At the control board of the Atlanta-based (WHTA-FM 107.9) nationally syndicated radio program, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, is the irrepressible Headkrack. His revolutionary comedy style and “Rap of the Week” segments that are often featured on the show have become anticipated favorites of DISH NATION.
Headkrack has won multiple underground hip-hop battles across the country and was a featured artist on the 2003 and 2004 Vans Warped Tour, as well as numerous groundbreaking performances at various festivals across the country. In 2010, Headkrack plowed through all competition to win Atlanta’s 2010 RedBull Emsee Battle. “Krack” has shared the stage with Run DMC, Common, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Big Pun, Wyclef Jean (The Fugees) and Xzibit to name a few. Headkrack’s remarkable rhyme delivery and wordplay is perched to break through music’s “overground” as a solo artist and also with his buzzing progressive hip-hop group, The Bodega Brovas, who recently released their critically acclaimed LP “Fancy Anthrax.”
Get to know more about Headkrack:
Take us through your day starting from when you wake up.
My day begins at about 4:30 am, at which point I hit the snooze button on my alarm, which then wakes me at 4:45 or 5:00 am (depending on the previous night). I then leap into the shower, hop out, get dressed and drive erratically to work. The morning radio show that I'm on, "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show", starts at 6:00 am and at 10:00 am we tape our TV show, “Dish Nation” - which is nationally syndicated across the country.
Dish Nation wraps around 12:30 pm and then I have a few hours to myself. Sometimes I go straight to the gym and sometimes I take a nap (once again depending on the night before), but most of the time I’m doing something like listening to a new artist, or searching out the best taco or burger joint, or generally keeping up with what’s going on out in the world - until I put that aside and scoop my son from school at 3:45 pm.
After that, the world is my oyster. Sometimes I hit my studio to work on new music or do voice overs for clients, other times I go downtown to host a movie screening or just hit the mall to people watch, catch a vibe and get inspired. No day is really the same.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my many jobs is the impact that I have on people. You never know what your audience is going through or what you pull them out of until you see them online or in the streets. Knowing that people find energy in what you do is the best reward.
When and how did you get your big break?
Although I don't feel like I've had my "bIg break" yet (because I'm a perfectionist), I did start to realize that people were noticing my work when they started quoting things I say in my music, on the radio show or on TV. That makes me smile. I've gone through a lot to get here.
What is your high school make-out song?
Anything from Jodeci’s first album. I wasn't even in high school yet. That group was ahead of its time.
Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
In five years I hope to be doing more television-based projects, while continuing to release my solo music projects and to tour with my group The Bodega Brovas. I also hope to be curating music festivals that are geared towards really niche artists and bands. I got plans, man... Big Plans.