Interview With Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent And Red Pill As Ugly Heroes (@UglyHeroes) !

Q. Peace and Much Love… How are you today?

Apol­lo Brown: Hey man… I’m good, I can’t com­plain.

Q. What’s your favour­ite food?

Apol­lo Brown: My favour­ite food… man, ugh pizza, Prob­ably macar­oni and cheese…. You can’t really mess up macar­oni and cheese. Its some amaz­ing shit!

Q. You got any spe­cial diet­ary require­ments?

Apol­lo Brown: I like cer­eal too man. I like cin­na­mon toast crunch.

Q. Are you a veget­ari­an?

Apol­lo Brown: Nah man, I eat all kinds of meat. Hell yeah!

Q. The show was super fresh- how did Lon­don receive you today?

Apol­lo Brown: It was my first time in Lon­don, and we’ll be back as soon as pos­sible. The Reac­tion was amaz­ing… everything about it man- they were hype! They respon­ded amaz­ing. Can’t com­plain man it was really dope. I was humbled, very happy about the show, and being here.

Q. Lon­don appre­ci­ated Ugly Her­oes per­form­ing tonight. It’s been a bless­ing, espe­cially as this is first Lon­don gig…

Apol­lo Brown: No Doubt.

Verbal Kent: Its easy when people are happy and wan­na have a good time man. All we have to do is do what we Love to do. The respon­se is genu­ine and recip­roc­al. It’s easy when there’s Love involved.

Q. I hear that. What pro­jects you got com­ing up?

Apol­lo Brown: We got some new mater­i­al for 2015, and we got our solo stuff going on, you know?

Q. Your Instru­ment­als are heav­ily soul sampled. You got any new fla­vours com­ing out?

Apol­lo Brown: I’m gon­na stay with what I do. I make it accord­ing my mood, how I’m feel­ing in the moment. I don’t really switch it up with this type of sound. Whatever comes to mind. I’m fin­ish­ing this instru­ment­al album that’s more, I guess dirty, and less drums… Along the lines of a score or sound-track. I’m known for a cer­tain style I guess.

Q. Tell us again where you’re from…

Verbal Kent: Chica­go.

Apol­lo Brown and Red Pill: Detroit.

Q. How does that trans­late when you’re over here in Lon­don, which is quite a dif­fer­ent cul­ture?

Verbal Kent: you can come to a dif­fer­ent coun­try and rep­res­ent your ter­rit­ory, fla­vours and atti­tudes. Your per­form­ance is based on who you are.

Q.  [You’re a White rap­per] I heard you on stage say ‘White rap­pers shut up’. For me Hip Hop Kul­ture tran­scends race. Where is Hip Hop Kul­ture today?

Red Pill: Hip Hop is in a great place. I don’t hate the shit, but main­stream rap in Amer­ica has been a par­tic­u­lar sound based on mater­i­al­ism and shit but every­body parties and does what they do.  I think with the under­ground mak­ing its way to the main­stream, people want a change of pace. If you go ten years with the same sound… you don’t wan­na listen to that shit any­more. Doesn’t mat­ter if its Golden Era Hip hop or Trap South shit. You know what I mean? As far as white rap­pers… Every White rap­per hates every White rap­per… you got­ta have an aware­ness of who you are as a per­son.

Verbal Kent: What does that mean!? You real­ise this is an inter­view right!?

Red Pill: There’s a lot of White rap­pers I listen to but, I guess I don’t hate them but; I think there’s scep­ti­cism with White rap­pers. You should treat me in the same way cause, um… Its like, rock n’ roll in the 50’s and jazz music. Espe­cially in Amer­ica I don’t wan­na be a part of hip-hop turn­ing all White, I don’t wan­na con­trib­ute to that shit. I think that’s a pos­sib­il­ity and that sucks. As a White rap­per I try to have that aware­ness. It’s true to being a human.

Verbal Kent: I don’t have any aware­ness of being a white rap­per, as a white rap­per. That is my entire state­ment.

Q. Apol­lo, Mar­tin Luther King or Mal­colm X?

Apol­lo Brown: Both.

Red Pill : You got­ta recog­nise the mer­it of both of their philo­sophies on civil rights man.

Q.  You’ve been hailed as a great like J Dilla and DJ Premi­er. Do you con­sider your­self as bring­ing some­thing new to the industry?

Apol­lo Brown: Not at all. I don’t bring any­thing new. I’m not doing any­thing that hasn’t been done. I’m just pre­serving good music I’m pre­serving the Kul­ture, that’s all. I don’t claim to make a new gen­re or what I’m doing has been done or what has been done before.

Q.  How can I Am Hip Hop magazine help you today?

Apol­lo Brown: Don’t let every­one know about Apol­lo Brown man. Let every­one know about Ugly Her­oes.

Q. What inspires you to keep pro­gress­ing?

Apol­lo Brown: A show like today.

Verbal Kent: I agree. That is enough for me.

Apol­lo Brown: Look­ing at the crowd. They’re say­in’ your words, their heads bop­pin… Feel­in’ it with their eyes closed. You can’t explain that you know. When you can make music that people can feel and they genu­inely feel that shit… That’s what keeps me going.

Verbal Kent: That wouldn’t work with 10,000 people. It works with hun­dreds… Its real­ity. To me its like this is per­fect.

Apol­lo Brown: The people are here for you, they wan­na see you. They wan­na listen to your music.

Verbal Kent: For the right reas­ons… they made a choice.

Apol­lo Brown: Tonight is what keeps me doing what I’m doing.

Red Pill: We had a shit travel morn­ing. You get here any everything changes. It changes your entire mood. This is why we do this shit! We get to have fun!

Give Thanks. It was a good show. You all ripped it….

Ugly Her­oes: Thank you.

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Inter­view by Shva One & Galaxy 

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Shva One

Shva One

ShvaOne Omense is an entre­pren­eur, pho­to­grapher, journ­al­ist and Hip-Hop Emcee. Also a mem­ber of The Tem­ple of Hip-Hop and Uni­ver­sal Zulu Nation, he has been involved in UK Hip-Hop Kul­ture for a num­ber of years. As the dir­ect­or of OMNI Hip-Hop, a char­ity work­ing with young people and social inclu­sion, he works to pre­serve Hip-Hop Kul­ture through teach­ing Hip Hop’s his­tory and ele­ments. ShvaOne has been inter­view­ing artists and writ­ing events reviews for I Am Hip-Hop magazine since 2014.

About Shva One

Shva One
ShvaOne Omense is an entrepreneur, photographer, journalist and Hip-Hop Emcee. Also a member of The Temple of Hip-Hop and Universal Zulu Nation, he has been involved in UK Hip-Hop Kulture for a number of years. As the director of OMNI Hip-Hop, a charity working with young people and social inclusion, he works to preserve Hip-Hop Kulture through teaching Hip Hop’s history and elements. ShvaOne has been interviewing artists and writing events reviews for I Am Hip-Hop magazine since 2014.

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