The artist formerly known as RGLND is someone we've been working with since discovering him at the first inaugural Hiero Day, bouncing bar for bar with DUCKWRTH whilst performing their celebrated cut "Hoverboard". We've seen the evolution of Anthony Almxghty into the current day artist, who recently presented his album Ode Inglish, a solid release over a choice collection of Chuck Inglish cuts. Anthony transcends the structured raps he provided on 6OLDEN, tracks like "Experimentalude", "Invitation", and "Champ De Mars" providing us with some experimental flows and melodies. Ode Inglish also brings listeners an ample amount of solid raps, Anthony sounding confident as ever with improved wordplay and refined cadences. Anthony bares all with this release, the track "Vent" addressing the disbanding of LifeBeforeTime, phoniness the likes of which we all deal with, and family issues. Check out our full spread on his sophomore release below for some more insight into the project, which you can stream below as well.
First and foremost - many may know you as RGLND - but you’ve undertaken a new moniker, Anthony Almxghty. What’s the story behind the name change?
I WOULDN'T SAY IT WAS A NAME CHANGE. IT WAS MORE SO AN EVOLUTION. NOT JUST AS AN ARTIST BUT AS A BEING. RGLND WHICH WAS FROM MY REAL LAST NAME WHICH IS RAGLAND WAS A LITTLE TOO COMPLEXED FOR THE NAKED EAR I BELIEVE. I HAD TO EXPLAIN HOW TO SPELL IT WAYYY TO OFTEN. PEOPLE EVEN WALKED UP TO ME CALLING ME REGINALD. IT WAS A LOT OF ROOM FOR ERROR. IMAGINE PERFORMING FOR A CROWD OF 20,000 AND SAYING "THANK YOU, MY NAME'S RAGLAND, GOODNITE" MAJORITY WILL BE LIKE "WHAT DID HE SAY?" "HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT?" ETC. WITH ANTHONY BEING THE 7TH MOST COMMON NAME FOR A MALE I FIGURED IF I HAVE TO BE NAMED SOMETHING SO COMMON WHY NOT BE THE SUPERIOR ONE? THE ALMXGHTY ONE. THE GOD OF ANTHONYS. SOMETHING SO COMMON (ANTHONY) BUT YET GOD LIKE AT THE SAMETIME (ALMXGHTY) NOT SAYING IM THE GOD BUT DONT KNOCK ME FOR FEELING LIKE A GOD. WE ALL SHOULD.
It’s been two years since the release of your debut 6OLDEN, you’ve since appeared on DUCKWRTH’s TAXFREE V.1 but have been relatively quiet. Why such a long wait to put out new material?
HEY FUCK YOU KRIS! IT HAVENT BEEN A WHOLE 2 YEARS! LOL 6OLDEN WAS JANUARY OF LAST YEAR! SINCE 6OLDEN IVE BEEN ON A FEW JAMS.. . HADOUKEN, BLACK MAN MANTRA, HUMMAN BEING REMIX, ETC AND PERFORMING.. BUT AT THE SAME TIME IVE JUST BEEN GOING THROUGH THE EVOLUTION THAT YALL SEE ME AS TODAY. PLOTTING ON A WAY TO COME BACK STRONGER WITH MORE TANGIBLES AND BETTER BRANDING ALONG WITH NEW JAMS. IM FEEL LIKE IM READY NOW. ALMXGHTY IS SUCH A BRAND IN ITSELF BECAUSE IT ALSO HAVE ADJECTIVE DEFINTION. I HAVE A WIDER SPECTRUM NOW WHEN IT COMES TO BRANDING MYSELF AND THAT ALONE HAS ME MOTIVATED TO GET BACK ON THE SCENE.
The entire project is an “ode to Chuck Inglish”, and is entirely over Chuck Inglish instrumentals. What is it about his production that inspires you?
HE'S MY FAVORITE PRODUCER. PHARRELL DOESNT COUNT BECAUSE THATS MY DAD. CHUCK BEATS ARE BEAUTIFULLY BASSED AND SHAPE SHIFTING. ITS HARD TO EXPLAIN THE FEELING BUT HIS PRODUCTION TAKES ME BACK TO BEING THAT 5 YEAR OLD RIDING IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY DAD'S COUGAR WITH THE BASS VIBRATING MY FUCKING BRAIN! ITS THE FEELING.
You handle the bulk of the project by yourself, save for features from Tia, Dayvid and Chazz Shabazz. Why them in particular?
UH BECAUSE THEYRE GOOD! DUH NIGGA. LOL NAH BUT IM A FAN OF NOT ONLY THEIR WORK BUT THE WAY THEIR VOICE SOUND. WHEN I THINK OF FEATURES I THINK OF PEOPLES VOICE ON THE SONG NEXT TO MINE AND HOW IT WOULD BLEND WITH THE BEAT NOT SO MUCH OF THE WHO, IF THAT MAKES SENSE. THEYRE COOL PEOPLE TOO. I LIKE WHAT THEYRE DOING.
We first discovered you through the very first HieroDay, where you performed as a part of LifeBeforeTime. Your live show is always interesting to watch, have you always been a performer? If not, what got you into music in the first place?
IVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHY IN THAT ASPECT MY WHOLE LIFE. IVE ALWAYS BEEN LOUD AND PRESENT WHEN IT CAME TO BEING FUNNY CUZ IM JUST A GOOF BY NATURE BUT ACTUALLY GETTING ON A STAGE PERFORMING FOR FOLKS? NOPE! LOL. I USED TO DJ WHEN I WAS A KID. MY DAD USE TO DJ GROWN UP FUNCTIONS AND THEY WOULD REQUEST HIM TO COME DO THEIR KIDS PARTY SO HE USE TO LET ME DO THOSE BECAUSE HE DIDNT KNOW WHAT US KIDS WANTED TO HEAR. I WAS GOOD AT IT TOO BUT I WOULD NEVER TALK ON THE MIC. I WAS TOO SHY LOL. I STILL CRINGE SOMETIME HEARING MY VOICE ON SONGS. ITS AWKWARD BUT IM ADJUSTING. I NEVER SEEN MYSELF RAPPING. I HAD THIS ONE VERSE THAT I RAPPED FOR 2 OF MY CO-WORKERS(THEY WERE RAPPERS) WHEN I WAS WORKING AT FOOTLOCKER AND THEY SEEN THE POTENTIAL IN ME AND WAS LIKE LETS GO. HAD ME RECORDING WITH THEM AND TEACH ME LITTLE SHIT AND IVE BEEN RAPPING SINCE.
*STARTS RAPPING A SAYKNOWLEDGE VERSE FROM HIS PROJECT HELLA CONDOMS*
MY NAME SAYKNOWLEDGE BUT THE HOES CALL ME SAY! DOEEEEEEEEE!!! EYYY!
SAY FAMILY MAN. I MET SAY THROUGH MILES BRANDON HELLA YEARS AGO. THAT VIDEO YOU SEEN IS THE FIRST NIGHT WE MET. HELLA RANDOM CHILL SHIT. A CAMERA JUST HAPPEN TO BE PRESENT.
Who is Trevor, and how did you meet?
TREVOR TREVOR TREVOR... WHERE DO I START. FOR STARTERS TREVOR JAMAL MIYOSHI IS MY MANAGER. WE MET IN THE STRANGEST WAY. IT WAS A VERY BRISK NIGHT IN ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTERS EVER. I WAS DRIVING HOME FROM WORK ON THE FREEWAY LISTENING TO COOL JERKS BY THE CAPITOLS AND OUT OF NOWHERE POOOF! MY TIRE GOES FLAT. MIND YOU MY PHONE HAD JUST DIED WHEN I WAS LEAVING WORK SO I WAS RUSHING HOME.. I WAS EXPECTING NUDES. SO HERE I AM SITTING ON THE SIDE OF THE FUCKING FREEWAY, DEAD PHONE, COLDEST WINTER EVER. I THOUGHT TO WALK TO A CALL BOX BUT LIKE I SAID IT WAS THE COLDEST WINTER EVER! IT WAS SUPER WINDY TOO! I WEIGH LIKE 135 I WOULDVE GOT BLOWN AWAY IF I STEPPED OUT THE CAR. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE RITE THERE IN THE CAR, A HIGH BEAM OF LIGHT FLASHED THROUGH MY BACK WINDOW. MY FIRST THOUGH WAS "HERE COMES JESUS" BUT NAH HE WAS PROLLY SOMEWHERE TURNT CUZ IT WAS 3DAYS BEFORE XMAS. AS THE LIGHT GOT CLOSER I REALIZED IT WAS A YELLOW STATION WAGON. I SEEN THE DRIVER DOOR OPEN THEN CLOSE THEN HEARD SOMETHING TAPPING MY CAR. I WAS LIKE "WHAT THE FUCK!" CUZ I DIDNT SEE NOBODY. THE NIGGA SMALL. I LOOKED OUT MY WINDOW AND THERE HE WAS. ALL 6OLDEN AND SHIT, UNFAZED BY THE WINTER COLD OR VICIOUS WIND. HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF AS T-BUBBLE AND LET ME USE HIS PHONE TO CALL AAA... . NIGGA BEEN AROUND ERRY SINCE. HE DAMNEAR SAVED MY LIFE CUHZ. IF HE DIDNT PULL THAT HEROIC ACT I MITE NOT EVEN BE HERE TODAY ON GOD.
If you were the final boss of a video game, who would you be and why?
FUCKING BOWSER (MARIO) OF COURSE! THAT NIGGA WAS SO TITE! HE WAS LIKE A FUCKING DRAGON-TURTLE HYBRID! PLUS HE WAS ALL ABOUT TAKING OVER AND GETTING BITCHES(PRINCESS PEACH) LOL. IF NOT HIM THEN GORO(MORTAL KOMBAT) IMAGINE THE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO A GIRL IF YOU HAD 4 ARMS!!!! NIGGA!! 4 ARMS!!
Ode Inglish noticably lacks a DUCKWRTH feature, in our TAXFREE interview he alluded to an upcoming project - is that still in the works? You guys have performed a few unreleased cuts here and there and DUCK has an upcoming solo project on the way.
ME AND DUCK THE SAME PERSON. DIFFERENT SPECTRUMS OF THE SAME DRAGON. HE WAS ON THERE IN SPIRIT. THAT WAS ACTUALLY THE PLOT TWIST THIS TIME BECAUSE A DUCKWRTH VERSE IS SOMETHING PEOPLE KNEW THEY WOULD GET FERSHER ON THIS PROJECT. I CURVED THEY ASS HAHA! ME AND DUCK DO HAVE SOMETHING COMING THO. HE'S ALSO ACROSS THE COUNTRY WORKING ON SOMETHING NICE!! THINK ABOUT HIS LOCATION AND THINK ABOUT MINE. WEST COAsT-EAST COAST.. . LOOK LIKE NIGGAS PLOTTING IF YOU ASK ME. I MITE BE SAYING TO MUCH.
How did the two of you (you & DUCKWRTH) meet, anyways?
THAT WAS ALSO KINDA THROUGH MILES BRANDON. THROUGH MILES I MET DELUV. THROUGH DELUV I MET SAYKNOWLEDGE. WE WERE IN THE CITY HANGING WITH DELUV AND ENDED UP AT AN APARTMENT DUBBED "THE RABBIT HOLE" AT THE TIME AND DUCK WAS THERE. WE HIT IT OFF AND BEEN ROCKING EVER SINCE. HE WASNT EVEN DUCKWRTH YET HE WAS JUST JARED AND I WAS SUPREME SKETCH HAHAHAAHA.
What’s next for Anthony Almxghty?
MORE! MORE OF EVERYTHING! I FEEL RELOADED. PUSHING ODE INGLISH BUT ALREADY WORKING ON NEW PROJECT(S) I PLAN ON DROPPING A SINGLE "GODS IN THE CLOUDS II" AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. ITS A SONG I DID TO MY 15 YEAR OLD CUZZN THAT WAS MURDED IN OAKLAND IN 2004. THIS YEAR IS THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SO IT FEELS RITE. I WANNA RELEASE IT ON HIS BDAY 9-29. THEN I WANNA RELEASE THE "88 DRAGON AINT NOTHIN TO FUCK WITH" SONG. I HAVENT EVEN NAMED THAT ONE YET I JUST BE PERFORMING IT. BESIDES THAT LIKE I SAID MORE! OF EVERYTHING! THE GOAL IS TO BE INTERNATIONAL!