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D-Sisive - conducted by Offishall  


July 1999

These are the transcripts of an interview with D-Sisive. The interview was conducted by Offishall on July 3rd, 1999.

MVRemix: How and when did you get into hip hop?

D-Sisive: I got into Hip Hop when I heard the song 'Parents Just Don't Understand' by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. I was around nine or ten then. I went out and bought the album and from then on my whole life changed. I became so obsessed with rap. I memorized every song off of that album and started to write my own rhymes. They were pretty garbage, but what do you expect from a ten year old. Well, then again, I was probably at Mase's caliber when I was ten so I probably could have went Platinum. Haha.

MVRemix: Are you done school yet? Any plans on college or university?

D-Sisive: I just graduated from High School. I plan to start college in January to study Childhood Education, and Film Production Studies. Studying film is not to shoot my own videos, but to be able to fulfill my life's dream. Shoot Midget Pornography..haha. Haha, great, hips hop midget porno.

MVRemix: The response you get from your demo CD and EP is incredible. We get swamped with emails and questions about ya. Peeps love ya, so I guess the question is - how does it feel to see people respond like this to your music?

D-Sisive: It is very flattering and also motivating. The responses make me feel that I am doing something right, so I'll still keep at it. I know you can't please everyone and there are people who think I am wack. That's cool, but as long as I know the real heads are behind me, I'm going to keep doing what I do.

MVRemix: What does Hip Hop mean to you?

D-Sisive: Hip Hop means everything to me. It is a way of living. It is a religion. You must worship every element to it and be faithful to it by not fucking it up. For example, in the Muslim religion, you are restricted from eating pork, and if you do so you are being unfaithful. In Hip Hop, you are restricted from doing wack shit (Pork Substitute), and if you do so you are being unfaithful and should be punished. Cough...Mase..Cough...Puffy...Cough

MVRemix: What was the first hip hop CD you bought?

D-Sisive: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper.

MVRemix: Already the comparisons to Eminem have started - how does this make ya feel?

D-Sisive: I've prepared myself for this because I knew it would happen. I respect and admire Eminem's work so it is somewhat of a compliment to me. People need some white person to compare me to. It's better him than Vanilla Ice.

MVRemix: Myself being of the Caucasian persuasion and being a hip hop fan since I was 8, I know that sometimes people don't see through the appearance. But Eminem seems to have broken down some barriers. You think people are finally being accepted for skills and not race or where you're from?

D-Sisive: Not really because ignorance will always exist. A lot of heads feel that Eminem is wack, when we all know that he isn't. The heads that respect him are the heads that are true to the game and would accept him even if he didn't sell two million records. A lot of people don't want to hear white people rap, therefore no matter how dope you are, they wont like you anyways. Everybody should start wearing masks in their videos so we could show people how ignorant they are.

MVRemix: We are seeing some incredible talent, Swollen Members, GC, yourself, Monolith, Classified, Frankenstein, etc....How do you like the Canadian hip hop scene right now?

D-Sisive: I love it. Everything about is tight. Mind you, we've always had the talent and finally people are recognizing it.

MVRemix: What do you think we gotta do to get the big labels to sign our talent?

D-Sisive: Sell product. That's what labels are about. Making money. So if you can't make it for yourself, they know you wont make it for them. That is why being independent is so important.

MVRemix: So if you get a big label, errrr, when you get your big label deal - does D-Sisive change at all? For more exposure, or does he keep doing what he always has?

D-Sisive: I will stay the same. If a big label signs me, why would they try to change me? There is no logic to it. You all know what I am about so why try to send me out in a new costume. I've been doing this for years. Changing me would make fools out of myself and the label. I'm not Vanilla Ice who was brought out out of the blue. Heads from all around know D-Sisive so for myself to come out in a shiny tracksuit and not make fun of it would be retarded. Nobody would benefit from it.

MVRemix: So who's D-sisive bumpin' in the walkman these days?

D-Sisive: Everybody who's remotely dope. Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Canibus, Limp Bizkit (the white side of me), Royce The 5'9, Chino XL, everybody.

MVRemix: Any artists you'd like to work with?

D-Sisive: I would work with everybody if I could. I'd love to work with Eminem, and do a song for the people who compare me to him. I'd also like to work with Limp Bizkit.

MVRemix: And your fav producers?

D-Sisive: King Primo, RZA, and Timbaland (because he created a whole different sound).

MVRemix: What's your all time favorite song and album?

D-Sisive: There is so many. Song wise, I love 'NY State Of Mind' by Nas, 'Juicy' by Biggie, and 'In The Meantime' by Black Sheep. Album wise, any thing by Biggie, 'Slim Shady LP,' Black Sheep; 'A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing,' and Nas; 'Illmatic.'

MVRemix: Hah, here we go - you're trapped on an island, with Walkman, endless supply of batteries. But, can only have 5 Tapes, which would they be and why?

D-Sisive: Nas; 'Illmatic' - shit is real, Notorious BIG; 'Ready To Die' & 'Life After Death' - he is my favorite MC of all time. I'll dub both of them on one long ass tape, Black Sheep; 'A Wolf In... - dope all around, Mase; 'Harlem World' - for comic relief and Redman; 'Doc's Da Name' - I Love Redman

MVRemix: I've talked to a couple people who have talked to you and they all said the same thing, real down to earth guy, nice, etc. Do you think it's important for artists to remain on the humble, not only before the deal, but during the success? 'Cause a lot of cats change quick.

D-Sisive: There is no point in being a conceited asshole because your attitude revolves everything around you. If you are an ass nobody would want to be bothered with you no matter how dope you are. I consider myself a joker. I'm serious at times, but to me it's more important to make others feel comfortable.

MVRemix: If you could change one thing about hip hop. What would it be? If any...

D-Sisive: Retarded rappers who go triple Platinum. You know who you are. I would change the views of the consumers, not the performers because they (the consumers) are the people who support the shit. I wish I could educate them on what real hip-hop is about. Leave the pop for the 12 year old Backstreet Boys fans.

MVRemix: So you doing many shows? How's the response from the crowds been?

D-Sisive: Crowd response has always been good. I perform a lot so I know how to read a crowd. I like to work according to the crowd's attitude; therefore my shows are always unpredictable. All I want to do is have a good time on stage.

MVRemix: Much Music is giving you mad love with your video, it's on a lot, they always seem to really play the Canadian artists. How's the reaction to the single/video been?

D-Sisive: It's not really on that much, but it got good play. The response is dope. Everyone I've talked to likes it, but maybe they are just saying that... Hmmmm. I'm shooting another video in August for my song off the Orin Isaacs album. It is called 'E.W.' Y'all could buy it, or check it out at There should be a sample there for y'all.

MVRemix: Who did the direction of the video, and came up with the concept for it?

D-Sisive: RAJE Film house (Northern Touch, Maestro) did the video. There is no real concept to the video. Just hip-hop so I guess everybody who plays a part in hip hop came up with it.

MVRemix: Other then your solo career any other plans?

D-Sisive: I'm doing an EP with my crew 4 th Eye-Q Truth Commission - myself, Rhyno, and Unknown Misery. Straying away from music, I'm working on an independent screen play, and a Short Story which hopefully gets published. And then there's Midget Pornography, haha.

MVRemix: You're gonna have to hook the staff up here with a copy of the midget porno when its done. So when is the LP coming out? And what's tha title?

D-Sisive: Hopefully it will be ready by the new millennium. So far, it is called 'It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times'.

MVRemix: How close to finishing (the LP) are you?

D-Sisive: Fairly close, but not there yet. I'd rather take my time and complete a project that y'all will love rather than rush a trashy album.

MVRemix: What do you want people to get from your album?

D-Sisive: I want people to respect Hip Hop. My album is on some different shit. There is a lot of experimenting being done. I want to set off the new millennium with something different for the heads. Don't expect no crime related-thug shit because it won't be there.

MVRemix: Who does the production?

D-Sisive: I work with DJ Serious, Jus Cuz' Productions, Scam, Da Grassroots, CSC, just to name a few.

MVRemix: And lastly, any last words for the fans out there?

D-Sisive: Keep It Real, but when I say keep it real, I don't mean keep it real to your boys or to the streets. Keep it real to yourself. Don't follow crowds. Do whatever you want to do. If some people don't like it, do it anyways just to piss them off. I do it. Thanks to all that love my music. It is very appreciated and be on the lookout for my new 12" as well as the 'Truth Commission' EP.

Shout Outs: Chin, jaq, Mitch, Roundabout, Unknown Misery, Rhyno, Shakes, Luta, Head, My Yoko Ono (KP),Eddie, DJ Serious, Len, Nav, CSC, Jus Cuz', Abs, Mike Myers, Mase, and everybody from around the way.

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