Q. What was your first experience with Hip Hop? Who had the biggest influence on the music you create?
Peace, first experience was seeing public enemy live on bbc 2 in London in 1988. Blew me away! Biggest influence has got to be the Rza.
Q. When did you first realise you wanted to be a producer ? What was the biggest opportunity that came your way that helped you achieve what you wanted so you could do what you are doing today?
Around 2005⁄06 when I started, I had been djing since 96 and it was when I started to collect the original soul tunes from all the classics. The best thing that helped me was when my 1st album was signed by Money maker and distributed via EMI records. That was really my big jump into the game. J Ronin put me on to Gustavo Guerra who signed the record and flew me out to NYC in 2009.
Q. You are now making music in the home of Hip Hop! What made you want to move to NY? Do you feel a sense of nostalgia there, or has the music evolved over time?
Yeah 90% of the people I’ve worked with over the last 5 years are here, and got a lot of friends here too so it was the smartest thing to do. As far as nostalgia, the vibe and areas and landmarks are def a big inspiration. The music has changed a lot and you hear mostly the new style down south hip hop when you’re out and about on the roads… But I go to all the right parties to hear the music I want to so it’s all good!
Q. Hip Hop started to bring a sense of hope, positivity and change through artistic expression. With the constant injustices in America, do you feel that the Hip Hop community are making enough noise to bring about change and awareness?
I don’t feel like the mainstream artists are really, the lyrical and positive messages are few and far between, having said that there are still the veterans and some new artists bringing that message so there is still hope!!
Q. Tell us a bit about the artists you have worked with? How do you decide who you want to jump on your beat?
Mainly the veterans in the scene, many members of the Wu tang fam & Boot Camp groups, Skyzoo, Roc Marc, Tragedy Khadafi, Ill Bill, etc… Not that I rhyme, but I usually spit a few bars on the beat and judge whose style it fits best!
Q. Your new track High Society has a very old skool vibe to it; you have quite a few artists featured on it. Tell us about the track?
This actually started with a collaboration with just Trag, he wanted to use it on his new album but I had to use it for mine as it has that terminal illness feel… It’s one of those tracks that is perfect without a hook, just the way we sequenced it.
Q. What can we expect to hear on your new album “Terminal Illness part 2” ? Its been a while since “Terminal Illness” (2009).
You can hear a lot of classic joints, the album flows so well the way we chose the track order along with all the skits. I’m very happy with it, and we got a few political joints on there along with some deep messages and straight up lyrics slaying the tracks!!
Q. What are your thoughts on the UK Hip Hop scene? Are there any acts you have worked with that you think we should look out for?
It’s always struggled a bit to gain a large movement, I feel if artists came together more and unified it would be a lot stronger! Def look out for my new artists Ray Vendetta and Tesla’s Ghost. I discovered them back in 2010 I think. They are now a part of triple darkness. I’ll be doing much more work with them so watch out for that and their joint on Terminal Illness 2 called “circle makerz”.
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