A Minute with Maj Toure
by Bryan Carter
How long has Solutionary 4 been in production? It’s like hair grown. When people ask me how long I’ve been growing my hair, I tell them my whole life. You have to live life. For me, my music is direct solutions. I have to see a problem, evaluate different ways to critique it, ways to present a solution, then I have to write a song about it. When you’re repeating this song, it’s saying the solution and not what the problem is. We know what the problem is. Certain ideas have been in my head for 15 years. Something will happen. You’ll write a bar? Life happens. As an artist, to reflect not only what’s going on, but what the solution for the problems for what’s going on. That’s the real power of music. The power is in not just being a commercial for an outside entity. The power is being a commercial for your politics to maintain, expand, and protect your interests. That’s what Solutionary 4 and a lot of those concepts, along with violence are going to be.
What about the content? What about the stories? What can listeners expect from your recordings? Aggression, solutions and more harsh accountability. Like, you have 10,000 dollars and you get pulled over. You didn’t say, “no I don’t agree to a search and seizure”, then the cop took your money? What money? Where’s your accountability? Why didn’t you put the 10 grand in your safe? What were you stuntin? Were you trying to go to Onyx and throw that money away? Why did you have the 10 grand? Did you to get your momma out of that crib yet? – At what point do we look at what we’re doing to fix this. The bigger issue is mental conditioning that you have to change. Somebody else put it there and you grew a habit from it for so long. After a certain point, you have to change that. We need to have higher accountability because the stakes are higher. Since the stakes are higher, we have to be more violent to defend what we stake our claim on.
As an artist, how have you changed, how has your manhood matured? It’s symbiotic for me. Anybody getting stronger at being a better worker, dad, firearms specialist, manager – those things are very interchangeable. As an artist, that’s where I get to explain and expound on. If a person’s at level 2, I can get them to level three or four. I’ve been a better man, I’ve been a stronger, more on time, more organized, and disciplined; that’s reflects in the music. I listen to Andre 3000. Back then, I was like “I don’t mess with him.” But, after I lived some life? I’m like “oh, I get it.” It’s really in a space where I don’t want to be 3000 as so far ahead, yet I want to be so far ahead of people. I want to be far enough where I have something for you when you want to get to the next level. It’s really about raising people to be better women and men. I’m going to repeat that until the need for my music is obsolete. That’s the purpose of this music. I’m going to repeat this fad until there’s no need for my music. Even if you came to Philly and it’s a mecca of music, I’m cool with that.
When I think about solutions, I think about different approaches to the problem: holistic approaches and heroic approaches. Which are you leaning more towards? I’m more holistic approaches. I caught flak for that because I wasn’t a proponent of Philly2Flint for the water crisis. I’m like “yeah, that’s cool, I get what you’re saying, but that’s a band aid.” Those pipes, that government is responsible for that. The money they need to get right to make that happen is how you fix it. Spending and no one reached out to nestle to my knowledge, and you’ve been making billions of dollars selling water. I want yall to send the water.
Solutionary 4 is in production. What can we expect from you leading up to that time? Is there an expected drop date for it? Nope. If you’re in Philly and see me selling it, cool. Or, if you’re on my Instagram, you’ll get it. Tweet me or something. I don’t really believe in the whole release date thing. What’s bigger, and leading up to that is (the release) is the business license drive that I’m doing – taking people down to the municipal services building here and in other cities to become a certified business. I’m also having a license to carry drive. Come down with me in whatever state you’re in to see where you can go to get a license to carry a firearm. That’s more impactful than just music. I want people to defend their situation, generate more for their situation, and then you can reflect on it through the music.
Are the tracks I listened to “Father’s Day”, “Yesterday,” are they available on Solutionary 4? No, that’s on 3
Is there a number of tracks that’s going to be on the CD? I think I’m going to do 13.
Do you have a couple titles for them? No. Usually, titles are the last things I make because life has to happen. After you write the song, more life happens. I believe it’s a spiritual practice. I’m a Griot; I let life happen to me. It’s like picking beats; the music will tell you what to say. Sade said, “I don’t put out no mixtape. I gave you this one; see you in a couple years. I need to go live life to translate this privately for you.” I don’t have any titles. I have concepts and then life happens. I have a fuck the police song. It’s more along the lines of fuck a crooked police officer. I’m not trapped by the whole, “oh everyone is one way”. I’m never going to be that. I can say hey, the job you took put you in the line of fire and scrutiny because that’s what you chose. But, that doesn’t mean you’re an evil person. If you let this system dictate to you racist, sexist, offensive, and negative practices towards people, that becomes you. Like death becomes her.