About a month ago while scrolling through Instagram I came across a young artist’s page from Atlanta named Naomi The Goddess. She had one of those rare, distinct and mesmerizing voices that you couldn’t help but to stop and listen to, so I immediately reached out to her to see if she would be interested in being a guest on our music podcast. When we finally met in person I learned that she was a part of a talented group called IMG which stands for “Instrumentalist Music Group.” They are definitely not your average music group and it’s apparent when you listen to the lyrics in their music; they’re on a mission to spread a message.
The members of the group are T.R.3, Naomi The Goddess, The.Poet, A-B The Prophet, Hipstar, P4trone, JanuaryHigh, Lazaria, FrankDex, and Bankhead. The group of friends are all individual artists and songwriters who with the exception of a few met in high school.
I caught up with Naomi and TR3 for a quick interview to get more information about IMG. Check it out below.
Ashley E: When did IMG get started?
TR3: The group got started the summer of 2012, it was junior year of high school. I had been making music on my own for a while but it turned serious around senior year.
Ashley E: I listened to some of yall’s music and just by the lyrics alone I can see that you guys are a conscious group in terms of the messages that you’re putting out. How would you describe your music?
TR3: I don’t want to put us in the same box as just conscious because I feel conscious nowadays is being taken the wrong way. We consider ourselves to be “truthers” because we’re trying to spread knowledge. Knowledge is key.
Ashley E: How do you feel about a lot of the mainstream music that’s out?
TR3: I feel like artists are crying out for help, subliminally telling us about the evils that are out there.
Ashley E: Would you say you’ve always been a “truther?”
Naomi: I’ve always been open minded and a person who thought outside of the box but I would say just in the past couple of months have I really awakened in a sense and started researching and seeking information.
TR3: I’ve always been different even back in middle school. I was called crazy and kind of stuck to myself but I’ve always been a seeker.
Ashley E: How would you describe IMG in a few words?
Naomi: Very aware and grimy.
TR3: Very raw and uncut yet we justify being raw and uncut and we say it with substance.