MC Re-Surch is in the works of re-incorporating comedy into the world of hip hop. While still taking on serious tones, he intrinsically builds light-heartedness into his work with his latest mixtape Popes Pond Legend. He takes us on a nostalgic journey through the 90s, bringing his own rapping style infused with a comedic twist over our favourite hip hop beats from the Golden Era. Re-Surch is set to drop a new album, Raised In The Ghetto, Went To School In The Burbs later this month, that gives us an insight into his upbringing and the process it took to get him to the artist he is today.
We chat to Re-Surch about the origin of his name, his latest mixtape and his inspiration to create timeless music. Ayla Dhyani writes.
You just dropped your latest mixtape, Popes Pond Legend, how do you find the project is different to your previous works?
I guess I would say my previous work shows a different side of me. I was in college for the first album Alcoholic College Kids, and with the second mixtape, I was transitioning out of that. So now I’d say Popes Pond Legend is just about me transitioning out of that even more. I’m still keeping my light-hearted silliness, but I put more lyricism and I used a lot of 90s beats because I wanted to show that I’m an actual lyricist and can actually rap.
Definitely. I love that you used a lot of classic hip hop samples throughout the project. What was the significance of incorporating those beats into the mixtape?
Well a lot of those beats were from the music I grew up on. The kind of music that made me want to be a rapper. They were always beats that I’ve always wanted to rap over, but I just never got around to doing it so eventually I go the inspiration to do it.
You use comedy a lot throughout your music, is that something that comes fairly naturally to you?
Yeah, well I guess when I first started rapping I noticed people would laugh at a lot of things I was saying, so after a while I realised I was pretty comedic with the stuff that I write. I never wanted my stuff to be too serious all the time. I do have serious songs that I write obviously, but I never wanted that to be all that I do. I’d rather write stuff that puts people in a good mood. There’s so much serious stuff out there, especially in hip hop, and I just want to bring a bit of light-heartedness to my music.
And where did the name ‘Re-Surch’ come from?
Before I got the name, people were calling me “Dictionary,” because when I first started rapping, I was using all these big words that no one had ever heard. Then it just hit me “Re-Surch.” It’s hyphenated, which makes one word two. So the prefix “Re” means “go back and do it again” and the suffix “surch” means to "go over and go above”. So it’s basically “go back, do the research, and then after that I used that information to surpass expectations.” That’s why the ‘s’ is capitalised as well.
Tell us a bit about Trailz.
Yeah, so Trailz is just a whole conglomeration of everyone that I’ve worked with, from visual artists to musicians. Trailz actually came from the first band I was ever in. It was kind of a rock/rap style of music, then when the band broke up, me and Liberty did our own thing together and we just kept it moving. Trailz kind of has a double-entendre as well. We were doing acid once and we started seeing all these trails and we thought about it more and thought about how all trails cross paths, but you might not see them all the time
And you’ve been working with Liberty for some time?
Yeah, I went to high school with him, and we were actually both the captains of the football team, and that’s how we became friends.
You’re also about to release an album, what can we expect from that?
Yeah, Raised In The Ghetto, Went To School In The Burbs. So that’s basically about me. I was in this program where I had an opportunity to “bust out of the ghetto” and went to a suburban white school. So with the album, I wanted to really show everyone exactly where I come from, who I am, why I am the way I am, and the way I rap. That’s coming out sometime next month. It’s actually going to be promoted by Sal Governale of the Howard Stern Show, but we’re still working out details.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
Jimi Hendrix. The man is genius with what he did in such a short amount of time. He’s been gone for so long, but forty years later, he’s still on the Billboard Charts. He made timeless music that will never die. And that’s what I want to do.
What moves you?
Music… and all arts. I don’t only enjoy inspiring, but I also like being inspired. Music inspires me. The process of creating inspires me, especially when it’s something you can relate to. It's inspiring when you can relate to someone’s struggle.