“I will be the greatest rapper of all time. That’s all you need to know about me. What will happen, will happen, whether you understand me, my potential, or you looking at me like I’m crazy, I will be.”
That’s a bold statement and there are some pretty big shoes to fill. But Saffal “Fowl” Tall isn’t afraid of anything or anybody.
Saffal is currently working on his new LP “The Tall Tale”, which he says is an in-depth and versatile piece that shows who he really is.
“This album is extreme and serious. Some people will love it. Some people will hate it. But if you listen and you like me, then you are going to like my work,” Saffal said.
Saffal’s influences include albums like “Godson” by Nas, “The Marshall Mathers EP” by Eminem, and “The Black Album” by Jay-Z.
His journey to create this album has been going very quickly for him and he says he has been in the studio recording and writing music; Saffal thinks of and writes all of his own lyrics.
“They come from the eventful, fortunate or unfortunate, and the good or bad things in my life. I tell true stories. My stories are real. Everything that I say isn’t too far from home.”
“Rap, Live, Love” is his motto, and with that he wants his music to touch people’s lives.
“I’m learning how to speak to everyone. And I hope to sell 10 million records of my very first album. I want to go Diamond.”
“Much respect to the greats before me. Rest in Peace to Tupac, Biggie, etc. But we have so much to take away from them and we have learned from them. They are long gone. This is who I am, 100 percent. This is all I have. I don’t want to fall in line; I want to take this as far as I can go. If I’m going to put my time toward something, it will be my best work.”
His best boost came from confidence during a freestyle competition hosted by Eminem.
“I was the youngest contestant in the battle. While people were hesitant to get a wristband to participate, I wasn’t. I put it on quickly. And our pictures were taken and put up when we rapped. I smiled while others were trying to look hard. People laughed when they saw my picture but at the end, I was the only one laughing. On that night, I knew my life was going to change. I quit college and focused on my music. This experience put pessimism in my perspective, and helped me figure out what more can I do to impress people.”
And there are many people to impress, especially when going from underground to the mainstream. Saffal also has a very strong opinion of the music industry.
“Music is from the soul and there is no better way to say it. But the music business is focused on the business. I care about my music so much. I’m a bold, emotional guy. And to surrender my feelings for money, it’s hard.”
But that isn’t to say that he would prefer an independent record label over a major one.
“They are each their own. The difference is the level of exposure. I’m doing my thing. But I don’t want to seek out a major label. I want them to say ‘We want to be a part of what you are doing’. Not the other way around.”
Other than participating in battles, Saffal loves to perform at the Michigan State University Auditorium and The Basement in Detroit because that is where he gets the most love.
When Saffal is not doing anything with music, he loves to chill with his boys a visualize where he wants to be in the future.
And to those who want to be musicians, Saffal says this:
“Follow your heart and take in the vibes. If you don’t, you’re going to be sad. Don’t do what you don’t want to do. But also do what you have to do. Find common ground between emotion and logic.”
By Daniele Owens