Premiere: Vulkan the Krusader's V For Vendetta-Inspired "Wild Horses"
The name of Vulkan the Krusader first came onto our radar when his vocals popped up on a track on Steel Tipped Dove's epic double volume project & A Whole Bunch Of Crazy Motherfuckers earlier this year. Titled "Last Prayer," the song introduced a rap voice that seemed to drop introspective gems with ease. What came next, though, was something of a curveball: An EP project titled Robbie Darko that was styled around a lost '80s pop demo and featured Vulkan trading up spitting for trilling. Nattily, it came on tape cassette -- a savvy format for the lo-fi dreaminess contained within.
Speaking to Vulkan, it turns out he's been leaving a trail of a back catalogue for a few years now. His first three releases form a series titled The Rebirth Trilogy and recurring references to Japanese anime shows and V For Vendetta pepper his music. One of those is "Wild Horses," a loosie that has been safely locked in the vault since 2011 and was inspired by the graphic novel-turned-movie. Stream the track below and read on to get up to speed on Vulkan's art.
What's the back story behind the new song, "Wild Horses"?
It starts with [the producer] DA from London. I've made a couple of tracks with him. He's a genial young man and it's sickening how talented he is. This is a loosie actually from my second project I made in 2011 called V For Vendetta which follows the theme of that movement. I tell people I was Anonymous before Anonymous was Anonymous. Ooh, I gotta write that down.
How did you hook up with DA?
YouTube is the best thing ever in the world. I was looking for beats and YouTube is great for finding talent. I came across DA's page, I hit him up and asked him if I can rap over some of his beats. He checked my sound out and told me he would love to make some music happen. His sound is very kinetic to what we felt I think was really hip-hop -- euphoric at times with a sense of the dramatic. I feel he should be working with major artists and getting out there more with American hip-hop artists. The guy can really make some million dollar sounds when he puts his mind to it. He's only fucking 19 though, so to me his future is boundless and he's a chameleon.
You initially wanted to release the song on November 5th, right?
Yeah, I released the lyrics yesterday to just have something out there, to celebrate what music should be. The character V from V For Vendetta resembles me in some ways; I am one man but I can be an idea that creates change. Each project is like an act of terrorism to me, I am the one who no one believes in, the one who no one expected nothing out of. The power of music grants me a voice, grants me the power of inspiration and the power to destroy. I am on a mission to cause change in hip-hop. The industry should not scare the artist, the artist should scare the industry, and I take the same methods the fictional V uses in sonic form. That's where my mythos lies, in King Vizzer, ruler of the fourth realm. Sounds crazy, right? But I'm dead serious when I tell you I wanna collect the heads of those who made hip-hop a shit-hole and a laughingstock of a genre. This is November 5th and this is my scars and my ambition to make the most eclectic sounds hip-hop has heard in a long time.