Chapter 13: - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Rashid’s Memoirs Of The Hip-Hop Asylum

November 2005

MVRemix: The song, 'Mercury Retrograde' is cool. Can you explain the meaning?

Rashid Hadee: Yeah, that's one of my favorites right there. I put that joint together while I was going through a tough time in life. I lost my job, my car, my girl, and my phone. Young V had moved back to Mississippi and there was other shit like that. I don't know if you are deep into astrology and shit, but mercury retrograde is simply just a time period out of year when things like this tend to happen. Right after I made that beat, that was all that I could think about. You know, like that, ‘Now that I've found you...’ is in the beat. It was like mercury retrograde talking to me. I just wrote a rhyme that symbolized retrograde as another person who was taking things away from me like my job, car, and friends. Feel me? The strange thing is that there were a lot of the people who thought I was talking about Young V. [laughs] Nah, it was only in that one line, when I was like, ‘He could take your best friend away any day’.

MVRemix: Are there deeper meanings behind the names, Young Valentine and Rashid Hadee?

Rashid Hadee: Well, my middle name is Rashid and my father's last name was Hadee. I just put the 2 together and ran with it. I used to go by Ches One, at first, all the way up until early 2003. I dropped that name because I started seeing too many One's out there. I needed something a little more different. Young Valentine originally went by Vincent Valentine, who is a character from ‘Final Fantasy’. He just dropped the Vincent and put ‘Young’ in front.

MVRemix: What is your favorite part of your live show?

Rashid Hadee: A good reaction from the crowd and a good sound system.

MVRemix: How has your live show evolved?

Rashid Hadee: Well, I've noticed that I get better with every show I do. I have learned how to get the crowd participating and things like that. I have come a long way from just hopping on stage, rapping over a beat, and leaving.

MVRemix: Why did you two handle most of the production for the album?

Rashid Hadee: Because we make all the beats.

MVRemix: Tell us about your collaboration with Gensu Dean?

Rashid Hadee: Gensu is my man and my mentor. It was only right to put that one down. Big shouts to Gensu Dean!

MVRemix: What are some songs that made you fall in love with hip-hop?

Rashid Hadee: ‘Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers’, ‘93 Till Infinity’ (Souls Of Mischief), ‘Mass Appeal’ by Gangstarr, ‘They Reminisce Over You’ (Pete Rock & CL Smooth), ‘My Philosophy’ (Krs-One), ‘Respiration’ (Black Star), ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’ and ‘Lyrics To Go’ by A Tribe Called Quest. I could go on for hours, man.

MVRemix: Who are some emcees who you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Rashid Hadee: Kanye West, Common, No I.D., Qualo, Lupe Fiasco, Mick Luter, Abstract Mindstate, Iomos Marad, Juice, and Da Brat.

MVRemix: Who are some producers who you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Rashid Hadee: Young Valentine, Gensu Dean, Analogic, DJ KO, No I.D., Melatone, Kanye West, 9th Wonder, Obsidian Blue, Oddisee, Kev Brown, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and I know no one ever mentions this guy, but Rashid Hadee!

MVRemix: You put out an album before called, ‘Legendary Aspects’. Tell us about that. What label? How is this new album different?

Rashid Hadee: This was the first collection of work me and Young V put together. It wasn't put out through a label. It was just sold from hand to hand. The new joint is different because it is more like a mix-tape than an album.

MVRemix: Where were you during September 11th terrorist attack? How did you deal with it?

Rashid Hadee: I was at home in Jackson, Mississippi. I guess I dealt with it a whole lot better than the people who died on that tragic day in history.

MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you experienced?

Rashid Hadee: I was driving. Some white guy cut me off and I called him a ‘low-down, cracker bitch’. Just kidding. [laughs] Luckily, I haven't had any incidents of racism lately. Thank God.

MVRemix: Death penalty – for or against?

Rashid Hadee: I'm for it if it ain’t me. I’m against it if it is me.

MVRemix: Abortion – pro-choice or pro-life?

Rashid Hadee: Pro-choice.

MVRemix: Do you think that success and credibility are mutually exclusive?

Rashid Hadee: Huh? Mutually what?

MVRemix: What was your childhood like? What kind of kid were you?

Rashid Hadee: Well, it took 18 years to finish it. I was the kind of kid who was shorter than the adults. [laughs] Nah, my childhood was straight. Things didn't start getting crazy until I moved to Mississippi when I was 15. That was when I was thrown into the fiery pits of sex, drugs, and hip-hop.

MVRemix: What has been in your CD player recently?

Rashid Hadee: Little Brother’s ‘The Minstrel Show’ and Black Milk’s ‘Sound Of The City’.

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