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Creep Into The Dungeon with Rico Wade

Let’s get some general info on the Dungeon Family before we begin. How long have you been with them, and how’d y’all first meet up?

We all met in the early nineties. We all met in Atlanta. The Dungeon Family kinda came from my mama’s basement. It was an old house we had, and it was, like, an unfinished basement. Most of the basement was red clay dirt, and there was rats down there, and you went down stairs to get down there…so it’s like a dungeon. Then the “family” came from, we had had a family room that was hard wood floor where all of us would sleep. We all had sleeping bags or blankets or whatever, laying on the floor–like a sleepover, you know what I mean?



Who are the members of the Dungeon Family?

The first generation is Outkast, Mr. DJ, Goodie Mob, Witchdoctor, Freddie Calhoun, which is Cool Breeze, Backbone, and Sleepy Brown, and Big Rube.



Out of the whole Dungeon Family, who can we expect to be up-and-coming in the game?

The new cats is like Slimm Calhoun, he’s second generation; Shom Don, he’s second generation. We have a Spanish artist, Boulevard Truncoso. Outkast got a new artist they signed, Killa Mic. We still got business to do with the first generation. Get some more certified albums.



Tell us about the Dungeon Family project dropping in November.

The album is a big event for me. It’s like the year of the harvest. You reap what you sew. It’s been years since we kinda put Outkast out, in ’93, actually the eighth year. I feel like this is the Lord’s way of giving us a gift, you know what I mean? I mean, creatively, the album is incredible.



Who’s appearing, and who’s producing on the album?

Producin’ is Outkast and Organized Noize. Goodie Mob did a song, too. The only other features besides [The Dungeon Family] is we added Bubba Sparxxx. Bubba Sparxxx is like one of our distant cousins. Me and Bubba are real cool, but I couldn’t just put him on the Dungeon Family album. ‘Cause the fact that he was startin’ to blow up, I didn’t want people to think it’s us trying to be commercial. But really, he’s family. I want people to know he’s associated with us. I mean, Timbaland put him on, but he got his southern roots from us. He started rappin’ ’cause of us.



Outkast made a huge jump from Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik to Stankonia. As a skeptic, I have to ask what sparked the change?

Really, I think it’s the fact that we actually have that many creative people. Like, Outkast’s original sound is more Organized Noize. Like the “So Fresh, So Clean”, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik sound–that’s more our sound, as in me, Pat, and Ray. When they do “Bombs Over Baghdad” or “Miss Jackson”, that’s their sound. Even “Rosa Parks.” So now you got five or six great producers working together. At first, it was just us three doing all the beats, really. By them watching us and seeing us make original music, they got a chance to do what they do.



What’s up with Andre changing the name to Andre 3000?

When Andre first came out, it was like, how can I say it…the world loved him already off the top. There was no where to go except down. When we first talked about Outkast, there was so many women going crazy sayin’ that Andre was the next sex symbol. I personally think it wasn’t about that for him. It was more like, “Man, I’m trying to be the best MC.” It’s about the music and getting a point across, to him. That’s where it came from, that’s just him saying it’s the future. We ain’t never gonna see the year 3000, so it’s like we gonna give it to y’all now.



Fill us in on the Rosa Parks lawsuit. What was Outkast thinking when they made the track?

It was a club jam, already a hit record. So what they do? Name it something deep–that’s all! Like we did “Cell Therapy”, it was “who’s that peekin’ in my window.” It’s a part of hip-hop. To give people something to think about. Draw people somewhere else.



It says on the Outkast website that Stankonia used no samples. Is it your hopes that one day MCs will sample off that record?

Oh yeah, I already know they will just from stuff like “So Fresh, So Clean.” You gotta buy your break beats, find your kick and the snare, and you find other sounds you need, or whatever. We use original sounds and live instruments, you know what I’m sayin’?



How are you and the Dungeon Family dealing with with the 9-11 attacks on New York and DC?

It was a shock for the world, man. To me, it wasn’t New York and DC. It was like New York and DC that just happened to get hit. It was the world. Like the world was on pause. It was serious for everybody. For me to fly to NY last night was my first time flying, and it was an event for me. I believe in the Lord, and I can’t fear anything else, but that. That was in the Lord’s plan, to me. That’s just what had to happen.



So how did you feel on the plane?

Well, you’re just a lot more cautious. I’m just on the plane, but I’m still conscious of my surroundings. Look and see who’s on the plane. I don’t know what my purpose could have been. My purpose could have been to stop [another hijack].



What brought about the idea for the Outkast clothing line?

They really trying to grow into stuff that Andre wears, but the clothing company gotta start with pieces people gonna buy first. They start with t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans. They really trying to get into some original stuff. It’s a part of hip-hop culture. We most definitely changed the was people dress, we changed how people talk, act.



Will there be clothing as crazy as the stuff Andre sports in the videos?

Yes they will. They just trying to grow there. It’s gonna go all the way there. They just trying to build up the revenue…the capital.



How long do you think it will be before cats wear this stuff?

Actually, man, it’s like they was doing this in the 70’s. What goes around, comes around. Right now, I think originality is going up everyday. I think people gettin’ more credit for being original than they are for being carbon copies.



Alright, man, I really want to thank you for your time and supporting the website. Before I let you go, is there anything you want to tell people about?

My partner, Ray–Organized Noize, we’re scorin’ the new Muhammed Ali movie. We doin’ something for Raphael Saadiq’s new album. We did stuff with Bubba Sparxxx, we did stuff with Ludacris’s new album. That’s pretty much it. Peace.



interviewed by Jeff



Desert Squad

What’s the science behind your name? Or is there any?

DeShawn: It’s because our hometown is surrounded by desert.



Bosie: He’s right. Las Vegas is an Oasis in the Desert. And it gets “Hella Hot” in our city. Not to mention that we would like to fee that our music and performance is heat



What do you think of Mainstream Hip Hop?

Mike: No such thing as mainstream in my mind. It’s either Hip-Hop or it ain’t. It’s our culture musical creation. And I Love It!



DeShawn: I think it’s hot!



How was your upbringing?

Mike: Single parent family. Mom in Charge.



DeShawn: The people that know me, have always called me a studio dog. I’m sure it’s because I’ve always hung out at my Uncle’s studio with my cus Bosie.



Bosie: None of us was raised in an environment of silver spoons. I happened to be blessed that my dad has always been involved with music.



What inspired you to become a hip hop artist?

Bosie: Wow! I just loved listening to the many artists. Both; those on the radio, as well as some of the many unknown street rappers.



DeShawn: My Uncle Richard, Bosie’s dad.



Mike: My Nig Bosie. I did not know a thing “˜bout rap, till I met him in Junior High School



What other hip hop groups do you listen to?

Bosie: There are so many, I like acts such as Tupac, Outkast, Mysticle, Jazy-Z, Xzibit, Snoop, Biggie….



DeShawn: Hold on! Let me name some. Young Bloods, Dog Pound and…. Wease your turn.



Mike: Lets not forget the Eastsider, however, overall, we like them all.



How would you describe your music?

Mike: Head Bangin, Ass Bouncing



Bosie: Energy for everyone to enjoy themselves.



DeShawn: Exciting!



How do you describe yourself?

DeShawn: Energetic and Off Da Hook! O.D.H. baby.



Mike: We’re Heat. O.D.H.



Bosie: O.D.H.; Off Da Hook



What are your future musical plans?

Bosie: To keep pushing ourselves and reach multi platinum and to rock some major arenas



Mike: To earn the success that I feel we can within the music industry.



DeShawn: To become one of the first super stars of hip-hop out of the Las Vegas area.



Out of the songs you’ve created, what is your personal favorite, and why?

Mike: Desert Squad On Mine.



Bosie: All of them, but I do like Desert Squad On Mine.



DeShawn: Desert Squad On Mine is one of my favorites too, as well as Off Da Hook. Those songs explain us.



Where can fans listen to some of your music?

DeShawn:You can download one of my favorite song “Off Da Hook” from DaHipHopPlace.com You know they specialize in hip-hop, in fact, watch me use the phrase: Hip-Hop-Hot-Spot in our next project.



Bosie: Hip-Hop-Hot-Spot and CD street



Mike: Soon in a store in your neighborhood.



Have you ever rocked events, if so, what was your favorite event you rocked?

Mike: In Las Vegas when we opened for the female R&B act “3LW” We shut the place down. Overall the whole show was good. We had people crying, Wow!



DeShawn: Yea!-Yea! We shut it down. People were excited too.



Bosie: Yea, it was opening for 3LW.



Have you found Jesus?

Bosie: He has never left me.



Mike: I never lost him.



DeShawn: Yes-Yes-Yes Amen



How long have you been rhyming? How do you see hip hop, and you? Do you see Hip hop as a religion, art, culture, a career, job, or just a hobby?

DeShawn: I’ve been rhyming for around 7 years, and I see Hip-Hop as an art form created by our culture (Black Folks back east). I see it as a part of something very special baby.



Mike: I’ve been rhyming for about 4 years, and I see it as an art form of life in some sense or another.



Bosie: I’ve been rhyming since I was 9 years old and still have a lot to learn about hip-hop. However, Hip-Hop is everything to me.



Do you have any Hip Hop quotables that you live by? Any songs lyrics every touched you?



Bosie: There are a lot of lyrics out here. And a lot of them have touched me. But it depends on the mood I’m in and when I’m listening to the different lyrics from the various people.



Mike: Bosie is right.



DeShawn: Lyrics mean different things to different people at different time in ones life. We’re no different.



Do you have any shout outs you want to make?

Bosie: Shout out to everyone that has bought our CD, as well as all my family, friends and everyone that is into Hip-Hop



Deshawn: Everybody!



Mike: Wassup to the whole dam world.



Interview By DaHipHopPlace.Com



Gener’al

What’s the science behind your name? Or Is there any?



I’m a leader, a trendsetter i.e. a general for hip-hop



What do you think of Mainstream Hip Hop?



I think it ok! I mean it’s opening up hip-hop to the world and kids that wouldn’t normally buy rap is now buying it. So you can hate that!



How was your upbringing?



Cool! I grew up with the single parent, pops in jail thing. I dealt with the drugs and the urban life, but I want more than that so I never followed in those footsteps.



What inspired you to become a hip hop artist?



The Love of the music inspired me. I’ll be making songs if theirs money involved or not that not the main issue to me duke.



What other hip hop groups do you listen to?



Jay-Z, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, and underdogs like OC and AZ.



How would you describe your music?



I would say that I spit mainstream thug music, you know some next levelness.



How would you describe yourself?



I’m a very laid back and cool person, but I will/can get rowdy when I have to.



What are your future musical plans?



I want and hope to sell records and start my own label. I want to basically be a young black entrepreneur.



Out of the songs you’ve created, what is your personal favorite, and why?



It’s a song called Salute. I wrote it for my pops who passed. It was from the heart, you know.



Where can fans listen to some of your music?



www.13thfloorent.com to peep the snippets. We send out material to several stations in Canada. I know DJ Armes out their so he should be blaze it soon. It the states we should be all over. Check you college radio. I know where on www.gotchaopenradio.com and we getting major radio play in Miami and Atlanta. We just signed up for MP3 too.



Have you ever rocked events, if so, what was your favorite event you rocked?



I opened up for Jill Scott at the Theater of Living Arts in Philly. It was a unique crowd.



Have you ever found Jesus?



No Comment.



How long have you been rhyming? How do you see hip hop, and you? Do you see Hip Hop as a religion, art, culture, a career, job, or just a hobby?



I been spitting for 10 years. I see hip-hop as hip-hop and I plan to be knee deep in the game. I see hip-hop as all of the above.



Do you have any hip hop quotables that you live by? Any song lyrics ever touched you?



“A slow grind is a sure grind.”



Do you have any shot outs you would like make?



Shout out to Trenton New Jerse, i.e. Dirty Jersey. 6D. Bad News VA aka Newport News Virginia. 13th Floor Entertainment for holding me down and the DaHipHopPlace for giving me this forum and showing me love. I’m out!



Interview By DaHipHopPlace.Com



Get Inside Heaven and Hell With the Poetic Prophets

When did you start rapping and why did you like doing it?

Apollo: We both started rhyming at 9 years old, and it started out as a hobby, but then as we got older and went through experiences, it became an outlet for our emotions, and kept our imaginations alive. We’ve been rhyming together for a year and a half so far.





When did yall hook up, and why did yall think it would be a good choice

to do so?

A: First, we were an original group of 4 members, then me and Merciles became a group, and kept the name Poisonous Thoughts…then I realized that me and Merciles couldn’t kick it as doggs, it wuz only at da rap level… so I called Lord L up, and I broke out the group with Merciles. Me and Lord L started talking, and realized that we shared the same views on life, so after a few weeks of getting to know each other, we decided to form the group Poetic Prophets, and it was a good choice, because this is a group in the physical form, but one person in the lyrical and spirtiual form, its called destiny.





In your total time so far as being the Poetic Prophets what have yall

seen that you both appreciated?

A: Another side to life, we appreciated one another in the fact that we realized that we’re not the only ones who think like this, and there are others, and those are the ones that get the message we portray.



Lord Lucifer: I appreciate being accepted into hip-hop and all the hard and good times within hip-hop are cherished.



A: I appreciate life, and hip hop is my life, I realize I aint gonna be on this earth as long as most people are…I see that in my future, so everyday, and every rhyme I write down, gets engraved in my soul for the afterlife.





I Know that the two of yall are both white, do yall think that yall have to set your styles straight from other white emcees in the game like Eminem?

L: As far as Eminem, I’m not Eminem, Apollo’s not Eminem, 3 different mindsets…3 different views on politics. The only comparison that can be between Eminem and us is that we have the same skin shade. Styles differ, so do peoples lives…That’s why I’d SHIT ON HIM IN A BATTLE!



A: (nodding head) Word…



A: What I don’t get is, when a black person rhymes, why doesn’t anybody say, “Why you trying to be like Ja rule or Biggie?? But when a white person rhymes, its Slim Shady or Vanilla Ice’. It makes no sense to me. We give hip-hop its respect. To answer this question further, listen to the songs Pure Hip hop & You Aint Real. We explain it in that.



Oblique: True…





Lord L who did you look up in the game when you were a Youngen? Apollo

same?

L: Wu Tang, 2pac, Run DMC, Lord Finesse, Rakim & KRS

A: 2pac, Nas, Biggie, Bone Thugs, & KRS





As far as everybody contemplating of who the G.O.A.T is, who do you think

the goat is?

A: In my opinion, there is no such thing, because everyone got a different view of hip-hop. Some shallow-minded iced-out cat might think Lil Wayne is da fuckin’ GOAT, but it all depends where you’re coming from. LL got longevity…that’s it, he gets his props as a vet–mad respect. In my opinion, the GOAT hasn’t arrived because we’re not signed yet, and these are 2 GOATS that science ain’t gonna be able to clone–Hahaha…



O: (laughs) Word…



L: KRS ONE, because he went from fame with BDP in the beginning and is still holding it down right now with real hip hop fans, even young bucks.





In five years where do the both of yall see your selves?

Poetic Prophets: Still not fucked with, and on top of the game. We’re gonna break through the underground the way that it should be, and affect as many lives as possible…we’re here to rhyme out of love, but also to be remembered by all–loved or hateed–we won’t be ignored.





Yo, Apollo how would you portray Lord L’s style?

A: Lord L’s style is ccientifical-battle shit, raw metaphors and punchlines, but with the open-mindedness to spit on any topic, which makes him the untouchable.





Same Question to Lord L…

L: WACK! (laughs). Just playin’. Nah, but on da real, Apollo’s on a level deeper than the bottom of the Abyss–the real shit, to just make you wanna change religion off a sentence-type shit, but if you put a battle in front of him, he’ll rip too, diversity in its purest form right there.





What pressures have each of yall come in conflict with of being an

underground emcee?

A: Many arguments about the thin line between commercial and underground. To me underground is NOT doing it for the money and keeping it real to yourself, and not forgetting where you came from and all the other street emcees. When we do blow up, we might switch it up and make a song that people consider ‘Commercial’, but we always gonna stay real to ourselves, and our surroundings, and we never gonna lose that poetry in us, so nobody should doubt us.



L: The conflict between underground fans and mainstream fans, only underground fans want to even both with our message. That’s why it’s harder to get across to all people.





If the both of yall were giving the chance to perform one song worldwide

with all ears open, what song would it be and why?

PP: (ponders)



L: “Concrete Rose”, ’cause its deep.



A: “Dear God”, because it shows the quarrel between human and God, and it expresses our pain and how religion comes in. It’s a spiritual battle.





Aight heres one of the hardest ones, in a battle against the two of you.

Who do u think will win and why?

A: Actually, we battled before we were a group, in front of Lord L’s entire school, and I won that battle. I think the record is like 2-0, but that was just because I was on and he was off. To be honest, I think he’s a better battle emcee, but I didn’t believe that until I saw him battle some kid at the mall for an hour straight…16 rounds, and it was amazing how Lord L flips someone’s lines, and does it all off the spur of the moment, I think he’s one of the best freestyle emcees to live.



L: Me. Because that’s my main aspect of rapping, battling. I live for it. its not who’s more talented, it’s just that, that’s where my heart is.





So…When yall both blow up how soon will y’all have my VIP pass and tickets

to me?

PP: (laughs). You’ll be the first!



L: (laughs) No doubt.



interviewed by Oblique

RhymeLife.Com

Go Rhyme for Rhyme With Mike Control

After witnessing an unusual amount of originality, which is very rare in the underground scene today, I was completely amazed by the new EP, and in fact I feel it has potential to sell if it gets the right exposure. How do both of you feel about your newest release? What could you have done better? What kind of feedback have you gotten from local fans so far?

Jonny – Our local heads are feelin it, we had about 100 people at our record release party, and we received a lot of positive feedback. Every one wants more, that’s what we intended cause if people were feeling it, we only wanted to give them a taste, so they’ll be on the look out for future releases. I think every time we perform our fanbase will grow.



Grey – Overall we’re pretty happy with the EP. We feel Our best work has yet to

evolve. The EP was done over a period of 2 years, were already moving ahead

with a lot new shit. But we feel the EP is a solid introduction for Mike

Control





Who have been your major influences in hip-hop? And if you could work with any of these emcees, which would you choose, and why?

Grey – Run Dmc, Beastie Boys, Tribe Called Quest, Rakim ,Kool Keith, Lord

Finesse, Prince Paul and a lot of old school stuff. Kool Keith is guy I respect because he’s from the old school and his current stuff is really on another level from everything else that is out there. He had a record out a couple of years ago called Dr. Octagon that I think is one of the best hip-hop albums in a long time. Very experimental with beats and the rhymes. So I think he would be fun to work because his mind seems open to try anything.



Jonny – Yeah, I would like rakim to spit on a track with us, he was the first to bring lyrics like no one else and was one of my favorites growing up. I would also like to do something with M.O.P. cause they also bring it in a way that reminds me of my favorite old school hardcore groups I was into back in the late 80’s.





You guys have your own website and the MP3.com thing. Has the Internet

significantly helped your fan base grow, as well as sales and recognition?

Grey – I think the Internet is very useful to underground acts because it’s worldwide. We’ve received emails for all over the Globe looking to buy our CD and find out more about us. It’s an amazing way to network and promote. Mp3.com and Napster can be very harmful to big artist’s but for someone trying to get the music heard for the first time The Internet is great vehicle for it.





Now, Mike Control met in 1988. How has your experiences been with one

another? What have been the ups and downs until this point?

Grey – I think we tend to disagree on certain details regarding the group. A lot of the time when were working on a song Jon would like to try something I’m not down with and vice versa. It’s all about meeting in the middle and compromising.



How were you both involved in the hip-hop scene before you became Firm Grip, and then Mike Control?

Grey – We were really just fans messing with rhymes and freestyles doing stuff over instrumental singles. At that point in our life’s were in our teenage years so Our focus wasn’t really there. Years later when we formed Mike Control we were definitely more committed to make it happen.



Jonny – Yeah, I was just the biggest fan out of all my friends, and I would

promote the sounds to people really not into it who later became fans.





The punches leave my mouth wide open, and coming from someone I only know as a producer, I was shocked. By the lyricism, I’m assuming you were an emcee before you were a producer, am I right? I so, how did you get into producing, any mentors?

Well, in terms of you being correct, yes and no. See, I learned how to emcee very young–about 8–but it was just fun to do it because of this West Indian cat on my block who had an echo-chamber–for those of us reading who are that old. The emcee skill never left me. Once I decided to officially get into to the musical side of Hip Hop, I entered it as a producer who knew how to rhyme. I just couldn’t leave Hip Hop alone after break-dancing got too silly for me, for a moment in time, and I got tired of being out in the dead of night bombing as a graf artist. People started killin’ you for that shit.



When you heard the word “hip-hop” back in ’88, what did you think of? And now, in 2001, when you hear that same word, what do you think of?

Jonny – Back then it was something new, I was just getting into. It was something I wanted to be apart of and learn more about. Every day Hip Hop was apart of me. Today in my opinion it seems so commercialized and watered down. Seems like everyone’s trying to make money off of it. I’m really not feelin a lot of today’s stuff compared to years ago, although when I say this, I’m talking about the hip hop you hear on the radio and see on TV, Cause there’s a lot of Underground hip hop out there I love today.





Hip-Hop is constantly evolving, for the better and worse. What do you think hip-hop needs to change, and what do you think will never change? How does Mike Control plan on changing the face of hip-hop?

Jonny – I think hiphop has to change into more of a live aspect, seeing more groups add live instruments to their live act. I see more groups doing this and I think this could be a great change for hiphop also getting more respect form people not into the music. The thing I don’t think that will change is artists coming out sounding like other artists or copying a similar style. ‘Oh thats hot now’, so everyone should sound this way. Thats one thing you will never see from Mike Control, we will always try to create something new and original. We will always go against the grain and stay focused on what we want to accomplish, not letting the current tread get in the way of our ideas.



Let’s go back to 1994: “Firm Grip”. Tell us a little about that. How did your local community respond to the trio? What caused the two-way split?

Jonny – The community was feeling us, the whole neighborhood would see us perform at a local club my boy was running. At that time none of us were really focused and we were all very immature, everything we wanted to do seemed like a mission like getting into the studio and also paying for studio time. The end finally came in a bad show that pulled the plug on Firm Grip.





“The Introduction” brings a new age of production on the underground

rap scene. The beats are definitely ones I can’t compare to previous

beats of other artists. It’s even more surprising to see that both

lyrics and production is done by you guys, with occasional help from

Mike “The Oscillator.” How long have you been producing tracks?

Grey – I seriously started getting into back in 1998. This was really the start of Mike Control. I got into sampling and sequencing beat using computer program, such as Pro Tools. I was familiar with it because I had a background in video editing. So it was really like sound designing. As time went I started experimenting with other equipment like the MPC 2000, but we mainly do everything in Pro Tools.





What are you expecting from “The Introduction” EP? Positive

responses…negative? We are expecting to gain a spot

Jonny – We are expecting to put our name on the underground map and getting our sound out to as many heads as possible, cause we know peeps will be into the sound once they give us a listen or see us perform. We really don’t care about negative responses cause where going to do what we want to do anyway. If you don’t like, don’t listen.





And last, RhymeLife.com wants to thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you. We understand that things get hectic with the new release of the album. Is there anything you’d like to plug before we close out?

Jonny – Right now, where just in the stages of doing promotion for the EP., shows and just getting our word out. If the EP isn’t at a store near you, you can order it at our site. I think everyone should check the EP out cause you will experience hiphop on the next level. We are also working on a new track called “The Naturals” which we should release by June on vinyl along with “Mics I Grab” and another new joint called “Brooklyn Ill Spitters” with some quest MC’s. The shit is crazy. Everyone always go to mikecontrol.com to stay up to date on the latest and keep in mind this is only the The Introduction. Peace Jonny Bro and the Grey Ghost.



interviewed by Jeff

RhymeLife.Com



IFO

What’s the science behind your name? Or Is there any?

**IFO stands for Identified Flowing Objects. We kinda

feel alienated as far as our music because when we do

music, it’s for us mainly, and we love it, but we

don’t know exactly what the rest of the people think

cause we see things diffently than most. What we find

funny, some people find annoying, repulsive, mean,

etc.



What do you think of Mainstream Hip Hop?

**For the main part, a lot of it is garbage. But I

don’t dislike it. To make it mainstream, a lot of time

you have to appeal to the clubs. I hate clubs, can’t

stand them. But a good song is a good song and talent

can exist in any music genre.



How was your upbringing?

**I went to a basically all white school. The only kid

who didn’t listen to white snake or motley crue. I

used to listen to 2 Live Crew, NWA, and stuff like

that. As far as at home, I didn’t like having a lot of

friends, still don’t. Mom and Dad were strict when

necessary, but cool as hell now that I look back. I

got hit a lot but I’ll be damned if i didn’t deserve

it.



What inspired you to become a hip hop artist?

**To be honest, I really don’t know. Art was always an

outlet for me. I used to draw a lot, I guess it just

evolved into writing. I have too much crazy stuff

going on in my head, I have to set it free before it

causes conflicts up there. My brother, I’m sure, had a

lot to do with it, he used to buy every CD that came

out on the day it came out and I used to make fun of

him. I even made fun of him when he got a CD player

telling him they aren’t worth it. But music eventually

overtook me.



What other hip hop groups do you listen to?

**Jedi Mind Tricks, Eminem,Word A Mouth, older

Wu-Tang, Black Knights, Army of the Pharoahs, Swollen

Members and some local people I know, Matlock, Qwel of

Typical Cats



How would you describe your music?

**Funny, hardcore, vulgar, dark, slept-on, battle, you

have to let go to reality and let our music take over

sometimes, cause sometimes we do some out of the norm

stuff.



How would you describe yourself?

**I like to make people laugh, it comes across on some

of our songs. Also self-reliant, that’s why we do our

beats, design our own cds and website, even though

it’s not all that sometimes. A sick fuck who was

raised on a diet of garbage pail kids and andrew dice

clay.



What are your future musical plans? Do you have any

projects coming up?

**We finished Previously Unreleased Shit around X-mas

time but that is an unofficial release, it is meant as

something to hold over our fans, all 4 of em, until we

finish our next album. It’s unofficial cause most

tracks are jacked beats, and there are a few original

beats and 2 radio appearances. Our next release is

something that Wepon and I are dying to release. All

of the beats are our own. We might have one done by a

Canadian friend who liked our first release. It’s

going to be called Return of the JedIFO. There is no

release date because I work a lot and Wepon just

started school and we hate pushing back dates. After

that release I might do a solo EP, something a little

different, more serious, more personal.



Out of the songs you’ve created, what is your personal

favorite, and why?

**Damn it’s hard to pick one. I like Cannibalism. I

loved the beat Wepon did and it is battle, but it has

a concept. Plus we did a corny video for it. Another

favorite is our Dead Wrong remix and Crippled Gimp.



Where can fans listen to some of your music?

**They can hear our newer stuff at mp3.com/ifo. For

older stuff either at www.hiphopinfinity.com or

www.ugsmag.com. We also have our own site at

www.ifo.cjb.net but I don’t know if the audio works.



Have you ever rocked events, if so, what was your

favorite event you rocked?

**We haven’t done any shows yet for a few reasons:

a)We didn’t promote ourselves hardly at all around

here. b)We like Landing Site, but we’re not in the

same mind state right now that we were back then when

we made it. So we really do want to rock those songs.

c) We can’t rock most of the songs on Previoulsy

because they are jacked beats. That’s why we are

anticipating our next one so much because we are

giving it our all on it, and it’s all coming from us.



How long have you been rhyming? How do you see hip

hop, and you? Do you see Hip Hop as a religion, art, culture, a career, job, or just a hobby?

**I’ve been rhyming for 5 years, give or take a year,

I didn’t pay attention, but only seriously for like 3

and a half. But I was writing a few years before that.

I don’t know how I see hiphop or how to see hiphop.

You have kids who say you have to wear baggy jeans and

a backpack. Some kids HAVE to be hiphop, and you can

tell, and some try too hard. I know some kids out here

who are widley known, that try too hard, that I want

to run over, but I don’t want to give names yet. So

many people claim to be hiphop and some are just

morons. Plus hiphop seems to be a product nowadays,

that people market and sell. I basically say I do

hiphop music and just worry about being Bermuda

Triangle that wears what he wants, and talks like he

wants to.



Do you have any hip hop quotables that you live by?

Any song lyrics ever touched you?

**I can’t think of any really, most, not all, of the

stuff I listen to has any real meaning, or I haven’t

picked it up yet. I have the strongest reaction to

basically incredible punchlines and delivery. Like

when i first heard Ikon’s verse in 5 perfect

Exertions, I damn near shit in my pants. Same thing

when I heard Madchild in Strength.



How did your project, Experi-Mental turn out? Tell us

about the project.

**PANIC’s QUESTION**



Tell us about The Landing Sight, and what fans can

expect to get out of it.

**Landing Site was our first release as a group back

in early ’98. It was just supposed to be a single

collaboration with Wepon, PANIC back then, but the

chemistry was there so we formed the group and did a

whole album. TomK was our producer, same guy who did

Experi-Mental. People can expect uncut diamonds on

that album. It was my first project so I had my rookie

mistakes, Wepon came tight. We got pretty good

feedback from that album. It has topics and beats you

wouldn’t expect on it. But our new stuff has a sort of

different feeling because we started discovering the

underground after we made that, which is why it has

been so long since we released anything.



What is the concept behind Landing Sight, and how

would you describe most of the music featured on this album?

**Landing Site meant that IFO landed, we are here now.

Kinda like invasions of the body snatchers. We came to

do damage. Those songs are meant to provoke fear for

the most part,except for BITCH, which was done for a

girl, which I regret. But on the new album I have

redone that song and made it BITCH the redemption

version. Much better. The music is dark and hard for

the most part, talking about the kind of hiphop we

hate, people we hate, ripping off bosy parts,

molecules, etc.



Did the album exceed or drop below your expectations?

**Back then we were rookies, we thought we were the

shit, we thought we were going to get signed and all

of that stuff. But I think we did really well. It

didn’t drop below my expectations at all.



Where can fans purchase a copy of the album online? Or

can they? I know we’ve been trying to get a copy of this album, where can we get, and fans get a hook up?

**There are two sites to get the album:

www.hiphopinfinity.com and www.ugsmag.com, they might

have some left. IFO is different, we don’t care about

making money, we just want people to hear what we feel

is our best, so we stopped distributing and selling

Landing Site. For now we will be selling Previously

until Return of the JedIFO comes out. I can send you

Landing Site cause we have a good rapport.



How has HipHopInfinity helped IFO bring their music to

fans all across the globe. We noticed you were featured on a compilation project they did, how did that turn out?

And where can fans pick up the compilation?

**We have been with Hiphop Infinity since near the

beginning. Wepon had his Experi-Mental up there when

it was Jay Seagraves.com or something like that. We

like them. We don’t like too many people. They got us

started as far as exposure. Most of our exposure is

from the net. I’m not sure how that compilation sold,

but it had some pretty good tracks on it. I don’t know

but I think Hiphop Infinity still has the compilation,

it’s calle Music From the C-Horizon.



This question is for Bermuda, tell us about Norman

Bates, Davinci , and KIP.

**Those three guys are all me. They each represent

part of the human personality make-up according to

Sigmund Freud, the id, ego, and super ego. The id is

our animal instinct that strives on sex and violence.

Some poeple control it better than others, but it’s

what draws us to porn and Ultimate Fighting

Championships. That’s Norman Bates. The ego is more or

less our physical self or being, the person. This is

Davinci. Last is the super ego, this is almost like

our conscience, it guides the ego. If our ego is a

horse the super ego is the guy on riding it telling it

where to go. That’s KIP, which stands for knowledge is

power. My primary intentions were to have one person

on a song at a time, but as i was writing, it was hard

because I can’t be one at a time, it was a mixture of

all, different combinations at different times, but

always a mixture, so I decided rather than go by the

three different names I’ll just fuse them and become

the Bermuda Triangle. And it’s been that way ever

since.



Tell us about your website? Where is it? What does it

offer fans?

**Our website is www.ifo.cjb.net, I wanto to get a

.com address cause spaceports.com puts too many

banners on my shit slowing it down. But it offers some

exlcusive stuff, that’s where we got our material for

previously unreleased shit. I am trying to get people

that I know some space and exposure on there too. You

can usually get our latest news but i haven’t updated

it since there is nothing to update for now. Plus it

offers links to where you can get our stuff. Which

reminds me i still have to put you guys up there. I

want to redo the look and add our reviews.



Are there any last words you would like to make?

**Return of the JedIFO will complete our Trilogy. If

we make another album depends on the reaction we get

on this one. Like I said I want to do a solo still.

But I will at least be making beats for other groups,

so anyone intersted can email me. enterld@yahoo.com

Just look for the album. Give feedback. Make music for

yourself, if people like it, good, if not, make

another cd. Last but not least, Christina Aguilera is

a bitch, but I’d bang her hard.



Do you have any shot outs you would like make?

Shout outs to AMC and Foster for playing our shit at

WNUR, you can hear the show, thurs nights 11-2 chicago

time, at www.wnur.org. Also shouts to Hiphop Infinity,

Underground Sound Magazine(ugsmag.com), Redline, and

anyone else who supports IFO. Peace.



Interview By DaHipHopPlace.Com

Jeff Spec

What are your views on Hip Hop? How does it look through your eyes?

That’s a pretty broad question – basically, I love hip hop like I always have. I’m not one of these guys who needs to save it or ‘take it back where it belongs’… I’m feelin a lot of the stuff that’s coming out on the major label level these days more than I was a few years ago, and as much as I was a few more years before that. I’m pretty open to anything, to me it’s all about are your rhymes on point and is your production tight.



When you begin to forge lyrical gems, what techniques do you use? How do you get in the mood to swing with the microphone dynamics?

Wow, that’s a lot to live up to! … I usually just sit down with a beat, and try to have a chorus in mind. Mainly I’m an aesthetic type of guy, I’m more about the cool slang and well thought out rhyme patterns than the deep message or whatever, so I just try to use a style that’ll complement the beat like it was another instrument. I just use the feelings I’ve been having at any given time and pour that into what I’m trying to do. It’s nice if the music reaches people on an emotional level, cause that’s in there, but mainly I’m aiming for the heavy sound that’ll make you wanna move something, and trying to make the wording sparse enough that you can really get it, but dense enough that it’s still impressive.



What’s the science behind your name? Or Is there any?

I won’t call it science … it was basically back when I was called Intellect, and me and some of the crew came up with real name type of names for ourselves (first there was Moke with Ron Contour, and Bird with Drake Mason) … I came up with Jeff Spec, and I felt that Intellect was too dictionary, and it put a burden on me to maintain a certain persona. My name now just leaves whatever open, and it’s a good conversation piece.



What inspired you to become a hip hop artist?



Other hip hop, plain and simple. I started writing in like ’89 , ’90, so it was things like Special Ed, Rakim, Public Enemy, etc. Before I could really buy albums I had those Rapmasters tapes with various artists, as well as like ‘Rap the Beat’ , ‘Def Rap’, ‘Hot Rap’, etc. Then the whole ’92 , ’93 era was real inspirational to me as an already developing MC, cause people really started expanding on their styles even more at that point. As far as production, it was rapping that inspired me, I just wanted to be able to provide myself with the type of backdrop I might be checkin for at any given time.



What other hip hop artists or groups do you listen to?

You’d have a tough time finding an artist that I didn’t like something about … but some of my favorites, that I look to for inspiration are Pharoahe Monche, Gang Starr, OC, Jay Z, AZ, Nas, Common, Special Ed, Masta Ace, Rakim, Hiero, MF Doom, Freestyle Fellowship, and the list goes on. Ofcourse people I crew with make that shit I like to listen to as well, you know, Ishkan, Moka Only, Sichuan, Sweet G, Bird Apres, etc.



How would you describe your music?

Aggressive, electrifying, breathtaking … I don’t know, there’s a lot to any type of music, but I would say to make it brief, that I make hip hop music for fans of hip hop music.



How would you describe yourself?

I’m a face value type of guy, what you see is what you get. I don’t try to post on anybody or act this or that role, and I like to talk to people like I know them already when I meet them.



What are your immediate future musical plans? And what are your long term goals in regards to your music?

Right now, I’m just looking forward to Dark City, the new album, being available on the shelves, so I’m doing everything to promote it – people can check for a Jeff Spec show in their city in the near future. Of course the ultimate goal is to make records that go down in history, and to be a household name as far as rap goes.



Out of the songs you’ve created, what is your personal favorite, and why?

I wouldn’t say I have one favorite, but one I’m really feelin is the title cut from the new album, “Dark City” … I think the rhymes are really well thought out, the hook is catchy, and the beat is real hard and dark sounding. Also, “Bounce Bitch” is a favorite because of basically the same reasons, although the beat is a little more edgy than dark …



Where can fans listen to some of your music?

http://www.mp3.com/jeffspec



or www.iuma.com (search Jeff Spec)



What online resources have been a help in getting your album out there, and lending their promotional support to your project?

Well, doing interviews like this has definitely been helpful, just politicking with everyone involved in the hip hop website side of things. Also, I have an artist page at www.daybydayent.com that lets fans know the whole bio and info on me. And, last but not least the two aforementioned mp3 sites always let people check out any new music I want to make available.



Tell us about your involvement with Legendary Entertainment which, correct me if I’m wrong, you released these fine albums under; The Regular, Rappetite, Its Simple, Thousand Sense, and Fort Knock.

You got all of those right – but the only one initially released on Legendary was ‘The Regular’ – the rest are all re-releases. The deal is basically me and the rest of the Planners used to slang our own tapes and cd’s, duplicated at home. The demand got to a point where we could no longer fill all of our orders, and at about that time Chris from Legendary came to us with the proposal to do this thing that’s happening now. It was just really good timing, and it’s convenient for us to be like “go to www.thecatacombz.com and order that” instead of trying to duplicate it all alone.



Anything you’d like to share about those albums? Favorite one, songs fans should pay close attention to? Where they can listen to audio, purchase them, etc?

My favorite is always the most recent, so I’d have to go with The Regular, and from that my favorite joints are “Who I Am” and “Spec the Architect” … Some other cool tracks are “Jeff’s House” off of Fort Knock, “International Slicer” from It’s Simple, “Why Don’tcha” from Rappetite, and “Hourglass Grains” from Thousand Sense.



Tell us about The Thing With Two Heads, that you released with Sichuan. How was it working with Sichuan?

Well, working with Sichuan is always cool, he’s my room mate, so it’s not like it was a super unique experience as far as regular recording goes. Sichuan has been doing production for and with me for the past few years now, and I think we (City Planners) all really think of him as the man as far as production goes. He’s really well respected in Vancouver and way beyond for that. But the Thing With Two Heads is a mixtape, it’s basically Sichuan mixing together some classic beats and breaks, soul, funk, jazz, rock, whatever onto a 60 minute mix CD – he’s really good on the wheels too. My name is on it because we set it up like a radio show, so I’m hosting, and the majority of the records used were mine too.



What other artists do you frequently work with? How have your experiences been working with others?

Alright, the official membership of City Planner, the crew I’m in, is myself, Ishkan, Sichuan, Moka Only, and Sweet G – these are really the only people I work with on a regular basis, aside of Bird Apres, who is a good friend of all of ours. As far as working with people I don’t kick it with all the time, I feel it’s kinda pointless because there’s less common ground to meet on. There are exceptions, though, if me and somebody else are feelin each other’s stuff I’m always open to put something down, it just depends on how the individual sounds mesh together.



Tell us about your recent album release through Day By Day Entertainment. Facts, and information you think fans need to know.

The album is called Dark City, and it’ll be available within March – it got pushed back a little, but that’s all normal, it happens to basically any album nowadays. This album was just finished in time for 2002, and it has a kind of wintery sound to it, but I still feel it’s something you can bump for any season. This is definitely my best work to date, I think on every end it has more appeal to any kind of listener, and anybody should be able to get something out of it.



Special tracks featured on the album that fans should pay close attention to?

I mentioned a couple of tracks already, some others I’m feelin are “Rock Off”, “Something Tells Me”, “Set Up Shop” part 2, and “Takin Things Over”.



Where can fans read some reviews, or listen to some audio off the album, or purchase the album?

Some interviews are at:



www.urbansmarts.com



www.ugsmag.com



www.thickonline.com



www.thecyberkrib.com



the last two are video and audio, respectively – they’ll be up shortly. I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but if you search around you can find all that.



Do you have any shout outs you would like to make?

Just one last mention of City Planners – Check for us.



Interview by DaHipHopPlace.Com



J-Zone: All About the Cadillac

This question may not apply to you, but it’s something that I am interested in, so what the hell. Which do/will you own and why, PS2, GameCube, or Xbox? Or do video games not mean anything to you?



Man, fuck video games. I’m saving for a Cadillac. Besides, I’m mad they got rid of Atari 2600. You’d beat the first board and the game was over. That’s all I have patience for.



I’ve read where you said you only rhyme when you have something to talk about, do you mean personal experiences or just concepts that you created?



Both. I feel if I’m not entertaining you, or at least entertaining myself, then I shouldn’t rap. Rapping about hip hop (WACK MC’S, ETC.), rapping about freestyle ciphers…I’ve come to hate that. That’s like Stephen King writing a book about writing books.



And to go a little further into that question, do you enjoy performing at shows, or is that just the way to bring the money in?





Funny you say that, cause I have a show tomorrow, and I’m a little skeptical about it. I get up and have fun, and bug out. I do a lot of skits and antics, come on stage with girls escorting me…funny shit. But most crowds we rock for, like that typical “How many real hip hop heads we got here tonight, say Hoooo.” Booo. That’s boring. Sometimes it winds up being just for the money, cause people are lame ass backpackers that want the same old stiff shit. I don’t like being around a lot of people either, but I try to leave that on the backburner for 40 minutes and give a fun show.





Whether you enjoy them or they just bring you money, you do shows. What is the best venue, city, and/or crowd type to perform for?





Overseas! The UK, Australia…I loved those shows. They don’t get them as often as Americans, so they’re not spoiled and they appreciate it. They dig the humor, too. Plus, everybody in the U.S. is a fucking rapper, so they don’t come to your shows as fans, they come to battle you and stand there with their arms folded. Fuck analyzing my rhymes, just enjoy the vibe.





We’re in a time where most MC’s try to paint themselves as almost “superhuman.” You tend to paint yourself as a regular guy with a lot of problems. Is it a conscious effort to appear as just a regular guy, or do you think that makes for the funniest subject matter?



I rap for Joe Blow, just everyday shit. I don’t make records for just B-boys and Hip-hoppers. Those cats will relate to me, but it’s not just for them. I don’t care if you like U2, Juvenile, Kid Rock or Grand Puba, you’ll find something on my album to relate to.



What do you want to say to all those people with downloaded versions of Pimp’s Don’t Pay Taxes, or even your first 2 albums? It seems worse for artists who do a lot of selling over the Net. Because you have the jackasses who would have downloaded it in the first place, and then you have the people downloading it because they don’t want to pay shipping costs.





If you downloaded 2 songs, I don’t really care. But some kids download the whole album and that’s cheating me. Some cats might not be able to afford it, but some kids do it just because they’re too lazy to order it online. Just realize that I press the CD’s with my own money, so you’re cheating me, not some dude with a suit in Beverly Hills. When you buy my CD, you’re making a direct contribution to my Cadillac!!





Do you think some people take hip hop a little too seriously? You got some kids who would defend break-dancing to the death, even though they’ve probably never seen it done before. Are there too many expectations of what makes someone “hip hop”?





Oh hell yeah. Hip hop is whatever you want it to be. Ok, it started as rapping, graffiti, DJ’ing and breakdancing. But I don’t do graffiti and I’ll be damned if I do a fucking headspin to prove I’m “down”. Kiss my ass. I was a 6 year old kid playing Donkey Kong on Atari when “Planet Rock” came out. I respect the Pioneers, but I didn’t fully get into rap until 1988, and I don’t know shit about Park jams. So I just do what I know. Then some backpacker was born in 1984 and is gonna tell me about that shit?! Blow me!





Would you ever consider doing an exclusive instrumentals LP? Meaning all original instrumentals created for it, not just a collection of your best.



I’m doing one now. Gotta get that Cadillac man. Mo music, Mo Money.



What exactly is the beat-making process like for you? Can you bang out 10 in a day, or is it the complete opposite?





The opposite. I got a beat tape with 6 beats on it. I’m always working on albums, which sucks up a lot of beats. I also try to do a complete beat with changes and bridges, cause one beat all the way through gets boring. Plus, I’m real critical of all my stuff. The beat can be catchy, but if it doesn’t sound really Ill, I’ll trash it. I’ll make a beat a week, and at the end of the Month I’ll trash 2 of them, leaving me with 2 beats a month, so I work hella slow.





Is it true that you’re going to be doing some production on Cage’s upcoming LP? And why don’t we see J-Zone making beats for more people, if not by your choice?



Yup, I got a joint on Cage’s LP. I don’t know, I get a lot of critical acclaim as a Producer, but nobody reaches out. I guess it’s because I haven’t had that huge hit yet, and I heard people say my shit is hard to rap to, but they love my records? Go figure. My beats are well liked, but are an acquired taste I guess.



Are you working on anything new right now, or is there anything that we can expect you to be working on soon?



Right now I’m focused on my Old Maid Billionaires Camp(Huggy and Al-Shid). They held it down for my 3 albums, now it’s time for them to shine solo. Check for the EP I’m producing for Huggy. We have 6 songs done, and you’ll see a 12″ in a few months. I have stuff for Al-Shid too. I have a joint coming from Captain Backslap(my alter-ego) called “Country-Check Pimpin”. Actually, it’s the B-side of “Q & A”, the next single. Captain Backslap is funny, but real ignorant. Haha. I did beats for Cage and High & Mighty as well. Just trying to produce for other people, build my label and drop a verse here and there, but I’m done with J-Zone albums. I said what I wanted to say as J-Zone, it’s time to move on.



Why don’t you tell the readers why they should support J-Zone, and any other final words or comments you may have.



Buy the albums, so I can buy my Cadillac and retire at 25 some place Sunny, BEEEEYATCH!!





Thanks for taking the time to answer some bad questions. The LP is one of the best of the year, and we can really respect the amount of hard work you put into it.



No problem, much appreciated.



interviewed by Andy & Joel

RhymeLife.Com





Kameil Madison

Is Kameil Madison your real name? If so, how come you

went with your real name as oppose to an ever so

popular nickname, and, or alias?



No, Kameil Madison isn’t my real name! It isn’t my

real name, but it’s kind of more personal oppose to

just a one word name or symbol! It’s kind of Charlie

Baltimore or Missy Elliott.



What inspired you to become a hip hop artist?



I used to sing, but I realized that singing wasn’t a

true talent of mine. I wanted to do something else in

the music industry and I didn’t want it to be behind

the scenes, so I figured rapping would be good!



What other hip hop groups do you listen to?



I listen to artists like Cha Cha, Lil’ Kim, Rasheeda,

Ludacris, Olivia, Angie Martinez, Missy Elliott, and

many others!



How would you describe your music?



To me, my music is original. I have my own style, but

it’s still in the mainstream arena.



How would you describe yourself?



I’m a very laid back person. I’m not all into

everything. I kind of sit back, watch, listen, and

write.



What are your future musical plans?



I plan to do some big things with my producer, DX The

Flex. We definitely intend to hit the industry hard.

My rhymes and his hot tracks, we’re definitely going

to do some big things.



Out of the songs you’ve created, what is your personal

favorite, and why?



My favorite track would have to be “Dear Mommy”, which

is definitely a dedication to my mom. My mom is my

best friend and I love her more than anything or

anyone in the world.



Tell us about your track, Shorty Let Me Be. What do

you think fans will get out of it? In your

own words what’s it about?



Shorty Let Me Be is just kind of like a new anthem for

all of us females. No hating intended for on the

guys, but it’s just how some guys can get from a

females point of view. The song is about a female,

who would just like to party at the club one

particular night without a certain kind of guy hangin’

on to her!



Where can fans listen to some of your music?



Fans can listen to “Shorty Let Me Be” at:

www.mp3.com/kameilmadison. They can also go to my

site at: kameil.houseoftreez.com or

www.houseoftreez.com.



Has mp3.com been a good resource for you to get your

music out there?



Mp3.com has been a very good resource!



Are there any other online resources out there that

you’ve found to be useful?



Well, this site of course! This site is hot for

unsigned and independent artists.



Do you have an album? Or label? If so, tell us more,

and if not, are they in the works?



My producer, DX The Flex is starting “House Of Treez

Entertainment” so that is definitely where I’m holding

it down. Representin’ with DX to the fullest! And

yes, my album will be done soon! It will be ready

around July or August!



How long have you been rhyming? How do you see hip

hop, and you? Do you see Hip Hop as a religion, art,

culture, a career, job, or just a hobby?



I’ve been rhyming for about 4 years, but I’m just now

in the mainstream league. I see hip hop and I as one.

This is my life! I see hip hop as everything

depending on the time!



Do you have any hip hop quotables that you live by?

Any song lyrics ever touched you?



It’s A Chic’s World!



Cha Cha says it all in just that line. We have what

every man wants, so why get played, when we can play.

Step up and be a Bad A** Broad!



Do you have any last words you would like to make?



I just want to thank DX and let him know that he is

the hottest producer on the planet. We’re going to

ride this game until the end because it’s our time to

shine. I want to also thank everyone who’s been

e-mailing me about my music. You’re all very

important to the process of starting my career. The

e-mails are very helpful and sweet! So, Thank you!



Do you have any shot outs you would like to make? Any

other artists, friends, or family you

would like to mention who have given you support?



I definitely have to give a shout out to my mom. I

love you and thank you so much. Thank you to DX again.

It’s getting ready to happen!



Interview By DaHipHopPlace.Com





Logic

What’s the science behind your name? Or Is there

any?

— actually there is no real history or anything

behind it. the name was kinda just tossed around for

awhile, and then next thing you know it stuck



What do you think of Mainstream Hip Hop?

— I have no

problems with the mainstream at all, there is plenty

of room for them to do their thing, i mean, just as

long as there’s still room for me to do mine, its

gonna be cool. shit, if the mainstream wasn’t around,

what would the underground frown upon.



How was your upbringing?

— I had a basically normal

childhood, which was regulated by reading comics and

skateboarding.



What inspired you to become a hip hop artist?

— i

think it was the freedom to say whatever the fuck you

wanted to. I mean hiphop has so many different sounds

and styles that can be worked it. Its not a confining

genre of music



What other hip hop groups do you listen to?

— im

really feeling stuff like Aesop Rock and Josh

Martinez, i also love shit like bjork and radiohead.



How would you describe your music?

— well, its funny

cuz its hard to say, i got shit like the stuff on

‘slamfactor’ which is more your raw type of hip hop.

and then i got shit like my solo ep, ‘internal’ which

is more experimental and sample heavy. so its hard to

describe it as a whole.



How would you describe yourself?

— i would say im just

a normal kid that has an odd obsession with music.



What are your future musical plans?

— well right now

i am currently working on a new solo album, all the

production will be done by myself,and will feature a

few other artists that ive done music with.



Out of the songs you’ve created, what is your

personal favorite, and why?

— thats a hard one to

answer, im not normally happy with the stuff i make

after its released, because by the time it comes out,

ive already moved on to do something else thats three

times better. but if i had to choose anything, i think

that a song called “amends” off ‘internal’ is one my

favorite tracks ive done, just because it deals with

an important period in my life and truly expresses

what i was feeling at that moment of time.



Where can fans listen to some of your music?

— Of

course you can check my music from ‘Slamfactor’ on

DJSWINDLE.com, on this dope ass virtual turntable

thing they got goin on that site. you can also check

my ep, ‘internal’ on hiphopinfinity.com, and my seven

inch ‘lust for the stars’ on sandboxautomatic.com.



Have you ever rocked events, if so, what was your

favorite event you rocked?

— i think that this huge

RobOne benefit show that this store Below the Surface

threw a while back was the dopest show ive been a part

of. It was just dope on the strength that a lot of

good artists were apart of it like, anticon, kanser,

evs, westcoast workforce, and a bunch of other acts

performed as well. And plus it had a really good vibe

about it



Have you ever found Jesus?– i was born a catholic,

but that sort of fell threw when i got in high school.



How long have you been rhyming? How do you see hip

hop, and you? Do you see Hip Hop as a religion, art, culture, a career, job, or just a hobby?–i’ve been rhyming for about two

years now, and to me its just been a creative outlet

that seems to be coming a bit natural for me. hip hop

is dope because you can do so many things with it. hip

hop as a music is limitless. i mean, just look at the

diversity within all the groups that are out there.



Do you have any hip hop quotables that you live by?

Any song lyrics ever touched you?– hmmm…. words to live by…..not

really anything specific, ive heard a lot of good

songs and its close to impossible to pick just one.



Can you tell us more about your track “vs”?–“vs” was

an incredible concept that swindle had and approached

me with. i knew that in order for the song to work,

the interation with me and the beat had to be

seemless. we worked long and hard to make it seem like

a somewhat fluid arguement. i mean… i think it

worked, swindle is the king of production techniques.



What is your favorite track featured on

“SlamFactor”? And Why?– i think that it would have

to be “obstacle course”, because it is one of those

songs where there listener dosent really have to

interpret or anylize anything, they can just sit down

and listen to the story thats being told.



In your opinion what is the concept behind

“SlamFactor”? Or is there one? Please feel free to single out, and mention individual songs.– actually there was a concept

behind it. we wanted to create a raw hiphop album

which was cohesive and easy to get with. i wanted to

make some music that i normally wouldnt make on my

own, so i went in and did the album in a different

mind state. and i definately feel ‘slamfactor’ has its

own destict mood to it.



Some of the tracks on “SlamFactor” are aggressive,

do they parallel your personal character traits? Do you put a piece of you in each song you create? — its funny, cuz im not an aggressive person at heart but for some reason i do a lot of

aggressive tracks, its probably cuz rap is the only

true form of therapy i got goin for myself.- i always

put a piece of myself in every song, some more than

others, but i always try to give it all i got.



Tell us more about Swindle Entertainment? Are you

happy with your label, and do you see yourself with them for the long run?–Swindle Entertainment is a budding hip hop label

thats doin it all, they got clothing, music, movies,

and even brooklyn’s finest, “peanut chews”. I am

actually not on the label, swindle approached me to do

this project,”slamfactor”, and it was a chance for me

to go out and try something new for myself, so i had

no problem agreeing. as for the future, i think that

the label will grow into something huge. their

upcoming releases will prove that they only specialize

in dope music.



Do you have any player haters? Or any words you would like to make to player haters who frown on your music? Or is there any?-

not really, i try not to get into the politics involved in hip hop. i dont think that politics help this music move foward.



As an independent artist, how do you find the music

industry? What resources online have lent their support to you, and your music?– the music industry is an odd place,

everybody has an opinion about something, and for an

artist to survive you truly got to stick with the art

and not let the critisism get to you. the industry

weeds out egos like there is no tommorrow.–in terms

of online resources, of course you guys have been a

huge support, im truly grateful. Also

hiphopinfinty.com has helped out a lot, along with

belowsurface.com and truehiphop.com. i think dot coms

rule.



DJ Swindle definitely added a lot of flavor to “SlamFactor”, any special props you would like to give him? Or would you like to comment on your working relationship? Do you have any shot outs you would like make?–DJ Swindle is a fucking production

genious that guy is an amazing producer. He’s one of

the few people that sees music visually and because of

that he can pretty much achieve anything he wants to

do. that to me is dope. He’s also a very easy producer

to work with, he doesn’t have that idea of “this is my

beat and im not changing it for no one”, he has a very

open mind towards the input of the emcee, and thats

hard to come by.– much respect to everyone ive worked

with, and thanks for the love and support people have

shown me.



Interview By DaHipHopPlace.Com