She got her Mojo back, well actually it never left.
The internet is a melting pot, a place where people from all different walks of life exist within a cyber-reality. It can be difficult to spot a rising star among the masses, only a few make the cut. Artists like Rebecca Black have proven that it isn’t just about talent, a star must be both talented and timeless, both cool and conscious. All of which are attributes of Mahogany. Although she goes by the name Mojo, a 22-year-old emcee from Maryland.
Her music feels like clouds softly grazing harsh metal truths, a blend that sonically pieces well together. Her EP, entitled 94 was released 6 months ago. It documents the story of an artist trying to navigate her way through life whilst also trying to hold on to her dreams. On her track Dreamin she raps “dreams, don’t die, keep your hope alive” and in such times we are in desperate need of this hope.
In the 94 documentary you see Mojo rapping in what looks like a home studio. She creates smooth and colourful melodies with other creatives showing that what really matters is the music, the vibes. The documentary relays the grind and hustle that she puts into her music. Her look is reminiscent of the 90s, with Poetic Justice braids, a physique of Aaliyah and a swag like Missy Elliot. But these are simply musical nods as Mojo is her own woman, her own artist.
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– How did you discover music as your passion?
I discovered music as my passion when I wrote my first song. The day I wrote the song my friend Rayonte came over my house. So I let him hear what I wrote and he was amazed. He told me I should really do this, and I kind of just stuck to it. Since that day I kept writing more raps.
-Who were some of your musical inspirations growing up?
Growing up I listened to a lot of music my mom would play around the house which was Al Green, The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, Con Funk Shun, and Teena Marie. I didn’t get into Hip-Hop until I started rapping. Some of the rappers that inspired me to rap were A Tribe Called Quest, Tyler The Creator, Kid Cudi, Nas, Rakim, Bahamadia, Queen Latifah, Aaliyah, and a lot of 90s Hip-hop artists from the Golden Age era.
-Talk about the process of making your EP entitled 94, and why did you feel it were important to document this process?
Making ’94 was a long hard process. I came up with the concept for it a year before I released it. The only reason why I didn’t release it a year ago before I dropped it is because I felt as though I wasn’t being as honest as I wanted to be. At the time I wanted to just release anything, and I was tired of not having a project out. I soon realized that greatness takes time and patience. When I realized that I started taking notes of my experiences, and I felt like it should be documented because my music could help someone that’s going through the same thing I’m going through.
-How do you manage to maintain your individual sense of style and not submit to the stereotypical look forced upon female MC’s?
I never been a follower, I always had my own sense of style, and I liked being different too. But when I first started rapping the early 80s and 90s Hip-Hop era really inspired me so I always wanted to pretend like I was a rapper from that time. Once I fell in love with that I didn’t care if people didn’t like my music because I liked it.
-Do you feel the pressure/necessity to create art that reflects the temperamental times of today?
I do feel like the people would like to hear someone speak on what’s happening, but I don’t think I feel pressure to create something about what’s happening right now in life.
-Your lyrics are so personal and unlike the typical flow of rappers these days. What motivates you to make conscious and intelligent music?
What motivates me to make music the way I do is just me trying to find peace. It’s a lot of things I deal with everyday and music is the only thing that helps me cope with everything, and gives me some sort of peace of mind. I just speak my mind and rap from my heart.
-What are some of your other passions, outside of music?
I really wanna get into acting. Believe it or not movies actually inspired me to write music. I also have a dream of having my own radio station to help the underground Hip-Hop scene get more recognition, and give more radio play to female artists.
Many creatives are aware of the importance of believing in something bigger than you. How did you find your purpose?
I know it’s someone out there that needs to hear what I’m rapping about. I think my purpose as a rapper is to heal people through my music and inspire them to believe in themselves.
What can we hope to expect next from Odd Mojo?
You can expect a lot more music from Odd Mojo in the near future. I plan to give the world more of myself through music.