2012: The Year In Unkut Interview Quotes
Thursday January 03rd 2013,
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One final look-back at 2012, but this time from the only aspect that mattered – the Unkut Interviews! Here are some of the highlights…

Lil Fame spoke of plans to drop a mixtape of unreleased beats:

“I gotta lotta joints. I wanna put out a mixtape soon, called 15 Minutes of Fame. I did a lotta production up at KOCH Records, I’ve got a lotta music that they didn’t use. I’m gonna put that out soon. It was used, but they didn’t represent it right or they didn’t push it correctly. So I did joints for Foxy Brown, I did joints for Wu-Tang, Dipset…what do they call those dudes? The Clipse, Ray-J – all type of people. I got a lotta music though. Serani, he’s a reggae artist.”

Geechie Dan recalled an incident at the local Chinese spot when LL Cool J was celebrating the release of his first record:

“Me, my homeboy Tim, Meek and Todd was in the Chinese restaurant. I’ll never forget this. Two hardrocks – guys in the neighborhood that was just getting into beef with everybody, they was always fuckin’ with people – one of the guys was a Five Percenter, and the other guy, rest in peace, his name was Pat. He was wild. So he was in there with this cat named Melachi, he was a Five Percenter. We’re ordering food, so Todd orders some pork fried rice – and Five Percenter’s don’t believe in eating pork. So Melachi said, ‘Close the door…and lock it!’ They’re messing with us, like, ‘What you getting?’ I’m like, ‘I think I got Beef Lomain or something’. So Todd was the only one that got pork! So they looked at Todd and said, ‘Yo, God! Aren’t you righteous?’ He said, ‘Yeah!’ ‘Well you ain’t supposed to be eating pork! What you doing eating pork fried rice?!’ He’s like, ‘Yo, I’m hungry!’ ‘You hungry?!’ So he went up to his food – the food was streaming hot – and when it came out to Todd, Melachi just knocked it all over the floor. Pork fried rice all over the floor! Todd just looked at him and said, ‘You’re right, no problem’, and ordered something else…”

Rap promoter Peter Oasis talked about putting on the Big L memorial show:

“I had gotten a phone call from Finesse on the day that Big L was killed. I remember exactly where I was in my mother’s bedroom back in my house in Queens – he spoke for about an hour and a half. he was like, ‘Listen, I just lost my brother Big Pun, and now I lost Big L. I‘m gonna go back and ask everyone in the crew if they still wanna do this show.’ ‘Cos we had a show that was advertised, it was a Diggin’ In The Crates show with everyone in the crew – including Big L. We had to go back and revise the flyers, and a Diggin In The Crates show became a tribute show for their brother Big L. From that show came the intro to the Gangstarr album, ‘Big L Rest In Peace!’. Premier was on the turntables all night long, said, ‘Put Your L’s Up! Big L Rest In Peace’’ Over and over. I remember Fat Joe rolled up with fifty soldiers – like deep – they stood on line like soldiers, he came in, he wrecked his set. He ran through fifteen to twenty minutes of it and tore the club down. When ‘Flow Joe’ started to play, people just erupted! You could feel it in the floor.”

Neek The Exotic reminisced about his old crew in Flushing, Queens:

“It was me and Large Professor, then we had my man Van, my man Cee-Lo and my man JD and Lenny. Nas used to live in my building also, he used to live upstairs on the seventh floor. His first child, his baby’s mother – Carmen Bryan – I grew up with her. We’re childhood friends. I knew Nas also through Large, but once he moved to my building we were hanging out all the time. MC Serch used to come by and Nas used to play him some of my stuff and try to get him interested or whatever the case may be. We had some good times. AZ used to come by, it used to be cool. Busta Rhymes used to come by, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Lord Finesse – me and Lord Finesse made a mixtape one time, a straight mixtape, just me and Lord Finesse. Everybody used to come by.

Shimock from the Point Blank MC’s told of his bizarrely-title solo hit:

“I used to wear balls on my hat. I used to wear a hat with little cotton balls on the brim, and a couple of us wore racoon tails on the back of the cats. I made a song called ‘Shimrock Wear Balls On His Hat.’ I can walk through my city today, ‘cos I don’t live there now, but when I walk through there, some of the people sing that song to me.”

The Almighty $amhill discussed the importance of The Bronx in rap:

“You’ve gotta come through the Bronx to get what you need. If you in the hip-hop game and you know you’re career is dwindling, you gotta come back to the Bronx to find some flavor. You either gonna fuck with some Bronx dudes or you’re gonna bite some Bronx flavor. Everyone is seeming to forget that the Bronx is the mecca of hip-hop. You’ve gotta make a pilgrimage at least once in your life if you’re making hip-hop music.”

Vinnie Paz recalled when he first started copping vinyl:

“I was young. I was always doing things that kids four or five years older were doing. It might sound crazy that I was six or seven years old, completely aware of these things. Even my mother will bring it up to this day – I was more interested in being allowed to go to the record store and buy twelve inches than I was in toys and stuff. I remember in ‘83 or ‘84, hearing the first Run-DMC record from my older brothers. I never hung-out with kids my age – ever. I day-dreamed about music while other kids day-dreamed about being a superhero!”

Prince Paul addressed the appeal of comedy rap albums:

“One thing me and P discussed when we were making this record [Negroes On Ice], is that music is for free. Anything you put out there – even though we’re selling it initially – everybody knows the reality is, somebody wants to listen to it, ‘Hey man, yeah I’ve a got a copy! Want me to send it to you?’ ‘Yeah!’ It’s one of those things that we designed for taking a drive somewhere, you’re on the plane killing some time, you wanna show you’re friend, ‘Yo, this is stupid! He punched Akon in the face!’ Just to bring-up dialogue and giggle about. Do I think people are going to wake-up in the morning, be like, ‘Yeah man! I gotta listen to this!’? No, highly doubt it, but I think it has it’s moments. Definitely has a few memorable lines in there that I find a few of my friends repeating. That’s all I really want.”

More from Prince Paul, as he lamented the perils of being a “hip-hop purist”:

“For two seconds in my career, people actually liked me! I was considered a Top 5 producer. It got to the point where there were people who I couldn’t work with or time just didn’t permit. They wanted me to remix or rework ‘Love Shack’ by B-52′s. This is when it was just a demo – and I’m like, ‘I don’t got the time – and then it becomes this huge, giant record! Same thing with Janet Jackson – we want you to redo this song called ‘Black Cat’ – I was like, ‘I don’t got time. People! I’m just busy! I’m making hip-hop! This is what I do!’ I was so adamant about stickin’ to what I am, and I was always afraid if I went outside of the box too far – I remixed Fine Young Cannibals and a few other people just to see what it would be like – but I felt if I went too far out of the box I’d lose what I was doing. I was a ‘true artist’. ‘Money? I’ve lived without money before. I’m making enough – a couple of thousand here, a couple of thousand there – I’m good. It’s more than I ever had before’. Now in hindsight, I look back and I’m like, ‘Man! I could’ve retired!’ [laughs]

Producer/MC J.Force explained how he wound-up introducing Mike Tyson to Marley Marl:

“I was in front of WBLS in 1988, and my friend had this 380GX car that he was parking, and then we see him! We just wound-up talking to him. He had two bodyguards that looked like they’d had it with him – they were done watching him for the day – he was like, ‘Yo, let’s go party’. We were like, ‘Nah, I’m trying to get into WBLS’. He’s like, ‘What are you doing going to WBLS, white boy?’ I said, ‘I’m going to check-out Marley Marl and Kevvie Kev‘. He was like, ‘You know I’m a KISS [FM] man myself. I’m a Red Alert man, but I’ll go fuck with Marley’. So we went up and Marley was freaking out over the fact that Mike Tyson was rolling into his show. Marley taped us that night, because BET was doing a story on him. Mike made me rap for Marley and everything. I was nervous and stuff, but…Marley still has it on tape, by the way, it was a really embarrassing moment – I had long hair.”

EP from The Doppelgangaz explained the title of their second album:

“We called the album Lone Sharks for the fact that we’re some lonesome pieces of shit who have nothing better to do than go out and embarrass a woman by pulling her top down and filming it. You can only spank it so much, then you have to go outside and seek some high and low shark action.”

Sadat X broke down the old days of Brand Nubian live shows:

“In the early days we performed at all the spots in New York that you could perform at. We did The Fever, we did Kilimanjaros, we did The Octogon, we did The Ark out in Brooklyn. We went to the spots where it was rugged. Not only did people love Brand Nubian, but we were members of the Five Percent Nation, and there’s members of the Five Percent Nation in every borough. The majority of people that was down with the Five Percent Nation was people that had been incarcerated, a lot of people in the hood. We embraced those brothers that we felt was the most rugged brothers and we felt like we needed to get them under some type of reign. Usually those brothers was the biggest, strongest brothers. We might go to a show in Brooklyn with maybe twenty people with us and then we get out to Brooklyn and it might be thirty people waiting to go in with us, and that was the Gods, so we always had a nice crowd with us. We never had no problems. We had an army, basically. We used to have tell dudes, “Look, whatever y’all gonna do, let us get through the show and get paid. After the show, if there’s a problem or y’all gotta handle something? Handle it.”

Finally, Kool G Rap explained the science behind his early work:

“Lyrically? “Kool Is Back” was my “Men At Work” for the Wanted: Dead Or Alive album. I used to always try to keep one of those type of records on the album back in those times, because that’s when I was really trying to establish that I’m not just an ordinary rapper. I’ve got a little more with me than just being ordinary. So every time I did an album, I would try and put a “Men At Work” or a “Kool Is Back” on it, just to re-establish, “This is me!””

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All great.

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