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""I bought records on the basis of the cover all the time and that’s actually how I discovered Lalo Schifrin. Then you start putting composers and time periods together and you realize that if you like a certain record label then you’re going to like most of the bands on that label. So for me it was like, "Okay, that’s Enter The Dragon. But hang on, wait, that’s the same guy as Dirty Harry and that’s the same guy as Mission: Impossible.""

Devon E. Levins (of Morricone Youth) on the search for the perfect soundtrack.


The Awesome 2 Story

Teddy Ted: “I first met Eric B and he brought us this record [“Eric B Is President”] and he asked us to help him and I listened to it in the headphones and was like, “Alright, I’ll play it now,” ‘cause it sounded dope. So when Rakim later said, “Teddy Ted and Special K was the first ones to play it,” [in “Remember That”] that’s what he meant. We played it on the radio too, but we played it first in the Latin Quarter.”

More talk about radio days with Teddy Ted and Special K over at RBMA.

“We weren’t trying to make a record – we were trying to make a breakbeat.”Charlie Ahearn helps recount the story of the Wild Style breakbeats.(Image courtesy of Charlie Ahearn and Kenny Dope.)

“We weren’t trying to make a record – we were trying to make a breakbeat.”

Charlie Ahearn helps recount the story of the Wild Style breakbeats.

(Image courtesy of Charlie Ahearn and Kenny Dope.)


Talking Comedy and Raps (and Raps With Comedy) With Jean Grae

"I didn’t feel it bombed because I thought it was hilarious, but Hannibal Buress was doing a Knitting Factory show and he wanted a musical guest and he asked me to suggest some. I suggested some people and I think they were out of town and I was like, “Well, alternatively I can bring my band. You know, my new band that I just made up right now. We can do lounge versions of Mos Def songs.” He was like “Yeah, let’s do that.” I have never cleared a room so fast.

"It was packed and about halfway through “Boogie Man” people were just leaving. It was myself and my friend Kwame [Brandt-Pierce] on the keyboard and we don’t stop; my friends are at the front crying with laughter but people are leaving so fast. We get through both of our songs and there are maybe just ten people left in the room. Hannibal is not coming back on stage. So then I went on and did some jokes about cocaine for another five minutes. [pauses] We were also called… Let me find the flyer for you [searches through iPhone pictures]. I have to tell you, I thought it was hilarious. We just played for the wrong audience – you have to have a crowd that’s gonna appreciate you doing only lounge-jazz versions of Mos Def songs.”

More comedic musings over at RBMA.


The Making of Non Phixion’s The Future Is Now


Goretex: “When I make a reference to two dollar sandwiches in the song “We Are The Future,” there was a place not far from the projects, like a Dominican place, and we were cool with the guys. Me and Ill Bill would go there because other sandwiches in the area were like $5 or $6 and sometimes we didn’t have that so we figured we’d put a dollar in together and figure out how the hell we were gonna eat. The Dominican deli would hook us up the best; we’d have turkey and cheese, roast beef and cheese, salami and cheese, whatever.

"One day I’m watching the news at six in the morning on ABC and the 20/20 thing was on gun dealing in Brooklyn and all of a sudden I see the deli and there’s a guy on camera trying to buy guns from one of the owners, one of the Dominican guys. I keep watching and you can see me in the background holding my money, picking out drinks, waiting to be served. That was like the most bizarre thing to see yourself in the news when they’re trying to set-up some guys for a huge gun deal. So when I think of two dollar sandwiches, I think of the Dominican deli.”

More behind-the-scenes anecdotes over at MySpace.

(Pic courtesy of Get On Down.)

"Dr. Oz said he’s only just coming to grips with the voices in his head. Not voices in a mysterious way, but the ones asking why you haven’t succeeded enough, or why you didn’t go further in education, or why you’re not married by now. Dr. Oz only just realized it’s not taboo to deal with those voices that cause you anxiety or depression. That’s the release of pressure my album addresses."

Pharoahe Monch vs. Dr. Oz.