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D E E R Jcribe s e d ay to w eats t b s e h t b u “The tyle is So ast o C t s s y m We with a delivery.”
J-REED AKA REAL REED
learly up and coming rapper J-Reed was built from a different mold. With his laid back delivery and silky smooth lyrics he stands tall in a class of his own. Opting not to travel the road taken my many other Seattle artist, it’s evident that he takes pride in being original. This originality is best showcased in his recent independent album release titled “Joogin On Dat Wamu”. Its hands down one of the hottest albums released by a Seattle artist.
The best way to describe my style is South beats with a West Coast delivery.
It boasts guest appearances from such artist as T-Nutty, Yukmouth, Syko, Bohagon, and Young Buck. It also features the club banger “Ready” Featuring Gorilla Zoe and Bobby V. The West Seattle native is no stranger to the hip-hop scene. He dropped his 1st album “P.M.G” in 2007 which solidified his arrival as a force to be reckoned with.
Seattle has the most talented unsigned artist period.
-Reed was born Jalohn Thomas in Seattle. His family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana shortly after. His early contributions to music included many local and school talent shows. He spent countless after school hours recording cassettes
using his karaoke machine. Perfecting his delivery and sharpening his craft has shaped his style today. Combining this style with production from established Arkansas producer K.E.V he is destined to succeed.
My son and my music are the most important things to me right now.
n a region that goes unnoticed in the mainstream hip-hop world it’s understandable why it’s difficult for artist to find success. However, with Seattle having a thriving underground scene with many artists on the verge J-Reed feels it’s time to break through. He has the talent and brings a refreshing flavor to the game that he hopes leads his city to the forefront.
Listen to the latest J-Reed music, watch videos, and connect to all his social networks at WWW.JREED.COM. (J-Reed Fills in the blanks for Downlow)
What would you love to do all day? I would love tosmoke, fuck and drink all dayif you could. The perfect amount ofsugaris the key to good Kool-Aid. The perfect female isloyal, understanding, supportive. Herpersonalityis more important than
herappearance. I was born inSeattle, Washington and raised inShreveport, Louisiana. My first purchase would bea house and a 760 BMWif you signed a major deal. If I could do a song with any artist it would beFabolous. I would like to haveLouisiana hot sauceon youreverything. I would orderHennessy and cokewhen I’m at the bar. The time my22inch wheel popped off my Cadillac on the freewaywas your most embarrassing moment. Audreystwas the name of my 1 crush. My very 1st car was a1989 Ford Thunderbirdthat I payed$900for. I love it whena femaleisaggressive when its grown-up time. WWW.DOWNMAGAZINE.BIZ 5
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NELLY Nelly Interview by: Scott Bejda
hen it comes to platinum success in the rap game in the last decade one cannot mention anything about a platinum plaque and rap with including names like 50 Cent, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and of course Nelly. With his new album 5.0 spawning hit singles like “Gone” featuring Kelly Rowland and “Just A Dream” it is safe to say Nelly is back on top. Recently Down chopped it up with the legendary MC from St. Louis. I am calling you from the 618 homie! Okay you right at the crib then! Not too far homie! That’s whats happening! You have been at it for a minute what is it like to still be successful after all these years? It is one of those things you don’t get to see until you slow down and look back. It is a beautiful thing to be able to do anything ten or twelve years later and still have some success, I don’t care what you are doing. I love doing this! What was it like working with Kelly Rowland once again? She is dope. What a lot of people don’t understand is even though they came in the game a couple of years before us we had a chance to do a tour and we kind of came in together. To see how she had success on her own and come back again after a few years to tell the story all over again was kind of cool. What are you doing right now? Right now we are up in Canada doing this thing called the Blizzard Tour. It is a market that we don’t get a chance to get to a lot of times on our major tours but it is nice being up here doing some of these dates. I’m about to make this Canada run for a second and then make a run to Australia and then come back to the states in the summer Time. If you could describe your new album what would you say about
it? I think that today there is a different thing that you gotta do and I’m not saying that people don’t like the #1’s, the “Na, Na, Na, and the EI’s, because trust me those will get done but when you are reestablishing yourself and when you do songs like “Just A Dream” people have to understand that you have come along way in those 11 years and it is about finding that balance sometimes that I think some people don’t understand you are trying to find. It is something else to have #1 songs with EI and Grillz, and then to have #1 songs with Dilemma. It is kind of hard. It is a wide range. That line is there to be walked and I am not afraid to be walking on it. There is another name in Missouri rap that has been buzzing pretty heavy, Tech N9ne, what do you think of his stuff? Man Tec h N9ne one of the most underrated artists in hiphop history period. They got their own thing up there. Tech N9ne, Broth Lynch Hung and them are definitely underrated. Would you like to work with Tech in the future? Me and Tech definitely talked about trying to get some things going but haven’t had the chance too yet, but yeah definitely. Who are you feeling in the game right now? I’m so diverse when it comes to music but I understand and appreciate all genres of music so I am all over the place. It is hard not to give props to Cash Money and Yung Money and the things that they are doing and people obviously knows our connection with them is deep as well. Lil Wayne has been rockin with me since Country Grammar because he was the only artist on that album that wasn’t a lunatic or part of the click. In a nutshell my man Rick Ross, B.O.B. is definitely dope, and all the way up to Bruno Mars. I think that boy is a serious problem. It is wide open right now. What about film? Creatively there have been things that
I have passed up. It has to be right. I am in the music right but I will be getting into the acting though real soon and my agent will be real happy to hear that because she has been piling shit up on me for the past couple years now and I have been telling her to chill out for a minute but we gone get up out it and try some things again. Your fans want to know about who Nelly is. If there is anything you would like to say to the readers about you, what would you tell them? I don’t know yet! That’s a good question. The first thing I would like to tell them is thank you for their support and not just for me but for the whole area of St. Louis and everybody that has been able to profit from 1999 on the day that the Lunatics and St. Louis walked through the door on a national scale. That is it right now because we are still working. Speaking of coming through the door, how has the rap scene changed since you first walked through? It is totally different! You have to understand when we first started there was only about a handful of groups who was in this thing seriously. I’m talking about people who were going around pressing up music making a name for themselves and giving their music to the DJs, but now you can’t meet nobody who aint rappin or making beats and if they aint doing it their brother is doing it, or their cousin is doing it. It is just different and the thing is nobody wants to work now. Are cats getting lazy about shit? Well when we came in we had to bust our ass and nobody was giving us nothing. Now everybody just wants you to hand it to them like “Hook a nigga up”, I wish it was that easy! Michael Jackson was the biggest artist of all time and he had a record label, but do you remember any other artist that was on Michael Jackson’s record label? It aint that easy! There is a lot of great talent in our area but shit
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to life. This is a lost tapes late 90’s album, but “Bottoms Up” is coming in 2011. This sounds like it is some classic shit! Yeah this is two mutha fuckers that love hip-hop. Back in the day I met MoSS through my cousin Will and we started working together way back then. The great thing about it was MoSS was into making beats so we were making music all of the time. This is the classic shit I put out like the songs “Well Know Asshole”, “Give Me My Dat Back”, and shit like that. This is the music that made Eminem want to sign me. It is a good look because MoSS reinvented the music and we are now able to put it out.
What other rappers did you listen to back in the day?
Cats like Scarface and the Geto Boys, Masta Ace, Guru, N.W.A, Pharcyde, Souls Of Mischief, Del the Funky Homosapien, Jay-Z, Nas, Pac, Biggie – all these cats was inspirational to me – AZ, Dogg Pound.
by Obie Trice Interview by: Nadar 6
t has been a rough past few years for the Detroit born MC after getting shot in the head and now leaving Shady Records. When one might give up and throw in the towel is when Obie kicks it into over drive and with the help of famed producer “MoSS” Obie is about to give the world a wonderful gift and that is a collection of some early recordings Obie and Moss did around 1999. Fans of true lyrical hip-hop will appreciate this set of classic Detroit compositions. Obie is now about Making Dough another hot track where he murders shit.
Can you tell me about the new album “Bottoms Up?” This aint about “Bottoms Up” though. This is actually an album that me and and Moss put together which is a lost tapes type of album that is coming out. This is some shit I did years ago and not my new record. So, this is some shit that we haven’t heard before then?
This is shit I did before I got with with Shady Records. Yeah this is definitely some shit that you haven’t heard before. MoSS went back in and brought this shit back to life. I don’t know if you know my history but I got signed form working with MoSS. MoSS took some of the songs that we had did together and brought them back
With a lot of rappers music like this never even sees the light of day. Did you do this for the fans? Well of course we wanted them to hear the music because many people didn’t get a chance too back then. I feel like it is a good look and people can appreciate it. It takes us back to a better time because now days everyone is looking for a hand out and we didn’t do that back then. We put out music and went and chased out dreams. What has MoSS done since those days? MoSS is well known on the production side of things. He has done songs with Raekwon and many other legends like that. Why are no longer with Shady?
It was time for me to do some shit on my own and it is as simple as that. I felt that I am ready to do what I need to do and run my own shit. 9 DOWNMAGAZINE
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hen you listen to southern rap many have paved the way for others, but very few hold the legacy that JT Money of Miami holds. First of all his group the Poison Clan and their single “Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya” is probably the biggest strip club anthem ever, but his solo career has been nothing short of a legacy too. It wasn’t too long ago that his hit single “Who Dat” won the “Best Rap Single of the Year” and he received a Billboard Music Award. Down wanted to know what JT Money has been up to so we reached out to the true player of the south.
I know you have been doing the independent thing for a minute. How has that been treating ya? I still keep working because that is what it is about for me. Every chance I get to spread the game like we are doing right now I am bout that. Being Independent aint so bad for me, I started out independently. You have made some major contributions to the game. I feel people like you and Posion Clan along with, the 2 Live Crew have shaped what the sound in the south is today. Do you feel the same way? Yes I do! It is like it came back to that
club and the whole vibe. I try to be modest at the same time I feel that e did make some contributions to the game. I feel that if I didn’t rap a lot of cats wouldn’t even have shit to rap about because they wasn’t even talkin’ bout nothing. Real talk! You have been puttin’ it down since you were 17 right? Professionally yes! How does it feel to be in the game basically most of your life? Right it has been a blessing in itself. I don’t feel no older and I feel like this music was a blessing and that it is here for some of us to survive. It created a lot of jobs from the rappers to the DJs, to the promoters, the security and all that. This game gave us another way to eat! The streets are rough! Yeah the streets are rough. You get one cat out the hood and then you have a lot of people coming in with him. In your own words who would you say are the true pioneers of the south? I would definitely say the 2 Live Crew because with out Luke and the 2 Live Crew cuss words wouldn’t even be there. This man went to court and fought and won against the Government. Of course when people was thinking Miami was all booty shake Poison Clan had to come and let them know that we had lyrics as well. That was my fight. My fight was to represent the southern rapper because back then there wasn’t no respect. it What can we look forward to from JT Money in the future? We got the Poison Clan reunion which I am in talks with distribution for. I still got my solo album Pimpin Extreme and a couple mixtapes that I have. I have also done a lot of features with a lot of up and coming cats too. Before we go where can people check out your music? They can hit me on twitter.com/jtmoneymiatl www.myspace.com/undeniablejtmoney http://www.youtube.com/user/JTMONE
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n recent years since the passing of Tupac many people have been trying to fill that void. They were looking for an artist who had not only a sense of realness, but also a sense of humbleness to him so they could relate on a more personal level. The Game has proven for over five years that he is not a fly by night artist and that he is definitely one of the greats. Recently Downlow peeped some Game from one of the masters by Nader6 I haven’t spoke with you in a long time. How have you been? Shit man these days I am mostly just living it and assembling my squad. I have been taking in a lot of free time that I have had off while working on this album just relaxing and having a good time. Above all else I have been just hanging out with my kids and spending a lot of quality time with the family. I want to talk about the track “400 Bars” which is a classic. How did you do that? I didn’t really take no breaths man! It came together after I did the track because I was gonna put it out but I didn’t really like it so I changed the whole concept and the beat. Weren’t you and DJ Drama supposed to do a mixtape together? I was working on the “Red Room” and we were gonna do the tape with Drama, but then Drama said that he didn’t want to be involved with any beefs. Even though I wasn’t beefing on the tape I just felt like if I wanted to then that was a decision that I felt that I could make and I didn’t want to factor in what Drama didn’t want to be part of so I got it done without Drama. Are you and DJ Drama cool? Oh yeah there are no bad feelings towards Drama or nothing. At what point did Pharrell become an executive producer of the R.E.D. album? After us gelling in the studio and working together so good I saw that we had taken shit to the next level so I asked him if he
wanted to be the executive producer of the album and he said “I would be delighted” and that is where it started. Can you tell me about who else is on there homie? Oh yeah we got all kinds of crazy features to tell you about starting off with of course Dre, Pharrell, Snoop, Beanie Sigel, Rick Ross, Nelly Furtado, Robin Thicke, Lupe Fiasco and Justin Timberlake to name a few. Nelly Furtado is known for her singing ability, how did that colabo work out?
Nelly Furtado would just come on and start singing like crazy. If I could put you in the mind of anything she probably could remind of you of Janet Jackson on this one. She came in and really did her thing. Who is in the Goon Squad? I got my partner “Juice” who hails from Arizona. How did you hook up with him? I have been knowing him for a minute. I have been grooming him for awhile now and he will probably be the first to jump out into the lime light to make an impact in hiphop. Sounds like he is pretty talented! Oh yeah I think he has got it figured out now man. He has been down for about 3 ½ years now so I know he is ready. Just been honing his craft and he has been studying. If you could learn from anyone why not you! Thanks man! Yeah I have been taking him around showing him different things and taking him around the world so I think he is finally ready to make his real life debut. I got confidence in him that he will be able to do his thing. Who else is on the roster? Next I got the homie X.O. who I have been rolling with since the beginning of my
career. How would you describe him? He reps L.A. like I do and he goes hard. He is a little bit more of a lyricist than me at this point and he is ready. He has been putting it down for a minute and I know he has what it takes also. Isn’t there a female member too? Yeah we got Kanary Diamonds which is a dope artist. She writes her own rhymes and she has been grinding for a minute. A lot of the classic camps always had a female on the team! Right exactly! That’s what I was saying because if you look throughout history many camps had a female who represented like how Rocafella had Ashanti and Junior Mafia had Lil’ Kim. I knew we aint gonna be able to get this off the ground without a girl. She looks good and is appealing to her fans and dudes and every time I read a comment about her they are always saying “She is sexy and she can spit!.” Every response on her has been nothing but positive. I also know that mixtapes have been big part of your arsenal over the years. Do you have DJs down with the Goon Squad? Yeah I got a bunch of DJs down with the team. DJ Skee for one has been down for awhile. Me and him started off as nobody and then we both ended up like this. He ended up as DJ Skee and I ended up as the Game so we came up from nothing. Also DJ Chris Styles is my tour DJ and he is putting in work plus DJ Haze and DJ Shake have also been holding it down so we got plenty of DJs in the mix. Since you came on the scene the west coast really got some life back. You have to give credit where credit is due. I know Snoop, Cube and them are still active but you helped rejuvenate too! At this point Snoop, Dre, and Cube are all so iconic that you have to understand they are in the west coast hiphop hall of fame man. It is up to us new cats to hold it down. and keep the torch burning.
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POLITICAL ASSASIN RACISM AND RAP hard to tell you exactly where I am from. I moved around a lot form the TriState area which is New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. I never really lived up in New York but most of if not all of my life I have been in New Jersey and Pennsylvania going back and forth. When I rap I say I am from Philly because I was born in the city. I lived in the city but most of my activities have been there. I would just meet friends there and hang out there with people on the block.
t a time when people in America and around the globe have become so judgmental and racist towards others, a Philadelphia MC steps up to the Mic to address that and speak for the ones whose voices cannot be heard while fighting the crooked political machine at the same time. Enter, Political Assassin, a lyrical monster hell bent on standing up for those who need voice and standing on the throats of those who try to silence the innocent. Down Low recently sat down with the gifted Mc to discuss his personal experiences with racism, his take on life and much more.
Can you tell me about yourself and where you are from? I am Political Assassin and it is
Can you describe your music? My music kind of speaks for itself but for those who are not experienced with the political side of rap, I try to speak on things and for people who don’t have a voice because a lot of people are not able to say what they have to say. Even some people who do get the opportunity to say what they gotta say fall back for the better of their career which is bull shit. Right now I feel like I haven’t done too much but it has been about a year and a half since I have been doing it. It is all about trying to get a message across while trying to have fun at the same time and make some good connections. When did you adopt the name “Political Assassin?” I am not sure how it came up but I was thinking about politics a lot and learning about the history of it. If you put the two words together “Political Assassin” it is to assassinate propaganda or politics. It is also my not stooping down to the level of pretending that things are this way when they are not. The word “Assassin” is actually not an English word and it comes from a language in the Middle East and the story of it comes from a group of people who
lived in the mountains in Turkey and they were assassins for hire. Aren’t you of Middle Eastern Decent? My Mom is form India and my Dad is from Pakistan and they are both Muslim and all of my family has always been Muslim. I know you were targeted by acts of racism because racists think you are of Middle Eastern descent even though you are Indian or Pakistani. What happened to you bro? There was a lot, there really was. Even before 911 I was subjected to ignorant bull shit. When the gulf war happened I suddenly have become Arab. Or further back when the Indiana Jones film came out I was made fun of for that. There was this one instance where I was walking through this crowd and this was after 911 and the crowd was mainly white and I was getting this horrible looks like I was an animal to these people and one of them waited until I was out of the crowd and spit on the back of my head. I couldn’t even do anything because it was just me. That’s fucked up man. I am sorry you had to endure things like that! Scott, its just ignorance and now I have a platform with my music to combat that ignorance. Tell me about your new album? The title of the album is called “Built from Struggle.” It is pretty easily defined. You will see the images on the cover to some which may be graphic or hard to handle. It depicts racism to the core and that is what I want to put in your face because it is still here. It exists in every way you can imagine. This is no gimmick this is reality. Interview by Scott Bejda
DAVY V RACE RELATIONS
encounters with racism. Perhaps I am more sensitized and aware of this issue than other Latinos. But what disgusts me, is not only the racism and hatred that White America has against Latinos, but the fact that many Latino, so called "leaders", "politicians", etc., get so "big headed" with their successes and achievements in life that they take on the mentality of "Oh well, that has nothing to do with me.", and simply choose to look the other way. Never once realizing that despite their accomplishments or level of success, to White America, they are still a Spic, Wetback or Beaner. Other Latinos have simply learned to accept White America's racism and have become complacent. Again, taking on a belief that if it doesn't affect them personally, then they really don't care. It seems that no one wants to talk about, confront or address words like Spic, Wetback and Beaner, all racial slurs commonly used by White America to describe Latino people. The funny thing is that as Latinos, we have all at one point in time or another, either been discriminated against or called a racial slur, or we at least know someone who has... So it does affect us all!
et's be honest... America is a racist country. It always has been, and it always will be. Racism and prejudice are embedded into its DNA, woven into it's fabric. America has had a long history of racism, it has infiltrated every aspect of American society and shows no sign of decreasing. It used to be that the the face of racism was largely black and white. Alot of times when we hear the word "racist", or "racism", we associate it with disturbing images of race riots in the 60's, and African-Americans being doused with fire hoses, as racist pigs sicked their police dogs on them. We also remember images such as signs in establishments reading "No Blacks Allowed" and even water fountains labeled "Whites Only". Nowadays, racism exists the same as ever, it's just not "in your face" as it once was... but it's there. It may not be an all out declaration of "White Power", but it's still there. It's in our children's schools, our colleges, in our police forces, even in the work world. We call it institutional racism. As a Latino, I have had my share of
It's almost as if White America has a complex when it comes to Latinos, sort of like a sick love/hate relationship. From white women who are attracted to Latino men, in some cases for their naturally tanned skin and darker features, our romanticism and passionate sex, or for what Latino men represent to their everyday, boring lives...excitement! Yet at the same time alot of these white women are quick to come out of their mouths with the nastiest, racial slurs against Latinos. Take for example, my daughter's mother, who called me a "Spic Cuban Motherfucker", I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, since her father, (my daughter's grandfather) called me a "Wetback". But it shows people's ignorance. My daughter's mother is of Irish/American Indian and Dutch descent. You would think she would know her own history, being that the Irish and Dutch, much like Latinos and many other nationalities were also immigrants who came to the United States. Also you would think that having a beautiful baby girl, who is half Latina, she would not be so ignorant as to call her daughter's father, a Spic!... I mean if I'm a Spic... Does that make our daughter half Spic? As for white men, they are in a constant state of hypervigilance because they know that white women are attracted to Latino men, and therefore because they are insecure, they feel intimidated by just the thought of a Latino man even coming close to their women! If it's one thing white men can't stand other than to see a white woman with a Black man, it's to see a white woman with a Latino man!
And just like the phenomenon where hip hop's documenting of minorities' inner city life struggles was adopted by white suburbanite kids from well to do homes as a form of rebelling against their own frustrations of not "fitting in"... in a sick and twisted way, alot of these white teens, the same ones who will bump some Cypress Hill or Lil' Wayne, are in many cases the same ones who are quick to call a minority a Spic or Nigger! Also, take for example, Hollywood's portrayal of Latinos in film. Back in the early through mid 1900's African-Americans were actually played by whites who dressed up in "blackface", coloring their faces black. Eventually, when African-Americans did appear in films, the only roles they were portrayed in were as butlers, maids, baggage handlers, etc. It seems that while these stereotypical roles of AfricanAmericans in films, for the most part are gone, Hollywood still seems to get a kick out of using Latinos in such stereotypical roles, such as nannies, maids, gangbangers, etc. Just recently, in the box office hit Paranormal Activity 2, who do you think played the nanny? Of course, a Latina. And while there are many Latino actors and actresses who have made a name for themselves in Hollywood, alot of them had to change their name in order to do so! Most people don't realize that Rita Hayworth, who rose to fame during the 1940's, and is listed in America Film Institute's Greatest Stars of All Time, was actually born Margarita Carmen Cansino, yes... Latina. And Martin Sheen, was actually born Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez, yes... Latino. When asked about his decision to change his name, he said "Whenever I would call for an appointment, whether it was for a job or an apartment, and I would give my name, there was always that hesitation and when I'd get there, the job or apartment was gone. So I thought, I got enough problems trying to get an acting job, so I invented Martin Sheen." And Martin Sheen's son, Charlie Sheen, was actually born Carlos Irwin Estevez. Most of White America never stops to realize what an important role Latinos and Latino culture has played in molding and shaping America. I mean if nothing else, just look at the names of some U.S.cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Santa Barabara, Santa Cruz, El Paso, all Spanish names!... and I could go on and on. And as far as the constant criticism and hatred that White America exhibits against migrant workers: Migrants do the job that Americans are too lazy to do. Point blank. â€œWetbackâ€? and "Beaner" are not just words. It is very important that we see and truly understand what these words represent. And that is a sick hatred against Latinos. FBI statistics show a dramatic increase in anti-Hispanic hate crimes. And sadly, hate groups are increasing due to anti-illegal immigration concerns. To be continued in #34
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Just hit the Eastside of the LBC on a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G. Seen a car full of girls ain't no need to tweak all you skirts know what's up with 213
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projects this year that are sure to set the rap game on fire. Down once again saat down with the German rhyme spitter to find out about his new ventures. We were talking in 2009 for the first time with you, what happened since then? Man it happened a lot. We were networking a lot and we builed an alliance with Themolishun Ent. C.O. tha! bad black & Hen-a-Cee joined the team and with those MC´s we are about to take over. I released a collabo album named U.S.G (United States Germany) with my homie C.O.The album title is Dopegame / Rapgame. This one is in Stores now. And as I said before we did a lot of networking to create some serious heat for 2011 starting of with my album Burger-King da G-funk album. Your new album Burger King has alot of features, tell me about them? Oh yeah! We have worked with a lot of legends on this album like Kokane, Yukmouth, Ant Banks, Ad Kapone from Totally Insane, J-Dawg from Black Menace, Tekpot & Tha Realest. We also will add some M-Town stuff like the homies Tommy Wright III & M.C. Mack, and of course my Chi-Town homie C.O. Tha! Bad Black and all of the B.R. Posse. It is a huge honor for me to work with those Mc´s man. Everyone named up there showed major love and it was motivating me very much to elevate my own skills as an Mc though! May God bless them and their families. 1 Luv!!
hen it comes to rap people tend to think of the United States. Right now especially people will focus most of their attention on Atlanta, but Burger Records and Themolishun Enterpryze are about to change that. DMB of Germany in a place he calls "S-Dub" is the CEO and one of the rappers on Burger Records and he is here to set the record straight. Not only does he have his own solo project full of legendary artists like Ant Banks, Tha Realest and Koakane to name a few, he is also putting out several other
Some of these guys like Ant Banks, and Tommy Wright have not been heard in years. What was it like to work with these guys? It was fun man. I was listening to those cats when I was a youngsta homie. Thats why I wanted to work with em, cause I dont care whats hip right now, I care about what I love and this is that 90´s G-rap fa real!! How much DMB will the fans get because of that much features? There is onyl a few songs on the album where 2 guests are on, like the song I did with renizance of Immortal Soldierz & da homie Dirtay called Up in my hood.
On each other song I drop at least 2 verses including 12 to 16 bars. After 3 albums with no or just a few features I felt like showing the fans that I can get along with the best of the best! You are a huge collector of rap cd´s , how do you feel about the digital area? As you said homie I am a Cd collector and huge fan of rapmusic. This means I only listen to cds. But its all good with the mp.3´s as long as people download em legal. Some playas are trying to feed their families with this music thing. Trying to stay off the streets and away from the pen. People downloading illegal dont think of this I guess. This shit needs to stop right now. If u like the music, download legal folks!! Your Brother "Intone" is also very musical. What does he do? Yeah he started this BR thing with me. Without him, we wouldn´t be here. Right now he isnt that much into producing rap beats. He is also big into electro music. He always wanted to put out an electro album, he is working on this one right now! I wish him all the best for this project!! But he did 2 beats for BK also. On one TW3 is on. Its called a bitch iza bitch and its a classic 110%. Most of your production was done by B-Dub who has many styles. Tell me about him? B-Dub not only helped me on the boards, he also helped me big time putting together this whole project. He is a playa 110% and I gots nuthing but love & respect for this man.God Bless! Anyone who needs beats, holler at us, we got the best price on the market! B is a straight beast on the boards fa sho!! He loves to do that G-funk but he can do anything man...he is producing that pure uncut dope! What do you have coming out in 2011? Besides the G-(erman) funk album C.O. will drop a solo called Themi-God, We will release a compilation named Underground Society plus Hen-a-Cee will release EP or maybe an album. To be continued in #34 June.
JAKE LAMOTTA T HE F IGHT E R
Ray Robinson. Was that pretty amazing when you beat Sugar Ray? Oh yeah it was something! You had six fights with him, what can you say about him? He was the greatest champion of all time. Did you and Sugar Ray become friends outside of the ring? Yeah we were friends and we respected one another. Do you watch boxing now? Yeah I watch it. Who is one of the better fighters of today’s era? There isn’t one guy that I could really pick out. Today is a little bit too quiet. It was more exciting in the era when I was fighting. I would say there were more legendary fighters in your era!
Well it is that I had over 100 pro fights. I had 106 fights and now a lot of these guys will have about 20 fights and that is it.
hen it comes to boxing you cannot mention the word in the same breath with out saying names like “The Raging Bull.” Jake LaMotta had over 100 pro fights with many accolades that including being the 1st fighter to beat the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson, Winning the Middle Weight Title from Marcel Cedan in 1949, and having an Oscar Winning performance by Robert De Niro Portraying his life in the classic Martin Scorsese directed “Raging Bull.” The film depicted many dark sides to the great champion but being such a boxing fan I chose to honor and respect the legacy to the now 89 year old Boxing Icon who is still surprisingly witty, sharp, and down to earth after taking 1,000’s of punches to the head. Ironically our magazine is called “Down”, but as Jake LaMotta told Sugar Ray 60
Robinson after taking one of the worst beatings a fighter has ever taken in the sport’s history “I never went down Ray!” How are you doing Mr. LaMotta? I am doing good. What can I do for you? I just have a few questions for you. What would you say is your most memorable fight?
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Did you know Tony Zale? Tony Zale was a good fighter but he was knocked out by Marcel Cedan and I knocked out Marcel Cedan. Raging Bull was a classic boxing film, for people who haven’t seen it can you tell them about it? Raging Bull was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and super star Robert De Niro won the Oscar for Best Actor and it is one of the greatest sports movies of all times. Did you see the Cinderella Man? Yeah that was a good movie too but it didn’t compare to Raging Bull. I liked both films but I agree! I am trying to have a Raging Bull 2 made about my life from the early 1960s until now. Wow that sounds great! I want to get De Niro again but he is very busy. When is this supposed to happen? It has to be right and I was the right people involved in order for it to happen. Good luck with that. Before we go I just want to say it was a huge honor Jake. No problem. Thank you.
CALVIN CRABTREE Would it be fair to say that your music reflects what you went through in life? Yeah some of it is, well a lot of it is. I write about a lot of the stuff but I also got a couple party songs. I got songs with meaning that will make you think and stuff that you could enjoy. Its coming from my heart. When the fans get my music they will be getting me 100% How do people feel about your music? When I do shows people feel what I do but there is always that one person in the crowd that will hate me but that is when I try to at least reach that person. What is the meaning behind your album “Trading Love and War Stories?” It has to do with the good and the bad times in my life. There are party songs mixed with songs that have meaning. There are always songs about bad relationships because sometimes when you love somebody bad things happen and that is what the title is about. How old are you? 19
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You grew up in a real small town in Kentucky, what was it like growing up there? It is kind of hard for me to remember because when I was real young my parents had died. I’m sorry to hear that man. What happened? They got shot in a robbery for what little they did have because they didn’t have much. All I remember is stories form what my Grandmother had told me. I know I was born in a wheat field and my Mother carried me about a half of mile up the road to my Daddy who could hardly believe it. So you were raised by your Grandparents? Yeah soon after my parents got killed I moved to Arkansas to live with my Grandparents. And they ended up dying in a fire so I lost them too. Sorry to hear with all of the losses in your life. How did you cope because a lot of people would have just thrown in the towel and said fuck it? I have had supportive friends and distant relatives around that kept me motivated and kept me going. I just know through religion and things like that I will see better days. I know that all the stuff I had been through obviously led me to here.
At what age did you devleope a talent? I always loved rap because it was something I always loved and enjoyed. I did some school talent shows and people always said “yo spit a rap!” It wasn’t that I was trying to push it, people were pushing me because they liked my style. If it weren’t for people pushing it then I wouldn’t be where I am at today. They pushed me to pursue a career in it ! When is the album coming out? Trading Love and War Stories is out right now but I am working on anew one called “Shoebox Memories.” What is behind “Shoebox Memories?” Everybody has things that have to be spoken about and Shoebox Memories is about stuff on my chest that I have to get out and talk about. Everybody has a shoebox full of letters underneath their bed or somewhere. It is about some of the stuff I went through as a kid. It will drop with in a couple months. To check out Calvin Crabtree’s music go to www.myspace.com/corporaterecordlabel www.facebook.com/calvincrabtree
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KOBE BRYANT MVP JIMMY TSAI TALKS MOVIES & THE NBA â€œDon't know, don't care," Kobe Bryant said when asked about the teams criticisms thus far. "People that criticize, they can all kiss my ass. I don't give a shit. I really don't. I keep the train moving. We're gonna keep on moving and in June, they'll say nothing."
exec produced in some capacity that are seeing the light of day. A Small Act is a heartwarming documentary we're involved with that played on HBO last year and is playing on the festival circuit right now here and around the world. It'll be available on DVD in May of this year. Then there are two narrative features that we're really excited about as well. The first one is Dirty Girl, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and was subsequently picked up for distribution by the Weinstein company. They'll release it theatrically later this year. And the other one is called Puncture, and it'll have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. We're hoping it'll get picked up there and put out in theaters later this year as well. Growing up Chinese were you more like Jin or a nerd? I was definitely more of a nerd. Probably slightly better socially-adjusted than stereotypical nerds. I guess you could say I was like the kid in Rushmore who was head of all these various clubs and running his own productions at the same time. Except I wasn't a dumbass like him; I actually made good grades. Ha ha!
In the movie you had damn near every basketball jersey on are that that much of a fan? Jimmy Tsai: I am a HUGE NBA fan. Have been since I was a little kid. That part is definitely autobiographical. We got a huge assist from the NBA because not only did they give us permission to use their jerseys on film, but they actually sent all those jerseys for us to use. For free!!! A couple were actually ones from my own personal collection, but the overwhelming majority was from the NBA. I guess it was good marketing for them as well, as long as their was an actual audience for the movie! Name some of your favorite rappers or RNB groups? Boyz II Men is my all-time favorite in terms of R&B groups. Then there's Babyface. Bell Biv Devoe. And let me not forget Brian McKnight. If you go just a little further back, then Smokey Robinson, too. And if we're talking really recent, then I definitely have to show some love for Far East Movement! Jimmy top 5 movies in no particular order? A Bullet in the Head. A Better Tomorrow. The Killer. The Usual Suspects. And...let's
say Robocop. Or The Bride With White Hair. Ack - too many to choose from. Yeah, I know - three of those are John Woo movies, but I was definitely bred on Hong Kong movies back in the day. I almost put Face/Off in there, too - that's, by far, his best American movie. Who were some of the actors in Ping Pong Playa? We had some amazing actors in Ping Pong Playa - some of them you might recognize from the TV world, like Smith Cho, who plays my love interest and who was on the recent incarnation of Knight Rider. Then you also have my parents, played by Jim Lau and Elizabeth Sung, both seasoned veterans in the acting world. Then, of course, there's my brother, Roger Fan, who's been in a number of seminal movies in recent Asian American cinema like Better Luck Tomorrow. C-dub's best friend, J.P. Money, is played by Khary Payton who a lot of people might actually recognize by his voice since he does a lot of voiceover work. He's done a lot of tv shows like Teen Titans and video game work, too. You do some production what are the new movies or production you are working on? It's a great time right now for the production company I work for, Cherry Sky Films. We have a number of films that we produced or WWW.DOWNMAGAZINE.BIZ
Do you think movies have become artistically better? I think there have always been great artistic movies made through all the different decades and periods since the invention of cinema. There are definitely great movies still being made but there is so much crap being made at the same time. The problem, these days, is that it costs so much more and it takes so much more resource to gain attention that people are having to sift through a lot of crap to find the potential gems. Back in the day, when selfdistribution was a very limited option, the distribution apparatus acted as a filtration system. It still does, in many ways, but it's not working as well as it used to.
KELLY ROWLAND y winner M o t i v a t i o n a n d 5 t i m e G ra m m and I asked him if he would get We were both at a Miami Heat game studio and played e th to nt we I h!” ea “Y e lik s wa he d on the record an ” it for him and he said “Oh yeah, I’m in! iew Scott Bejda photo Randall Slavin interv
s a part of Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland achieved major success contributing to the group’s status as one of the most successful female R&B group’s of all time. As a solo artist Kelly as shine just as brightly winning awards, having hit records, hosting TV shows, and acting in motion pictures. Enter 2011, and Kelly is poised for success yet again with her 3rd solo effort. Her single “Motivation”
featuring Lil Wayne is already an infectious hit and from the looks of things her album will follow in the footsteps of the single. You new song “Motivation” with Lil’ Wayne is heating up right now. How was it to work with one of rap’s most successful stars?
I like working with Wayne and even what he does away from music is cool. I like working with Wayne. We worked with him before years ago and it was fun also. I wanted the opportunity to work with him again and I felt that I could hear him on this record before it was done. Celebrities have stories of how projects or collaborations came together. How did you seal the deal with Lil Wayne being on the “Motivation” song? We were both at a Miami Heat game and I asked him if he would get on the record and he was like “Yeah!” I went to the studio and played it for him and he said “Oh yeah, I’m in!” What is the perception of the record? Are a lot of people diggin’ it right now? Absolutely! From what I am seeing people are loving it. It is really cool when you go through the airport and people are coming up to you saying “Yo, I love the record!” It’s a good feeling! This is pretty much a precursor for your album. Do you have a title for it? I do have a title but I am not ready to tell it yet. What makes you most proud about the new album? I think what makes me most proud is that I didn’t limit myself or bound myself. For so long I allowed people to do that for me and on this record I decided I was gonna just make music that feels good. It all sounds great and it all belongs on the same record or body of work.
What kind of release date are you looking for? I don’t have a specific release date. You know how release dates are. I don’t want my fans to anticipate something and it not come out on that specific date. I want to give my fans a hard date and that takes time and when all that is done I will let them know. We all know the success of last time when you and Nelly collaborated, you guys won a Grammy for “Dilemma”, how was it to work with him again on his single “Gone?” Nelly collaborations are always fun. This one came about the same way that Dilemma did as they called me and told me to come up to the studio. It was almost 12 o’clock at night and I was tired and my Mother was in town visiting me and she went up to the studio with me and we did “Gone” and it was just that easy. You have this album coming out, you host shows and act, where do you find time? I think you make time for it. That is all you can do. Being that this is your third album, what are people going to hear that is different from your two previous solo albums? They are going to hear a woman. I think that with this one it is absolutely just feeling like a woman. I fell back in love with music again on this album.
NELLY CONTINUED is totally different now. I think people are more into the come up and the lifestyle verses having a love for music. Real talk, is there anything else you want to add? Just want to shout out the whole St. Louis area and be on the look out for the new St. Lunatic album coming real soon. GAME INTERVIEW CONTINUED Where would you like to see west coast rap in the next five years? I would like to see it back where it was when the Death Row dynasty was around when it was just us. Not to take anything away from the South because even back then the south had Scarface and all those cats putting it down and New York had it poppin with DMX and them but I would like it to swing back our way for a minute so these new cats could get a chance to eat and shine and be glad that they are a part of something because we are the mighty west coast. Is there anything you want to ad homie? Just support the music!
I am a fan of horror flicks and the two biggest big screen slashes are Jason and Freddy. Were you scared to have to go up against both of them?
I was scared in the scene where Jason was coming through the hospital and busting through the glass. When you see the horror on my face that was not an act! I was genuinely scared! Before we go if there was one thing you would like to say to your fans what would it be? Thank you! A huge thank you from the tip of my soul and being because they stick by me and go through everything for me! I love them very much! Interview by Scott Bejda
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