We're good. Everything's gravy.
Breaking Point" is finally finished. How does that feel?
It feels real good. We've been going at this game for awhile. We both
started at a young age. We've been doing it for years but we finally got
on the grind and got it finished.
the process of putting together "The Breaking Point"?
was long. What happened was that I ended up moving from Exeter, New Hampshire
to the Bronx to move in with Doug. We had a few beat-CD's from DC and
things just started coming together. We went back to Exeter to record.
It was a long process, but overall, it was pretty good.
We were down in New York living but we recorded a lot in New Hampshire
and Maine. We would get off work at night and record in Maine at night.
A lot of the album was done from 11pm to 6am. I think if you listen to
it, you can hear that vibe. It has a real nighttime tone to it.
hard staying on the same vibe when you guys were in different places?
Definitely. For us to connect to record and DC being in Maine, it could
be hard. Things just came together. We would plan out what we were going
to do, and when we came together, we made everything happen.
Granite State form?
I've known Bugout since we were young, like two or three years-old, when
I first moved to New Hampshire. We had fallen out in elementary school.
Later on, Statik Selektah brought us back together. He had his group and
I had my group. Since we both grew up listening to Hip Hop, we were on
the same page when we started rhyming together.
has Statik Selektah been to what's Granite State accomplished so far?
like the head of the Voltron. He holds everything together. It couldn't
have been done without him. The input that he puts in is so critical for
us. The rhymes that I write are so precise because he gets that out of
you. He's very critical. You can hear that. He keeps us grounded and who
he is in the industry is huge. The fact that his name is where it is has
helped us a lot. A lot of these cats are putting out mixtapes out every
month and they still haven't gotten the same recognition that we have.
He's a huge, strong force. He believes in what we do.
you inspiration for writing "Morning Paper"?
concept of that was that we were living in the Bronx and we didn't have
cable or anything, so we would just read the newspaper. It got to the
point where if we don't speak on politics and issues, then what are we
really saying. If you don't know what's going on today, then you're pretty
much oblivious. I know a lot of kids that listen to Hip Hop might not
be that informed about certain issues. I thought that we should bring
it to light.
We were telling DC the idea and he had a sample that went right along
with it. It was exactly what we were talking about. We took the sample
that he had found and we went back and started talking about all the problems
and how we couldn't just sit there on the side and let things just happen
to us. We're not a hugely political group, but we want to let people know
where we stand on things.
of beats did you want from DC and Statik for the album?
When we first started writing it, all of our beats had the same tone to
them, so we started looking for more and more beats that were outside
of that general tone. We just wanted something that sounded good and hit
hard, like the old '90's types of beats. We were trying to resurrect that
and bring it to a 2007-type of thing.
you think it's hard to be taken seriously coming from the North-Northeast?
not quite sure to think of it right now. The feedback has been kind of
minimal, but what we have heard has been good. I have a feeling that we're
going to get a lot of criticism for being from here, but the thing is,
a lot of people don't know where Exeter is, so we're explaining it to
them. It can be looked at as a disadvantage, but I look at it as an advantage
because some people don't know where New Hampshire is on a map. We don't
have a sound up here, so we're creating the sound for this entire area.
New York has a sound. Boston has a sound. We're creating our own sound.
That's why we called our group "Granite State." That has a metaphoric
Doug York different from Bugout and vice versa?
I think it's very night-and-day. I'm very laid-back. I'm the one that
plays the background. If you listen to the album, I have the more smooth
think I'm more of the wild one. You can hear that on the album. I'm more
aggressive and I like to get in the mix of things. We mesh perfectly with
our personalities, even in the way we live. I'll go out every night where
Doug will just stay in. It blends right because we have basic views that
go together and we can just smash things. Everyone's always thought we
went well together. You can even hear the differences in us in this interview.
We're different, but being opposites make it work.
Granite State bringing that the Hip Hop game needs right now?
We're bringing a balance to it. There is so much flaky music out there,
and I think that we're helping to bring that balance back. We're helping
to give kids and everyone else something to listen to. We don't talk about
the same thing everyone talks about. We don't talk about guns, drugs,
and hustling. Even though we've been in some situations that have been
like that, we don't feel the need to talk about it because there is so
much else going on in the world. No disrespect to anyone doing that, but
we don't want to go there.
think a lot of it is gimmicky-rap now. I think we have to get back to
that true essence of what it is. Being from the Granite State, we've been
in scenarios that everyone else has been in. The way we describe our world
is no different from what you would hear back in the day. It's reality
rap. It's something that everyone can relate to. Everyone has a one-night
stand and problems with girls. Everyone has problems growing up. That
was the tone of the album and we wanted to get into what everyone was
going through. Hip Hop can change the world, and we wanted to give kids
that fantasize to 50 Cent a break. They don't have to fantasize about
that anymore because they have something else to listen to.
next for Granite State?
We're going to get on the road and do as many shows as possible and let
people know about us. Not coming from a mixtape background, we have to
create our buzz with the album. We have to let everyone know that there
is a group called Granite State and we have a sound that is different
from what everyone else is listening to. Catch on to the movement.
you want to say to everyone?
is something new out there. Listen to us objectively. Keep an open ear
when you listen to the album and realize that everything we talk about
is reality. The beats will keep your head nodding. Stay focused because
we will be here for a very long time. We've been doing this forever and
we just got real serious about it. Kids should keep an eye on us because
we will be a good force to be reckoned with.
We're the fresh new breath. I want people to check it out and find something
new that they can get into.
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