deadwords » interviews 09.07.2013
ESH The Monolith – No need for roads

In late 2012 rapper ESH The Monolith teamed up with The Arcitype and put out an EP packed with tight lyrics, fat beats and a lot of humor. More than half a year has passed since “Nightworks” [Link: DEADreview] has been released so the DEAD Magazine came to ask the Bostonian rapper nearly everything and talk about werewolves and how the EP was made. Hint: It involved ancient incantations, animal parts and plants extracts.

DEAD: ESH, your last EP „Nightworks“ came out half a year ago. Were you satisfied with the collaboration with “The Arcitype” and especially the feedback the EP got?

ESH: I was satisfied with both the collaboration itself and the reception it got. Arc is one of my best friends and one of the most talented people I’ve known, so it’s really an ideal working situation. People seemed to like the EP.  It made me enough lucci to buy that white tiger that mauled Siegried and Roy, so I’m chillin’. Plus I’m famous now and have slept with many A-list celebrities.

DEAD: If you were asked to describe the collaboration with The Arcitype in three words, what would it be?

ESH: Miller High Life

DEAD: But more detailed, how was the working process for “Nightworks”? Did the Arcitype send you already finished beats or did you both work on the production?

Nightworks was mostly the result of ancient incantations.

ESH: Nightworks was mostly the result of ancient incantations. Every wednesday we would gather around a boiling cauldron with our engineer Young Jedi, mixing various animal parts and plant extracts. We would black out from the fumes and by the time we awoke a song was recorded and someone had ordered a pizza.

DEAD: How long did you two work on the EP anyway?

ESH: Approximately 8 fortnights.


DEAD: What inspired you for “Nightworks”? For example, did you know you wanted to do something about werewolves or did you just watch a whole lot of “Twilight”?

Everyone has that thing inside of them that comes out during their weaker moments.

ESH: I always dug the Wolfman and thought that he was a good metaphor for someone’s dark side. Everyone has that thing inside of them that comes out during their weaker moments. This song in particular is about someone who drinks too much.

Twilight is for 14 year old girls and men in their mid to late 30′s that still watch MTV reality shows.

DEAD: On “Nightworks” your lyrics on the whole seem darker and also more personal than on any previous records you have done. Was this a deliberate decision or did it just come up in the process?

ESH: I guess it just came up in the process. For the most part I tried to stay away from writing regular ol’ braggadocio. I mean, thats on there and I like that kind of stuff but I wanted to get into song writing that might speak to different people. I feel like a lot of the time regular raps are disposable but fleshed out concepts in songs have a longer shelf life. Also, they are more challenging to write and I like challenging myself.


DEAD: You have been quite busy over the course of the last half-year and played a lot of shows. What are you currently working on?

ESH: Yeah, I touched both coasts in the US this year. I really enjoy traveling, meeting new people in the same circuit, and introducing myself to new audiences. I have a couple of runs in the works for the late summer / early fall. Mostly in the northeast.

I am currently wrapping up a producer album that has been a side project for a while. It’s called Loop-Minded Individuals and it features Myself, Intrikit, Zac Galen, Moe Pope, Roc Doogie of Phenetiks, Elucid of Cult Favorite, Romen Rok, DJ Emoh Betta, Dee Bee, Has-Lo, Teddy Faley, Selfsays, the ghost of Robert Frost, XL and Big Juan of The Kreators, Seez Mics, Andrew Milicia, Fran-P, Grey Sky Appeal, and F. Virtue. It should be out soon.

I’ve also been working on a full-length record with The Arcitype. This has been my main focus.

DEAD: Do you plan on coming over to Europe one time?

ESH: I’d be hyped to go play over seas. Me and some people briefly discussed it. Hopefully that comes to fruition. Hook that shit up, Dead Magazine!

DEAD: Now to finish this interview, a possibly creative question: If you could go back to your pre-emcee-self what would you tell him?

Where we are going we don’t need roads.

ESH: Write everyday. Stop burning bridges. Don’t let other people burn bridges for you. Be nice to the people who are nice to you. Getting fucked up and arguing with homies about rap music is not being productive. Embrace social media. If you ever see Theo Huxtable at a party, say the phrase “jammin’ on the one.” Don’t date girls in the scene. That shirt is way too big for you. Where we are going we don’t need roads. Doing drugs is not exercise. Act on opportunities when they present themselves. Always act on inspiration. Establish and keep a motivated and working network. Ignore assholes. Just because someone is talented doesn’t mean you should work with them. Play the game when you need to. Being dope is only half the battle.


DEAD: Thank you ESH for the interview. Do you have any final words or last thoughts for our readers out there?

ESH: Indie artists need your support. If you like what someone is doing, buy a t-shirt, buy a CD, find a way to book them in your town, or just spread the word. Too many great artist are going to die broke and anonymous or waste away behind a counter or in a cubicle because our culture places no monetary value on arts and entertainment.

Happy Birthday, Merry Xmas, and I love you.