Earlier this month SMASH premiered on Urban TV with The-Mith as it's new host and Dj Crim as it's on air DJ. The show was re-branded with major focus being on African content (hip-hop) and making more lively, which gave UG's hip-hop a much bigger platform. The show runs on Saturdays 8:30 PM and re-runs on Thursday 11:30 AM. So I decided to catch-up with The-Mith to discuss a number of things about the show and what it means for Uganda's hip-hop as a whole.
QN: First Things First how's the Destination: Africa Release aftermath treating you?! BTW Some Money?!
Hahaha, we'll talk about the money later on..... But the aftermath has been Great. I'm happy people liked the music. We put a lot of work in that project, and to see people connect with the songs, has been such a dope thing.
QN: Congratulations On Presenting Smash?! How's this show going to be different from the previous smash or any other Saturday musical show airing on TV?!
We took what Kyle had done, and made it bigger. We got a set location, got in Dj Crim and just made it bigger. And because it's 100% Hip-hop, It's totally different from other shows.
QN: Why didn't You & the whole team at the station make it 100% Ugandan Hip-hop?! 'cause that way the genre gets more exposure?!
Well, the show is 80% Ugandan HipHop. That is more than what most shows are doing. We'll eventually get to 100%, but for now, that 80% is pretty good.
QN: Real Quick walk us through a typical planning session for an episode of smash. what do you consider when coming up with the top 5 videos & the artist you host?!
We look at the songs that are making noise across the continent. We check out top radio countdowns and check which songs are trending and all. There's a lot of music that's out there, a lot of HipHop. But the whole team works at getting it right.
QN: Now you're doing TV, pushing singles off destination: Africa, pushing TMMG & in the process of recording a klear-kut album. Does it ever get hectic at any point for you doing all this?!
Not at all. The music I am working on, can only be helped by all the music I am listening to cause of the show. It's a great learning experience.
QN: Now That there's a UG Hip-Hop show on TV & some radio programs dedicated to UG hip-hop, what do you think are some of the loopholes that need to be filled in order for the genre far ahead of others?!
This show is a platform that I hope, all artists will jump on. We have to kill that old mentality, where we keep music to our circles. This is a moment where everyone can come through and push their music. That is the most important step. Get the music out there, the rest will fall in place after that