you talk about what the Hip Hop scene was like growing
up in Wilson, North Carolina?
The hip-hop scene
in Wilson, believe or not, was just like Common describe it in “I used
to love H.E.R.”. I remember a lot of days whenever I walked to the corner
store. I would see graffiti everywhere, on store walls, trains, even on the
sidewalk pavement. There was always someone outside with the huge boom box bumping
Whodini or Cool J. I had a cousin who used to break dance everyday after school
and girls would throw him money. We used to have this club called “The
Orange Crush” where all the emcees would go and battle every weekend.
I was too young to go then but this is where the deejays and emcees brought
it to each other every week. There were a few dope emcees in Wilson during those
times but only two really standout, this cat named M-Survive and this other
cat named Iyatollah. They were like the Jay-Z and Nas of the late 80’s
as well as my influences.
your Grandmother influence your music?
Up until last year, I was blessed with the honor of having two living grandmothers.
They both influenced my writing in a special way. The grandmother that passed
was actually a songwriter. I used to watch her write gospel songs at the kitchen
table every night I lived with her. I thought it was something that she did
as a pastime but ironically, during her funeral, I found out that she had actually
cut a “45” record in her lifetime. That’s why I feel like
I have a certain responsibility to further her unfinished dream. My other grandmother,
who still lives, instilled all of the spiritual values in me that you will hear
in a lot of my music.
you start rapping and what made you start?
I started rhyming
at age 12. The first two albums I ever purchased were “The Greatest Entertainer”
by Doug E. Fresh and “Long Live The Kane” by Big Daddy Kane. These
albums made me want to rhyme. There was this local crew in my hometown called
“Black Radio”. They recorded an entire demo over the “DJ Mark
The 45 King” instrumental album. When I heard this I knew that this was
what I wanted to do.
up with L.E.G.A.C.Y and then 9th Wonder, both of the Justus League, how did
that come about and what happened?
Wow...To sum it
up. I knew Leg for a few years before he inducted into the JL. We used to run
in the same crew. When the crew fell out due to bullshit management and etc,
we still kept in contact. When he joined the league, he introduced me to 9th
Wonder. 9th gave me tips and lessons on my beat making tactics and he blessed
me with a few tracks as well. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for
L.E.G., I would’ve given this up a long time ago. His progress pushed
opened up for a lot of acts, whats your most memorable performance?
Opening up for
the Lost Boyz was the most memorable. It was my first major show. It was the
first time I heard my voice and my tracks come through the speakers the correct
way. It also marked the first time I witness how people attitudes switch once
they suspect that you might have a chance at being successful.
released a 12", what's good with that?
Yeah, got a 12”
entitled Da Instigator produced by Nick da 1da. This will be the first single
from “The Definition” compilation by Neblina Records. I’m
on side A. On side B- “The Rebirth” by Chapter 13 and “Dreams”
by Medinah General and DJ Resident.
Neblina Records come about?
Ricardo, one of
the label’s partners, hit me up one day and asked to use the song for
a compilation. Me being game for any type of promotion, I agreed. I never thought
in a million years that they would use it for the lead single. Plus, it’s
not my usual format of songwriting but I still appreciate the recognition. Neblina
is a young label that has a lot of grind, ambition, and brains behind them.
If they put the same amount of energy in every release like they promoted this
12”, they are going to do well in the future no doubt.
What's your next move?
Next move is to
feed off of the benefits of having a 12” on the scene. Fellow NC artist,
Kaze and I recorded a track with Nature (Queensbridge) called “Move Ova”.
The 12” for that is also coming soon. Next, release my project entitled
“Memoirs of A Premature Legend”. More details at www.kick-a-verse.com
How can Heads cop
the vinyl and get in touch with you?
Crazy shout out
to hiphopgame.com for taking the time out for this interview.
All who looked
The Neblina Staff/Forum, Kaze/Soul Dojo, L.E.G, 9th Wonder/Khrysis, D.O.X, Mastamind,
Dan Johns, K-Slack, Bumrush (not only did he give me a dope show but he didn’t
mind paying my ass either!) Comanche, DJ Forge, Chela #1, A-Beats & Lynch,
DJ K.O., DJ Resident, EA Floe and DJ Flash and all supporters.