Talking Beats And Life In NYC with Endemic (@EndemicNoCure) !

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 200506 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!!

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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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Rishma Dhaliwal

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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