Local 913, Episode 68: Moemaw Naedon
Rapper Moemaw Naedon, whose real name is Ryan, grew up in Butler County with two major interests: hip hop and everything Sci-Fi. In his music, he’s found a way to merge his two passions:
“I was a huge Star Wars fan and I read comic books. I enjoy fantasy and weird space stuff. There are also other hip hop acts that did that like Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief. Back in the late 90’s, they would make references to comic books and stuff. As far as the interludes between songs with the cartoon voices, I collect a lot of old comic book records, where you would read along with the record. That’s what all that stuff from, like old marvel comics and stuff.”
The “cartoon voice” interludes he mentions actually appear all over his latest full length album, Travel Through. All coming from old children’s records, including Mr. Rogers, he incorporated samples that would sum up each song and also introduce the next song, making it a cohesive listen. Another striking element is Moemaw Naedon’s smooth, hypnotic vocal delivery:
“It just came from freestyling from when I was younger. I never really got to hear myself. I was a huge hip-hop nerd before I was recording raps. I got a lot of the influences of my delivery from tons of different rappers. When I started recording stuff and listening back, I became conscious of how it sounded. If you’re a rapper, you want to ride the beat. In my opinion, you want to use your voice as a musical instrument, so it’s comfortable for the listener.”
The latest album Travel Through features beats produced by a local producer, Billy Hoyle. For more on Moemaw Naedon, check out moemawnaedon.com.