Remedy Interview - Wu-Famnatic.com Dec 8, 2008 13:09:34 GMT -5
Post by cainozz on Dec 8, 2008 13:09:34 GMT -5
Remedy, which should be on everybodies mind since his theme song ` Never Again ' on ` The Swarm ' sampler in 1998, has not become a talking point during the last years musically a lot. At least he had no more official release since his Code Red album 4 years ago. Really he was more active in the background. Produced some beats for the sports television broadcasting station ESPN, talking about the Judaism in several universities and travelled to Israel to met the Hip Hop Elite over there to deliver a rendezvous in album length. It is a pity, that our colleagues of wu-internationally were one week faster at this time. But we received the answers a little bit later. That’s life. So the whole thing lay quite about a year now, because we have also thought that he soon release one of his announced albums, but shortly after came the news which he would work on the new Killa Bee Album and so the release date for his album was moved back again. Therefore, we could also deliver no questions in addition, but it is interesting, nevertheless.
Peace Remedy, thanks for taking time to do this interview with us. It’s a longer time that we even saw or heard something from you. Nevertheless, you will still be to all in good recollection. So there’s a lot of people wanna know what’s going on with the Remedy all the time.
First I wanna thank G-d, my friends and family- and say peace to all the real Hip Hop heads, the MC’s, the DJ’s, The Clan, and everyone reading this.
So let us start with your time at ESPN. How did the collaboration happened and do you still working for them?
This guy that works for ESPN bought my album from Tower records and called me. They used my song “Game Over” for the NBA playoffs. I’ve been working with them ever since.
You have put already some of the beats on your homepage, will we able to hear the others also sometimes?
There are literally hundreds of them. My new website should be up within 30 days. It will feature an ESPN page with songs and videos.
Have you done only beats for it or were you also sometimes in the broadcastings?
I did a bunch of things. Sold them over 100 beats. We did a lot of custom unique work including lyrics and theme songs as well. We did the 25th Anniversary special, Superbowl 40, March Madness, and the NBA playoffs to name a few.
Where can we buy the ESPN Anniversary CD? I heard that there should be 2 tracks with you on it.
I don’t think that it’s for sale. I got mad nuts, pretty sick. We even did a video in the ESPN studios too. Thank G-d for ESPN!!!
You produce beats already for a long time. Are there, except the sportshow things, also some artists you have produced or have sold a beat?
I’ve been producing for years now. I kinda put it on the back burner for a minute ever since they made it so that any idiot can be a “so called” producer. The game’s so saturated now, you know. My beats have all been in the family really, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, and Priest. Just got some nuts to my boys RA the Rugged Man and Vinny Paz from Jedi. Also, I’m working with a team of producers now, trying to shop and place beats on major labels. It’s going pretty well.
What equipment do you use and how has your equipment changed during the last years?
I now own my own studio on Staten Island. Over the past few years, the digital era’s gone crazy. You don’t need an SSL board or a million dollar studio to make albums anymore. I gotta Pro tools digi 002 rig, a G-5, a classic ASR-10, Triton, Phantom, Motiff, Universal Audio mic and pre-amp, and a bunch of outboard plug-ins. That’s all you really need now.
You announced a mixtape in 2005, what’s the deal with it?
The mixtape has become a marketing device. It’s used to keep your name out there, and to get the buzz going. I always felt that everything I did was quality album material, so why waste it on a mixtape. Especially when I have a worldwide distribution deal. I might play the game and drop one. I have a lot of songs recorded.
Also you already said at that time that you do the last finishing at the " New York to Israel " album, why does it come out only now?
Like everything else, things never come out when you would like or expect them to. The bulk of the songs have been done, but I had to do some new ones to keep it new and current. Also, the Israeli rap scene is crazy. I’m trying to get the right label to believe in and distribute it. It looks like it’s finally gonna happen.
How many Israeli rappers will be present on the album? Can you tell to us something about some?
There’s probably about 10 Israeli rappers on it. The biggest name is probably Subliminal. He’s basicly the Eminem of Israel. My favorites are Shi 360 and Mooke, who are also very well known throughout the country.
How have you selected the artists for this project, or did they run down your door? And how was it to be co-operated with the Israeli artists?
When me and Priest first went out there, they all knew we were coming. So they were there with open arms, ready to work. I then did some research and picked up a few more artists. Its all love working with them. Some real positive work.
We know that you were in Israel last year again.This time for 3 months. Why and what was different this time?
My first trip was for 3 weeks. But they were hectic. Constant interviews, shows, and scheduling. When I went for 3 months, it was an incredible living experience. One of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Everyone should go to Israel. I lived on the beach in Tel-Aviv. I was constantly recording, conquering the land, and doing shows and press to build my name up. I went all over the country. I did the Coca-Cola festival for 20,000 kids on the beach. I appeared on almost every news station, radio shows, magazines and clubs across the country. – SICK!!!!!
What were the nicest and what the worst events you have experienced there. Can u give us a few examples?
Well, words can’t explain the feelings you get when you’re in the old city (Jerusalem). Just being in the Holy land itself creates emotions you’ve never felt before. It’s true, trust me, I’ve been all over the world. Just seeing the most sacred and holiest sites. Honestly, I can’t think of any bad things that happened there. It was all G-dly.
You also have one more album in the pipe right now. The one with Killah Priest. Was this a conclusion from your common vacation?
I gotta few albums in the pipe. The Remedy and Priest album is titled, “Holy of Holies”. Me and Priest definitely bonded on the road. We’ve done several tours together. We’re probably two of the deepest MC’s on the planet. So it’s only right we do a collabo.
About what will it be in this album and are there any other guests on it than RZA and Nas?
This is Hip Hop like you’ve never heard before, guaranteed.
No _iggas – No pregnant doges – No guns – No ice – No whips –No nuts!!!
Just Holy Hip Hop- in it’s purest form. This album will be timeless. Just like ‘Never Again”. Something you can listen to 30 years from now. So far we got Rza, Nas, Hell Razah, and Blue Rasberry appearing.
2-3 years ago you have delivered during an interview a statement about the topical Hip Hop situation and have said that the life is a circle and everything comes back again. So on Hip Hop seen, fetch back the Golden Era again. What do you say to the today's situation? Has something already improved according to your opinion?
Actually, I think it’s gonna get even worse before it gets better. If that’s even possible. Sadly, America is based on materialism. It’s a shame to see the all-American dollar take over Hip Hop. The Golden era will never be repeated. It was all about expression and timing and I’m just glad to have been a part of, and lived through it. I come from an era where as an MC, you had to be saying something to be respected. It’s so different now.
Hip Hop has become R & B. It’s so commercial. Fortunately, life is a cycle. It’s now up to the Hip Hop purists to keep the movement alive. Eventually the people will get sick of the bullnuts and hopefully seek the rawness that help create Hip Hop. G-d willing!
You were also in a lot of schools and universities the last years to held readings on the way around. How can we imagine something like that and how was the reaction of the people?
I’ve been performing and speaking around the world for a few years now. I’m involved with several organizations and I work with colleges, youth groups, benefits, clubs, camps, and various special events. The reaction of the people that actually see these events are great. Besides the show, the people get an up close and personal interaction with me that makes them feel good. We talk about life, music, and worldly issues. It’s good stuff.
Were these only Jewish facilities or have you paid attention to the fact which it also get to other people and that they should think about it?
There have been all types of events. A lot of times, the Jewish organizations put the event together, then all types of people show up. Sometimes it has nothing to do with being Jewish. I represent humanity, and my nationality is reality. That’s what people need to understand. Myself and my show are universal.
Ok back to music. How is the contact, actually, to the 9 generals or to the other Wu Affiliates today?
I try to stay in contact often, although everyone has to live their own life. I was just in the studio in NY last week with everyone. They’re working hard to deliver the new nuts to the world. I speak to Rza and Divine often, as well as Ray and K. I see Cappa and Deck a lot too. G-d bless Dirty-R.I.P. You already know the deal with me and Priest. I see Hell Razah, Timbo King, Solomon Childs, Shyheim, and King Just all the time. d**n, I just seen Islord in my studio the other day. Trife comes thru, so does Ice Water. It ain’t nothing like Hip Hop music!
Way back you have meant that some of them recorded with you in your studio, why is there not even then a feature track with you?
You sound like you don’t believe me or something. I have nothing to prove to anyone. It is what it is. Most of the clan’s been to my studio. I have many songs recorded that have never been released. I don’t sweat nobody to record with me, and refuse to pay anyone for a verse. If they wanna do it, we do it. If not, it’s nothing. No hard feelings. If you take this music game to personal, it will eat you alive.
RZA was represented on the first both albums by you, will there be a track with or from him on your next solo album again?
Yeah of course. We did a song called “P.E.A.C.E.” and another one too. – They’ll definitely be released on something.
Since a few weeks there’s a new track with you around. Will he be on one of the albums or want you to bring yourself back in the heads of the people again?
Yes, I’m preparing now for my return. I’ve done some freestyles for HipHopgame.com as well as a song called “f**k the White Rapper Show”, discrediting that disgrace of a show. But I have been recording a lot, and will release some music shortly. I still do this for the love. I’m coming for the Wu fans, the Remedy fans, the Jewish fans, the rap fans, and new Hip Hop heads too.-Watch It!!!
Which Artists are on Code Red Ent. at the moment? We heard nothing more of the label since the Cappadonna album.
Well, the game is really f**ked up right now. As of right now, I’ve just negotiated a worldwide distribution deal with Koch Records. Just waiting for some paperwork to be finalized. After that, the albums will follow.
What happened to the Supanatchralz? Did’t they belong also to you and Code Red Ent.?
Na, that was just some nuts we did for that little movie. It’s a shame because the music we made was actually good, and better than the movie itself.
What can we expect in future from the label? Is there already some news or release dates except appealed albums?
With this distribution deal, I’m trying to give them 5 albums a year. Some of the releases include:
Remedy and Priest – “Holy of Holies” album
JoJo Pellegrino- full length LP.
Dj Rated R/Dj Diggs/Mental Inst.’s-“Crack Costs Money”
Compilation album-feat. Havoc, Raekwon, Large Professor, Juelz Santana, Kool G Rap, etc.
Whiteboy Compilation album-feat. Remedy, JoJo Pellegrino, RA the Rugged Man, Vinny Paz, Bless, Copywrite etc.
King Just – full length lp.
Sorry that i appeal to this yet, but at the moment it is discussed a lot on the Internet again, how and why there is this Beef with Cilvaringz. You would have got a track (Muslim and a Jew) from him who does not belong to you. Might we hear there maybe your side of the story?
No Problem- We did that “Muslim and Jew” track a while ago. When I spoke to Rza at that time, he said I should use it and that he didn’t care, as long as he heard it first. So that’s what I did. Don’t believe the hype! Rings is a nobody!
Was the quarrel, actually, before or after your common Killa Beez Tour?
If before, how you have traded this there?
If afterwards, were there any differences of opinion between the tour?
There was no real quarrel. If there was, I would’ve just knocked him out. He’s girl thingy. The tour was exactly what it was. It was pretty cool. We didn’t make no real money, but we did some nuts.
Is it all good in the meantime or do you still have differentiated relation to each other?
Honestly, I don’t even think about SilverRings. He’s a joke. A thingy riding Wu-Tang groupie and wanna be rapper. He manipulated himself into his position by offering free production, show money etc. Rza once laughed and told me he signed him for $10k. “A Joke”. The Wu doesn’t give a f**k about him. When the Wu was poppin and the nuts was going down, he wasn’t there, I was. The Wu-Tang Corp. website isn’t really run by Wu. If it was, Rings wouldn’t be seen on the home page. Believe it. I was just speaking to Divine and Power about taking control of the site for the real Wu fans. That’ll be done shortly.-Trust me. He’s just a fan. He gets no respect! That’s it!!!
Now where the album comes out soon, the fans ask themselves if they can see you then also again on german stages. Will there be an European tour once again?
G-d Willing me and Priest are gonna do a worldwide tour for the “Holy of Holies” album. I’m trying to set up some nuts overseas now. What up- you got any hook-ups?
Thanks again for the interview, is there anything you finally want to tell the people out there, maybe something special to the people on Wu-Famnatic.com?
Thanx Magicfingaz- I appreciate this. Let’s do the follow-up interview in a quick minute.
Peace to the world.
Be patient-real Hip Hop will prevail. Check me out personally at:
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