Sabac Red - conducted by Hugo Lunny  

Sabac Red Interview

October 2008

MVRemix: How long did the record take to record and how planned was it - ie did you set out with a tracklisting and stick to it or record a number of songs and chose a select amount leaving the rest on the "cutting room floor"?

Sabac Red: See the answer before. [chuckles]

MVRemix: What do you wish to achieve with the album?

Sabac Red: I really want people to hear it. I dont care how much I actually sell. We didnt spend a lot making the album so money will be generated but I really want people to hear it. I believe everyone can take something positive from it if they listen to it. I also trust that this album will give people a better understanding of who I am and who I have become. My music is still heavy, lyrical... Brooklyn real shit and it has a message.

MVRemix: What specifically inspired "Death and Destiny"?

Sabac Red: The creator; God! "Death and Destiny" was the last song I recorded for the album. I had been listing to the beat for weeks attempting to come up with something that fit. I really love the beat but nothing came out that I liked. I remember the day I wrote the hook; my wifes family was visiting from Colombia and they were going to San Francisco for the day to chill. I told my wife I was just going to stay home and work. When they all left I put on the beat and was just zoning out. I started thinking about death and how its a part of life and there is nothing we can do to stop it. I literally spit the hook out loud and then wrote it just how you hear it on the song. It came out just like that, no edits, nothing just flowed right out. The next morning, like 6AM, I woke up and wrote my verse in 15 minutes. This song just came through me. I had been on tour with Slaine a few months back and we spoke about him being on the record, so when this started to come to life I could really hear him on it and it worked, he killed it.

MVRemix: Have fun with this one, a la "Fight Club" - "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight"?

Sabac Red: Nicholas Cage!

MVRemix: Would you win?

Sabac Red: I dislike him so much I would be in a zone and fuck him up! [laughs] Thats fucked up. I dont even know dude he could be a great guy, but I hate his acting.

MVRemix: How did you get involved with the Unified School District and what inspired that connection?

Sabac Red: When I moved out here my wife had already worked for the district but left to work somewhere else so she set up an interview and I got to job. What I do is real dope, I run the High School after school program providing the students a safe place to be creative and get their grades up.

MVRemix: What are your thoughts on the upcoming election?

Sabac Red: Sabac Obama!

MVRemix: What's next after "The Ritual"?

Sabac Red: "The Collabo Collection Vol 3, BK to The Bay" album.

MVRemix: Do you have any non musical aspirations?

Sabac Red: A clothing store/brand called OZ me and my boy DFI started, children of my own, travel more not just to tour.

MVRemix: Any last words?

Sabac Red: Say "Hi" to your mother for me... [laughs]

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