Big Tone - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  

Big Tone

November 2005

MVRemix: Tell us about your new album - The Drought. What types of songs, concepts and issues can fans expect to hear on the album?

Big Tone: It’s me. Documentation of what me and my fam were going through while I was cutting it. Everything from the music, the communities were from, the struggles, the joys. It’s all real.

MVRemix: What do you want fans to come away with after listening to this album?

Big Tone: I think they’ll come away with some appreciation knowing that there’s still some new cats coming out trying to contribute to the integrity of the music. Beats, rhymes, and content.

MVRemix: You also produce every track on the album, so how would you describe your production sound?

Big Tone: It’s definitely that Detroit sound. Soulful, yet funky. Chopping shit up, and freaking it. Splicing break beats around….yadda yadda. You know D shit when you hear it.

MVRemix: What has been the biggest headache you have had to deal with in this Hip-Hop game so far?

Big Tone: Just breaking ground as a new artist. Things are definitely coming together, because people want to hear fresh shit. But just getting there has definitely been a journey.

MVRemix: Corporate America has basically taken over Hip Hop and brainwashed the public to think what you hear on the radio and TV is real Hip Hop. What do we have to do to change that, or can we change that? Because it seems as if there is no hope in the fight against the corporate manipulation of Hip Hop?

Big Tone: I think modern hip-hop is on some cookie cutter shit. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of dope stuff out. But on that major scale in dealing with what’s commercially pushed by major corporations, they just follow what’s currently “hot”. But I think as long as cats keep contributing good, honest music on the underground, it’ll always have balance. The underground is what allows the majors to do what they do.

MVRemix: It seems as if a lot of emcees create an overblown character or image for themselves so they can sell records. But after while, they get wrapped up in their own character and can't decipher between the two. Do you think that is an accurate statement and have you seen that in the Hip Hop game? Does that make it harder for the regular guys in this rap game who aren't Mr. Super Thug?

Big Tone: Everybody knows what’s real when they hear it. Cats who’re truly doing what they say they are find a way to express it to let you know that it’s coming from they’re heart, and the hearts of those who they represent…not just because it sounds good or because it sells. I think that holds true no matter what kind of picture an artist paints. Regular cat or not.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future? Do you have a vision or goal for the future?

Big Tone: Just trying to stay busy, man. Wasted Youth album in the works. Collaborating with Lacks, as well. Plus getting this production company off . Just trying to grind going into “06.

MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs or plugs?

Big Tone: Yeah…peace and prosperity to everyone. Keep supporting that real shit.

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