Apocalipps: Ruthless Bastard Number 1 Interview Mar 24, 2009 8:00:56 GMT -5
Post by Dark 7 Invader on Mar 24, 2009 8:00:56 GMT -5
It seems Wu-Tang fans can never get enough of The RZA presents Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm compilation and the artists that contributed to make this album a timeless classic. The project helped to initiate some of the finest breed of hip-hop artists that the game have ever seen, being under the Wu canopy at that time meant a couple of things, an instant access to a loyal fan-base and respect from the industry (peers and fans alike) as being under Wu was a strong indication of ones high lyrical skills and gift on the mic. There was no downside then to being an affiliate, however just recently, formal associates have expressed the need to be viewed independent of the Wu motif as they felt pigeon-holed and have not had any form of dealings with the Wu or its members for a period of time, Some still claim and maintain this alliance while others had fallen out over business or personal reasons and the rest have simply moved onto other things.
The Swarm compilation had guest of artists from Wu-Tang Clan members to the likes of Black Knights, Northstar, Killarmy, La The Darkman, Wu-Syndicates, Streetlife, Remedy, Royal Fam, Da Beggaz Clan, Sunz Of Man, Darkim Be Allah, Shyheim, Tekitha, Ruthless Bastards and so on and so forth. Unlike today where everyone wants to claim the “W” with little or nothing to do with the Wu or even anything new to offer, every artist on the Swarm brought something unique to the table and helped to elevate the Wu sound and movement that has enabled it to remain the legacy that it is today.
Ruthless Bastards was one of that collective, consisting Apocalipps, Beno, Iron Mic, Sha Gotti, and Truck, the group also hailing from Staten Island had its own brand of hip-hop and was already established before joining forces with the Wu. With a production team and management behind them the group completed albums during 1997-2000 period that have never seen the light of the day, Bastards decided to go their own route and have constantly been releasing mix-tapes as a group and solo artists independently to date. The group has had it’s a rough ride but have managed to stick together and even increased in number due to some of its members being incarcerated, Apocalipps has remained the most recognisable member of the group, with a planned official overdue debut in works and a solo promising solo project from Lipps, Wu-International caught up with Ruthless front man to find out why its taken the group so long to release an album, their Wu days and relationship with the Clan members, music and life. Unfortunately similar to some of his partners in the group, Apocalipps is currently locked up at the time of publishing this interview which was conducted almost a year ago and Wu-Int felt the time was right to make public this interview as an appreciation to Lipps, his music and as a note for the fans to continue to support Lipps and the Ruthless Bastards. Groups like this don’t exist any more in hip-hop!
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