that has ever bought any of my records and will continue to buy anything new I put out. Peace.
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