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VAS – 7th Boro Interview

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Long time Philly MC, Vas, has recently dropped his new project, V For Vigoda. Vas’ lyrics are a blend of clever wordplay, combined with smart, witty humor. He more than holds his own lyrically, while also maintaining his glorious sex symbol status as the world’s only known jean shorts model. The album is produced entirely by Ill Clinton (US Natives) and has been several years in the making. V For Vigoda is available now at https://usnatives.bandcamp.com/album/v-for-vigoda
I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Spek27: Who are you?

Vas: My name is Vas (real name, no gimmicks), and I am an MC. I am the son of immigrants (Greek), born in Astoria Queens NY, but raised in Northeast Philly on the wrong side of the Boulevard.

Spek27: Tell us about this project and why it took so long to come out

Vas: At first, it was just my perfectionist tendencies. However, about two years ago I was robbed and shot execution style at point blank range. Luckily, my bodily injuries were mostly cosmetic. That being said, it has taken some time for me to put myself back together mentally, so to speak.

Spek27: What advice would you give to someone for their first time at the Chinese buffet?

Vas: Go for the Gold! If they are serving crab legs, do not pile your plate with filler. Remember, you are trying to maximize your value. Fried rice is a no-no at the buffet. Entrees and up people!

Spek27: Finish this sentence. “I rap better than…”

Vas: The “white guy” in NWA’s posse. (Note: Krazy D is actually Mexican)

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Spek27: In your opinion, what would be the best technique for capturing gypsy tears?

Vas: Gypsy babies are the key. The Thinner curse that will be placed by said baby’s parents better be worth it. The gypsy tears come in handy, but they also come at a price. Just ask the White Man from Town.

Spek27: Give us 3 reasons why people should check out this Vigoda project.

Vas: 1. It’s an honest piece of a 25-year-old Stranger in Strange Land. Honesty and rap don’t always go hand and in hand, and it should be refreshing.

2. It’s hard. Nails. They don’t make shit like this anymore. Ill Clinton painted a perfect industrial booming soundscape for me to curse the world with.
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3. I talk so much shit. SO MUCH FLAGRANT SHIT. And I do it with a style all my own. I have progressed technically, but the evolution of my style was like a Mexican Boxer…always moving forward and smashing everything in sight.

Spek27: Pick any living person to eat a meal with, and why?

Vas: This one is tough. Noam Chomsky. Don’t know much about him other than he is intelligent and really cares about the planet and its people.

Spek27: The entire Vigoda album was produced by Ill Clinton (of Us Natives). How would you describe his music?

Vas: He calls one of his styles AM BAP (i.e. ambient boom bap). He provides that grimey, heavy drum feel to a lot of his sound, which made us quick musical friends. He knows how to get my blood boiling within 2 bars.

Spek27: In 10 words or less, what’s the meaning of life?

Vas: “Life is what you make it.” – Nas. Also watch this video, it always helps me understand. Eric Idle Breaks it down.

Spek27: Last words?

Vas: Outside of, “When I Die Bury Me with the Lo On”? Hmm…ok… No good deed goes unpunished. You want to help this world, you have to carry the weight.

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Sadat X – 7th Boro Interview

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A lot of time has passed since 1990, when Brand Nubian dropped their classic 5 Mic, debut album. Since then, Sadat X has maintained his career through 6 group projects and 11 as a solo artist. That’s 17 albums in 26 years. Also, throughout that time, Sadat collaborated with legends, became a teacher & went to prison. But, most importantly, he remained humble. While most golden age artists struggle with life outside of the limelight, Sadat remained true to himself & true to his music. His latest album, Agua, is available now on Tommy Boy & definitely worth the listen. Peace to the God.

Spek27: So, what did you do today?

Sadat X: Starting to get my school papers together. I wanna have my lesson plans ready. I went to the gym. I listened to my album to be ready for shows. Now I’m on the phone with you.

Spek27: When Brand Nubian first came out, you faced a lot of criticism about being 5 Percenters. Now, fast forward to today, and you have so much 5 Percenter slang built in to hip hop. Most of these kids don’t even realize they’re using it. Words like build or math…

Sadat X: Or peace. That’s all from the Gods. I saw it slowly seep into the culture, which was a good thing. I didn’t expect it, but I’m glad that it did.

Spek27: Are you still a 5 Percenter?

Sadat X: Always. That’s my way of life. I see a lot of guys come in and then they’re eating pork…that means you were never really 5 Percenter if you could do something like that. God is forever. God is infinite. I’ll always be God.

Spek27: Does your career ever conflict with that?

Sadat X: Not really, cause it’s not a thing of hate. Everyone thinks it’s about hating the white people. It’s about loving black people. It never conflicted as far as work goes or doing shows. If you’re in this game long enough, you learn to get along with everybody…white people, black people, Chinese people. It never became a problem like that.

Spek27: You also said some things in your early career that offended people…

Sadat X: It’s crazy, because when I said that back then, “I can freak the fly flow fuck up a faggot” I wasn’t thinking about gay people. I was thinking about somebody that was soft. After I thought about it a couple years later, if I coulda reworded it, I probably would have to be politically correct. But I didn’t mean any offense to gay people at all.

Spek27: What did you think of what Lord Jamar has been saying lately?

Sadat X: That’s my brother and I stand by him. You can agree or disagree with him, but he’s gonna have the facts behind him. So if you disagree, you better have your shit together. Sometimes I don’t agree with everything he says, but that’s my brother. I would say I agree with 90% of what he says.

Spek27: Since Brand Nubian, how do you think you’ve grown, in the industry and as a person?

Sadat X: I’ve definitely become more business savvy. I think I’ve become more compassionate towards people. I can judge every man on his own merit. And I think my music has grown. It’s basically for a different demographic. If I get some young kids, that’s cool. But my music is for people that work an honorable job, they come home, have a beer, and wanna listen to some hip hop. I make music to let them know that’s honorable. That 90% of us can’t stay out on a Tuesday night and pop 15 bottles. We gotta get up for work and keep that ball rolling.

Spek27: You had mainstream fame in the beginning. A lot of artists from your era couldn’t seem to figure out how to adapt and continue their career. You’re still making records, so what did you do different?

Sadat X: I didn’t become bitter. That’s the main thing. A lot of artists became disgruntled and became bitter. They started forgetting that the parents teach the children. I remained in my adult lane. I didn’t try to go backwards. And I stayed a fan of the game. Everyone became the rapper. There wasn’t no fans anymore. I also remembered that you can’t get on somebody for something they don’t know. You have to teach them. If you teach them and they don’t learn, well that’s another story. That’s not their fault. Maybe their parents didn’t play you in the crib. Everybody’s not a fan of you. I see a lot of bitterness in artists my age. These young boys is doing what these young boys do. I had an argument with someone over this Panda kid. Ok, he sounds like Future. If you’re a positive black man and you say that you’re mad cause this young boy who lives in the ghetto made a million dollar record where he can get money and get his family together, then you’re a god damn crab. He’s 19. I’m sure by now he’s heard a million people say he sounds like Future. I’ve seen him, he’s a smart kid. For someone to get mad at him, you’re a crab for that.

Spek27: Being that you came up in the “golden age” of hip hop, how do you feel about the reasons kids get into rap these days?

Sadat X: A lot of my kids at school tell me “Mr. Murphy, I wanna rap”. Why you wanna rap? I wanna make some money. What about the rapping part? Oh, I’ll get that down later. When we came in, you had to be nice to get on the mic. You couldn’t just make a song for YouTube, cause we didn’t have that. You had to be nice and you had to basically be cosigned by someone. Hip hop was a fun time, but it was still dangerous. You still had places like Latin Quarter and Union Square, where you had to be a live dude to perform, or even just to be there. If you any type of jewels, you better be able to hold it down. I seen Kane coming in with 30 / 40 dudes. You had to have back up. I got off track a little, but I came from that type of era. Social media made these kids think that anyone can do this. It’s watered down the art form of it. Not 100%, cause you still have artists that are still very talented and creative. Nowadays everybody either raps or produces or has an artist…everything except being a fan. It’s just not cool to be a fan no more.

Spek27: Are there any new artists out now that you think would have made it back then?

Sadat X: I think Kendrick Lamar would have made it. J. Cole would have made it. I like Schoolboy Q. I like Dave East. There’s so many now I can’t even get a grip on them. My kids at school have kept me up to speed. Last year it was Bobby Shmurda, everyone was shmurda dancing. Now he’s in jail and forgotten about. Now it moves on to like Rich Homie Quan, that’s how fast the turnover rate is.

Spek27: You just mentioned Rich Homie Quan. How do you feel about him not knowing the Biggie lyrics on TV?

Sadat X: That’s a ramification of the game being too easy. That blame goes to VH1 too. It’s too easy, he’s too fly. Yeah, I’ll learn the song, whatever. I tell people, it’s different to know a song and having to perform a song verbatim. I knew Big, and I still woulda gave myself a refresher. I blame the people from VH1 for doing that. Why would you put him on the spot? Did y’all practice with him? To me, that was a slap to Big’s legacy. I woulda rather they got his son to do it. I tell you what though, I bet if he does that again, he’ll learn the song next time.

Spek27: When you were locked up, what was the worst part?

Sadat X: In Riker’s Island…boredom. Having nothing to do. No type of real programs. Just being there. I wasn’t scared about no fights. I didn’t care about none of the other stuff. I wasn’t worried at all. I was in general population with everyone else. It was just boredom and knowing for this time my brain is just rotting away here. Counting hours down ‘til the next day. Then counting them again.

Spek27: How do you feel about prison regarding the lack of actual rehabilitation that they provide?

Sadat X: It’s fucked up man, cause by there being no programs in there, all you’re doing is connecting with people that are gonna be back in the street in 2 or 3 years. Now you’re in there and you ain’t doing shit all day and you’re connecting like “when you get out we can get together and take over“. And then someone else is like “when you two get out, you can get the cocaine from me”. Now you made a drug connection in jail that will probably bring you back to jail at some point. By having no programs, you get connected with the same element that brought you in.

Spek27: When you went to jail, did that have any effect on you, as far as working in the school system?

Sadat X: Hell yeah. Every step of the way. They made me apply and reapply and reapply… every couple of months. Then I make an appeal and that goes on for six months. I work in a charter school. The school is fine with me working there. They know my history. It’s the state of New York. Somebody in upstate New York that probably lives on farmland and knows nothing about the projects is gonna decide I can’t work in a school. They just just pushing paperwork. The school I work at is fighting for me, so hopefully I’ll be able to stay.

Spek27: Getting back to music, you’ve done a lot of features over the years. What were some of your favorites?

Sadat X: One of them was with Biggie, cause we was both in the studio at the same time. Puff was there, Cease was there< my man Spark was there. We were just in there drinking, smoking and having a ball. Another one I was proud of doing was with Jay and Uncle Murda. I was just amazed at the work efficiency of Jay. He called me the day before like I need you to do a chorus on a song I got. Somebody called me that night, said the car was gonna pick me up and go to Virginia. I’m thinking we’re going to LaGuardia or something. We go to Teterboro airport out in New Jersey on Jay’s plane. We fly down there, Pharrell’s already in there, Jay’s working on four songs at one time. He’s going from room to room to room to room. He worked like that continuously for about 8 hours, we get on the plane and head back. But while we’re coming back, he got four songs done. Now that’s work ethic for you. Word up.

Spek27: 50,000 Heads with R.A. The Rugged Man is one of my favorite songs you were featured on. How did that come about?

Sadat X: First of all, R.A. and I are friends. Before this rapping, he’s a friend of mine. We can get together and we ain’t gotta rap. I’ve gotten with him and we just went and drank and rap wasn’t even mentioned. 50,000 Heads was good because he reached out to me at the time and he didn’t think I was gonna get on it. But I was already a fan of his from the song he did with Biggie. I was like hell yeah I’ll get on it. That’s how that came about.

Spek27: What’s your favorite Brand Nubian album?

Sadat X: Probably the first one. There were times we didn’t even have any money to get down to the studio. We might take the metro north train and hide in the bathroom and hope the conductor didn’t come in. Or hope that you could at least make it to Mt. Vernon before they kicked you off. You can walk to New Rochelle to Mt. Vernon in case anything drastic happens. We didn’t have enough money for everyone to get food, so we might of got two cheese steak sandwiches and split it up. Drinking Olde English back then, splitting that. Borrowing somebody’s momma’s car to get to the studio sometimes. Just the grind of it made that album my favorite.

Spek27: Would you agree with me in saying that Grand Puba set the tone for a lot of people’s style back then, but doesn’t get the credit for it?

Sadat X: Oh, definitely. The backpack, the Girbaud jeans, the Lo shirts and the Tommy shirts. You gotta remember, a few years before that, people were wearing costumes on stage. We wore our regular fly shit.

Spek27: For the new album, who do you have on production?

Sadat X: Will Tell, DJ Scratch, Easy Mo Bee, Diamond, Pete Rock, Nic Wiz, Evil D from the Beatminerz, I got a couple people on there.

Spek27: Why should people check out this new album?

Sadat X: Just for the fact that I’m still here. 80% of the people from my time are no longer rapping. So just me still being here talking about it, should be enough. Coming from a group that had a 5 mic album in The Source, so I know a little about this game.

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Corey Wiley (The G-Files) Interview

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Spek27: Start off by telling us who you are.

Wiley: My name is Wiley. I’m a film maker, tattoo artist, a medical marijuana activist, and a graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia film program.

Spek27: What is The G-Files?

Wiley: The G Files is a vintage look into the underworld of Washington DC, as seen through the eyes of veteran criminal Logan Frost. He fights to keep his criminal empire intact, facing the obstacles of a drug drought, competing with an aspiring out of town drug crew and trying to tame his psychotic best friend from extorting his business partners.

Spek27: What makes the DMV so unique?

Wiley: The DMV (Washington DC, Maryland Virginia ) is a very unique place connecting 3 states that make one sub culture known as the “DMV” or “The Area” (pronounced Tha Eurea). The DMV is mostly known for the GO GO music sound (live band high percussions, with a call and respond mc)

Spek27: Why should people check out The G-Files?

Wiley: I think people who enjoy authentic crime movies would love The G Files Season 2. It’s based on real life characters. Also, if you are someone that enjoys 1970’s Blaxploitation films, this is a treat for you.

Spek27: Where can people watch this or purchase it?

Wiley: The G Files Season 2 can be rented or Purchased at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/thegfilesseason2

Spek27: Since this is a hiphop website, tell us your connection with Army Of The Pharaohs rapper Reef The Lost Cauze.

Wiley: Gladiator Films was started in 2002 as a film and marketing company. Our very first venture was to produce and market what has become a Philadelphia hip hop classic album. Reef The Lost Cauze “Invisible Empire”. I first met Reef at a college party where I witnessed him just destroying people in a freestyle cipher. We clicked, From that point, I used all the money I had from selling weed and guns, and put it towards recording The Invisible Empire album. Even as we speak today, that project is one of my best investments. It’s always great to work with an artist and good friend such as Reef.

Spek27: Last words?

Wiley: In closing, I would first like to thank you guys for allowing me to promote The G Files om such a awesome platform, and I truly look forward to doing more work with you in the future. Please be sure to follow The G Files Season 2 web series on our social media platforms:

Instagram: GladiatorINK
Twitter: GladiatorINK 1
PsN: GladiatorINK1
Fb: The G Files
Youtube: Gladiator Films
SnapChat: The G Files

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30 & Over League: 7th Boro Interview

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Whenever people think about East Coast Hip Hop their minds automatically go to NYC. This is understandable being that New York is the birthplace of Hip Hop but if you take a ride down the turnpike you’ll find a scene just as rich in Hip Hop culture. Philadelphia has made huge contributions to Hip Hop from Schooly D to the legendary Roots crew to countless others. The 215 is doing their thing when it comes to our music. One crew that is representing lovely is Philly’s 30 & Over league. They are a collective of artists, producers, videographers, and anyone who contributes to their movement. We had the opportunity to chop it up with them.

First off, thanks for taking time out and making this happen.

7B – What is 30 & Over League?

30 & Over – A movement rooted in the common ground of hip hop consisting of some of the best talent in the world.

Who’s in the group, and is everyone from Philly?

The whole League consists of DJs (Cenobite & Philly Will), videographers/photographers (Mrs. Beast, Taurin “Cousin T” Gordon, Katrina Santiago), producers (Brizzo Beats, Tucky Beats, Dre Drums, Rhythm J, Rawthreat, Cenobite, Bundy Beats, & Mysti Gal (R.I.P. God Rest her beautiful soul.), and emcees (Blessa, Slim Dsm, Rec Raw, Al Mighty, Crisis, Xap, Microphone Tone, Chris Vance, Jonny on the Spot, Edd Bundy, Leigh Allure, Nico The Beast). We come from many different places but Philly is home base.

We’ve got crazy extended family as well as “administrative” personnel. Shouts to Mike Trampe, Dom Pinelli, J. Hatch, Cizz, Don Di Napoli, Baby Blak (C7 Jay Blak Labs), BAU, Exponent Ent. and the list goes on. continue

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Gore Elohim (p/k/a Goretex) – 7th Boro Interview

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I’ve been a fan of Non Phixion since 1996. That’s 20 years (wow, I feel old). A lot has happened to the group in that time. Losing group members, losing major label record deals and eventually an ugly breakup 2006. But what they’ll always have is their debut (and only) album. Considered an underground classic, The Future Is Now was something special. There was no weak link when it came to lyrics. Each mc held their own while providing a sophisticated contrast to each other’s style. All three members (Ill Bill, Sabac, Gortex) went on to release solo albums before, and following, the break up. While some of their solo work stood tall on its own, I always felt there was something missing. Recently, to the elation of many, Non Phixion has decided to give the fans what they’ve been wanting for over a decade. I caught up with Gore Elohim (p/k/a Gortex) to discuss the past and hopefully the future. continue

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Awkword: 7th Boro Interview

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A few years ago I came upon artist Awkword when he released his project World View, an incredibly dope album that was the first of it’s kind. World View  included contributions from different artists, singers, and producers, spanning six continents and sixteen countries, uniting hip-hop on a global scale . Even more impressive, all proceeds from the album are donated to the non-profit organization, Guns 4 Cameras. The more I learned about Awkword, from his work in philanthropy as well as his notable catalog, the more impressed I became with him. I had the opportunity to speak with him about hip-hop, his charity work and his upcoming albums. Join as we delve into the mind of the 34 year old emcee, who is wise beyond his years. Check it out!

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Masta Ace – 7th Boro Interview @MastaAce

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Growing up, I was a huge fan of Hip Hop. I used to put on my headphones and just get lost in the music. My older brother would sometimes throw some vinyl on and do mixathons as we’d call them. One artist that my brother had in constant rotation was Masta Ace. My brother put me on to Ace’s Sittin’ On Chrome and Slaughtahouse albums. I loved those two projects. The rhymes and the beats were definitely Toyota Corolla subwoofer ready! (Yes…I’m Puerto Rican!) In 2001 Ace dropped his classic Disposable Arts album. This album was great because the beats and rhymes were on point but there was also a concept behind it. This was 15 years ago. We are now in 2016 and Ace is still making good music. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Masta Ace during his tour European Tour.

Stroy: Ace, I’d like to thank you for taking time out to do this interview.

Ace: No doubt! Thank you for the opportunity. 

Stroy: What motivated you to start rhyming? Was there a moment when you were like, “Yo! this is what I want to do.”? 

Ace: I started rhyming to make our tapes better. Back in the late 70’s early 80’s we were making instrumental DJ tapes. We were listening to tapes from the different boroughs and decided to make them more interesting. I decided to add lyrics to those tapes and that’s how it all started.

Stroy: Listening to your music over the years, I notice that you put a lot of emotion into your music. Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Ace: I pull my inspiration from life and people that I grew up around. I’m a very nostalgic person. I have memories from my life and I pull from those memories. 

Stroy: Out of the projects that you’ve dropped, Is there a favorite and why?

Ace: My favorite is Disposable Arts. The reason is because when I made that record I felt as if it was the end of the line. When I went into the studio, I went in and made this record that would let me leave the game on my own terms. So I went in and made this record not knowing that it would single handedly extend my career going on 15 years now. If Disposable Arts never came out, these projects after 2001 would have never came out.  continue

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Sheol Dynasty : 7th Boro Interview

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One of my favorite things to do is discovering new music, from any genre that I can really vibe to. When I was doing my Wisconsin spotlight I happened across Sheol Dynasty, a hip hop duo from the Northeast Wisconsin area. The group is comprised of members Tigga and Jester Exodus. Initially both were affiliates of other groups, The Brotherhood and Chump Service, respectably, and were frequent collaborators. It was only a natural progression that the two artists whose chemistry works so well together, would form their own set. Sheol Dynasty formed in 2014, and has been going strong since. I have had the opportunity to listen to their catalog and as emcees they continue to grow, dope as a duo while still holding their own and maintaining their own style. Jester Exodus also doubles on the boards. The pair recently came off tour and I wanted to speak to them about the experience, about them as artists, and about their views on hip-hop. Check it Out!
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Eff Yoo & Rediculus : 7th Boro Interview

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If you are unfamiliar with Queens emcee Eff Yoo then I suggest you get educated. Blessed with having an ill catalog with projects like Legend of the Gnome Sword with Golden Child, Bodega Businessman, They Came On Horseback with Godilla, Papa Dios and now his latest The Eff Word, he appeals to fans of hip-hop everywhere. With his smooth delivery and clever word-play I honestly can say there isn’t a track that he has touched that I couldn’t fuck with.

With each new album Eff continues to show growth and tenacity, constantly reinventing himself and surprising fans. With his latest effort The Eff Word I think he has clearly defined who he is as an artist. As Eff himself has said the album’s concept is simple… it’s a glimpse into the mind of him. It’s an equal mix of intelligence, street, storytelling and straight up griminess. Exactly how I like it.

Eff Yoo is also is a member of one of my favorite squads around, Broken Home and an affiliate of Elite Squad and has many collaborations with the other members. Seriously this man never takes a break. He is steady putting out music which as a fan I appreciate. When he’s not rhyming he’s teaching life lessons and being extremely hilarious which can be seen in his web series “Don’t Be a Piece of Shit Your Whole Life”.

Eff Yoo is set to drop The Eff Word on April 21st and I had the opportunity to speak with him and his producer for the project Rediculus.

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Horseshoe Gang: 7th Boro Interview

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Back in December of 2009 I happened to be driving with one of my homeboys and he had this mixed tape from some up and coming DJ, I forget who but I remember on the project there were two back to back tracks simply titled Cypher 1 and Cypher 2. I was hyped. They went off. I picked up the CD with the photocopied track list and it said Horse Shoe Gang. Prior to that I had never heard of them. About a week after that I picked up their debut album which had dropped a month back (okay fine I also borrowed his CD that day…and by borrowed I mean took forever) When I heard Gangsta MC in it’s entirety I was like yo!! These dudes bring it. From that moment on I was a fan.

For those of you unfamiliar Horseshoe Gang is comprised of members Demetrius Capone, Julius Luciano, Kenny Siegel, and Andrew Dinero, four brothers hailing from Long Beach California. The group is closely affiliated with Crooked I and The Circle Of Bosses.

I wasn’t alone in my assessment, Gangsta MC was well received by the fans and was followed up with several mixtape projects with Crooked I and the albums Firing Squad and TrueStory. Between projects the group kept themselves relevant with a weekly series and the mixtape Ambitionz A Writer, a project featuring rhymes over popular industry beats of the time. They gained major buzz from the 2011 C.O.B. cypher, which in my opinion is probably still one of the illest cyphers to date and gave them much deseved recognition. We spoke with Horseshoe Gang about their upcoming project and touched on some issues. Check it out!
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Rich Quick – 7thBoro Interview

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A few months ago, Rich Quick dropped Searching For Tupac Shakur, a video that details a brief time line of the late rapper’s life. Although Rich might list 2pac as one of his biggest influences, a comparison of the two might seem like night and day to most people that have followed his current work. However, the one noticeable likeness between these artists would be the devotion to their craft. While his presence has recently been growing, Rich has been on his grind for several years now. Originally from New Jersey, he’s built a solid fan base in nearby Philadelphia. As I write this, Rich is finishing up his first tour overseas. With an EP already out and an album coming soon, Rich continues to put in work and remains dedicated to his art.

Spek27: Start off by letting everyone know who you are & what you do.

Rich Quick: My name is Rich Quick and I’m a South Jersey mc. I’ve spent the last decade of my life establishing myself in the Philadelphia hip hop scene and around the world. I’m true to the culture and to myself.

Spek27: You’ve been getting a lot of attention lately from your “Searching For Tupac Shakur” video. Did you expect that so many people would take notice?

Rich Quick: I had been working on that piece for several years. I always knew it was special. I wanted it to be perfect and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I knew all of the true 2Pac fans would appreciate it, but the response that it had gotten was more than I could have ever wanted. It received praise and attention from Treach from Naughty By Nature, Tek from Smif N Wessun, Leila Steinberg and Mopreme Shakur, to name a few. All of those folks were close friends to Tupac. Knowing that I had their blessing was extremely humbling.

Spek27: What made you decide to make a video like this? Was it just from being a fan?

Rich Quick: With 2Pac fans, our love for him goes much further beyond the music. This man lead an extraordinary life. The things he went through and was able to accomplish are very much unparalleled. I wanted to tell his story, in full detail, but still manage to stray away from the things I felt were “less important”, but receive much scrutiny. Such as his feuds with the east coast scene, as well as the conspiracy theories surrounding his death. These things were a part of his story undoubtedly, but I felt the fact still remained that he was a great talent who died very young. I wanted that point to be clear with the piece I had written.

Spek27: We all know hip hop fans hold 2pac in very high regards. A lot of them are this special breed of “superfans”. Were you nervous at all about being judged by the 2pac fanatics?

Rich Quick: Absolutely not. I’ve spent my whole life learning about Tupac Shakur. He has been a part of almost my entire existence. I AM one of those fans! And I thought the passion I put into the piece would be clear to those who loved him. And I think that has also proven true, not only to 2Pac fanatics…but also to the people who actually knew him well. I’m very grateful for the response it has gotten across the board.

Spek27: We’re approaching the middle of the summer. It’s starting to get really hot & humid outside. Are you wearing a wool hat right now?

Rich Quick: Absolutely! Are your kidding? You must be kidding. Not a day passes by I don’t wear this skully! People ask me if I’m “hot with that thing on”. The answer is yes! It’s 100 damn degrees and I’m wearing a winter hat! Of course I’m hot. But I like it…

Spek27: Why 2pac? Why not Biggie or ODB or Jam Master Jay or Eazy E, etc.?

Rich Quick: I love all of those guys. They were great artists…and I feel as though their story deserves to be told also. But, from my perspective, Tupac Amauru Shakur was the voice of an entire generation of people. He dedicated his whole life to his legacy and we owe it to him to honor that. He was SO MANY things…an activist, an artist, a poet, an actor, a revolutionary. Tupac was a special person. I felt the need to really convey that to my audience. And I think the response I’ve gotten from people who admittedly are not fans of his work is what was most important to me. But to Tupac and his true fans, “my plan was to show them that I understand” and that “they are appreciated”.

Spek27: A lot of fans argue about what the state of hip hop would be like if 2pac or Biggie were still alive. Any opinions on that?

Rich Quick: Ugh…. Sadly, I feel that 2Pac and B.I.G are more appreciated posthumously than they would have ever been alive. Having a career in hip hop music, I see artists I once held in such high regards fall from their pedestal. In a way, it’s bitter-sweet. I almost feel that I’m more thankful that these souls were taken from us, because we have had the chance to truly appreciate their artistry. We watched them grow…and although they stumbled, we never watched them fall from their graces. I think in a way, I’m thankful for that.

Spek27: Are you currently working on anything else right now?

Rich Quick: I have an album that I’m releasing in the next few months featuring Chris Rivers, Skrewtape and Miilkbone. I have production from the SnowGoons, STRESS the Whiteboy and much more. As well as headlining my first European tour! I’m excited for what the future holds, to say the least.

Spek27: Where can people go to check out more of your work?

Rich Quick: You can always log on to www.RichMFNQuick.com and follow me at @RichMFNQuick on all of your favorite social networks. There is a ton of content, past and present, available.

Spek27: Last words?

Rich Quick: “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” -Tupac Shakur

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C-Lance (7th Boro Interview)

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If you follow “underground” hip hop, then you most likely have heard the name C-Lance at least once. He’s worked with artists such as Vinnie Paz, Slaine, Ill Bill, Mad Child and many others. His resume is already very impressive and continues to build. So pay attention, cause his name is likely to be around for quite a while.

Spek27: What got you into music & eventually into production?

C-Lance: I think it was my older brother. I used to go with him to Sam Goody (RIP) to pick out albums. I used to just listen to whatever he bought at the store. I remember the very first album I bought for myself was “Whitey Ford Sings the Blues” by Everlast. One of my favorite albums of all time.

Spek27: What was you first real production placement?

C-Lance: It was with Doap Nixon. I just hit him up on myspace back in the day, sent him some beats, then he must have played them for Paz because about a few weeks later, Vinnie emailed me asking to send him some for his solo record. It all happened really quickly.

Spek27: How often do people hit you up on social media asking for free beats?

C-Lance: Haha, this actually doesn’t happen anymore, but when I first started working with Vinnie, kids would hit me up for free shit all the time, acting like they’re doing ME the favor. We get some crazy messages on social media. Some of them I have to re-read to make sure that is actually what they said.

Spek27: If someone never heard you’re music, what would be the first 3 songs you’d play them?

C-Lance: “Slum Chemist” “Keeper of the seven keys” & “You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train”

Spek27: Fill in the blank – “I make better beats than ______”

C-Lance: Everyone. If I didn’t have the confidence, then I wouldn’t even make music. I think you have to believe you’re the best at something to continue to grow and get even better. I obviously would never act like it, because I hate cocky assholes. But, being confident in your art is a lot different. P.S. – Stoupe is better than me. Hah!

Spek27: What are some of the negative things people say to you on social media? Like the really mean & just uncalled for comments?

C-Lance: Hahaha, I never get offended because it’s more so funny than anything else. I’ve gotten a bunch of messages saying my beats suck and I’ll never be as good as Stoupe and all my shit sounds the same and blah blah… then I go to their page and see that their name is “hotbeats98” or “AlexTheBeatMaker”. Clearly it was failed musicians who just took out their failures on me. For all the hate messages I get, there’s double the amount of positive supportive messages though, so it’s all good.

Spek27: Easiest rapper you’ve worked with so far?

C-Lance: Vinnie, and it’s not even CLOSE. Everything I do with Vinnie is done on an extremely professional level, and everything is done smooth. Enemy Soil is a powerhouse and Vinnie and clipboard treat me like family.

Spek27: Most difficult rapper you’ve worked with so far?

C-Lance: I’d have to say R.A. the Rugged Man, based off of how picky he is with beats. He was a pleasure to deal with, just getting to the “RIGHT” beat took us forever haha.

Spek27: What equipment do you use?

C-Lance: I use a Yamaha Motif keyboard, with Kontakt 5.

Spek27: Anything new you’re currently working on?

C-Lance: Right now I’m focused on Vinnies new solo record and some stuff with Chris Webby & Rittz.

Spek27: Any rappers that turned down your beats when you first started that you’d wanna say fuck you to now?

C-Lance: Hahhahahaha. Honestly, nah. Cuz the very first person I sent beats too was Doap, and then Vinnie, I never really reached out to anyone back then who then came to me after. BUT, there is a ton of people from high school and college that I gave a big “fuck you” to, who ignored me all the time, then saw I was fucking with JMT and asked me for back stage passes. I ain’t got time for anyone who didn’t show me love and respect and NOW wanna say we’re best pals.

Spek27: Are you involved at all with the new Jedi Mind Tricks album?

C-Lance: Hell yeah. I worked with Stoupe on a couple songs on this album. It’s incredible to work with Paz, Stoupe & Kwest as a whole. I’ve only worked with Vinnie on solo stuff and the last JMT record, so this is a dream come true.

Spek27: Name a producer who makes you think “I can’t believe this person is actually famous”

C-Lance: DJ MUSTARD. This guy blows. Every beat sounds like his cat fell onto his keyboard while he was sleeping, pressed record, then he woke up and sent that file to rappers.

Spek27: Last words?

C-Lance: Thanks for the interview, man. And a big thank you to all the fans out there who buy our shit. JMT, June 2.

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