There is a lot to talk about with the man they call Anonymous who was born Anttwon J. Thames IV.
With the buzz surrounding his music videos, mixtapes, and high energy performance in Dallas and throughout Texas, Anonymous Culture Release the album Alive in April of 2011.
Anonymous Culture brings the circus to town with this album. Alive is filled full of club beats, swagger anthems, and thoughts of the best southern hiptastic life one can live, and it’s all you need to entertain all who enter the big top of Anonymous’ greatest show on earth. So get your popcorn and cotton candy ready, for this ring leader is just getting started.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
For fans of: Pac Div, The Cool Kids, Lupe Fiasco
Highlights: LaLaLa, Alive, Poster Boi
SDU: So first, tell our readers about your background since they’ve probably only seen clips of you here and there on the Sundown United Facebook fanpage.
AC: Well – To start from the beginning, I’ve been rapping my whole life, but started seriously rapping when I was 17. At that time, I met my first manager who took me through artist development and with that experience I started to become the artist I wanted to be – one who defies the norm of what people are used to. I then released a couple projects and have just been working hard ever since to get my artistry to a level where people can see it and appreciate it for what it is. In a nutshell, AnonymousCulture is an artist that’s just been working hard to get to bring a new level of artist to the fans.
SDU: I just finished listening to “LaLaLa” and you are representing Dallas through your lyrics. Your lyrics to your hooks are on point. Tell us a little about “LaLaLa”.
AC: I made “LaLaLa”, even after the release of the Alive Album in April, because I’ve always wanted that 3-song punch. I felt like I had 2 songs in Last Call and PosterBoi and I was always just looking for that third song.
So I was out at the club one night and I heard the Gena song, ‘My Dip in the Club’, and when I heard it, I knew it had the sound that I was looking for in my third song. I tweeted the next day that I was looking for a beat like that and, surprisingly, the actual producer of that song, J White, contacted me. He lives in Mesquite so we met up, made the ‘LaLaLa’ song and turned it around in like 2 weeks. Then we just started working it and it was like magic.
SDU: Do you feel like Hip Hop is dead (With regard to the movement it made in the 70’s thru the 90’s)? Is it less of a Culture?
AC: No, I think it’s (Hip Hop) stronger than ever. I think that the fact is – people are afraid in hip hop. Hip-hop is so judgmental. In every other music genre, you’re allowed to try things and experiment and reach in different places. But in hip-hop, people think that you’re supposed to stay in this realm and it’s supposed to sound a certain way.
I think hip-hop is most definitely not dead. I just think it’s more experimental now. Hip Hop is a culture. So you can’t say that it’s supposed to be like this because if it was like this or just that certain way then you wouldn’t appreciate it as much. You have to have a good balance in everything. I guess people forget about that.
SDU: So it sounds like you feel that Hip Hop is just going through changes?
AC: Most definitely. It’s starting to experiment. It’s starting to evolve. It’s not dead. You just have to look for it now. It’s not as simple as being in one spot like it used to be anymore. You used to could always go here and here to find hip hop and now you have to go and find it, because there’s so much music out now. The internet has allowed the people to be able to put out so much music that you can’t just say ‘Now I’m going to go to the Source magazine and finding all the good new artists’ or “I’m gonna go to whoever/wherever” that you used to. So I think it’s most definitely not dead, it’s just evolving. Because if you look for hip hop, it’s most definitely still around.
SDU: Drum kit or Synthesizer?
AC: Synths for me. Because I’m more of a pop artist. I look at myself more as a pop rapper than a true hip hop rapper.
SDU: Living or Dead musician/artist who would be your Super-Team Mash Up collaboration?
AC: Mmmm….Wow!…Me, Stevie Ray Von, Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye would do a song called “Love” and it would just be guitar riffs and subtle drums. I would want Stevie Ray Von and Jimi Hendrick because since Jimi showed Stevie how to play and Stevie’s from Dallas, they would mix well together because they would kinda battle against each other as far as playing. So I would get like the best guitar-playing. And then, with Marvin Gaye’s voice on the hook and singing under my vocals and titled “Love”…. I think that would be a really tight track.
SDU: I saw 3 hours to Austin short documentary. Honestly, I forget how hard it is to make a break. You have to make sacrifices and your family has to make sacrifices. What do you want to tell fans and aspiring artists? What does it take to do this?
AC: It might sound like a joke, but to be honest, the main thing you want to do is…definitely… if you don’t have any responsibilities, keep it that way. Because the more responsibilities you develop, the harder it is for you to focus on being successful. Like, look at it like a pizza and the more people you have the more slices you have to make. It’s kinda like the same thing you have to do with time.
Music is not about who is the best person. It’s not about who does something the best. It’s all about how much time you put into it and how hard you work at it. So, when you hear someone say that you can’t knock their hustle, that’s what they’re talking about. That’s the pizza. The pizza is time. And the less things you have to divide your time, the more successful you’re going to be.
So that’s what I tell people. If you do have responsibilities, then you have to make sacrifices. Some days you’re not going to see your kids. Or some days you’re not going to see your wife. Some days you’re not going to be able to do things that you want to do for fun, because music will turn into a job. And you just have to learn to stay focused and keep driving that.
SDU: Finishing up – What is the future for Anonymous Culture and what can SDU and your fans expect to see?
AC: Most definitely, you guys can expect to see us doing more shows around Dallas and the Metroplex. Expect to see more shows and see more products out. We’re going to be giving out more cds to people. “I Am a Culture” is going to be releasing some new designs and new looks as we move toward the future with the brand. We’re also working singles and we’re going to continue releasing videos for those with Dream. Work. Conquer. Films and Jeff Adair. I’m also working on a new mixtape project entitled The Annexation of Puerto Rico. So yeah – Just a lot of great stuff. You’re going to continue to see and hear about me and the stuff I’m doing. Hopefully you’ll love it all!