Darkim Be Allah is an emcee and producer from the Bronx. He’s a Wu-Tang affiliate from the group A.I.G who featured on Killa Beez The Swarm Vol 1 album. We caught up with Darkim to talk about his upcoming release Antediluvian King.
You hail from the Bronx, NY. How did it all start for you?
Well being from The Bronx, Hip Hop was just a part of the culture there. It’s the same as if you’re raised in a fishing village you’re likely to be a fisherman. I grew up around Hip Hop so I started out as a youngster just for fun. As time went on I realized I had a particular talent for it so I got a little more serious.
As well as being a rapper you’re also a producer which artform do you prefer?
I could do either or both of them all day long.
Who were your musical influences and why?
That’s a tough one. I have a lot of musical influences. I’ll give a shout out right here to somebody a lot of people may have never heard of and that’s True Love Everlasting. He’s definitely a brother who showed me how to stay on my toes on the mic.
What music did you release back in the day?
My first official credit is on The Gravediggaz album for producing 12 Jewels.
You’ve teamed up with producer Endemic Emerald for your new project Antediluvian King. How did you link up with Endemic?
Endemic tagged me in to do a verse on one of his first projects when he branched out to America. Since then we’ve worked on quite a bit of music.
Antediluvian King will be released on November 6, 2020 and features Planet Asia, Tragedy Khadafi, and Kasim Allah. Tell us the concept behind the album?
I don’t know if it’s so much of a concept as it is a unique perspective on the world that I deliver as a 5%. I’m drawing on knowledge, wisdom, and understanding and an unclouded third eye to reach people with lyrics that haven’t been tainted. That’s why I’m the Antediluvian King.
Did you work alongside Endemic with the production or did he just send you the beats to write to?
Somewhere in the middle. Endemic produced the tracks to be tailor made for me. So I didn’t just pick through random beats. Each beat was crafted specifically to match my flows.
How long did the project take to put together?
Man, this project has been through phases. We had a whole other album recorded, then Endemic went back to Europe for a while. We ended up recording this version, then Covid 19 hit. So it’s actually been a couple of years since the idea was first manifested to make this album. As far as the actual songs though and recording them that all came together quickly.
What’s next for Darkim Be Allah?
Next for me is hard to pin down because of the lockdowns. Definitely expect to hear more music from me real soon though.
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Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Peace to all the people out there who enjoy and support my music. To everybody make sure you check out Antediluvian King on 11/6 because you’re definitely gonna like what you hear. Peace.
Interview by Jai Boo