Who In the Universe is AfroPluto?

Who In the Universe is AfroPluto?
A profile of the half-person, half-planet bringing the riot to Atlanta underground hip-hop.
Who In the Universe is AfroPluto?
A profile of the half-person, half-planet bringing the riot to Atlanta underground hip-hop.
Hip Hop Rap

Who In the Universe is AfroPluto?

When we first chat in person, I can’t tell if he’s drunk off the Henny or drunk off the energy from the show he just put on. Minutes earlier, he’d performed a set that was made up of two parts hype, one part trying to mosh -- and you can still see the magic of the last twenty minutes gleaming from his face.

When I started, I just wanted to make the music that I wasn’t hearing in the Atlanta scene,

he tells me. You can tell how passionate he is, how much he feels the music he’s performing. AfroPluto has no pretensions about his sound. Much of it is loose and loud, a no-holds-barred vibe that screams “Turn the fuck up or go the fuck home."

One hears the name “AfroPluto” and wonders about the origin. Afro sheds some light, telling me about how he got inspired in classes he took at Georgia State University.

“I took a class on the history of Islam, and I was fascinated by how people had two-part names.” He’s referring to the Arabic naming system, in which a single person can have linked names, with parts denoting ancestry, characteristics, religious affiliation, and progeny.
“At the same time, I was also taking an astronomy class and a black history class. So the name came together as me reflecting on black history with astronomy.”

The result: AfroPluto, a name drawing to mind a puffy-haired celestial god, black Hades petting Cerberus in the trap den. The images it conjures are as ethnic and boundless as the music he’s making. Songs like “Obvee” and “Clout” (ft St. Uno) take liftoff on the wings of atmospheric production and bone-rattling bass.

So next time you leave a hip-hop show in Athens or Atlanta, look up at the stars -- Afropluto might be one of them.

• Q & A •

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it?

I would describe my music as descriptions of my ever-changing emotional state, while trying to give people great lyrics, while having enough as much as possible.

When and how did you start making music?

I started making music the summer of 2013 with one of my friends from high schoo,l in a bathroom in his parents garage. During my senior year, he was writing a bunch of really dope verses and in turn inspired me to pick up the pen.

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

I want people to feel like I put a ton of effort into my craft, and I want people to feel like they can relate to me. I want them to feel like the music I make represents them.

What do you like most about the Atlanta music scene? Where do you hope it's going and what are you doing to be part of that?

I think the thing I like most about the Atlanta music scene is what it used to be. I first stepped onto the scene about 2 years ago doing camera work. Really dope acts like madeintyo, 24hrs, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Father, fatmankey, 21 Savage, etc. were all like at the beginning stages of their careers and in the city a lot doing shows and stuff. It was crazy to see these guys become bigger-than-life stars. I loved being in those places, but eventually I wanted to be apart of something bigger than just going to these events. I quickly learned that becoming a part of it wasn't going to happen because i lack the connections. So i decided to start throwing my own events and dropping my own music and now I'm here. Wherever that is.

Any favorite designers?

Na. Whatever I like, I like. No favorites or like, brands I hate.

What's the most lit time you've ever had at a show you performed at?

Probably the other week at my homie’s house party. It was pretty nuts. Packed room, mosh pit. The house is a big part of the Atlanta skate scene, so it's a pretty rowdy crowd.

Where do you want to see yourself in the future?

Honestly, I just want to be happy.

Check out AfroPluto’s music here @afropluto

Mike A
Mike is an alien