Phoenix Son: Mr. Miranda
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12/29/12 at 10:00 PM ET - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
In an age of record labels
focusing mostly on what's marketable, one Arizona rapper
sticks to Hip Hop's roots. Mr. Miranda has earned a spot
for himself in the Phoenix rap scene with a flow and lyrics
that conjure up memories of Hip Hop's golden era.
Mr. Miranda has opened for
a variety of artists, ranging from Evidence of Dilated
Peoples, to radio mainstay Pitbull. The Southwest rapper
spoke to us about his latest projects, plus some interesting
family ties, in this exclusive interview.
were born and raised in Phoenix, right?
Why is that your flow
and delivery isn't typical of what people might expect from a
Southwest Hip Hop artist?
I'm such a Hip Hop head in
general, a student of the art. I picked up on different
styles. I always wanted to stand out. I looked at it like, it
doesn't matter where you're from. If you're a true Hip Hop
head, you can pretty much do whatever.
Who are the rappers that
influenced your music?
Me being close to L.A., you
had Ice Cube, N.W.A.. All the way to the East Coast. Gangstarr,
Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul. It varies, it wasn't just one
Not to really pigeonhole
where you fit in as an artist, but do you cater more to a
backpack rap audience?
It really just depends. The
way I see Hip Hop going now, lyricism is starting to come
back. You're starting to see more change, more people of
various groups are starting to get attached to that real Hip
Hop essence. It doesn't even really matter. If they want to
consider it that, that's cool. But I feel like I'm open
the name of your upcoming EP you dropped?
It's called "The H & M EP"
And who did the beats?
It's produced entirely by my man Hexsagon.
How did you connect with him?
We met at a hip hop show here in Phoenix. He had just moved
here from El Paso and was already familiar with me, so we just
exchanged numbers and started making music together
What can you tell us about the EP?
It's different from anything him and I both have done in the
past, it's a step into the electro funk world. It's upbeat and
awesome, I think people will definitely enjoy it because it's
something for everyone
Where can people listen to or download the EP?
It will be available on
Why are you dropping an
EP instead of a full-length album?
This is actually the first
EP that I've ever done. I've always wanted to, but EPs are
good because they're short, and get the point across.
Guys tend to go overboard
sometimes. You've got 15 records, seven are good, eight are
fillers. It just becomes kind of redundant. Every track starts
to sound the same after a while. With EPs, it's perfect,
you're giving them just enough.
But you've obviously
dropped full-length albums before.
Yeah. We both have an album
titled "Love, Tears, and Smiling Faces" set to release in
2013. We dropped a single for it last year titled "Key to
Success" and featured my boy DJ Madd Rich on the cuts for the
The record got a lot of love all over the net. The project has
been two years in the making, but it's ready. People can find
MisterMiranda.com as well, and we'll have it on
iTunes, most likely.
Have you shot any videos
for the full album?
We shot one for "Key to
it's on Youtube. It's my best video yet, and is directed
by Moses Lujan
A while back, you
dropped "The Superfreak Tape: A Tribute to Rick James." What
inspired you to release an EP like that?
I've always been a huge Rick James fan. When he passed away, I
noticed no other artists or DJs did any tributes for him, so I
thought it was a great opportunity to do one. It got a lot of
love as well, and was a very fun project to make.
Have you collaborated
with any other known artists?
Yeah. One of my first
albums in '09, the project called Lets Get on with the
Music. It was a collaborative project with a producer from
here, he goes by Jimmy Nelson. He did all the production. On
there, I had Jaz-O, Jay-Z's mentor.
What about concerts,
have you shared the stage with any established artists?
I've opened up for quite a
few artists ranging from Evidence of Dilated Peoples,
Aceyalone, Little Brother, Ne-Yo, Common. Pitbull, if you want
to keep it Latino [laughs].
I'm also in a group, we go
by Writers Guild. There's four of us. One of the artists that
was on Big Beat Jawn, my buddy Random, we've opened up for
Slick Rick, Pharoahe Monch, a couple of other names.
Speaking of keeping it
Latino, what's your family's
Is there a significance
to name Mr. Miranda?
There actually is. My
uncle... are you aware of the Miranda Rights?
That was actually my uncle,
Run that by me again?
[laughs] Yeah. That was
actually my uncle. My middle name is
Ernesto, I was named after him. He was my grandfather's baby
brother. It was the case of Arizona vs Miranda that he was
Around those times, there
was really no evidence, DNA testing, stuff like that. It was
their word against yours, no innocence until proven guilty.
When he was incarcerated, he was already a very educated
individual, but he got more educated while he was locked up.
He was constantly writing to his attorney, asking him why he
wasn't really given a fair chance.
He didn't get to prove to
everyone that he didn't do the crime they were convicting him
of. Even his attorney was kind of like, I only do this for you
because the city pays me. He started really reading his
letters and thought, wow, this guy has a valid point.
His attorney John Jacob
Flynn really fought for him. It took seven tries, and on the
seventh one, the judge finally gave the okay to it. They had
to release him from prison. But he had so many priors, he had
done 22 years, something like that. After that, it all
changed. They weren't allowed to just handcuff you and throw
you in the car. They had to read you your actual rights.
Nice backstory there.
Since you're repping Arizona, what's the biggest change you've
noticed to Phoenix Hip Hop since you've been in the game?
There's been some big moments out here for sure, the scene has
definitely come a long way. I think the biggest change is the
unity out here, more artists are collabing with one another,
rather than battling one another. So that's a plus because
that's how a city gets on, by supporting each other and
helping everyone get on.
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