This installment of "The Whole 9" has been 6 years in the making, since he Ayatollah Jaxx, an underground emcee who was on the verge of crossing over as a soloist and as part of the duo Good Company with his homie Fundamental. Then like that, it's over. I chopped it up Ayatollah, now going by his real name Farooq Al-Said. We spoke on his Hip Hop career, how he met Fundamental, when it all changed, his background in both martial arts and boxing and how that boxing knowledge will lead into an exciting new partnership with us, his faith as a muslim and more. So grab chair and take a listen. This one has some real jewels attached.
Producer-singer-songwriter-DJ-everything else rhêtorík bares his soul on ‘Behind Closed Doors.’ The EP is a sum of his whimsy and his triumphs, a showcase of his insecurities, but also a promise to himself and to his fans that there will be light in their lives. Across five songs and in 20 minutes, rhêtorík makes quick work of what hurts him and how he’s learned to heal himself.
“I took a year from 24 to 25, where I went completely stone-cold sober, really got into the vlogging, and just took a year of internal reflection,” he told DJBooth. His reflections led him to question himself and his motives, and ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is the immediate product of his weighty introspection. The indie-meets-EDM influences on the project undoubtedly move music forward, but it’s rhêtorík’s hopeful message that makes him a truly enduring artist.
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Production by Michael Saba: www.youtube.com/user/akhorahilis
Intro music by Slimm Leary