To vote, or not to vote? (By Matin Salaam Bari)
Before you people bite my head off after reading the following, remember that I represent only a tiny fraction of the population. Furthermore, I would never hope that my personal views influence the people who are blessed with receiving them. In other words, just take it as “food for thought”!
Wildchild Interview (by William Hernandez)
Since the release of his group Lootpack’s album, “The Antidote” in 1999, Wildchild has worked hard to build on the positive buzz it created, culminating on the release of his solo album “Secondary Protocol” last year. I had the short opportunity to talk to him at this year’s Winter Music Conference during the in-store DJ show by DJ’s Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib, Questlove, and Statik where he quickly broke down his plans for 2004 and the long anticipated Lootpack follow up album.
Interview conducted by William Hernandez.
Reality bites (By DAP)
“And DAP Says.
I Got Nothin’ Funny To Say, So Close Your Mouth & Read The Goddamn Column”
“I Criticize by Creation.” – Cicero
“We Are Not Retreating… We Are advancing in Another Direction.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur
“If You Are Going Through Hell, Keep Going!!!” – Sir Winston Churchill
Iron Bridge Interview (by Chris Byrne)
Essex men from Shoeburyness near Southend-On-Sea, England, Jibbarish and Dirty Verbals are on the ‘New Deal’ and are making moves with their own label. Their new album “Toilet Humour” features beats from the likes of Pager, Illson, Jai-Mez, I-Ty and R-Text. They are also part of crews such as Ill Psychosis and Human Vermin.With many compilation appearances and release including a DVD in the pipeline – these guys are going to be hard to ignore. I asked Dirty Verbals about his seaside views:
Dark Circle Interview (by Chris Byrne)
Dark Circle were formed in 1994 by Anik and Hoycke while at school together in Hamburg, Germany.The group are based in Hamburg and London and consist of Anik and Hoycke (vocals), Pats and Son (production) and DJ Hysteria. Anik has collaborated with Defisis, Looptroop, and Natty and Dwella. Mystro and Skinnyman also both feature on their recent LP. UK Hip Hop seems to be linking with Germany (Joni Rewind etc) and vice-versa but nowhere else in Europe. I caught up with Dark Circle in the interest of Anglo-German relations.
Infinite Livez Interview (by Chris Byrne)
Infinite Livez is also known as Mr Steven Henry to the British government and his mum. He is the ‘brightest hope’ of the UK’s largest hip hop label Big Dada for the 04. Straight outta Shoreditch, East London, this guy is truly a unique lyricist. He also fronted a punk / noise band for a while. He is definitely breaking the mold (sic) of UK hip hop. I interviewed him with his wildman sidekick Barry Convex…