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Moka Only aiming for the sky with Airport 6

Submitted by on September 24, 2012 – 11:51 pmNo Comment

The Most Prolific has done it again, only this time, it’s personal.

The new album, Airport 6, provides insight and nostalgic imagery to whom Moka was then, and who he is now.

“This is a straight up Moka album, like a summary. The main theme honestly, is nostalgia,” said Moka.

In the first single and video from the record, there are several references to influences of the past, everything from Swollen Members to the streets of Vancouver, which in his words shaped him as an artist.

“The song is a wrap-up of my life over the last 12 years. I have some good times and I have some regrets, and that what it explains, and that’s why I put the guys (S&M) in the video.”

With the sixth and final installment of the Airport album saga, Moka is looking to bring his musical ambition to new heights and try new methods.

“I’m fully focused on this album,” said Moka. “In the next six to eight months, I’m going to be releasing remixes and such to augment the album. My main focus right now is Airport 6.”

Not only are the flow and lyrics of Airport relaxed and mildly tempered, but the beats coincide perfectly with the overarching theme of the album’s entirety.

The concept for the Airport series of albums came from photos he took of an airport inMontreal, Que. He took a photo both in day and night time, showing juxtaposition – this is reflected in the varying tones on the album.

From start to finish, it is a smooth transitional wave of walking bass lines, entrancing synthesizers and catchy kicks and snares.

Only a handful people in the hip-hop industry, especially the Canadian underground branch of it, can claim over 30 solo albums and a dozen collaborative albums, and continue to innovate and impress their audience – Moka Only is high on that list.

“Something’s changed in me, and I want to be at the forefront of hip-hop again, and make the most of my time while I’m here on earth.”

A man of many monikers and personas, this album truly unmasks the producer and hip-hopper, whose name came to lights while the being the third leg of Swollen Members.

“I mention Swollen (Members) a lot on this album, because with all other details aside, I miss the excitement of having that mainstream group, and accessing bigger markets, and the comradery.”

For those who’ve been along for the ride from the beginning, even before Swollen ever came about, I’ve got some good news from the man himself.

After he finishes this year’s rendition of Martian X-mas, the yearly holiday album we all look forward to, he will be working on bringing back “Splitsphere,” the two-man show consisting of himself and Prevail, which they recorded as back in 1994.

“I’m about to start recording with Prevail to release a Splitsphere album, I haven’t released that publicly yet, but might as well now. Rob the Viking and I will be handling the production.”

Story by Devin Size

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