Krumbsnatcha conducted by Hugo Lunny  



Krumbsnatcha Interview

November 2002

These are the transcripts of an interview with Krumbsnatcha. The interview was conducted by Hugo Lunny on November 25th, 2002. Krumbsnatcha is an energetic independent emcee affiliated with the infamous Gang Starr foundation. He recently dropped an album on D&D Records; "Respect All, Fear None."


MVRemix: Can you explain the origin of your name.

Krumbsnatcha: Originally I got it from my uncle. He used to call me a "little crumb snatcher." Being that I was always a little cat that was running around the house or rummaging inside something. So he called me a little "nappy headed" crumb snatcher. I liked that and so I decided to stick with the moniker.

MVRemix: What's your background specifically. I know you have a Wu-tang - Wu-fam affiliation, and one too with Gang Starr. Can you be elaborate on your roots?

Krumbsnatcha: Basically, I'm cool with certain cats from the Wu. I'm part of the Gang Starr foundation, I deal with Guru and Primo on a regular basis. Actually, Guru's executive associate producer of my album. I've been a part of the Gang Starr associated foundation since like '97.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with Gang Starr?

Krumbsnatcha: Through a mutual friend who knew Premier. He was supposed to do a remix for a song that we had done on an independent label out of Lawrence, Massachusetts. After we'd met, instead of doing a remix we ended up recording a song["Closer To God"]. Premier introduced me to Guru, being that we're from the same area. Then Guru asked me to be on their "Moment Of Truth" album. Since then, I've been rolling with those cats.

MVRemix: Speaking of Boston, what are your thoughts on emcees like Mr. Lif, Akrobatik etc. Prominent people within the Boston scene?

Krumbsnatcha: I think they're hot. There's a market for everybody. I definitely dig Mr. Lif and Akrobatik as talented emcees. As far as me, I'm trying to show another side, another angle - as far as the Boston scene goes...besides what's out there already.

MVRemix: Now with the recent murder of Jam Master Jay, there has been the good old stigma attached to Hip Hop as a violent culture and that the music inspires violence, all that sort of bullshit. What do you think of the press that its got due to another murder?

Krumbsnatcha: It's a shame that the media hypes certain things up because the Jam Master Jay situation was probably something from beyond the scene and personal. A personal situation that was going on in his life. Hip Hop right now is just a scapegoat for certain things that go on. There's violence all day on TV, there's violence all day in the movie theatres. There's violence. You can't really blame Hip Hop music because violence is everywhere you go. Within magazines, there are guns, wherever it is. So if you shut down Hip Hop music, violence is not going to stop. There has to be a scapegoat for somebody to blame.

MVRemix: I saw your performance when you were up here [Vancouver] with Guru, Bless and Atmosphere and I found your performance pretty impressive, very energetic. Which is more important to you...coming off well on record, or being received well by a crowd due to your performance?

Krumbsnatcha: Actually the live show. That's like the medium between the record, the studio, the fans. You get to present all the emotions that you've felt during recording that record. You get to deliver it to the crowd. I learned that from Guru, just being on tour with him. He loves to give a good show, he loves performing. Always, for like an hour and a half. I think that's the best part of Hip Hop music - the performance part.

MVRemix: Tell me about 'Respect All, Fear None.'

Krumbsnatcha: Basically, that's a motto. I had read it in a martial arts magazine, pardon me, a martial arts book while I was incarcerated. It just said to respect all human beings but to fear nothing but fear itself.

MVRemix: 'Oxygen' talks about, amongst other things, a few vices. What are your personal one's?

Krumbsnatcha: Sometimes I have to ease up on the drinking, the women, you know...those are certain vices that everybody gots.

MVRemix: Now, the track 'Prison Life' on your album is very vivid, have you ever served time yourself?

Krumbsnatcha: Oh, of course.

MVRemix: Do you mind telling me what for?

Krumbsnatcha: Different crimes. My first case...I got locked up when I was eighteen, when I'd just left the military. I ended up getting an eight-year bid at eighteen years old. Throughout the time, I went throughout the prison forms. Now they give you eight years - that's a lot for a kid that's only eighteen years old. They always kept the ball and chain on me whether I was outside; on the streets. Or inside, the system was always at me. That's why I felt I needed to paint a picture for the kids to understand what really goes on there. It's not to glorify it, but just to let them know it's not at all what it's caked up to be.

MVRemix: Do you feel that your music helps act as a deterrent?

Krumbsnatcha: That's what I'm hoping. I'm just hoping people can get something from it. If one person does, I'm happy.

MVRemix: Did you happen to see the movie "8 Mile"?

Krumbsnatcha: Actually, no, it's funny you said that though. I'm actually on my way to go see it later on today.

MVRemix: In that case I can't really ask you what you thought with regards to the battling depictions in the film. But...it's not bad. Kind of Hollywood - kind of commercialized, but the best depiction I've seen/heard of.

Krumbsnatcha: Well, I can't wait to see it man. I'm actually on my way to see it today for sure.

MVRemix: In your opinion, is a freestyle, a freestyle...if it's written?

Krumbsnatcha: Um...yeah. I mean a freestyle is something that people haven't heard before. Not everybody can come off the top of their head. But, if you're saying something that's poignant and relevant, that nobody heard before. That is a freestyle.

MVRemix: With the size that Hip Hop has now grown to...do you think that the quality of the music has been helped or hindered because of the fact that it's such a huge industry?

Krumbsnatcha: I think its hindered it in certain ways...for the simple fact that you've got record labels involved in the situation and they're in it for the monetary reasons. They only want artists signed that are going to sell a certain amount of units. But there are a whole lot of emcees that have a lot of talent, that given a certain opportunity that would make great rappers,

MVRemix: I'm sure you've heard about the talk of a Training Day 2 with Ethan Hawke's character becoming more important - do you think there's much point of a sequel without Denzel?

Krumbsnatcha: Um, yeah, I think it would be good because he did a good job. Ethan Hawke did a great job in the movie too man. It's just being in the light of Denzel Washington, it's so hard for him to shine...you know? But I think it would be good for him man and I'm looking forward to seeing that because I thought that was a great movie.

MVRemix: I'm just wondering how they could do it though, because Denzel's character; the crooked cop - they managed to develop that so well...with Ethan Hawke, I don't know how they can turn it around or whatever.

Krumbsnatcha: Well, you know Denzel got killed in the end of it right? So, I don't know...it's gonna be interesting.

MVRemix: What do we have to look forward to from you aside from evidently, the album? [Collaborations, guest spots etc.]

Krumbsnatcha: Actually I'm on the new Gang Starr album "The Owners," and I'm on Teflon from M.O.P.'s new album coming out on Def Jam. I'm already also a good ten songs into my new album which I plan on dropping around March.

MVRemix: Can you tell me anything about those?

Krumbsnatcha: That one I'm having a little more fun, I'm being loose with the music. Not to say it's commercial, but I'm having a bit more fun with it. Enjoying it, trying to make good music for the people, man. I'm gonna throw a couple more gems in there, but it's already gonna be hard and street.

MVRemix: Any last comments you'd like to put to your fans/potential fans that are going to read this?

Krumbsnatcha: This is just the beginning, basically. I'm already three albums, the EP I just dropped...I'm in this for the longevity. Get used to it. I'm definitely gonna put it down, just get better as the time goes...






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