"...the music is still alive, it's just taking new shape." - Cat
"... through the internet my generation is able to reach out and collaborate with basically whomever they want...my generation has made it easier for people to connect." - Stas
THEESatisfaction is a Seattle Hip-Hop duo who write, perform and produce their work with an undeniably cosmic, funky and psychedelic groove.
Photo courtesy of David Belisle
Can you remember the first Hip-Hop song you ever heard and what feelings it inspired in you?
CAT: Growing up I remember my brother playing me lots of TLC, Technotronic, Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Moni Love. I can't remember the first song, but I was obsessed with "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" by TLC. I would get caught up in a trance.
STAS: The first Hip-Hop song I remember was "Rapper’s Delight." My father would rap the lyrics to my sibling and I all the time. I definitely remember loving to recite them back to my dad. My cousin made up a verse for me when I was 4, “My name is Stasi and I’m 4 years old / Listen up very carefully as the story is told / I am so cute, so cute as can be / All the boys wanna hang around me.”
Who are the artists who have served as an inspiration to you?
CAT: Everyone I mentioned in answering the last question, but Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, Patrice Rushen, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Chaka Khan and the list just keeps going.... Janet Jackson too. She always had amazing choreography.
STAS: TLC, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Zhané, Michael Jackson.
What do you consider some of the most influential contributions made to Hip Hop in the past 40 years?
CAT: It all varies. In terms of technology there are so many programs and beat producing machines that have developed over the years. From primarily creating the score to the words by using a turntable and a recording device, to now logging on to your laptop and just opening up an application. Doesn't necessarily mean it's easier to produce this music because you still have to hold that vision of what you want to sound like, yet it is more accessible.
STAS: Independent artists like Lil' B and Odd Future are brilliant because they didn’t rely on a label or any kind of machine to help them have a successful career. They took a D-I-Y (Do it yourself) approach and made the industry work for them, instead of the other way around.
How do you see Hip-Hop evolving in the next 40 years?
CAT: It will take the road of jazz, still having meaning to exist, but it will be critically processed by those who consider themselves masters of the genre.
STAS: I see people taking the production aspects of Hip-Hop more into their own hands. There was a time when you had to rely on getting your beats from a producer. I feel like artists now have more access to computer production programs, and are learning how to use the programs faster and more efficiently thanks to the internet.
What do you consider your generation's greatest contributions to Hip-Hop?
CAT: There are many new sub-genres of this Hip-Hop now. Some I find very fascinating, others boggle my mind. But the music is still alive, it's just taking new shape. There is a new experience being molded that reaches a broader audience.
STAS: Again, through the internet my generation is able to reach out and collaborate with basically whomever they want. This allows for an MC from Seattle to work with a producer in Tokyo and create a song through email correspondence. My generation has made it easier for people to connect.