One of the many fastest rising MC’s coming out of Brooklyn is Wati Heru. He and his 116O crew have been dominating the Brooklyn circuit and are making plans to turn the local buzz into a worldwide revolution. Fresh off the release from his long-awaited project DYSTOPIA FM with producer Kashaka, Wati is far from a slacker. We got the privilege to interview Wati Heru on his aspirations as an artist, his recent live TV appearance on Revolt TV, and more. Check out the interview down below and learn more about the heralded MC coming straight out of East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The neighborhood is more known recently for birthing MC’s from the Pro Era collective and Bobby Shmurda but his sound and story is what sets him apart from those before him.
For anyone who hasn’t heard of Wati Heru, why should they care?
Wati Heru is the voice of every young up and coming motherfucker with nothing to lose and a lot of bad habits if you’re into hearing music with substances without it having to be force fed to you under the title “real hip hop” fuck with me; if not …fuck it.
You’ve been dropping some pretty ill collaborative records with the producer Kashaka, including the banger “BKWYA”. How did you two link up and what’s the creative process behind the records you two have created?
Me and Kashaka met thru the Phony Ppl (For those who dont know, he has engineering credit on their debut album Phonyland) and we met via the interweb. He sent me what’s now “NEW BLUE HUNNIDS“ and we kept working until we felt like we had a project.
Recently you’ve been repping 116O heavily. Can you tell us about the new movement and the members behind the collective?
116O is the squad, thats where we all linked. Me, Jona Grizz, Dyme-A-Duzin, etc. We all just started chillin everyday, like two years ago, and its been family ever since. Me and Jona got that shit tatted so its forever.
What do you think sets you apart from every new artist emerging in today’s Hip Hop scene?
That’s for the listeners to say. I’m just out here doing whatever I want.
As an artist, we normally go through droughts and pessimistic states. What influences you to continue creating?
I honestly don’t know. I definitely go through writers block, but I haven’t written a verse since BKWYA (last October). I just constantly live and do new shit and go to the studio with a story. I don’t even gotta write shit anymore; I just like to turn up and fuck with the ladies and watch Belly and do weird drugs.
What moment has occurred in your career thus far that you’re most proud of and why?
I mean being on TV and the radio hands down, but I honestly have never seen nor heard myself on the TV or radio but I’m over it now. I just wanna keep working and flood the game until I can’t take the train anymore.
Who are some artists coming out of New York that you’re currently bumping?
Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, Carl Sherron, Phony PPL, Me and the squad (116O)
You were recently a guest on Revolt TV, how did that experience come to happen and how was it?
It was lit. I was on live TV, but once again, I just want to keep working until I get the respect and the money I deserve.
What were your intentions behind your latest project DYSTOPIA FM?
I wanted to set the setting to a post apocalyptic nuclear winter in New York based off movies like Fifth Element and shows like Batman Beyond. I think that’s the type of music me and Kashaka were making subconsciously.
Last, but not least: What’s next for Wati Heru?
Imma just keep on working until I’m ready to start writing books or start The Revolution.
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