Apathy: The Godz Must Be Crazy
Amazing man... I really couldn't be happier at this point. I put blood sweat and tears into this album. And I'm actually a fan of it. I'm in love with this album.
Its no secret that you've had Eastern Philosophy finished for a while, is any of the material new? How old are some of the songs?
The oldest song on their is "The Buck Stops Here. That was a song that I originally did for my Atlantic album a couple years back. I re-recorded the vocals, mixed it properly, and had Evil Dee do the cuts... so now it's a little more up to speed. Everything else is pretty much brand new. I wanted it to be fresh material.
How'd you end up hooking up with Blue Raspberry?
When Chum and I did the The Winter song, we workin' jokin around immediately about havin' Blue on it. The reason I say "jokin", is cuz we NEVER thought we could find her, and pull it off. But that was our little dream to have her on it. Well I figured, "fuck it", why not at least TRY to get a hold of her. So I started askin' around and puttin the word out that I was lookin' for her. Finally my good friend Carmelita Sanchez (from The Wake Up Show), told me that she's friends with RZA, and would ask RZA about Blue. I really thought that was a shot in the dark, and didn't expect much out of it. But sure enough, Carmelita called me two days later, and gave me Blue's number. I called her up, and we hit it off immediately. Now we're good friends. I gotta thank Carmelita and RZA for that one.
I've seen a number of kids on message boards and whatnot claiming you've watered down your style as you rarely spit "scientifical rhyme" anymore. How do you respond to that nonsense? Or do you not even bother?
I don't really bother. I don't give a fuck what they think. They can go and listen to "Its the Bootleg Muthafuckers" til they're blue in the face. Even while I was doing all those complex records, I was still doin' simple, normal, boom bap shit. At the same time that I did "Just Begun," I also did "Earth Girls Are Easy" and "That Ol Boom Bap." When I recorded the Jedi Mind Tricks album, I also recorded The Sure Shot affair demo, which was madddd simple. Point is... all that science shit, is just one style I touched on. If they liked it, I'm glad. But that style does not dictate who I am. Or what I have to do. It was one thing I dabbled in. I got bored of that shit REAL quick. If they don't think "Chemical" and "The Buck Stops Here" are deep concepts, I don't know what to say. If they don't think "The Winter" and "I Remember..." are poetic and introspective... then I don't know what else to do. They're never happy. So I'll do what makes me happy and hope someone agrees.
How was experience of touring with Fort Minor? What was the biggest thing you took from it all?
The tour was unbelievable! It was definitely one of the most fun things I've done in my life. First of all... pretty much all my crew was with me. Celph, Ryu, Tak, Cheap, Motive came out for quite a few dates...Esoteric and Chum came to some of the dates. So it was really dope having all my brothers out with me. Shinoda is the most down to earth dude. He's family. Bottom line. He was wildin' out, and doin dumb shit with us. Being exposed to a whole new audience, who has no idea who you are... is exciting. We always walked away with a brand new fan base. So I'm beyond appreciative. Shinoda has an O.G. tour manager named Jim Digby. One of the coolest, realest cats I've ever met. He taught us so much, it's crazy. I owe that dude a lot. I met a lot of good people and rocked some places that I've never been to before. So I was really humbled by the experience, and I'm super appreciative for everything.
The long-awaited AOTP recently dropped, how involved were you in putting that album together?
Well... I knew I definitely wanted to get a beat on there. I knew I was doing verses, but I wanted to produce on their too. The joint I produced "The Torture Papers" was one of my favorite beats at the time. So me, Planet, and Celph jumped on that shit and did our thing. As far as everything else...I just got the beats and wrote to them. Knocked it out a verse at a time.
Inevitable question one, what's on deck from the Demigodz?
A LOT! I'm workin' on new projects. Major and indy shit. We're finishin' up Motive's album right now. Mo's album is amazing. You'll see. It's called "The Art Of Doe Rakin. Check for that. 7L & Esoteric are gettin ready to drop "A New Dope" REAL soon. Styles Of Beyond are workin' on their major label debut right now. Celph has some shit up his sleeve, but I'll wait on exposin' that. AND STAY TUNED FOR A NEW MIXTAPE FROM ME!! SOON.
Inevitable question two, what's the situation at Atlantic these days?
I can't even answer it anymore. I honestly don't know what's going on. I might leave, I might stay. I don't know. I have interest from other labels, and I'd really like to further my career.
There have been rumors that you've recorded some three albums for the label, any truth to that?
Pretty much. But they're not definitive albums, all mapped out, with a plan. I just mean, their is that much material. Tons of songs. But I've never ever handed in an album to them. Just song after song. And it won't stop. No matter if it's Atlantic or anyone else. I won't stop.