- Posted October 16, 2013 by
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Phill Davis + Politics= Politickin P: The Exclusive
I must say that I knew one day this man would be interviewed but I would have never guessed by me. I’ve been friend’s with Phill Davis for over 15 years and he is amazing. As children we would always talk about important issues and he would write his music and I would write in my composition book my stories, and poetry. Mr. Davis has grown into a great man filled with passion, ambition and an advocate for doing the right thing. His latest album, “Close But No Cigar” , his love of children, politics and making a difference in the world. Mr. Davis is here to stay. He sat down with me and it was like a normal conversation we were having than an interview. His music expresses volumes and his words are captivating. Politickin P speaks and gives tribute to his best friend the late Cameron Blaze Hamlin.
K Diggs: When did you start rapping?
Davis: I began rapping 2001 during the summer. I was working and I had a friend of mine who used to free style and I knew that this was something I could do. I grew a passion for it.
K. Diggs: What or who was your inspiration to get started in the industry?
Davis: Really my inspiration came from a place of social equity. I feel artists don’t transcend that. Our communities need to be developed. I wanted to reach out to Wilmington, my hometown. I don’t regret anything about getting involved. When I first started making music I thought you had to be real street artist to get noticed. More and more I created music I realized I had to be myself. I had to embrace the fact that I was educated man. At Howard High, I was working for MBNA and then I started college. I just started rapping about things that are important to me and meaningful to me.
K Diggs: What was your proudest moment in your life?
Davis: The inauguration, it was in 2007-08, I was one of the first African American’s to be on the National College Democrats scene earning a Michelle Obama shout out in 2007 for all of the work I’ve done. My passion for politics began in 2005-2006. Politics became a focal point. The lack of social equity really became obvious to me. Statistics showed that African Americans from my city didn’t vote. It really bothered me. I wanted to implement change. I was president of College Democrats @ Delaware State University. I became a national board member. I traveled and spoke at schools to get people to vote to or anyone that was willing to listen. How we can be the generation to implement the change. Young people feel it’s okay not to vote in a primary elections. What upset me was that we weren’t voting for officials in our community. Wilmington alone at the time had 42% of eligible voters not going to the polls on election day. That struck a nerve with me. Michelle Obama came to lend her support to use. I was fortunate to be a delegate from Delaware.
K. Diggs: How do you feel about what’s going on now with the shutdown?
Davis: I view the shutdown. A larger portion of American just isn’t ideologically sound, a lot of people feel if it’s not affecting me it doesn’t matter. I don’t believe that’s true it affects everyone. With welfare, tanf, unemployment are critical programs to the society…this isn’t the first time that he has happened. With this shutdown to me it’s about propaganda, it’s saying we have concerns on both sides and correlated resolution isn’t happening. It shows we have a lot of failing/struggling programs . We want to partially shut down to try and get it fixed. It affects so many people. Rather then cutting the necessities the programs that are failing needs attention. People can’t enjoy the fruits of their labor. We need to create jobs. With our country we don’t question enough, we just accept and that’s not a good thing.
K Diggs: When writing your music what do you think about?
Davis: I think about my mentor Cameron Blaze Hamlin, I think of what would he do? I think about when we were in the studio on Clayton Street and he would take me to the studio and he would never charge me. He told me to make music that will touch a person. I think about telling the truth and to be honest. I want people to love me for me. I think about my community. I’m disappointed in Mayor Dennis Williams, because he knows my passion for Wilmington, Delaware. I’ve emailed, Facebook, and called him on several occasions. I was telling him I was willing to advise in any capacity to help him. I didn’t want a paycheck or anything. I just wanted to be involved. I even wrote a comprehensive public safety/economic development plan for the city of Wilmington, DE that was never considered. We have a rapport and I feel extremely disregarded. I’m disappointed in a lot of leaders in Wilmington, Delaware. We have a 54% drop out rate and I’m disappointed. How many more young people have to die and be inside of Wright’s and Congo’s boxes? I previously worked for Jack Markell’s victorious 2008 Gubernatorial campaign. I have a huge problem with him. He hasn’t contacted me after my numerous attemots to reach out to him from 2008-2011. I was the regional field organizer for Wilmington, Delaware in 2008. I was the one who went over to New Castle County supporting him and working in that office. During his campaign I worked 9-9 everyday. A lot of students from Delaware State University and University of Delaware worked his campaign. My biggest problem is that anywhere between 5 to a 12 University of Delaware graduates who worked in 2008 have jobs with him currently. Not one student from Delaware State University was ever offered an opportunity.
K Diggs: What advice do you have for aspiring artists and people in the community?
Davis: If you have a dream go after it so much that your life depends on it. To the aspiring artists don’t worry about the norm, make the music that you want to make and make sure that it’s relatable. It has to be candid and it has to be honest. For the community, just get more involved, learn the community/policy issues that are effecting our population day out. Don’t just write a status or post a picture on Facebook and Instagram. If you are tired of people getting shot make a stand and try to make a difference. Just do something…create your own event and your own pathway. You can create and opportunity or pathway for someone else. My album, “Close But No Cigar” the songs are a soundtrack to this interview. My next album “ 19805 will create a further depiction of my passion for my audience.”
Phil Davis has done so many great things with music, politics, teaching and being a mentor to those around him. His passion keeps him going and his voice will always be heard through music and the gift that he has. I want people to read this interview and take heed to the expressiveness of the message he is giving to our youth and adults today. There will be more of Mr. Davis to come in the future.
“ Our priorities reveal our actions.” ~ Phil Davis.
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