The Hip Hop Interview With Mickey Boston
The Hip Hop Interview With Mickey Boston
1) Is Mickey Boston your real name?
No, lol, Mic-key Boston is not my real name at all.
I hold 3 specific monikers: Mic-Key Boston, Big Brosky and Dr. Walter Kovaks. None of these 3 names are my real name. Dr. Walter Kovaks is my alter-ego, he is a geneticist and will be made more public when my new EP will be released February 14th, 2014. Dr. Walter Kovaks is a scientist and geneticist who creates clones and is infatuated with artificial intelligence who will be more present in my upcoming EP called “Clone Locusts and Genetic Machinery”. In essence, Dr. Walter Kovaks is another dimension of Mickey Boston.
My real last name is Khan actually lol. I am a Khan just like a bunch of Bollywood actors, and truth be told, it’s pretty cool being a Khan because people think it’s only natural for you to be in music or show business hahaha.
2) Where were you born?
In a hospital.
I was born in Montreal to parents of Kashmiri origin. I speak English and French as well as Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
3) How many years you been rapping?
Since 1997. I started writing in 1995 but decided to go fully public in ’97.
4) How did you get into hip-hop?
My older brother used to listen to hiphop all day and night. We used to have block parties in our neighbourhood in Montreal which was a hiphop-oriented neighbourhood called “little burgundy”. As I got older my brother got me exposed to Ice-T. We used to listen to Ice-T’s “Original Gangster” album on cassette.
I was inspired to start writing on my own accord. My obsession with writing increased with a fury after hearing Nas’s new album at the time, “It Was Written”. The specific track that motivated my ballpoint pen to start doing more acrobatics on the page was because of Nas’s track “Street Dreams”.
Despite this, Nas was NOT the one who inspired me to go public with my written verses. The inspiration to go public with my music came to true life when I saw Company Flow’s video called “End to End Burners”. When I saw that video, I didnt chose hiphop, hiphop chose me.
Listening to El-P was EVERYTHING for me. El-P is the reason why i decided to go public because the “End to End Burners” video was visually stunning for its time and allured to my love for graffiti art because at the time I was tagging my name in both Montreal and Queens, NY where I was to live with my father for a very short period of time. We lived in a Desi neighbourhood where the samosas and Basmati rice was fresh. The neighbourhood that I mention here is Jackson Heights, Queens which entailed that I was to ride the 7 train with my father which would pass through 5pointz. Little did I know I was to do a video at 5pointz in my 2013 video “The Krylon”
The emcee who inspired me was El-P. The record label that motivated me was Rawkus and Shabaam Sahdeeq’s track “Arabian Knights” off the soundbombing album, little was I to know that I’d be recording with Shabaam Sahdeeq back in July 2012.
5) What other things you do instead of rapping?
I eat. I sleep.
I am a college professor. I have 2 master’s degrees. I got my first master’s in 2007. I got my 2nd master’s degree in 2013.
I used to be a high school teacher but then I almost burned out, couldn’t take it anymore and went back to university. I graduated from McGill, the top university in Canada which I like to mention in order to motivate and inspire other young inner city kids who are of minority backgrounds. I want to see young kids of minorities get education and climb above the hurdles of either racism and poverty. My father faced a lot of racism and discrimination as an immigrant. I also went through many struggles and my desire is to see younger kids rise above the bullshit.
6) What do you think about Indian rappers?
I think if youre an Indian hiphop artist who is making mainstream commercial stuff for Bollywood films on that clubbing vibe, I think you suck and are worthless. Im against all hiphop artists propagating false images of the likes of women, drinks and glamorous high life. I have seen some junk in Bollywood and I really just gotta say that its whack. I feel that India is a country with real issues concerning rape and poverty as well as corruption and I think these are issues that all Desi artists should address and touch on. Im not saying that all Desi hiphop artists should be conscious all the way through, I’m saying that they should make a conscious effort to avoid doing mainstream commercial junk that doesn’t connect with the mass majority of the human condition.
I dont care if an artist is from India or Pakistan, Im concerned with the content and the delivery, in other words, the flow. Undeniably, there are artists from every musical genre that shouldnt be doing what theyre doing because they simply lack the skill and talent, they just happen to know the right people.
If there is another Indian emcee I’m listening to, well it would be Punjabi poet and emcee, Humble the Poet. Im also in support of my man Sikh Knowledge, I think he’s a brilliant producer. I’m also lovin everything Mandeep Sethi has put out. I also think Bohemia‘s got a dope voice.
7) Any kind reviews about our website (Thehiphop.org)?
I love Thehiphop.org because it focuses on hiphop artists from India and the subcontinent. In essence, it’s a medium that is bridging the gap. The sub-continent has over a billion people and carries with it a multitude of beautiful faces and cultures. In this regard, the webpage is leading the way in having western hiphop artists like myself get in touch and familiarize ourselves with other hiphop artists of the same ethnic background.