The music of Mr. Greenweedz may sound slightly out of place from the other music released on the record label, All Natural Hip-Hop. Although he creates music with very different vibes and sentiments, he shares a love for creativity and individuality with everyone in his crew.
Based in Chicago, All Natural Hip-Hop is run by Capital D (of the group All Natural). After becoming enlightened with the Muslim religion, Capital D makes a serious effort to release positive, respectful, and socially conscious hip-hop. Every single LP from All Natural is usually spiritually positive while including some kind of socio-political statements. The label includes artists like Daily Planet, G.Riot, Iomos Marad, Rita J, and others.
Member of the label’s super group Family Tree, Mr. Greenweedz has always walked his own path. His road was parallel to the label’s road, but just a little off to the side. Although he is socially conscious, Greenweedz creates psychedelic, sensual, and conceptually fun hip-hop. While Capital D’s music may promote strict discipline, Mr. Greenweedz wants the listener to get loose and trip out on the musical freedom of hip-hop.
Before a full-length album was released, Mr. Greenweedz remained a busy hip-hop artist. His prominent contributions are evident throughout All Natural’s catalogue. He has been on all of the Family Tree albums (“Planting Seeds” & “Tree House Rock”). He contributed a stellar verse on “The Essence Of J. Rawls” LP. He rocked his performance on “Transformations” from Capital D’s solo “Insomnia” LP. He also became the emcee for the band, Liquid Soul.
The seeds of creativity let branches of The Family Tree span across America. From Chicago, Mr. Greenweedz hooked up with G.Riot, a producer from Colorado. On All Natural Hip-Hop, Mr. Greenweedz & G.Riot released 2005’s “G-Strings” LP. G.Riot’s signature production added to the high-quality level of All Natural Hip-Hop’s music “G-Strings” maintains the tradition. As a duo, Mr. Greenweedz & G.Riot share a unique chemistry reminiscent of Gangstarr (Guru & Premier) and Eric. B & Rakim. The producer and emcee both maintain their individuality with hardcore hip-hop expression. Although “G-Strings” may not fit in with the typical LPs released on Capital D’s label, the love for originality and unique hip-hop is prevalent.
Mr. Greenweedz has finally completed something that he can call his own. Although his solo LP, “Whoritculture” has yet to be released, the artist is astute enough to appreciate the fact that he has creative control over the art form he loves. A lover of literature and music, creativity is his addiction. Mr. Greenweedz is not one of those stereotypical dreadlock Rasta emcees. He is a true individual who is high on the addictive opiate of music.
MVRemix: What goes on?
Mr. Greenweedz: I’m chilling, man. How you feel? Problems are like assholes, we all got them.
MVRemix: Tell us about your album ‘G-Strings’ on All Natural Records made with G. Riot.
Mr. Greenweedz: It’s kind of a double entendre, you know? G for Mr. Greenweedz and G with G.Riot. G! G.Riot has such a unique sound and I wanted to put a unique flavor over it. I wanted to create a new sound called ‘G-Strings’. Our sound is unique in a sense that a lot of people are not putting too much melody in hip-hop nor are people being challenged to think when it comes to the rhyme. I’m not saying we are really do something that different, but I’m trying to give a little bit of something of the old mixed in with something new. I definitely wanted to have an erotic undertone. That’s not the driving force, but music has to establish a mood. Music has to have that sexy quality to it. I want to make that music that just makes people feel good. I think I have that influence too. You have to have emotion in music.
MVRemix: As opposed to the other albums released on All Natural, ‘G-Strings’ has many drug references and a loose attitude towards drugs. How do you feel about drugs? Do you experiment?
Mr. Greenweedz: Hmm. I have. I’m definitely around a lot of people who do. When it comes to Lamb Spread or herb, I’ve had that in many different forms like cookies and brownies. I’ve done shrooms, which I don’t do much. Man, when I did them, it was cool. You can look at it two ways. You can look at it as an extreme connection or paranoia. If you drink too much, it’s extreme. Whatever you do, you have to have balance. I haven’t done anything else outside of that. I just kind of wanted to touch on that realm. I get into a lot of cats like Carlos Castaneda. I like to get open.
MVRemix: Like myself, you are a lover of literature.
Mr. Greenweedz: I read literature. One thing I like to do is translate literature into hip-hop. Literature allows you to go deep. The author takes the characters as deep as the author wants to take them. Emcees lay stuff out for you. They give you a blueprint. You can interpret songs many ways. Take any of the Native Tongue records, especially Jungle Brothers or De La Soul. Even Kool Keith. You go back to those records years later, and you finally get what they meant. I want people to get that from me. I’m like that anyway. That is what makes music timeless. I don’t want people to hear this record and say that it was meant to be played in 2005. I want people to go back to it and hear it like it is something new and fresh.
MVRemix: The ‘G-Strings’ album is very loose compared to the other All Natural releases. Since Capital D is a strict Muslin, did he have problems with some of the album?
Mr. Greenweedz: Let me just say that I did receive some. I had to pull sport. They had to drop the record anyway. Let’s put it like that. One reflection, you had both ends. Since Cap D underwent a new birth into Islam, he’s pretty much about keeping the music a certain way. I don’t want to say clean, but maybe more direct or positive. He definitely wanted it to be positive or political. I didn’t want to do that on this record. I wanted hip-hop to be fun. I have a lot of situations in life. I’m from the West Side of Chicago. I’ve dealt with depression, not as far as me being depressed. I’ve just seen everyone sad. Everyone wants to talk about problems. It came to a point that it became preachy to me. I just wanted to take a different direction completely. I didn’t want to do anything similar to the Family Tree record or an All Natural record. This was also because G.Riot was producing my record.
MVRemix: What did Capital D think of ‘G-Strings’?
Mr. Greenweedz: He didn’t like the record. I’ve known Cap for years so, that wasn’t the Capital D who I’ve always known. I think everyone finds their way. I think that he found his way and I have to find mine. Todd, I thought that was a real intriguing question.