think you should be called ‘the globe-trotter of hip-hop’, can you
let people know your journey into Hip-Hop, from BK to Paris, France ?
Hip Hop Heads have
been "Trottin' the Globe" for years. This is just the beginning for
me and I still have a lot of ground to cover. In November 2002 my boy Zone told
me we had a show booked in London and that was it... We hit England, the Netherlands,
and Spain in 2003. I came back to NY that August to finish my second album "Geographix",
went to visit my family in North Carolina for a couple months and then flew
to London on December 29th, my birthday... a few weeks later I landed in Paris.
still able to record some music in Paris?
Where ever I am...
I'm gonna record! But it's definitely a little different out here because I
can't just wake up, have some coffee and bang out joints all day. When I was
recording my first album "Demographix" I literally lived in the studio.
Now I gotta set up appointments and shit, but in the few months I've been here
I've knocked out quite a few bangers.
some of the things you are currently working on? Do you intend on doing any
collaboration with any other artist? And if given the opportunity who would
u like to collaborate with?
I'm working on
a new album, "Turbographix", which I wanna drop later this year. I've
been collaborating with a lot of new producers and I'm always down to listen
to some new beats. I'm trying to collaborate with anybody who's serious about
getting dome work done.
you different from any other artist in the hip hop sector? What makes you poles
People always tell
me that my flow is different. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that
nowadays a lot of Emcee's just sound the same because they pattern their flows
after whoever's hot at the time. I make a conscious effort to put a certain
amount of personality into my delivery and my content has never been one dimensional.
What seperates me from most Emcee's is my ability to create styles specifically
designed for that particular beat. You just have to listen to my shit for yourself...
because I know niggaz don't sound like me!
would you go to get the exposure that most artists are after and how far would
you like to take your music?
Exposure just comes
with the territory. I do as many shows as possible, I'm always in the streets
promoting, meeting people, freestylin', etc...
Nobody works harder
than I do. Some folks might work just as hard, but no one works harder than
me. Sky's the limit but my primary focus will always be makin' good music.
hop involved no money, no profit would you continue doing it?
Yep... I sure would!
There's a lot of paper involved in Hip Hop, but I'm broke as a muthafucka....
and still grindin'... and lovin' every minute of it!
heads in France have a fascination for the US, what’s it like being an
American hip-hop head in Paris?
I'm lovin' Paris...
of all the cities I've visited in Europe it's the closest to NYC. I've been
out here for a couple months so sometimes kids recognize me in the street. I
build with all of 'em, it's dope to give them an up close and personal impression
of an american Emcee.
sure tons of French groups stalk you for laying vocals on their songs…
I've done work
with alot of French crews. I usually give them a few verses and their producers
bless me with beats. I've worked with cats who are releasing music, big studio
style and I've worked with up and coming crews, in home studios. As long as
it's Hip Hop I'm wit it.
Is it easier
to blow up in Paris than in NY, I know the NY scene is getting saturated…
I don't think it's
easy to blow up any where. Then again, what is "Blowin' Up"?
If it's sucess,
I've already blown up. If it's satisfaction, I'll never blow up.
I guess "Blowin'
Up" is in the eye of the beholder...
There are millions
of Emcees in NYC, making it the premier training ground for aspiring Hip Hop
artists. I fine tuned my approach to makin' music in the trenches of the NYC
Underground. I love NYC, I just had to take advantage of this opportunity to
get my grind on overseas.
also hosting the French chapter of the End of the Weak Open Mic, can you tell
us about the first edition?
It was a good look
for the movement. I hosted EOW London in 2003, so before I even came to Paris
we were researching possible venues to hold the event here. With the help of
"Hip Hop Resistance" and "Club Tryptique", we jumped it
off with fury on March 7th 2004. DJ Gero (DMC Champion France 2003) and DJ Fab
(Generacions Radio 88.2) provided the beats for over 70 hungry Emcees! We even
had 9 members of the EOW crew fly in from NYC as special guests... it was extremely
you’ve been to European countries, what would you say is the biggest difference
between US Hip-Hop and French Hip-Hop?
There are alot
of little differences, but the biggest difference to me is the fact that they
Rap in french and we rap in English... other than that, I feel right at home.
think you’ll go back to live in the US one day, do you miss it at all?
Dude... I'm just
visiting, I'll be home by August to finish the new album. However, I plan on
visiting Paris frequently for years to come.
Big shoutout to
Big Up to all my
family, you know who ya is!
On some real shit...make
sure ya'll keep ya ears to the street because, "Turbographix", the
final installment to the "Graphix Trilogy" is on the way! For more
info log on to endoftheweak.com....