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interview + free download: meet l.atasha a.lcindor aka l.a. (if you’re cool like that)

November 1, 2013

L.atasha A.lcindor is an artist who is constantly evolving. From her hair, to her music to her clothes, she can be described as many things, but stagnant is most definitely NOT one of them. I really dig L.atasha’s diversity and the fierceness of her delivery. As she recently dropped her newest single “Bee.Em”, I thought it would be fun to corner her and throw a few questions her way.

By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor *
Photo by Keezy P

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From L.A. to L.atasha A.lcindor, why the name changes?

L.atasha A.lcindor is what God told my momma to call me…so it’s about time the rest of the world called me that too. I mean in the last three years of my career, I kinda had to escape L.A. (no pun intended) mentally and reconnect to my story and my truth and not some ego I made because I needed a rapper name. [Laughs] So as I am cultivating and reaching my higher self and transforming into the artist I want to be, I would rather let it be known that I am L.atasha A.lcindor but you can still call me L.A., if we cool like that. [Laughs]

You style is very eclectic. How would you sum it up if you had to?

There is no sum to it really… I kinda just go in waves, sometimes. I’m like really into darks which matches my mood of the world and then sometimes, it’s all about colors and that matches my “I don’t give a fuck-ness”. I guess if anything I will call it “going”. Also something like killing fear and wearing freedom.  

Major influences?

Ugh. This question! Man… to be honest my influences change as much as hairstyles… Seriously, my hair sometimes matches who is influencing me [Laughs] Currently, I will say Janelle Monae, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West (on a good day) and MIA are doing that thing for me. That thing being that “Ping! Wake up the child/black panther inside of me” thing. BUT WAIT THERES MORE! My family, i.e. Abstract Random, KJ, Ryshon Jones, Scienze and all of the Dopeleague and 88days of Fortune family. Big up yourselves (in my really bad Jamaican accent). Nah but seriously my musical fam drives me more than any artist I see on TV.

Where do you get your dope jewelry from?

[Laughs]. I stashed a ton from my mom, and then find little tricks here and there as I go. Some of the dopest pieces I’ve gotten are from Toronto, my second home that I miss dearly. [Sad face] But I lose my shit all the time! Ugh, metaphor of my life… but ya know lose something find something doper. Anyway, if any of my fans love me out there and see me at a show and want to give me something dope bring me some costume jewelry!! It will engulf me with joy, even the 99 cent store bamboo earrings whatever!

Tell us about “BEE.EM”

“Bee.Em” is important. For one, it wasn’t supposed to be released yet. I had been sitting on this song for months and my boo decided to push me into releasing it. I appreciate him for that. It’s an incomplete work on my observations on racial situations going on currently. I am not a racist! I love white people! But I am not one for ignorance of my history and culture as well. So in appropriate time “Bee.Em”, the full version, will be released sometime soon so people can hate me more for it. [Laughs].But they don’t care about that they just care that the beat is crazy. Shoutout to Shawn Cutty Johnson for that. Very cool.

What’s next?

Who knows? Only God really.  I freaking hate planning man! ‘Cause I learned nothing turns out how it should. I’m bigger on strategy and right now my strategy is doing everything I SHOULDA done. So my next on-going project is SHOULDA. SHOULDA is for everything I shoulda done. I have a tonnnnnn of tracks that I haven’t released, a ton of videos that I was too scared to put out (cause of my own personal fears, yes I have some.) and a couple of other dope things that I want to share with the world that I made during my transformation/growth etc. So SHOULDA is that gap people have been waiting for me to fill. A sonic/visual collage of sorts. Hope y’all will enjoy. It’s kinda my detox…to my next EP The Minimalist.

And that’s all I’m saying. * Ayara Pommells is Owner of UK website Rawroots.com and a music writer for Soultrain.com, SOHH.com & AFROPUNK.com as well as an entertainment writer for Kontrol Magazine. Follow @YahYahNah.

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