The Perfect Storm is where Mala intends to get more personal. “I’m really excited to put this out,” she says. While there is no official date yet for her debut album, she’s aiming for the end of this year, with the hope that a distribution or label deal might emerge while she completes the project. In the meantime, Mala and her manager are busy at work promoting music that is already circulating, and booking performances. Despite having never ventured overseas, Mala’s music has found its share of worldwide fans.
“I have DJs in Switzerland, London, Germany, France that play my stuff and love my stuff. But I have yet to take a trip out there and perform. I would love to do that. We’re working on trying to get on a tour with other artists, so maybe I can open up for them overseas.”
Back home, Mala is asked about why there has been such a dearth of rap artists from the Bronx, she really can’t come up with a definitive answer. “I really don’t know why,” she replies. “We don’t get the same respect. I hope to change that. There’s really good music coming out of here, so many talented artists in the Bronx. There’s like a whole little movement going on here. We get shitted on. The Bronx is where it started; we have to be back up there.”
Perhaps the perfect storm is brewing.