The Okayplayer Interview: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins On Hugging Trees & Getting Robbed
Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins are known individually as outspoken artists and post P-Funk revolutionaries armed with undeniable talent and unmistakable sounds. Together they share a musical and metaphysical bond that allows them to channel the quandaries of the world through Dudley’s immensely thoughtful lyrics and Georgia’s highly coveted beats. That unified effort has also allowed them to overcome adversity, including the loss of personal possessions and musical projects after their home was robbed in 2012.
Refusing to wallow in a moment of darkness, they returned with the Lighthouse LP. This project marries their combined wisdom to the headnodding stank of fat chords and trunk-rattling drums; taking the legacy of cosmic slop and tweaks the bass until it’s hot enough to blast your systems into orbit. G&D offer their latest dose of certified dope as they edify themselves in sound, educate the babies and exercise their right to orchestrate an opus that will raise the consciousness of the collective just enough to reverse the negative vibrations of the world – a mission they’ve chosen to tackle one heater at a time. This ain’t your average flight. This is SomeOthaShip. Strap in and prepare to connect.
OKAYPLAYER: Can you speak on your latest project and what brought you all to this point creatively?
Georgia Anne Muldrow: Lighthouse. We’ve been working on it for what, like 3 years?
Dudley Perkins: Yup.
GAM: Yeah, it’s been in the works for about 3 years and really, the catalyst for us releasing the record was when our house got robbed—the computer, everything that we had. Everything that we thought we were working on that was our newest stuff was gone and we kind of were left with the question, “What do we have?” G&D was the first thing that we realized we had turned in and we just started actively working on getting that out. DJ Romes came through and really tied everything together with his cuts and really made it cohesive. Thank God for him and thank God we had already sent it to somebody else before we lost it!
OKP: Would you say it became an “All we’ve got is us” type of thing?
GAM: Yeah. We’ve been on that for a very long time. It’s been a struggle, but even moreso in this case. Of course!
OKP: What role did each of you play in the completion of the project? How do you tend to split up the responsibility of putting a release together?
DP: On this record, it’s like any other time we do G&D records, Georgia will do production unless we do the record with somebody else. I do the majority of the vocals because there’s a lot of rap verses and Georgia will do most of the hooks. Sometimes we’ve got guest appearances on there and stuff like that, but the thought process for the songs is to figure out what we’re going to do, what we’re working with. We want to know what we have for each song. With every record the plan is always just to reach the children. Not everybody can do that, but you don’t have to fall for the okeydoke.
OKP: Other than reaching the children, what kinds of goals did you have for this project?
DP: We do music, period. This is just one chapter in the catalog and the message is needed right now. The dark music is actually trying to go away. Now what we’re doing is going to be able to be heard a little louder and more clearly. People are going to be able to see what we’re doing. A lot of cats are actually waking up to things that have been going on. Their sons are waking up. You got people like Joey Bada$$. He’s one of those guys out of all the young cats, he’s one that really gets it – and then you’ve got Kendrick (Lamar). He’s got lyrics that make his songs really, really potent. That’s important. The message is the most important part.
OKP: What do you think prompted the shift that has begun to happen in hip-hop? Why now?