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 NOV./DE "It's the new renaissance. He's demonstrating
life through poetry in its most modern form
and his style is unfaded and unlimited.
It's the ancient voice from Africa, from Asia,
and from Europe: the lost souls of America.
His voice is the lost souls..." - Nas
"This is really some next shit." - The Source
M...AZ takes refuge inside the rhythmic walls
of CTeation. He emerges as a scholar of
ghetto sociology and a master storyteller who
reports the realities of the day with frontline precision." - Vibe
"Check the
Checkmate rate:
100% no doubt!
Sugar Hill, baby,
Sugar Hill, baby -
buy it!" - Elements This being our fourth issue since our debut in May 1995,
we're starting to see shit a little more clearly now. It's somewhat difficult to contact our contacts on the east coast because of the 3 hour time difference, which means we gotta
wake up mad early. No big deal, right Label reps are usually
cool and cooperate without any big hasseb, even though our
magazine is relatively young But the bottom line is, it's not
what you know or how well you do it, all that really matters is
who you know. For instance, when we tried to get an interview with a certain legendary artist, whose new album was
just recently released, we phoned the international offices.
Sounds resonable right? Big time artist, we're from Canada
so, phone international publicity. Understand, in any case,
international or independent, these people are extremely busy
and so it's common knowledge to follow up phone calls so
that it doesn't slip their mind. Not badgering, but persistent
In this particular case, I myself phoned the representative at
the international offices and talked to the rep and I was informed that I would be contacted once the artists interviewing schedule was figured out Two days later I phoned back to
inquire and give a friendly "reminder" of my request where
this representative requested information on our magazine
because she wasn't familiar with it So I promptly faxed her
some articles I had written, along with the Raekwon cover
and a short letter expressing our interest in featuring the artist in question as the cover illustration. Right? Anyways,after
I faxed the small package over I waited patiently about a business week before calling her again. This time, her voice mail
answered and on it she said, "If you need to contact me you
can page me at.." So I paged her. No return call. The next
day I phoned again. No response. Now I'm thinking,"Alright
am I gonna cross that line and become annoying?" No. A few
things were riding on the confirmation of this particular interview (the cover.the article, the fucking completion of the mag.)
so yeah, I paged her again. This time she paged back and
informed me, in an evil stepmother type of manner, that she
didn't know if we could get the interview and she's really really busy and she told me to stop paging her. Like I was jocking
her for a fucking date or something. I shared this little conversation with J Swing and he decided we should phone the
independent label that this particular artist personally owns,
along with the wonderful staff. They in turn called the U.S.
publicist as opposed to the international rep and needless to
say, the interview was instantly confirmed with a date and
time and that was that Now being the professionals here at
Elements that we are, we realized that a thank you was in
order for the big cheeses, no matter how ill mannered their
reps are. So we called up the wicked stepmother and thanked
her for finalizing the date, her response was,,rtbu mean you
went over MY head to get this interview done?" What the
fuck you think?! You weren't doin' shit for us.
A sincere thank you goes out to Theola at Jive Records and
Rebecca at Front Page Records for hooking up the KRS One
interview. Many props and respects go out to Rap Pages for
featuring Elements in their November issue and to all you
who saw that and sent letters asking for info. Word up.
- Flipout
CiTR I0l.9fm
nov/dec #4
New logo and Group Home cover courtesy of Virus (Always Armed Crew). Dedos is resting his fingers. Z Lok's in his house.
We're sober and we're still mid late. Shit ain't ever gonna change - Fuck It Good things come to those who don't give a fuck.
All writes are reserved and biters will be laughed uponl Elements '95 into '96. PEACE.
Pharcyde 10
Genius 13
Group Home 18
Saukrates 22
AZ 24
Word? 5
Vinyl Konflict
-Stretch Armstrong 6
The Seen 9
Masterpieces 16
re: Views 26
MixTape 30
Y'knowhati'msayin    30
Mr. Flipout
J Swing
Assistant Editor
Rokncb "WhereMuckArtThouf" Espinoza
j Swing & Flipout
Art Direction
AllCity Action learn
FreeStyle Crazee
Kemo the Labrat
Mr. Bill
Rolando Espinoza
Linda Scholten
Elements Hip Hop Journal. Elements is a bi-month^ magazine published by the Student Radio Society of UBC.
Content - Elements will focus on all elements of Hip Hop culture: MCs. DJ's, Breaking and Graffiti - on both a focal, national,and
international level.The magazine features interviews, music reviews, and lifestyle issues pertaining to the Hip Hop cornmunky.
Editorial fcfoy - Elements jointly shares CiTR programming policy (ask Linda Scholten or Miko Hoffman @ CiTR radio (604)
822-3017 for details) and encourages submissions from all members of CiTR and the general pubic Please ensure
consistency with the magazine's underground theme for better publishing consideration ("cause we don't print no bullshit).
Submissions- Please forward all submissions (illustrations, flicks, essays, reviews, opinions, etc) to: Elements, c/o CiTR, #233-
6138 SUB BlvcLVancouver. B.C. CANADAV6T IZI or.fax us at (604) 822 9364. HIP HOP W&
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Attention all dick riders, the infamous Mr. Bill has left The Krispy Biscuit" Mixx Show to pursue personal endeavours but can still be heard
(or read) in Elements starting next issue in hi* "Metaphysics" column.
Word?... Rascalz have finished work on their upcoming LP Cash Crop
on Figure IV Records and will be releasing a new single in early '96 tentatively titled "Dreaded Fist Of The North West"... Eliminations for
the Canadian DMC Competition are being held across Canada this
month in Montreal, Hamilton,Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
The top three finalists in each city will go to the Canadian finals inToronto
in March. The winner will receive a pair of Technique 1200's and airfare
plus accommodations to the World Finals in Italy... Cipher just finished shooting the video for their second single "How It Goes" featuring Natural Skills... The newest issue of Canada's first Graff-zine XYLENE
is now out For more info call (604) 986-2323 or write to XYLENE 159 W.
Queens Road, N.Vancouver, BC V7N 2K4... Tommy Boy's new street
recruit Big "even pack my gat when I go to see my P.O." Noyd is in jail
until February for violating his parole. In the meantime Tommy Boy is
releasing a promo only single called "Recognize and Realize" featuring
Mobb Deep. The track is produced by Havoc and features Noyd flipping it back and forth with Prodigy... Speaking of the Mobb, they have
released a promo only single with the original version of "Temperature's Risin'" (they couldn't clear the sample for the album) and a new
song called "Still Shinin'". The duo is currently in the studio working on
their 2nd album for Loud. Word?... Also out on Loud in early '96 will be
the Tash aka Rico solo E.P. (no, the Uks didn't break up) and Xhibit's
debut shortly following... Priority/Duck Down will be releasing Heltah
Skeltah's highly anticipated debut album this spring. Originoo Gunn
Clappaz will follow later in '96. The two groups can currently be heard
together as the Fab 5ive, a record that was put out to create a buzz for
their solo releases... Death Row has added 2 Pac to their roster of
superstar's, who is currently out on bail working on his next album-
Flavor Flav has once again had a run in with babylon. His latest encounter with 5-0 occured when he was arrested in the South Bronx, carrying
three vials of crack and a .38 semi-automatic handgun. Word? Damn...
those of you who are Mad Skillz fans are going to have to wait a little
longer for his debut LP From Where???. The release date has been pushed
back to '96 so he can work on a couple of new songs. Until then, be on
the look out for his brand new hot club jammy jam called "Move Ya
Body". On a brighter note, the single also features a remix of "Nod
Factor" and a track called "Extra Abstract Skillz" featuring Extra
Large Professor and Q-Tip... The new MastaAce single is a double a-
side with remixes of "Turn It Up" featuring INC member Leshea and
"Da Answer" on Delicious Vinyl... Premier did a remix for Blahzay
Blahzay's "Danger". The track will also feature "the long dick pussy
sticker, the ready to bust that ass kicker", Smoothe Da Hustler and his
brother Trigger Da Gambler who has already landed a record deal of
his own... Also be on the look out for AZ's "Gimmie Yours" remix b/
w "Uncut Raw" on EMI, Raekwon The Chef "Rainy Days" remix
featuring T-Boz. Word?... The Pharcyde's "Drop" remix on Delicious Vinyl, Real Live's "Real Live Shit" on Big Beat, GZA featuring
Roily Fingers aka Inspector Deck and Life with "Cold World" on Geffen
and the Das EFX "Microphone Master" remix featuring Mobb Deep
on East/West.. If you can, find a copy of J-Live's independent 12" "Longevity" b/w "Braggin' Wrights" on Raw Shack (b-side wins again)...
Other independent records out include DJ Rob Swift (X-Men) featuring
Cracker Jax with "Sly Rhymes" b/w "Nickle & Dime" on Fat Beats,
Money Boss Players' "Player's Pinnacle", UBAD's "The Legacy"
on Blacklist, The Beatnuts produced Triflicts with "Genuine" b/w
"Don't Make MeTry" on Hydra, Saukrates' "Hate Runs Deep" b/w
"Get Touched" on Genesis and E.C. with "No More" on Wicked...
Premier did a mix tape for Penalty Records featuring Shabazz, Lord
Finesse and others... KRS One put out a record entitled, "Strictly
For The Breakdancers" that's kinda fly on his Front Page Entertainment record label, DJs should peep it as well... Oh yeah, was that fuckin'
Bud Bundy in KRS One's video? Word.
Vancouver Radio
"The Show" Sat.6-8pm
"Awara House" Tue 6-7pm
"Hip Hop Habit" every other Mon. 7-9pm
CFRO I02.7fm
"Krispy Biscuit" Tue. Mkfoight-2am
"No Mercy On The Groove" T.BA
"Beats 2 Tha Rhyme* Mon. I -7am
"Straight No Chaser" Fri.8-I0pm
"Straight Outta Newton" Wed. 7-9pm
nov/dec     5 Interview byJS
New York, New York. No matter
where you live and no matter how
much props you got and how many
hook ups, it's hard to compete with
radio shows that are located in the
neighborhoods most of the rhymers
you spin twelve inches of,actually live
in. I mean, imagine having Rakim,
KRS, and Wu members stop by or
maybe have Nas Escobar in a few
times to kick some rhymes on the air
along side Q tip. If you're ever in the
Rotten Apple, tune your radio dial to
89 tek 9 WKCR fm New York on any
Thursday night at around I o' clock
am for 3 or 4 hours of exactly what
was described. Brought to you courtesy of a DJ named Stretch
Armstrong and a funny ass co-host
with hobbies such as cutting hair,
Nike shoes and pornographic shit.
Describe your show for the people who
haven't had a chance to hear it?
Basically what the show is... it's dynamic, it's different every week, and excuse the expression
but it's real in that both Bobbito and myself don't
try and pretend we're anything we're not Whatever happened, happened. It was spontaneous
and there wasn't a format. We weren't trying to
sound like commercial radio. We weren't trying
to mold ourselves to any standard. And then
musically I think my show than any other is responsible for playing
Do you get all your advanced music on vinyl?
Naw, naw. I press up my own dub plates from
DATs. I mean it's a luxury, I mean it's almost an
unnecessary luxury but I'm also playing in clubs
so if I can take some really hot shit, throw it on
that shit, I can play it at the club and really blow
peoples heads yaknowhati'msayin?
Who has the most input with your show?
Musically it's pretty much all me, unless I'm not
there. When I'm not there the show is usually
divided into two. The first two hours being a
guest DJ which would usually be DJ Riz, Eclipse,
Roc Raider, maybe my man Homicide. I like to
stick with people I'm close with and have skills -
people I see eye to eye with. I mean I'm not
putting myself on par with Roc Raider (laughs),
but I know he's going to do some dope shit I'm
not going to put anyone on who falls below the
standard of the show. And then the second hour
Bobbito will play a lot of demos and stuff that I
might not play. We definitely have different tastes.
He's into that spaced out, talkin' "Membrane
polygon scientific" type of shit I'm just into dope
shit I don't give a fuck what it is. To me you
don't have to break ground lyrically. I mean Mobb
Deep didn't break ground lyrically, but they're
dope. You can call Mobb Deep whatever you
want I look at it as "Project Rap" really, not
"Gangsta Rap". If you look at "Gangsta Rap" that's
a term that came out of the west coast and that
whole gang culture which we don't really have
over here. Here we have the projects. So I look
at Mobb Deep and Nas and groups like that that's
"RJ." rap to me. I mean look at songs like "Give
Up The Goods" in which you know what they're
about but at the same time check the music - it's
new music. You'll hear
Hot 97 talking about
"You heard it here first!"
and all this other shit
but our listeners know
I'll get shit months before anyone else.  Not
on everything 'cause that's another thing, I don't
play anything I don't like. People might disagree
with me but chances are your not going to hear
anything wack or even mediocre. I mean everything I play is going to be dope so you can stay
up for the four hours and know that your gonna
get dope shit Even if you just want to hear music,
chances are you'll probably even keep the talking 'cause it can get pretty funny.
"Everybody from unsigned artists to big wig
artists pass through the show but I'd expect
it to be a little more easier to get certain
artists up there."
over some jazzy pretty shit It's almost like an
eerie combination.
But it's bangin' though.
Oh yeah no doubt that's the shit But back to
me and Bobbito, that sometimes leads to problems. You know, sometimes Bobbito will get
credit for playing records from people at labels
that don't really know what the deal is. Chances
are Bob wouldn't even be playin' that record.
They sent Bobbito a platinum record for Outkast
and that's not his type of thing. For a while people were calling it the Bobbito show because I
didn't speak. I was crazy shy.
What made you decide to start speakin?
It was actually Flex, Funkmaster Flex. I gotta big
him up for this 'cause a long time ago - about
three or four years ago he was like "Yo,you guys
got mad listeners but let me tell you man, I gotta
talk to you 'cause your a fellow DJ. Yo you gotta
talk more. You gotta let people know who you
are. You can be the dopest DJ in the world but if
your trying to get somewhere in this business as
a DJ and a personality on the radio... you gotta
let 'em know." And I didn't listen to him right
away but then I started hearing people call it the
Bobbito show and that shit infuriates me. I mean
any DJ can understand that Especially since I
put Bobbito on. So now I'm definitely more vocal. I talk as much as I can - I'm practically a co-
You have a lot of artist come through your
Yeah, but I mean you'd think the artist would
make a big effort to hit the underground shows
more than they do. I'm not saying they don't
because definitely big wig artists come through.
Everybody from unsigned artists to big wig artists pass through the show but I'd expect it to
be a little more easier to get certain artists up
there. We had to wait five years for KRS to
come up three weeks ago. I mean 'cause Hot 97
is so accepting and has this open door policy
towards the Hip Hop community they feel they
don't need to hit the
small shows. Let me tell
you, when Hot 97 flips
and isn't doing Hip Hop
anymore artists are going to make a big racket
"Oh Hot 97 doesn't
love us," but it's not
about love it's about business. Right now people are making money off Hip Hop that's why
Hot 97 is doing it I mean you can hear KRS on
Hot 97 all the time doing spots, interviews, specials and all this blah, blah, blah. But check this
out a few Thursdays ago he was making radio
rounds. He went to Martin Moore and Mayhem
on 89.1 WNYU, and in his rhymes he started
mentioning my name and Bobbito's name. I was
6     elements listening before I went to my show and I was like
"Yo what's he talkin about? Why is he biggin' us
up on their show?" And then he said "Bobbito
get back on the mic." He thought he was at my
show. Which was a mistake, ya know whatever
- nobody's perfect But I think someone like KRS
One who is so respected as being such a fundamental part of Hip Hop and being someone who
is not afraid to be intellectual, was realty misinformed himself. I was
shocked, I couldn't believe it Then he came
up later and rocked rt
I love KRS, he's one of
my all time favorite artists but I was definitely
disappointed that his
knowledge of the underground Hip Hop scene in New York City was
so limited. I mean I could understand if he didn't
know what was going on where your at 'cause
he ain't from there. But I've been the air for five
years. Mayhem does not look like me, Martin
moore does not look like Bobbito. and NYU
doesn't look like WKCR - They're at different
parts of town, yaknowhati'msayin'?   It was ba-
So KRS rocked it
Oh yeah, he ripped it Him and Finesse. They
were both scheduled to come by and we pulled
a slick one. We told them to show up at the
same time and I brought my SP up and told Finesse to bring disks. It was on. They went back
and forth over the SP.
What arc your most memorable moments from your show.
Definitely one of the most memorable was when
Large Professor coming up with the SP 1200 and
in the house was Ultramagnetic, Organized
Konfusion and of course Large was rhyming as
well so that was rather ridiculous. KRS and Lord
Finesse rhyming back and forth was incredible
for me That was definitely a peak moment First
time Organized came up • they did their rhymes
from "Casualties OfWar" from their first album
over Kool G. Rap's "Bad To The Bone" remix
which I had gotten that day. Those rhymes over
that beat was disgusting. In the middle of the
verse the whole station shut down - we lost
power. It seemed more than a coincidence, like
they had melted the station down or some shit
Also what was dope was the February 14th Valentines Day show in 1991. Akinyele, Nas and
Lord Finesse rhymin' back and forth. That was
ridiculous. Anytime Nas has come up has been
How wedd you describe your self as DJ?
I think I'm a versatile DJ. I mean I do a hardcore
Hip Hop show on the radio and I also play in
clubs - all over the world. I've been to Japan six
times this year, Copenhagen, Paris, London, and
all over New York. I can play for any crowd ya
know, hardcore or trendy.
What are your future plans?
"February 14th Valentines Day show in 1991.
Akinyele, Nas and Lord Finesse rhymin' back
and forth. That was ridiculous. Anytime Nas
has come up has been ridiculous."
I'm starting my own label right now called Dolo
Records. My partner is Nick Eisenman,formally
of Nervous Records, and so he's gonna put something together as far as distribution.
So your not at Loud anymore.
Nope. I'm gonna pursue this. I need to be doin'
shit for myself at this point It doesn't make sense
to collect a salary that I can match in one night
of DJing. In the future I'd also like to get involved in movie's. Producing movies. That's really what I want to do, really having a hands on
type of thing. Being involved in the overall creative process. I already have ideas for movie's
that I think would be cool.
fundamentally there is this struggle. In the best
case scenario I think it work really well. I think
artists could be very happy. They could have a
mutually profitable experience with a label,but I
mean you gotta think about it Of all the records
that come out how many even recoup how many
make money? Maybe 5%. Those 5% have to
support the 95% that don't make money. So
chances are most aren't gonna be happy, that's
the bottom line. It's like
of all the actors out
there, how many are
working? It's easy to
blame a label for your
failure, but the bottom
line is not everybody
can succeed. If you
look at the mathematics it just doesn't work like that But if your on
a label that knows how to sell and promote
records because they've done it in the past and
you have a good record, somethin' good is gonna
happen. As an artist you also gotta know unless
your selling platinum plus,your not going to make
a lot of moneys from royalties. Your either going to make your money from shows or if you
have a hit record, from publishing. It's definitely
a rough game and only the cream of the crop
are really making any type of money that's going
to last for a long time.
Hip Hop related?
Naw, well they're urban oriented and they would
definitely involve some of the characters that I've
encountered and heard about in my musical travels. But that's not necessarily just musical thing
and neither are the characters that are involved
in these cityscapes.
Artist speak a lot about how record labels
are shady and whatnot. How do you see it
having been on both sides?
The relationship between an artist and a label is
somewhat like a marriage. The way I look at it is
not every artist,l| appropriate for every label
and not every label is appropriate for every artist If someone is doing well on a label they're
probably going to be happy. If not they're probably going to think the labels shady. Now I'm
sure some people are shady and there is definitely is some shady business practices that are
standard in the industry to screw artists. The
recording industry wasn't set up to benefit artists, it was set up to benefits the people who
own the industry. For an artist to put a record
out he's gotta rely on this whole machinery which
isn't there for the artist it's there for itself. So
nov/dec THE BIG OWE
-LETS PO THIS- nov/dec     9 In the year of 1991 the musical group Brand New
Heavies collaborated with some of Hip Hop's greats
including Masta Ace, Gangstarr, Kool G Rap and
Puba, just to name a few. There was also a song by
the name of "Soul Rower" featuring a fresh new
member of the Delicious Vinyl roster that went by
the name of The Pharcyde. These four new MCs
displayed an energy that could only be compared
to the then mighty Leaders of the New School but
at the same time uncomparaNe to any. Much to
the delight of those anticipating their full length
release, the level of genuine energy was intact and
even amplified on their now classic 1992 debut album appropriately entitled, Blzzm Ride te the
Pharcyde. Over three and a half years and numerous tours later, the Pharcyde have resurfaced
in a new form. Older, wiser, more experienced
and much mellower. Fat Up, Imani, Slim Kid Tre and
Bootie Brown have pooled their thoughts in the
form of beats and rhymes and occasional harmonizing, to express their new found Revelations
on their latest project entitled, Labcabincallfornki.
Elements had the opportunity to speak to Bootie
Brown in the studio for his thoughts on the put
present and future of himself and the group.
What were you doing before you became a
member of the Pharcyde?
I was dancing, Imani was dancing, and then Tre knew
Imani. We were in a group ailed 242 with another guy named Robert Vincent That was when
we were doing those songs where we was kinda
singing and dancing and stuff like that Then Fat Up
was solo, he was a solo MC and we all met up with
J Swift you know. J Swift was like,'To man, I've
got this equipment I can make you guys some beats,
I've got some ideas." J Swift is the one that kinda
got us all together. But as far as being a group, we
all decided it ourselves like, "OK let's do this together."
So that's why you guys sing so much.
We were a singing group first right That wu our
thing, you know. Before Bizarre Ride, most of our
songs were like singing songs. And then when we
were at SCU there was a lot of singers there and J
Swift was an R&B producer. So our first album
wu his beginning in Hip Hop. he was never really
doin' Hip Hop beats before then. We were always
like, harmonizing and stuff like that so it was like
something that was always there.
How did L.A. Jay fit in to the picture?
He was a factor because he was one of the producers that was there with J Swift LA. Jay wu a
DJ and he would make our tapes for our shows
like when we would dance on stage and stuff like
that you know. So it was like, all good.
Let's go beck for a eukk minute. Were you
10     elements surprised at the success of "Passing Me By"?      So you haven't seen any cheques?
I thought people would like it because it wu on
our demo and that's the song most people liked. It
was like, we put a lot of effort into it so you figure
someone's gonna like it But you just don't know
how much they'll like it So I knew somebody would
like it but I never knew it wu gonna be like that.
Some rhymers, mostly from the LA. scene,
bit your high pitched style after that song
blew up. I also noticed you don't do it as
much on the new album.
I'm glad you said that Yeah, so people are bitin' it
so if I do it now it'll seem like I'm trying to stake
my claim like,"l DIDTHIS" then I'd have to say,"AII
the biters, blah blah blah..." And I'm not even tryin'
to approach it that way, I'm just like,"Fuck that" I
don't even want to do it or talk about it I'd just
rather spend my time tying to make up some new
shityaknowhati'msayin.come out with a new style.
It's gonna take a while.
What's your own opinion of your first album
Bizzarre Ride 1
It was our first project and people liked it so I liked
it for that reason. I mean, it wasn't the best thing
that I think we could do. It wasn't super dope, not
to me at least. There's a lot of things we could do
better like the overall sound, a lot of the lyrics
'cause there's a lot of things we could've talked
about more in detail. But it was our first time and
we didn't know anything, we were just doin' it and
the then people just asked for us to turn it in, so
we were like "OK" and we turned it in.
What was the response to that album on
the east coast as compared with the west
coast, if there was any difference at all?
When our first album came out people first gotta
a hold of us in New York and then we came back
home and then people were wit it. I mean, we had
a small crowd at home of people who were into
us. But when we went to New York, interest grew
a little and when we came back home everything
was like, "OK". I don't know, it's kinda strange
because 8 months or a year after our album was
out that's when everything started to hit that's
when we started goin' out on the road and touring. That's why this album was so late because we
was out touring trying to make our money. 'Cause
our album didn't go gold or anything.
Did you ever recieve any money from record
Naw naw. I mean they paid for the cabin that we
stayed in buy I never saw an actual cheque for the
album. Most of the money we made was from
shows, that's why we do shows on the road.
No. Can't say I've seen any. I mean I've seen
radio(play) cheques but none from the label.
Do you know how many units you sold?
We don't even know, I mean it's been a total mystery.
Who, if anybody, is the leader of the group?
I don't know. It's like everybody hu to step up at
certain times because there's so many things to do
like interviews, the next person's gotta make a tape,
the next person's gotta run across town and try to
get the equipment yaknowhati'msayin'. I can't even
say if one person does more than the other.
Do you experience creative differences
within the group?
Oh yeah definitely. But I don't really think that it's
a difference because if you got a project you wanna
do then you go ahead and do it and then present it
to everyone. Then from there it can only be accepted or denied. You can't force anyone of us and
say, "OK we're gonna do this song."
yaknowhati'msayin'. I would never do that I would
say, 'To, help me out let's do this, let's make this
dope." So we don't really have any differences. If
there's a difference then we'll just go ahead and do
our own thing, like one person will do one song
and one person will do one song. And you don't
even have to be on it like I'm not on "Runnin"'.
Not that I don't like it but I decided not to do it
because I thought that it would be too long. Like
on the first album, we all wasn't rhymin' on the
album all the time.
What about lyrics, what sort of process do
you and the group go through?
As far as myself, I just try to say something instead
of sayin' just ya know, flow like last time. When
our first album was out everybody was checkin'
for flows like,'What's his flow like?" Now that
time has passed, I mean since Nas came out and a
lot of other things came out people started listening like, "OK, you've gotta have some lyrics. Alright we're gonna try to kick some lyrics." So people are listening to what you have to say so now
that's what we try to do.
You don't think lyrics have always been important?
I just think that it's more people now that listen to
the words. At one time people were just listening
to the beat like,"Oh that's a dope beat." That was
it they'd listen to the MC and how he'd flow and
that's it But now people are like, 'What is he
nov/dec     11 So, what's your definition of a real MC?
I think you have to do a lot of things to call yourself an MC. I mean, you gotta be a professional at
rockin' a stage, you gotta really know what to do.
You gotta know what to do if your turntables skip.
A lot of people don't know. They just call them-
se'-'es an MC 'cause they've got some verses in
their backpack sayin', "I'm an MC, I'm a rapper*'
That's u far u the tide of MC goes, you know...
Movin* the Crowd, (chuckle) Mic Controller. Not
everybody can do it
Indeed. How much shit do you smoke before you get on stage?
Ummm... I try not to 'cause that shit fucks with
your air. I mean, 111 do it later on during the show
'cause sometimes I'll just be out of it and then say
like,"What the fuck." But that shit is terrible for
you. And not only that it makes you tired during
the show. People can tell if you're tired, that shit
looks wack.
I see. So have you ever had to battle anybody?
I had somebody step to me in Atlanta. But it wu
cool, yaknowhati'msayin', we got our little serye
on ai"J he wu audi.
Let's talk about the LA. Hip Hop scene because your group helped open the doors for
a lot of so called "east coast oriented" west
coast groups. It's all just real Hip Hop but
your group definitely had an impact one way
or another.
LA's scene is cool. I don't think we started anything new but we definitely opened it up. It's coo!
I mean people are like, "Yo that's cool"
yaknowhati'msayin', 'Whusup?" you know... It's
kinda cool because in LA. everybody knows everybody. It's not like the east cout where there's a
lot of crews, a lot of people and a lot of beef and
stuff like that There's not too much beef like that
Who do you see coming out strong from
Ras Kass is in the scene u far u up and coming
and most people agree that he'll blow the spot
You know, that he's dope yaknowhati'msayin'?
Cause there's not too many people that everybody
can agree and just say, "OK, he's dope" and just
give it up to him.
What happened to your homeboys the
Wascals and the Beatjunkies?
Buckwheat's still around, he's workin' on his stuff.
But you know, it's like there's a time when real life
comes into play. It's just like, they're human and
things get caught up in all kinds of stuff. I don't
know, it just all fell through. I mean, they had an
album and everything and they just fell apart at the
seams and everything was no good after a while.
It wu terrible... terrible. You know, it happens.
I happened to catch an episode of Beverly
Hills 90210 and saw Slim KidTre rhymin' with
David Silver (aka Brian Austin Green).
I don't know. That's Tre's hook up man,
knowhati'msayin*. Tre said... well never heard it.
But hey man, I don't know nuttin' about that
yaknowhati'msayin'. (laughter) This is Booty
Brown. I don't get down like that, (more laughter) I don't know! I mean, I met him... he's cool
but I'm sayin' I don't know. I never heard him rhyme,
I can't really speak on it. He may be dope... (mad,
mad laughter).
Alright. On the song "Drop", you personally mention something about "Keep It Real"
and "Represent."
That's just the terms of today that just be pissin'
me the fuck off all the time. It's because sometimes you'll meet someone and they'll be cool and
be the nicest person and you'll think/They're not
like that" Then they'll turn and say.'Yo! You gotta
keep it real kid!" and then they'll go on stage and
talk about gats then they'll come back off stage
and be like...whatever....yaknowhati'msayin'? Like,
I just don't understand, they be totally confusin'
That's wack as fuck, I agree...
I mean, I've seen enough shit go down and I'm tryin'
to get out of this shit. I don't wanna see no more
shit go down and I don't know why people be like,
"I'll always be down with ghetto." Fuck that man, if
I can get the fuck out, I'm leavin',
yaknowhati'msayin'. So I had the chance. So if I
can make things better, I will. For me and as far as
the group go too, you know.
So, your new album Labcabincalifornia, is
about to drop Who did the production on
I did three songs.Tre did two, Fat Lip did one, this
guy named J Dee outta Detroit did most of the
songs. He did some stuff on Busta Rhymes album
too. We all did something. Diamond D did a
track, "Groupie Therapy."
Was the song,"Devil Music" originally called,
"My Soul"? What happened?
It was always "Devil Music". They changed it. They
said it was too controversial. Yeah well, when we
got the record it said,"My Soul" and we were like,
'What the fuck?"
That shit is what the song's about in the first
The new album is definitely "new" in every
sense of the word. For people who haven't
heard it, what should they expect?
People should take it how they wanna take it I
don't wanna tell nobody like,'This is the way you
should listen to it" or "It's gonna make you feel like
this." It's totally different from the first album so
that's why I just tell people,'You just gotta listen
for yourself" 'cause it's nothin' like the first one yo.
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En guard, I'll let you try my Wu Tang style...
Powerful parables released might harm if tampered with will
set off and strike like pipe bombs.
Only 5% of people is gonna catch the shit I'm really sayin'. 'Cause some
people listen to "Killah Hills 10304" and say,'Ah, it's alight' 'cause they
don't really know what the fuck I'm sayin'. There's no need for us to
spray up the scene, I use less men, more powerful shit for my
team. Like my man Mohammed from Afghanistan, grew up in
Iran, the nigguh runs a neighborhood newsstand. A wild middle
eastern bomb specialist, initiated at eleven to be a terrorist. He
set bombs in bottles of champagne and when nigguhz popped
the cork, nigguhz lost half their brain. It's like, you can see that
Isn't that the most frightening, terrifying shit? To pop a cork from some
champagne and lose half your fuckin' brain. That's a good way to get
was sent from the president to raid your residence because you
had secret evidence and documents. On how they raped the
continents and lynched the prominent, dominant, Islamic, Asiatic black Hebrew. The year 2002, the battle's still with theWu,
6 million devils just died from the Bubonic flu or the ebola virus
under the reign of King Sirrus. You can see the weakness of a
man right through his iris. Who the fuck can really get that deep? I
could name off MCs and they ain't goin' nowhere near that Whether
they double platinum or triple platinum because the millions of people
who bought that shit is like... they can't understand what RZA's sayin'.
That's all shit above the average person's head. I mean that's deep, I
wouldn't say too deep to get into but it's just, If you don't see it then you
won't get it I saw it off top, I saw a person's house being raided man,
because he had secret evidence and documents. I could see the government movin' on somebody like that 'Cause knowledge man, a little knowledge can be dangerous. Rakim even said that, on "Follow the Leader."
People don't know what he mean by that they look and say,"How can a
little knowledge be dangerous?" Only people that's aware and can catch
shit like that but it's like... if people would become more conscious with
Thats just based on nwttematics 'rtsetf, the science of
bers to certain letters* thafs it. As f ar as the pton-
and >irrfied gosesT and adrfferent elements", its all
woman and eftM. That's us. There's a great connec-
somebody. That's how Pablo was moving. Like this ex-worker who
tried to smuggle half a key in his left leg, even underwent surgery. They say his pirate limp gave him away as the feds rushed
him, coming from US Customs. That's real though, you know people really do that People cut themselves open to try to smuggle drugs.
So that's real life shit you know. That's more on a Pablo tip'cause he was
livin' like that that's how he was moving. And that's on a totally different
level than the street shit you hear on records now about "bein' on the
block." See, I had to take it to a James Bond level. If I'm gonna talk about
murder or take it to that level of the drug shit or whatever I'm dealin'
with... I wanna take it to a level where people haven't taken it., 'cause
that's such a unique way to get rid of somebody, (laughter) On my album
you'll never hear me talking about,"l roll up and pull out my gat..." or "I'll
be ready to pull out my nine and bust shots in the air!" or "I've got my
nine on my hip." You never even hear me talk about myself carrying guns,
'cause my lyrics is way above it. You see like when you hear me lyrically,
you don't only just hear what I'm sayin', I take you there. Everything is
just from what I've seen, what I've watched, what I've witnessed and how
I view things in my own eyesight and it's just about trying to make it as
visual as possible. That's all. It's like Rakim, there's some shit that people
still couldn't never catch that he spoke about He spoke about, Stray
into the milky way, world out of sight. As far as eye can see not
even a satellite. It's like if a satellite can't catch it... he's far! See what
I'm sayin'? And people cannot relate to shit like that That's what you call
writing. And I know those type of lyrics don't come overnight 'Cause I
sit down and write myself.
Camouflaged chameleon, ninjas scaling your building, no time
to grab the gun they already got your wife and children. A hit
listening to shit and tryin' to put things together... but you know it has to
be in that person itself. It has to be in that person first of all, it has to be
in you to wanna really examine shit people say and examine lyrics. Just
like when Meth says, Ain't nothin' fraudulent here we pioneer. Commandeer a new frontier, this be the Wu - yeah. 36 chambers of
fear, huh you lost it Information leakin' out your faucet hmmm...
I never even heard no shit like that Yanknowhati'msayin'? Information
leakin' out your faucet! That's incredible, see whati'msayin'? That shit
I listen for and say,"Damn!" Whereas he put it so plain and simple to the
point whereas any other MC probably would've said, "I saw the information, leakin'... it was comin' through your sink... information leaked out
his mouth like water come out my sink." Or "that's like a Benz compared
to a Chevrolet!" You know? When Kane already done did that, You're
just a butter knife, I'm a machete. It was good then, it was good for
'88, it was like, "Damn, you're like a butter knife, I'm a machete. Blade
by Ginsu, waitin' 'till when you try to bass so I can chop into
your body!" Now you hear somebody, "That's like a Volkswagen, I'm a
limousine!" C'mon now! It's like,"Even Stevie Wonder couldn't see that!"
All I'm sayin' is that there's a lot of MCs out there that's so fuckin' corny
with this shit man. You know what the hell they gonna say when they say
it It's like, I don't wanna get into it 'cause I don't wanna mention MCs
names but so many fuckin' corny MCs... It's all in the way you say it, you
know? I don't know man...
Tommy ain't my mother fuckin' Boy, when you fake moves on a
nigguh you employ. We'll Emerge off the set! Now you know
goddamn, I'll show Livin' Large nigguhz how to flip a Def Jam.
And Ruff up the motherfuckin' House 'cause I'll smother you
Cold Chillin* motherfuckers I still Warna Brother.  That shit took
14     elements over a year to write. It took a while. Everything takes time man, it all
depends on how you put it I just wanna say the simplest shit that makes
so much sense man. I mean, Wu Tang are great lyricists, you got a lot of
people out there that's visual-1 don't like goin' off on names/cause I don't
wanna never hear nobody biggin' me up, yaknowhati'msayin'. But Rakim
is one person who would get respect all the time lyrically because he say
so much shit. And that's how I write yaknowhati'msayin*. You can tell
when you listen to people lyrically, like when I listen to RZA and Killer
Priest I can tell we all fuckin' with the same shit That's like with Rakim,
he's dealin' with mathematics and science, that's why his lyrics come like
that It's like when he says, Creator of the alphabet, let's communicate. When I translate, the situation's straight. No dictionary's
necessary to use, big words do nothin' but confuse,elude. C'mon
now! Six lines is killin' nigguhz whole songs. Who the fuck is sayin' shit
like that? There's only a few. So, we talk about takin' it back, we always
had it We just takin' it back. And I would like to see him still come like
that It's like when RZA says Unloyal snakes get thrown in boiling
lakes of hot oil, up boils your skin. Chicken heads gettin' slim
like Olive Oil.  Only plant your seeds deep inside fertile soil.
then versatile freestyles bomb the phonographs and deliver. Were
from the Nation of the Gods and the Earths man, we apply everything
mathematically. C.R.EAM., C.R.I.M.E., F.U.C.K.,WU.T.A.N.G., that's just
supreme mathematics. That's our own little language man/cause we gotta
be way ahead. There's certain things that we can say on the air that they
don't even know what the fuck we said. It's just like Meth, he didn't have
to say,"...on top of that you got the good pussy." he said On top of that,
you got the good power U. That's just based on mathematics itself,
the science of numbers and letters and just applying certain numbers to
certain letters, that's it As far as the planets and all that... that's why I
said,"the liquid soluble" and "purified gases" and "different elements", it's
all symbolic. Like the sun, moon and stars, that's man, woman and child.
That's us. There's a great connection yaknowhati'msayin'? And we apply
all that man. At a young age, I was molded in a religion I relied
on and got caught up in superstition. Scared to split poles,duck
black cats, once in a while threw salt over my back. But with
knowledge of self from off the shelf, made things that seemed
complicated now small like elf's. I'm sayin'... any type of information
that's beneficial, that's what I mean by knowledge of self. You see, know!-
numbers and letters and just applying certain num-
efrs and all that., thafs why f said, "the liquid soVibter
symbolic. Like the sua moon and stars, thafs man.
tion yaknc*uhat?msayiri? And toe apply all that maa
Fortified with essential vitamins and minerals... That makes so
much sense. That's tellin' you man, don't be out here fuckin' anything and
puttin seeds up in sluts or whores or women who ain't tryin' to better
themselves. How many people really know what he's talkin' about? So
we leave it like that Come on that's crazee man. It's like Killer Priest I
judge wisely as if nothing ever surprise me, loungin' between
two pillars of ivory. I'm lively, my dome piece is like building
stones in Greece. C mon man, who the fuck is loungin' between two
pillars of ivory? That's a lyricist man. That's straight up lyricist
Purified gases and acids, the same elements that helped spark
the civilization classes. I see brothers quote mad plus degrees,
them professin' ass nigguhz can't feed they own seeds.   I see
brothers who could tell you why is the sky blue, why is water wet how
are babies created, why is the moon like this, why is this, what causes
eclipses, you know. They can break all this shit down and speak about it
magnificently. But they hypocrites to they own fuckin' self'cause they
can't even feed their children. They're on the corner speakin' all this
magnificent shit but they don't got fifty cents to feed their fuckin' babies
or to dry their clothes, see what I'm sayin'? That's all I'm sayin'. You know
it's good to speak magnificent wisdom but you know a man once you
begin to be amongst him and live with him. Then you see through his
ways and actions. It's good to speak well, it's about how you apply what
you know. It's like, if you an electrician right and you know all about
electricity but you don't have lights in your own fuckin' house. That's
what I'm talkin' about.
Yol I'm not caught up in politics. I'm not a black activist on a so
called scholars dick. I come through with theWu and drop math,
edge means to know. Knowledge is also experience. And knowledge of
self is to know yourself. You got to examine things for what they are, not
for what they present themselves to be. But we're not gonna sit here and
make records on it We can speak to people and enlighten them on the
side. I mean it's good to have it in and out the way Priest do it but it's on
a level where the average person is not gonna catch it No hocus pocus
'cause I focus on the facts. And put it on the tracks and brought
it through the wax. I speak on Jacob, it might take up some
time. And too much knowledge, it might break up the rhyme. I
did it anyway to wake up the mind. And the only way you're gonna
catch it is if you sit down and speak to us.if you can't catch it in the lyrics.
But I'm not gonna make a record and try to break down all the symbols
and signs. This is entertainment man, I don't go into the studio and try to
drop bombs. I go in there and when RZA throw on that beat I drop the
fuckin' rhyme and whatever comes, comes. I don't sit down and go,
"look, I gotta speak
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Liquid Swords
& 4th Diciple
Wu-Tang Clan;
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; How did you two hook up?
LIP Dap: Well I new Melachi from back in the day. Guru
lived on his block and all that. I used to come around there
back in the day and shit... when Guru used to work in
Brooklyn and all that. He used to live in Brooklyn but then
he moved up towards the Bronx towards my way. Mel used
to come around and hang out and I used to be like, "who's
that? Who's shorty?" He's always comin' around, comin' to
Guru's crib and all that. Then he just started hangin' out
with us, doin' shows with us and all that. We just clicked
from there.
Did Guru put you two together or did it naturally
LD: It naturally happened. Guru used to let Mel go on stage
and open up. I already had my experience cause I used to go
on tour with them. Do the EPMD tours and all that when
they first came up and opened up for EPMD back in 88-89,
so I already had my experience.   I was already out there
18     elements
As the world fiends for anything by Wu-Tang
eyes focused on another group of artists - the
was Gangstarr back in '89 with their debut al-
they've never achieved gold status. Guru and
sic albums. Step Into The Arena, Dally Opera-
projects too numerous to mention. Then came
derground bomb "Come Clean" and the Sun
the third instalment from the Foundation -
track "So Called Friends" from the hard to get
Nut Cracker have grabbed the attention of
star" and "Livin1 Proof1. Even though both sin-
Group Home still managed to pick up their fair
but album Livin9 Proof they're out to prove that
vibe that no one else is. And as for the doubt-
doin' shit Mel was with us all the time and he would open
up when I didn't want to, yaknowhati'msayin? And then we
used to coach one another and just got more into it. Then
we just said "let's do this."
Melachi the Nut Cracker: Back in the "Manifest" days.
We was collaborating all the time, gettin' it on and just collaborating.
So Dap, you were shorty in the "Just To Get A Rep"
LD:Yeah. We kinda helped do that too. We did a little co-
producin' on that with the video. Ya know, helpin' out directin'
the video, we put our ideas into that video. That's why it
was strong, it was a strong message that stung everybody
because at that time we was feelin' that..
You two were introduced as Group Home on the III
Kid sampler. or BootCamp Clique,'nuff heads have had their
Gangstarr Foundation. The first to set it off
bum No More Mister Nice Guy. Even though
Premier have been responsible for three clas-
t/on and Hard To Earn, as well as a list of side
Jeru The Damaja in '93, who dropped the un-
Rises In The East LP. It's now '95 and time for
Group Home. First heard as a group on the
III Kid sampler. MCs LiT Dap and Melachi The
hardrocks nation-wide with the singles "Super-
gles rocked clubs and mix shows coast to coast,
share of doubters along the way. On their de-
they take this "Rap Shit Serious", and rock a
ers? Nut Cracker says it best - "FuckYou!"
interview by Scorpio
LD: Yeah. That song's not on the album though. That was
just ya know,"So Called Friends" we just had on the side. A
lot of people started diggin' that shit. We was like "Oh shit!"
People forgot about that shit out here, nigguhz was playin'
that shit all in the west, down south and shit. In Atlanta they
was just droppin' it D.C. they was just rockin' it Still is.
Who ever got that copy, that shit is like classic right now.
That sampler with Jeru and "So Called Friends", that's a classic and that's the first thing we did together.
M: Yeah, we didn't have enough money back then so that
was just a demo. We'll never make that a real song.
Is that why you re-used the same verse on "Livin*
M: Yeah basically, yeah. It was just a demo.
Was the '94 demo version of "Superstar" from the
same demo?
M: Well not at the same time, but we had an actual demo of
"Superstar". Then we changed that and made it what it was.
We wasn't agreeing on that song so we had to change ideas.
You know, we had to make it a little better.
Let's talk about the album Livin' Proof, how long did
it take you to finish it?
LD: It didn't even take us nine months, it took us... when
we got in the mix of doin' it, it took us three and a half
months. At the time Premier was runnin' around gettin busy,
tryin' to knock all these tracks out the way that he owed
people. So he was tryin' to knock those out the way before
he really got involved in our album cause he didn't want
nothin* on his back, see what I mean? So that took up some
of time. But when we got in the mix of doin' it and it was
Group Home, it took three months. Next time it won't be
like that, it won't be such a long time period.
And Premier did all of the tracks?
nov/dec M: He did the whole album and then we did one track,
"Forgive My Sins" with Jaz.
LD: We co-produced some of them. We're also in the mix
of learnin' ourselves. So people are gonna be callin' us to
produce tracks.
Who else Is on the album? Is there anybody who's
not part of the Gangstarr Foundation on it?
LD: What!?! You got the album?
Naw, naw, naw.  I just got this little bootleg snippet
piece that Efrin (Pay Day) sent us.
LD:  Oh you got the snippets. Yeah that shit's dope. Have
you heard "Inna Citi Life"?
M: Nobody's on the album that's not part of the foundation.
LD: Absolute, Black Star, my man Jack the Ripper. That's
Brain Sick, they comin' out Got my man Smiley the Ghetto
Child, got my man Guru, got my man Big Shug. Who else,
who else? We got Jeru doin' a positive message out for the
little kids. That's my favorite track.
Word? "Up Against The Wall" is my shit.
LD: That shit's dope. I like "2 Thousand", "Suspended In
Time". But the thing with Jeru is my favorite, I don't even
care if it's a interlude. That's my favotite, it's the dopest
interlude in the world.
How did you aproach writing for this album?
LD: Sit back and think. Meditate. Let it come to me, I just
don't write about anything. Half of the album was freestyle.
We wrote half of it and the other half we had to come up
with right there in the studio.   Right there, we was under
20    elements presure and we didn't have no choice.
M: We just had to roll with it. A lot of songs I freestyled...
most of them... all of them.
So what, you don't write?
M: I wrote them down but I wrote them down that day.
The rest I freestyled. Went in, tried it, whatever I get I got
We just had to roll too fast Next time we'll have more time.
What's it like dealing with all of the industry bullshit
and politics?
LD: There is a lot of fake people in it now. A lot of fake
people, a lot of snakes, a lot of all that Fake entertainers,
fake everybody. They just in it for money. They in it for the
wrong reasons. They don't give a fuck about me. They don't
give a fuck about anybody. All they want is an article or a
write up, or somethin' to gossip about. And A & R's? They
do the same fuckin' thing. They just want someone to sign
on the dots, to get a little recognition in the business so they
can get up there in their little high class office that they always dreamed about And have bitches, and have these little
flights going here and there. They don't give a fuck aboutthe
artist Listen, they only involved in the music and what's hot
what's going out right now  Me to them is just like "Yeah\
yeah, yeah he hot right now." Later on I see these motherfuckers out on the street and they don't say shit to me. "Oh,
what's up" and they keep it movin'. They scared to talk and
shit But when a nigguh hot they all up in your fuckin' face.
A lot of people are fake, the industry's gettin' crowded with
all these fake motherfuckin' rappers. Ya know, up there rappin'
talkin all that oP wild shit and don't live nowhere near it or
understand it That goes back to the fake A & R motherfucker' who are puttin' them out who don't understand really anything about the music. They live off other brothers
fears and ideas. Try and get paid and shit
M: No business is 100%. And besides that the president
and them is still doin' scandlous stuff. Them motherfuckers
are doin that shit I come from somewhere with nothin' so
I don't know what's goin' on. I'm just learnin', especially in
my first year iilsx
in the busi
ness as an
artist. You
learn from
your mistakes and
then you
won't make
any mistakes.
Members:  Lil'Dap & Melachi
Prod: Premier, Guru, Big Ja
releases the album
"Liquid Swords"
"Labels", "Liquid Swords",
"Cold World"
MCA au krates
You wanna speak about the production on the album, I heard No I.D.
got some shit on it, and Buck Wild
got some shit on it.
Saukrates: Well basically the names of
production is Clark Kent Buck Wild and
No I.D. comin' out of the states.
Chase Lover: I can tell ya about that
We got some tracks from everybody and
it's like whoever we're happy with. But
those are the people who agreed to do it
who are down with the project We're
definitely with Clark, and with Buck we
have to see if we're happy with the tracks.
A lot of time we see that American producers, cause Saukes and F.O.S. produces,
just because they're are from America people think their shit is bomb. But it ain't
necessarily like that. They're working off
a name, just as long as you represent with
what you're doing and you make sure your
shit is tight then you don't work off a
name, you work off what your doin'.
Word, and I'm sayin', just cause
you're from Canada ain't no reason
for you to be jockin' American shit
If you got your own shit, you got your
own shit
C: Yeah,yeah. But with those people, like
with Clark and NO I.D. and with Common Sense, it's all like we respect what
they're doin' so that's why we thought of
them to get with this.
How old are you man?
S: I'm 18 now.
I gotta say man, that's pretty impressive. Your lyrics are pretty mature.
S: It's stress man because I'm still in high
school and what not It's a lot of stress.
How has the response from the
interview by Checkmate
Back in '94, Toronto's Saukrates released his
debut single "Still Caught Up" and began to
turn the heads of fan's and industry heads
alike. Since then he has signed with the
independant label Genesis Records, released
his new 12 inch and video "Hate Runs Deep"
b/w "Get Touched", and began work on his
forthcomingalbum"FatherTime". Elements
had a chance to speak to Saukrates and his
manager Chase Lover about his music, his
new album,and the Canadian Hip Hop scene.
states been with "Hate Runs Deep"?
C: I mean in America right now, at least
east coast- 'cause I don't know how it is
on the west coast 'cause we haven't really marketed it there- but in the east
coast the shit is on. New York, people
already knew him, labels were already interested from a long time ago. So with
this now, it's just building on the name
and everything.
Just re-enforcing the masterplan.
C: Yeah. I mean it's all about the
C.R.E AM. The thing is you can't just start
this shit and expect., if your gonna make
a livin' off this, you want to live the best
way you possibly can, right7 So the thing
is, when we started off just managing,
when we did that "Still Caught Up" joint
in *94 it was like "O.K. we doin' this, let's
let people know what it's all about" Let
people know we were doin' the real, if
you want to call it that but we're doin' it
and we're gonna take it to the next level.
We did that and he got a bit of a reputation and that sparked the interest The
labels were like'Who's this kid?" 'Cause
we're not marketing towards Canada. As
far as black music goes, it has no base up
here. If you wanna make money you
gotta go to America. So you have to be
able to compete, right If you break
America, you break the rest of the world.
Exactly. That's the giant you gotta
conquer right there.
C: And the thing is that when you look
at it a lot of those American acts is
straight booty.
Word. A lot of the new shit comin'
out just ain't cuttin' it
C: Yeah. It's like I hear my nigguh here
and he's tight The thing is they're over
there and we're over here. That's the
22     elements only difference. So we break down those barri-
ers and we're straight
The thing about Canada is that the scene
h so young.
C: Yeah. See the thing is too with Canada right
a lot of things we do, we're always lookin' not for
now but tomorrow. We gotta compete, and if
we're gonna compete we gotta stay ahead of the
game. We gotta know that we're not makin' shit
for today, we're makin' shit for tomorrow, cause
that's when we get paid.
S:  'Cause another thing, when people I
over here, I don't know how it is on the
west coast but over here when people
do musk, a lot of them don't really stop
and think, "if this was on the shelf of Sam
Goodie's in New York, would somebody
actually buy it" To compete in this you
gotta put yourself out there and say "O.K.,
I gotta be better than the best"
Word. Well like you were sayin'
Chase, it comes down to the
C.R.E.A.M. and you gotta run up
there with the big boys to make any
money 'cause Hip Hop's large, but
it ain't that large.
C: Yeah. But with the label now, the
thing that's good about it is that they got
the financial backing to make the whole
thing work where as everything is real
professional and tight You know, the look
and everything. They can afford to have a
nice video and this and that You know,
make t-shirts and do the proper marketing and get it all out there where it should
be. A lot of Canadian labels, they lack
S: No matter how good the artist the
label has to have the backing to take the
artist to his full potential. That doesn't
happen much out here. I mean you'll get
a good group out here and they'll get signed to a
label that doesn't really have that much money
and they'll put out a half assed video.
If s Just to the point where you gotta come
so correct 'cause any inconsistencies in
your game and it ain't gonna cut it
C: Exactly. I don't look at an artist like "Oh he's
a Canadians artist" If they're good they're good,
if they're shit they're shit. It don't matter where
they come from, if the music is good it will speak
for itself.
I agree with you on that but you gotta admit men, discrimination comes into play.
C: Yeah I know, I know about that I'm sayin'
good music on a whole will break down those
S: It's like a lot of people do have people that
are good over here, but a lot of people that catch
the spotlight are not the best Then when they
don't get over, their only complaint is sayin' they
didn't get on because they're from Canada.
C: It's not like that If the shit was wack from
the beginning, it was wack. And the thing is when
... dudes wanna
claim a little a little area, a little
block and claim
that as their world
and then that's it.
Like the world
stops after it
reaches a certain
street. That ain't
gonna work."
S: Exactly, exactly. But a lot a people ain't thinkin'
about that They're obsessed with this area,
representin' an area. New York people can do
that cause New York is one of the biggest city's in
the world.
And that's what they're about
S: Yeah. LA can do that too because those
cities are international. But dudes over here have
the problem, well I guess you can call it a problem overhere, is dudes wanna claim a little area, a little block and claim that as
their world and then that's it Like the
world stops after it reaches a certain
street. That ain't gonna work.
Word. Is there anything else you
want to add, this is your opportunity.
S: First of all let me give a shout out to
Rascalz. Keep that shit alive. Eventually they'll really pick it up. I know they've
been moving a bit but even more. On
top of that a shout out to the whole
world I guess, international.
C: I wanna give shout out to that nigguh
Sol G. Maybe we can get that westcoast/
east coast connect goin' on. You know,
since were the only two people who's on
different coasts up here, hopefully we can
get something going on in between and
get the whole place on lock down cause
that's how we wanna work it
S: And big up Expo '86 boy. I was there.
You were down for that shit? Damn
man, I wish I was down for that,
motherfucka's still talk about that
you look at it from the outside, like when American's look at the Canadians market they only see
that wack shit comin' out so they're always gonna
say "Canada's known for wack shit" If it's good,
and you recognize it and make other people recognize it they can't say that no more.
You gotta attack the whole thing 100%.
S: Exactly. You also gotta think that their blood
is red too. We're all people, they were babies
once too. We all grew up, they just grew up different
It's all the same, ifs just the geography is
S: Big up Expo '86.
C: And my crew, Nigguhz Of Sin. That's my heart
let's say that. They're comin' from Jungle City
out in Toronto.. And then F.O.S., Figures Of
Figures of Spee
Toronto, On.
nov/dec     23 Yo man, how did you get your
It start with the Nation, the vocabulary they were using and the way they
were exchanging thought and ideas, I
found it overwhelming and shit. I
wanted to be a part of that and I got
the name Asiatic, knawmean? And AZ
is like descendent of Asiatic. You know
so, through the times I stayed within
the 5% nation but as I was getting older,
that financial thing started coming into
play and I kinda stepped off that righteous role and um... Knawmean?
Started doin' my thing but that name
AZ stuck with a fella throughout.
Are you still down with the 5% Nation?
Naw man. I'm just a knowledgeable
individual seeking information. That's
how I move, just the realism of life.
Word.  So how about the end of
(Laugh... pause) TheVisualizer, the label picked that for me. 'Cause I guess
they saw something I didn't and talkin*
about in my raps I'm always talkin''bout
vivid enough. Or visualizing the realism, knawmean?  (Laughter)
(Laugh) Yeah...
They were like,"You're theVisualizer."
I'm like, "Yeah, aiight, aiight.   That's
24     elements kinda deep right there." They saw
somethin' I didn't, my manager too,you
know my manager an' shit TheVisualizer.
So how did ya get your start man?
Overall, through my man Escobar,
yaknowhati'msayin*. He... Ahhh...
Once I got on his LP, which was the
last joint on the album, it wasn't premeditated or nothing, he just asked me
to come down or
whatever. I went
down or whatever,
you know, smoked
out or whatever an'
I just started hittin*
that hook, "Life's A
Bitch" or what ever.
"Yeah, let's fuck with
that" So we set that
off and after that, the
rest is history.
um... It ain't that hard an' all but the
only thing I find hard is, just mad bitches
an* shit It's crazy but I guess it come
with part of the game. I'm still intertwined with my ghetto roots and shit,
yaknawmean? So with these bitches
shit, I'm like, "What's goin* on?" I'm
just droppin' some poetry tryin' to give
food for thought for people who are
listening to me and it's like I gotta go
gotta give them something for their
money, so I give it food for thought.
I'm representing the world. We got
ghettos everywhere, so I'm representing like that, Earth. I represent the
world, feel like I feel, that's what I'm
representing, the movement.
In four years, where doesAZ see
Yeah.     So   how
long you and Nas
been boys for and shit? 'Cause the
world ain't heard ya 'till ya came
up on his album and all that.
I know, (pause) well me and him been
peoples for like 5 joints, about 5 years
bein' peoples, yaknowhati'msayin*.
Been exchanging thoughts and ideas
since then yaknowhati'msayin*. It was
just like mine gotta take mine, what he
was goin' through, so it was kinda,you
know (pause) Mine gotta take mine.
How long ya been In the game?
Oh! I been rhymin' off an' on for about
eight years and shit Off and on I'd rap
but then there was some bullshit that
happened. Yo.you know what I mean?
I get into some other world then I 'd
come back and write some poetry then
I go back to another world, ya know?
How hard's it been on the road
an' shit?
Well overall.it been kinda... they been
showin' love like where ever I go an'
"I bring life to mics, I
bring life to existence. I paint pictures
into people's head,
food for thought."
Sitting in one of
those little Montana
mini mansions, sittin'
behind a gold leather
chair with the gold
trimmin's, ya know,
talkin* shit
And a big screen!
Yeah man! "Who put
this shit together?
Me! That's who!
Who I trust? Me,
that's who!" (laughter)
to another world to do that too. But
it's all good though,! guess. Like I said,
it all comes with the game.
It all comes around, ya know?
Yeah yeah! It's all good though, I'm
learning, ya know?
How long was "SugarHill" brewin'
For about two months before it got
released. I was feelin' that and I wanted
it to be my single. It sum the album
up. "SugarHill" sum the album, Doe
Or Die. That where I wanna be and I
die going for it. It's gotta be put out
So the album is definitely
representin' Brooklyn.
Oh but of course. No question, the
album for me is food for thought.
Overall, I really don't claim any
grounds, I claim brains, ya know. As
long as consumer are payin' for it, I
So what does you
bring to Hip Hop that no other
rhymer has brought yet.
I bring life to mics, I bring life to existence. I paint pictures into people's
head, food for thought.
What does AZ do when he ain't
in the studio or on stage?
I'm a quiet storm ya know, readin',
chillin', goin' out, maintainin'.
Alright man! Respects AZ for
rappin' with a brother.
Alright, God Body!
AZ                   ^
Doe Or Die
Pete Rock, Loose, Ski,
LES, No-Joe, Buckwild
Brooklyn, NY    J
nov/dec    25 Lord Finesse
The Awakening EP
Diggin' In The Crates is the one and only
way to describe Lord Finesse's new EP. Finesse
is one of Hip Hop's most underrated MCs so
his mic skills are as intact as ever on this record.
For those worshiping fake Lord's or who use
the Lord's name in vain, you best say a prayer
and bow to the original Mr. Funkyman. The
Awakening EP takes me back to the times
when Hip Hop wasn't all about the violence,
guns, blunts and fronts. Finesse finesses over
smooth samples and ruff beats with his butter
raps. Songs such as "Gameplan","True and
Livin'","Hip to the Game" and "Flip Da
Style" show that Finesse is out to claim what
is rightfully his as he travels deep into this extended play record with the backing of people
like Diamond D.A.G.,Showbiz,O.C., KRS
One and more. This EP is definitely for true
heads from the middle school era (1988) because it takes brothers like myself back to the
times when rappin' was fun and exciting. With
dope story rhymes delivered with raw skill.
something missing nowadays! If you're down
with any of the above or want to hear some
REAL real Hip Hop, do yourself a favor.don't
sleep and peep what Lord Finesse has to offer.
Doe or Die
Word. I already reviewed this nigguhz debut
single "Sugar Hill" and if you recall, that shit
had me open. Well now AZs back with a fat
album to follow entitled, Doe or Die. I'm a
break it down like this: On side one the joints
are "Rather Unique","Ho Happy Jackie"
and "Gimmie Yours." This nigguh could
rhyme regardless on every track but"Ho Happy
Jackie" carries on that Hip Hop tradition along
the lines of "Jane" or "Sally" by Stet or Diamond or "Dear Yvette" and all other bitch
songs made over the years. I dig that shit On
side two, the tracks are "SugarHill", "Mo
Money, Mo Homicide" and "Doe or Die."
"Mo Money..." gets my vote as the tightest cut
on the album, not only'cause it features Nas
Escobar but 'cause the beat is some slow
tempo, fly type shit that gets a nigguh zonin'.
I'm sayin', Nas and AZ freak that same chemistry from "Life's A Bitch." The shit is fly... but
tell me; can anyone fade Mr. Illmatic? This album is worth buyin' on the strength of those
tracks alone. Checkmate rate: 88%
- Checkmate
Funkmaster Flex
Mix Tape Vol. I
This 60 minute flavor filled mix tape has many
components to it First of all, I should mention the sound quality. Most DJs that I know
of use a 4 Track recorder to make tapes and
not once have I came across a mix tape that
sounded really tight without the 4 Track. Rex's
shit has obviously had some time and money
put in to it and I'm not exactly sure if it was
mixed or even mastered. I can say that the
level and quality of the recording is much better than a tape you would buy off the street
Another impressive thing is that it was done
live... I think he probably pressed up dub plates
for all the freestyles that where scratched in..
This is the type of mix tape that you'll want to
hang on to 'cause this project may be the first
of many to come in the future. The mixing
was creative as he kinda blends some new shit
with some old shit and some real nice shit to
some straight booty shitThe only thing I didn't
like was the sloppyness of some of the cuts
because I've heard him do a lot iller shit on his
show. You'll have to pick it up and decide for
yourself but I think overall it is worth the
money you'll pay for it so buy it and support
the Funkmaster or else...
- Kilo-Cee
Group Home
Livin' Proof
Pay Day
Yes yes y'all! Another album from the
Gangstarr Foundation and they're not looking to slip in the nine fifty nor sixty. Primo is
how I sum up the production on this new
Group Home album. Word y'all, the shit is as
fat as it comes when it comes to keepin' Hip
Hop to it's roots. Titles such as "2 Thousand", "Suspended In Time", "Up
Against the Wall", "Inna Citi Life" and
"Serious Rap Shit" basically tell you that this
album is for the hardrocks, hardrocks and
HARDROCKS. Ain't nothin' soft about this
masterpiece from the Foundation. Guru and
Big Shug join Melachi on,"Serious Rap Shit"
26     elements where Lil Dap takes care of the chorus,"Me
and my fam take this rap shit serious. New
York to LA Nigguhz gotta fear this." Special
appearances by Jack the Ripper and Smiley
akaThe Ghetto Child on "Tha Realness",
Absoloot on "Sacrifice" and Jeru shines on
an interlude. This album is one that real heads
will take to heart and put the Group Home in
the game, officially. Pounds of respect It is
definitely one of the most solid projects of the
year and "Supa Star" and "Livin' Proof"
still make nigguhz bounce because they're
blended in on the album well so you can feel
the flows while the box bumps for blocks and
blocks. Dap packs lyrics for the mind with
one of the most unique voices to be heard in
the history of Hip Hop, while the Nutcracker,
at 18 years of age can only get deeper and in a
year or two I believe he will be at a level of
excellence. He's got mad heart and you can't
fake or fade that If you're down with real Hip
Hop then you'll definitely be down with Livin'
The Genius/GZA
Liquid Swords [ j4
Another chapter in the Wu Tang saga.
Hmmm, lemme see... Alright, I'll put it too
you this way. When I got the CD I popped
it into my Pioneer system and just absorbed
the whole shit. I just listened to it for pure
listening pleasure you know, just appreciatin'
some fresh new Hip Hop, right? Then a couple of weeks later, I decided to put on some
headphones and fuckin' LISTEN. Yo,straight
up this is some crazee shit Do you know
what I am saying? I ain't on noWu dick, I'm
on some "This shit is dope without me even
thinkin' about it" so fuck you. Meth was
dope. ODB was crazee. Rae was premium.
But the GZA is supreme. At 28 years of age
and about 18 years of MCin' experience behind him, he's had plenty of time to perfect
his shit. Lyrics, lyrics, lyrics and more
goddamn motherfuckin' lyrics. Watch this,
"but money don't grow on trees and there's
thievin' MCs who cut throat to rake leaves.
They can't breathe. Blood splash rushin' fast
like runnin' rivers, I be that whiskey in your
liver." I can't quote no more, the whole shit
is quotable, like when this motherfucker
writes fuckin' screenplays and shit Just peep
the images conjured up in "Killah Hills
10304" or "Gold." I ain't even gonna try
and analyse and break the shit down.  It's
like in school, when they'd make you try to
explain poems,you know, try and break that
shit down into components. Actually, I do
that shit with MCs and I guess that's why a
lot of these other faggot MCs don't impress
or fool me, but it is music so you supposed
to really just enjoy and appreciate the shit.
I hope you know what the fuck I'm trying to
say. Anyway, the beats are banging regardless, so fuck it. Oh yeah, in case you're wondering ('cause you're retarded or something)
all original Wu swordsmen appear on the album plus otherWu family members, Dreddy
Kruger, Life and the introduction of Killah
Priest who shines on his solo joint,"B.I.B.L.E."
To paraphrase that nigguh Checkmate: I'm
- FreeStyle Crazee
Erick Sermon
Double or Nothing
Here it is, Erick Sermon aka "The Green
Eyed let's milk this gimmick to death Bandit." I think you remember this guy, he was
one half of that legendary group from Long
Island called EPMD. Remember? If you
don't you best refresh your memory because
them days is long gone in 1996. Erick Sermons solo debut No Pressure had its moments with a couple of guest appearances
from his "Death Squad" members mainly
Redman and a little less mainly, Keith
Murray. Sermon's newest shit is called
Double or Nothing, and from listening to
it once ('cause man, I swear I didn't wanna
listen to it twice) I would say that he
shouldn't have made the stakes so high. I
love EPMD. Every single song on every single album. BUT. I don't love Erick Sermon
or Parrish Smith solo. Their shit is corny.
- FreeStyle "I love EPMD" Crazee
Kool G. Rap
Cold Chillin'
"Comin* straight off the sidewalks of NewYork,
a nigguh livin' foul I'm killin' 'em executioner
style." Yo, after that quote, if you don't know
what this album is abou, ya missin' something!
I'm sayin'. This nigga puts the G in east coast
rap. 4,5,6 is an album complete with tight production, hardcore styles and straight lyrics.
There's nuff bomb tracks on G Raps new joint
including a song featurin' Nas Escobar called
"The Fast Life." I'm sayin', when the lllmatic
one hooks up with G Rap you know the track
is gonna be straight pimp. The single, "It's A
Shame" is bumpin' and the album's got a
remix that's harder and possibly ilia than the
original. G Rap flexes some ill flows and by
now, anybody frontin' on his rhyme skills is on
some other shit All the tracks are pretty tight
on this album but the cuts to look out for, in
my mind are, "Executioner Style","4,5,6",
"Money's On My Brain" and the two mentioned before. What more can I say than this
album is worth paying for if your down for the
raw hardcore... I know I am. Kool G Rap is
still DOPE. 'Nuff said. Checkmate rate: 90%
- Checkmate
nov/dec     27 Smoothe da Hustler
"Hustlin'" b/w
"Broken Language"
"Fugee-La" b/w
"How Many Mies"
The Fab 5ive
"Leflah" b/w
Duck Down/Pr I Ority
Smoothe da Hustler is your everyday MC
talkin' 'bout the hard times he's been through
etc. On "Hustlin'", he describes his day-today business of what else? Hustlin, gambling,
slanging and stick-ups. If you heard "Hustlin"'
you'd swear M.O.R had another member, solo
though.That could be because he's down with
them. The beat for this song sounds reminiscent of some old school Kool G Rap instrumental. "Broken Language" is the B-side
song which features his brother Trlgger.This
is the cut which shines like a mutha over the
A-side. Both MCs drop ill lyrical skill passing
off the mic back n' forth with about 6-8 bars
each. Kinda like this, "The money stasha, gun
blasta, razor slasha.the human asthma, breath
taka, body dump wasta, the giock cocka, the
block locka.the rock choppa..." etcThat theme
runs through the entire cut This trak is definitely a good example of wordplay at its best
coming from Smoothe and his counterpart
and this joint will be a classic. As far as the
single on a whole goes, it's 50/50. I'm sure to
hear more from the hustla Smoothe but for
now I'm content with that"Broken Language".
•That Rat from the Lab
If you been itchin' for the Fugees new and impressive next shit your relief is here with two
brand new cuts. Both will relieve those itches
instantaneously. I heard a nasty rumor that
Lauren had left the group but thank Jah, and
I'm sure her partners do too, that she's still
right in the mix. "Fugee-La" (the A-side) is a
nasty-ass cut The beat sounds like some old
mid-evil shit produced by Salaam Remi. But
what makes it the bomb is when L drops vocal harmonies over the chorus."Ooh la-la-laah
it's the way that we rock when we doing our
thing,ohh la-la-laah it's the natural lye the refugees bring..." The B-side "How Many Mics"
is no part II for "How Many MCs", it's the
Fugees just Having and freaking the lyrics. L
starts it off and raps about all the mics she's
ripped. Wycleff comes correct but as far as
whatshisface... ah... he still needs a little more
practice. This beat is tight with a strange whale
sample coming in and out Courtesy ofWycleff,
Prakazrel and Shawn King. Overall, this
12-inch is dope, with both songs taken from
the new Fugees LP, which is yet to be titled.
So be on the hunt for that I'm out'!
- Kemo The Labrodent
Smoothe Da Hustler
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Fab Sive consists of Ruck and Rock from
Heltah Skeltah and Louieville Sluggah, Mr.
Strang and Top Dog from Originoo Gunn
Clappaz- another Bootcamp Clique
project I'm sayin', I don't know about that
whole shit What are these nigguhz sayin' that
BlackMoon and Smif N Wessun ain't already said? I think Heltah Skeltah might come
with some shit later but O.G.C. need to chill
and work on the skills. I know these mahfuckas
all come from the Bootcamp but does that
mean they all gotta sound like variations of
Buckshot? On the flipside "Blah", Ruck from
Heltah Skeltah tears it up - the rest of the shit
is BOOTY! Yo, if I ever need some Buckshot
type shit I'm a go to the source- Enta the
Stage by BlackMoon. If you down for the entire Bootcamp clique this is for you. Ifya lookin'
for something originoo, save your cash. Checkmate rate: 70%
• Checkmate
"Hate Runs Deep"
b/w "Get Touched"
Genesis Entertainment
Representin' east Toronto from a crew called
Figures of Speech emerges one truly gifted
lyricist Saukrates. His first single and video
from Genesis Entertainment "Hate Runs
Deep" is a bad cut Talking about the evil
which lurks deep in men's hearts. This song
features an F.O.S. member named Marvel, who
adds poetic interjection and concise thought
complementing Saukrates nicely.The beat completes this trak givin' it a smooth, laid-back vibe
to it except for that nasty rockered-out guitar
in there. Production credits go to Saukrates
himself also on "GetTouched". The 12-inch
features a remix for "Hate Runs Deep" produced by Down to Erf. This version is a little
more laid-back than the original, but it's cool
all the same."GetTouched" moves away from
the "Hate Runs Deep" topic and features
Saukrates on a solo mission. Flippin' scripts
cuttin' down all half-assed emcees down to size
28     elements with the chorus, "That's all I can stand, I can't
stands no more, feel the rush nigguhz getting
touched..." With an album release soon to
come, Saukrates will be makin' more noise in
the future most definitely. His LP will feature:
O.C.,Jemini, Common Sense, MastaAce
with production from Common's camp. No
I.D. and from various parts of New York,
Buckwild and Clark Kent. So do like a wise
man once said, "Wait and all good things shall
come to thee."
-The First Labrai
Ol' Dirty Bastard
"Raw Hide"b/w
"Don't U Know, 2"     §§
"Rawhide" features perhaps one of Ason
Uniques a.k.a. Dirt Megirt most memorable
performances. Need I quote? "I wanna see
blood, whether if it's period blood or bustin'
your fuckin' face: SOME BLOOOODH!"
Lou Diamonds and Johnny Blaze accompany McGirt with the usual dope shit. Blaze
on die chorus and Diamonds releasing his newest lethal weapon sound effect"phhsssst - feel
the blast of the silencer!" On the B-side, those
familiar with "Don't U Know" off Megirt's
album can probably undoubtedly agree that he
tells a tale like none other. "Don't U Know
Pt II" is a tale of the woes of fucking without
aTrojan. After a couple tries, Dirty finally starts
his rhyme: "I know all the time fellas, be hard
to use a Trojan,'cause your shit can't breathe,
it feels all dosed in. You wanna slip it off and
Ooh baby I like it raw! - why I wanna hurt
myself for?" This shit is raw as fuck as ODB
comes into your house and sits beside you on
your couch with Bobby Steeles punctuatin'
Megirts words with loud ass kick drums and
all types of shit just steadily fucking you up as
Ason shares his story. Oh yeah, peep the radio edit of Raw Hide.
- FreeStyle Crazee
Sadat X/Akinyle
"Loud Hangover"
Sadat is now finally doing his own shit on the
real with Loud/RCA records. The label recendy
signed Sadat X and the vagina dining MC Akinyie.
These two artists collaborated on the new single "Loud Hangover" which is a song about
what else but "getting paid!". Being the two newest members to be added to the already impressive Loud roster (Mobb Deep, Da Liks, Raekwon
and Wu Tang, Cella Dwellas) the two link up for a
duel effort representing thier new home (label).
Claiming that "money is the sweetest hangover"
and they dont wanna get over it The bait must've
been tasty on that hook to have picked up two
vetrans of this rap shit. In fact it was the catch
of the day, just for that fat sockeye Sadat but they
should have thrown back the the flounder. Sadat
comes on that old shit that's straight him, know
what I mean? Shitty mix on his voice though.
Akinyle's staying true to himself with his dippin'
the lingo steelos, so you either like him or you
don't and I'm with the latter judgement on this
track. FunkMaster Flex did some aiight production on this jammie, getting freaky with a bass
and voilin strings. All in all, the shit's decent and
worth checking although you'll probably hear it
over the airwaves anyways. Definitely a power
move for the X Nubian. Wonder what his dolo
album will be like... Shit's LOUD though !!!
- Kem Kwan
Mobb Deep
"Temp's Rising" b/w
"Still Shining"
Los Infamosos Havoc & Prodigy a.k.a. Mobb
Deep deliver their fourth single from their album with a few litde extras: Two "other" versions of "Temp's Rising." One of which is the
original version with sampled vocals on the chorus and a different beat altogether and then the
remix,which sounds like the LP version except
it's flipped a tiny bit Yay. Take my word, the
unrealeased original takes the throphy out of both
LP and remix. There is also another previously
unreleased track called "Still Shining". This
song deals along the lines of an ill scheming tip,
comming correct with enough balls to make a
Herb shit their pants. The lyrics... fuckin' dope:
"Beware of quiet niggas layin' in the cut/for what'/
patiently watchin'.waitin' for a come up/get your
spots up/we rob land like white man/Plans to
overthrow your shit while shaking your hand."
Mobb Deep still ain't left this bitch and don't seem
to be going anywhere.
- Kem Kwan
Big Noyd
"Recognize & Realize"
Tommy Boy
You all know Big Noyd from Mobb Deep's
album no doubt He's on three songs on that
shit "Give Up The Goods", "Right Back
At Cha" and "Party's Over." So if you don't
know then act like you do because this ain't
the first time you should be hearin' him. On
his solo debut on Tommy Boy, he passes mics
with Prodigy while Havoc mans the SR The
beat's kinda on some crazee eerie shit maybe
giving us a preview of the new Mobb Deep
shit. This jam is straight street talk, which combined with these two MCs ill lyricals plus their
track record, equals a fat ass underground joint
that cannot be slept on. You'll be hearin' this
one on all of your favorite radio shows. Out
- FreeStyle Crazee
nov/dec     29 Kg Noyd w/ Prodigy - Recognize and Realize
Mw-Uvin'In The World
lord Rutin w/ KRS One - No Gimmicks
KRS One-Out For Fame
Fat Joe w/Radcwow - Respect Mine
Kool r. Rap - Executioner Style
Fugcts - Fugee la
4 Uvt-*raggm Writes
11 Cool 4- I Shot Ya (Remix)
Shabazz Iht Plotpk - Peath *e The Penalty Part II
: 3
troop Home -InnaCrti life
Sadat X * Akbiylc - loud Hangover
Saukratn-vet Touched
Rial Uvi-Real live Shit
Mobb Pmp-Still Shinin1
Mle HroahNO w/ O.C. t Royal Roth - Men vs. Many
Az-uncuct Raw-
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What up nigguhz and bitches! This be the "III One" on some
whatever type shit, /knowhati'msayin.
Yo, for this first I'il taste of what up, I'd like to clarify my position on this whole Hip Hop shit, y'knowhati'msayin'. Firstly, I
dig that raw type hardcore shit that some nigguhz got goin' on.
Hardcore don't mean that there gotta be a whole lotta profanity and shit (although I often choose to express myself with the
use of certain useful I'il adjectives). Hardcore for me means
the beat is bangin'.the samples are tight the MCs got skills, his
rhymes are actually sayin' somethin1 a nigguh could understand,
and the overall production is plain "nice", /knowhati'msayin'.
For example, one of my favorite tracks is "Lookin' At The
Front Door" by Main Source. Although Profess is rappin1
about static with his bitch and shit, the song is still hard - why
you ask - 'cause a nigguh got skills, straight up!
Then there's this little static with all these righteous m'fuckers
tryin' to curb my lingo on the radio, in the magazine, and in my
everyday speech. I'm sayin', sticks and stones... Just 'cause I
call you m'fucker ain't nuttin' special - everybody's a m'fucker,
/knowhati'msayin1. As for the term nigguh, Q-Tip said it best
("Sucka Nigguh")- it's used as a term of endearment (by myself). There's no racial issue involved. However, fair warning,
some m'fucker's ain't as laid back as the Chex,
/knowhati'msayin'! Use this word at your own risk. If you
catch static 'cause you spoke that shit then ya probably used it
in the wrong context In this case, the meaning is very different and almost certainly derogatory - you will get fucked up if
ya ain't got the rights to be spittin' this sensitive shit!
Now bitches be trippin' 'cause I be callin' them bitches. I'm
sayin' bitch - if you're a bitch you're a bitch and if you ain't then
I ain't talkin' to you so why you stressin'? By the same token, a
nigguh don't mean nuttin' by using this term. Common sense
will tell you whether the term is being used in a negative fashion or not. Ladies, y'all get all the respect due just 'cause you
should. So don't take it personal, bitches, it's just another word
nigguhz be usin', a'ight!
I'm sayin', m'fuckers is crazy sensitive but let me tell you
somethin' - this Hip Hop shit is an ever expanding artform in
all it's elements. Young hip hoppers should strive to push all
limitations to the side. The artform is still young and innovators are bringing it notoriety, which brings publicity (good &
bad), which leads to growth. Whether it be hardcore shit for
the heads, or some crossover type shit, the industry is only
explodin' larger. I myself represent the hardcore, you represent whatever your down for. The speech I use and the music
I listen to are signs of the times. Vocab is hectic 'cause shit is
mad hectic. Fuck /all.
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