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Crazie K!D AnonYmous – 7th Boro Interview

I like this guy. As a person, and his music. These days it’s hard to like both. He puts in work and deserves to start getting his shine. He’s Crazie K!D AnonYmous. Get familiar.

Spek27: Who are you?

CKA: Short answer, God. Long Answer, I’m a poet, MC, creator of all things phunky and phresh, and the boul. Crazie K!D AnonYmouS is one of my names.

Spek27: What was your first memory of discovering rap music?

CKA: Back seat of an Olds Mobil. My dad riding passenger and my Uncle driving. They were drunk and loudly talking shit. KRS-1 cut through the bull shit though, and stabbed my ears. “Nine millimeter go BANG!” Been in love with rap ever since.

Spek27: What kind of message do you want people to get from your music?

CKA: In my music, I send a lot of different messages. One message that I hope everyone can connect to is have passion. Passion in your words. Passion for your goals. Passion when you love. Passion for life. I thinks Passion is lacking in the music.

Spek27: You served in the military. What were you listening to while you were overseas?

CKA: Vinnie Paz, “Kings in Hell” jawn, Reef the Lost Cauze, “FoF” My two mixtapes that I created while over there, Muddy waters, AOTP, Beans, Freeway (Heavy Philly music because I missed home), and Dip-Set. Alchemist dropped something around that time I was bumping too. Can’t think of the name.

5) What’s the hardest part about being an up and coming rapper in Philly?

CKA: Being accepted as a peer instead of a fan boy and performing. Because I went to a lot of shows to network and show my face to get my name out there, people seen me more as a fan instead of a supporter of the art and lover of hip hop. A fellow peer that wanted to see everybody win. Because of this, I got constantly shitted on. It’s also harder to get shows when you demand to get paid for entertaining. Everybody and their momma rap and will perform for free or pay to do it. The shows suck, and it killed the music scene in Philly, but as the long as the promoter’s pockets fat, nobody cares.

Spek27: How does being a 5 percenter influence your music?

CKA: Being 5 percent is a way of life. Having knowledge of self influence my whole life, not just music. Music is just a piece of the pie. Knowledge of self is the ingredients that made the pie. Having knowledge of self pushes me to drop knowledge in all my music no matter how ratched or ignorant the song may seem. There are always gems in my music, because I know the importance of sound, and how messages travel.

Spek27: How would you break down the following line? “We were beginners in the hood as Five Percenters / But something must’ve got in us, ‘cause all of us turned to sinners…” -AZ

CKA: AZ was explaining that, at the time, him and his squad were new borns(term we use for those that just got sparked with the knowledge). So even though they have knowledge of self, They didn’t utilize it well enough to activate it in their way of life yet, because they didn’t understand it. They continued to do dirt because of it. “Something must’ve got in us” was those 4 devils he spoke of on that Nas track. The sins was the dirt they were doing because of those devils.

Spek27: Freedom Williams from C&C Music Factory was a 5 Percenter. There’s really not a question that follows that. Just random trivia for you.

CKA: That’s Dope!

Spek27: What do you have going on right now?

CKA: Currently pushing my second single from my up coming first LP, “Stay Ready And Willing.” It’s called, “Ya Ya” and will be available for everyone online. My album will be dropping shortly as well. Making touch ups and what not. If you haven’t seen or heard my first single for the album, “Master Cee 11th Letter 3,” you need to jump to it!

Spek27: Last words?

CKA: Peace to all those that are building heaven while going through hell. I love you and stay focused. You don’t have to die to be happy now. Follow me on IG and Twitter @C_K_Anon to be up to date on all things Crazie K!D AnonYmouS. Peace!

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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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KXNG CHARISMA – All In My Head EP

It’s not often I find myself saying a 16 year old rapper is dope. This is one of those rare exceptions. Philly’s KXNG CHARISMA just dropped his first official entry into the rap world, a 6 track EP that’s a pleasant change from what most of these new artists sound like. After listening to this, I can see a lot of potential in this kid’s future. If this is his first outing, I can definitely see bigger and better from him on the horizon. So go peep these KXNG CHARISMA joints…and remember the name.

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Levels On Flight – Something Ain’t Right (Audio)

“Something Ain’t Right” written by Rick Rock Taylor (vocals), Tim Taylor (Keys, bass and drums). Produced & engineered and mastered by Dave Humes

“Levels on Flight is an experimental hip-hop group from Philadelphia, consisting on Rick Rock Taylor of Firm Taqtics (emcee), Dom Cole (guitar), Tim Taylor (keys), Ron Disilvestro (drums/engineer), and Rico Joseph (bass)”

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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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