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Hezekiah - conducted by Todd E. Jones  


Hurrying Up To Wait With Hezekiah

November 2006

MVRemix: Who are some producers you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Hezekiah: Just Blaze, Mr. West, and Jazzy Pha. In the after-life, J Dilla, and Scott La Rock.

MVRemix: Who are some artists you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Hezekiah: Nas, Will.i.am, Cee-Lo, Speech, Ben Harper, and the lead singer of System Of A Down.

MVRemix: You did production for J-Live on his album, 'The Hear After'. How did that connection happen? What was he like to work with? Was the song done together in the studio?

Hezekiah: When J-Live moved to Philly, he moved 3 blocks away from me. Oddisee was working with him. J-Live picked the beat from a beat CD.

MVRemix: Do you think that collaboration through the Internet or mail has a major effect and change on the way the songs come out?

Hezekiah: Yeah. You can get a lot more finished, faster.

MVRemix: What about the quality or the feeling of the song?

Hezekiah: Yeah, I agree. It's not the same.

MVRemix: What LPs have you been listening to during the last couple of days?

Hezekiah: System Of A Down, Pearl Jam, and Sean P.

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

Hezekiah: This group of white prep kids on South Street, two days ago, beat-boxing in my ear and making hip-hop jesters in my face. Dumb sh*t. Also, why the f*ck on HBO, you can watch 'The Wire' or 'Def Comedy Jam', the two black shows, a week before it airs using On Demand? They didn't do that sh*t with 'The Sopranos' or 'Entourage'. Is it that they don't want us to rate higher then their other shows? That sh*t is bugging me.

MVRemix: Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you handle it?

Hezekiah: Sleeping in Philly. My boy called me 4 blocks away from the towers. I told him this ain't the first time that happened. I told him to run. He got out of right before the 2nd one hit. My mom always said it was set up. From Pearl Harbor to whatever war, if you want answers, follow who had more to gain. They are the ones who did it.

MVRemix: You have done a myriad of work with Grand Agent. How did you two begin working together? How is working with him different from other artists?"

Hezekiah: Philly is a small town. That cat is a pro. I love working with him. I want to do more. He comes up with some crazy but straight hooks. His cadence on my tracks matches so well. It's like Nas and Premo. It's Philly, just Philly.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say a name of a name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, 'Flava Flav', you may say 'Clock', 'Crack', or 'The Surreal Life'. Okay?

Hezekiah: Philly.

MVRemix: Gangstarr.

Hezekiah: Hip-hop.

MVRemix: Dead Prez.

Hezekiah: Black.

MVRemix: Public Enemy.

Hezekiah: Timeless.

MVRemix: Common.

Hezekiah: Pimp. (Laughs).

MVRemix: Cassidy.

Hezekiah: Canibus.

MVRemix: Mos Def.

Hezekiah: Poet.

MVRemix: The Roots.

Hezekiah: Music.

MVRemix: Sadat X.

Hezekiah: Voice.

MVRemix: Curtis Mayfield.

Hezekiah: Life.

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Hezekiah: Nothing.

MVRemix: J Dilla.

Hezekiah: Genius.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Hezekiah: Skills.

MVRemix: Grand Agent.

Hezekiah: Future.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Hezekiah: Boooo!

MVRemix: Do you have a favorite sampler/drum machine?

Hezekiah: I just use the MPC 2000.

MVRemix: How are Philadelphia audiences different from other audiences?

Hezekiah: Philly don't know what Philly likes. It's funny. They say they like something but then, they don't come to the shows or buy the album or movie. Is that just Philly?

MVRemix: What's next?

Hezekiah: A Grammy and money. My next album, 'I Predict A Riot' and a bunch of other people's stuff that I hope will make the cut.

MVRemix: Final words?

Hezekiah: Life is too short to sleep. So, if you can, don't.





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