I met Mito during the No Filter run. He would come to watch the show more than once and I think he was a friend of the cast. He was very supportive and he really liked the show and when we were introduced, he was super cool and friendly. Someone from the crew asked who he was and someone else answered that he’s a singer — a rapper, to be precise — and it sort of shocked me because it never occurred to me that he would be a rapper. I didn’t get that vibe, to be honest, and I was shocked.
We followed each other on social media and when the cast started promoting his mixtape that was made available for downloading, I decided to give it a listen. His rapper name is Curtismith and the mixtape of his songs is called Ideal.
As someone who’s not into rap or hip-hop, I was so impressed by this. The songs are smooth, the groove is chill and flows really nicely, and the rapping sounds just right. It doesn’t sound pretentious or that he’s trying hard. It’s organic and natural. I like it. I liked it a lot and I’m kind of shocked because I’m not a big fan of rap.
My favourite tracks are Going In For Life and hilo. The songs in Ideal are smart and harkens to the days of intelligent hip-hop and rap music where there is a sense of self-reflection, philosophy, interconnectedness, and even social change. It doesn’t feel gangsta’ to me, not at first listen anyway, and instead of rapping about bling or any sense of hyper-sexuality, my first few listens got me thinking about going inside, questions about who we are and what we are doing. In a way, I can see why he liked No Filter because it’s the same kind of confessional, honest, and raw introspection of one’s self. Lyrically, it reminds me a lot of Lauryn Hill’s first album, which is one of the few hip-hop albums I did get to appreciate. It’s good stuff.
If you want to check out Ideal by Curtismith, check out this link: #IDEALMixtape (link).