The song title itself (‘Ragnarok’) is inspired by an MCU event of the same name. Based on the comics, Ragnarok is a world-ending event.
Our team had an online interview with the artist, Kuda Mic. Let’s find out below what he had to say:
Kuda Mic Interview Part 01
01. Appeal: What drew you to the project in the first place?
– As an emerging artist, I’m interested to show my versatility. I hadn’t worked on a drill-type project before and because I follow a lot of UK rappers, my eyes lit up when I first heard the beat.
02. Musical style: Does the single fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms?
– I would say it fits most into Drill.
03. What was most original about the song?
– Of all things, I would say my flow and lyrics.
04. Musical impact: Were you affected emotionally by the music? Can you identify particular moments when this happened? Did these moments reflect or coincide with intensity in the lyrics?
– I actually was. The most obvious example is towards the end of the second verse. Because I rap about real life, I was very raw to end the verse and it constantly reminds me of the journey I’ve forged in music thus far.
05. Lyrical high points: Does the song stick in your mind because of the lyrics?
– It definitely does. There are some quote-worthy lines in this song. An example of this is the following sequence:
“Prepared to take it by force,
Wanted a split, but don’t mean divorce,
Taking my shot, I’m staying the course,
Meddling like they Olympic of course!”
06. Lyrical style: Is there a consistent lyrical style through the song, or a range? Is it immediately accessible, or does it require reflection? Do you sense that this is deliberate?
– The lyrical style is somewhat consistent considering the language doesn’t vary much. The flow on the other hand changes quite frequently, bringing different dynamics to the song. The way I approach my lyrics and my flow is deliberate though as I try and ensure that the song can be understood in one listen, however, I always make sure to incorporate double entendres to keep things interesting.\
07. Lyrical imagery: Were there any key ideas or images which were inventive or which worked particularly well? Or some that were less successful?
– Very good question. The way I write, I encourage visualization so there is a lot of inventive lyrical imagery… Where it gets interesting is figuring out whether it landed or not. I will say, no one so far has picked up on the line about ‘Ragnar’ from Vikings. If listeners go back and pick up on that one, they can let me know what they think. It’s fairly early in the song anyway, so shouldn’t be too much work. Haha.
08. Allusions: Did any lyrics allude to other songs, ideas, or art forms? Are there any religious themes that get appropriated or subverted?
Not in this particular song, but I’m not above doing something like that usually.
09. Characters: Does the song express the point of view of different persona and characters? Or does it seem more autobiographical? Or perhaps observations and reflections on historical or contemporary events and situations?
– This song is more autobiographical. I love telling stories so expect different characters in different songs, but even then, there will likely be a lot of my own story in each of those songs as well.
10. Title: What does the song’s title reveal, if anything, about the song’s impact and themes.
The song title itself (‘Ragnarok’) is inspired by an MCU event of the same name. Based on the comics, Ragnarok is a world-ending event. I was able to tap into that feeling because I have felt that way about my progression in music. Thinking that at some point, I’d like the opportunity to hit a hard reset and do things differently, know what I know now.
11. Structure: Do you detect any clear purpose in the way the song is structured? Is there a sense of progression or grouping?
– Nothing really stands out about the structure, to be honest, but I do know that I have never done a song that doubles up on the hook at the start. The hook was such a draw-in that I thought it might be worth doubling it at the start to set the tone.
12. Worldviews and agendas: Are there hints of a consistent, underlying worldview through the project? What does it say about the nature of reality, morality, or humanity? Are there ways in which this engages with, endorses, or even challenges, a Christian worldview? How should we respond?
– As a Christian, I wouldn’t necessarily say this song endorses or even challenges those worldviews, but something that can be seen in most of my music is that it challenges worldviews in different ways. This project (and others it may be connected to soon) comes as a challenge to my own worldview with regards to success and redefining what that means to me. The whole idea of wanting to “burn everything down” and start again is actually a reflection of where my mindset is after going through periods of stagnancy.
This self-inflicted stagnation was a result of the following advice blindly and not being aware of the impacts some of those decisions in earlier years would have on my career and my own mental wellbeing. This left me in a position where organic growth was extremely difficult. This led to me deciding to start again and do things my own way because that would be more sustainable. Ultimately chasing success as defined by others who have been around me before, led me to do things that didn’t serve me. From now on, I want to write my story my own way and enjoy the journey along the way.
Kuda Mic Interview Part 02
13. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
– I feel like I would somehow find my way into community service or public service somehow. I want to see a change in my community and I can’t sit back and just hope that someone will do something. I’d rather see to it myself.
14. What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why?
– This is a tough one. I would have to say ‘Ragnarok’ feels like the most complete song I’ve made. I took my time with the whole production process so it definitely came out sounding the best. But based on everything else (lyrical content, meaning, etc.), I would have to say ‘I Love You Mama’ is still my best song to date.
15. Which musician would you like to collaborate with next?
– There are too many artists to choose from, but there’s an artist called Darrel who has been on my radar for a very long time. His last couple albums have been incredible and I just love the Afro Jazz, Afro vibe he has carved out for himself.
16. If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?
– Easy. I walk it like I talk it. Everything fans hear through my music or see on socials… That’s the real me. Genuine and always happy to go out of my way for others. It’s just how I’ve been all my life.
17. If you could be a fruit, which one would you be and why? On a scale of 1-10, how good is your new single compared to your last one?
– Haha! This is easily the best question you’ve asked me yet… I’m a fruit-lover btw so I’m going to put way too much thought into this. I would have to say Watermelon, simply because you need to do a bit of work before you get to enjoy watermelon. How does that relate to me you ask? Well, I always give people my best self… But if you match that energy (like the energy needed to cut up watermelon), you’ll have an incredible friend, mentor, employee in me.
– On a scale of 1-10, I would have to say this one is a solid “8.5” and my last one would have been an “8”… So they’re close. Haha.
18. If you could date a local musician (Or Celebrity), who would it be and why?
– I might have to go with Mamii (aka @m_a.mii on IG) and she strikes me as having an awesome sense of humor and I’m always laughing so seems like the perfect match. That’s before we even mention that she’s pretty and has awesome style.
19. Do you think you could get any better as a musician? And If so, how would you achieve that?
– I most definitely could. The first and most pressing one (for me at least) is my vocal ability. I want to be able to get the most out of my vocal range and to be able to do that in life. I would also like to get back to playing instruments. It’s just that I don’t have the time to learn any at the moment.
20. If you had one message to give your fans, what would it be?
– First of all, I appreciate you. I make music because of my passion but I love to connect with people even more, so if my music is making that a possibility, please reach out. I’d love to hear from you and chat about it or whatever you’re going through rn. I’m here for that.