Flying Lotus revealed last November that he was Captain Murphy, the mysterious rapper seen and heard only in cartoon videos. In a long interview with XXL magazine last Friday, Flying Lotus (a.k.a. Steven Ellison) talked about how the idea came about.
"I never wanted it to be this whole thing about my identity," the musician and producer said. "I never wanted it that to be the case. The only think that I wanted out of it, I just didn’t want people to like try and hype it up. All of sudden, Flying Lotus is a rapper now. I felt like I had to pay my dues in that respect. I wanted to know if I was any good on the strength... Earn that shit."
When Captain Murphy emerged there were rumors that it was Earl Sweatshirt, Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator and Flying Lotus (or a collaboration between several). It was only upon the release of Captain Murphy's mixtape/short film 'Duality' last fall that Fly-Lo ended the rumors.
"Then when they started to say it was all these people, I felt really bad," he said. "Yeah, all that shit that started happening man, it got real fucked up. For one, everyone was assuming it was Tyler because he pitch shifted or whatever. I said 'nigger' once and everyone was like, 'Oh, he’s Tyler!' [Laughs] I was like, Damn, man he’s probably fucking sick and tired of people asking him. You know, is he Captain Murphy and all this shit."
Flying Lotus, an alumni of Red Bull Music Academy, added, "The whole [identity reveal] came about speculating who I was. I was like, 'This is the complete opposite of what I wanted to do with that.' I feel like the people made me tell them who I was."
The musician and producer also went on to talk a little about the cartoon character that represents Captain Murphy: "I feel like Captain Murphy will say those things that people want to say, but won’t say... Even for a second if someone thinks that something for a split second and then won’t think it. They’ll move past that. I want it to dwell in that space with Captain Murphy. I want to dwell in that space we try to brush under the rug."
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