Sunday, August 28, 2011

Interview with L.E.G.A.C.Y. - DON'T CALL IT A "COMEBACK"

BBR:  We see that you are back from taking a break from recording and
performing, what's L.E.G.A.C.Y. been up to these days?
L.E.G.A.C.Y.:  It's the summer in NC -pools, bars, partying we do this

What inspired you to come back?
I wouldn't say I'm "back" there is a few things I want to do before it's all said and done,for any true fans that supported along the way I want to maybe put out one more album and finish up this documentary thing and get that out,maybe start a fire in someone's kitchen. 

I remember reading another article somewhere awhile back saying that you are more interested in doing films, and acting... have you been pursuing an acting career recently, if so how are things going in that field so far?
I've always been interested and I've had a few small dealings in that world nothing major panned out--but I'm now looking more into the writing side of it and not so much the acting part. 

If you did get heavy into acting aside from just screen writing, what type of roles or films would you prefer doing?
I don't know really if the acting thing did happen I guess whatever role I could get my hands on until I got my feet wet and I actually could pick and choose roles. 

Who are some of your inspirations when it comes to the art of acting and theater?
I mean just good performances in general just like any other art.  I'm a "movie guy" overall and I take notice when somebody puts on a good performance, but I'm into the whole movie process I'm heavy into dialogue and casting you know all that scientific ish. 

Getting back to the music... sense now-a-days music is pretty much "free", and not too many people are running out buying CDs like they used to, what suggestions do you have on ways artists can continue doing what they love doing and still make money from their art?
You have to branch out with merchandise and shows, build your following/buzz consistently to try and get compensation from this music the CD sales alone will not do that or if nobody is biting the bait on your merch and nobody is coming out to your shows it may be time to consider a new field.  Don't get mad IPS is hiring (laughs)  I know the B.I.G. line was "UPS is hiring" that was the joke IPS is a made up company from a little show called King of Queens that I watch from time to time (laughs). 

Do you still keep up with anyone from Hall of Justus?
Not so much well I do see Joe Scudda in the district where I party at a lot from time to time that's my dude he's good people. I haven't seen or spoken to anybody else from that side in maybe 2-3 years but I don't have any problem or animosity with anybody there or with anybody else for that matter, I wish everybody the best -music or life in general. 

What's the future looking like for L.E.G.?
So bright you gotta wear shades (laughs) but seriously if I decide to continue doing music-finish this Amerikkkan Psycho album I will offend a lot of people.... you know companies, labels, politicians, family members, peers, cops, and the list goes on.  There is a lot or people out there that don't want me to finish this album scared of what I might say and to be honest they should be very afraid (laughs).  If I don't finish this game then I don't finish the game it was meant to be I'm content with whatever the outcome is, music or no music I'm good.

Is there anything else you would like for us to plug?
yeah my feature/guest appearance  thing I'll always do that hell I'm good at it,looking to get me on something contact we'll try and work something out--other then that: it's taking way longer then expected but this "I Hate Legacy" documentary behind the music type thing will happen sooner then later,I may finish this album maybe not you never know....might drop a mixtape or 2 soon maybe not...I'm going to try to take the Fader Nation to new heights,or I might just wonder the earth getting into all types of adventures and s**t.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Remember That?: Mood "Karma"

Written by Jay

Mood "Karma" from the album Doom, produced by DJ Hi-Tek.

Back in 96-97 I used to watch Rap City religiously.  This was back when BET actually played "real hip hop".  I was in high school at the time, and every day after School I would watch at least a good portion of music videos before doing anything else and during one of those days after school I was introduced to this song "Karma" from the group Mood.  I was loving the grittiness and simplistically of the video.  It was raw and straight to the point.... "just two dudes spitting", and the beat really grabbed me.  

I don't remember seeing a follow up video or any type of promotion for the group or for their album... and you know the saying "out of sight out of mind"... I really didn't think anything of them after I had stopped seeing the video in rotation (and I sure as heck didn't hear the song on my local radio station, but then again commercial radio ALWAYS seem to only play just commercial hip hop).  

A little bit after the time I stopped seeing the video on Rap City I copped an issue of The Source Magazine, saw the group's album in the Mic Check section and went "hey, I remember those guys!!!"  I think the album only got a 3 or 3 and a half mics or something.  The Source didn't really say too much about it, and the review along with the lack of advertising for the album didn't persuade me to want to purchase the LP but I do remember the write up introducing me to two names that I would remember later, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek.  When Hi-Tek started getting a lot of production work around the late 90s, and when Reflection Eternal's album came out, I remembered him being the guy that produced "Karma" for Mood.  Later on, when having "hey what happened to those guys" conversations with people concerning hip hop, I would often mention Mood and their video "Karma" and people would go ".....what??", or "I don't know, I don't remember those guys".... and well... that's my story, but here it is, I found it on Youtube and you can check it out below.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Return of the Boom Bap

In the next few days we will re launch the Boom Bap Renaissance project and blog with new web features, articles,  music reviews and interviews with Boom Bap beat makers and true school lyricists.  The blog will also include downloads, segments honoring hip hop’s past, and a lot more!  So keep checking back for more updates or subscribe, lets keep Boom Bap and true Hip Hop alive!