It might be a punk-rock-thrashing, hip-hop-shaking hybrid à la his uncooked album on Black identification, Negro. Or it could be achieved by his signature cadence and artwork of storytelling with little greater than a easy beat. “I need to play Miami. I need to transfer to Miami,” he provides. “I do not know if I need to die in Miami, however I need to develop outdated in Miami.”
Inevitably, Miami booty bass enters the dialog as soon as he begins speaking about his brother, Hardy, who was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale.
“Trick Daddy, Uncle Luke, SpaceGhostPurrp — me and my [producers] Apollo and Peso, we have been large SpaceGhostPurrp followers. I nonetheless faucet into what he performs,” Siifu says. “I all the time needed to be my brother, and I’d hearken to what he listened to, which was Florida stuff.”
Born Livingston Matthews, Siifu moved from Birmingham to Cincinnati when he was 6 years outdated. He took up the trumpet, switched to drums across the fifth or sixth grade, and was a part of his college’s marching band. Matthews took up writing poetry and, like most first-year faculty college students, tapped into totally different music closely. The primary alias he took up was Liv Martez.
Matthews began producing beneath the Pink Siiffu moniker in 2016 when he debuted his album, Twothousandnine. What got here subsequent have been eight albums, two deluxe variations, and a slew of singles incorporating something from Thai love ballads, doo-wop, and no matter hits totally different.
A few of the magic comes from the 30-year-old rapper’s skill to work with quite a few producers. Every has a distinct palette to create a monitor that strays far-off from the mainstream.
“My buddy Q — he was touring someplace,” he says of the Thai love ballad loop used on the Navy Blue-produced monitor “Keep Sane.” “I do not know the place, and he was like, ‘Bro, I heard this tune in a taxi, and he gave me the tune.’ And I heard it and thought it was stunning. I made a loop to it after which let Navy Blue take it from there. We killed it.”
“I used to be simply making songs, and I heard that beat and knew I needed to leap on the hook,” Siifu says about “Pour The Wine.” “I looped my nigga Peso. I needed him to get cinematic and go biblical on it. Actual Dangerous Man did the beat. It was very genuine the way it got here collectively. I did my first verse, and Chuck laid out the hook.”
“Smile together with your gold tooth/Smile together with your gold tooth/Smile together with your gold tooth,” he delicately instructions the listener on “Ensley (Smile Manufactured from Gold)” off the 2018 same-named album. Siifu might have borrowed from his Southern and Ohio roots and rapped utilizing torpedo tongue twisters favored by the likes of Lil Yo, Bone Thugs-N-Concord, and Andre 3000. As an alternative, his cadence is far slower — nearly drowsy.
“I discovered find out how to rap by Lil Wayne, Outkast, Mos Def. It is extra old-man shit,” he explains. “I really like niggas to rap like an outdated man — Earl Sweatshirt, Navy Blue, Maxo. It is very natural, old-man speak from these younger cats.
“Lil Wayne will get on a monitor and be lazy. Eminem did that loads and performed with phrases. This one new monitor I did, I used to be like I rhymed ‘expertise’ with ‘spirit.’ Typically you gotta be lazy to rhyme like that. It is storytelling; it is being modern. I really like rapping in a distinct pocket than different folks, or generally I do not, and it is already laid out for you.”
Conversely, the Negro monitor “FK” is a punk anthem spiked with screams and chord progressions screeching by way of the amplifiers — solely to slam the brakes and transition right into a distorted vocal rapping over a barebones beat.
Siifu is equally impressed by George Clinton, whom he identifies with on a non secular stage, and the nice jazz legends like Alice Coltrane and Solar Ra or experimental outfits just like the Pixies, Radiohead, and Demise Grips.
“I used to go to this factor with my mother and pop known as Jazz within the Park in Cincinnati, they usually used to have old-fashioned niggas and jazz information,” he remembers. “Frank Beverly would come, and I used to be like, ‘Rattling, this my vibe.’ And I all the time needed music that got here like that shit, however I additionally take pleasure in music that comes from younger niggas, too, and worldwide people and world music shit.”
Siifu needs to ship that very same feeling to the listener. “I need individuals who get the expertise. I need individuals who hearken to my music to say, ‘Shit, I need to see this stay.'”
Pink Siifu at III Factors 2022. 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW twenty third St., Miami; iiipoints.com. Tickets price $119 to $499 by way of iiipoints.frontgatetickets.com.