They’re smooth. They’re fashionable. They’re Langston Hughes III. We are so excited that we ran across this hip hop group’s music because they are truly something special. Enriched with so music history and hip hop culture in their brand and music, these Charleston, SC natives are just the right treat we need to hear when microwaveable music is the highlight. We need to hear the original sounds of hip hop. Langston Hughes III does just that. We recently interviewed the guys and found out more about their upbringings, artistry, and upcoming plans. Check out the interview below.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Langston Hughes III is a 3-man crew consisting of Chawle Dawk The Superstar, Maximillion and The Moja DJ Cory B. from Charleston SC. Our name was inspired by Harlem Renaissance leader and poet Langston Hughes. Our whole movement has been inspired by the Langston’s poem “Harlem what happens to a dream deferred”. We were a group during the 90’s that got a record deal but stalled. We came back home and essentially life got in the way and we all took alternative routes. Music has been a deferred dream for us but we have decided to turn that deferred dream into a dream expedited. Our Music is Sophisticated iTunes… Adult Contemporary Head Nod Music.
How would you describe your sound?
We coined our music Adult Contemporary Head Nod Music. We represent a natural progression of the golden age of hip hop music. Our foundation is 90’s hip hop however we are not stuck there. We also do not march to the beat of the current drums. So take the fundamentals of the past and a progressive attitude looking towards the future you got Langston.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
It’s been along process getting back to music because we had to consider what our position would be and find our footing. The last thing we wanted to do was come off corny looking like the old cats still clubbing with the teeny boppers talking bout we still got it. Once we figured out the pocket and space we wanted to represent which is a combo of where we are and where we essentially want to be the road became less of a task and more like an adventure. We still hold jobs and own businesses so we have to be creative with creating creative space and time to work on music. We got a great support team of producers and council that’s making this a great experience.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Banging out songs right now. Piecing together a collage that we are calling Dream Expedited. Every piece of music we create will have a piece of artwork to compliment that sound. We just started a collab that features Sadat X from the legendary crew Brand Nubians called Mozart Smokes Newports. We are also working on our stage show that will eventually include a small classical orchestra. That’s how we on it… Sophisticated iTunes
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
The biggest highlight of our movement actually happened in the 90’s. Under the name Da Phlayva (Vertical/Solar) we had the opportunity to share stages with the greatest acts of the 90’s including Tupac and Big as well as a few legendary acts from the 80’s such as Whodini and Run DMC several times. Although our stint in the industry was short and went unnoticed that was an incredible experience to be that fly on the wall that watched several hip hop legends unfold in our presence.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)
Ideal Collabs? ATCQ! That’s our favorite group of all time and also inspiration for our project. Nore hit it on the head when he said Tribes new album sounds like 1990 now. In our lane that’s the same thing we want to convey. We really like Nick Grant as well and he is from SC which makes us all the more proud. NIck is the first artist in well over a decade that makes us rewind to catch it. We salute him. We have reached out to Raekwon and Rah Digga as well as Geechie Suede from Camp-Lo for collabs. With us its not about finding who’s trending right now but what makes sense for the classic space we are creating and the culture as a whole.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
They call Charleston Chucktown. Not just the hip hop community but EVERYBODY. That name was coined by our crew many moons ago. So its crazy when you see companies popping up from real estate agencies to fitness clubs to taxi companies with Chucktown as a part of their name. So that’s our lil fame claim right there.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
We have learned that the game is definitely different but no matter how things change real recognize the same. With that being said with today’s direct to consumer platform in the digital space you can literally create a movement and expand that movement without major label push. It is simple but not easy. We are navigating that space right now. Searching and researching… finding Neemo.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect a disruptive business model from Langston. Its not everyday you see older cats coming through as a new hip hop crew. We are also working on creative merch outside of just t shirts. There is also a private label wine we are working on as well that will be labeled Langston 1993. And let’s not forget music!! A full project entitled Dream Expedited as well as international shows is where we have our navigation set to.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Yea.. It sounds trite but never give up on your dreams.When we decided to step back to music friends and family thought we were crazy and corny but we have a manifest destiny to see to completion. This movement is not just for us. We are aware that there are people including our kids that are waiting for us to make it happen to give themselves permission to peruse whatever dreams they have derailed for whatever reason. We are like Elwood and Jake Blues. We got the band back together. We are on a mission from God. Now That’s Langston.
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