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Interview with Dr Monokrome

31 Luglio 2005 Commenti chiusi


DR MONOKROME
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Dr Monokrome
DR MONOKROME: Dr Monokrome started making beats when billy woods told him to. previously I was making mostly dance and experimental electronic stuff. and playing in rock bands. I hooked up with the backwoods crew when I was working as an engineer in a recording studio. from engineering I began making beats under the name aerotaxi with my man 2-hook, and the rest is history

C: This is your first cd?
M: Yes, at least, the first under the doc mono name. beats of mine also appeared on every other backwoods release, and I’ve got about 40 cd’s of shit under my bed, but I doubt it’ll ever get released

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
M: I don’t know much. I guess the roots are from here (Philadelphia). I don’t really pay much attention

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
M: No. but I’ve been listening to DJ Loda mixtapes a lot recently. he’s a cosmic music dj from the early 80′s. I love that shit. don’t know much about Italian music since then

C: What do you think about mp3?
M: They sound like crap. but they are revolutionizing the way music is distributed and making things much more accessible and democratic, which is a good thing. it lets you hear a lot of music that wouldn’t be heard otherwise, and gives people who are real far underground a way to distribute

C: And about women in hip-hop?
M: I think there aren’t enough, but it’s getting better

C: Have you performed live?
M: Not as dr monokrome

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
M: Nico. because she made music of such incredible beauty that it makes me feel all tingly just hearing her voice. And Suicide, because they were doing something at their time that was completely original (even by today’s
standards) and genuinely said something about their moment in time and their specific reaction to it

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
M: Probably, but I wouldn’t really know. I haven’t got a telly

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
M: I’m pretty sure I don’t

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
M: They are really really bad. nothing original, just the same old stuff over and over

C: Future projects
M: there’s this cannibal ox remix that billy’s been talking about for years. I think it’s finally gonna happen. also, I have some beats on the upcoming terror firma lp from backwoods. lately I’m working on some instrumental projects for the artist/designer jodee renfair, who is starting a new label called touchitmovement. check it out at www.jodeerenfair.com

C: Thanks and hello to
M: Mario merz

For contacts:
www.jodeerenfair.com
www.backwoodzstudioz.com

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Interview with Da Wolfpac

30 Luglio 2005 1 commento


DA WOLFPAC
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Da Wolfpac
DA WOLFPAC: I met Eric Lyons which is our producer November 2004 and he had already had
the group together which consisted of Yogi, Daveon, and myself. Daveon left
the group in December to pursue a singing career which left us in shambles.
I contacted my friend Chance which I had previously recorded music with upon
my arival in Vegas 7 months prior. He was a perfect fit into the Pac. We
finished up numerous songs and put our first single on-line to sell. We
opened up for Lil’ Wayne at the Alladin Hotel and Casino on April 22nd, 2005
and Tone, Tony, Toni on April 23rd, 2005 in Santa Clara, CA. We just hooked
up with Si-King sports and entertainment last month. They are our management
company. We are still looking to get that major label deal!!!

C: This is your first cd?
DW: Yes, this is our first CD.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
DW: Hip-Hop in Vegas is as huge as it is in any other city. They just don’t have
any big, known artist representing Vegas and we are trying to be the first.
I think once we get the show on the road it is going to be very big!!!

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
DW: We have no clue, but we would love to come out there and do a show if
possible….

C: What do you think about mp3?
DW: We think mp3 is great, it alows you to carry more music with you with less
to carry, if you know what we mean…

C: And about women in hip-hop?
DW: We love women in Hip-Hop, we think it adds a whole new flavor as long as
they are not trying to imitate someone who has been out. Lauryn Hill is
J.D’s favorite female artist….

C: Have you performed live?
DW: Yes, we have performed live and we blew up the spot at all of the
performances. They even asked for an encore!

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
DW: My favorite artist of all time is Biggie Smalls because of his delivery and
his vocabulary. He always told a story with his lyrics.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
DW: I think some of them do but, the rest show more glamour and hollywood
things.

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Interview with Billy Woods

29 Luglio 2005 Commenti chiusi


BILLY WOODS
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Billy Woods
BILLY WODS: I have lived in several different countries from Africa to the Caribbean to the U.S. Without my mother,
I dunno where I would be, she has always been the most important person in my life. I graduated from College
(barely) and still work shitty jobs. I’ve never made $10 an hour in my life. I am lucky to be alive and happy to be doing what I’m doing with music although I haven’t made any money doing this either. But that’s no surprise, so I don’t sweat it.

C: This is your first cd?
BW: Nope. That would be Camouflage my collabo with Vordul Mega, that was recorded in 2001 and 2002. My second CD was the Chalice which was released in early 2004.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
BW: I’m from D.C., I guess, where homegrown hip hop doesn’t have much of a foothold. DC youth are more
into Go-Go, a live sort of call and response music with conga drums and a full band. It’s a Dodge City thing, you wouldn’t understand. And other people mostly peep the radio or BET, although a lot of the people I came up with were more into reggae and dancehall than anything else. I came up with lots of transplanted Africans and Jamaicans and Trinis.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
BW: Unfortunately no, but if you want to book us a show out there I would love to learn. I have spent time in Europe but never southern Europe, only England, Germany, and mostly the Netherlands.

C: What do you think about mp3?
BW: Nothing at all.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
BW: When it comes to hip-hop, if youre nice you’re nice, that’s it. Which women do I enjoy listening to: Lauren
Hill’s old shit, Bahamadia, The Coup (with one of the only mainstream female DJ’s, Pam), Malene Younglao, Queen Herawin of the Juggaknots, and of course, the ubiquitous, Jean Grae.

C: Have you performed live?
BW: Of course.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
BW: In music, that is really hard to say, I will give you a list. Bob Marley, Ghostface Killah, Peter Tosh, Cannibal Ox,
MF DOOM, Common, Gza, Sizzla, B.B. King, Redman, Big Jus.I could go on forever.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
BW: Who am I to say. I don’t even think about stuff like that, I don’t have cable and I don’t watch any videos really.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
BW: I honestly have no idea, I’m just out here trying to make the best art I can and survive every day, show
love to my peoples. That’s it. I’m not thinking about hip-hop unless I’m listening to it or performing it.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
BW: In DC there is nothing worth mentioning, except 9:30 Club, which is a big venue, so naturally I haven’t performed there.

C: Future projects
BW: TERROR FIRMA, our supergroup record with a bunch of ridiculously nice Mcs. It’s coming out in the fall as a backwoods studioz/Nature Sounds release. The lineup is:
Akir- This MC I met in DC but he is from NY. In fact he has the most classic effortless NYC flow I’ve heard in a while. He’s done stuff with Immortal Technique and his album is dropping this summer on Fat Beats. Hasan Salaam- Hasan is a fiery, fiercely intelligent MC that just dropped a near classic first album. It’s called Paradise lost and it came out on Day by Day Entertainment. Prviledge- One half of NPR on the DR MONOKROME record, he should need no introduction, has been on all my records. P.R. Terrorist- now known as Dom Pacino, he is one of the flagship members of Wu-Tang affiliate Killarmy. Vordul Megallah- One half of seminal hip-hop group Cannibal OX, he also needs no introduction to any hip-hop fan that has a pulse. Kong & Spiega – Of the legendary Monsta Island Czars collective, took some time out to go on this mission with us. They are some of the ruggedest MC’s out there! Peace to Megalon! Keith Masters- formerly known as Stretch Nyce, he’s been all over the place lately from backwoods projects to Vordul’s last record, Yung World. This kid is young and possessed of a great flow, knocks out 100 bar verses on one take, crazy shit. Karneige- Officially on Definitive Jux, he also came over and did his thing. Karneige has also been everywhere lately; Vast Aire’s albums, that Beatminerz record, Definitive Jux Presents 3, Dub L’s Day of the Megabeast..he’s pretty fucking ill. Goldenchild- Producer, MC, singer, dude does it all. Perhaps the most versatile artist that I have worked with, I mean, beats of all kinds, tight raps and can harmonize with the best of ‘em. Plus he’s a hustler, so he’s on his game. And me.

C: Thanks and hello to
BW: All backwoodz fans and family, and my family from Zimbabwe to Jamaica to right here.

For Contact
Backwoodzstudioz.com
backwoodzstudioz@yahoo.com

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Interview with PVT Militant

29 Luglio 2005 1 commento


PVT MILITANT
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of PVT Militant
PVT: I was born Aug 17, 1968 and have been an avid fan of rap/hip-hop since 1979. I was born in Hardrock (Flint) Mi, where there?s a bleak sense of self, lack of opportunities, senseless killings and very few chances to find a means of sustenance. My mother and father were never married, so I was practically raised by a single mother, no disrespect to my father, just the truth. He was available at times in my life, so I respect and cherish the times we did share. I graduated high school over a year late because of my addiction to weed, alcohol and girls. The paradox with the previous statement is that, I actually scored 100% on my reading, writing and arithmetic placement tests in high school, yet to me school just wasn?t a challenge. I?m currently a graduate student and a musician on the side. I know it?s brief, but you get the gist of my being right?

C: This is your first cd?
PVT: Yes. Thanks to technological advances, I?ve been able to create art without the expensive overhead I was faced with 10-20 years ago.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
PVT: My city like ALL cities breathes Hip-Hop. I believe if a person just takes the time to view their surroundings, you?ll see the influence of Hip-Hop, via dress, talk, walk etc. I am sure it?s the same in Italy!

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
PVT: No. America somehow thinks it has exclusive rights over this culture we call Hip-Hop, so international Hip-Hop has a hard time making its way into the states. You do have online access though. You know what?s cool to me is, most international rappers can rap in different languages. How can we compete with that???

C: What do you think about mp3?
PVT: Mp3?s are one of the best promo tools available EVER!!! Think about it, you can cut a record tonight, upload it and make it available the same day, without dealing with accountants and lawyers, or the threat of getting your shit pushed back.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
PVT: All I can say is we need more female rappers in the forefront!!!! This man dominated profession has got to stop, if we are truly sincere about equality and balance.

C: Have you performed live?
PVT: Yes, we (The Impossebulls) opened up for Public Enemy, Dilated Peoples and Blackalicious during the Revolverlution tour. We have also done numerous other shows.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
PVT: I don?t have any one artist that I like overall. I like all genres of music! I?m highly influenced by Public Enemy, Sade, Brahms, 2Pac, Janis Joplin, RATM and countless other musicians that I don?t have the time to mention.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
PVT: No, they represent the pimping of a culture for profit.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
PVT: My very existence is Hip-Hop; it is my life. Rap on the other hand is something I do and not what I am; I am a Blackman residing in the western world and my ancestors have a very rich history that is suppressed and many of them were brought here involuntarily.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
PVT: It is a standard carbon copy of any club/radio U.S.A. Radio stations are controlled by big businesses, like Clear Channel, so most music is pipelined through them before it?s played on the radio.

C: Future projects
PVT: I should have a new CD/DVD and a group project hopefully in 2006.

C: Thanks and hello to
Thanks to you for asking for an interview and a shout out to my fam worldwide.

For contacts
Pvt Militant live4themoment@pvtmilitant.com Warlord Records, P.O. Box 4177 Flint, Mi 48504

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Interview with Psycho Craig

17 Luglio 2005 Commenti chiusi


GOIN’ TOES AND SQUARIN’ OFF WITH THE POVERTY PIMPS AND THEIR PUNK ASS WHITE LIBERAL ENABLERS. In 2005 I’ll continue to spread the gospel accordino to Psychoism 101. COMMON SENSE, COMMON COURTESY AND SELF RESPECT. DIPLOMA, JOB, DEGREE, CAREER AND THEN FAMILY.
NO MORE DIMWITTED INARTICULATE YOUNG WOMEN WITH THEIR BELLIES EXTENDED. BEWARE THE BLUE MAN, COULTER NUNS , MOLESTER AND ESSENTIALS ARE SLATED FOR 2005. KICKIN’ ASS AND TAKIN’ NAMES BECAUSE I CAN. I’m from New york, raised on the fire and brimstone of Harlems’ Adam Clayton Powell jr. of the Abysinian Baptist Church. There’s no Martin King without Powell. Here in California, kids are sportin’ “Hip Hop is dead” t-shirts. Nothing remotely intersting has happened in some time. Same ol’ “my dicks’ bigger than yours” bullshit.
I’m currently in the middle of my second audio book Coulter Nuns 2, while my arranger ,Doug Cash, is in post production on 3 other projects on the Swrecords.net label. I’m a conservative political hip hop artist whose pretty much in a genre all by myself. Regarding MP3,Robertson screwed all of us with his lack of common sense. Too big for his britches with that silly beam it bullshit. Of course the publishers are going to jump down your throat. Loses a 500m lawsuit and sells the original MP3 to Vivendi and screws it up even more. Fuck MP3. It’s all about cdbaby.com.
Women in hip hop ? Who gives a shit about gender ? It’s about substance. What do you have to say ? What are your politics ? Left or right. Or are you some punk ass bitch that rides the fence. I’m a studio artist, but if I feel a need to speak directly to the people, I will. There are’nt a lot of hip hop artists that move me. Public Enemy was the crew that got me into this game with ” Fear of a black Planet”. Beyond that it’s Gil Scott Heron, Walter E. Williams, Malcolm X, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh. Thanks for taking the time to engage the sublime.

PSYCHO CRAIG
www.swrecords.net

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Interview with Pyranja

16 Luglio 2005 Commenti chiusi


PYRANJA
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Pyranja
P: I startet rappin’ about 10 years ago. I was born in the Eastern Part of Germany on the Baltic Sea in a city called Rostock. I moved to Berlin 6 years ago. Since 5 years I can live from my music

C: This is your first cd?
P: I released an EP in 2001 on Def Jam Germany. My first LP came in 2003. “Frauen & Technik” is my second Album which I released over my own Record-Label “Pyranja Records”

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
P: HIp Hop in Berlin is really BIG. there a so countless crews, MCs, Breaker and Writer here. It’s a very competitive scene here. There are a lot of different clubs, partys and bars. In Berlin I can find a lot of inspiration for my music, I think it’s right now the Capital of German Rap Music.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
P: Unfortunatelly not really!But I would like to get to know more about it! Maybe you can send me links to Italian HipHop-Websites? I wanna check them out!

C: What do you think about mp3?
P: It’s a cool medium. I really like it because it’s fast and easy and offers new possibilities for communication and listening to music.

C:And about women in hip-hop?
P: Next question please! :-) What do you think about boys in HipHop???

C: Have you performed live?
P: I’ve been perfoming since I was 17 years old. Over the past years I was on 5 tours, each one of them led trough
Germany, Swiss and Austria. I even performed in Copenhagen, Denmark which was one of the cooles places I ever been to!

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
P: no not at all, it’s all the same blink blink, expensive cars and juwelery, naked chicks I can’t watch any of these videos any more, they bore me.in my opinion that has nothing to do with innovative and true hiphop.

C: Tell me something about your city.
P: berlin is BIG, here is everything you can immagine I love this city because you can be as free as you want. you can do pretty much everything at any time and that’s why I love this city so much.

C: Future projects
P: I’m just recording some songs with some House/Techno/Elektro producers from Berlin.

For information check: www.pyranja.de

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Interview with Enfenetee

16 Luglio 2005 Commenti chiusi


ENFENETEE
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: Tell something about who you are for the people that don’t know you
ENFENETEE: I am ENFENETEE, aka The Dominatrix. I am hardcore female rapper from Baltimore, Md. I am also a model and have been in numerous publications in the USA and abroad. I host a television show called XPOSE that spotlights independent talent in the areas of music , fashion and film. I have been signed to X9RECORDS.COM for 1 1/2 years now and I am soon to be a household name.

C: In which way this cd is born?
E: This cd came about from the different aspects of my personality. It shows my diversity and love of different musical styles.

C: Tell me the impression of others about your cd.
E: Wow, people have been very supportive of this album. Because of its diversity of sound it crosses many barriers and it actually has something on there for everyone. So everyone has shown me much love.

C: And yours impressions?
E: I love it!! I really enjoyed making it. Every time I think I have a favorite song on the album, the next day it changes. The production by LORD ACIDD is magnamous. Sonically the album the album is also a hit the mixes and mastering is flawless.

C: Have you performed live in this period?
E:Yes, I have performed live. Performing is a pleasure to me. I love to get the crowd rocking and have them leaving with a smile on their faces.

C: Which is the last live show you’ve seen?
E: Because I work so much I haven’t been able to see a live show myself in a while.

C: What do you think about live shows in your area and in United States?
E: Well I haven’t seen any lately so I really can’t comment. Maybe my label will give me some time off after reading this to see some (laughing out loud).

C: Who is your favourite artists and why?
E: Favorite artists…….hmm.. I don?t think I have a favorite. I like Jay-Z, 50 cent, The Game to name a few. I like the fact that Jay Z used a lot of different sounds on his last album, he took risks. Also the album he did with Linkin Park was to die for. With 50 cent I like his rawness and style. The Game who is new on the scene has a good flow. There are so many more but I would go on for days.

C: What are you listening in this period?
E: I am listening to The Game, Amerie, Good Charlotte, R Kelly, 50 cent, Mike Jones, Caustic Dames, Ciara and a few more.

C: Tell me a cd you think everyone have to listen and why.
E: Besides my album The Dominatrix of course (smiling) I think that everyone who is a hardcore rap fan should have 50 cent?s album Get Rich or Die Tryin. The album is a classic to me.
It was the first album I ever heard and I liked every song that was on it. It’s a keeper.

C: And a demo cd?
E: I have a limited amount of sampler CDs available by request. Hit my label up and request one.

C: Do you want to say something to italian people?
E: Yes, I want to say, Women beat your men!!!!! I can?t wait to meet all my fans in Italy and thanks for supporting me.

C: Future projects?
E: I have a mixtape out ENFENETEE presents The X Chromosones. It features some of the hottest
independent female rappers from across the USA. I almost done with my next album which is going to be hot. Still modeling and working on my lingerie line.

C: Thanks and hello to…
E: I like to say thanks you, Ciobon for the interview, The X9 family, all my family and friends. Most all I would like to thank my fans for supporting me.

For info and contacts
For bookings and information you can visit us at
www.X9RECORDS.COM

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Interview with B-1

10 Luglio 2005 1 commento


B-1
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of B-1
B-1: I WAS INSPIRED BY AN ERA OF HOUSTON HIP-HOP, WHEN STREET MILITARY,SPC & RAP-A-LOT RAN SHIT. SO I BEEN RAPPIN SINCE DA 90′S. I GOT SERIOUS AROUND DA LATE 90′S WHEN D-RED OF THE BOTANY BOYS PUT ME ON MY 1ST COMPILATION:”WHICH WAS SOUF SIDE SO REAL” ON DEF SOUF RECORDS

C: This is your first cd?
B: YES, THIS IS MY FIRST NATIONAL RELEASE

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
B: HIP-HOP IN HOUSTON IS CONSTANTLY GROWING & EVOLING, THERE HAS BEEN ALOT MORE UNITY LATELY, WITH EVERYBODY WORKING WITH EVERYBODY “SUC,SWISHA HOUSE,SPC,MARTELL MUSIC, BELTWAY 8, NU-TYMERS COLONY…. ETC

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
B: I NOT REALLY UP ON HIP-HOP IN ITALY, I KNOW IT’S PRETTY BIG THOUGH!!! AND ITALIAN’S SEEM TO LISTEN TO LYRICS!!

C: What do you think about mp3?
B: MP.3 HELPED LAUNCH MARTELL MUSIC, HONESTLY!! MP.3 HELPED MAKE HIP-HOP MORE GLOBAL

C: And about women in hip-hop?
B: I THINK FOXY BROWN IS VERY CONSISTANT, IT’S NOT ENUFF WOMEN IN HIP-HOP, BUT I’M HIP TO THE “MURDA MOMMIES MOVEMENT” REMY MARTIN, LA-LA FROM MTV, SHAWANA FROM DTP!

C: Have you performed live?
B: I’VE PERFORMED SO MANY LIVE SHOWS IN DA LAST 4 YRS. I STOPPED COUNTING

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
B: K-RINO, DA GAME, COMMON, KAYNE WEST, JADAKISS ALL HAVE STRONG VOICES, VERY CREATIVE, POSITIVE & WILL RIP ANY MC WHO GET’S OUT OF LINE!!! U GOTTA LOVE IT! LLOYD BANKS IS ILL TOO!

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
B: MOST HIP-HOP VIDEOS VERY STERO-TYPICAL, IN THESE DAYS HIP-HOP IS A COOPREATE BUSINESS MORE THAN JUST AN ART FORM!

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
B: I PAID ALL MY DUES FOR DA LOVE OF THE ART….. I USED BREAK DANCE, I D.J’. ED DA STRIP CLUB CIRCUIT 4 LIKE SIX YEARS, I TRIED BEAT MAKING, RAPPED IN A FEW GROUPS, BUT I SETTLED OUT FOR PUBLISHING, COPY RIGHTS AND THE FREEDOM OF CREATIVE SONG MAKING…….BY WAY OF RAPPING & JOINT-OWNERSHIP. HIP-HOP IS A STATE OF MIND…..YOU HAVE “SWAGGA”
C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
B: DA CLUB SCENE IS CHANGING SINCE DA SUPER BOWL LEFT DIS BITCH!!!!! PRICES WENT UP,,, BUT IT’S SO MANY SPOTS TO HIT,,,SO MUCH RAP THIS MUTHA-FUCKA IS SATURATED. HOUSTON IS A MAJOR CITY…..CLEAR CHANNEL& RADIO-ONE GOT SHIT ON LOCK? WE NEED MORE STATIONS LIKE DAMAGE CONTROL 90.1 & KIDS JAM 90.9 TO GIVE A NEW ARTIST A BETTER SHOT IN HIS OWN CITY!

C: Future projects
B: MY FEATURE LIST IS RUNNING SMOOTH I’M OWN ALOT SHIT….MARTELL MUSIC’S NEXT MOVE IS PIMP GAME SHANE BEFORE THE YEAR IS UP! MY NEXT PROJECT WILL SELF BE TITLED “THERE CAN ONLY B-1″ BE LOOKING FOR THAT @ DA TOP 2006, WORKING ON IT NOW!!!!

C: Thanks and hello to
B: I WONNA SAY RIP TO “EDLEAH BOOKER, NUTT & H” I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU SOUP-D, K-RINO & DAWHOLE SPC, MOMA MARTELL, G-RAPP DA GENERAL,BANG,BIG DOC, TNT,DJ MASON STORM,D-RED& WILL LEAN,3-N-1 ENT.,MIKE MO,SHOWTYME, MARC VANN, DA HALF DEAD ORGANIZATION, SHANE & MY NIGGA T.J.& BG HELLO TO GIVE-N-TAKE ENT, TP-SIN..BE ON DA LOOK OUT 4 DA MO.CITY MARINES…….DA NEXT MOVEMENT

FOR ANY INFO CONTACT 832-647-8477 OR 281-804-6465 OR LOG ON TO www.martellmusic.net or
E-MAIL ONE TOME MANAGEMENT @ daronbooker@yahoo.com

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Interview with Young Izrael

3 Luglio 2005 Commenti chiusi


YOUNG IZRAEL
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Young Izrael
YOUNG IZRAEL: Young Izrael, is a young conscious rapper from Central Florida. My topics usually speaks on the dark side of life: poverty, oppression, racial profiling, spirituality, and personal issues. For more visit www.youngiz.com Read Bio

C: This is your first cd?
YI: “Geek Slang” is officially my third cd release. List in order: “Angelik Skripturez” 2003, “Inspiramental” 2004, and “Geek Slang” 2005

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
YI: Hip-Hop in Tampa Bay is based on artist chasing the commercial sound. What’s usually heard on Radio and Television. About 80% of the rappers in Tampa Bay rhymes consist of Violence, Sex, Drugs, and Partying. You would rarely hear something of consciousness.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
YI: I don’t know anything about Hip-Hop in Italy, but I’m anxious to learn.

C: What do you think about mp3?
YI: I think MP3′s were a great invention. It’s a excellent way for underground and indie artist to share their art. It’s also a great way to get discovered.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
YI: I think it’s vital that women play a big part in Hip-Hop. Because they also need to be heard. Women have voices, so why shouldn’t they be able to express their opinions and views. As a matter of fact I think we need more women in Hip-Hop. Women are also the biggest supporters when it comes to album sells. Though I’m married I love Women. They are such beautiful creatures. Much respect to women

C: Have you performed live?
YI: Young Iz, always performs live, but I haven’t had a show in over 8 months. Sad I know.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
YI: I really enjoy listening to Common, Talib Kweli, Nas, Mos Def. These artists that I just mentioned all have something in common. They all have worthy issues that the speak about. They pretty much stay a way from the degrading of women and so forth.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
YI: Do I think music videos misrepresent real Hip-Hop? First define real Hip-Hop in your opinion. I think all Hip-Hop is real. It’s just some Hip-Hop is not worth listening to. But to answer your question. I think 90% of the videos that are shown on stations such as BET and MTV. Misrepresent Life in General. Example: Not every one in the hood can relate to a $50,000 pinkie ring on their finger. Or a $100,000 vehicle.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
YI: Hip-Hop has been struggling for years to get accepted and respected. I feel my life is the same as a person. Regarding my race, belief, occupation, and my views.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
YI: Radio in my city is bought out by Major Record Companies. They air the same stuff everyday all day. I call it legal Playola. FCC totally ignores all the rules they break. Clubs pretty much feed off radio. So the stuff you hear on radio you’re going to hear in the clubs. Another thing about clubs here is you rarely know what’s going on because there isn’t enough advertising from the promoters of those clubs. Some of them advertise on a regular basis.

C: Future projects
YI: If God’s will I have a brand new disc dropping in October titled “Blackomedy” pronounced Black Comedy.

C: Thanks and hello to
YI: I’d like to think Silvia for this interview and all those who took time to read it.
And for Hip-Hop fans please keep supporting underground and indie Music. Thank You

Contact Young Izrael www.youngiz.com youngiz@gmail.com

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Interview with Lady Rezult

2 Luglio 2005 Commenti chiusi


LADY REZULT
By Ciobin

Q. A little history of Lady Rezult
A. I was born and raised around music, my father was a drummer and music
was always being played in my home. As hip-hop became popular, my oldest
brothers would buy tapes and listen to it on the radio, so I did too. I
actually got into writing lyrics as a way to complete an assignment when I
was in sixth grade. I went from writing to making beats and battling guys
older than me at school and kind of became known as “the girl that raps”.
As time has gone by, I’ve been a part of different groups and I’ve gone by
different MC names but Lady Rezult is who I am and as a artist, it’s the
name by which I have been able to accomplish the most.

Q. This is your first cd?
A. “Life’s Consequences” is my first full-length solo album. I have been
recording music since I was 10 years old, but it was always just for fun
or for my friends. This album is personal to me and you can tell that from
the song content. I decided to release it on such a large scale primarily
for that reason. I don’t think there is a better way for me to introduce
myself to the world. People can hear about me, in my own words over hot
tracks.

Q. Tell me something about hip-hop in your city?
A. I reside in Buffalo, New York USA. Hip-Hop music and culture is
everywhere, but there really isn’t a hip-hop scene like what you might
find downstate in New York City and it’s surrounding burroughs. There are
a few collectives who have made it their business to create a hip-hop
scene in my area and I think that as an artist, I can play my part by
representing my city in positive ways everytime I touch the mic.

Q. Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
A. I can’t say that I know about specific artists. I do know that Italy
has a lot of love for the Hip-Hop culture as a whole, and I think that
their love is probably more genuine and music centered than it is in the
U.S.

Q. What do you think about MP3?
A. Mp3 is great. As an independent artist I have found the internet to be
a great promotional tool and mp3 gives my fans access to my music and
makes my music available to people who may otherwise not have access to
it.

Q. And about women in hip-hop?
A. The role of women in hip-hop needs some serious work and I think part
of that work will fall on the shoulders of artists such as myself, Jean
Grae, and other women who are in this for the love of it. I think work
needs to be done to improve the image of female MC’s in particular. My
goal is to combat the “sex sells” theory with talent and intelligence. If
people think I’m attractive or sexy, than cool but that’s not my focus and
certainly doesn’t define who I am as a hip-hop artist and definitely not
as a person.

Q. Have you performed live.
A. Over the years I’ve performed numerous times, primarily in my local
area. It has only been recently that I’ve started to travel outside of my
area and the reception has been great so far. I am actually going to be
touring the U.S this summer to promote the album.

Q. Who is the artist you like the most and why?
A. Without a doubt Jay-Z comes to mind. Lyrically, the man is unmatched.
The pictures that he paints through words and the emotions that he can
evoke with his lyrics are unbelievable.

Q. Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
A. For the most part, NO. Other than the fact that the people in the
videos may be wearing so called “hip-hop clothing”, most of the videos do
not capture the essence of hip-hop as I see it. Today’s hip-hop videos
involve three elements: women, cars, and parties. I’m not saying there’s
anything wrong with any of those things, they just don’t capture the
essence of hip-hop and hardly ever have anything to do with the song that
the video is for.

Q. In which way do you live hip-hop?
A. I live hip-hop by remaining open to meeting new people and hearing new
ideas just as the hip-hop culture has remained opened and allowed for the
development of so many different subcultures.

Q. Tell me something about clubs and radio in your city?
A. Well, the club scene and radio stations are focused on commercial
music. You can hear what’s topping the charts, but there hasn’t been much
attention shown to underground and/or independent artists.

Q. Future Projects
A. Right now, I’m focused on promoting the “Life’s Consequences” album and
touring this summer. My music will be featured on a few mixtapes this
summer and whereever else the people want it. I’m always writing and try
to hit the studio frequently.

Q. Thanks and Hellos
A. I just want to say Thank You to everyone who supports me on a daily
basis and I would like to say Hello to all of my current and future fans.

Q. Contacts
A. People can check me out on my website at www.ladyrezult.com. Make sure
you sign the guestbook and leave your email address. Any inquiries should
be directed to my manager Bridget Hodges, her email address is
bridget@ladyrezult.com.

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