Interview with an author : Ralph Redmond IV

Who are you and where are you from?

Ralph Redmond- Abigail Jiminez- One2

Can you tell us about your latest project?

Aside from The Chase? Which is available now on Amazon.com, or are we focusing this conversation solely on the book?

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Well, it’s an autobiographical fiction from first-person’s perspective. I basically use my life as an anecdote exampling the many systematic disadvantages that lead to the depressed, oppressed and repressed mindset; primarily in youths of color, but relatable to all on many levels. Understandably, with the way things are regressing, I was pressed for time writing it.

What message do you want people to receive from your artwork?

Truth. How things really are; which is, fucked up.

Do you remember your first creative work, the moment you knew that you where an artist?

Aah.. No, I can’t say I do. I wrote my first rap when I was 4. But every kid draws and builds forts in the living room out of cushions and linen sheets. Mine had all the interior of a house, the rooms, bathrooms, garages even sometimes.

I knew I was an artist when I started noticing how robotic and unartistic the world around me was becoming, would become and already was. 1st grade is when I became a revolutionary.

Who are your favorite artist and inspirations?

My favorite artist ever was Eminem. I also like big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Bob Ross, Banksy, James Baldwin and Lowis Lowry. My biggest inspiration, above all else would have to be my cousin Alex: He taught me that my words meant something. An invaluable education, no?

Where can we see more of your art, what other places has your work been published?

Uhmm.. You could check out my sound cloud (lmao) I don’t put up much of my art. I’m really personal about it, you know? Especially my designs, drawings paintings and poems. But once in a while I’ll feel brave and empowered and throw a little sum’n out there.

What do you see yourself doing in 20 years?

20 years, I should have saved the world by then. If not, battling depressing and trying not to fall to addiction cause I’d be tore up if the world hadn’t changed or ‘progressively’ got worse while I was here trying to amend it. That’d be really awful for me.

If you could work on a creative project with anyone in the world from any period in time who would it be?

 

Mmmhm.. That’s a good one. Who would…. Oh! Zora Neal Hurston!! I swear to God that woman was me in the past life!! It’s be an honor just to be around that soul. Read her stuff, this Harlem Renaissance chick with all the wisdom and attitude and love. She’s like everyone’s favorite grandma that’s secretly a spy or something.

Any last words you would like to say to the Section 8 Magazine readers worldwide?

Yes I do. Love yourself. All the way. So that you can love me, all the way. And remember, THE TRUTH NEVER CHANGES.

Check out One2 on SoundCloud..

 

https://soundcloud.com/ralphiv

 

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