Life is good at the moment,got my album droppin in April on Early Spotter Records
Can you give
everyone a brief 101 as to who you are?
I'm one of the new faces of hip hop. The general public probably hears that
a lot but i'm just trying to do my thing and make an impact in hip hop, especially
from the Brooklyn and New York side of things, We need to swing things back
How would you
describe your style?
I wouldn't even say I have any 1 style. It just is what it is depending what
mood i'm in. People act different in different moods and I apply that to my
rhymes. They don't always sound the same cause I'm not always in the same mood.
What music did
you grow up listening to?
Early on it was Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, lot of Juice Crew stuff and people
like Mc Lyte and Naughty By Nature. Later on it became Mobb Deep, Nas and alot
of that Queensbridge sound.
have you put out on your own?
I dropped an ep entitled the other half on cd probably around 4 years ago, a
cd called 7 deadly sins the year after, calm before the storm in 2003 and most
recently limited edition last summer.
Can you talk
about the Shades of Reality project?
It should be out in April of this year and it's something me and my partner
Vanderslice have been workin on for a minute in different forms. It manifested
over times into what it is now but we always had one main goal of getting it
out to the people the way it needed to presented.
What was it
like getting down with 7L?
It was cool, I used to dj before i got into rhyming so I own a lot of the 7L
& Esoteric records from when they were first on Brick so I always liked
his sound. My label hooked it up though with 7L and that's how we got him to
contribute a beat for the Shades of Reality album and he sent a banger my way.
a lot of big production names on the album, how did you work that out?
Mostly through years of establishing relationships with people and from hook
ups by Vanderslice and Dj Next. Us three combined pulled together everything
we needed to do to make this whole situation possible.
What was it
like working with J-Zone?
Zone is amazing, his style is like no other when it comes to production and
the overall way he presents his music. He's a cool ass dude too, really funny,
down to earth guy which you don't always get from real successful people.
What made you
want to work with him?
I always wanted to rhyme over a J-Zone beat officially and figured when we set
everything in motion for this album, it was time to holla at him about working
with us on this project. To me, you can automatically associate his name with
quality when you see his production attached to someone's material.
What about Smiley
the Ghetto Child?
Smiley was a real chance meeting in Fat Beats one day. I just happened to get
a chance to speak to him one day and got his info and we made it happen from
there. He's a cool dude and I always liked his style from the days of the Group
Home album back in 95, so it was an ill feeling to get to work with him.
What's it like
working with El-P and Aesop Rock?
Great feeling working with both of them. On one hand you have El-P who built
something highly succesful with Def Jux out of Company Flow and on the other
you have Aesop, who's an amazing artist with his own unique style and tons of
fans. So it was an honor to get to be on a track with both of them on my man
What's the biggest
obstacles you've faced being independent?
That would probably have to be people not always taking you serious cause you're
not on a major label. A lot of people feel if you're not on a major or slinging
your own stuff hand to hand then it's not good. Also there's so many independent
artists out there, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle so you just gotta do
what it takes to do you and stand out.
would you consider signing with?
I don't know, I actually wanna stick where I'm at right now. It's been good
to me up to this point so there's no reason to leave, and also you don't always
get the creative freedom on a major you would get being independent.
What would a
perfect label have to have for you?
What my label has right now, Early Spotter, good head person behind your project,
support,opportunity and overall interest to see you do the best you can possibly
do and maximize your potential.
What DJ's have
supported you so far?
730 for sure, DJ Primetime, Ready Cee, alot of people I mostly know personally
have looked out for me.
have your worked with so far?
I worked with Vanderslice,Green Steez,Da Natural out of Toronto, Kayy out of
Australia, Aerz, J-Zone, 7L, Insight, Sesion 31,mostly alot of up and coming
ones who all have heat.
would you like to work with?
My man Scram Jones (holla at me man), Hi-tek, 9th, Dre, Primo, Havoc, Pete Rock,
Neptunes, anybody who got the beats really. Every producer has at least a few
What do you
look for in a beat?
I want the beat to speak to me and tell me what to write about when i'm listening
to it. I don't want to feel as if it's just good and i'm forcing the words I
put to it. I'd like to hear it and know right away what I want to do with it.
How do you know
when you've made a good song?
I won't criticize it as much as I usually do my stuff [laughs] and i'll let
my peoples hear it right away to see what they think,and i'll listen to it over
alot to get a feel for it.
There's a lot of biting in Hip Hop, as a new artist, how do you make sure
that you don't sound like anyone else?
Just stay true to your character and try not to just addapt to what everyone
else is doing at the moment.You have to be an individual and stick with who
you are on the inside and you'll be fine.
What do you
think is the best thing in Hip Hop today?
Opportunity to be heard
What about the
Too saturated with the same stuff and everything's a fad until it's played out
and the next new thing comes along.
How do you feel about the underground scene today?
Too many people trying to push garbage just cause they can. Not everybody with
a pc and a mic in their crib should rap cause they can and it waters down the
market and makes the good stuff harder to find.
people the name "Access Immortal," what do you want them to think?
Interesting name and i should go find out what he's all about. I think people
will like what they hear once they do though.
Vanderslice, Da Natural, DJ Next, DJ Primetime, Early Spotter,
PCF, Karniege, Oktober, Vast Aire, Stronghold, Everybody i'm cool with, everybody
i'm not, must be a reason why......peace