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Interview with Prevailing Words

29 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


C: A little history of Prevailing Words
PW: Sarah and I met in November of 2003 and we got married 6 weeks later. I had been doing Gospel Hip-hop for a while and she had been singing in churches and choirs. After we got married, we really wanted to do something together but we didn?t see how our 2 styles could mix. After about 6 months of prayer and discussion, we felt God calling us to attempt to mix our vocals and see what happens. It took us about 7 months to record our 1st album which came out February 25, 2005. After that we did a short spring tour of the Northwest region of the United States. Over the summer we did some outdoor music festivals and several other events. This fall we did our first national tour and we went from Seattle (our home) all the way to Georgia and many places in between.

C: This is your first cd?
PW: Yes, Fire and Grace is our first CD. We really spent a lot of time finding our niche in Gospel Hip-hop on this CD. This album is different than most Hip-hop in that there is more singing. Sarah has verses and we both blend on hooks. Some of the parts that work the best are when we are both layering parts over each other. We hope to capitalize on that and more creative song composition and construction in the future.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
PW: Hip-hop in the Seattle area is pretty big. The most popular music station here is Hip-hop. Our specific niche of Christian Hip-hop is not as big here, although there are some cool independent artists around. The biggest stuff that happens here is some outdoor festivals in the summer. Creation Fest is held every year at the Gorge Amphitheatre. They have some pretty big Christian artists come through every year.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
PW: I have to admit until we heard from you, we never really thought about it.

C: What do you think about mp3?
PW: We love the internet and the mp3. It greatly expands the amount of people that can hear our music and the message in it.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
PW: We do not support the typical idea in Hip-hop of women being just sex objects, using their bodies to encourage lust and false ideas of beauty. In the same way, we don?t support the typical image of the Hip-hop man who is out to get sex. We do, however, feel that women have as much of a place in Hip-hop as men.

C: Have you performed live?
PW: Yes, many times. We are always looking for new ways to bring the crowd into the music. It does seem like often it depends so much on the crowd. Sometimes we have lots of fun with people dancing and going crazy and other times it is like pulling teeth to get people to move at all. Who knows why that is?

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
PW: I like the Cross Movement. They have incredibly clever lyrics and they never lose their focus on God. They always have something to say that makes me think. Some of the analogies they use make my jaw drop.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
PW: It depends how you define Hip-hop. Hip-hop is no doubt more than just music, it is a culture. Hip-hop videos do not represent the part of that culture that we live. Hip-hop doesn?t have to be about sex, drugs, money and music. We make it about God, what He?s done in our lives and music.

C: In which way do you live hip-hop?
PW: We believe that the essence of Hip-hop is about retaining who you are, no matter who tries to put you down. There is a fast growing subculture within Hip-hop which is Christian Hip-hop. We are somewhere within that niche, however we also have a distinct uniqueness as well. We are not recovered gang members although I do have a rough background of drug abuse. We are just individuals trying to remind the world about the truths of the Bible that we?ve neglected and then forgotten. We?re not pushing some dry religion, we?re encouraging people to enter an interactive relationship with God Almighty. He is real, He does talk if we?ll listen, and we can know Him. However, He won?t make us want to know Him and He?s so perfect that He can?t tolerate our sins. That is why He sent Christ to die and pay the death penalty that we?ve earned with our sins, so we don?t have to. He loves us and is willing to forgive us for everything we ever did wrong. ?Try to get that offer somewhere else. We live Hip-hop to tell people all that.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
PW: There are a few clubs in the Seattle metro area that do Christian Hip-hop. There is not much of an outlet for the Gospel Hip-hop on the radio though. We?re pretty underground as far as that goes and we have to rely on internet radio.

C: Future projects
PW: We are currently in the studio working on our 2nd CD. We don?t have a release date yet but we do have some phat instrumentals that we are working with. We also hope to do a video and get a new website up this coming year. Last but not least of course, more touring.

C: Thanks and hello to
PW: A big thanks goes out to the Almighty God first of all for being so faithful and taking care of us. Also we?d like to thank all the friends and family members who?ve supported us.

Fr contacts:
www.prevailingwords.com
prevailingwords@yahoo.com

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Interview with Casual

29 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


C: A little history of Casual
Im A Member of Hieoglyphics. i signed a major deal with Jive Records in 94′ and was released in 96′. I, along with the other members of Hieroglyphics founded our own record label “Hieroglyphics Imperium”. Now our Catalog Is 35 albums strong and counting.

C: This is your first cd?
NO, I’ve release 7cds. 5 solo, 2 group albums.
“Fear itself”-released in 94′ on jive
“Third Eye Vision”- A crew album released in 96
“Meanwhile”- A Cassette only album released in 97′
“He Think He Raw”- Released in 2001
“Full Circle”- released in 2003
Truckdriver- Released in 2003
“Casual Presents Smash Rockwell”‘released 2005

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
There is a movement in The Bay Area in California, The Hyphy Movement. Hi-Speed Music with unfiltered energy. West coast youth music.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
Yeah i visited Italy a while ago,.. the scene was dope. i went to some underground hip hop parties in a abandoned wherehouse. it was raw.

C: What do you think about mp3?
its a nice format for music. Stealing sucks thou.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
women in hip hop is a beautiful thing. any establishent that doesn¹t support women is kinda wack,.. Don¹t you think?

C: Have you performed live?
yes,.. for 15 years now. I¹ve toured the universe, and I¹m still on the road.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
i don¹t favor any particular artist,.. i admire sucess.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
some of them do… but hip hop is defined by the listener/viewer,.. not the artist.video is visual imaging,.. some artists choose images that descrive thier indivuality and other fabricate lifestyles,.. but its the fan who decides whats hip hop.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
everyway. i am hip hop.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city. the clubs
here spin more gangsta shit.. There is really no ³thriving² hip hop scene,.=

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Interview with Thing One

19 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


C: A little history of Thing One
TO: thing-one started with me and my friend joey palestina in the summer of 2002. joey grew up next door to me in glen ridge, new jersey and we?ve known each other since we were 7. we spent a lot of time creating when we were younger… acting out our own movies and sometimes filming them. i had been in a lot of bands prior to thing-one, but i started getting bored playing other people’s music and wanted to create my own. i spent a lot of time studying jazz, and i grew up with rock and roll, but i had always been attracted to hip-hop. that summer of 2002, joey and i were listening fervently to esthero, a trip-hop artist from canada. joey revealed to me that he had started rapping his own lyrics over some of her beats and i told him i had been messing around with my dad’s “dr. rhythm” drum machine. soon, we were collaborating. in the beginning, it was very simple beats with joey laying down some basic rhymes on top. at that point he really got me into nas, biggie, wu tang, gangstarr, etc, and we began drawing on these influences as well as the rock and jazz background we had grown up with. from there, we would be in my basement almost every night for two years working on songs that would eventually form our cd “…miles from the road.” we enlisted the talents of over a dozen musicians to put it together.

C: This is your first cd?
TO: yes. it was released in March of 2005 on our own label, rhythm method records.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
TO: well, i’d consider nyc to be my city even though we’re from jersey. nyc is of course the birthplace of hip-hop, specifically the Boogie Down Bronx. but there has been a lot of great artists to come out of jersey too: the fugees, naughty by nature, redman, the outlaws, rah digga, latifah…

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
TO: i’ve never been to Italy, and i don’t know much about hip-hop there, but we’ve sold a bunch of cds there through cdbaby.com. they seem to like us! we’d love to play there sometime, do you know of anywhere we could play?

C: What do you think about mp3?
TO: i think mp3 is a great way to get your music all over the world very easily. it’s very accessible, all you have to do is turn on your computer to download something from half way around the world. the downside is that there’s a lot of material out there and it’s very hard to tell what’s worth listening to.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
TO: there are a lot of really great women in hip-hop and i think it’s definitely becoming more of an integrated field. there have always been a lot of great female singers in hip-hop, but far less rappers. but there are a few women that are easily in the same category as some of the best men in hip-hop. lauryn hill is the first one that jumps to mind, she can do it all: sing, rap, write, perform… she’s probably the best female rapper, and probably the most talented person in hip-hop that i’ve ever heard. jersey’s own rah digga and queen latifah are two other excellent female rappers. and on the other side, erika badu, mary j blige, and philly’s jill scott are some of the best singers in hip-hop. one of our biggest influences is the artist esthero that i mentioned earlier. it’s not pure hip-hop because she sings, but her style is based very much on hip-hop progressions and beats. it’s definitely some form of hip-hop fusion. she creates some amazing melodies as well. then there’s us! we have a girl in our band, jackie wells. she has an incredible voice and amazing stage presence. adding that upper register mixes so nicely with joey’s lower voice, creating an interesting contrast along with melody.

C: Have you performed live?
TO: we’ve been playing in and around nyc for a little over a year now, and we’ve had some success: selling out the Knitting Factory several times, being selected for festivals at the Performing Arts Center, being featured on college radio stations. we started playing at colleges too, it seems to be a good market for our music. we opened for Matisyahu in Syracuse and played for a sold out crowd in the theater there. that was really fun.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
TO: well, there’s so many artists that i love… stevie wonder, steely dan, esthero, the beatles, gangstarr, bob dylan, the list goes on and on, but my personal favorite is and always will be U2. there’s something about their music that always gives me chills. it’s so immediately familiar yet powerfully innovative, it seems like their songs have always existed. but their genius is in their simplicity. U2 is driven by their rhythm section, with the guitars singing freely on top, and sweet catchy hooks that make the songs instantly memorable. they’re also able to translate that energy from the records to put on the most amazing live shows i’ve ever seen. my dad bought me Achtung Baby for my 12th birthday and it was right after he taught me a couple guitar chords. i immediately decided i was going to dedicate myself to becoming a rock star guitarist, and not much has changed except that i picked up the bass and play hip-hop.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
TO: a lot of mainstream hip-hop has really become cliche. how many times can you tolerate videos of rappers flaunting their bling with girls in bikini’s dancing around them as if that’s something new? this was done to death in the early 90′s and it should’ve ended there. how many people can really relate to 24 inch rims, ridiculous diamonds, and drinking expensive champagne in hot tubs? that’s not where hip-hop came from and i hope that it progresses away from that. it started as a social commentary in ghettos in the bronx and queens, and had such an incredible effect on all of america and now all the world, because it was something that people everywhere could relate to. that’s what we’re trying to do now. thing-one doesn’t really rap about struggle in the sense of the ghetto because we didn’t grow up that way, we came from hard working middle class families and we had our own issues to deal with in that environment. but it’s important to stay true to what you know, and i think that’s something people can relate to.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
TO: i think it’s really just about being true to your roots whatever they may be and being true to yourself no matter what stage of your career you’re in. that’s what thing-one will always strive to accomplish.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
TO: clubs in nyc are actually very easy to play, we’ve found. the hard part is getting people to care enough to come out to see you. there are so many options for people in this city, what makes you more unique or interesting? that’s one issue that everyone that’s starting out here has to deal with, and one that we still deal with at every show. radio is different. it’s very very hard to get on the radio, except for college stations. all of the mainstream stations are basically owned by one company and unless you have millions and millions of dollars from a record company promoting you, you won’t be heard. that’s one reason that we’ve tried to get on internet radio. we were a featured disc on boombasticradio.com for 2 months.

C: Future projects
TO: we just started work on our second album, due out in 2006 if all goes well. the working titles are “skyline, suburban farmland” or “a year behind spen” or “abstract hat” but it probably won’t be called any of these.

C: Thanks and hello to
TO: all my peeps in the hip-hop world keepin it real.

our website: www.thing-one.com
my email: throwgigs@thing-one.com

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Interview with Lil Zay

19 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


C: A little history of Lil Zay
LZ: I started out with Luke touring and then I started being a hype man for Trick Daddy. I then branched off on my own and decided that entertaining was something that I really wanted to do. So you know I?ve been in the music business for a number of years but I?m just really getting started on my own, out of the shadow of my peers.

C: Is this your first cd?
LZ: Yes this is my first official album. We released a slightly different version through CD Baby, but we went back in recently and made a few changes and updates and we did the Slowed & Chopped version ? hence Zay Limited Edition Double CD.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city
LZ: Hip Hop is definitely big in most U.S. cities, not just mine. It?s really a way of life, it?s not something that?s made up or whatever, it?s the way we live our lives.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
LZ: Naw I can?t say that I do, although I would like to learn more about how the other countries view our music.

C: What do you think about mp3?
LZ: The MP3 situation has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand it allows people to instantaneously receive music without the delay of mailing. But the down side is that many fans are taking advantage and using it in a way that hurts the artist, especially the ones that aren?t making millions of dollars. I mean it costs a lot to make a good quality record and people need to understand that most hip-hop artists cannot afford to lose anything.

C: Have you performed live?
LZ: Yes, yes and yes, that?s what it?s all about. My manager got a call from a promoter who wanted me to open for 50cent. I went out and rocked the crowd. That same night the promoter called my manager and asked if I open for the next 10 concerts he had booked with 50Cent and of course I did my thing!

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
LZ: Hmmm that?s a good question. I would have to say Kanye West because he?s not afraid to speak his mind and he does what he wants to do and I respect that. His music has substance and he?s talking about real shit.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
LZ: No, I think that the music videos shown here in the U.S. represent sex and bullshit.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
LZ: Hip Hop is natural to me, it?s everyday, it?s what I eat, how I talk, what I do, the way I dress. It?s my life, I don?t know any other way to say it.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
LZ: The clubs in my city ? well it depends on where we?re talking. My hometown of Miami is off the chain; it?s one big party all day until the next day. Here in Houston, the clubs are hot also but they close at like 2AM. My home in Georgia ? the club scene is laid back but that?s because that?s my getaway spot to just relax. Radio in the U.S. is all the same ? they play the same shit over and over. But the good thing is we now have an alternative that XM Satellite radio allows us to hear the same ol shit.

C: Future projects
LZ: Future projects ? for me who knows. I got my partner and label mate Soon Boy Da Menace who has an album coming out the summer of 2006 ? I?ll be working and featured on his album. I don?t know if I?ll give all of myself on another album ? unless the hip hop game steps it?s game up ? cause right now there?s a lot of bullshit garbage in hip hop, made artists, it ain?t real no more and it takes a lot out of me when I go in and spit real shit, meaningful shit and then only to hear these bullshit songs that took something 10 minutes to record ? that shit bothers me. So who knows but one thing is for sure, I?ll still be performing until I can?t move no more.

C: Thanks and hello to
LZ: Thank you for supporting me and my music. Thank Italy for all the support and hopefully we can get a promoter to bring me there to perform and give your country a show. I wanna come party cause I hear that ya?ll really know how to party.

If anyone needs to reach me they can send an email to my manager, Nikki at nikki@hardlyferecords.com or nikki@lilzay.com. Check out my website at www.lilzay.com buy the album you WON?T be disappointed.

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Interview with Lenzmen

13 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


C: A little history of Lenzmen
L: Strong Island NY collective The Lenzmen have been plying their craft for a minute. Forming in the late 90?s out of a college radio program, these next level cats have been blending the fantastical in wordplay with gritty hip hop. The group debuted on The Persecution Of Hip Hop compilation album several years ago which also featured indie hip hop royalty such as Cannibal Ox, Slug (Atmosphere), Atoms Family, Deep Puddle Dynamics (Anticon) and Hangar 18. While many of those groups have already exploded onto the national scene, The Lenzmen stayed to the shadowy background like the super heroes they write about, training in the hip hop danger room on lyrics and beats.
Centri, Earthadox and Dr Strange grew up together and went to high school with DJ Makin Noize, who was Dynamics DJ. Centri and Dynamics met and clicked because their styles focus on progressing the lyrical narrative. The duo started a group and recruited other emcees who complemented their lyrical quest. The group chose the name Lenzmen, derived from a Japanese anime about a interplanetary police force and much like that fictional group, the Long Island crew devote their focus to exploring the cosmos of original rhyme schemes. The group also support the hip-hop community by hosting radio shows, producing a weekly showcase and waving the banner for hip hop. As Centri says ?when you are buying our album, don?t just think you are buying into high lyrical underground rappers, you are supporting an entire movement. We don?t want to be appreciated for being different, we want to be appreciated as skilled artists with an original voice in hip hop.?

C: This is your first CD?
L: We have been featured on two compilations in the past. The Persecution Of Hip Hop on CP Records (CPrecords.net) and Mood Swings Nine, but this is our first true commercial release.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
L: Well, we are from Long Island, New York- NYC being the birthplace of Hip Hop. LI is special because originality is key and a very central focus. In the inner city- you sometimes have whole groups of cats that rhyme similar and share styles. That?s a no-go on Long Island. Your voice, delivery, flow and even wordplay must be fresh and original. This stems from the suburban setting and the Rap history of the Island. Many artists develop their own style in isolation due to the very few opportunities for wide exposure on Long Island. You can keep your lyrical method a secret much longer while you develop it.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
L: Due to the language barrier I admit I am unable to follow the scene. I?m sure it?s vibrant because Europe has been doing the Hip Hop thing for a while.

C: What do you think about mp3?
L: In regard to piracy??our music is available as individual songs on itunes, MSN and a few other sites. We made sure anyone interested in our music can make an educated decision on whether or not our music is for them. Most sites will allow you to listen to 30 seconds or more of every track on the album. I see no need for a consumer to ?test listen? the album by illegal downloading it.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
L: I think they will remain under-rated until they gather enough momentum to truly create their own space. Lyrically, female rappers have been on par with males for a minute now, but the social and cultural differences have created a divide where some of the women?s issues/agendas have no meaning in a ?mans world?.

C: Have you performed live?
L: After we felt we were ready, we began to showcase our talent in ciphers. From there we went on to making records. Seeing how the crowd responds to our music lets us know where to go next. We enjoy doing shows and you can see some elements of our stage show at Lenzmen.com.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
L: It?s hard to say. I tend not to like artists, but like particular bodies of their work.
Public Enemy: Nation Of Millions
De La Soul: 3 Feet High
Ultra Magnetic: Critical Beatdown

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
L: I assume- in Italy- you?re only getting the biggest, most commercial groups exposed. That would be drug-dealing, expensive cars and half-naked women.
A video represents a gross exaggeration of the rappers fantasy life. If his dream is ?pimpin? and being ?gangsta? then so be it. My only issue: why is that image the only one being put forth? When that concept is pushed too far, you have many people caught up in thinking someone can really live like that.

C: In which way do you live hip-hop?
L: I don?t think I live Hip Hop. I feel I am wired a certain way and that causes me to be attracted to Hip Hop. Rap Music is one of the many ways I?ve chosen to express myself. I mostly function just outside the normal boundaries of Hip Hop. My graphics are not always Graf, my beats are not always Boom Bap and I?ve taken my lyrical content places a traditional Emcee would not go.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
L: Clubs now play a heavy amount of commercial rap as opposed to traditional club/dance music. Commercial radio plays the music behind the materialistic themes driving modern artists.

C: Future projects
L: I never share blueprints. Expect more music and videos. I am now in a position to expand my label, Dynamica Music, and make a bigger impact in 06.

C: Thanks and hello to
L: The usual suspects?the rest of the Lenzmen, Centri, Doc Strange and Earthadox. Atoms Fam- namely The Cryptic One and JestOneArt. PRO and Shea?NASA at Uncommon Records and his whole roster.

You can catch up with everything we?re up to at Lenzmen.com.
Thanks for your time.
-Dynamics Plus
Lenzmen Dynamica Music 2005

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Interview with Ekko Mc

13 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


C: A little history of Ekko Mc
E: I started rhyming around 1989, with my mates at school, started taking it seriously when I first went to NY in 92, then I moved to new york in 97, lived and worked there for 4 years, did live shows with ,The Roots, Talib qweli, Horesmen fam, Beretta 9, Mos def and a lot of other underground mc?s. When I returned to Australia I did a videoclip, ?when will u learn? and I was the first Aussie independent hip-hop artist in history to have a clip on rotation on Yo?MTV raps.

C: Is this your first cd?
E: My first CD was an Ep, ?Companion of sound?, I released it in New York in 2000, sold it through shows and on the street. My next Ep, ?Combustion?, I released in Australia in 2002, then in 2005 I released my first full length LP, ?Power over Pain? with national distribution from MGM Australia.

C: Tell me somenthing about hip-hop in your city.
E: Its getting better, the scene. Theres a lot of new mc?s sprouting, sum are real good, some need a lot of practice, but it?s good that Sydney is finally grasping hip-hop and giving it the chance it deserves. Australia is abit behind the rest of the world in many ways but we do have some of the finest graff artists, dj?s and mc?s. And many world class musicians.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy
E: Not too much, I did a few tracks with an italian mc i met in NY, we lost contact, but i’d love to collaborate more with some italian mc’s. They got some mad skills.

C: What do you think about mp3?
E: I think mp3 is incredible, like the internet it’s a great invention and makes life much easier in many ways.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
E: I like women in hip-hop, if theyre tight, and hot. if theyre wack and hot,??uh?

C: Who is your favourite artist and why?
E: My alltime favourite artists are Stevie wonder & Bob marley, hip-hop, id say, Mobb deep, Geto boys, P.E, Dipset, Too short, Jedi mind tricks. favourite mc’s are Immortal technique (Harlem N.Y) and N8V 612 ( NewZealand), because they speak the truth about politics and propaganda and know alot about the history of theyre cultures and the way they flow, to me is incredible. As well as being important for real hip-hop, by telling the truth to the youth.

C: Have you performed live?
E: Yes I started performing when I was 8 and havent stopped since. I play the drums professionally also.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
E: They represent a ‘dream’ of riches and wealth, because it’s exiting to the public, bling bling and sex sells and the major labels know this so they bank on it.
I’d say they definately DONT rep what real hip-hop is about but thats just the commercial marketing thats separates buble gum pop-hop to real hip-hop.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
E: I live hip-hop, not for the money or fame, I often do shows for free, for the love of music, I write every day, i’m in the studio 85% of my time and on the mic in clubs reppin Looseminds. Not because it’s trendy or a ‘Fad’. I’ts therapy for me, helps me get through obstacles and gives me the power to control my decisions wisely, keep my eye on the big picture and stay on point.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
E: Clubs n radio are still beginning to get better, indy stations like FBi and coori radio, bondi fm are supporting hip-hop wich is great. Clubs in Sydney go off, if you see the right mc’s theres some very good mc’s here, thers also ALOT of wack mc’s, so you gotta know where to hit.

C: Future projects?
E: At the moment I’m recording the HUSTLE & FLOW mixtape series with guest artists from NY, NZ and Aust, I’d like to get some italian mc’s aboard too. Im doing a benifit for the packistan hurricanes, “Touch Packistan” next week at Sydney Superdome. Its a charity event, I’m giving $5 from every cd sold. there will be approx. 14 thousand people there.

C: Thanks and hello to?
E:Thanks to all those who love hip-hop, my baby jaz, squeak,Ciobin & the italian connection, my crew Looseminds, and all you beautiful italian women.See you soon.xx bella…Peace..
ekko mc…sydney city soldya..1

Contacts and downloads- ekkomcpa@yahoo.com or ekkomc@hotmail.com or www.ekkomc.com

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Interview with BZ Jam

13 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


CIOBIN: A little history of BZ Jam
BZ JAM: I go by the name of BZ Jam, some say I make greek hiphop I like to call it
Bouzouki Hip hop. I basically grew up listening to my parents Greek music
and didn’t like it very much, but what i didn’t realize is how much it
influenced me on a deep sub-concious level. When I discovered hiphop I made
it my music, but I always felt something was missing. I could relate to the
struggle in the music but I couldn’t relate to alot of it, It wasn’t
speaking to me, you know? I was Greek, born into a poor middle class family
with 2 hardworking immigrant parents trying to make it in Canada. That was
real to me.

C: This is your first cd?
B: I’ve just released my 3rd CD entitled ‘My Big Phat Greek…’ It’s Greek
music meets hiphop. It’s different, It’s beautiful, It’s my best work yet.
It seems as my years grow, my music gets better. I rap because I have to, I
don’t rap to be rich, I don’t rap to be famous, I don’t rap to get laid, I
rap because its something that i just have to do. Its my way of expressing
certain messages, certain things that bother me, certain things that make me
laugh or certain things that make me cry. I mostly make my music for my
friends, I enjoy their reactions to it whether its negative or whether they
really love it.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
B: What can I tell you, Its a struggle. I grew up when there was nowhere in
Vancouver that you could hear hiphop. There were 2 clubs that played hiphop
1 night of the week, now every single club in Vancouver is playing hiphop. I
started one of the first radio shows on the radio and I always played and
promoted local artists to give support, but now it doesn’t happen. Everybody
is concerned about money, The radio stations want to sell advertising so
they play Britney Spears. Also they play Britney Spears because Britney
Spears’ record label pays them to play Britney Spears so how does an
independent hiphop artist compete with that?

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
B: No I don’t know much, but I would be more interested in finding out whats
hot in Italy more than the USA, Fuck American Hiphop its Garbage, They
invented it and they fucked it up. You think American hiphop cares about
Italian hiphop or Greek hiphop? No they don’t. Did you know that only 20% of
Americans have passports? Americans don’t even know where Italy is on the
map, although I must admit since 9/11 a minority have started to realize
that there is a big world outside of America and there are alot of things
that the American government is doing that is creating alot of enemies.
anyways…

C: What do you think about mp3?
B: Mp3s are good and bad, The internet has changed the music industry, Both in
a good way and a bad way. The good way is that someone in Italy right now is
reading this interview and gets to know a little more about BZ Jam that
Greek rapper in Canada, basically someone that he hadn’t heard about before.
The bad influence is this same person that is reading this is also the
person that doesn’t buy music anymore because he gets his music onlne for
free.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
B: Women in hiphop is great, If a women feels that she wants to express herself
through being a dj, mc, graffiti bomber or being a b-girl and break dancing,
I’m all for it. Hiphop is for everyone, young, old, male, female, alien
whatever…

C: Have you performed live?
B: I’ve performed live many times, One of my best tours was a couple years ago
when we toured Chicago, NY, Montreal & Toronto. We received alot of love
from people, it was a nice experience. I’m actually right now communicating
with a Promoter in Australia who wants to put on some Bz Jam shows down
under, there’s a shit load of Greeks down there.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
B: Myself and only myself, I keep it real by keeping it Greek. A message to all
the italian mc’s and groups in Italy be yourselves, don’t try to imitate
American hiphop, you’ll get more respect being real, being Italian.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
B: Hiphop videos are bullshit man, videos are just another commercial to sell
albums thats all. You can spend $20,000 on a video and noone will play it.
What’s the point of that? I would use that $20,000 differently rather than
waste it on a video.

C:In which way you live hip-hop?
B: I don’t know I don’t. I don’t care about hiphop. Fuck Hip hop, People don’t
care about hiphop, 90% of the people that go to shows don’t care about the
artist, they just want to get drunk and hear the hits that artists has,
People talk about i keep it real cuz I’m underground, Fuck your underground
who cares? You living from hiphop? Is hiphop paying your bills? do you have
bills or do you still live with your parents? Life is about Family, Friends
and Good times, And somewhere near the bottom of the Good times list is
hiphop. Hip hop is dead, and if you tell me that its alive and kicking over
in Italy and Europe, I’ll tell you thats great! give it a few years and
money and commercialism will ruin it, just like it is ruined over here in
North America.

C:Future projects
B: I’m just planning my next release, I’m real busy right now, I’m a renovator,
I buy old houses, I fix them and then I sell them over here in Canada. So I
gotta alot of things on the go, but I already know what my next album is
gonna look and sound like so I just got to find time to get in the studio
again and record.

C: Thanks and hello to
B: Bon Giorno to all the Italianos that are probably reading this interview, I
love Italians ‘Una fatsa una ratsa’ Hey! Why are all the tourists on the
Greek Islands scared of the Italians? Whats up with that? Why don’t you
Fucking Italians learn to mack on the tourists without scaring them eh? Also
I want to send a big mothafucking shout to my homeboy Enrico Gianfrancho,
he’s the Italian rapper on the song ‘Tower of Babel’ off my 2nd album ‘It
Ain’t Greek to Me’. Anyway keep it real that’s what truly gets you respect
in Hiphop, if thats what youre after. Hey! check my website
www.greekhiphop.com for updates on whats going on with me Bz Jam that Greek
rapper in Canada.
Peace to Greece.

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Interview with Divine

13 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


CIOBIN: A little history of Divine
DIVINE: Im an emcee straight out of New York City,
representing Brooklyn, Brentwood and now I am
currently residing in Miami, Florida. I been making
music for about 9 years now, started taking it real
seriously about 7 years ago and started performing
around that time as well. Ive been making independent
albums for a while and have been selling them locally
but this cd “Divine Theory” is my first official
release in which people all across the globe can
purchase a copy.

C: This is your first cd?
D: As mentioned above, this is my first OFFICIAL cd,
meaning that it is at the highest professional quality
yet. The album is shrinkwrapped, barcoded, mixed,
mastered, full color artwork for the outside and
inside covers, and most importantly, its copywritten!
lol It contains 16 banging tracks with a bonus on
there, and it is really a MUST HAVE for any true hip
hop fan out there.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
D: Unfortunately hiphop today isnt what it was yesterday.
All across America there is a false representation of
hip hop that is spreading rapidly. We have this “Crunk
Dirty South” music that has taken over hip hop and has
led it to the bottomless wastelands of eternia! No
longer is it about the skill of the emcee but its
about the commercial appeal of the artist. I have
actually had A&R’s actually admit their guilt for
ruining this once coveted profession, and its all for
sales. This is a very unfortunate situation and I hope
to change all that in the near future.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
D: Unfortunately I do not, I havent really been FULLY
exposed to international forms of hip hop although I
can tell that hip hop is a whole lot realer over seas
and is more appreciated, so on behalf of the real
emcees of America I would like to extend my thanks to
Italy and the rest of the Eastern half of the globe
for keeping true hip hop alive.

C: What do you think about mp3?
D: MP3s are cool just as long as the artists are getting
their wages for the hard work that they have put in. I
do not condone piracy and I think that the world
should understand that this music is a means of living
for some artists so it isnt right to rob what has
rightfully been earned.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
D: Real female emcees are few and far in between over
here in America. These women either are selling
themselves as sexual objects of fascination for record
sales, constantly dressed 3/4 naked in their videos
trying to promote sex appeal, or they promote
materialism as does the rest of the hip hop world here
in America. I dont completely have a problem with
materialism but I do think you should change it up a
bit.

C: Have you performed live?
D: Yes I have held performances all over the US, ranging
from New York City to Los Angeles California to
Orlando Florida to down here in Miami, Florida. Ive
rocked crowds from as little as 60 people to as large
as 2000 people all by myself, no hype men, and no
bodyguards either.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
D: There are so many artists that come to mind when you
ask that question. I think the best lyrical emcee of
all time was Big L, his punchlines and flow is crazy,
that is one dude that gets props from everyone on the
lyrical tip no matter who you are. I think the best
overall emcee of all time is Nas, it is obvious that
he puts effort into his music and paints portraits
that serve as graphic visuals for the mind to enjoy. I
think the best commerical emcee of all time is Jay-Z,
this man has made hits for eons and there is noone
that can debate that! I have been told that you cant
mess with success and that man has done it for a
while, numerous platinum plaques, numerous number one
hits, it just doesnt get better in the commerical
world than Jay-Z. Now if you want to talk about the
best contemporary artist, I would have to give it to
50 Cent, noone can debate that this man is doing it
all across the board. He is making blockbuster movies,
his first album went diamond I beleive, his second
album was multiplatinum, in the present days and
times, 50 Cent has the game on lock musically. Now my
favorite group of all time is definitely Wu Tang. All
of their underground artists included. They are the
ones who really inspired me to get into making music
because when I heard albums like Wu Tang Forever and
etc, that made me think like yo hip hop is fun when
you put creativity into it, and that is something that
they mastered.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
D: Not the videos that are out today here in the United
States. They promote materialism and sex appeal, thats
all. They are turning the average female into a slut
whore and making these little girls growing up
thinking that this is how they need to carry
themselves in order to be somebody. They are making
these little boys think that they need to shoot guns
and sell drugs to be real, and that is exactly the
opposite message that I am trying to send. Most of
these rappers today will claim that they dont promote
the negative aspects of life, all they do is speak on
their behalfs and tell their own stories, but what
they dont realize is that even in telling their own
stories they are still advocating the evils in
society. So as far as Im concerned, the actions of the
rappers today are inexcusable.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
D: I live hip hop righteously. I promote walking the
righteous path through life by getting an education
and working hard for the finer things in life. You may
catch me talking about money, driving nice cars and
etc, but in no ways do I speak on these topics without
speaking about the proper ways of obtaining them.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
D: Polluted! The radio stations dont want to give
independent artists a chance to promote themselves.
They give little to no help to us and that is a shame
because the purpose of the radio station is to get
music and new music out into the airwaves. But NOOO,
secret payola scandals occur and unless if you are
with an established label who has the money to pay for
your song being placed in rotation, your stuff wont
see the light of day. The clubs are a bit different I
would say, they only play that dance music and thats
cool cause thats what the club is for, so I have no
arguments with what they do there. Hell Ive had some
reputable DJs play my stuff in the club, and from my
understanding my music is being well received!

C: Future projects
D: As of right now “Divine Theory” is it, Im pushing and
promoting this album because it is real hip hop at its
finest! I will continue to record music, and push it
out there, but I will need to take my next album a
step higher than the previous one, so I will need to
get a WORLD reknown name in order to do that.
C: Thanks and hello to
D: I wanna thank my real fans out there who support me
and all of my efforts, I want to thank my family cause
at the end of the day I have learned that all you have
in this life is family cause supposed friends come and
go with shady actions. Shout out to my brother A Snubz
doin his thing with Pop Off Entertainment, and I want
to say I love you to the love of my life, Naice.

C: For contacts?
D: As of right now due to the recent tragedy experienced
down here in Miami with Hurricane Wilma, my website is
down because the company that is hosting it is
experiencing problems getting everything situated
again. But the link is www.divine-mc.com and it will
be up ASAP! For now, if you would like to purchase a
copy of my CD “Divine Theory” you can email me at
triple_ironz@yahoo.com , with all of your mailing
information and I will get you a copy asap. I accept
paypal payments and you can send $12 to the above
email address which is triple_ironz@yahoo.com(*I
repeat this is for paypal only).

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Interview with Black Bottom Collective

13 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


BLACK BOTTOM COLLECTIVE
By Ciobin

CIOBIN: A little history of Black Bottom Collective
BBC: I formed the band in late 1999, and we debuted in early 2000. We named
ourselves after a neighborhood in Detroit that thrived during the 1940s
through the 1950s. It was a neighborhood that was named by French settlers
for the richness of its soil, and was a center of social, political and
entertainment activity. It’s a history that we honor, because the history
of hip-hop emulates that same spirit. Few hip-hop artists today openly
embrace that spirit, but we do.

C: This is your first cd?
BBC: This is our second CD. Our first was “Stay Low, Keep Movin’.” See it on
the web site, www.blackbottomcollective.com

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
BBC: Hip-hop in Detroit is very active, and we have a ton of talented
artists. My favorites are Michael Ellis, Royce da 5’9″, Proof, Bareda, Mz.
Korona, Athletic Mic League and Now On (formerly Funktelligence). Their
styles range from hardcore hip-hop, to eclectic. Michael is from Ethiopia,
and makes his home in Detroit. He has a healthy worldview, and we’re like
brothers, he and I.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
BBC: Honestly, you are my introduction to Italian hip-hop. But I will say
this, I appreciate the view that overseas artists have of the culture.
Places like Italy (as I’ve learned), France and Brazil appreciate the power
of the culture to impact lives, so you don’t take it for granted. Americans
have become consumed with the power of hip-hop, and we too often use it
influence people wrongly.

C: What do you think about women in hip-hop?
BBC: Women in hip-hop are like women in the world. They hold the true power,
but they are vicitimized by the arrogance and power-thirstiness of men. Men
treat the vagina like they do God. We know it’s everything to us, but we
often forsake it. Female emcees stay in touch with their artistic spirit
better than men do. The women in Black Bottom Collective, KayBosco and True
Tunesia, anchor me.

C: Have you performed live?
BBC: Black Bottom Collective’s live show is, I believe, among the best any of
our fans will ever see. We perform FOR the audience, not to them. The
energy is high, and our goal is always to make sure you leave the show
feeling better than when you arrived.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
BBC: These are the favorites from among everyone in the crew: Mos Def,
Common, De La Soul, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Santana, Bach, Earth, Wind &
Fire, Xzibit (our DJ, Invisible, also DJs for him).

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
BBC: Hip-hop videos represent a portion of hip-hop culture. Hip-hop is more
than 30 years old so, like any adult, it has a multi-faceted personality.
The video industry is just one facet.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
BBC: I’m a hip-hop journalist. I’ve written for The Source, XXL and Vibe.
And in January, I will be teaching a university course on hip-hop and
poetry. I’ve also been a hip-hop artist for 15 years.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
BBC: Clubs and radio are formatted. They attract mostly mainstream crowds
that listen to the mainstream artists. The clubs are live, definitely. And
they represent that aspect of hip-hop culture well.

C: Future projects
BBC: Future projects include my class, more Black Bottom Collective albums
and shows, and new business ventures like real estate, and books.

C: Thanks and hello to
BBC: Thanks and praise to the Most High. Shout outs to Michael Ellis, Ric
Riggler and Soul Brother K, all the members of Black Bottom Collective. And
to you, for taking the time to tell people about us.

Contact:
www.blackbottomcollective.com
Phone: 313-279-0307

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Interview with Tadago Pie

6 Novembre 2005 Commenti chiusi


C: A little history of Tadago Pie
Tadago~Pie was formed by us: Johnny B. Tadago and Jonny C. Tadago. We had the same mother, but different fathers (who unknowingly gave us the same first names). The full story is too long to be discussed here. We were born with music in our blood and since our teenage years have been playing together. All of our music is written and recorded by us and we play real instruments. We do not use loops or samples in our music, with the exception of some drum tracks.
We describe our music as a fusion of rock, pop, and hip-hop.
We have been compared to Barenaked Ladies, Beastie Boys, Beck, Citizen Cope, Sublime, They Might Be Giants, Ween, and others.

C: This is your first cd?
“everyone needs a piece.” is the first release from Tadago~Pie. It was released in May, 2005. Our band is unsigned (independent) but looking for a label.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
We live in the country and are self-taught, so we haven’t really had any direct city influences. However, our musical influences vary widely and we have had many ranging from classic rock, blues, pop, and modern day hip-hop.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
We do not know much about the music scene in Italy or Europe, but are anxious to know more.

C: What do you think about mp3?
We think that the MP3 revolution in music is a great one. The only negative is that listeners (consumers) have been conditioned into believing that they should not have to pay for artists’ music. So, while the exposure for an artist distributing digital music is huge, the revenue impact from illigal downloads is huge as well.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
We love ‘em!!

C: Have you performed live?
Yes, we have in small venues. We plan on performing at some larger venues in 2006.
Las Vegas and Los Angeles are two cities in which we will target some live performances.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
We have too many influences to name, but one that we both agree on is the American group, Steely Dan, from the 70s and 80s. Their music style was one of the most eclectic ever, fusing elements of rock, pop, blues, and jazz.

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
Generally speaking, they DO NOT. But, videos are supposed to be surreal and fantastic.

C: In which way you live hip-hop?
We do not really live a hip-hop life at all.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
Since we live in the country, we don’t really frequent clubs or radio stations. However, the American trend in radio is towards an emo-punk sound.

C: Future projects
We are planning and writing music from our second project (release). Fans can expect this in another 1-2 years.

C: Thanks and hello to
Any and all fans!!

Fans can email us here: howdy@tadagopie.com
Business inquirerys can email us here: apieceof@tadagopie.com
All of the music streams (full songs) on our Web site: www.TADAGOPIE.com

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