“As humans we’re multifaceted. We’re many of one, or one of many. So it’s like, a constant discussion.”
On Friday, January 26, rapper and songwriter Trayvick is set to screen his short film, “Intellect,” a visual experience to accompany his upcoming album The Being of Man. In this Q&A, he sits down with FlyPaper to talk the album and short film, conversations with his dad that inspired the concept for the album, and how Friday’s show adds to an increasing level of consciousness he sees today.
T Nichole: Where did you get the concept for the video and album?
Trayvick: The concept pretty much came from a conversation me and my pops had. Me and him have these really introspective and deep conversations about current things, spirituality, people, politics…we just have crazy conversations whenever we talk—
What specifically were those conversations about?
So, this one was about the being of man. Like, that was the theory he started talking to me about. I clinged onto it just because of how he explained it.
The being of man has three sections, which is the body, the soul and the spirit. So essentially that’s the whole concept of the album. To go in-depth with each section, and just using those words: body, spirit and soul. But each section has a sub-section, so like body is flesh, blood and bone. And then spirit is breath, consciousness and intuition. And then your soul is your will, your emotion and your intellect. So, what me and him talked about was going in-depth with each section of ourselves ‘cause it all makes up man. Woman and man. It makes up us. And we have internal power to all of these different things.
One of the concepts we came up with is, one or two of these, there’s a king of each section, and then there’s a king of the being of man. Like, the section that should rule the way we move, the way we think and move, how we operate physical spaces. So, I can’t necessarily tell you which one (laughs). But that’s sort of like the concept that came from the album, that translated into…making that come to life through the picture.
When did those conversations start with your dad?
We started these conversations in 2015. Because me and him wasn’t as close when I was living here. Then I moved away, did my thing, came back. Then me and him got into more introspective conversations with each other because now, I’ve come into myself and now can sort of relate to a certain consciousness that we’ve been able to attain. So then that’s when those conversations started to happen. Any time we meet up its just, something random would happen and that how those conversations would start. Like, we’ll go to the cashier, and if she has a certain behavior then we might comment on that, then that builds into a conversation.
What about this project made you want to accompany it with a short film?
There’s two people who inspired me to do so: Michael Jackson, when he did “Remember The Time.” He had one song though, pretty much the same length. I just saw how he just told the story, he painted a picture; then it went to Kanye West, who did “Runaway” and then gave a different intellectual aspect that I appreciated, an artistic aspect.
I feel like, [the film] in itself brings the value of an album out. Because, nowadays, with everything being so instant, it lessens the value of things. [The film], I feel like, increases the value of instant gratification, because now you have multiple mediums to where you can consume what you’re getting.
I want to personally Invite you out to an amazing experience. “Intellect.” The Short Film will be screening, @ Avalon January, 26, 2018
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— The Being of Man (@TrayvickCO) January 16, 2018
So you’re doing shows in Atlanta and Columbus, why did you make it a point to do a show here?
It’s where I started. I’ve always been involved with making music, my pops made music, so I’ve always been involved since like an early age. Like, I think I wrote my first joint when I was 6. So I was very involved. But when I started to take it serious, this is where it started. Like, I had people embrace me as an artist. Yogi Split, that’s my dog. I was recording on my dads stuff, with good stuff, but I didn’t know what I was doing as far as sound quality, and he was the first person that pointed out to me, “Hey, everything is dope, lets just record it a different way to where people can hear you.” And we started working together on that level. And now we have this community that I’ve never really seen in Columbus.
These are the people who pushed me to even have the courage to go somewhere else and take my talent somewhere. So I had to come.
Talk to me about the live instrumentation on the album, and getting your band on it.
So with them, it was fairly easy, ‘cause the guys that produced the music with me, they also play instruments. DopeNorTeria, me and them executive produced this album.
I never really got into the live instrumentation until…To Pimp A Butterfly. And I wasn’t that huge of a Kendrick fan, I was more of a Cole fan, but then To Pimp A Butterfly came out, and it just had these elements that are not normally in hip hop. [Or] they kind of were in hip hop, but just sampled. So when you bring these elements of jazz and instruments, that also creates more value to the music. Now when you go and have a show, now someone who may not have ever listened to hip hop hears this drum going crazy, now he can appreciate what the vocalist is saying.
Would you say To Pimp A Butterfly was an influence then?
I would say at the beginning stages. The first two songs I did on the album was “Emotion” and “Breath” and I actually did those two before I released The Reunion. And it was around that time To Pimp A Butterfly came out that pretty much influenced the sound. But then I wanted to stray away. I wanted to create a completely different sound that I’ve never heard anyone do. And sort of combine that live instrumentation and coincide with this very melodic and digital era as well.
What can we expect from the show?
That’s gonna be a very hype experience because, we got [OG] Vern, and that dude. The first time I saw him perform…it was nuts. Just the rage, the energy, I love it. So I wanted to bring that and sort of an intellectual experience. Just like, where we can have that, and then still in between acts, talk, mingle and stuff, and create conversations. Those conversations are already happening. Are you familiar with like, atroplanes, and dimensions and spirituality?
Not as far as spirituality. I understand basic dimensional theories.
There’s this theory that we’re already in the forth dimension. The forth dimension is a place of consciousness where the masses become fully aware of everything around and full of knowledge and the stars, and all of these different elements that create our spirituality, the plane that we’re on…Then there’s the fifth dimension. It kind of describes a euphoria. So, right now, a lot of people believe that we’re in the forth dimension. A lot more people are becoming conscious, because there was a level of…unconscious. I even remember in my days of being not as conscious of certain things, movements, people’s energies. You have to have a certain level of consciousness.
Experiences like this, accent that consciousness.
After the video, and the rollout, what do you see yourself doing next?
I definitely want to push this to its peak, as far as it can go. After I feel it’s reached its peak, I have a couple ideas as far as the next album. It’s changing, so I don’t want to say a name. But, definitely
another album, definitely just a feature film. Like, a full-length hour. I want to use the music to create those movies, as a script. The music is the script, and that’s how we paint the story. So I really want to get into that.