Space Discovery: 6ixth Element
Welcome to our new Space Discovery!
Today Denver-born emcee and producer 6ixth Element’s groovy boom bap sound gives a quick spiritual lecture while filling us with the right energy for the day.
The new golden era of rap envisioned by 6ixth Element is showcased in his latest single “Spiritual Form”, a wise hip-hop track with a funky soul start and a female chorus which hooks you straight away and infects the rest of the track with its vitality. The beat is gripping from start to finish, with a drum loop that gets you moving no matter what and a bubbly sample over which 6ixth Element speaks of taking care of and working on the soul.
6ixth Element gives us conscious rap on kind of a soul beat, with turntabled vocals, some tape recordings and introspectively conversational lyrics spat out in a tight flow.
The sound is classic but with a quality of enlightenment typical of the new generation, which loves to play with old sounds while sprinkling them with a fresh touch of renewed spiritual awareness, and 6ixth Element did this perfectly.
“Spiritual Form” gets you bouncing through the whole track, while giving you space for reflection and empowerment. Lyrics with a particular focus on our approach to human existence over soothing yet dynamic beats represent the main features of the new golden era rap, with different visuals too. 6ixth Element doesn’t smoke a joint in the streets, at a party or on a sofa, but outside the Colorado Buddhist Association, under the statue of what seems to be a Japanese deity playing a biwa, usually associated with music and literature. We can also see close-ups of sculptures of dragons, which this time take on a religious meaning, different from the representations of these mythological creatures which we’re used to in urban culture.
Yet this isn’t the soft side of hip-hop but the awakening of the new generation of hip-hop’s spiritual dragons.
Welcome to Space, 6IXTH ELEMENT!
Congratulations on your new release! Briefly present yourself to our Space Travellers!
6ixth Element is a Denver-born emcee, producer, hip-hop artist and entrepreneur. Having grown up a musician, he began producing hip-hop at age 14. After graduating high-school and starting a family, he studied Audio Engineering and Music Business at KMG Studio in Boulder, Colorado. Using the skills he has acquired over the years, he has established his record label, New Golden Era Hip-Hop, and is ready to bring his brand of hip-hop to the world.
What’s the story behind your latest release?
Although 6ixth does not consider himself a Buddhist or a conscious rapper, he does find himself influenced by Buddhist principles, and enjoys spreading positivity through his music. “Spiritual Form” was written as a way to help the listener confront their fear of the unknown, shed their egos, and focus on what matters most.
What are your plans for the future?
After taking time to build his knowledge, 6ixth Element is more driven and primed for success than ever before! Throughout 2023, 6ixth has monthly singles lined up and waiting to be released, along with an album expected late-2023. 6ixth Element is amongst a wave of new artists who believe that hip-hop only gets better as it ages, and he is here to usher in the New Golden Era…
If you had a time machine, in which era would you travel and which kind of music would you bring with you in the past?
I’d bring hardcore hip-hop and gansta rap to the 1950’s. Imagine N.W.A. and 2 Live Crew on American Bandstand.