Approach - conducted by Todd E. Jones  


Approach's Different Approach To Music

January 2005

What emcee/group would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Approach: Souls Of Mischief.

MVRemix: What producer would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Approach: J Dilla. He's the greatest of all-time. He is the Ali of production. The man is a very, very gifted musician.

MVRemix: What are the 3 best things about living in Kansas?

Approach: The weather, the people, and the music. The weather because we get all 4 seasons. The people because the honest and hard working. The music because it's so diverse. It's hella original.

MVRemix: What was your childhood like? What kid of kid were you?

Approach: I was a sports cat. A funny kid who loved the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bulls. A music lover from the beginning!

MVRemix: What was the lowest or dirtiest thing you ever did for money?

Approach: No comment!

MVRemix: What has been in your CD player or on your turntable recently?

Approach: Mos Def man! That brother is just amazing to me. I can't get enough. The Hieroglyphics are always in my CD player. They never ever come out.

MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you experienced?

Approach: Once a week, I get a stared at or someone grabs their purse or their child and pulls them to the other side. I live in Kansas, man. It's hella cool and open-minded but it still has a lot of developing left to do.

MVRemix: Abortion - pro-choice or pro-life?

Approach: Pro-life but the decision is up to the couple and the situation.

MVRemix: Death Penalty - For or against?

Approach: It varies. I am not God or God-like, so I can't put a value on another’s life.

MVRemix: Where were you on Sept. 11th (The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack)? How did you deal with it? How do you think it has affected music?

Approach: I was asleep at my Mom’s house. I was shocked and really uneasy. It's all Karma, so it made me stay focused and keep the positive messages coming. I have always believed that when someone is at the most comfortable point, it's the best time to strike. So, I always have my eyes and ears open.

MVRemix: What collaboration are you most proud of?

Approach: Any and everything I do with Mac Lethal. It just comes so naturally and we vibe very well.

MVRemix: Some people label you as an old-school rapper? What do you think of that?

Approach: I am just a reflection of what I think is fly. They can call it whatever they please but trust me, I will surprise you!

MVRemix: Word association time. I'm going to say a name of a person and you say the first word that pops in your head. So, if I say 'Chuck D', you may say 'Revolution'. Okay?

Declaime.

Approach: Illmind.

MVRemix: Grand Agent.

Approach: Presence.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Approach: Free.

MVRemix: Jay-Z.

Approach: Charming.

MVRemix: Dead Prez.

Approach: Soldiers.

MVRemix: Jurassic 5.

Approach: Harmony.

MVRemix: C Rayz Walz.

Approach: Jazz.

MVRemix: Del The Funky Homosapian.

Approach: Legend.

MVRemix: Common.

Approach: Soulful.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Approach: That's too easy. No Comment! They’re watching.

MVRemix: What do you think hip-hop or music (in general) needs these days?

Approach: More freedom for the artist. Don't be scared. Take chances.

MVRemix: What is the biggest mistake that you made in your career?

Approach: Being lazy. I was to patient for awhile but I have it under control now.

MVRemix: How are European audiences different from U.S. audiences?

Approach: They give you a chance to prove yourself. They’re more open to new acts and have less stigmas about progressive music.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions that people have of you?

Approach: That all I do is funk music. It's just one small piece of the puzzle.

MVRemix: If you could re-make any classic hip-hop song, what would it be?

Approach: Runnin' by The Pharcyde.

MVRemix: Do you want to be cremated or buried?

Approach: Cremated. Donate my organs and parts.

MVRemix: What do you want on your epitaph?

Approach: He Lived, loved and grew.

MVRemix: What is in the future for Approach?

Approach: 4 new albums and a bunch of road gigs!

MVRemix: What collaborations should we look out for?

Approach: Oh No and Approach and Antique Mall with Nezbeats.

MVRemix: Any final words for the people who are reading this?

Approach: February 22, 2005. Deep Thinkers ‘Necks Move’ LP in stores everywhere! Thanks, T. Jones. Peace, Brother Japro.


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    "I was asleep at my Mom’s house. I was shocked and really uneasy. It's all Karma, so it made me stay focused and keep the positive messages coming. I have always believed that when someone is at the most comfortable point, it's the best time to strike. So, I always have my eyes and ears open."