Devan “Kashus Klay” Calvin and David “Dave” Morgan make up the sensational duo, The Mohicans. Both members are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas and met while attending school at Texas Tech University. The two are currently finishing college with plans of continuing to pursue their dream of becoming the epitome of true hip-hop.
I recently got the chance to sit down and talk to The Mohicans. Here’s how it went:
What is the meaning behind the name of the group?
-The Last of The Mohicans is the name of a popular novel by James Fenimore Cooper. We came up with that name because we believe that we are the last of a dying breed, when it comes to true hip-hop music.
When and where did you two meet?
-We met at a freestyle/spoken-word event in 2009. We liked each other’s style and decided to work together.
How would you classify your style of music?
-Unique, we wouldn’t want to put ourselves in any particular category. We’re in our own lane and doing something different than what anyone else is doing
There has been a few comparisons between you guys and OutKast, and on your track “Cut my Tires” Dave says, “They say me and Kashus remind of them of them 2 dope boys in the Cadillacs.” I assume referring to Outkast. What do you think of the comparison? Do you agree?
-We’re flattered that those comparisons are being made. OutKast is a great group. If people are comparing us to a group like them that’s great. We can see similarities in style, but we see ourselves as separate from anything that has or is currently being done right now.
What set you apart from any other music group?
-We actually do our music in the same room. With technology people sometimes do their parts separately and them put them together later. We have substance in our lyrics and in our music. We are involved in every part of making our music. Producing, writing, rapping, we do it all.
What individuals are you currently listening to?
-Kendrick Lamar, Little Dragon, and Tyler the Creator. Listening to Tyler the Creator is cool because he is around the same age as us and he is doing to many things, so he is an inspiration.
Your fans have been anticipating the release of your mix tape, can you tell me what the name of it is and when it can be expected to be released?
-The name of the mix tape is Uncas. It could be done in a few weeks, but we don’t want to rush it. We don’t have an official release date but we will just say it will be released before the end of the year.
With so many artists in the music business how do you plan to make it to the top and then stay there?
-We plan to keep doing what we do, what makes our fans love what we do and we plan to continue to switch it up.
The Dallas Observer currently nominates the Mohicans for best rap/hip hop artist. Fans can now go online and place their votes. Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 18th at the Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony at the House of Blues. Winners will also be announced in the October 20th issue of the Dallas Observer. Click here to vote for the Mohicans.
The Mohicans- Nominated for Best Hip-Hop/Rap Group
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