The Power Of Three
These rappers from Nanyang Polytechnic find themselves by following their passion.
Story by: Jade Teo
Pictures by: Justin Prahlad
When they met in Poly they real- ised they had something special, “a knack for putting words that rhyme together (with) a beat”.
Mediocre Haircut Crew (MHC) - con- sisting of Omar Amir, 19; Fahim Fazil, 19; Aditya Rodrigues, 20 - stared to gain more traction this year. They’re always inspired by lots of genres, though there’s not a particular fa- vourite musician for them (unless they can count each other).
“We all make up MHC with our differ- ent styles, lyrics and voices that we bring to the table.”
They’ve managed to do two music videos, one of them dubbed WANNABES which was filmed on their trip to Melbourne; and it still “brings back a lot of good memories” for the three of them.
But they don’t just stick to videos, just because they’re Mass Media Management students; MHC has also performed live, including their first per- formance at the kaleidoscope invitational at Velvet Underground.
Though “we were all pretty nervous for awhile” since they never planned to perform in public in the first place, their fears were allayed once they received support from the crowd. ”We just went for it and didn’t hold back, and it went pretty well.”
The trio said they’ve also been blessed to perform for HYBRDTHRY, at Zouk and even for Lush99.5fm. And they don’t plan to stop any time soon. When rapper Oddisee visits Singapore MHC will open for him!
These boys thoroughly enjoy making music and they said that being able to do it, experiencing this with each other makes it “so much more enjoy- able”. They agreed wholeheartedly that “We’re being ourselves so we’re always having fun, and the fact that people can see that and appreciate that is an awesome feeling.”
Even if they haven’t made it big just yet, they still have supporters. In fact their “biggest fans, besides each other are our friends, family, and the people in the scene who continually go for our shows and show their love and support by just being there”.
The raps MHC come up with, however, aren’t always squeaky clean. And the crowd they invite, mainly their families, tend to criticise them for their explicit language.
“It’s always hilarious when (they) come up to us with concerned looks about our swearing. We always have to explain that our explicit language is just a form of expression and we may even consider it to be art,” they laughed.
At the end of the day, would they ever be bored of performing? “Never. That rush of adrenaline is what we live for.”