Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 at 7:07 am
Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?):
Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?):
The Others, Voice, Ursula Rucker, A state of mind, Sharon Jones…
Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop):
So many artists, among them James Brown (R.I.P), John Barry, John Coltrane, Serge Gainsbourg, Billie Holiday, Public Enemy, Native tongue & so much more
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?)
I began in the early 90’ as a rapper and beatmaker in a French crew called La Formule, (The Formula). We produced several records. In 98, I started my own label Lab’oratoire & produced breakbeats vinyls. I also produced a projected called “Breathing Under Water” with Looptroop fromSweden. I began to work as Wax Tailor in 2002. My first WT EP was released in 2004, followed by 2
12’ inches & the album “ Tales of the forgotten melodies”.
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?)
I’ve just ended my new album that will be called “Hope & sorrow”. On this album I got some hot tracks with featuring from soul sista
Sharon Jones, Spoken word queen Ursula Rucker, L.A flow diva Voice, my fellows from The Others, the UK crew A State of Mind, & the French singer Charlotte Savary. I’m very proud of this album that keeps this cinematic mood I had on the last album but with more vocal tracks.
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?)
I’m coming from the heart of the Hip hop culture, I began break dancing in 83 when I was akid, and listening to hip hop in 86 with UTFO, RUN DMC… I started rapping in 90, began to produce in 92 & all those things I did came through this culture. For this reason even If my project sounds a bit different I feel it’s a hip hop project. My purpose is not to go platinum (although if it comes, so be it !) but I just want to do my own thing to demonstrate that hip hop is large & we got to recreate it each day.
Is Hip Hop Dead?
I don’t think hip hop is dead. I think HH is like an iceberg. The emerged part is often the one that got no flavour. Of course I got nostalgia from the days of old when everything was fresh but on the other hand I think that HH is more open than it has ever been & that it’s like a kind of phoenix that can bring something new each time people think that it’s the end.
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?):
First wish would be that we could use any sample with no fear or problem to bring back hip hop to the golden years & let us dig in peace
Second one would be that 2007 gives us a classic album
Last one would be to collab with rappers like Chuck D, Beastie Boys, Rakim or one of those MC’s who made me grow.