Archive for April, 2008
DRENCH: Is Uzoy your govt. name? What does it mean?
Uzoy is actually a nickname I have gone by since middle school. It’s pronounced “uzi” like the gun. It’s not my government name, but it’s a variation to my real name. I’m waiting to reveal the government name when I’m more exposed.DRENCH: Ah, silent “O,” right? How’d you get uzoy as a nickname?
UZOY: I don’t really remember. I think I was just tired of people pronouncing my real name wrong. People tend to remember my name quicker when they hear Uzoy.
DRENCH: Why are you incorporating waiting until you get bigger to reveal your first name? Or is it a type of trade secret..
UZOY: Well, I figure people will find out eventually. It’s a bit of a pet peeve for people to mispronounce my name. Even with my nickname, people mispronounce it all the time.
DRENCH: How’d you get your start in music?
UZOY: I actually have always been trying to pursue music. I first wanted to be a singer and realized that wasn’t going to happen. Lol. After that, I just started writing r&b. That’s always been my first love. Then I started trying to ghostwrite for rappers and now I am where I am now.
DRENCH: So, did you approach anyone with a sample of your singing before deciding to move on to other things? Which r&b singers have you written for?
UZOY: It came to the point where I just realized. You can compare yourself to others and be honest with yourself. I didn’t want to be an artist that wasn’t one hundred percent sure that I was talented. I really wasn’t writing for anybody major. I was actually trying to get at people I went to school with.
Did you gain any success with the ghostwriting for rappers thing? Not asking for names, but just if you’ve gotten any work with that..UZOY:
With that situation, there was someone I was trying to ghostwrite for and after hearing what I had written, they wanted me to rap for their group. At that time, I wasn’t trying to be a rapper or an artist. I wanted to be behind the scenes. I was just always big on the lyrical aspect.DRENCH: Would you say your style is more similar to fire, or ice? Why?
UZOY: I would probably have to say ice. I think my music and style is more cool and laid back. I’m a laid back kind of person.
DRENCH: Someone says, “You’re nice (on the mic)…for a female..” How do you react?
UZOY: I don’t take it into serious offense although it is annoying. I just know that I can’t blame them. There’s not many notable female rappers altogether. That kind of comment balances out when people say that I sound better than most of the males doing it right now.
DRENCH: They say its a man’s world…how do you appeal to it musically w/o compromising who you are?
UZOY: I actually don’t think people realize how hard it really is. I have no outline to look at. The male rappers have every other rapper there was to be inspired by and basically make themselves a cookie cutter image of a rapper that has already been out. In my case, if I’m not showing off my skin or doing the neo-soul thing, I’m on my own. I try not to concentrate on the gender thing. So basically, I just do what I feel is me. I take it as either they’ll love it or they’ll hate it. So far, they love it.
DRENCH: The rap industry is obviously disenfranchised concerning women. What do you think could be done to better this situation?
UZOY: I honestly don’t know. I think it’s based on the individual. If they decide to buy into the “female rapper” cliché, its on them. I refuse to.
DRENCH: Do you believe its more difficult to maneuver in the industry as a female rapper? How so?
UZOY: Definitely. I think the hardest part is getting someone to listen. But, in my experience, after they listen to me I hardly ever have a problem with people taking me seriously or wanting to work with me.
DRENCH: Some people say its tough being a female. Some people say its tough being black. How do you deal with being both?
UZOY: Well, neither is a big deal. I’ve been both all my life. Lol. It’s more that in the industry, its hard to get people to take me seriously. They automatically see me and think of the southern female rapper stereotype when that’s not the case.
DRENCH: I’m sure people already probably underestimate/overlook your music because you’re from the south. Do you believe people do that based on your gender as well?
UZOY: They both tie hand in hand. I think people actually sit and listen to see how bad I will suck. Lol. Then, to their amazement, I deliver. I like to have that surprising factor. It’s always fun to spit in front of a group of guys who have never heard me rap before. Most people are surprised when they find out I’m from the south.
DRENCH: What’s your most personal song (give a synopsis of the song as well)?
UZOY: I would have to say that track for me is “Fast Forward”. The track is basically talking about myself and how I see my future if I continue going in the direction I was going with the people I do music with. I actually put the future in the first verse and my past in the second verse. I just explain how I was treated as a kid without trying to give too much detail. It’s just my attempt at letting my audience in a little.
DRENCH: With more exposure/growth as an artist, it usually also becomes more time consuming. How do you think you’ll balance music with your personal life if things start to pick up in the area of music? How do you currently balance your music with other aspects of your life?
UZOY: The music doesn’t really interfere with my personal life at all. The only balance that I have to deal with is the school aspect of my life. I end up having to postpone a lot of collaboration opportunities due to school, but I know I need to get that straight first.
DRENCH: You have a new mixtape/ep coming soon, right? Could you shed on some light on what to expect from it?
UZOY: Yes. The definition is my upcoming mixtape or EP. Whatever you want to call it. I think this is going to be one of the most progressive projects to come out of Houston. It’s basically a mix with a majority of original tracks but I also throw a few unoriginal beats on there so people will already be familiar with some of the content. With the tracks it has, I thought I would be cheating myself to just call it a mixtape. But this is my first project and I’m very proud of the material on it. It releases this summer around June. I’ll have it for sale via myspace.
DRENCH: So, you’ve told me you go to school…what’s your major, and how would you say it relates to music?
UZOY: Yes, I am in school and my major is chemistry. I’m working towards pharmacology. My music is actually an escape from the school. This field of study is no joke. Serious classes with serious professors.
DRENCH: What are the perks of being a female rapper?
UZOY: I would have to say that if I continue on the path I’m taking, I could easily surpass most of the rappers that are in the industry right now. People make such a big deal not only because I make good music, but because I’m from Houston and I’m a female. I think both angles work for me.
DRENCH: What’s your opinon of the portrayal of the typical black woman in hip-hop media?
UZOY: Well, I don’t see much respect given. I’m big on respect. It’s kinda like, they are used to further push the industry in the direction it has been going for years with no change in sight.
DRENCH: Do you think rapping is a “tomboyish” thing for a female to do?
UZOY: I don’t think so. I think people expect me to be some super tomboyish figure, but I’m just me. I’m a girl that likes to chill, hang out, and rap.
I think it’s simple as that.
DRENCH: Have you checked out the show, “Miss Rap Supreme” on VH1? What’s do you think of it?
UZOY: I don’t know if you want my honest opinion. Lol. It’s
?interesting. A lot of egos that shouldn’t be present are there and I think it just further pushes that female stereotype in the bad direction it’s already in. The challenges and things they have to do are motivated so much on woman power and such. I don’t think that’s necessary. I think when you throw that aspect in the mix too much, it gets corny. For those girls to be the ones that showed up on the show, I think there are a lot of really talented female rappers that wouldn’t do a show like that.
Dannii Danger Interview
DRENCH: What triggered your desire to rap?
Dannii Danger: Well I been writing since I was 8, but I didn’t start rappin till I was 17. I would never be rappin if it wasn’t for my brother Gray. He showed me the ropes on how to actually flow gracefully across a beat. Trust me what I used to wasn’t pretty. Ha!
DRENCH: Does your borther Gray still rap?
Dannii Danger: Yea he still raps. Its been hard lately because of family reasons. So he’s been dealing with that for the time being.
DRENCH:You’re also the member of a group named C.P.R. What do you believe are the main differences of being in a group, and being a solo artist?
Dannii Danger: Being In a group is harder than it may seem. Sometimes you get an idea for a song, but you dont feel like the other can convey the message that you are trying to send. I mean we had lots of ideas & topics…but sometimes he didnt know what to say or how to say it and vice versa. So I think being solo is a little more easier for the mind. Its easier for me to make music.
DRENCH: How did the group C.P.R. come to be?
Dannii Danger: It took a while for the name to be created. I came up with the name & reasons for it like late 07. C.P.R stands for Common People Rappin. I feel like its so many artists that rap as if they were the flyest mothafucka on earth. So i wanted to get away from that. So we rap about being common, ordinary people. Yea we have a talent, but it doesn’t make us better than the next person. So thats our goal, to try to not be arrogant & gaudy. Its still a work in progress..haha!
DRENCH: How do you define success in music?
Dannii Danger: Success in music is just establishing a credibility for yourself that you are comfortable with. Money is only half the battle, because you can lose it. Its just gettin to a point where fans know you, and they automatically know that you’re gonna drop something worth listening to on a consistent basis. So you have that core fan base & the respect around the music industry.
DRENCH: What thoughts would be going through your head if you gained success on a mainstream level tomorrow?
Dannii Danger: I wouldn’t like it. I would feel like it was given to me & not earned. I haven’t accomplished or done enough to even be considered for that type of success. I would be trying so hard to make music to where the quality & feeling would be tarnished. I mean how many times has an artist came out & you felt like who is the dude…and where did he come from? I dont want to be that person.
DRENCH: Even though you’re new to the rap game, where do you feel you are as an artist?
Dannii Danger: Right now I’m still growing. I know what I want to do & how I’m going to do it, but I’m still getting there. I’m further than most tho, for the fact that I already found my aim. I’m not just making songs just to say that I’m making music. It’s a purpose behind my music.
DRENCH: Why do you believe people should want to listen to your music?
Dannii Danger: First because it comes from the heart. I’m not out there makin songs about girls, jewelry, & all that. I want to make people feel better about themselves. If you dont have money & you going through tough times it’s ok. Just dont give up on chasing your lifelong dream. My music is for all the people who feel like the world is against & they dont have anywhere to run.
DRENCH: What do you think are the most difficult challenges for an upstart rapper to overcome?
Dannii Danger: The most difficult challenges are finding people who want to deal with you. In the music business people dont want to listen to artists they never heard of. So if you never been on t.v. or have a song on the radio, then its hard to get attention
DRENCH: What do you think are advantages that new artists have over those who are already established?
Dannii Danger: New artists have more knowledge of what road to take. We’ve looked & learned from the mistakes major artists have made. So we know how to escape from getting messed over. We also have something fresh to offer to music.
DRENCH: What’s something you believe all rappers have in common (besides rapping)?
Dannii Danger: All rappers have pride in they’re music. No rapper feels like his music sucks, basically. If someone tells him otherwise then he’s going to defend his music until the end. We all want to be innovative & create that new sound that nobodies heard before. That way when people mention us, they’ll remember us as that artist who broke the mold of his generation.
DRENCH: What’s something you believe all rappers need?Dannii Danger: We nee inspiration. All rappers have reasons on why they do what they do for a living. You just cant make a song without being inspired to make it. A rapper may be inspired to make money, so he’s going to make a song about money. A rapper may be inspired to be fly, because as a child he didnt have the name brand clothes, so therefore he’s going to makle a track about being fresh to death. It’s all inspiration.
DRENCH: What’s something you believe all rappers should avoid trying to do?
Dannii Danger: I believe rappers should avoid doing what’s popular at the time. No one will remember you the way you want them to. Some rappers can follow what’s popular and do it sucessfully, but that’s what they’re going to be remembered for…following the crowd.
DRENCH: Who are people you want to work with in the music industry?
Dannii Danger: As far as major I would like to work with, Lupe Fiasco, Common, & Andre 3000. Now this underground list is goin to be huge! I want to work with Heat Roc,Young Felz,Uzoy, Arc,D.LLoyd Tha Ish, Mickey Factz,No Parking,The Undying Machines,nerd,Speak,Fudd Burton, etc. I could go all day!
DRENCH: How does your rapping name embody your style? What’s up with the two ii’s?
Dannii Danger: Man…this is going to be kind of long! My rap name is simply a cathcy name that people can remember. When my friends say, it cracks me up. They may not notice it, but they say it all the time.
Its also created to weed out people who “judge books by their covers”. I know my name isn’t the best. Some have said that it sucks. My point is that if you’re going to judge what you listen to by any type of appearnace, then I dont want you to listen to my music. I chose Danger! because my life is in constant danger of failing. I feel that I have to be successful, a lot of people are depending on me and I dont want to let them down.
And the two ii’s are just me being rebellious, and not trying to be like my dad. His name was Danny, he was never there for me so I want to be the total opposite of him.
DRENCH: Do you think you’ll ever reconcile with your father?
Dannii Danger: I mean we working on that right now. It’s funny because after I did this intereview he called. I was feeling a little regretful on the answer i gave to the prior question saying that I didnt want to be like him. He gave me a call & we talked about everything that has happened. I’m a forgiving person, but I never forget. So we’ll see what happens. However it goes, you’ll probably hear a song about it. HAHA!
DRENCH: What are factors that you’d say have the least influence on your style?
Dannii Danger: I would have to say fame & money. Now dont get me wrong, being famous is a dream. But, I’m not about to sacrifice the content of my lyrics to become famous. I know im not the artist who creates “radio friendly” music, and I dont care. So if I get famous, I’d love that. If not, then thats cool too. I’d rather be an underground artist who’s respected, than a famous rapper who’s a sellout.
DRENCH: If you were a comic-book superhero, who’d you be, and why?
Dannii Danger: I would be the Ninja Turtles! Them dudes didn’t care what people thought. They just had fun doing what they do best, saving people from harm. In a way that’s what I’m trying to do with my music.
DRENCH: Which Ninja Turtle would you be in particular, and why?
Dannii Danger: I really dont have a favorite. Individually they had their own skills, but as a team they work together. So I feel that my all my traits & characteristics mesh together to make me who I am.
DRENCH: What separates Dannii the rapper, from Dannii the person?
Dannii Danger: Dannii the rapper thinks about what he says all the time. He doesn’t just go around and talking non-sense. He feels that everybody deserves a chance to be somebody. While Dannii the person says what’s on his mind. It might offend you or hurt your feelings,but he still says it. Basically he keeps it real with everybody, no matter who you are.
DRENCH: Why do you think that your rapper persona, and who you are outside of music have such a direct contrast to each other in what they say?
Dannii Danger: Because with music my main motivation is to help people. I wanna say all the right things and make music thats stays with a person and helps them grow. While the regular me just worries about himself. I mean I do care for my friends & family and I help them however I can, but I been hurt and backstabbed a lot so I’m looking out for myself more.
DRENCH: If you had to strike a connection between hip-hop & a romantic comedy movie, what would it be?
Dannii Danger: Hitch. I chose Hitch because in the movie he was helping other people find love when he couldnt help his self find it. That’s how artists are with their music. We want to help people become better people in the way we feel they should become better. Whether its being fly or being humble. But sometimes its not people who need the help….its us.
DRENCH: What’s your opinion of the current state of hip-hop culture? What do you believe you’ll contribute to it?
Dannii Danger: Hip-Hop is in an evoulutionary period. More artists are fusing other types of sounds & genres into Hip-Hop. Look around, artists are using techno, break-beat, house, electro, & rock. It’s all apart of Hip-Hop now. So now artists are going to veer towards that sound because it’s universal.
(Right: Me, Middle: Third Eye, Left: Fat Tony)
A hip-hop oriented music group, comprised of Producer Third Eye, and rappers Fat Tony (aka Tony Trone), Chris Starz, Destro, and Space Ghost. A moreso underground rap-circuit, their gritty, yet ethereal sound is bound to ensnare you from “Thyme,” to “Essentials.” Their album, titled “Green Schemes,” should be due soon. I’ve conducted an interview in the past with group member Fat Tony, and I’m recently finishing one with Third Eye (which will be debuted on realultimatepower.wordpress.com soon enough).
Be sure to check out the instrumentals to the upcoming album along w/a few snippets @:
‘Human Flesh Tastes Like Pork’
In his first television interview, German cannibal Armin Meiwes describes the taste of human flesh, provides a decent recipe for steak, explains his fascination with the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel — and insists that he’s a normal person.
Armin Meiwes, the German cannibal serving a life sentence for killing and eating a man who begged to be devoured, has described how the meat tasted of pork and how he prepared an elaborate meal of human steak in a green pepper sauce with croquettes and Brussels sprouts.
In his first television interview, broadcast on Monday night on the RTL channel, Meiwes, 46, looked relaxed and healthy as he spoke about his decades-long yearning to consume another man.
The case came to light in December 2002, and the grisly details made world headlines. Meiwes filmed himself killing, disembowelling and cutting up the corpse of computer engineer Bernd Brandes, 42, whom he had met after posting messages in Internet chatrooms seeking “men for slaughter.”
“Yes, people who can’t think their way into this find it monstrous. But in principle I’m a normal human being,” he told his interviewer Günter Stampf, who has written a book, “Interview with a Cannibal,” based on 30 meetings with Meiwes in jail. The interviews were approved by the Frankfurt district court that convicted him.
“I sauteed the steak of Bernd, with salt, pepper, garlic and nutmeg. I had it with Princess croquettes, Brussels sprouts and a green pepper sauce,” said Meiwes. He said the meat was a little tough. He froze meal-sized portions of Brandes, some in the form of minced meat, and ate more than 20 kilograms of it in the months following the March 2001 killing.
During his two trials in 2004 and 2006, Meiwes said he had always dreamt of having a younger brother — “someone to be part of me” — and had become fascinated with cannibalism as a way to fulfil that obsession. His desires were fuelled by the Internet, where he had contact with around 400 men interested in cannibalism.
He found a perfect match in Brandes, who was obsessed with being eaten. “The first bite was of course a peculiar, indefinable feeling at first because I had yearned for that for 30 years, that this inner connection would be made perfect through this flesh,” Meiwes said in the interview.
“The flesh tastes like pork, a little bit more bitter, stronger. It tastes quite good,” he said.
He said that when he was a child, he had enjoyed his mother reading him the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel,” about a witch who traps two children and prepares to eat the boy. “The bit where Hansel is to be eaten was interesting. You wouldn’t believe how many Hansels are whizzing around the Internet.”
Police estimate that around 10,000 people in Germany alone share Meiwes’ fascination with cannibalism — either eating human flesh or being eaten.
Meiwes, serving his sentence in a prison in Kassel, central Germany, could be eligible for parole after serving a mandatory 15 years in jail. A psychiatric examination conducted ahead of his trials concluded that he is not insane but has a “severely disturbed soul.”
“I want to undergo therapy, I know I need that and I hope it will be done at some point,” said Meiwes.