“the people need choices of real natural energy vs. processed energy”
“Thought is energy, to create it (energy), just use your imagination.” Einstein was on to something with that. There’s a lot to be said about the energy that we put into the projects we produce. I can tell when artists put out projects and their heart just wasn’t in it. Or when a meal is prepared and the quality is affected by the energy the preparer put into it. It’s just as important as the ingredients or the equipment being used. Energy is everything.
I was reading something about how quantum physics in intertwined with the manifestations in your life. Now, I don’t know a whole lot about quantum physics but I do know that the quality of your craft is a product of your energy. We caught up with MeccaGodZilla, an MC, producer and visual artist who harnesses his energy to put out products that he’s “willed to happen, willed to experience.” That’s some powerful energy right there.
If you’re not familiar with the producer, MeccaGodZilla or his MC alter ego, Ryu Black, get familiar. You can stream his most recent release below as you get acquainted through our little Q & A about food, music and energy.
Who is MeccaGodZilla and what does he bring to the world?
I’m a producer, MC, entrepreneur and visual artist, born in Brooklyn…raised in Long Island. My music sounds like I was consulted by Talib Kweli for rhymes, RZA for beat making tips & the Dalai Lama on how to be a better humanitarian. I have done some humanitarian work as a musician in both NYC and Tokyo that I’m grateful for.
How would you say food relates to the creation of music?
As bad is this may sound, I do binge when making beats. I may go for a month or two taking a break on music…and then get a huge surge of inspiration and knock out 15 or more beats in 3 days… I do the same with writing. It’s like I starve the spirit and once the inspiration is there, I feast until I can’t eat any more…until I can’t create anymore. That leads to a lot of sleepless nights when I do go in. Peace and love to anyone that may have an eating disorder cuz I mean no harm by the “binge” statement.
What is it that you’re trying to gravitate towards and what are you trying to avoid in terms of both food and music?
In music, I gravitate towards being fully self expressed. It is the same with food…I gravitate towards natural foods. There are days my body craves greens – collards, kale, broccoli…it’s the same with music. My spirit really pushes for me to not be artificially influenced by trends and to just create from the natural source of inspiration..which is my spiritual connection to the Universe itself. I really like to work with musicians on a global scale. I am from NY and do make “Rap/Hip-Hop” music but it is more world music because some of my features are from Europe, Asia, Cali, etc. From all over. It’s like having the world’s best spices to add to a meal.
How has traveling outside of the country influenced your musical and culinary palate?
Man! I visited Japan for the 1st time in 2005. Shouts to D-Life and Gemba! My experience in Tokyo was remarkable. I got exposed to reeeeeeeeal Japanese food and I remember going back home to NYC and fiending for that same Japanese food. I didn’t know where to shop, nor how to cook what it was that I ate in Tokyo lol.. it was like 8 months of withdrawal before I found the right person to put me on to where to get the best and most authentic Japanese food in NYC. My taste changed. I’m heavy into soul food…but seeing how Japanese fam were eating, my palate wanted the best of both worlds. Japanese culture is seen most times as very courteous, very calculated and very strong. I like the courteousness of Japan but there is an edge too. There is a silent rawness in Japan yo. It’s ill… I’m of Caribbean/African descent. My culture and soul…mixes with some of my love for Japan and creates a very unique casserole with quite a few different elements fuzed in.
Music that we consume becomes the soundtrack to our lives. What are the best ingredients to the dishes you’re trying to feed to the masses?
I think all of our existences are mini movies in the scheme of the Universe. A lot of what I’ve willed to happen, willed to experience, dreamed, prayed and hoped to experience in Tokyo and NYC truly feels like a movie. My newest music is very cinematic. I’d like to feed the masses a side of cinema they can enjoy but also give them the main course of ambient yet soulful music with a raw, boom bap, Strong Island baste of inspiration.
If you could have anyone make you a meal, who would it be? Who would you make a meal for if you could make it for anyone?
I think it’d be fun if Simone Small, linked with Lupita Nyong’o to make something for me. Both women are well traveled and give off amazing vibes. Simone’s got this aura about her that makes me feel like if she cooked something, the food would be so damn good you’d just smile at how delicious it is. I’d like to cook for Mio Soul, Simone, Starr Thorne, Ruby Red and Masia One. Five women who I really respect and it’d be dope to make them smile at how delicious my cooking is.
Do you get down in the kitchen? How would you rate your skills?
I’m NICE with breakfast meals. I also have a mean and I mean…MEAN fried chicken recipe using whole wheat flour instead of white flour. I’m lucky to have amazing cooks around me so I don’t have to cook often…I’m usually the dishwasher…I cook out of necessity… Breakfast I’m a 10. Lunch/Dinner I’m a 7.9?? I gotta not be too proud and really keep it real.
Do you have a recipe that you could share with us?
Man…I wish I could. I will tell you this. My father, has the best cod-fish cake recipe. My dad’s side of the family is Bajan…Barbados (mom’s side is Haitian). My dad has this recipe for cod-fish cakes that is all fish, no bones, no salt and just remarkable! I will say this, though.. for all the folks out there that still eat eggs…try making your omelettes with coconut oil instead of butter or whatever you may be using. In fact, when cooking see about substituting coconut oil for butter every time. It gets hot and cooks things very fast so with omelettes, don’t turn the flame up too high cuz your omelette will stick. But if you cook with medium flame the taste and health benefits are really amazing.
What does the world need more and/or less of in terms of both music and food?
In regards to both music and food….mmmm, I don’t wanna say regulation in a bad way but the people need choices of real natural energy vs. processed energy. They need to be given a choice as opposed to just given one thing that may have addictive properties that will leave some really caught up.
What projects are you currently working on? Where will you take listeners in 2014 and beyond?
I just released a new album called “ERROARS 2.2: Metal Sakura”…it’s a raw instrumental album in tribute to feminine energy. The male dominated music industry doesn’t embrace or hold feminine energy too high so I created this project to balance it out a little bit. I also just put out Mio Soul’s “Subliminal Melody”…a new album out on my label MANAFEST VISION MEDIA LLC. We will have more releases from artists like Sim-E, possibly Emjae, DJ oMMM, Tom Phonic and more. We shall see. By August, my next album will be ready, and I’m currently dropping free music for fans to have just to keep the buzz going.
Complete this statement: The music I make…
The music I make is truly my life energy; it is spiritual, raw, fun and at times … extremely unconventional.
Anything else you wanna share?
I had a lot of fun cooking in TheKitchenMix.com. I really appreciate you guys! Please check for the albums we have out now ERROARS 2.2: Metal Sakura by MeccaGodZilla and Subliminal Melody by Mio Soul. If inspired feel free to drop a donation by way of CD or iTunes but no pressure, y’all! Just vibe out and enjoy!
You gotta respect this man’s work output. Aside from his behind the mic and behind the boards activities, he’s also the full-time CEO of Manafest Vision Media LLC. You can check’em out HERE. Good stuff that they’re – well, manifesting. Dude’s left his musical signature on Nike commercials, made video game tributes, successful mash-up albums, a stint in modeling and he’s even something of a community activist. Find him on your favorite mode of social media to see what else he’s got cookin on the horizon. If nothing else, stream his projects and feel the energy.