MVRemix: What exactly is the Rawkus 50 and how did you get involved with it?
Cymarshall Law: Rawkus 50 is a movement of artists coming together to make a change in the game for the better. According to Rawkus we’re the next 50 hottest emcees in the game. One of the guys who works with Rawkus knew me for a while from me doing shows with Pumpkinhead when I was still a youngin’. He liked me then and wanted to help me out and finally found a opportunity to get me in, so he offered me a spot on the 50 . They did have a contest were apparently thousands of people entered to be on the 50, I however had no knowledge of the contest and no one told me about it, luckily one day I opened my MySpace and there was an offer to join.
MVRemix: How did you end up hooking up with KRS-One?
Cymarshall Law: My main man Aubrey who has been helping me with things Hip Hop related recently linked us together. I hit KRS with my album “Hip Hop in the Flesh” at an in-store he did at Fat Beats earlier in 2007. Aubrey let me know he was feeling it especially my single “Addiction,” KRS was in town for some shows and when the opportunity presented itself and I was ready, KRS was kind enough to lay down a verse one night. I’m sitting there watching him lay his verse just in Awe it was surreal like, “Yo, is teach really in front of me laying down ad libs for my song? Wow!” KRS is the ultimate hip hop figure and he gave me the stamp of approval. We had a great convo he got into my head I asked him some things I wanted to know and history was made that night.
MVRemix: Tell me about the group Everliven - how did it come about and who’s involved?
Cymarshall Law: My brother Skit Slam was an emcee before I even started writing he had a group called Everliven Sound, just him and his DJ/Producer. They were right in the mix in those Golden NYC Nuyorican Lyricist Lounge Days. When I got to be like 18 or 19 after he had already been on several Scienz of Life Records one of which was on Bobbitos old Fondle Em Records (“Nine Ether Remix”) he moved back from ATL where he had just secured a deal with Big Juss’ then Subverse Music and asked me to join the group because he felt the best way to make music was with your family. He decided after a convo with MF Doom, who at the time was also on Subverse. So yeah, Cymarshall Law and Skit Slam are Everliven Sound and when the Brothers unite its something serious. We have a whole album coming out in March called “Freedom” its fully produced by these boys from Sweden named the Beatnikz. Everyone says I pick good beats well these boys beats were so hot we had to make a whole album with them…check for that new Everliven Sound Album March 2008.
MVRemix: What about the “Cyology” series, how did that begin?
Cymarshall Law: “Putting me in a box is like getting a Lion in kittens cage” off a joint I did called Laxative Rap. Because my music style enables me to go from A to Z all while maintaining who I am, very versatile I’d say is one of my best strengths. “Cyology” means the study of Cy, so on these projects I wanted to allow the listener to study all of me. There’s a little bit of everything on these CDs’ stories, straight spittin’ topics… sometimes my boys be like, “Yo Cy come with a whole CD just straight Spittin!” But I like to mix it up because I can, some people can’t.
The response from the first CD was incredible, so I Did a part 2 - surpassed 1 in my eyes, then in 2006 I had a chance meeting with Jay-Z tried to give the man a CD and he didn’t want it because there were some unoriginal beats on there. I kicked myself for a month after that… So “Cyology 3” will be a street album with all original beats.
MVRemix: Now I’m one of the many people that can’t stand Myspace, but it seems to have done wonders for a great number of artists. What are your thoughts on the site and how it has contributed to your following?
Cymarshall Law: All hail Myspace! I’m sure my fanbase has quadrupled because of it, I’ve landed myself shows in Europe because of it, got on TV because of it, found my favorite producers because it. I can go on and on like my favorite Badu Song. Man why do you hate MySpace? You shouldn’t hate anything.
MVRemix: Tell me about the album, “Hip Hop In The Soul.” I know you’re working on it and have yet to find a home, but how’s it going thus far?
Cymarshall Law: I have 20 Tracks completed; the whole album is produced by Mr. Joeker, a beast of a producer from Hungary - found on MySpace. Because I have him I don’t feel to bad about not getting beats from the producers with a bigger name that were quoting me 1500 for a beat that’s pretty impossible with 2 kids and no label backing besides my own. Anyway he’s that dope. I’m going to make about 10 more joints then wrap it up, its like a part 2 to my current album “Hip Hop in the Flesh.”
The only guests so far are KRS-ONE , Skit Slam and Supastition. I’m not big on having an album loaded with guests you don’t even know, maybe 1 or 2 more features but they have to be right. I step it up on this album….I got some songs were I’m just straight spazzing on the mic. I wanted to show everyone like, “Yo…I do these topics and stories but some of my favorite albums growing up the Redman’s and Bustas these dudes just got on the mic and spazzed for a whole album!” So I got a few joints like that, I always will come with the hot Stories since I found people seem to really like that about me. I have some ill Topics and an altogether tight project. The first album I did was really good, but if you liked that one you’re going to love the new one, “Hip Hop In The Soul” coming April 2008.
MVRemix: How did the title come about?
Cymarshall Law: I was building off the title of my current album “Hip Hop in the Flesh” the next step to that would be “soul.” What’s the difference you ask? The soul is deeper than flesh.