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What artists past and present are you most influenced by?
Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, dead prez, Wutang, Michael Jackson, and the Temptations.
Visually, Judy Almer of Hanna Barbera (she taught me how to paint and use pastels), Ron Wimberly (yall should Google him), and quite a few more.. so hard to name names...there's quite a bit more.
How is your approach to emceeing and production similar and what's different?
Production comes from my spirit spilling out onto this technology to capture it. I wish I could explain more.. it happens when it happens and when the feeling is in me.. i have to turn my phone off and skip meals to get it all out.. sometimes I end up making a handful of beats in 1 sitting. I'll hear it first in my mind and try to sit down and make exactly what I hear...sometimes when making what you hear in you mind, you accidentally stumble across something else while trying to duplicate what you initially heard..then it's saving the 1st beat and laying the skeleton for the next beat...then just going back and finishing it all up. Sampling is similar too..you hear something then u wanna chop that piece.. to start creating.. while triggering the sounds you may hear something else and boom, save the 1st beat..then work on the next skeleton real fast... save that..then go back to the first joint!
MCin is similar...with or without a beat... Nowadays...I'll put a beat on repeat and sit with it for a few days before putting any words to it.. My writing takes a while... I like to sit on music to make sure what I write has the proper impact line for line...
Why do you have so much love for Japan?
My father and uncle studied as the 1st students of Master Oyama's Kyokushin Karate in Brooklyn at 55 Flatbush avenue under Sensei Nakamura...who is now the founding father of Japanese Seido Karate! At age 7 I was in the dojo..and I stayed until 16 years. It's just in me.. I spoke karate related Japanese from that age. Nowadays people only see what they see from me and even in Japan, many of the natives don't understand...but my history is too deep to explain it to them. I appreciate Japan a lot for what it's given to me. What I really love is being a "black" man, growing up in the USA and knowing my roots as an "African American" and I love that I can mash up my identity as an African American with another culture that I really like.
What's your favorite app on iPhone?
City Transit! Having the MTA subway map at my disposal is awesome! Maps is cool too..the GPS function is pretty sick!
What's the biggest lesson you've learned from your experience handling distribution for an independent label?
Great question. Working for an indie label can be very taxing especially because if the team is small, you do more than 1 job for sure! I learned to be patient with stores and one stops in addition to my coworkers. I also learned all aspects of running the label since the team was pretty small. At the end of the day just putting the ego aside to get the job done is something I've learned. Sometimes folks you work with are not capable and if they are not capable, in order to win, you gotta work harder!
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The Nba all stars are playing next
But right outside that same city
The celebratory atmosphere would change quickly
Who watching the game with me you know lil Trayvon
Was reppin his home town D Wade and LeBron
He had just came up from Miami to see his daddy
Who knew such a great weekend would end so badly
In a place where you move because it's safe for your family
But some people got a ingrown hate for your family
Halftime just a short brake from the slammin
Bout to go to the store lil cuz you want some candy?
Bet I grab you some skittles kid
I'll be right back in a little bit
Paid for lil cuz's skittles and a ice t
walked out the store and felt the chill of the night breeze
it seemed a little colder than before
he didn't know it was a boy like a soldier in a war
that was watching him clocking him thinking about stopping him
nine milly cocking them who's this nigga walking in my neighborhood
he fits all the specifics of criminal statistics he looks suspicious
911, what's your emergency
A black man's walking through my hood purposely
stay clam, it's just little Trayvon but he wanna be the hero so he put's his cape on
George Zimmerman neighborhood block captain
loaded glock strapped in fake cop has been
got out the car ignoring what the cops asked him
They always get away this time that will not happin
George Zimmerman didn't take his Ritalin
drunk off adrenaline says he making a citizens arrest
Trayvon looks at him vexxed
I just walked to the store nothing more nothing less
Just steps from his home he ignored his request
George grabs him, Trayvon swings and connects
Starts screaming out for help but Zimmerman see a threat
so he pulls out his gun and he points it at his chest
He fires but he misses Trayvon pleads for forgiveness
I didn't do nothing this is senseless
but George Zimmerman was so vicious
he made sure the second shot hit em no survivor no witness
Trayvon never gave his cousin his skittles
missed the all star game didn't see another dribble
And George Zimmerman wasn't even arrested
the message is only white lives are protected
March 17, 2012
Kendrick Lamar pretty much rocked out better than every Hiphop act at SXSW.
March 8, 2012
Proof that everything with OFWGTK isn't all crazy. There serious moments and work to be done as well. An interesting look at Syd tha Kyd one member that doesn't tend to get the most attention.
Edited by Weston Currie.
Edited by Weston Currie.
March 6, 2012
The last shot is a powerful one...
"2011. This is a personal piece I wanted to share with you all.
I made it from compiled videos I recorded on my phone.
I made the song dedicated to God, but it's also a dedication to my family and some of the friends He's blessed me with.
As an artist, you can easily get caught up in an endless menu of distractions in life.
Having to please people, facing criticism on your creativity, pressures of living up to your potential, pleasing others, image, all the things that can create fear in our lives. However, when you put your thoughts on the things/people you truly love, LOVE will conquer fear."
R.I.P. My father, Paul Tucker Jr.
"When can they measure the width of our love?
Never a time
Never a time
Never a time."