Moemaw Naedon isn't the average rapper whose album liner notes feature a slew of producers; he does it all himself. The Butler native, who lives in Millvale now, writes, raps and produces, and prides himself on doing such. "I would say my versatility [sets me apart]," he says. "Since I also produce, I can freestyle, I can write battle-type stuff, I can write stuff with a message, and I can write abstract poetry. All of that comes from an honest vibe that I'm feeling."
Naedon (real name Ryan Macomber) is a 32-year-old who has been rapping on and off since he was 17. Naedon says that he didn't get serious with rapping until six years ago. "What inspired me were artists like Gang Starr, Wu-Tang and Dr. Dre," he says. "The Chronic changed a lot for me and made me interested in the production side of it."
Although Moemaw Naedon does a lot of his own production, he's not completely alone in that aspect. That's where New Orleans-based Brother Seamus comes in. The two worked together on a CD project called Brother Seamus and Moemaw Naedon Present Galactic Brethren: The Fall of Zidor, which is available now.
"Brother Seamus is a Pittsburgh native and became my neighbor back in Butler," Naedon explains. "We started getting samplers and tape decks back in high school. We've pretty much known each other our whole lives. There's an effortless connection between me and him." Besides Brother Seamus, Naedon likes to work with producers including The Custodian of Records and The Latebloomer (both from New Jersey), and Connect, who is from Pittsburgh.
Naedon has plans to release a new album of his own called Circular Signals this summer. In the meantime, the three-man group he's a part of, Fortified PhonetX, is preparing to embark on an East Coast tour. "Our live performance is definitely our strongest aspect," he says. "We definitely don't play around with that. My live show is what I take the most serious."