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Distraktions Of Distrakt

February 2007

MVRemix: On the song, 'Power, Money And Influence' from Guru's 'Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures' album, Talib Kweli makes a comment that Pro-Tools made producers lazy. Do you agree?

Distrakt: To me, it's just a recording program. Does it make producers lazy? I think it makes their job a little easier, when they're dealing with a budget and they need to get the job done. Not everybody can do an amazing one-take, like Kid Hood did on 'Scenario' with A Tribe Called Quest.

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

Distrakt: There are a lot, but Premo, Pete Rock, Ced Gee, Rza, MF Doom, Madlib, and J-Zone.

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

Distrakt: Again, there are a lot, but BB King, Kool Keith, MF Doom, and Buckshot.

MVRemix: Recently, what music have you been listening to?

Distrakt: To be honest, I've been making music. I'm listening to old wax and making my own creative and original music.

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

Distrakt: There's a song on the album called 'Stereotypes' that talks about some harsh experiences. The most recent one? I'd rather not go there. It's a negative vibe.

MVRemix: Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you handle that experience?

Distrakt: That was a horrible day, man. I was in the kitchen, eating breakfast. When I saw it happen, I felt pain for everyone involved.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say a name of a name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, 'Flava Flav', you may say 'Clock', 'Crack', or 'The Surreal Life'. Okay?

Distrakt: Let's go.

MVRemix: Little Brother.

Distrakt: Red beans and rice.

MVRemix: Jay-Z.

Distrakt: Hustler.

MVRemix: Common.

Distrakt: Sense.

MVRemix: Nas.

Distrakt: Lyrical master.

MVRemix: Sean Price.

Distrakt: Hard to the muthaf*cking core!

MVRemix: Sadat X.

Distrakt: Wild cowboy.

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Distrakt: Underground geniuses.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Distrakt: Dope.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Distrakt: Ain't the devil happy.

MVRemix: In The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius writes, 'It's my belief that history is a wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.' What works of art, literature, or music helped you maintain?

Distrakt: Lectures and writings by John Cage. KRS-One has always been a strong teacher for me.

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

Distrakt: No. To me? Yes. To me, yes. You could be successful at what you do and not get the credit you deserve. Meaning, I did my latest record without features that display my true skills. Some record labels out there won't even mess with you, if you don't have someone on it who is creditable.

MVRemix: Tell us about your next album.

Distrakt: I'm taking an unorthodox approach with a deep-rooted foundation in authentic hip-hop.

MVRemix: Are you producing your next album all by yourself again?

Distrakt: True indeed!

MVRemix: Final words?

Distrakt: Thank you, Todd E. Jones, for the interview. You are a great dude! Thank you again, Todd. This is truly one of the greatest days of my life. I'd like to say to any emcees or producers out there, to be original and add on. Go visit the Distrakt website at and . One!

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    "I did my latest record without features that display my true skills. Some record labels out there won't even mess with you, if you don't have someone on it who is creditable."