vendredi 14 février 2003

AESOP ROCK - Interview

After arriving at the surreal setting of a small seaside village resort just minutes away from rural Norfolk, the third annual instalment of the Dedbeat festival was finally upon us. After being postponed by a few months and presenting a more than impressive line up, expectations were high.

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mercredi 11 décembre 2002

SAGE FRANCIS - Interview

Days are getting fresher, and everybody knows hip-hop artists love that; Sage Francis is an hip-hop artist, he thus decided to make a few shows in Arizona, just to feel what it’s like here; his journey ended in Tempe, and as hunger started pointing its nose in Sage’s stomach, we went to a Sushi bar to talk about his past, present and future around a cup of green tea for him, and lemonade for me…

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lundi 28 octobre 2002

EVS - Shades of Grey / Therapy... ? / Odds & Ends

For reasons you don't necessarily understand, some objects remain attached to a certain period of your life. And for reasons you don't necessarily understand, you brought that blue tape in every train you took last year; it's like your headphones knows the tape by heart. Maybe it's the cover, which looks like it's handcut, or maybe the relative weakness of the recording, but there's something of a lost simplicity in EVS's Shades of Grey.

EVS - Therapy... ?

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dimanche 27 octobre 2002

MF GRIMM - Interview

You had a busy life. Can you introduce yourself and sum up your biography?

I'm born and raised in Manhattan. I'm now 32 years old; I've seen a lot, done a lot. Made a lot, lost a lot; I've watched people in the streets and also music rise and fall; I find it hard to sum up my biography because it's still growing as we speak.

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mercredi 16 octobre 2002

ATMOSPHERE - Interview

Ok, no need to introduce you, let’s fire for the first questions… When you hear tracks like "Primer" or "Lucy Ford", you would think that most of what you’re writing is autobiographical, am I wrong?

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mercredi 9 octobre 2002

ODDJOBS - Interview

The Night was dark, and The Atmosphere were late, I am there waiting in the freezing warmth of Arizona when I saw him, coming out of nowhere (the concert room actually)… Oddjobs will be playing tonight together with the Rhymesayers people, and ‘him’ is Nomi from Oddjobs, who was in the mood for a few questions…

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jeudi 3 octobre 2002

MURS - Interview

Murs comes to terms with his past as well as his present, and yeah, even his future… If you think it’s hard to believe, then read what he has to say about his history…

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dimanche 25 août 2002

EMANON - Interview

First I'll ask you to introduce yourself and Emanon.

My name is Aloe Blacc from Emanon. Emanon is two people, DJ Exile and Aloe Blacc. We started in 1995 in Orange County, which is right between Los Angeles and San Diego. That's where we're from. We started making music on mix tapes first and then started putting out wax in stores, and doing shows...

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jeudi 22 août 2002

CLOUDDEAD - Interview

We've met cLOUDDEAD's members just before Mush tour's only concert in France, at the Batofar in Paris.

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mercredi 14 août 2002

V/A - The Spice

Arrakis Records (Philly) has released this year a compilation called The Spice. The label had previously released a series of 12’’ including Briz’s Blown Mind, Department of Rec's Raising Illatropolis and Kenneth Masters and Department of Rec’s Will We Ever Be Famous.

V/A - The Spice

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samedi 10 août 2002

TUNSI - Behold a King / The Omen

Underground MC and producer Tunsi has already released two albums on Oakland-based label Parana records (Behold a King and The Omen).

TUNSI - Behold a King

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mardi 6 août 2002

SVINKELS - Tapis Rouge

Among what French Hip-Hop has brought to us lately, we have the naive freshness of the Saïan Supa Crew on the one hand, TTC’s stern deliria on the other hand, and right in the middle of these two, you’re likely to find a sticky, rotten bunch of grey matter. These would be the Svinkels.

SVINKELS - Tapis Rouge

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mercredi 31 juillet 2002

RADIOINACTIVE & ANTI MC - Interview

So this is your first time in Europe?

R: yeah, this is my first time, besides an occasional airport. I’ve just recently started doing these big long tours. Before that it was some shows here and there, mostly around the Los Angeles area, and getting my music out by people dubbing tapes. Even now with the technology of cd I don’t mind. It only hurts when someone who would normally buy the cd doesn’t. But if it can actually make you discover that type of music, then it’s all good.

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lundi 8 juillet 2002

EL-P - Interview

How do you feel about the way people approach your solo album? Because I really feel like it is hard for them to consider it as something totally independent of all your other works such as The Cold Vein, or Funcrusher Plus.

Well I had a lot of really good reactions, and a lot of very confused reactions. But the thing about it is you have to understand that every time I come out with a record, half the time it’s a sound or a direction that people are completely not expecting. For instance we came out first with Funcrusher Plus, and then we came out with Little Johnny from the Hospitul and people were like "Why are there no lyrics in this ? what the fuck is this shit ???".

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jeudi 13 juin 2002

J-ZONE & AL-SHID - Interview

How would you say you've evolved since 2000 (when we interviewed you for the first time) ?

Well, since then my views on music changed a little bit. I'm getting older, and I pretty much want to have more fun, I don't take myself seriously on the mic, I do more production, I haven't even written a rhyme since Pimps don't Pay Taxes a year ago.

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samedi 1 juin 2002

BUCK 65 - Interview

It's springtime, and coincidentally enough, the weather is spring like. Which is therefore perfect timing to meet the one who had the huge honor of appearing with Man Overboard among the very best LPs of last year in hiphopsection's annual poll , and who happens to be the man behind a real hiphop gem , namely Vertex.

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vendredi 31 mai 2002

KOOL KEITH - Black Elvis / Lost in Space

1999, after Dr Doom had definitively buried his rival Dr Octagon and accordingly pissed on his grave, back comes Kool Keith, more furious than ever, and determined to do battle with the entire universe. From this inspired, if a bit unhealthy mind is born a new alter ego by the name of Black Elvis (with a wig to get the point across) who materializes on an album conceived in two distinct parts: first "Lost In Space" (8 tracks), followed by "Black Elvis" (9 tracks). Welcome to funk from the 4th dimension; get your kryptonite hoodies on and of course your chrome-plated G-string, the wildcat is on the loose.

KOOL KEITH - Black Elvis / Lost in Space

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jeudi 30 mai 2002

EL-P - Fantastic Damage

Fantastic Damage is the latest segment of the ongoing ordeal to create original and thought intensive hip-hop from the vital nerve of Company Flow: El-Producto. His commonly noted production on the major-label debut album for Co-Flow, Funcrusher + and later Little Johnny From The Hospital helped him, along with colleagues Big Juss and DJ Mr. Len, define a niche in the leftist extreme of Underground hip-hop. Later work with the revolution of sound The Cold Vein with Cannibal Ox made it globally acclaimed by critics, "greatest" in the underground denomination of hip-hop.

El-P - Fantastic Damage

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mercredi 22 mai 2002

THE 5 HEADED RETARD - This Is Awful... I Love It!!!

Whereas the work of sociologists attempts to prove that the influence of community (group interactions, education and what have you) helps to increase the civility of the individual, isolated troublemakers have taken over the mic to give a voice to disorder and mark the regression of spirits. These disturbing folks answer to the sweet name of 5 Headed R-Tard, characters at first approach just a bit curious, but in actuality completely repugnant and sexually perverse. It’s only natural that they would land into the hands of Low Pressure, the Canadian label where discrepancy and lack of seriousness are the most predominant artistic guiding lines.

THE 5 HEADED RETARD - This Is Awful... I Love It!!!

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dimanche 19 mai 2002

CANNIBAL OX - Interview

Last gig on Can Ox's European tour. At the end of an intense show in spite of the fatigue, Vast falls into Cips One's arms on Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" while Vordul is singing to it. Half an hour later, we're given their last interview before they fly back to New York the following day. It is more of a chat around a few bottles and an ashtray...

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