Photo & Interview: Chizzle Photography
You’ve been to Ottawa countless times, so what do you like about this city so much?
The hip-hop scene, it’s cool. There’s a good vibe here. Good hip-hop, good atmosphere. And the ladies!
Do you feel that ciphers are still, or should still be, an important part of hip-hop?
Yeah, I do. I think that ciphers kind of set you up for whether you’ll be able to stand the heat. Ciphers are there because, bottom line, if you can’t get into it and hold your own then you’re gonna get chewed alive. If you can’t survive a cipher than 9 times out of 10, you won’t survive being on stage. Plus, there’s a battlefield part of hip-hop and an artistic part– hip-hop takes many shapes and forms. One of the things, no matter how good you are at making records, if you can survive a cipher then you’re good.
How do you feel about the lack of groups left in hip-hop? Being a leader of one yourself.
[Laughs] I mean, I don’t know, we just do our thing. There’s people out there that do their thing but you definitely got it right, there’s not much out there as far as groups. There’s a lot of respect for the people who DO do it. But there are people out there who still do it– YMCMB is one of the groups that’s out there still holding it down. Besides them, there’s definitely not too many other people that’s coming with the supergroup vibe. I come from an era where you put on the people that are doing the same thing that you’re doing and have the same fire and energy that you have.
Can we expect another return of Bootcamp like the one in 2006 with “The Last Stand”?
Yeah, definitely! We’ve definitely got some stuff poppin’ in the laboratory, cooking up some joints. Marco Polo, Crisis, 9th Wonder, and Black Milk are a few people who gave us tracks so far for the Boot Camp album. We’re in there, we’re recording it. It’s been a minute since we’ve done one with each other. There’s definitely going to be a comeback, that’s not even a question.
Any last comments?
Just a shout out to everybody that comes out for the movement and watched the shows to see what we do, see how we perform live. That’s what separates us from a lot of other people, our live performances. A lot of other groups might give you a show that might be for the moment but we try to give you something to remember. Make sure you tell a friend. We’re just doing what we do. Shout out to the true hip-hop heads out there. Shout out to all the ladies out there too. I know I don’t make the kind of records directed toward women but I am a scorpio and I love women [laughs].