More than a decade old, and Nas’ “One Mic” is still one of the most poignant songs in hip hop history. The opening line struck a chord with his audience, becoming a landmark phrase within the culture at large.
For artists looking to break out today, the thirst is more than real. The idea of being able to shake up the status quo through their sound sits at the forefront of the ever-evolving landscape. This idea that one person can make an impact, that all they need is “one mic, one beat, one stage…” still resonates.
Mass Appeal asked our favorite musical acts “What’s one item they can’t live without?” For some, it’s something they always take with them on stage, for others, it’s just something they got as a kid and can’t let go. Join us, as we shine the spotlight on these artists’ stories and photos behind the item they can’t live without.
Why we love her:
Sunny days spent basking in the hours that came before, that’s how Swedish-born, now London-based singer Fatima wants you to feel when you listen to her sultry drawls. Like a warm embrace enveloping you whole, there’s a word for a sound so pure: Timeless. Filling her musical horn of plenty with a lifetime of genre-spanning influences, late nights in underground clubs, and grin-inducing memories of her childhood in Sweden, Fatima explores the depths of history with her words.
“I moved to London seven and a half years ago, so during those years I’ve experienced a lot of different styles here in the city. I used to go out to club nights like Deviation, for example, run by a DJ over here called Benji B. And a club called Plastic People, which used to have all kinds of club nights. They used to play Broken Beat, Dubstep, and all kinds of things before it was popular— when it was just raw, really fresh and inspiring. I used to go to a lot of these nights and get all these new influences, and it really opened my mind to a lot of new sounds.”