Artist/Group Name (also group members’ names):
Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?):
JR is reppin NY/NJ/ATL/LA
Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?):
Beatvizion / MF DOOM / Shaman Work / METAL FACE ACADEMY
Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop:
The 1960’s Jazz Revolution, Hip Hop’s true Pioneers, Elders of the Robinson Family, and so many more positive forces that exist!
Backstory (How’d you get in the game? How did the group form? What work did you put in before getting signed to a label?)
Scienz of Life were discovered in NYC by Bobbito Garcia who at the time was a primary force on the independent HipHop scene via his various showcases and his Radio show on WKCR 89.9 along side DJ Stretch Armstrong. In 1996 Bobbito released SOL’s debut 12” The powers of 9 Ether on his own Fondle’em Records. Scienz of Life really paid there dues hitting up countless notable venues through out the Tri-State Area and the south east spreading their movement in hopes of eventually taking the music to the next level. Later moving to ATL after the release of the Scienz debut full length on Subverse Music is where JR officially met MF DOOM. The rest is history!
Current project (What are you pushing right now? What can people expect from it? Feel free to just hype your album here…why did you name the album that name? Was there a theme? Any funny stories during its creation?)
In Stores now on Shaman Work Recordings John Robinson presents “The Leak Edition Vol. 2” with magnetic vibes, guest production from the industries finest and international buzz, real heads can’t afford to sleep on this latest installment. John Robinson (aka Lil’ Sci of the legendary east coast group Scienz of Life) shut the studio down with usual suspects: I.D. 4 Windz, Madlib, MF DOOM, Wale Oyejide, K Dubble, and Ta’Raach, along with other fresh sounds courtesy of Ammon Contact. Beware; the result is a rebirth of Robinson’s chiseled personality that spits nothing less than lyrical perfection. The new release is definitely a perfect prelude to JR’s highly anticipated “Who is This Man?” LP (production by MF DOOM, Madlib, ID 4 Windz, & J-Dilla) which is due out in early 2007.
Purpose (What kind of impact do you hope to have on the game? Do you just want to go platinum or is there something more?)
J.R.’s goal in music is to be able to inspire massive amounts of people on a similar level of the many that inspired us. Our main objective is legacy we want to be remembered for our contribution to the world of music. If going platinum falls within this too! Then so be it..
Is hip-hop really dead? (Wax philosophical here, break down what you think of hip-hop today or compare it to when you were coming up. Good? Bad? Break it down!)
Yes Hip Hop Died on December 25th and his name is James Brown! We will help the movement to resurrect HIP HOP in this new day and time.
Three wishes (If you had three wishes to change anything within hip-hop, what would they be? Bring someone back to life? Get a Kanye West beat? Make snap music disappear?):
The first thing I would change would be to bring more of a balance to mass media. In the form of getting the same level of marketing for music with substance and integrity as music with no message at all and at times dis respectful to the culture. I would bring back Jam Master Jay because we were able to meet him personally and he was a big loss to our culture. So many have no idea of the beautiful spirit that was moved on went he left us. Lastly I would make is easier for the younger generation to learn about the roots and foundation of the culture. We need this to happen more than we know!