The Hottest prospect on the DMV battle rap scene, Surjahh is here to show why you ain’t gotta be a killer to catch bodies.
Suge: First off thank you for joining us today, I hope the holidays were amazing for you and your family. Let’s start by telling the people who you are and what you do.
Surjahh: I appreciate you having me man and for those y’all that don’t know my name is SurJahh and I’m a battle rapper man that’s funny to say out loud.
Suge: So surjahh huh? that’s a dope name. How did you come up with that?
Surjahh: It’s something one of my good friends came up with and it’s just stuck for years it took forever to not come up with a basic ass name like J money or something.
Suge: Let’s go back in time a bit, your father is from New York and your mom is from DC, right? Tell us what it was like growing up in the Parker household?
Surjahh: Not a soft household and I’ve been through some tribulations but all in all, it’s made me who I am for the most part and music is a big part of my life especially hip-hop coming from my father who lived in the same projects and was cool with a lot of names you might recognize like Jay-Z, so I’ve always had exposure to it and even with that said I’m the only person in my house to take the “music route” as my path in life.
Suge: So when did you your love of music make you say “i’m taking this seriously I’m going to be a rapper” What was your moment when you finally said this is my path in life?
Surjahh: I wanna say around when I was 15-16 when my friends’ dad was always making beats and he had a studio so we would just bullshit and make songs so that’s what we did it was just a creative outlet for me that I loved to tap into.
music is a big part of my life especially hip-hop coming from my father who lived in the same projects and was cool with a lot of names you might recognize like Jay-Z, I’m the only person in my house to take the “music route” as my path in life.
Suge: Now let’s fast forward a bit to the present day, when did you start professionally battle rapping? What made you want to jump into the Uber competitive world of battle rap?
Suge: My first ever battle was February of 2020 I was 19 years old and I’m 20 now so I’m close to my official first year in battle rap but I’ve been in tune with the culture for years and just going back to me making music I always could put words together it was just having a topic sometimes messed me up so battle rap helped that and I always wanted to do so I did it and here we are.
Suge: What league did you start with and how was your debut?
Surjahh: My official debut was with my home league now Our Society Battle League and it was against Brett4evr (Check that out on YouTube) and the consensus was that I won but you could tell I was nervous as hell and when I tell you my stomach was doing flips the rest of that night; but I’ve conquered that feeling since then.
Suge: Does the feeling of winning and losing have an effect on you as a battle rapper. When I won my battles that feeling was like a drug high, but losing felt so terrible so much doubt and fear about my next battle, describe how it feels to you?
Surjahh: Definitely because after winning my first battle I got cocky and losing humbled me a lot and it showed me that I had a lot to learn and that’s with anything though you have to be willing to constantly improve or you’ll never move up.
Suge: Big facts. I wanna personally say the streak you went on after your first couple of battles is crazy, what if anything did you change your training process as a battle rapper to get better each battle?
Surjahh: Preparation was a big thing but it was the way I went about writing and taking the time to structure my rhymes and in battle rap, you have to go outside of your inner circle and let other people hear your stuff because not a lot of people close to you are gonna tell you that your shit stinks and sometimes that’s really what you need.
Suge: I respect that, a lot of people can’t take a loss and use it to make themselves better. You are so right about the need for structuring your bars, a lot of rookies don’t understand that it’s not just what you say it’s how you say it as well. I can see the passion in your battles and the genuine need to be the best, So let’s talk best battles and battlers. Who are your top 5 battlers and top 5 battles you would recommend to someone who isn’t knowledgeable of battle rap to make their fans?
Surjahh: This is definitely a list of my personal favorites in a sense but in no order, it would probably be Loaded Lux, Rum Nitty, Hollow, Brizz, and B-Magic, and battles to recommend would probably be Brizz vs Loso, Rum vs Iron, Surf vs Geechi, Hitman vs Verb, and Roc vs Chess.
Suge: That’s a fire list especially the surf & Geechi battle that was a classic! We are bout to wrap this up so I got two more questions for you and ima let you get back to catching these bodies. Firstly what do you want your legacy to be in battle rap? When’s it’s all said and what do you want to be remembered for when u hang the mic up?
Surjahh: Honestly, it’s weird because I started doing this just for fun I never thought about taking it seriously originally but if anything I just want to be regarded highly as a GOAT with the pen.
Suge: This last question is the most important one, this one is gonna let the readers know what kind of person you are. Please answer as honestly as possible: PANCAKES OR WAFFLES AND WHY?
Surjahh: Waffles man unless it’s Ihop I can’t get into pancakes too much I need some crunch.
I just want to be regarded highly as a GOAT with the pen.
Suge: Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me and 24hiphop takes this time to let the people know how To find you, where they can find your battles and just anything else you want to say. The floor is yours.
Surjahh: I appreciate y’all for having me man this means a lot but my Instagram and Twitter is @surjahh and check all my battles on YouTube just type in SurJahh vs and I just wanna say again shout out to y’all for having me and maybe next I’m here I’ll be on a cover or something peace out yall!
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