great. I feel like all my hard work is paying off.
we get into what you do, how do you want to introduce yourself?
My name is
Mickey Knox and I have a real love for that real hip-hop and boom-bap.
I have a real love for the new artist and I like to bring good music to
the masses. I'm a man of different genres and I like to rip down clubs,
and I sound good on the radio and the mixtapes. Our show on Sirius goes
out to twelve-million listeners. We're also syndicated on the Dish Network.
up the Bash Brothers crew right now?
is me and Concept. We also have DJ Rerok out in VA, DJ Seven out in Nevada,
DJ Degree out here in New York, and we have two producers in the group,
Shuko, who's doing a lot of projects with underground dudes, and Undefined,
who just finished up on the Army of the Pharaohs project.
you guys come together?
and Undefined have been doing music for the last five years. We're all
from the same hood. You know how it is if you're in a certain area, you're
going to run into everyone else in the area who's just as good as you.
We stuck together and eventually our hard work paid off as. We linked
up with DJ Rerok and DJ Seven. We were talking online and we found out
him and DJ Seven were using the name Bash Brothers just like we were.
We decided instead of beefing we would join forces to make us all stronger.
your show stand out against everyone else's?
stands out from all the other shows because we're not playing the same
ten records every other DJ on Sirius is playing. We're up there with Clinton
Sparks, DJ Muggs, Kay Slay, DJ Skee, we're up there with all the big dogs
in the country, but the thing is, everyone is playing the same records.
It's not that we stay away from those records, but we show love to the
local or unsigned cats who have nothing going. We try to bring that to
the masses. We break a lot of records. We also play the new shit that's
out. We'll play Mobb Deep and Sam Scarfo, but at the same time, we're
playing Planet Asia, Dilated Peoples, and Immortal Technique because they
don't get a lot of love and support from DJ's. We grew up listening to
Stretch and Bobbito. They set the standards for us. That's what we want
to do. We want to bring people music that no one else is giving a shot.
it seem so many DJ's avoid supporting the underground?
definitely a void in DJ's who are not supporting it. There's not a lot
of support for the underground because a lot of dudes are scared of it.
They don't know what to expect from a lot of these underground artists.
It's a shame they're not giving the underground support. They forget that
a lot of dudes like 50 came up from the underground. I guess they're just
trying to put themselves in a good position with the labels and they don't
see the benefit in supporting underground dudes, which is a shame especially
when they're making such great music that everyone should be listening
you feeling in the underground right now?
for me to pin-point just one. We get so much music and I give so much
dudes love. One of the records I'm playing now, and some dudes might not
even consider him an underground artist, but I'm loving is Lupe Fiasco's
"Kick, Push" record. That shit is dope. Some people might call
it geek rap, but he's saying something. You can't deny the kid.
you go about listening to all the music you get?
To be honest,
I listen to every MP3, CD, and piece of vinyl I get, and pretty much,
if I like it, it sounds good, and it's something I enjoy, then I'll play
it on the show. If I feel people should be hearing it, I'll play it. We're
not looking for payola. We don't support nothing wack.
be hard to do when you have a lot of good music and only so much time.
I know, and
that is a problem. I do my best to try to bring it. We put records into
rotation, too. If we have a record playing for four weeks, we'll pull
it off to get some new music. We're trying to stimulate people's minds
with new music that they've never heard.
a new artist do to catch your attention?
If you feel
you're good, we'll see, that's the problem. Everyone thinks they're good.
Go to my website and send me the MP3. If I like it, I'll contact you and
let you know I'm playing it. If I don't like it, you probably won't hear
from me. If people outside of your circle are telling you that you sound
good, then send me your music.
your mash-up show with Grandmaster Flash come about?
the show already and they wanted a different element on the show. Flash
was playing everything from '80's hip-hop to today. It was honestly one
of my favorite shows. They needed to fill a void in his show. They were
asking everyone at Sirius to do mash-ups. Nobody stepped up because it's
hard to do, but I stepped up and sent them a demo and they chose me.
be dope working alongside Grandmaster Flash.
He's a real
cool guy. We live in the same neighborhood. It was crazy for me when they
told me I got the spot. Grandmaster Flash is a legend, dude. Who wouldn't
want to work with him? He told me he likes what I do and I deeply appreciate
that coming from a dude like him.
dictate what you play?
have a lot of trust in us. They trust us to bring that new music to our
audience. They don't ask us what records we're going to play and they
don't tell us what to play. We love it. We can curse up there and play
joints with curses. They don't have any problems with what we play because
a lot of people love it.
filling a fucking void.
Me and Concept are not as big as Kay Slay or Clinton Sparks, so we're
grateful to them that we're up there rocking with these dudes.
are also starting to do well. What was your inspiration for your Best
of Rawkus mixtape?
DJ'ing around the same time Rawkus started putting out records. One of
the first records I bought was Mos Def's solo single. Every time I saw
the Rawkus name, that, to me, meant good hip-hop. I saw a couple of months
ago they dropped their Best Of, and it only had ten or twelve songs on
it. I'm thinking if you put music out for ten years, how can you only
have ten or twelve songs? It was mostly Talib Kweli and Mos Def. What
about Shabaam Shadeeq or Cage or that Kool G. Rap single? They had so
much dope shit that I felt I had to recognize for them.
the response been so far?
So far, everyone
who's heard it says they love it. That's good because I put my heart into
it. A lot of young kids told me they'd never heard of Rawkus Records and
I opened their ears.
it crazy how some kids haven't heard of Rawkus?
Yeah. I can't
believe that. I can not believe that. There's kids out there who have
never heard of our favorite artists.
does a new hip-hop listener have?
jump on their computer and do internet searches and find out who we were
listening to back then. I was listening to Nas, Kool G. Rap, and the Lost
Boyz. '94 to '97 was my era, and people forgot about that already. It
sucks. Kids should look back and see where what's out today came from.
A lot of new producer's sounds are derivatives of old producer's sounds.
It kills me when kids don't even know who DJ Premier is.
trying to tell me Dipset didn't invent rap?
Right. They're not the first dudes to do it, and it's a shame that that's
all they know, even with all the good music that's out today. I blame
that on the record labels and the media.
your next project?
Me and Concept
are going to put out a mixtape album with original joints. We're going
to mix it up. That's something we're really excited about. We're working
out numbers with the labels. We got a few artists lined up, but I don't
want to give out any names because it's not solid yet. We have a few mixtapes
coming out this summer. I'm doing an old school series of shit from '94
that I grew up on. It's some of my favorite shit. We're just trying to
conquer the mixtape scene. We're also working on the syndication of our
radio show to commercial radio because a lot of people don't have satellite
anything else you want to do?
I would love
to go on a DJ tour. I'm not a producer or a rapper. One day, hopefully
I could own my own label and put out good hip-hop. I'm not trying to get
into any beats. I just want to go down as a DJ legend like Premier and
Jazzy Jeff. I want kids to pick up a Mickey Knox mixtape and know it's
you want to say to everyone?
everyone is open to the music we're trying to push. Open your ears. There's
more to hip-hop than what mainstream media and radio is shoving down your
throats. There's a lot of dope shit out there. I just hope people open
their ears a little more.
the Bash Brothers on Sirius Satellite Radio, Sunday nights, midnight to
2am EST on channel 40 (Hip-Hop Nation)