good, man. I've been working hard doing this album Dirt Hustlin'. It's
online at a few spots now like UndergroundHipHop and CD Baby.
a couple years since your last effort The Rocking Chair Theory.
Yeah. I had
a big layover but it's finally out. I spent the time working on new material.
I had a lot of songs that didn't make the cut. I did some shows here and
there. I was just trying to get myself back in order and figure out my
next move. I was relying on some cats and wasn't making the moves I should
have been making. Now I'm back in the driver's seat.
doing everything yourself.
Oh man, it's
hard to be an artist. Like Masta Ace said, I'm the writer, the producer,
the road manager, the booking agent
It's hard wearing all those hats.
I don't mind it. I'm not going to let the music fall to the side. I can
maintain it for now.
did it take you to make Dirt Hustlin'?
Some of the songs are two and a half years old. I don't want to say which
ones. It's been a two and a half year process just picking and choosing
which songs I like best.
title Dirt Hustlin'?
had to get dirty with the hands to get this album done! The last album
I had done with Stress from Krush Unit. That's my family but he's been
pushing his beats on commercial records. I don't think he wanted to wait
any longer so I decided to do it myself. It's just a lot of hard work.
I did everything from the pictures to getting the artwork designed to
getting the mastering to talking with the duplicators. The majority of
my sales are hand-to-hand sales. Other than the producers contributing,
I did just about everything. That's why it's called Dirt Hustlin'. You
have to get your hands dirty!
your own production here a lot more than the last one. How was that for
That's the easiest thing for me because I know how I want it to sound,
where I want it to drop out, where I want the scratching to be and how
I want it to sound and how loud I want the bass to be. I've been producing
for myself since junior high school but I let other producers produce
because I like working with other people. A lot of people tell me they
like the songs I do myself. I guess the songs I do for myself are more
personal sounding because it's crafted to exactly what I want.
also songs like "Boom Chop" where you're cutting yourself. How
important is that to you?
I'm not a
DJ, but I can do a few zigga-zigga's. It's just to get the idea across.
like you had a lot to get off your chest on "Chop Shop."
personal. I was asking myself how much longer I'm going to do this, if
I've already reached my prime and things like that. That's where I'm at
right now. I feel like I'm most comfortable right now as a writer. Finally
at this point where I'm at now I feel most comfortable where I don't have
to spit punchlines and all that. I don't have to go overboard with it.
I can show my personality instead of doing the punchlines and trying to
shock people. I did that back in the "Spitacular" days.
your inspiration for "Grown Folks Rap"?
that I came up with are 25 and older and there's no real market for them
no more. They're forced to listen to the oldie's station now. I wanted
to make a song for cats that's 25 and older and still like that boom-bap
sound that's out there. It's still out there.
you in the game right now?
I just love
hip-hop, man. I love writing, I love making beats, I love listening to
other cat's stuff. It inspires me to write every time I feel like I don't
want to do this anymore. Even people who aren't affiliated with hip-hop
inspire me to rhyme. We're all blessed with a talent. I'm not nice with
a basketball. The nine-to-five thing isn't my thing even though I'm doing
it now. I don't know when it's going to stop. I know it's going to stop
eventually but it will just lead into something else in the entertainment
you think kids raised on today's popular rap will turn out?
I would love
to know what that hip-hop will sound like when the kids get to my age!
That's going to be old-school rap and they're going to be like, I came
up off that 2006 shit the same way we say, We came up off that '95 shit!
Hopefully it will make a full circle and get back to the lyrics and the
beats. Even if it doesn't, it's still out there. You just have to dig
deeper. To me, the hip-hop isn't the same. You just have to have a love
for your art and do your art as best as you can.
ripped a lot of songs. Are your mic skills appreciated?
I feel like
they are. I've never come off a show were somebody said, I didn't feel
you. I'm confident. I'm not just out there like other cats are. I don't
have that visibility, but when people hear me I'm always told I'm nice.
I'm not the best rapper but I'm confident in my skills. I feel like it's
a process of people hearing me.
you on the Warped Tour a couple years ago. It's a dope stage show.
a lot of energy, hand movements and voice projection. When I'm on stage
you can tell I'm not some new jack dude who doesn't know what to do. I
entertain the crowd and know how to get personal with them. I'm not turning
away from people on stage. I'm constantly making contact with the crowd
and you can just tell I know what I'm doing when I'm up there.
to you at Rocksteady this year?
Me and Cimer
Amor, a producer on the album, were riding up there. We made a pitstop
in his '94 Caddy. The tire shredded and we were riding on a thin-ass tire
like a bike tire. We had to get towed off the Turnpike. It turned out
to be a long day. I didn't make it out. It's all good. I'll be there next
The Rocking Chair Theory do for you?
It did good.
I sold the ones I pressed up. It didn't do as good as it could have done.
I was just happy to have a product. I didn't know the avenues I had to
hit up. I was dependent on a lot of people and I didn't know a lot of
stuff. I've been reading a lot of books on the music industry and looking
for avenues to put my music out that the average artist might not know
about. Even with this album being out so far, I've been selling more of
The Rocking Chair Theory because they liked Dirt Hustlin'.
you think of Philly hip-hop right now?
I hear this
a lot of times, but it's true. You have your street cats and your backpack
crowds. I got respect for all that stuff. I don't care if you're a DVD
rapper or whatever. I like it all. If it's good it's good, I don't care
what you're talking about. A lot of cats do bite off of Beans and Free.
I just feel like cats need to be a lot more original. When I was coming
up it was all about being original. It's crazy. Nobody's really original
you say your support is in Philly right now?
reach out to who hears my music, I always get good feedback from them.
I can't say I'm on a level of the elite cats. I'm in the underground but
hopefully that will change. I have my album release party coming up and
I'm doing as many shows as I can. I plan on my stock going up.
the next move for Side Effect?
To get on
as many shows as I can, get this CD in as many stores as I can and get
as many reviews as I can. I'm just doing anything and everything I can
to get it out there. You might not like everything but you're going to
thought about the next album yet?
next album is inside of my head right now. I might do a mixtape with J.
Famous in between albums to be honest. I have a lot of material that people
from my shows so I might do a mix-CD between albums. My man J-Eigo, who
is on the album, wants to do an EP. We might be doing that too. As far
as this album, I'm already mapping out things in my head. I might do more
production on this album and anybody new that I come across, I'll probably
bring them in too.
you want to say to everybody?
I just want
to say thank you to everybody who supports me. If you've never heard of
me, go to my MySpace page and check out the songs. Go to my website and
check the songs. Cop the album Dirt Hustlin'. I really appreciate the