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Posted on 27 August 2010 by admin
Interview by Teena The Naughty Intern
Tech N9ne, he is one of the most well known musicians, in the underground scene, He hails from Kansas City, as well as the rest of his label, Strange Music Records. Tech is a very deep and down to earth cat. keeping his feet well planted while, selling out Colorado shows, packed with screaming fans. His newest masterpiece “KOD” aka King Of Darkness is his tenth album and after only a half of a day on I-Tunes, it was already, Tech’s best selling album, maybe because of dope songs like “Show me a God”, “Demons” w/ Three 6 Mafia, “ Strange Music box” and MTV U’s #1 song “Leave me Alone.”
So Tech how does it feel, now that MTV has your back? T9: “Sick, I just spent a week in New York and I visited MTV and BET, but we had a big meeting with MTV, and they are really with us, they want us to send stuff over to them, like Live show footage, video’s and other stuff. So, it’s really looking up, it’s crazy, I mean, for real my Quest is to give money to the rest of the world. How dope is it that “Leave Me Alone” is number one on MTV U after its premier?(Laughing) Fuckin’ Dope!” “I just write my life and when I write my life, sometimes I think no one will like it but me, but, my fans are all with me and when my fans are with me, it turns everyone else on.” “So now it’s on MTV 2, MTV U and MTV Jams, I mean that’s never happened to me, before.” So, aside from Mid-West fam, some cats I know that you have toured with are Necro, Ill Bill, and Mr. Hyde any future plans? T9: “Yeah! Necro, Ill Bill, Mr. Hyde, La Coka, thats my East coast family. I did Fire and Ice with Bill and Rock the Bells with Necro, so thats Fam. Necro and Bill are rap-pin’ mother fuckers, they are two lyrical threats in the industry, so, mother fuckers better recognize, I’m just glad they are on my team.” “ I did a video appearence for Mr. Hyde and Necro was actually shooting it, I also, did that song “Only time will tell” with Bill and Necro. I definately respect them, they give love and that’s just dope, so, I can’t wait to do more with them in the future.” I mean all those guys Slaine, Ill Bill, Necro, they’re all gold. know what I mean?
Word and Slaine is down as fuck, do you still kick it wih him? T9: “Slaine is a murderer, and whatever he talks about is real, he don’t fuck around, I have seen him, fighting some crazy fuckers.”
Do you know of the DMS cats?
Ya, Actually, Danny Diablo of DMS, just signed my brother Diggy to Ill-Roc Records.
So do you chill with the DMS cats?”
T9: “Yeah, hold on, I just got something.” (Tech gets up from the table, where we are drinking his new drink, the KCT – Hennessy, Sprite,and lemon. He returns with a sick scarf that says Hooligan. ) “I just got this, its brand new, but I’ve worn it everyday since I got it last Saturday, he says excitedly, It’s from my boy Rico, he is a true DMS cat from New York.” “All of those cats show me a lot of love, so I show it back.” he explains.
So, KOD was supposed to be, the new darker Tech N9ne arriving, right?
T9: “Well, the King of Darkness said that, that wasn’t me, He wants to stay dark, but yo, Tech N9ne has got to break through to the light, I need more sunshine, more partying, more sex, and more good positive things, but the King Of Darkness wants to keep me in a hole, keep me down, and I can’t keep writing about sad shit, or it’s gonna kill me, so, the King Of Darkness can suck my Dick, Tech N9ne gotta move on and actually I have a cd coming out in April called “The Lost Scripts of KOD” it’s five songs that didn’t make it. but, five that I had to get out of me before I could move on so I could get brighter, number five, is called “The Last Sad Song”, which, who knows if it is, because KOD may be sitting back laughing going “Ok, I’ll be back, you wanna kick it, drink Caribou Lou, see ariolas, then I’m gonna fuck you up.” “ So, we’ll see but, as of now, I’m going to the light.”
I notice that You paint your face for shows, but usually take it off when you kick it afterwards, is there a transformation, so to speak between Tech and the Man behind the Klown?
T9: “Yeah, I was afraid of clowns as a kid, like what’s behind the smile, maybe evil, mean or just something hidden but, as I got older, I thought, I love that mystique, so I used it to my advantage.
I can do alot more, because I’m a shy person, but, when I’m onstage the mask or the Klown allows me to bring the shit forth, that I wouldn’t normally do, so I appreciate the klown, now. To the point that I adore clowns, red noses and all.”
So, a lot of cats love Jordan’s, but you and Ill Bill have a grip, Aside from just admiring Michael Jordan is there another reason?
T9: “Well, when you see us wearing Jordans, even Eminem, it’s like we’re Michael Jordan in our head. I mean, we are at the Top of our game, you know? Like Jordan was at the top of his game, so ya I have a lot, I don’t have them all yet, shoot, I haven’t even had time to get the new red and white, Space Jam Jordans, but Bill gots some sick ones, I’m like where the fuck did you get those? They don’t have those in Kansas City (lol)Bill might have me beat, I don’t know but, I got a lot.”
There will always be haters in the world, so what do you think of Tech N9ne Haters?
T9: “I try not to pay attention to them but, really it kinda hurt’s, cause I am a good guy, so, if they are hating me, then they don’t know me.”
You have ten Albums and a grip of tours, which one was your favorite?
T9: “Oh shit, Kutty, which tour was the craziest?” Kutt Kalhoun chimes in “maybe Strange Noize…” as Tech goes through the tours, he finally says “damn, I think I’m gonna say KOD, the fans really showed love and we had a ball man, Glasses Malone, Stevie Stone and Slaughter House, it was fun.” he finishes, as he fidgets with his yellow bracelet.
Is there a special reason you always wear that bracelet?
T9: “Yeah, it’s for my blood homeboy Dominick, from here in Colorado, he came to every show, and died of brain cancer, so, I always wear it, to remember him.” then he looks to my cup, “Do you like your drink? Did Kutty mix it good?” I smile at Kutt “ya, it’s perfect, you should be a bar tender Kutt.” they both laugh
So, what was your first drink ever? I ask, and after a very long pause Tech looks up…
T9: “I have never been stumped before, shit what the hell? I really don’t know.” “ wow a question I have never been asked, I’m stumped.” Kutt from the other side of the room says “Well what was it? Mad Dog 20/20? Caribou Lou?” Tech laughs. “I really don’t remember, but Caribou Lou was my favorite for a long time, that’s a real mind eraser, no joke. Now my Drink is Kansas City Tech, I’m gonna write about it in one of my songs.”
What do you do when your on the road, movies or PlayStation?
T9: “No, I don’t play that crap, I mean Krizz Kaliko does, but, I watch horror movies, they get mad at me saying if a bitch ain’t bleeding out the mouth then you won’t watch it.” One of my all time favorites is Halloween II not the new one but, the old one, I have all of them but, that’s the best one, The new Directors cut is sick to, anything by Rob Zombie, Devils Rejects, House of a 1000 Corpses. I love scary shit, The Exorcist, The Omen, after a brief pause Tech gets this smile and stutters uh…”he laughs and then I laugh then he continues. “oh man your gonna laugh at me but, Drag me to hell, I love that shit.” he says while still laughing” but, that’s what I bring on the road High Tension is off the hinges, all the Saws of course, I’m into that shit the first Saw, It was weird Danny Glover being in it but, that’s a good one.
Right on Tech. Well… Colorado gots mad love for you and the Unda$tream appreciates you and thanks you for your time. Is there anything you wanted to add?
T9: “Well, it’s a blessing and I’m gonna do it as long as I can, because I love my fans, all five of these Colorado shows were sold out, so it really is a blessing.”
Posted on 26 August 2010 by admin
Interview by: Breez
Over the past two decades plus some change, Cope2 the true legend has made his mark on this earth an uncountable amount of times. Traveling from country to country on a weekly basis Cope2 has been popping up in more places than just the numerous walls he attacks. He has appeared in a converse commercial, bombed the fashion set for Vibe’s premiere issue of Vibe Vixen, and at the same time still manages to get down with crews and rock productions from L.A. to Paris. We were able to catch up to him and get that exclusive shit from the king himself about his aspects of the game today.
With no mercy for the weak what so ever Cope2 creates the vision of what it really takes to make it this long in the grimmy back alleys and hidden spots where all the creativity goes down. So with any further a due I’d like to introduce to you the Bronx King Cope2 the True Legend. Also to see more of his work you can hop on www.cope2truelend.com
Breez: Being that you’ve been around now labeled a king or legend what is your point of view on the evolution of graffiti from when you started until now? (do you feel the newcomers are doing a good job of keeping it what it is or do you think they’ve strayed from the roots and are forming a new sub-culture?)
Dam its so different cause in my days and era the early 80’s it was all about subway trains nothing but trying to become a King and famous of the New York Subway trains inside or out. It was so challenging and dangerous you had to worry about other writers rivals and crews that you might bump into in the yards or lay ups and also the police. It was excitement, drama and also horror trust me and I thank God for blessing me with the experience its something you cherish and take it to your grave old school niggas know the deal. But today its so different really its so layback you know everything is permission walls, productions, freight trains its just to easy and laidback and as for street bombers some toy wakes up today bites a style from some writer he idiolizes does a couple of throw ups around the city all of a sudden he’s King! “Please” that word king and the meaning of it died back when the trains died. It’s so easy to king the city even though you have the vandal squad also these pigs are dirty as a bums asshole and thats dirty stinky and disgusting. These guys will raid your crib take everything and you just have to deal with it in court. And also make fake police reports on each other too bad some haters can’t see or understand it but you know graffiti has gone on way farther than I’ve ever thought i mean it amazes me how its gone worldwide. These europeans are no joke they’re making it happen. as for New York its ok but niggas need to stop hating so much and do them and stop stressing on how much more graffiti writing you’ve done than the next man just do you. The art has definitely changed but we gotta keep it alive however where ever just keep rockin and shockin. cause thats what I’ll be doing.
What’s your current preference of surface to paint on walls(illegal or legal), freights, canvas or are you still able to sneak a few F or M trains in, or E lines maybe hit the 7 for good ole times?(also if you can explain how the subway situation has been…is it harder now, what’s a few secrets to em’, how long does new stuff stay before they buff it,etc.)
My preference is anything and everything goes, however whatever I gotta do to keep rockin and to pay the bills and eat whether its still rockin trains which I love to do cause its in my blood baby to rockin a canvas and showing it in London, Japan or Paris to pay bills eat and live cause I’ma do me fuck what the next nigga is doing unless you got love for a nigga cause like 2pac said niggas is gonna hate you for whatever you do so do you! Thats how I live so I’m still rockin walls with niggas like YMI, WALLNUTS, and the FC CREW and my dog TKID a real motherfucker. As for trains always with whoever is down you know New York and worldwide baby the subways in NY are easy, yeah they get buffed right away but as long As you got that flick yo good. As for the street bombing I still get down here and there but only with real niggas like my crew KD GOD,QUEST, JEZ, JEE, REPS, SAP DEEM, MAD, and many more also BTC always for (SPEK RIP) and JA, SKUF, KEZ5, JUST, WAY2, since whoever’s down I really dont care just be real about it but otherwise i’m just trying to do shows around the world and promote my new book (COPE2 TRUE LEGEND) the Realest and illest out so represent and get yo copy its real baby.
Well back in June of 2004 I got rolled on in front of my exgirls crib in the morning. I dont know why but the vandal squad claims that some 2 writers hit the Bedford park yard on Superbowl Sunday and caught a couple of the last red trains hmmmmmmm!!! I wonder who was it. Anyway They took me down to the precinct and showed me some pictures of the trains that were hit you couldn’t really see what the names read cause whoever was the writer’s they had buffed out their pieces on the trains. So you really couldn’t read or see what it said one of them could of said Cope but it was really blured out I told them I had no idea who it was and couldn’t help them so they said they thought it was me but I said listen I dont paint trains and I have nothing to say so they broke out for a couple of hours left me in the cell then they came back and said well Cope since we like you and we’ve fucked with you enough we’re gonna give you a DAT and let you go and i said what there’s bullshit And They said listen Cope were cutting you a break take it or go through the system so I said “ok cool”. Also the precinct was really packed and the Bullpens in 161 bronx was backed up so they were letting people go with bullshit charges on DAT’s. That’s rare I haven’t seen those in years. But I was out and a month later went to court they had nothing so my lawyer Got it dismissed and thats a rap!
Is there any color that’s extinct that you wish you could get your hands on? And tell the last time you remember using it and what the importance or essence of the color that made you drool over it?(kinda like nicolas cages unicorn in gone in 30 seconds)?
Oh man (High Heat Nybco Silver’s) these joints were the bomb, better than any european silver anytime. These silvers were no joke they never faded away always stood bright and chromey. They coated like a motherfucker. PJAY was the one who put me on to them back in 87 when we use to go wracking. I remember him cleaning out shelves of it and I would clean out all the rusto silvers thinking they were the best but when we went bombing I realized his throw ups would look more solid and bright especially in the freezing cold winter these silvers would never fail you. Man those were the good old days my last can I had for several years but I gave it to PJAY last year cause he’s a good friend and I know he loved those silvers if anyboby sees or has any hit me off please they still might make them otherwise I miss the old Krylon Brick Pastel Aqua, Fedpurple’s and Aqua Turquois those were the
days thank GOD.
Do you think you’ll ever stop or would be doing graffiti if you were a quadropledic? Why?
Stop graffiti never till my last breath its in my blood for life it’s what I’m and what I do I’m cope2 now and I’m taking it all the way with all the blessing from God and my imortal goddess my Mother who passed away God bless her heart and soul, and as for a quadropledic thats nothing to joke around with I pray for the people who suffer from that around the world may god bless them through life.
Are there any goals that you haven’t accomplished as a writer or do you feel if you retired tomorrow you would you be happy with your career as a writer?
Yeah, I guess I’ve pretty much done it all in graff I mean my goal was done back in (1983) when i became the king of the #4 train in the Bronx and the d train and the #2 train and 5 trains when they became white with my partner Cone, TNF at the time so I’m pretty much content with my goal cause it was done and blessed over 20 years ago so whatever I do now its all good and a blessing I’m gonna keep on rockin though you know its amazing sometimes thats why I laugh at all these toys today who claim to become king, please dead that. You gotta alot of dues and years to put in and pay nigga. So go ahead with your bullshit crew and throw ups cause you aint got nada on this Killer God Of Destruction boyee but otherwise if I retired today I think I’ll be good and go down as one of the best ever the most brutal and farocous, vicious, destructive bombers of all times baby and you know it True Legend status nigga what!
Being someone of your caliber is there anyone you think that’s really stepping they’re skills up right now that’s just like amazing the graff community in your mind?
Not realy the last time i saw a writer getting busy was my dog(SPEKBTC)RIP! This kid had like 5 different throwups and backwards but his life was cut short 2 years ago god bless his soul i miss ya Tim. But one of my favorites and you gotta give it to him is (JA,XTC) this guy is a graffiti bombing machine. This guy really destroys shit at the same time he’s having drama and war with like every fucking writer who fucks with him or anybody in his crew. He brings excitement to the game and we need it cause lately in New York it sucks. Too many village bombing homo’s who think their rocking shit by just bombing the village in new york otherwise new york is wack if it wasn’t for real nigga’s like JA, SKUF, LES, WAYS, CHEEZ, JEE, NAISHA, CLAW, SINCE, WALLNUTS, YMI, SAP, TATS CRU, and many more New York would suck.
What’s more important to you skills or fame?(what should the next
generation concentrate on?)
I guess both but writers should just try and be as real as possible and just do what you feel is good for you just rep for yourself and your crew I mean I do it all burners, tags, throwups, trains, walls, whatever and learn to respect those who respect you especially your idols and the writers you looked up to when you was nobody and still probably is. If you can’t fight don’t talk shit and fuck around with other niggas you know you can’t fuck with cause you know when you get caught its beatdown lumpcity cause thats how
I get down BTC style (Breaking Toys Chin’s) like SPEK use to say and do. But at the end of the day just have fun and enjoy the graffiti world cause its something else.
Any last words shout outs, fuck you’s, or anything the readers should know about Cope2?
As for me just doing me being Cope2 and my life is really disfunctional if you love life don’t fuck with me trust me its 2005 and I’m not having it cause you fuck with me you better know what your doing cause I really don’t give a fuck about life anymore to me its whatever! Much love to all my KD FAMOS you’s know who you’s are to many names to name and to that fagget-ass fake thug g-unit wanna be white pussy ass nigga (MET TA) from ohio give me my money or my trains you crackhead motherfucker I can’t wait till the day our roads will meet God bless me cause its gonna be hell. My kids Chulo, Vanessa I love you’s, my brothers, pops you’s are all my heart my whole family I love you’s all but most of all my Mother who passed away on Dec. 4Th 2004. I will always love you baby you’ll always be my heart and soul now you can rest in peace and may God bless your soul my immortal goddess I love you protect and be my angel, for now I will conquer the world I’ll miss you Mom. (COPE2 GODS OF DESTRUCTION) KILLER DOGS, GRAND CHAMPIONS, TRUE LEGEND WHAT!
One love to the god COPE2 from the Unda$treaM obviously if you ain’t on some real shit you better get on cause this graff shits real it’s ill in the field muthafucka we don’t play ABS Crew and I’m out!!!
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Posted on 16 August 2010 by admin
First things first…..What do you write and why?
And what crews do you assosciate with?
’’Tloko’’ because all the cool names were taken.TKO AWR MSK VANDALS INK
How long have you painted for and what got you started?
16 Years. I had 2 choices bang or write.
What do you enjoy writing on the most? walls…steel…..etc…
What was your best experience in graffiti?
Getting head from hoodrats just because i’m from TKO
Ever been arrested or in some serious shit over art?
Hell yeah my door is still fucked up from the last time the pigs kick down my door. Fuckers!.
Give us a good chase story….everyone has em……
I was bombing in east L.A. and some gangsters started blasting at me. So I ran into the freeway and the cops seen me and they thought I was blasting. They pulled out there guns on me. So i ran back thinking the gangster and the cops can just take each other out, but when i got back to the spot the gangsters were gone and the cops were there waiting for me and like lucy i had some explaining to do.
What kind of music influences you?
70’S porno music
Who was the first writer you met?
MAE 2 R.I.P
Do you rack paint or buy it?
Where do you think graffiti is going
in the future?
Where ever I go!
With harsher penalties for being caught, do you think thatʼs only gonna make people go bigger and harder?
What do you think about a graffiti artist spending 3 years in jail and
a rapist doing a year?
It means a writer will only get raped 1 year and he’ll have 2 years to get over it.
Why do you write? Is it to see your name all over? Is it to show your
freedom? Is it for vandalism?
I’m a fuckin’ ‘’vandal’’ not fit for society.
Do you plan to paint forever? Or do you see yourself being satisfied
at one point?
Till the grave!!!
Whats the worst part about graffiti to you? Is it the penalties, the
beef, the toys….?
No dental plan.
Seeing how we were all toys once, what do you think about toys?
THEY MUST DIE!!!!!!!!!
Who is your favorite writer when it comes to letters and what are they
Mr.Cartoon from the Soul Assassins. A dope tattooist and a smart business man.
What influences your letters?
Tattoo artist & sign painters.
Do you like stock caps, thin caps, or fat caps the best?
I use all kinds.
What 2 people do you admire outside
the graffiti world and why?
Who ever is fucking j-lo!!!
What motivates you to paint in the middle of the night?
All the fucking people walking around in the day time.
Where do you see your art in 10 years?
On a fuck load of trains, walls, and asses!!!
Any last thoughts
‘’YES’’ IF ANY COPS ARE READING
THIS. I’M JUST PLAYING “VANDALIZM IS BAD, VERY BAD AND DON’T DO DRUGS KIDS! AND MAKE SURE THE GIRLS YOU ARE F#*%ING ARE NOT 15 YEARS OLD EVEN IF THEY LOOK ALL HOT AND SEXY AND SHIT…………….PEACE TO MY HOMEBOY OVER MAY HE REST IN PEACE”.
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Posted on 11 August 2010 by admin
USM: It’s Chris B. sittin’ down with Pete Rock, How you doin’ Pete?
P.R.: I’m chillin’, hangin’ out enjoyin’ myself…
USM: Is this California weather treatin you good?
P.R.: Very good, Very Good…. VERY GOOD!
USM: Everybody knows who you are so we’re not tryin’ to go into the past… But, I do wanna talk a little bit about INI, that was your brother right?
P.R.: Yeah, that was my brother “Grap” and his friends, know what I’m sayin’? And it was just a one time thing, but it didn’t work out due to Sylvia Rhone not liking the project.
USM: How would those who are long time Pete Rock fans be able to get there hands on some of that “INI” material?
P.R.: Go on-line, you can go on I-Tunes and buy the album…
USM: Is there any chance of a Pete Rock & CL Smooth reunion?
P.R.: Next question. (as he smiles looking in the other direction)
USM: Okay… Is Heavy D. your cousin?
USM: So then, did you have anything to do with
“Redhead Kingpin” ?
P.R.: I knew “Redhead” but never worked together.
USM: Cool, check it out we’re gonna’ talk a little bit about the future too… I know you said you had some work on Redman’s and Method Man’s new album. Is that right?
P.R.: Yeah, yeah… yeah….
USM: Kurupt, what are you doing with Kurupt?
P.R.: We did a song called “Yes Sir” and it was supposed to be a follow up single to a Dogg Pound produced album by me, yeah… but that’s kind of in limbo so we don’t know what’s gonna’ happen with that, but I’m looking forward to workin’ on that.
USM: All right, and for any young producer’s tryin’ to get in the game… what advice would you have for them?
P.R.: Just to make your music to the best of your ability and stay focused and be passionate about what you love doin’. And, don’t do it just for the moment, you know? It’s like… Don’t do it just to make money, cause then it can come back and bite you in the a**!
USM: You’ve been around a lot of the dopest MC’s, what’s your most memorable moment in the studio and who was it with?
P.R.: Um, my most memorable… I have lots of stories like that, so I can’t really pinpoint on one, but there were lots of times where I’ve had great experiences with artists and then, some not so great… know what I mean? But, I’m very grateful for what God has put in front of me over the years.
USM: A little bit about the “Juicy” single… You were the original producer on that demo, am I right?
P.R.: Yeah… -yeah.
USM: I just wanted to throw that out there for
our reader’s and let them know.
P.R.: Oh yeah, definitely… definitely! That was all Pete Rock.
USM: What does the future hold for Pete Rock?
P.R.: Right now, just keep a slew of artists under my belt and workin’ with outside people as well.
USM: What do you look for in an unsigned artist? I know you said talent is one of the biggest things, but is it an artist that’s easy to work with, or one that can take direction, I mean what is it that you’re looking for in that next big thing?
P.R.: It starts from going to certain talent shows and like an amateur night, stuff like that finding MC’s. Or, just being in the street, you know what I’m sayin’? Being in the hood, you’ll find some of the dopest artists in the hood.
USM: Do you seek out artists that you want to work with?
P.R.: I mean, you can say so… I kind of seek them out, but then again I just go see people in other places or I just meet people on the whim. That’s one of the great things and one of the downfalls about being Pete Rock, is that you get to meet people who are talented and a lot more who are not so talented.
USM: Anything that you can give from your experiences to our young readers about… I know in New York the vibe is different between the “black” & the “brown”, it’s a melting pot. We’re out west and the “black” & “brown” don’t click as well, primarily because of the gang stuff.
P.R.: This is another way of life over here… you can’t really judge. Only thing I can have is my own opinion of it, which I feel I wish that it wasn’t like that. I wish that every one of us could get along. We already had so many issues with racism growin’ up, so why keep it going in this time and day in age when we’ve suffered enough. Dealing with racism….
USM: Right now before we wrap it up, did you vote for Obama?
P.R.: Of course I did…!
Interview by Chris B
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Posted on 11 August 2010 by admin
A lot of people such as onlookers of the ghetto dance form and even breakdancers themselves don’t know the true history of the culture. Cool Herc has been labeled the founder of Hip Hop. He played a big part but he was a block party ghetto promoter who brought some of the livest parties together. Within the unity of these parties the fun and excitement created an aura the attendees embraced.
On the contrary, breakdancing evolved from many different forms of dance. An evolution of different music genres and ethnicities having impact on urban youth. Blacks took tap dancing to a new level by getting down on the floor and doing down rock while performing dance routines influenced by such dancers like the Nicholas Brothers. Tap dancing is originally an Irish cultural dance but tap dancing on a professional level today do not allow tap dancers to evolve and incorporate other cultural dance forms into their dance form anymore. This is where down rock came from. Puerto Ricans on the other hand with their carribbean style of dancing evolved such forms like the Mambo and Rumba and gave them a different style of dancing on top. When you put these forms of dance together you start creating a whole new dance style. Just like ghetto DJing evolved when Herc created the Merry-Go-Round system by using two records simultaneously extending certain beats he played to get the crowds excitement and energy going and keep the party rocking. Dj Flash’s improvement of Hercs Merry-Go Round system by introducing a mixer to the house party allowed him to mix beats much longer and change records quicker. After that, Theodore created scratching which is used in todays top DJ competitions to win battles. Before funk came in 1974, breakers were dancing to Led Zepplin and rock music. The environment of the early 70’s in the Bronx dictated what the attitude of the youth would be. Trac 2 quotes, “Back then it was all about being fly. You had the Levi’s creased, the Terry clothed shirts with bucket hats. We would go to other burroughs to battle crews just to show them up and take their girls. Guys like Spy and Mongo Rock had ghetto celebrity status.” Blacks who lived in the same community as Puerto Ricans usually didn’t socialize. What Cool Herc’s outdoor parties allowed was these two different cultures to come together through different ways of interpreting music through dance which created one specific dance form. All these teens of the 70’s had influence from the acid free style rock from the 60’s. When the soldiers came back from Vietnam, anti-Vietnam music changed the tone of the mid 70’s. What became of all the change throughout the last decade up to early 1975 was some of the best rocking / b-boying / breakdancing crews who claimed the roots of breakdancing. You had the Zulu Kings who were known for floor rocking specialized by Beaver and Robbie Rob. Salsoul was the first Puerto Rican crew. Vinnie and Bobby Lee of Salsoul were known for their freestyle off the top rocking. Batch, Aby, Trace 2, and Weeble were the first to establish the Bronx Boy Rocking Crew. They spread different chapters to other communities throughout the Bronx and were the first to do so. The Crazy Commandos (C.C.) Spy, Shorty Rock, and JoJo revolutionized the styles of rocking and b-boying the way it’s done today. Star Child La Rocks, Bos, Blue, & Trac 2 incorporated gymnastics into the dance form. They were the winners of the first b-boy contest ever held in the Bronx in 1978. They also won the first crew battle ever held. They were later televised on Dance Fever to win the first dance competition won by Eddie Vega a Star Child La Hustle member ever held on television. These days hip-hop is used as a marketing tool and concept to promote part of cultural movement such as mc/rappers to be made profitable by corporate America. Back in the day, the actual cultural movement was founded by youths self expression such as graffiti writing, DJing, rocking, b-boying, breakdancing, and MCing. What this culture lost is the true essence on the way the culture was founded because cultural movement was not meant to be profitable originally, but the glits and glam of the rapping lifestyle that is marketed today is what turned out from this true form of art. People sell their cultural movement for pennies on the dollar and loose the integrity of self expression and self empowerment that this cultural movement gave them the power to have. An old wise man once said, “When you look at an old pile of shit its just an old pile of shit, but take a stick and stir that pile of shit up, and smell the stink come back.” What the youth today need to realize is that’s what hip-hop is now and we need to bring back that essence of what this true art form once was.
Posted on 11 August 2010 by admin
Words by Cipher Productions
What do we do when a child is “out of control?” As a community how do we handle the issue in a manor which reflects history and forces the child’s positive progression. As a parent, how do we show the child that it’s okay to have feelings and to communicate them without the behavior pattern that commences from socialistic or psychological frustration? How do we offer a child the tools he needs to become a productive citizen? How do we teach him or her to focus on a hobby, homework, sports, or a book? How do we say, don’t fall for the negative pressure that comes from basis of need, want, neglect, and most importantly, boredom?
Are we looking for Hip Hop to be a societal scapegoat? Do issues, that today should be none, tend to reform in urban communities where people don’t have the means to clash against actuality? What is actuality? It’s a reality within possibility. It’s what allows jails to be filled by humans who, in several cases, deserve the chance to be who they want to be. It’s what fills shelters with people who develop tendencies which go against what is considered “normal” society. It’s when a person doesn’t realize that something greater, (be it economists, who calculate government funding, education boards, who sell education, attorneys who enforce laws, or in some cases ignore them if the price is right), is forming a pressure that he or she needs to understand, follow, or stand against for the sake of well-being. It’s, veracity.
Usually, we think of Hip Hop as an art which thrives from the perseverance of the streets and urban life. Nonetheless, it’s not to say everyone can’t enjoy the passion that comes from Hip Hop’s poetic magnetism. Moreover, in its progression, Hip Hop needs to ask itself who it loves. Hip Hop needs to focus its energy toward providing in its circular continuum.
Is Hip Hop the way for children at an early age? Does your child have an outlet for the anger that fills his or her body each day; an outlet that can be used as a channel for negative energy? Where will your child turn when he or she is an adult and has no other way out? Do you see that turning to drugs, alcohol and violence is a good answer to “way-of-life”? I mean, we all know that since primitive times there was war. However wasn’t their entertainment too? … entertainment at its rawest form… the twinkle of the stars in the sky that caused the imagination to create the constellations; what is really out there? The hum of a young man who was happy about the feeling he received from a woman’s submission in life’s most important state of being… the act of procreation. Nevertheless, when that woman was pregnant, what is that child here for?
Is Hip Hop your answer?
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Posted on 06 August 2010 by admin
Today we get a peek into the life of one of the coolest cats I know, from the Legendary DMS crew, Danny Diablo aka Lord Ezek. Yo, Danny what’s good brother? I Have A few question’s for you. First let’s talk about your family,
DO YOU HAVE ANY SIBLINGS?
I have a younger sister that I am very close to. I also had a younger brother name David who commited suicide in 1994.
YOU ARE A NEW YORK NATIVE, THAT NOW RESIDES IN CALI, DO YOU MISS NEW YORK?
I am actually doing this interview in N.Y. I am in Queens at my boy Lash’s crib. I live in L.A.
and got mad love for Cali. but I am a New Yorker through and through!!! No city is like N.Y.C.
SO YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ON TOUR AGAIN CORRECT?
The tour got cancelled booking agency!!! I will be in Europe in Oct.with Danny Diablo & The Shotblockers feat. Grizz Rock, Panic, D.J. Stress, Skam Dust, Haeler & Risky. It will be a tour with Graffiti/Hardcore/ Hip-Hop love to travel and meet new people.I love that this is my job!
YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENT GENRE’S OF MUSIC WITH MANY ARTISTS, DO YOU REMEMBER HOW MANY COLL-ABS YOU HAVE DONE OVER THE YEARS?
I have done so many collabs with so many dope underground artist. You can hear them on my street c.d.’s. I am putting one out later this year. If you are cool and do dope underground music, I will do a track with you…
WHAT IS NEW WITH ILL-ROC RECORDS?
I am putting out the new ADLIB, Jimmy Williams(Maximum Penalty), PANIC, WHITE OWL, U.G.P. and G-FELLA Street C.d.’s this year.
ILL-ROC RECORDS will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
You can go to the site by going to ill-rocrecords.com Please stop by the ill-roc records blog spot firstname.lastname@example.org
Who influenced you as an artist?
Celtic Frost, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Schooly D., Marley Marl, Mantronix, Underdog, Easy E, RUN DMC, Leeway, Beatnuts and many more have influenced me. I also learned a lot about the game through Necro and Danny Boy.
Did you ever dream this would be your life?
I never thought that I was going to be a musician when I was a kid. I was a street kid from Jackson Heights, Queens.
I loved graffiti and fighting. I got into the music thing later on…
HOW OLD WERE YOU, WHEN YOU KNEW YOU WERE AS TALENTED AS YOU ARE?
I don’t think I am the most talented person in the world but I know I have that certain special thing
that people would die for!!! I am a born leader and I know that I can make something outta nothing. I also can write a dope song!!!
YOU HAVE A GRIP OF TATTOO’S, DO THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT MEANING?
Some tattoos mean something and some don’t. I have my son’s name tattooed on my neck. I also have all my friends that passed away tattooed on me.
OF ALL YOUR TOURS IS THERE ONE THAT, U THOUGHT WAS THE DOPEST?
Skarhead tour in 98 with Hatebreed, Earth Crissis, Madball and Blood For Blood. Danny Diablo with Necro and Psycho Realm and Danny Diablo with Hed PE. All 3 tours were dope.
I THINK INTERNATIONAL HARDCORE SUPERSTAR IS SUCH A SICK ALBUM, WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? ANY PLANS FOR NEW COL-LAB’S?
I am doing a record with Stress The Whiteboy called “Audio Pharmacist”. I will have mad guest apperances.
will be out in a few months on ILL-ROC.Grizz Rock and I kill it. Special guest appearences by ILL BILL, SLAI NE, U.G.P, G-FELLA,
The new Kaos 13 BANG BANG, SKAM DUST AND NIGHT (TUFF CITY).
WHO ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST’S?
D.J. Muggs, Sick Jacken, Necro, Vinnie Paz, Thirsten Howl the 3rd, Chino XL, Madball, Slaine, Grizz
Rock, G-Fella, Puerto Rican Myke, Quicksand,Eye-Ra-Haze, Deftones and Bad Brains.
IN YOUR OPINION WHAT IS THE DOPEST PLACE TO DO A SHOW?
I love playing in N.Y. and L.A. I also love playing Poland,Portugal and the Chek Republic.
I HAVEN’T BEEN TO CHURCH IN SOMETIME BUT IF I REMEMBER RIGHT THE PROPHET
EZEKIEL WAS COMPARED TO “THE HAND OF THE LORD” BUT SYMBOLICALLY WAS POWER,
AND A PROPHET IS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN CONTACTED BY OR ENCOUNTERED
SUPERNATURAL OR DIVINE AND SERVES AS INTERMEDIARY FROM ENTITY TO HUMAN’S,
DOES THE NAME LORD EZEK PULL FROM ANY OF THESE MEANINGS?
Lord Ezec is def. derived from the bible.
THANK YOU DANNY FOR TAKING TIME TO TALK WITH ME AND THE UNDASTREAM MAGAZINE,
DO YOU HAVE ANY LAST WORDS? AND WHERE CAN YOUR FAN’S CONTACT YOU?
Thank you so much Teena for this interview!!! Please hit the ILL-ROC RECORDS pages up and def.
hit the email@example.com blog spot up!!!If you want to buy any of my merch just go to
ill-rocrecords.com ,allhiphopshop.com or shopshogun.com at the lordezecsworld store.
E NOW OFFICIALLY ON TOUR IN EUROPE, DO YOU EVER GET NERVOUS LEAVING THE US?
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