is Amplafire entertaining, he's also got a lot of dope ideas and is putting
them to use with his new DVD series BARS (Beats and Rhymes for the Streets).
good. I've been grinding on this B.A.R.S. DVD.
the BARS DVD doing for you so far?
good. I'm just working on getting it out there more and promoting it right
a CD of Amplafire music with the DVD. Why did you want to release both
in one package?
I just wanted
to give the people both. I grabbed my camcorder and recorded a bunch of
artists and producers. We're focusing on the up-and-coming artists and
producers. I also had a lot of material I wanted to release. I've done
songs with Joe Budden and the Clipse and I wanted to get those out there
it working with Joe Budden?
I don't know
Joe Budden but I have a friend, DJ Teck Wone. He plugged me in and we
made that happen. The dude who does my art, Shomi, works with the Clipse
and he plugged me in with them. It was cool.
a lot of people don't take you seriously until you have collaborations.
frustrating. People only listen for the other artists. Sometimes they
don't even listen for your part. It's hard. You have to figure out if
you want the major artists on your tracks because it definitely affects
how people listen to you.
you do to make your DVD stand out?
I went and
bought the Canon XL2. It wasn't hard, but I had to get all the right equipment.
This is all for unsigned artists. Nobody's doing DVD's for unsigned artists.
I wanted to get underground artists exposure, just like hip hop game does.
your motivation for that. It can't be the money
Hip-hop is in jeopardy. I'm trying to show everybody that New York still
has lyrics and we're still here.
the most memorable experience you had during the filming?
in front of Joe's Pub, recording Poison Pen, Pumpkinhead, Bad Seed, Blitz
and Session right before they went to tear the stage down.
the hardest part about getting your material out there?
part is getting it to the right people. People out in the street love
the music and DVD. Online, people love the music. It's just hard getting
the music to the DJ's and labels. I don't have a straight line of access
to all of them. The response that I get is lovely but I have to get it
to the big dogs.
your goals right now?
is cool, but you're also limited with your independence. You can really
get your music out there with good distribution with a major.
your next project?
I'm not working
on any music right now. I'm getting ready to record the next DVD. It's
easier for me to get exposure with the DVD so I'm going to go full-blast
with that and put the music to the side for now. The next one is going
to follow the same format. I'm going to have all unsigned artists. There's
a lot of talent out there. I'm trying to get that talent some exposure.
It's going to be the same model. We're giving everybody a chance. You're
not going to see the same people on every DVD.
Pen wanted me to ask you about your history as a battle MC.
I was never
really a battle rapper. I never really battled before. (laughs) I was
in a HookT battle with someone years ago and I just wasn't feeling my
verse so I walked away. That's just not for me. I respect the people who
do battle though.
are you looking for on the DVD?
time around, we were filming everybody. We're going to be more selective
see yourself in competition with the Smack and All Access DVD's?
with my own lane. All the other DVD's cater to the signed artists.
the next DVD dropping?
it right now. It'll hopefully be out by the end of October.
you want to say to everybody?
MC's, Producers and Models, holler at me if you want to be on the next
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