"The truth is, we make a mistake when we think that generations can be separated. The truth is, you need me so that I have shoulders you can stand on. And you need me so that you have shoulders somebody else can stand on. We are one. And to separate us and decide that we'll be polarized, is ridiculous, it's stupid, and it's dangerous."
- Dr. Maya Angelou
"I am responsible to that 5 year old, that 15 year old, that 30 year old, that 55, I am responsible to you. And I try to live my life as a responsible teacher, giver. Yes, I try to live my life that way. So that I will encourage Common to live his life that way, and this is what he's doing with Common Ground Foundation. He's living his life, so that younger people can stand on his shoulders. That's about right."
- Dr. Maya Angelou
Props to our newest correspondent Jeff Baraka, making his Gowhere debut in the video, and to the director Cam Be who presents the powerful content to another level. This is one of our most rewarding interviews to be able to speak with such great beings of light and love, and to have some of their virtue rub off on the Gowhere team!
Soulful melodies filled the air all through The Shrine on April 16th during Loose Ends' rich, energetic performance.
After they set the stage on fire, I sat down with Loose Ends' Jane Eugene and she opened her heart and mind to me answering every question I had with witty enthusiasm.
Cam Be has taken the interview and incorporated it in with the concert performance for those of you who missed it.
"Residing on Chicago's northside, Astonish embodies the city's capacity to produce a street-smart lyricist with enough intelligent swagger to hold his own in the midst of both the thugs and the backpackers. Having been reared in a diverse musical environment, Astonish gained a unique eclectic auditory experience that has helped him develop his balanced approach to music. Between the old-school soul records of his grandparents' era, his father's penchant for NWA, his mother's persistence in developing his creative artistry, and his own musical delving with everything from Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap, R&B, and Alternative Rock: Astonish's rhymes convey a multitude of topics that reflects this musical heritage.Having joined up with the legendary Molemen collective at the young age of 21, he wasted no time in taking advantage of a very strong opportunity to allow his dream of becoming an internationally respected emcee to be realized. Utilizing beats by the Molemen camp, Dj O-Zone, and his own producer, Cucs, Astonish got Chicago acquainted with his style with an EP at the beginning of 2008, entitled "From Now Until Forever". The EP was received with high regard within the hip hop community and spread across blogs and websites worldwide pushing Astonish into being one of the upcoming talents to keep an ear on."
- Astonish's Facebook Page
"I never really lived in a calm neighborhood or anything. All of them were energetic and not in a good way. But the negativity of my neighborhood never really effected me. OR inspired me. My childhood friends that I grew up with were the main inspiration. The way they showed me MAAAAD love when it came to my music was amazing. They're proud of me and they support me to the fullest. And when you live in Chicago thats hard to accomplish. Chicago is the city of hate, every REAL artist out here knows that. But now it's just to make my fam and friends proud. I have too much pride to do all of this and end up with nothing. I refuse to look like a fool 10 years from now with nothing to show from this. Pride isn't my downfall, my pride uplifts me."
- Goonie J
One of the songs that really stuck with me was "Think It Over" from his latest album Airtight's Revenge, and Cam Be caught every moment of it for you to see, along with a snippet from my interview with him after the show.
I had the opportunity to build with Blu for a quick minute as the event was winding down. Not one to ruin the groove, we took to the back room not to disturb the party. I just wanted to go to a quiet space where I could hear what Blu had to say and also get some decent soundbites. I'll let you be the judge on how that worked out. Big shouts to the dude who kept opening the back door while the interview was going on. *Tiger fist*
As a bonus, I took the liberty to transcribe a few notable Blu quotes below from the interview. You're welcome.
Much propers to Blu also for being a student of the game. It's refreshing to hear artists discuss their influences and pay homage.
Without further adieu, check out my Blu interview as he also speaks on what makes a top-notch emcee, the difficulty of rhyming and beatmaking (he does both), and "dope-obscure-rapper" swag lol. Bloggers be quiet. He has quite a few upcoming projects on deckington. You gotta be patient with greatness. Be on the look out this summer for his new LP, No York, and also some new collabs. Groove!
On the future of music:"The future of music is the future of the people. Music, just like any good art form, follow the will of the people and where the people go. Every once in a while you have leaders in the music like a Bob Marley or a Fela Kuti, or a Nina Simone or people who step outside of music and become citizens of the world. But for the most part, musicians are the voice of the struggle, or the voice of the people and it's up to the people to inspire the musicians to write songs about them."
On the upcoming album, Prisoner Of Consciousness:"That album is in its infant stages, even though it's something I've been talking about for a long time. There are prisoners of consciousness all over the world. And the idea of me being an artist who's considered a conscious artist. Sometimes people put me in a metaphorical or symbolic box to whereas my music is not placed on the same pedestal as some of the more mainstream acts. And it feels like sometimes. So with this album, what my goal is is to go deeper into the struggle and maybe even make my most conscious album to date, but to do it in a way where the music is so quality and so good that you could never ever ever front on it - that's really what my goal is with this album."
Definitely check these guys out and give them a listen. You would not go wrong with downloading all of their tracks here, but the one above is a must download and will give you a taste.
The Five One and I talk about the many new things they are working on, what it was like for them to perform in Baltimore, and the unavoidable question of the idea behind the COLOR.
Check out the other bands and artists, below, that performed at The Baltimore Hip Hop Showcase, such as Soul Cannon, E Major, and A Cool Stick. All of these artists are local Baltimore talent and are making their music known citywide and beyond.
On the state of hip hop:"When you got to break hip hop off in different categories, then yeah, there's a possibility that it may be dead. But you know, rap music is still alive and the youth - they still embrace it and it's become a lucrative business. From that aspect, I think it's a beautiful thing."
- Renner's Motocross Tour / Fuel TV
- HBOs Real Sex Documentary series
- Kimora: Life In the Fab Lane
- Biography: 50 Cent
- Biography: Eminem
- Biography: Robert Deniro
- NBA TV
- Wieden & Kennedy (Seattle based Ad Agency)
Check out my first interview with Stylez, Prophecy, and LoveMusiq from Napocalypse Entertainment at The University of Maryland, College Park. My boy Sam Jordan helped me film the interview while I asked the guys about how Napocalypse got started, what they have to say when they pick up the mic, and when new music is on the way!
Stay tuned for upcoming projects from Napocalypse Entertainment, as well as individual works by Stylez, Prophecy, and LoveMusiq. Meanwhile check out Stylez, Prophecy, and LoveMusiq on Facebook where you can listen to several tracks by the guys from Napocalypse Entertainment. Enjoy!
What is good GWHH readers!? Since this is my first post I will tell a little about myself first. My name is E and I am a correspondent from Kansas City, currently enrolled at K-State and also co-host of a Hip Hop show called "Then EnJ Show".
Above is an interview I did with New Jersey's own Neako! It covers his mixtape LOUDpack Vol. 1, upcoming projects, what he draws inspiration from and much more. Hit the link for the rest. Also in cased you missed out on Neako's LOUDpack Vol. 1 you can pick that up above. Enjoy!
"For the future, be true to yourself. If you're gonna be influenced by someone be influenced by them. Don't cop them so much that you're a clone. No one wants to deal with a clone. There's not that much more substance in being a clone, but definitely be influenced by people...take what you can from that and sculpt it into your own situation. In doing so, you'll be happy and I think your people will be happy listening to what you do."- Ali Shaheed Muhammad
On the Behind Da Scenes Entertainment Controversy:"I don't really know nothing about that. What I do know is that's fam. These wasn't just colleagues or business acquaintances, when you're working with people and around people, it becomes more like a family. It's unfortunate, these are not people you would consider crooks; these are generally good people... [On how it affects him] It's absolute and completely total motivation, man... I'm not going nowhere and it made me a million times stronger. Now of course, you got to deal with the emotional and mental anguish of it. Losing good people, good friends, that's never good. We've seen this story before though, we all deal with losses."
On the importance of blogs for artists:"The relationship between artists and blogs is everything. It's like a relationship between a best friend; you guys are our biggest asset. The artists are nothing without blogs. We're talking about getting started... you guys open up that venue so for that to be shut down, anybody comin' after, from now on, it's gonna be hard to position yourself."
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"I have a quest to have a mic in my hand...without that, its like cryptonite and superman//so Shaheed come in with the sugarcuts, Phife Dawg's my name but on stage call me dyno-mutt."- Phife Dawg "Award Tour"
On Dark Room and Photo Album:"Dark Room is the prelude to the Photo Album. The Photo Album is a little more glossy. When you get Dark Room, you get the hungriest Mikk... you remember how DMX did the game and he came out with 2 albums in a 6 or 7 month period? As soon as we shoot the last video for Dark Room, we shootin' the first video for Photo Album, and I'm not waiting on no label. The reason why I turned down the deal for Dark Room is because they wanted to put it out in the spring. And I said no, we doin' it this year, 2010!
"Imagery. Museum in Sicily, lookin' for Mona Lisa in Italy,No more writing my rhymes down, this is calligraphy,When I'm done, ya'll will cheer, who you know with this ability?""Life's like art without an eraser, you better watch how you draw with it,I do this per diem, cuz I been realer feelin' like Ben Stiller spending nights in the museum."
On the delay of I'm Better Than You:"It was supposed to drop August 24th and my laptop got stolen August 17th. And all my raps and all my final drafts of the songs and some of the beats were on there. If I didn't get that laptop stolen, I wouldn't have done "Diamond Dust", I wouldn't have done "Melodic Nightmares", I wouldn't have done "Inner Love". I did have somethin' on there that didn't make it, which will probably come out on another mixtape before the album drops, which nobody knows about 'til now."On The Achievement:"I want it to be somethin' that will resonate with people not just me being successful, but people just enjoying the successes and aspirations of life... It's not really gonna be my full on story, it's gonna be the conclusion to The Leak series."
It went up at Sneaker Pimps 2010! Stay tuned for some footage, as I chopped it up with a lot of great artists in Chicago this weekend including Raekwon the Wu-rhymer himself and special guests GLC, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Phil Ade, Thee Tom Hardy, DJ BWS, Mikkey Halsted, YP, Black Orchard, and PAYPA of Project Mayhem.
The night was wild. Sneaker afficionados and hip-hop lovers alike rocked with great performance after great performance Saturday. Shouts to all the artists who did their thing at Sneaker Pimps, especially artists that repped Chicago.
After the show, I caught up with Raekwon to hear his thoughts concerning the Sneaker Pimps tour and the culture of fly sneakers today. The Chef and I, also chopped it up about No I.D, Kanye, and the Justin Bieber collab via Twitter. I would be remiss if I didnt mention Rae's Charlie Wilson impersonation. haha...Lord, lord, lord... The Staten Island emcee took it to the bridge with that one. Pun intended. Check out the interview above, and keep it locked for more Sneaker Pimps coverage here at GWHH. Groove!
"One of the most important quotes I live by is, 'imagination is more important than knowledge.. Dreams are so important. Without dreams, you got nothing.'"- Big Sean
Outkast's Big Boi, Travie McCoy, Chiddy Bang, and even G.O.O.D music's Big Sean came out to jam at the Congress Theater, last Friday.
Shouts to Big Sean and road manager Dillaman for showing Gowhere Hip-hop excess love as well. Peep the interview with Gowhere Hip Hop's Jen DeLeon here.
As far as performances, I was impressed with the whole set. Travie McCoy and Chiddy Bang did their thing. Philly native Chiddy even brought out Big Sean to perform their collab "Too Fake."
The surprises kept on coming as the ATLien himself rocked the Congress, performing verses from many classics like "Rosa Parks", "Kryptonite", "So Fresh, So Clean", "Ms. Jackson", and "The Way You Move". Big Boi even got southernplayalistic with it, performing raps off "Player's Ball" and "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" from Outkast's debut album of the same title.
Mogs in the crowd were acting extra rowdy and I was in the middle of it. The Congress theater crowd particularly went donkey kong after Big Boi performed "General Patton" (a joint off his new album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty).
Moving along, you guys are probably wondering why I didn't have a mic for the interview. Well, the reason was because it wasn't supposed to happen! Sir Lucious Leftfoot showed me love even when his team was trying to rush him out of Congress Theater. It was a classic moment of real recognizing real. To be honest, it was refreshing because a big artist like Big Boi could've easily treated my life (and a couple artists have. No hard feelings.) Charge it to the game is how the saying goes. *Shrugs* Being from the Chi, I dont let inconsequential things like that get to me. I just wanted to share that with you all because I was hella gracious of the love shown.
Shouts to Sir Lucious Leftfoot!!!
Without further ado, check out the interview above of Big Boi and myself. He talks Cee-Lo and his Dungeon Family, his bro Andre 3000's upcoming project, and how he marinates the game. Hahahaha. Interesting wordplay on his approach. It was my distinct pleasure.
Short Dog showed his sense of humor as he took the liberty of calling everyone in attendance his most favorite word on numerous occasions. He even shared his special term of endearment with Shrine's female bartending staff calling them, "sexy b&#$@s" as he shook their hands.
In quite possibly the first ever tongue twister involving words that start with 'I', it's the Israel Idonije interview with Gowhere Hip Hop. I had the pleasure of talking with the humble Chicago Bears defensive lineman at the Enclave red carpet the other night. We first discussed the charitable contributions of Dwyane Wade's World Foundation before proceeding to discuss Israel Idonije's own foundation: the... wait for it... Israel Idonije Foundation. In all seriousness, Israel Idonije's foundation assists families around Chicago and globally who have suffered from the decline in the economy. With school already in session, Idonije details some plans his foundation has to get involved with the Chicagoland schools.
Common was one of many stars to grace the red carpet at Enclave here in Chicago last night for the first night of Dwyane Wade's World Foundation weekend takeover. Naturally, he talked about his support for Just Wright co-star Dwayne Wade's Foundation event before moving on to talking about yesterday's video premiere of "Wake Up Everybody". In fact, Tibs broke the news to Common that the video had been released! After that humorous realization, Common shared a memorable story from the set before one final question about the upcoming album, The Believer. We can expect "soulful music... and... good stuff"! Unfortunately, those were all the comments we were able to grab from Common about the album since he was being pulled off the red carpet - literally! I do believe that we'll see some more of that G.O.O.D. Music from The Believer in the near future and that Common will continue his successful music and acting career in the rest of 2010 and beyond. As a bonus, if you're like Common and missed the video premiere of "Wake Up Everybody", watch it below and stay tuned for more coverage of Dwyane Wade's World Foundation in Chicago this weekend! Enjoy!
As I digress, opening act The Skwod, who also have placement on GLC's new album Love, Life, and Loyalty proved why they're one of Chicago's most on the rise emcees. Shouts to J-Oneder, Ka'Ron, and the whole Skwod fam. Stay Humble spitter YP did not disappoint the crowd either as he brought raw lyrics and unbridled enthusiasm to his set. Everybody in the building had their C's in the air (an endearing ode for everyone's love for Chicago) and so was the ism.
It was a fun interview and I appreciated the time spent with the veteran Chicago player. Shouts to him and his manager/b-day boy Geno. Mogs definitely embraced a young lad's concept. Be on the lookout for a new GLC mixtape dropping before the album called Respect My Come Up Vol. 2: The Ism and of course the new album dropping this fall... Lastly check out the video below, which includes some performances from that night by Hollywood Holt, Really Doe, and GLC. Enjoy the week, ya'll!
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Last night, The Cool Kids attracted a crowd alright -- a PACKED one, but only to tackle em!
Maks G and I were amongst the sold-out capacity Cool Kids show at Reggie's Rock Club. Theophilus London did his thing as an opening act and WGCI's DJ Timbuck2 also kept the crowd rocking. Molten lava rocking! It was hotter than giardiniera peppers inside Reggie's. You would have thought The Cool Kids, clad in their patented retro sports gear, were there to cool off the masses. No bet! Instead, they turned up the heat on the all-ages set and broke the lever.
As you might have gathered, I was very pleased with The Cool Kids groove. They had goo gobs of energy. They rocked a highly smooth show (a real robust one at that). They performed much of their old and current material, from That's Stupid, to their newly released Tacklebox mixtape, all to live instrumentation. It is something that I've never seen from them before, which Chuck Inglish expounded on in our interview. Low key, the interview was more like one giant building session. Unfortunately, the battery on the camera died. I know, treated! Maks G still got some great footage of the throwback clad warriors conversing with me about instant gratification in the industry, the WWE-esque aspect of the rap game, and "flodging." Good times like always. Shouts to Rich Parry, Big Z, Skooda Chose, DJ Mano, Andrew Barber, and Hustle Simmons who were also in attendance.
Detroit rapper Boldy James and Tennille, who are also featured on a few Cool Kids records, both performed during the set also. I'm looking forward to hearing more from them, especially Boldy.
After the show, I had to tease Chuck Inglish a little for rocking that Kansas City Royals jersey. It was a pseudo-dagger stab, but not really! I had to honor him because it was a Bo Jackson jersey! Shouts to both of those dudes and Mikey Rocks for rocking the forever classic Jordan #45 Birmingham Baron joint. A south-side enthusiast and avid fan of the current 1st place White Sox peeped. Kudos for that! Don't be surprised if the good guys win another a championship, btw.
Hopefully, it wont rain tonight. And even if it does, still go kick it...
Producer: Authentik Made - Released June, 2009
What's up everyone this is GY312, a new GWHH correspondent here to bring you all the best exclusive underground content from right here in Chicago! This past Saturday the Gowhere fam (Maks G, Sgt. Tibs, and I), slid by the brand spanking new PHLI store. A bigger, better, PHLI store smack dab in the middle of Hyde Park... might I add.
Needless to say, it was quite the groove! We were there checking out the Chicago Stomp The Violence pre-event, and also to see fellow SIU alum and writer/rhyme spitter Brandon "Real T@lk" Williams.
In our interview above, we talked about violence in Chicago, life after The Source Unsigned Hype (June 09) accolade, his mixtape "The Mo Betta Tape," as well as writing a critically acclaimed play on college life, and of course his future projects. Big shouts to that dude! I enjoyed interviewing him and he mur-didly-urdered(murdered!) the artist showcase! No Ned Flanders in attendance, just lots of good people, lots of good energy. Shouts to PHLI czar Dave Jeff! Always on business. His PHLI brand extends past fashion and he remains a very exemplary presence in the community. Shouts to my dude Gideon, also. I definitely had to cop a few PHLI garbs. Thank you "Steve Jeff." Haha.
Last but not least, make sure you all go check out the official Chicago Stomp The Violence stepshow event August 6th at Congress Theater to support the cause. The discount promo code is clout. Peace!
Lindsey, Naagy, Musiq Soulchild, & Jen DeLeon
When I first got there, the person in charge of the event, Sheri, was very nice and asked if I wanted to interview other NFL players that were in attendance. My first interview was with Copeland Bryan of the Detroit Lions, and he was definitely a nice guy. When the interview was over, I had some time to kill before Briggs was back from his break, so we played a little bit of catch with some of the students. Bryan thought that I wouldn't be able to catch a ball for my life, so he was throwing the football underhand because he didn't want to hurt me. Let's just say -- I proved all of them wrong (which you can see in the video). While we were playing I was calling him out: "Umm.. you're in the NFL, so throw it like that and stop throwing like a girl!" Then he actually did throw it, and I missed and it hit my stomach - embarrassing.
About 10 minutes later, I got to interview Briggs who was also a very nice guy. Anytime a student or someone at the event came up to him, he took the time to speak with them and it really showed good character.
I love what DTLR, Briggs, and the other individuals who participated did with this event. They are really trying to make a difference, and it's definitely having a positive impact on these students.
Check out the video and GO BEARS! And well, I have to say GO DETROIT! Only because Bryan was a real nice guy, and I will be rooting for him in the season as well.
"There's only one Andre 3000. What people gotta do is let B.o.B be B.o.B. I can understand people tryin' to compare somebody with somebody or try to associate somethin' with that they're familiar with but there's only one 3 Stacks, baby. B.o.B is very talented, very dope; let B.o.B create his own identity... just let B.o.B get his shine."
GWHH: How do you see the collective consciousness change from then to now?
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DC: I have always been into clothing. A lot of people say that they are into clothing but I have been independently studying clothing, fashion, and trends ever since I can remember. I was always into the newest, the freshest. I was sportin Hilfiger cable knits in Elementary (thanks moms). I remember killin em with my Azure Blue Versace polo back in middle school. I've always been on some sort of fashion. It wasn't until college I discovered streetwear, which merged so many cultures into one. As I started following the movement and really getting into the culture, I felt as though I had a perspective on streetwear clothing that others would vibe with. I set out to design a line inspired by the high fashion lines I was drawn to with a streetwear perspective. Other people were doing this but we were going to do something different.
GWHH: I read that you initially planned on calling the brand 'Dynasty Goods Dope Couture', why did you end up changing the name?
DC: I shortened it to just Dope Couture first because it's a shorter name and second it was more natural, I felt, for people to abbreviate it as Dope. Plus Dynasty Goods sounds like Rocawear Jr.
GWHH: You began by selling Dope online, when did you realize it was time to open up the shop?
DC: When I wanted to be able to support myself. I saw an opportunity to seize a storefront and took the leap. It was a good decision to upgrade home base.
GWHH: What's the difference between Dope Couture and other brands & stores?
DC: I try to be a bit higher end than some of the other streetwear brands. All of our designs incorporate a luxury brand aesthetic. I also try and set us apart with hand drawn artwork and attention to small details. It's not necessarily just about the clothes though. We live it from Talent Tuesdays to Scholars Thursdays. Our last intern is now working at Burberry. Our current intern just got accepted to fashion school and is fluent in French.
GWHH: What are some of your inspirations when designing an upcoming collection? Is there an underlying message in your brand?
DC: Our inspiration comes from today's high-end fashion designers, pop culture, art and music. The underlying message has been and will be our sarcastic interpretation of how luxury, high style and street culture mesh and portray a bourgeoisie lifestyle.
GWHH: What's your favorite Dope tee to-date?
DC: That's a really hard question to answer. So many of our designs are so personal and really connect with me. Right now I'm really feeling the mosaic tile inspired tee for spring. It's a really intricate design that we spent a lot of time perfecting so that it's just right.
GWHH: How do you keep everything up and running at such a young age? Have there been any major challenges you've come across?
DC: I wouldn't be as efficient as I am without the support of my team (The Bougie Crew). They help me run the day-to-day activities so that I can focus on the progress of the brand and boutique. It's challenging when you're still in the "systems development" stage; where there are some systems in place that run themselves and others that still require focus. In general we always work it out and come out on top.
GWHH: Every time I drop into the shop, you're bringing in new labels and designers, with all the hype for limited editions, what makes a label stick out as something Dope needs to carry?
DC: If it's high end, fashion forward, creative, unique, and exclusive.
GWHH: What brands/labels can shoppers pick up in Dope?
DC: Right now you can get Dope, HUF, Kidrobot, 10.Deep, Play Cloths, The Hundreds, and Super Sunglasses just to name a few. In the next couple of weeks we will be adding Tom Ford Sunglasses, Comme Des Garcons PLAY and APC denim.
GWHH: Besides being the first and only street wear boutique in Bloomington, you've hosted several in-stores featuring Big Sean, Mike Posner, Wale, etc. and now hosting the after party for Jay-Z in Indy... How's it feel to be a part of all this?
DC: It's a lot of work and requires a lot of planning, but every event we've done thus far has been a success and a lot of fun. It's exciting too because the artists that we involve ourselves with are ones we admire and enjoy.
GWHH: What's your reaction when you see guys like Lupe, Jay-Z, Naledge, Posner, Mick Boogie, and etc. rocking Dope? Did you ever picture that in the beginning?
DC: It's exciting. There's always a bit of a "shot in the dark" element when you send product to celebrities such as these but what makes it exciting for us is that guys like these get sent a slew of product constantly and for them or their stylist to pick our stuff over others is a pretty big seal of approval. I'm confident with our line and our designs just keep getting better so I knew it was only a matter of time before we saw celebrities sporting our stuff.
GWHH: Where do you see Dope Couture in 5 years, growth wise?
DC: We will be opening at least one new boutique in the next two years; 5 years from now I hope to see at least 2 boutiques. We will also be moving into cut and sew at some point so you'll see more technical and higher quality garments. You may even see us creating a whole new division where we're producing higher end pieces that really focuses on the luxury behind the brand.
GWHH: Since Gowhere Hip Hop is a music blog; tell us about your connection with music? What's currently on the Dope playlist?
DC: Fly Union, Mick Boogie's Pharrell Mixtape, Mick Boogie + Stylecaster, Pretty Lights, New Sade, Chip Tha Ripper, Alpha.Live, J.Rocc for Supreme, and Kidz In The Hall's new album, Land Of Make Believe.
GWHH: Tell us real quickly where else we can find Dope besides online at dopecouture.com and in-store?
DC: Our stock list is constantly growing but a couple of places that have shown us sincere support are Motivation Boutique in Ann Arbor, MI., Got Sole in Indianapolis, IN., Kreative Sole in Huntsville, AL., and El Mercado in Los Angeles.
GWHH: Any closing thoughts, remarks? Anything random you need to air out? Where can our readers follow Dope?
DC: Something a lot of people seem to don't know is that we rarely produce more than 100 tees per color way per style. When [insert brand here] does something "limited" they are doing our normal production numbers. We are constantly getting emails to see when we are going to re-stock product. A lot of people already know what this deal is but you would be surprised at how many don't. Our product is always limited so don't sleep. Random: We also take notice of repeat customers that have been with us from the beginning and I want to say thank you.
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Price: Super High Flying Luchador Gangster Gorgeous Music.
Inf: That's about it.
Price: I actually found Inf via soundclick. We swapped out sounds and then fell out of contact. Around summer time 2006, we got back into contact on AIM and exchanged beats. I liked what he was doing and he liked what I was doing so from there we just decided to work together.
Inf: I got Track Slayer randomly one day from watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer while making some tracks and basically was like "Man.. I'm Infamous the Track Slayer!" When Price and I started working together, he suggested we just run with "The TrackSlayerz". I though that'd be wack but I couldn't think of a better name so we stuck with this. Haha...
Price: We work on music constantly. That particular beat got into Doug Peterson's hands over at Grand Hustle. They like the music we are doing. They told us as soon as Tip got back he'd be getting a CD with our beats. They kept their word. Next thing we know he recorded to it. Came out mean!
Price: You know, we're working on a plethora of songs and beats for various projects. We don't want to put out much nor count or chickens before they've hatched but definitely look out for us. We've done a few songs with Tip already. We're in the studio with the whole Grand Hustle family.
Inf: Yeah, we are doing some major things. I'm amped. I've learned over the years to not give away too much until it's for certain but our manager Vakseen and Grand Hustle is really looking out for us!