The Dirty Crew - conducted by Hugo Lunny  

The Dirty Crew

July 2005

MVRemix: What about your thoughts on the Canadian scene as a whole? How do you feel other cities compare to Vancouver?

D-vice: I've been a big fan of Canadian rap for a long time, there's many, many people out there that have a lot of talent that go unrecognized. You can’t complain though, right? I'm not gonna try to compare other cities to my own. Canada's scene as a whole is dope, I've kicked it with rappers, DJ's, graffers from all over, hopefully more to come too, it's all lovely.

Kaboom: When I go on tour, I see that talent is in abundance. If you have passion and perseverance you can do anything you want. The biggest Canadian artists in our genre are still underground in the states. Though Toronto gets a lot of attention from Video Fact and Much music, it's all about the product and the business behind the product. I just don't like it when I go to butt-fuck nowhere and rappers sound like they're from Brooklyn, New York.

Fatt Matt: Vancouver's scene is unified. I think that's excellent. I look at a place like Halifax and it's so racist it's wrong. There's a huge divide between racial cultures in hip-hop there. It's like 2 different scenes... The white scene and the black scene. I think this is startin’ to fade now but it's still very apparent. I think the Toronto scene is stagnant, its too crowded. Emcees should come to Vancouver instead of Toronto. Our nations dopest artists come from there but then you automatically know where the most wack come from too. That's the balance. Vancouver there's love for everyone. I work with black people, native people, Asian people, white people, Hispanic people - it's a beautiful thing. I'm about equality in 2005, cuz.

Neoteric: Man, I love it! I did a tour in 2003 with Tachichi, Moves, Kunga219, Cee!!!!!!!! and Rhek, and it was crazy. Met a lot of people, made a lot of connections, and broke my liver, but I'll be seein’ those people again and meetin’ more so I've got love for every city. My hometown London, Ontario is bananas! Anyone thats toured will tell you the same, the kids there are so down. Saskatoon is ridiculous as well, so many good people comin’ from there, and it’s also the home of our Distributor, Phonographique. They have a retail store too, and help so many of us get CDs into your local mom and pop stores. Calgary seems like its poppin’ off now too, big up to Fameless!! But really, every city is dope, big ups to anyone coming out to support live hip-hop!

Moves: Vancouver is one of the best places for hip hop talent. Toronto obviously has the shit on lock cause of much music and shit but the coasts are both dope as well.

MVRemix: Who do you look up to within rap and why?

D-vice: That’s a tough question, I look up to a ton of peeps in rap, it would literally take up an entire page for me to speak on them all- my fellow tour mates of course- crews like lowpressure/fried chicken, freshcoast, goodnightsmusic, sideroad, ephin, clotheshorse, POS, peanuts and corn....etc.... I mean I could literally go on and on, but I won’t.

Kaboom: When I hate on rap, I also love that true shit is now hitting the mainstream. The poppy shit got played out eventually so now it takes a lot more skills.

From the old school, I'll have to say Kool G Rap changed my life in how things need to get across. You can't just say anything. Your line has to lead somewhere. After that it was Nas. He just came across like water downhill. It helped that the beats broke necks everywhere too. These days Common and Kanye have brought it back for me. I love that New York shit. Wu Tang still makes me shit myself every time I hear it. There's tons.

For those that are new to the game; Ludacris' rhyme schemes, ghetto mentality, and cleverness is a good example for an emcee. It shows the possibilities of selling records and not being whack. He does mention rims but he says what kind and rhymes at least 8 syllables with it.

Fatt Matt: I look up to the pioneers from New York - funky four plus one more, crash crew, treacherous three. I think more people should be lookin’ up to them too, I'm only 21 but I feel like most heads my age aren't well-versed enough in the history. I look up to my homies across the country, and I hope they look up to me ‘cause we’re trying to push this scene forward. I look up to people like DJ Moves, Jorun, Epic, Chance and Sixtoo simply for the fact that they have been doing what they like, listening and creating rap through years and years before the mainstream even really took hold of it. Lots of people just abandon that shit for kids and a wife. These guys are pioneers! It's possible to have both.

Cee!!!!!!!!!: I look up especially to Kool G Rap, Public Enemy, Wu-Tang, Big Daddy Kane, Cool-C & Steady-B, Immortal Technique, Cormega, Vinnie Paz, Jus Allah, EPMD, Mobb Deep, MOP & DJ Moves, simply because they all respectively possess the ability to hold longevity and molded me from '88 to present.

Neoteric: I don't really look up to many outside my reach, but I respect so many people that built something out of nothing. Eazy-E, J-Prince, Jay-Z and Dame Dash, Russell Simmons. Man, I could go on forever, because I have respect for everyone that made a difference in rap. People like Devin the Dude and UGK, incredible talents that most people aren't recognizing, they are inspiring. Anyone that’s true to this shit and working hard is good in my books. I really gotta big up my man Moves though, he's the epitome of a rap icon here in Canada, and has, and continues to do so much for Canadian hip hop. Check his track record if you don't know the real! His beats are crazy, and he's one of the most humble and approachable people I've ever known. Not only that but we've been down forever here in Vancouver, and I'm honored to be able to work with him. Fa rilly...

Moves: I look up to rappers that are taller than me. Why, is obvious.

MVRemix: Who entitled the tour "6 Pack of Canadian"?

Kaboom: Cee!!!!!!!! and I came up with the idea to name the tour five crackers and a brownie and just have a picture of food on the flyer. But racists thought it meant something else, so we dropped it. Because I came up with that name, Neoteric got at me with it, we MSN'd back and forth and started thinking of things that had sixes in it. Most of the names sucked. We thought of a six pack.

Neoteric: That was a collaborative effort between Kaboom and myself. We were rackin’ our brains to come up with a name, and 5 Crackers and a Brownie wasn't met with the greatest feedback, even though we thought it was hilarious. So basically, there's 6 of us, we're Canadian, and we like beer. Free beer is even better, if you want to get in our good books.

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"For those that are new to the game; Ludacris' rhyme schemes, ghetto mentality, and cleverness is a good example for an emcee. It shows the possibilities of selling records and not being whack. He does mention rims but he says what kind and rhymes at least 8 syllables with it."