Scula is a talented DC rapper who has been ripping up local nightclubs for several years. Scula and his crew, Jungle Habitat, have established a reputation for their lyrical skills and turned up live performances.
Scula is a Jungle Habitat soldier for life, but he's about to venture out on his own with a soon-to-be-released solo album. In this interview with the Examiner.com, he talks about the progression of his career, his opinions about the local music scene, and his plans for the future.
ST: Tell everyone who you are, where you're from, and what crew you're repping.
Scula: My name is Scula - also known as @Sculalive, and I was born and raised in Uptown DC. For the past four years I have been part of a rap group named Jungle Habitat.
ST: How did you get interested in the hip-hop game?
Scula: Music has always been a part of my life, even as a child. I chose to pursue a career in the industry because I wanted to talk about my life experiences. Rapping allows me to identify with the community I grew up in, and it's a way to express a better way of life.
ST: What rappers inspired you to begin performing?
Scula: No Limit Records, Jay-Z, Tupac and Jadakiss. All of these rappers influenced me because they started from the bottom and rose to the top. They talk about real life situations and the struggles of the streets. I come from the struggle where nothing is given and everything is earned - so I am definitely able to relate to what they went through.
ST: Not including Jungle Habitat (and affiliates), who do you think are some of the better rappers from the city?
ST: How do you feel about the DMV music scene?
Scula: I see it slowly but surely growing, and many artists are getting more opportunities. More venues are opening up to having hip-hop artists perform. The community is definitely a lot more receptive to our music, so I am excited about the future of the DMV.
ST: Getting back to you, where can people hear your music or see you perform?
Scula: I have a show coming up this Friday (August 23rd) at the Velvet Room (915 U Street, NW). All of my shows are posted on Reverbnation and Instagram (@Sculalive). I have two mixtapes out that I did with Jungle Habitat (Deep in the Jungle Volume 1 & 2), and they can be found on Reverbnation, DatPiff, and also on Soundcloud.
ST: What projects do you have planned for the fall, or even the beginning of 2014?
Scula: I am working on a solo mixtape - my first, where I'm creating music about the streets, the struggle and just every day life. I will be releasing several singles leading up to the mixtape's release, which should be before the end of the year. And the third Jungle Habitat mixtape is scheduled to drop in late October. Keep looking out for @Sculalive and Jungle Habitat for our future shows and upcoming music.