Archivio Ottobre 2005

Interview with Mutiny Zoo

27 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

CIOBIN: A little history of Mutiny Zoo
Mad Happy is an act that pushes the envelope. With a distinctive and edgy sound, solidly rooted in hip-hop and the blues; Their lyrics, intelligent verse promoting tolerance and individuality. Mike iLL and Rivka draw on a rainbow of influences, from Hasidic folk melodies to Public Enemy to Hank Williams, Nina Simone, Madonna and Sly Stone. Mad haPPy twists it all up into electro-pop/hip-hop.
The two love birds were hatched in devout religious families. Rivka’s parents, both born Jewish, joined the Hasidic movement during their college years in Boston and followed their Rabbi to New York where Rivka was raised the seventh of nine children hidden from American culture in an enclosed Hasidic community in Brooklyn’s Borough Park. Mike’s parents, an ex-nun and seminarian were involved in the civil rights movement. They gave birth to Mike in Montgomery, Alabama where they were organizing an integrated county government. Looking to move to New York City, the young family settled across the Hudson River where Mike, the oldest of five children was raised amongst the working class artists of Hoboken, New Jersey.
Rivka and Mike iLL met in 1997 in a sweat lodge at Nature’s Friends Farm in New Jersey. They got together for a musical project and ended up hopelessly romantically entangled in ’98. It wasn’t until New Years of 2002 that they formed Mad Happy. They recorded “The Rock and Roll” and “Not Jealous of the Angels” completing an eleven song album “Feel Good Music… for the Broke Middle Class” (Bar/None Records BRN CD ..129); released in April, 2002. The two have been doing over 200 live shows a year since, sharing bills with indie hip-hop and experimental acts, including Drop the Lime (Tigerbeat 6), Sole, Pedestrian and Dosh (Anticon) and Goldchains and Sue Cie (KRS); selling over 2000 CDs and live DVDs.
Mad Happy’s live show is tight, energetic and emotionally charged. The charismatic pair, with manic colored hair, an MC-505 Drum Machine and a free spirited approach, can start a party anywhere.

C: This is your first cd?
this is our second release as MadHappy. the first was Feel Good Music for the broke middle class. it was more of a rock thing. we ended up closer to our roots when the band quit during our first tour. so we broke out the MC – 505 and got a great response. and it’s all developed from there .

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
i was raised in brooklyn ny in a hassidic community so i didn’t really get introduced to hip-hop, or any popular music until my early teens. at first all i noticed about hip-hop was the violence and as a teenager i thought my friends were “fake” when they got into it. only a few years later though, i figured out what i liked to dance to. and once i was introduced to conscious hip-hop and all kinds of hybrids on the scene i was hooked. so the heavy beats and spoken word style influenced me anyway and in the end attracted me completely. we see lots of underground alternative hip-hop, traveling around the states. there’s a small hip hop scene where we live in pensacola fl. most places we hang hip-hop is very ethnically mixed. i like that because it’s easier for me to feel i belong in a diverse group.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
not really

C: What do you think about mp3?
i don’t think mp-3s sound as good, but they have their merits. like making it easier to check out new music.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
i love women in hip hop, most seem very strong. on the underground i don’t meet that many women, when i do it’s a breath of fresh air. i love Tiana Hux from New Orleans. Indigo and Dessa Darling with Doomtree both in Minneapolis. Shirah in the dub style with Sasquatch out of South Carolina. Godd-ess and Bytch And Animal both from NYC. NCindy A.K.A. Infamous Brown with Mo Raw in Nashville. Jasmine with The Frozen Food Section in St. Louis.

C: Have you performed live?
we’ve been touring for three years as mad happy doing 200-250 shows a year. our live show is how we work out new music and it gives us an excuse to network with great people around the country and the world.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
that’s harder than choosing my favorite mood. lately i’ve been diggin’ on Norah Jones, lot’s of feel. music you can just wrap yourself up in.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
a certain side of hip hop maybe, but not the underground scene that i know as hip hop. so i would say that they don’t represent all of the real hip-hop.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
performing, writing, working and loving.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
Sluggo’s is the best in pensacola – ALL AGES vegan restaurant/venue, owned by Terri Johnson from the punk band This Bike is a Pipe Bomb.
Also End of the Line Cafe – a co-operative vegetarian cafe/coffee shop who are hooked up with the Wobblies (IWW).

C: Future projects
Next record in progress already and many months of touring. Hopefully we’ll get to europe soon.

C: Thanks and hello to
zef noi$e, Kill Audio, tom tom club, Medeski, Martin and Wood, drop the lime, mc chris, grand buffet, dessa darling and doomtree crew, kid ginseng, JaGoFF, Robin and Rob at Mutiny Zoo Records.

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Interview with Dj League

26 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

A little history of Dj League
The DJ League was found in 2000 by DJ Absoulute with the goal of networking with others . Most basic is the idea of cooperation between like-minded DJs from the black music scene. The DJ-League is therefore an union of professional black music DJs with the purpose of mutual support for example in trying to exchange bookings or extending PR activities. Let us emphasize at this point that we are not a booking agency but the biggest and most widely accepted blackmusic – dj community in europe. To all interested in black music we can offer a variety of information on any aspect of black music including event ideas, vinyl suggestions worldwide blackmusic-news, european-wide eventticker. It’s our purpose to build a unique blackmusic-dj network spanning all over Europe – a goal that we have already achieved in the german-speaking territories (Switzerland, Austria and Germany). The homepage (=,,,,, and comserve as a basis for this purpose and register about 100.000 hits per month (!). A lot of interesting projects are the result of this effort, i.g. an exclusive record store, graphics enterprises, merchandising products, a recording studio and more. More projects are being planned at the moment and will be realised soon – always with the perspective of providing more information about and having more fun with black music! You can expect a lot from us – visit our homepage on an regular basis and find out !

This is your first cd?
The DJ League is featured by so many Members and each of them got their own personal choice so it is hard to say what will be the first CD ever ? Btw : We mix with the classic black tool called Vinyl

Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
Well , the Culture called ?Hip Hop? has changed in so many ways . Young kids don?t get the real meaning of it ? They hear the Songs and see the Videos and from then on they are into it , but they didn?t get the value what it was like back in the days , know what I mean ? I can see it in the Countries/Cities where the DJ League Members are representing . But the ?Rap-songs? that are played now-a-days looks to be familiar in every City in Europe . With our upcoming webradio-show we want to transport all styles of blackmusic and all the history stuff out to the people.

Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
We have to admit ? We got no Idea what it is like today , but we can remember ourselfs in the 90ies when italian Breakdancers and Artists were making a huge impact in other Countries. It?s very difficult to find something about the italian blackmusic-scene in the internet. May be there are some people, who can support us ;-) … btw: we?re still in progress to install the italian version of our website

What do you think about mp3?
The time is getting faster and the Industry wants to save some more doe with the Promotion , so they hook the DJ?s and Radiostations up with their newest Trax on mp3 . It is ok , because the can never know if this new song is a Smash or just a waste of time so they check the reaction of the mp3 and when the impact is huge enough : they get it on Waxx/CD to sell it . Many DJ League Members get promotional mp3 from the artist to see if it hit the Club as expected .

And about women in hip-hop?
As long as she is doing a good job ? why not ! We just don?t like that kind of ?extra bonus? that some female DJ?s get as soon as they step on the Decks with their short Top where you can see ?em sexy Nipples *lol*
But to get back to the point : The DJ League has 5 female DJ?s who know how to rock a spot ,, so it is all good . And where would we be without Lil? Kim and the others

Have you performed live?
Yep ,,, If a DJ is not doing it live then he is no DJ ! And all our members do this !

Who is the artist you like most and why?
That?s so hard to say . As a DJ we do have so many favourites so it is too hard for us to pick one out of ?em , but we respect and adore at the moment Kanye West for that Statement he did on US TV

Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
Hell no , all the videos are telling the kids to become a Gangsta , a Dealer or a Pimp to get fame and respect . Do you know of any ?normal? Hip Hop lover that calls a H2 or privat Jet his own ? I don?t !
It is an unwritten Law that Sex and exspensive Cars in a Video sells ? so that?s what they do ? and that?s why every young Hip Hopper wants to be like that. But that ain?t real !!!

In which way you live hip-hop?
Most of us are in this game for more than a Decade so we are living the Culture . We respect everyone that is real and loyal to us , we give support to the ones who are in need of them and we don?t care about colour , race or any thing that might be different ?. We are human and we thread ?em as such .

Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
DJ League got Members in cities like Munich , Berlin , Stuttgart , Leipzig , Cologne , Basle , Zurich , Berne , London , Birmingham , Newcastle , Eindhoven , Innsbruck , Amsterdam , Antwerpen so we are in pretty every major City in Europe and there are lots of clubs and radios ? Some clubs are hot , some not ? just like in every other City/Country

Future projects
To maintain with the work for/in the DJ League . Raise for a bigger Community and finally get our Homepage translated in Italian and french as well so you peeps know what?s up

Thanks and hello to
First of all thanx to the one and only DJ League to make that all happen , DJ Absoulute (the Founder) , DJ Enix (the IT pro) , DJ Flexmaster Dee (Master of Promotion) , to all the members for making it the biggest Blackmusic DJ Community in Europe , to UK?s leading female in the DJ Biz Miss Que Tee for hit us up to new Horizions , Ciobin for that Interview , Promo Cartel in London for hooking us up with brand new Trax , you are a great Partner , Harry D. & Breaks Records for supporting us so long and every single Hip Hop Lover and supporter in the World .

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Interview with Ujmul’EL

24 Ottobre 2005 1 commento

C: A little history of yourself
My name is Ujmul’EL: the boombox delight. I’ve been rhyming since 1984.
I was born on an Air Force Base in Tampa,FL. As I took residence in many
places,I embraced the original four elements of hip hop & it stayed with
me emotionally and physically.

C: Is this your first cd?
This is my first cd release but I’ve recorded many songs under other
names in the past and with other groups.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city
The hip hop scene in Atlanta,GA is great but many true artform reps
don’t get love from the city. It doesn’t surprise me because true hip
hop never had roots in the south. If it did, artists would reach to the
past when hip hop got lost within hype and glitter.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
I don’t know much about hip hop in Italy but I do know culture hip hop
is universal so Italy must also be involved.

C: Qhat do you think about women in hip-hop?
I love women who are involved in true hip hop but my eyes don’t see it
The world needs to see strong women representing the culture everyday.
Today, I see women submitting to weak minded men in the rap game. I want
to see more women involved in hip hop who are liberated
mentally,upholding their dignity,and aggressive. That’ll be def.

C: Have your performed live?
I’ve performed on stages in many places for over 15 years. Performing is
powerful because you really can test your skills.
It’s fresher to me even more when no one knows who you are.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
Coming fresh out the 80′s,I adored many artists of the past. Today I
listen to alot of underground hip hop but right now MED,OH NO,& MADLIB
have my ear because they vocally never end. They take no breath.
Somewhat like I did on my song “avenue mathematicians”. MADLIB is the
beat conductor who brings their vocals to light. I also listen to AESOP
ROCK because of his eccentric approach to storytelling.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
When it comes to videos today,they mean nothing to me. Videos are
editted and sh?t. At a performance, I get to see if an artist really
believes in him/herself.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
I live culture hip hop everyday. On the daily basis,I use my own mind
and follow no trends. Hip hop is about expression of self so battle my
own ideas and creations.
I Self lord and master hold my own identity which many mainstream
artists don’t have.

C: Tell me something about radios and clubs in your city
In Atlanta,clubs are just that. Clubs are heavy objects used as a
weapon. The music is crazy wack. There’s 2 funky radio stations I listen
to here. One is WRAS 88.5 FM and the other is WRFG 89.3 FM.
They promote true hip hop.

C: Future projects?
At the end of September I’ll be recording 3 new songs of massive power.
For the sake of true hip hop and it’s essence, it’ll be for performances
only and leaked to college radio strickly for suspense.

C: Thanks and hello to
Love goes to mom,pops, and sis. Love goes to wife for putting up with my
noise when I create art. Peace to Nuwaubian Nation,Dr. Malachi Z. York,
and the Nation of Gods and Earth. Peace to Kool Herc for creating this
art called hip hop.

Peace to all in Italy and the women who adore true hip hop not that
watered down version.
My contact is 404-512-3998

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Interview with Samantha Murphy

24 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

1) A little history of Samantha Murphy
Samantha’s songs literally drip with personality. They’re quirky and whimsical, full of appealing contrasts. On the one hand, she’s kind of sweet and girly; on the other, she’s kind of a rebellious rocker chick. Even the title of her new CD, somewhere between starving & stardom, seems to reflect these odd contrasts. Born in Hawaii to Australian parents, Samantha practically grew up in the music industry, singing in her family?s band, The Murphys. The family was on the road, touring the US from the time Samantha could walk, and opening for such artists as Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Now a solo artist, Samantha has opened for Five for Fighting, Steve Poltz and many others. She has her own Podcast called SMtv that features a different indie artist each week. After only 13 shows on iTunes, Samantha now has over 10,000 subscribers! She’s also a staff writer for KillYourFM, a new digital magazine you download to your Sony Playstation Portable (PSP).

2) This is your first cd?

3) Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
Well, I don?t really have a city, but in LA Hip Hop is really prevalent. I love it.

4) Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?

5) What do you think about mp3?
Do you mean file sharing? I?m very pro-file sharing. I love the Internet.

6) And about women in hip-hop?
Love it! Lil Kim and Mary J Blige rock

7) Have you performed live?
Practically every day. I?m on tour now.
8) Who is the artist you like most and why?
Bob Dylan. He was never afraid to be himself.

9) Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
I guess so.

10) In which way you live hip-hop?
I?m homeless and have been around the streets. I love diamonds, furs and cars.

11) Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
Like I said, I really don?t have a city, seeing as I?m constantly on the road.

12) Future projects
TV Show, another album and my own record label.

13) Thanks and hello to

14) for contacts? and

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Interview with Space

24 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

By Ciobin

C: A little history of Space
I?m from Brooklyn, (East New York), an area where if you don?t watch your food someone will snatch your plate; you gotta be on point that?s all. Growing up in Brooklyn, hangin? on the blocks and in the parks with my friends was a way of life, and it was there that we would imitate our favorite rappers. Then I start noticing people would gather around and cheer when I rapped, and that encouraged me to start taking rapping serious.

C: Is this your first cd?
Yea, this is my first full CD, I had a single out about six months before the CD; My Managers, Armstrong and Kentel saw me performing in a Club and took several of my tracks to Black Eye Records.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
The best way to describe hip hop in New York is like a stack of bodies, and everybody trying to climb on top of each other to get to the top. There?s more hungry rappers here than any other City in the world. But it?s all good, because it makes you work harder on your skills.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
I read some Magazine articles about hip hop in Italy and looked at a few websites. My Label sent my Single and CD to Industry people there. They said Italy is a growing hip hop market.

C: What do you think about mp3?
I think mp3s are good, make listening, buying, selling and sending songs easier. I know there?s a big thing about free downloads, but we are in the computer age.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
I think it?s all good to have females in hip hop. They bring a different kind of flavor and excitement from guys.

C: Have your performed live?
Yea, I performed live. I have performed at many of New York?s Clubs, Concert Halls, Parks and most of the East Coast of the United States.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
I like LL Cool J because he is versatile and can rap about anything, same as I can. He has continually made good music year after year, and still on the top.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
No not completely, Hip Hop Videos are entertainment, part fact, part fiction, a tool to influence people to buy records. For me live shows represents real hip hop, because they shows if you really have what it takes. But Videos are a good sales tool.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
Here in America we are call the hip hop generation. I not only rap, I listen to hip hop, go to hip hop shows, read hip hop magazines, wear hip hop inspired clothes and talk hip hop. I would say I live it.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city
There is more hip hop clubs in New York than any other city, but many downtown promoters bill their shows as Show Cases and make artists sell tickets to perform, but there are a lot of honest ones. By having a CD out I only do regular shows, as head liner in small to medium clubs or opening act for more established artists. There are three major hip hop Radio Stations in New York, and about a dozen Independents, College and Community Stations. I was lucky enough to get playing time on one of the majors and most of the smaller stations.

C: Future projects?
I am recording demos in preparation for another Album. I like to lay demos then come back and complete them. We are looking at a release date in the spring of 2006.

C: Thanks and hello to
I want to give a shout to Ted, my label owner, my Managers Armstrong and Kentel, DJs, Radio and everybody that?s been showing me luv.

14. Contact: Armstrong, Ted or Kentel 212-592-7187, 917-544-4851, 347-626-4030 ( or

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Interview with Keneteph

24 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

A little history of Keneteph
A: Keneteph Entertainment was started in 2000, by myself, Thaahum in order to promote my music. I realized the only true way I would get my name out is if I started my own company. My daugthers are the main motivation for my success. That’s why the company is named after them. Keneteph is a combination of My youngest daughter’s brother’s name Little KEndall, then my oldest daugther NEkaybaw Marie, and finally my youngest daughter TEPHareth Lenora.

This is your first cd?
A: No, I put out another promo CD back in 2001 called All Movement Vol. 1.

Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
A: It has really changed a lot for the better here in Phoenix, Arizona. When I started artist where not unified, and did not want to collab with each other. But now more people are workign together, putting out mixtapes together, and just shining overall as a group. The styles are very different from Gangsta, to Underground, to more mainstream sounding artist.

Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
A: Yeah I know a little something something. Shout out to Marya. I think her voice and lyrics are dope-even though she don’t return my emails about doing a track together!lol Get at me girl so we can make some classic hip hop hits!

What do you think about mp3?
A: MP3′s are a great way for the artist to gain exposure over the internet. I don’t mind free downloads but there needs to be a balance between aloowing free downloads of songs and just giving samples so that people will purchase the artists’ albulm.

And about women in hip-hop?
A: Females emcees have really added a great unheard expression in HipHop. With female emcees one now gets a complete story of the human experience. People need to hear everybody’s expression to help them understand what that culture, race, sex, or age group goes through.

Have you performed live?
A: Yes. Besides performing here in Arizona, I’ve also performed in LA, and in Miami. I am always looking to get more shows. I also would love to perform overseas. All promoters in Italy get at me!

Who is the artist you like most and why?
A: I can’t say I like one artist the most. I like all the artist who are innovators and take chances. I like Outkast because of their originality. I like Jay-Z because of his lyrics and business ethics, Atmosphere, Pigeon John, and Juice, because of their lyrics and for bringing undergound to the forefront. And SKG, and Tequila for their originality. Too many to name for different reasons . . .

Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
A: Yes all HipHop videos represent an aspect of real HipHop. however not ALL HipHop videos are played onTV. Unfortunately only the videos that show the women, jewelry, and cars are being played on the major stations. Only showing one aspect of HipHop distorts the viewers perspective on how the culture is. More unfortunate is that the majors are unwilling to show videos if it doesn’t fit what they play. An artist has to be real covert if they want to change the game.

In which way you live hip-hop?
A: Well besides emceeing I’m also a freelance journalist for a few HipHop magazines. Shout out to Rap Fanatic, XPOZ, T.R.U.E., and Grind Mode Magazine. This allows me to hear how other artists struggles and how they made it, then share that with the masses. Lyrically, my songs only reflect how I am living, and my personal thoughts. It is a parallel to my life, so that is how I’m living it.

Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
A: There are a diverse number of clubs here. Some are strictly to get your dance on, others book unsigned and mainstream talent to perform. Since radio is so commercialized, only one radio station in Phoenix gives props to local artists. Shout out to Power 92 and JX3 for supporting us artists.

Future projects
A: I’m working on my next CD, All Movement Vol. 2. This CD is going to take the world by storm! Everything is a step up, beats and lyrics. I’m also working on a project with my crew, The ETMCEEZ. Big ups to Sabathil, GK, Boek, Chell, Queen, and TWILIGHT for all their hustle and hard work. And I’m working on a project with an emcee out here from Oaklahoma J-Grizz. He spits some real life fire shit and I’m helping him with his solo project.

Thanks and hello to
A: Yes shout out to my crew ETMCEEZ, J-Grizz, my producers Stix and TG-1, also shout out to DJ DoItAll for all his support and for giving me some tracks, shout out to Sunni Entertainment and Tequila for doing a track with me. She’ll be in Europe on a tour in mid December. Check her site ( for details. Shout out to all the artists, magazines, and fans who have supported me. And shout out to the whole reason behind Keneteph Entertainment: Little Kendall, Nekaybaw Marie, and Tephareth Lenora.

for contacts?
A: Fans can contact me and hear songs via my myspace page, , for booking or other inquiries email:

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Interview with Indigenous Womb

24 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

Interview handled by Signifire of I-Womb?

1) A little history of Indigenous Womb
A couple of crazy kids met falling out of a car on the way to a party in VA? Me and Vex were best friends from New Hampshire and Amen was from Miami? We were all real cool with one another and all could flow so we figured, hey, lets do something with this? That was about 2001? When then hired free agent DJ Sseleman to join the squad as the DJ and producer and added Ras Dan Sealy to the mix for this last release? Presently Amen is aiming to move to Japan, Sseleman to LA, and Ras Dan is already back in his home land of the Bahamas?. Not ideal for recording and touring! But, As individuals or a crew the best music from the Indigenous Womb family is ahead of us.

2) This is your first cd?
No no? We put out ‘The Ripple Effect EP’ in 01? 8 Tracks, Just me, Vex and Amen handling the vocals? Production by Sseleman, DJ Fairo, Insight and my punk self actually did one as well. Then Vex did a solo (Alley Kat Anthem) in 03 and I did a solo (The Yellow Lens) in 04? Downloads for those albums are on the web site so give em a gander to see how we got to where we’re at?

3) Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
Talking about the DC scene and the surrounding MD/VA area there is a lot of talented kats and it’s a growing scene? Seemingly no one getting huge recognition but give it time?RPM, and Flex Mathews and DJ Damu and Educated Consumers are all really dope kats well worth checking out.

4) Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
A point of honesty? I’m not at all in tune with hip-hop in Italy? I gal I knew who was over there brought me back a tape of some stuff but that was a ways back? I’m always interested to check out some suggested listening. Let me know!

5) What do you think about mp3?
Mp3s as a whole? I mean, aint nothing like actually having a artists CD or record? But?Mp3s have expanded the accessibility of music tenfold? The fact someone in Italy can go to my web site and down load tracks a min or 2 is great when your in a position like we are and world wide exposure (not just sales) is the key!

6) And about women in hip-hop?
I love women in general, and hip-hop is no exception? haha? I look at it like this? I need female contact, perspective and conversation in my life, and when that is being expressed through music it’s fantastic. If you can get me a date with the Lady Bug (From Digable Planets) I’d appreciate it greatly? No for real though, the visibility of women is not all that high, but its great to see the involvement? I thoroughly enjoy Jean Grey, Bahamadia, and Rah Digga?

7) Have you performed live?
I started performing live at 15 in some wild night club in Hampton Beach New Hampshire! Not exactly the Hip-hop mecca? The womb has performed everywhere from Vermont to Hawaii and have been fortunate enough to open for several artists we’ve looked up to since we were kids?
8) Who is the artist you like most and why?
I’ll just speak for myself here? And this is a difficult question because I’m a kat that is very very particular about the tracks that I love? I think initially of Common, Mr. Lif, Louis Logic, The Grouch, Slick Rick, Gangstarr and Atmosphere? For me it’s about entertainment, word play, concepts and being able to relate/be moved by people’s music and those are a handful of names with nice catalogues that do it for me.

9) Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
Depends how you define ‘real hip-hop’? To me its what I can relate to and what I dig? Some of the recycled themes in hip-hop videos you see on MTV/BET are so blatant I need not even mention them? Most videos don’t represent ‘real hip-hop’ to me because most of the kats I consider real hip-hop either don’t have videos or don’t have the means to make them accessible. Although? I see a video for The Roots, Common Sense, Aesop Rock, etc, I’m very excited that kinda stuff is getting some run? I will note, I stopped hating on commercial kats a bit less over the last few years and have grown to find humour in songs/videos even if I truly consider it ‘bad music’. To each his own you know?

10) In which way you live hip-hop?
I think in rhyme scheme? At times my day to day thought that go through my head or all rhymes? Kinda like an continuous internal freestyle? I just love rap and I’m all about good music, beats, cuts, rhyme schemes, all that? I’m all about making my own stuff or supporting people I dig? I’m always trying to take kats that I chill with or meet who have negative views about hip-hop through the commercial stuff they hear and turn them on to a whole new type ‘hip-hop’ that they might not have even known existed? Often times they really get into it. My b-boy skills, DJing and graffiti on the other hand need to be kept under the rug!

11) Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
The 9:30 club in DC is really the dopest place to see a big hip-hop act come through the city? Places like DC9, The Velvet Lounge, Jaxx are continuously bringing in dope hip-hop from out of town and giving local kats the spot light as well? There are a ton of colleges in the area that spin some dope hip-hop if I’m ever in the mood to turn off my own instrumentals and stop freestyling in my car.

12) Future projects
I just started recording for my next album last week? No title as of yet, but I may just keep it to a 7 track EP and just make sure it’s the tightest stuff I can come up with? No fillers? Vex and Amen are both in recording processes for new projects and we’ll all be working together to some degree or another? Ras Dan Sealy actually has finished recording his ‘Year of the Warrior’ album and when it sees the light of day I could get huge? Kat is talented as can be! Other than that if I can get the Womb in the same town on the same page we’ll plan to make another album and rule the world with an iron fist! Haha.

13) Thanks and hello to
Aaron Carter, Friends, Family, Enemies, and Humanity.

14) for contacts? ?. Its basic, but if you want to peep some tracks we have a library and more soon to come. Peace and thanks for having me.

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Interview with Black Market

24 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

C: A little history of Black Market
Well actually I changed the name to Market due to legal issues we weren?t really trying to deal with. But as for the history of Market the artist I was born Wayne Minor I am from Gordonsville, Virginia and I am an only child.
I used to watch music videos all the time and it made me interested and inspired me to pursue rapping. I would say the Notorious BIG was my main influence because his style was so different that he could make music for the streets and have commercial appeal.
I began freestyling on radio stations and mixtapes with my man DJ Rush Hour. I had a few setbacks in which I was incarcerated. While I was in jail I made the decision I wanted to pursue hip-hop full-time. After I got out I hooked up with Strong Quality in 2001.
I recorded and released my first full album entitled The Wall in January 2004.

C: This is your first cd?
So my next project will be my 2nd release

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
It doesn?t really exist, people listen to the music but as far as opportunities you basically have to travel and promote yourself.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
Not at the moment

C: What do you think about mp3?
I think that for Independent artists such as myself it serves a purpose as a tool of promotion and creates a buzz but on the flipside a mainstream.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
I feel female hip-hop artists there are talented MCs I saw Lil Kim just got 5 mics in the Source, that?s a major accomplishment. I also think that females are in the business aspect as well and that?s a great thing.

C: Have you performed live?
Yes all over the DC/MD/VA region.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
I would say The Notorious BIG, because he could tell a story you could visualize like no other.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
I think it reflects the culture and views of the artists

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
I feel I got the swagger and style that represents the culture.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
As far as radio we got 91.9FM The Boombox that plays Major and Independent artists also we have 92.7 Kiss FM and they play all forms of urban music but not much from Independent artists such as myself.
The two spots that stand out the most are Rapture and Wolfie?s when it comes to being open to hip-hop.

C: Future projects
I am going to be dropping a mixtape and my second album very soon as well as I plan to collab with others.

C: Thanks and hello to
I want to shout out the whole Strong Quality, of course my hometown of Gordonsville, VA and def shouts to the Italian hip-hop scene.

For more info. Contact Strong Quality Music ?

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Interview with Alvare

24 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

1. A little history of Alvare?.

A young latino poetic lyricist giving you music that you can relate to with real life experiences that you can feel. 13 years and counting in the game, better yet the industry. Hip-Hop has been with me for a long time now and I feel that this new project will break down barriers in the music business. There so much to talk about. The bio is on for more information.

2. This is your first CD?

Actually this is my second album and third project. I released the ?Logic? EP in 1996 which did very well and got a great response in the streets. My first full-length album ?Hip-Hop Desperation? was released in 2003. It was a learning experience to say the least, but got great reviews overall and love from the streets. My new project ?Never Heard of This? is a classic for the ages. A musical masterpiece. Check it out Europe.

3. Tell me something about hip-hop in your city?

There is lots of talent in my area. New Jersey let alone the entire tri-state has so many artists that are 10x better than the ones out now, it?s ridiculous. The sad thing is that it?s who you know and not what you know. This holds true for music business, but I firmly believe that I will change the game.

4. Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?

A little bit. I know that Silvia Ciobin is well connected and knows lots of peoples. I also know that Italy and Europe in general have a great appreciation for Hip-Hop. I am looking forward to linking up with some artists out in Italy and doing some shows. If you know artists that want to link up, let me know.

5. What do you think about mp3?

I think that it is great for music. Being able to share files with everyone across the globe and promoting your music is priceless. I agree that the file sharing is out of control, but at the same time if artists put out good projects worth buying people wouldn?t share. Who wants to buy an album with 15 songs and 2 are worth listening to.

6. And about women in hip-hop?

Women in hip-hop is the best thing for the music. I like to see an attractive woman step to the mic and rip it with no questions asked. That is off the hook. Woman bring a different element to the game that is needed to have a balance to Hip-Hop.

7. Have you performed live?

Yes. It?s the best feeling ever. It?s great to express yourself through music and touch many people all at once.

8. Who is the artist you like most and why?

One of my favorite artists I like is Rakim. He was ahead of his time many years before artists like Nas, Big Pun, Tupac, Biggie or Jay-Z graced a mic. Lyrically he was and still is the truth.

9. Do you think hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?

It depends when. Back in the day it was great watchin videos because the artists were real. Nowadays you get what sells. It?s not all about the money, cars, and woman. The focus should be placed on a more creative level. You can still shoot a dope video without spending millions of dollars.

10. In which way you live hip-hop?

Every which way. I wake up to hip-hop, brush my teeth hip-hop, wash my face hip-hop..everything. It?s definitely a way of life. It?s an art form. No matter what I will always have hip-hop be a part of me in life.

11. Tell me something about the clubs and radio in your city?

Clubs and radio have everything you want. NYC is where Hip-Hop started. The tri-state period has such a huge pool of talent, it?s incredible. The clubs and radio usually play lots of commercial artists, but they always cater to up and coming artists to get the next hot artist before they make it big.

12. Future Projects.

Right now I?m working on Mixtapes and my 3rd album. I am also putting together new projects for my peoples down with Monte Cristo Entertainment. I am open to working with new artists so if any artists from Italy read this, let?s link up and make a classic. I?m looking forward to going on tour in Europe and blessin the masses out there. So if any promoters in Europe need a dope Hip-Hop performance, contact Alvare. I don?t mind makin some Euros.

13. Thanks and hello to..

Shout to Silvia Ciobin for giving me the opportunity to bless Italy and Europe with an Alvare interview. Shout to everyone staying true to Hip-Hop. Everyone down with Alvare since day one. You know who you are. Don?t forget hit

14. for contacts?

Hit up or

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Interview with Treangle

17 Ottobre 2005 Commenti chiusi

Interview between Ciobin and Tre Angle about, Hip Hop in Italy and other

C: A little history of TreAngle
T: I’ve been around music since the day I was born. When I was young, my
father who is a jazz/fusion bassist exposed me to music from all over the
world from Stevie Wonder to Jean Luc Ponte. I developed an ear for music
by the age of 4 and throughout school I was always involved in the music
programs that were available learning and playing instruments, singing,
whatever. By the time I was 16 I had already been programming electronic
instruments for my hip hop/alternative group “Oblivion”.

C: Is this your first cd?
T: Yes, Chronicles is my first official worldwide release. I did a couple
of underground releases back in 2003-2004 titled “I.E Domination”
featuring some of the best MC’s in southern California. Also, “The X Tapes
Volume 1″ which was my first instrumental cd. Those albums were intended
for the streets only, but I think we might get around to releasing them if
there is a big enough demand for it.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city
T: Here in the Inland Empire California, we have a very small scene. There
have been a few MC’s who have made it into the commercial market
successfully but the labels they were signed to didn’t see Riverside or
Moreno Valley California marketable.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
T: I’m not too familiar with any artists from Italy, but I know they have
an amazing welcoming scene there. With the approach that I see Italy
taking as far as hip hop is concerned, we should see Italy’s first world
wide sensation soon :)

C: What do you think about mp3s?
T: I think that mp3′s are a viable source of advertisement for an
underground artist such as me. People all over the world have access to
Oblivion X Entertainment releases in mp3 format. As a matter of fact, I
predict that our entire operation will release strictly in mostly non
tangible digital media formats such as .mp3, .wav etc… ! We can release
more material this way because there is less overhead without having to
press up cd’s. You can’t replace Vinyl though :)

C: And about women in hip-hop?
T: Women have the capability to posse’s raw talent just as men do. If
you’re hot, then you’re hot, gender has nothing to do
with talent.

C: Have you performed live?
T: I am currently looking for any and every opportunity to play live in or
outside of the United States.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
T: I would have to say Jimi Hendrix all the way. The reason I say this is
because he changed modern music as we knew it at the time he was around. I
know Jimi Hendrix had nothing to do with hip hop directly but without him,
there might not even be a hip hop so to speak.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
T: No. I think that hip hop videos only represent an extremely small
portion of what hip hop is all about. Most hip hop videos exploit women
for publicity and media attention. Basically, to sell records. There were
to hip hop videos when hip hop was being pioneered. So, absolutely NOT!

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
T: Well, hip hop is my fulltime job. What I am trying to say is, I never
sleep because of music.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city
T: The club circuit out here is getting better. A lot of independent
artists are finally making their mark with the help of club scene. Radio
on the other hand seems to be in a horrible state. Only the top ten
artists in the world get spins and that’s all there is to it. I don’t
think it’s fair, but what really is fair?

C: Future projects?
T: I’ve just signed a group out here from Anaheim California called Kut
Throat Kommity which consist of Big Hass, SalManilla, Bless the Virtue and
Blue Blaze. Their debut street ep will be released late this fall. Also,
Salmanilla from the “KTK” is dropping his album this winter titled “Who’s
Hungry” on Oblivion X Entertainment. I’ve got my next record titled Tre
Angle – Incognito coming in the summer of 2006.

C: Thanks and hello to?
T: I’d like to thank you and your network for this opportunity and the


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