off, I've been a fan of your music since "What You Live For," when
I downloaded that...How have you guys grown on this album as compared to your
We have definitely
grown since the past work, which is why it has been a while. We wanted to take
our time and put out a quality album. We are not afraid to make whatever we
feel sounds good even if it means that it is not straight ahead hip hop. That
is why on the album we have some soul, some bebop, and alternative Hip Hop sounds.
that doesn't know of Emanon, can you tell how you guys met?
We met through
a mutual friend. We were in the parking lot at a restaurant and Exile started
to beatbox. Aloe busted a freestyle. Exile needed an emcee for a mixtape and
Aloe was the right man for the job.
you two want to work together?
Exile had all the
equipment and Aloe was hungry to get some music recorded. We both respected
each other's skills and we still do. We are pleased that the talents we have
had stayed strong and continued to grow over the years. Exile is also really
funny and great to hang out with. He should be a comedian someday because he
always makes everybody laugh. Aloe is too serious to be a comedian, but he helps
keep everything in order on the business tip.
When did you
say, 'hey, this could actually work?'
We knew it worked
after the first mixtape "Stretch Marx", that's why we started working
on the second tape, "Imaginary Friends/Dream Sequence". We released
a 12" single which made EMANON official because that is where we let the
world know the name.
Your new album,
"The Waiting Room," has a good diversity of tracks, how would you
describe this album?
This album is a
classic hip hop album with a touch of elements from genres that have helped
to influence hip hop over the years. There are some dancehall elements, some
soul music, some jazz. We even stepped into folk music, which we believe hip
hop is. It helps to report the sentiments and views of the people during a specific
Why the title
"The Waiting Room?"
The title is named
after a song on the album which we believe is the epitome of the EMANON sound.
This song was written a few years back and has been the central force of the
album that we made.
What was your
inspiration for the track "The Waiting Room?"
is the chorus says " tomorrow's another day ". It signifies
how life is cyclical and how we all need to recognize that we are here in this
"waiting room" called earth, just waiting for the next day. While
we are all here in this waiting room, we need to make the most of it. One way
that EMANON spends our time is making music and sharing it with others in the
is a dope track, what place does politics have in Hip Hop?
We think politics
has a place in Hip Hop and every genre of music. It has a place in every aspect
of life because as individuals responsible for ourselves and for those we love,
we need to discuss the things that affect us. Of course this is just a song,
but we present it with the hope that it will influence conversation. At least
with discussion of politics we can work toward a better informed population.
should talk about politics in their music?
Any artist that
feels like talking about politics should introduce the topic in their music.
It should never be a requisite for any artist. Art and politics are different
things and can serve different purposes. However, it wouldn't make sense for
an uninformed artist to present political topics in an attempt to influence
opinion because it could possibly mislead other uninformed people who value
the artists work.
Exile, you have
some crazy beats on here, what do you use?
What's the first
thing you do when you make a beat?
What sound do
you want all your beats to have?
Fresh hip hop appeal
that makes your head nod or soothing and funky to make you hum the melody all
Aloe, what kind
of beats do you look for?
I look for beats
that have a story for me to tell and that have a musical sound for the most
If you could
use 3 words to describe "The Waiting Room," what would they be?
Classic Hip Hop
album or do you mean three adjectives that don't make a complete sentence?
Fun, memorable, mature.
So what's the
next move for Emanon?
Another album for
sure. A lot of touring and some solo projects. Exile is working on a solo project
with Sound In Color and Aloe Blacc is finishing a solo album on Stones Throw.