Time is a Hip Hop prodigy. He started writing at the age of 12, and was already performing live at 15. However, it wasn't until he released his debut EP Meditation of Thought, that things really started to take off for the Denver, Colorado native. Now with his follow up, full-length release, Litterture, Time is looking take his career to the next level.
MVRemix: What was it like growing up in your home town, Denver, Colorado, over the years?
Time: Growing up in Denver was great. We’ve been a lot of places and I always love coming back here. After a couple months here though I am always ready to leave town again. I grew up in north Denver, which is pretty much a Hispanic neighborhood. I remember getting picked on a lot throughout elementary but that started to die down when I hit middle school. I mostly started to act COOLER!
MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?
Time: My first memory of Hip Hop was probably my brother listening to N.W.A. full blast when my parents weren’t home and him telling me never to repeat any of those words around her. Growing up I hated Hip Hop with a passion. I beat up my cousin cause she liked TLC. All I listened to was Pantera, Ministry and the Styx. Then one day my brother handed me a Fresh Prince album and I fell in love.
MVRemix: What was the one album you constantly listened to growing up?
Time: Growing up I constantly listened to Pantera, “Cowboys From Hell.” Then my brother handed me a Run DMC album called “King of Rock”, which came out when I was born (1985). That along with Fresh Prince and Ministry “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste” was memorized. Those four albums were the one album I constantly listened to growing up??
MVRemix: How did you first get into rhyming?
Time: I first got into busting or rhyming or flowing or rocking the mic or blessing the device when I was 13. I was outside playing basketball one day listening to Blackstar singing along. Then I had this incredible urge to go write. It’s all I wanted to do. I went inside and wrote like three songs. Horrible songs, one was about basketball, one was about a boy named Seth who was on meth and one was about bubblegum. Mos Def and Talib Kweli really got me into rapping. My music and rapping really just got started from an incredible urge just to go do it… cause it feel reallll good (said in Bobby Booshay accent).
MVRemix: I read that you started writing at the age of 12, and performing at 15. What do you attribute to getting your start so early?
Time: My age of start changes everyday it seems. I just loved writing so there was really no way out of that. I wrote song after song when I was young. As far as performing, my friends and I thought we were bouts to MF’ing blow up when we were 16 so we would go to some coffee shop poetry slams and just rap. We tried to get into some open mics but most are all 21+, which I still have a bitchin’ time getting into. I was introduced to AwareNess by a little calculus graff kid ENOLA! from my high school. AwareNess started making me beats here and there and Points and I started performing at this little hole in the wall on East Colfax. That same night at that shit hole we ran into a little raggedy guy named Ancient Mith, who is now blowing up like birds on Alka-Seltzer. It wasn’t like AwareNess pushed me or I pushed him we kind of felt comfortable by each other and started making moves towards our goals.
MVRemix: How did you start to make a name for yourself locally, then on a larger scale?
Time: Making a name for myself locally, we just did show after show after show. We made propaganda flyers and got written up in the local papers for various Rap battles. I also got on a DVD featuring some Rap battles from Grand Junction, which also included Points and Ancient Mith. Right now we are getting wonderful reviews all over from Chicago to Germany but we still can’t get recognition in our own hometown. Denver is a weird place to make music cause the locals fight with each other like pigmies.
On a larger scale “Litterture” was chucked out to every magazine and website in the universe. The Internet has really helped us with promotion. Our music is even on I-tunes now. Once we started touring, people became really receptive to us. We went to Berkeley not to long ago with OptikFusionEmbrace and the Psychokinetics and got a wonderful turnout.
MVRemix: Tell us about your debut release Meditation of Thought EP.
Time: Personally I like the lyrics on this EP but it doesn’t even have overdubs. It is very raw, like veteran meatloaf arm. We made 200 of these EP’s and sold about a hundred of them the first night at this little Bookstore where they used to do underground shows. Our studio crashed half way through Litterture and we lost the first half of Litterture and the whole MOT EP. I saw that it was on Kazaa and I-tunes though. We made it in like a month when I was 17. Maybe one day when I’m a pretentious prick who sells out and makes booty music we can find someone who has it and re release it.
MVRemix: Tell us about your latest album Litterture.
Time: Litterture is my baby. We lost her half way through and redid her even better. I put my Johnson into this album. We tried not to have it sound repetitive. We tried not to have it sound repetitive. So there is a wide range of songs on there. Carson Daly and Larry King both agree the album SUCKS.
MVRemix: Who is doing the production on the album? Guest appearances?
Time: Half of the album is produced by my CALM brother, AwareNess. I got beautiful production from OptikFusionEmbrace’s Satyr, dirty south Jim Duggin beats from Valley Sequence, The Equation made a nice little story telling beat and Equilibrium was nice enough to put Mac Lethal on hold for his stomping beat.
There are two guest appearances. Extra Kool from OptikFusionEmbrace and A.D.D.ie. is currently in Canada working on some nerd rap.