We're all aware of the former Hieroglyphics fame with songs like "You Never Knew", "The Who", and individual crew songs like "93 'til Infinity" by Souls of Mischief, "Mr.Dobolina" by Del the Funky Homosapien or the underground classic "That's How it Is" by #Rapgod Casual. Well in 2016 it looks like members of the esteem crew are working to organize a "cooperative economic conglomerate" called Madjai Archers. Sticking with the "Ancient Egyptian" theme, self published author, esteemed battle rapper and Hieroglyphics crew member Casual has founded a new members only organization that boast of economic programs and opportunities for artist and non-artist alike. We had a chance to catch up with Casual to discuss the Madjai's mission statement.
Mark Sparks: "Casual, tell us more about Madjai Archers."
Casual: "Madjai Archers a cooperative economic conglomerate, Archers stands for Academics, Research, Charity, Housing, Economics, Resources & Security. A conglomerate is a collection of distinct companies that work for themselves as well as the collective. Our goal is to collectivize our means of production in order to foster African autonomy or self-reliance."
Mark Sparks: "When you say "foster African autonomy" what do you mean?
Casual: "Quite frankly, I mean Black people in general do not own the means of production for most any product we consume. If by chance we do own that means of production, we become subservient to distributors who write contracts that allow them to benefit off the production process better than the producer. We know economics is production, distribution and consumption balanced on the scales of supply and demand. Therefore for the biggest consumers in America to build some sort of economic platform we must limit our consumption or consume products that will help our social economic stance in America. The people must control our means of production and stop giving our power to mega corporations. As of 2015 African American spending power was estimated to be 1.1 trillion dollars! We must harness our spending power by eventually taking control of the industries that produce products our people consume. The first industry to move on is the music industry, which is unique because we do control the production but fail at the distribution part. So the middle man between the producer and consumer is often a well feed distributor.
"Mark Sparks: "What about other people?"
Casual:"What you mean? What about'em?...(silence). You see, this is why an economic conglomerate is so great. It is because one does not have to join a conglomerate to support it. Especially a conglomerate of producers and distributors. All supporters have to do is consume the products we distribute or produce, provide opportunities and do trade/business. I believe this is how international trade first began. If we discuss the Silk Road trade routes that took products from Africa across the ancient world we would realize some ancient nations started as cooperative economics conglomerates who were not really focused on "What about other people?" They did business and trade with everyone as we intend to do."
Mark Sparks:"It sounds good Casual but how will you do this?"
Casual: "Thanks, it is not as hard as it seems. For unskilled members Madjai will serve as a hands on trade school where we teach people different business aspects by giving them internships and jobs. We have skilled members who train other members to learn their trade. We then form teams of business or entrepreneurs who work together to complete projects."
Mark Sparks: "Man Casual, this shows your focus. Sounds well organized. Something Hip hop needs."
Casual: "Yeap. I encourage your readers to join www.madjaiarchers.com for a free account. They will be able to look over information to see if this is something they are willing to support."