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Interview with Dj Spade 1

23 Ottobre 2004 Commenti chiusi


DJ SPADE 1
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Dj Spade 1
SPADE 1: I got my start in 1988 while in high school living in Berlin, Germany. Actually, before I started working the turntables, I used to work the mic as MC performing at school talent shows and battling in playground cyphers. After being introduced to a set of turntables, I temporarily gave up MCing to sharpen my skills on the turntables. I started DJing for a group called the Royal Flush, and DJ Spade 1 was the name given to me by another school MC named K-Live. I soon started DJing basement parties and learning the art of crowd motivation. In 1992, I enrolled at Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA). There I joined the Marching Band (I have been playing the saxophone since 1985) and really started to get exposure as a party DJ. Although I have been known as a battle DJ, I make my mark by being the number 1 party DJ in the central Virginia area from 1993 until 2000. I have opened shows for groups such as Junior Mafia, Foxy Brown, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Keith Sweat, Skillz, Kid Kapri, Ron G, Craig G, just to name a few. During my time at Virginia State, I had the opportunity to meet and work with many talented performers. So in 1997 I started producing my own music and offering opportunities for unsigned artists to gain exposure under my production company. In 2000, Soul Foundation Music was born, and since then, we have been working with signed and unsigned artists. Please visit www.soulblazing.com to get more info on Soul Foundation Music.

C: This is your first cd?
S: The Soul Foundation Compilation is the first CD to be put out commercially from our company. We have been perfecting this compilation for a few years now. Our goal is to bring out and showcase talent from the Virginia area. Right now, all the artist that appear on the album are from Virginia.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
S: Hip-Hop is alive and well in Virginia. We have representatives such as Skillz (formerly known as MAD
SKILLZ) who is the first Virginia MC to sign a major record deal. Big Sty, is another Richmond MC gaining respect in the music industry. R&B legend D’Angelo is from my city (Richmond). Missy Elliot, Timberland, The Clipse, and The Neptunes are all from Virginia and their success has made it possible for others in VA to make it big. There are hundreds of guys and girls waiting for the their chance. Hopefully Soul Foundation Music can help those who have the talent and dedication to make it in this industry.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
S: I used to live in Germany so I know that Europe as a whole has a strong love for this culture. Although I am not familiar with Hip-Hop in Italy, I know Hip-Hop is thriving all over the world.

C: What do you think about mp3?
S: I think that mp3 is great! It offers the chance for independent artist to get their music out worldwide, for basically nothing. I do believe that people should support these artist. Record companies today have too much power and most of the time they don’t even put out music (especially Rap) that people like.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
S: I support women in Hip-Hop 100%. You have to respect the efforts of Queen Latifa, MC Lyte, Foxxy Brown, and Lil Kim to name a few. I do not support women that degrade themselves to gain appeal. Rap music is about lyrical skill, and if you got it, it does not matter if your male or female.

C: Have you performed live?
S: Yes. I have performed at shows as a DJ and performer. I am looking to do some things overseas though.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
S: Right now, I am feeling Kanye West. I like him because he represents me. He’s a producer and performer and has worked with many unsigned (now signed) artists.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
S: I believe that the Hip-Hop culture is a way of life. Most artists write about things that can or have happened to them. If a pimp writes a rap song, the video is probably gonna have a bunch of whores in it. Which is acceptable to me if that’s what you want. He’s keeping it real. But you can’t rely on the whores to make your video hot! I believe that video producers today use sex way too much. Story tellin requires talent on the part of the MC and to tell a story on film you need more than a bunch of women with big asses. So to answer your question I would say yes and no.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
S: Hip-Hop has been a part of my life for over 15 years. If I stay true to my art I will always live the Hip-Hop life.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
S: Clubs don’t last too long in Richmond. The ones that do are exceptions. If you really want to club, you have to go to Washington DC (which is only an hour or so north of Richmond). There are good radio stations in our area. The Richmond stations support local artists which is good.

C: Future projects
S: After the compilation is released, we will releasing albums from the artist that appear on the compilation. Bigg Will’s album will be the first, then Ruck the Worldwin. These projects are already completed. We will also be releasing a few R&B projects. By this time next year, we should have 3 albums on the market.

C: Thanks and hello to
S: First thanks goes to God for giving me the talent blessing me with people who share my dream. To my brother (Golden Child) who appears on the compilation and to my mom and sister. Thanks and Hello to:

** Appears on compilation
Bigg Will**
Ruckus**
Mystery**
Five Nine**
Joel Cunningham
Kia El-Amin** (Soul vocalist…future superstar)
Tirigilos**
Cliff Fuller
D-Folks
Faceman
Dallas the Photographer
MoGobi**
Marshon Shelton
Hawk
DJ Flexxx
DJ Mark
DJ Street
DJ Foot
DJ Casper
DJ Herb
DJ Sir RJ
DJ 6th Sense
Virginia State University

For contacts:
Contact DJ Spade 1 for information. USA 202-359-3576 or by e-mail info@soulblazing.com. Website
www.soulblazing.com. We are open for live performances. I DJ all shows that we perform in.

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Interview with Omni

17 Ottobre 2004 Commenti chiusi


OMNI
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Omni
OMNI: Uhm Born is St. Louis but raised whole life in Los Angeles, started mc’ing at 13 joined crew B.L.X and it’s been on ever since..gheahhhhhh
C: This is your first cd?
O: No my first cd was funkdafied freddy…released in 2001 on b9000 records in Ghent Belgium (classic)
C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
O: Uhmm everybody does it, everyone is Los Angeles is a rapper..hip hop is definately huge here
C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
O: No but i would love to know more about your scene
C: What do you think about mp3?
O: I think it’s great, helps get ish out quicker..I could send you a song in no time..I likes
C: And about women in hip-hop?
O: Women should be everywhere, hip hop, politics, there our mothers and sisters, it sucks that this is even a topic these days//
C: Have you performed live?
O: Yes, Japan, Europe, United States, hawaii..Maui, im on my way to peru October 13th..I love to perform..
C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
O: Andre 3000, Tricky, there are so many, anyone who does them (who just be themselves)
C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
O: Uhmm it represents a portion of hip hop but not all, I do believe that Bling Bling is a real thing just not my thing..There should be more underground vidoes or wierd videos, hip hop represents averyone so everyone should have a freakin video (omni)
C: In which way you live hip-hop?
O: Just everyday, i implement it in my everyday, from food, to thoughts to music..I represent it with respect…
C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
O: We have both the mainstream & underground radio and clubs, you can find both, underground is definately easier to approach and deal with..Los angeles is a split b/w mainstream and Underground..
C: Future projects
O: just finsihed 3rd album (ballyWhoo out in Feb 2005) -working on 4th album with guests (mika9, Fatlip, Wildchild, many more) – Album with Tricky – Album with Living Legends memeber Luckyeyeam P.S.C. got a lot of writing to do..u knowwwwwwwwwwww
C: Thanks and hello to
O: Everyone everywhere……gheahhhhhhhhh
For contacts
www.omniblx.com email mol@omniblx.com

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Interview with Krazyrace

17 Ottobre 2004 Commenti chiusi


KRAZY RACE
By Ciobin
CIOBIN: A little history of Krazy Race?
KRAZ RACE: I go by the name of Krazy Race. Bringing heat from Los Angeles, Cali.
I?ve been wrecking mics as KR since 91? but starting writing rhymes at 11.
Rap music was a very big influence on my life at an early age, I can still remember
Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Ice-T, Run-D.M.C.
LL Cool J and listening to one of the pioneer hip-hop radio stations
outta the west called KDAY.
Krazy Race has performed or recorded with: Irisscience of Dilated Peoples,
Psycho Realm, Tha WhoRidas, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Frost,
Rhettmatic from BeatJunkiez, Rhyme Poetic Mafia, Tony Touch aka Tony Toca,
Mellow Man Ace, El Nuevo Xol, Earthquake Institute, Jizzm, 5th Battalion,
Street Platoon, 2Mex of OMD, Visionairies and many, many more off da hook groups/artists from the West & East & World-Wide

C: This is your first cd?
KR: This is my first full length LP titled “New World Games”.
I also released an EP titled “The Time Has Come” in 1999.
Both CD’s released on my indy label MCR Productions.
Come see what the hype’s about at www.krazyrace.com
I’ve been featured on numerous compilation CD’s like The Ollin Project,
The Never Ending Battle, Aztlan Fest, and Hip-Hop Chicano put out in Spain
by Zona De Obras Magazine.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
KR: Hip Hop in my city is off the hook.
California has always been known for talent, but just in LA alone,
there are so many’s emcees and dj’s that fuck shit up. Thats real.
We definetely have our own scene out here making noize, just like NY has there’s.
We got all colors and creeds wrecking mics out here on the west coast.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
KR: It wasn’t until recently that I really started checking out
acts/artists in foreign countries.
Music is world-wide, hip-hop is world-wide.
I just did a album interlude for cats out in Romania called
MakaBru. Bigg up to the whole scene in Italy.

C: What do you think about mp3?
KR: Mp3 is a dope concept and clean format.
It gets the point across and almost sounds as good as a CD.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
KR: Women in Hip-Hop, making moves is a good thing to see.
There’s alot of female mc’s that got skillz and bring heat to the table.
A dope mc is a dope mc, doesn’t matter whether your male or female.
The ladies in the game that I’m feeling right now are Jean Grae, Mystic,
Binx and J-Roz.

C: Have you performed live?
KR: In the last 10 years, I?ve easily done over 150 shows.
Crowd response has been off the hook, everytime me and my crew perform
we get alot of great feedback cuz when I rock a stage its like my second home,
you can tell I feel comfortable up there and when I bless a mic I?m very aggressive
and full of energy.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
KR: I have many influences and I’m a fan of artists in alot of genres of music.
As far as hip-hop, one of the Artists that I’m really feeling right now
is Immortal Technique out of Harlem, NY.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
KR: Depends on whose video your watching.
I ‘ve seen some that rep hop to the fullest and some that are just
broadcasting materialism, feel me.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
KR: Hip Hop has been a part of my life since 1979 when
I first heard Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight”.
I was a breakdancer in the early 80′s.
Since the early 90′s, I’ve been writing rhymes and perfecting my skill.
I live and breath the Hip-Hop Culture and all its elements.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
KR: Radio Stations are primarily controlled by Clear Channel in the states
so most of the stations strictly play the top 40 commercialized rap.
The underground brings the heat.
We have a few stations out West, like Divine Forces Radio
who spin the real hip hop.

C: Future projects
KR: Back in the Lab writing my next album to be dropped late next year.
I’m producing an album titled “On Campus” for a 15yr.old named MIC.M.C.
to be dropped early next year on MCR Productions also.
Watch out for this kid.
Launching a website called www.beatseekers.com that will feature and showcase
producers on a world-wide scale and also sell their production to music supervisors,
record labels, artists and more. Producers interested, email me at mcrprod@aol.com
for info.

C: Thanks and hello to
KR: Bigg up to Italia and all those involved within the hip-hop scene
in Italy. Keep it moving!
Shooting a shout out to Marya, you got skillz ma.
Much love and respect to Ciobin, the one that brought you this exclusive interview.
Want to send a thanks to all those who we’re involved or helped out with my latest
album “NEW WORLD GAMES” available on www.krazyrace.com
Thanks to all the fans who hit up my website from around the world.

For contacts:
Fan Mail & CD’s
MCR Productions
6745 Washington Ave. #188
Whittier, CA 90601
Booking/sales/info contact: mcrprod@aol.com
Fan email: krazyrace@krazyrace.com
website: www.krazyrace.com

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