Edgar Allen Floe - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman
Edgar Allen Floe: All In The Family
MVRemix: For those who have not heard your music, how would you describe your sound or style? What do you think your strong points are as an emcee?
Edgar: My sound is definitely soulful and down-to-earth. I try to be original, and just come at a certain topic from a different angle than most. A lot of people tell me they appreciate what I do, because they may not have thought about something from my point of view before, and that helps broaden their minds. And at the same time, I want the listener to feel my words and enjoy what they’re listening to. If you can blast one of my songs 5 or 10 years from now, and it still sounds as fresh as when you first heard it, that’s dope to me. That lets me know I’m not just making disposable music. I’m trying to be in the category of the great ones, and their music is timeless.
MVRemix: How did you hook up with the Justus League?
Edgar: I got up with some of the members, like 9th Wonder, Cesar Comanche, Median, Yorel, and Eccentric, on the campus of NC State University. I first met Phonte, through 9th, at an emcee battle in 2000. He won the battle, and he was killing all of the competition! That’s what Phonte used to do before Little Brother. He was the kat to beat in all of the battles in the area. All of us would record songs in the dorm room of Yorel and Eccentric, and we just kept doing music together. That’s how the Justus League began.
MVRemix: Looking back, Little Brother and the Justus Leagues rise to fame is pretty remarkable. So were you shocked or surprised at how fast Little Brother came up in the beginning?
Edgar: I knew they would definitely make an impact, and yeah, everything began to move extremely fast when they started doing their thing. We all knew we would have success in one form or another, but to get props from so many of the legendary artists we looked up to was so amazing. I remember when Phonte let me hear the voicemail he got from Pete Rock for the first time - Man! I was like wow! Even when “The Righteous Way To Go” came out, 9th told me he had talked to Big Daddy Kane, and Kane said he was feeling me on the track. It was so dope to have greats cosign on me and my crew’s material. That let me know that we were doing it right, and since things were moving fast, we all had to make sure we kept our focus.
MVRemix: Let's move onto your new EP True Links. Why an EP instead of a full length?
Edgar: I wanted to find a way to help spread my name out to the masses before the full length comes out. I had some songs that I knew wouldn’t be on the full length, and they were dope songs, so I wanted to get those out there. I want the True Links EP to turn heads my way, and get people ready for the full length, called The Streetwise LP. And I want to have somewhat of a proper push with the full length too - decent distribution, good promotion/publicity, etc. I didn’t want to drop the album without any kind of push and little anticipation.
MVRemix: What can fans expect to hear on this album? What types of concepts, issues, and topics are you dealing with?
Edgar: True Links has a variety of soundscapes, concepts, and vibes. I have songs like “Timelife” and “Imagine” that deal with how we live our lives, and how we should strive to be great, even among the toughest of circumstances. Then I have songs like “The Formula 2005” and “Livelyhood” that simply show how I get down lyrically. So if you like to hear songs that relate to everyday life, or songs that just have some dope emceeing, then you’ll love True Links.
MVRemix: You have 9th Wonder producing two tracks on the album, so what do you think about the criticism he gets for using the same snare or drums patterns every track? A lot of people are starting to feel like all his beats sound the same. Any thoughts on that?
Edgar: I don’t really stress any of that, and 9th doesn’t either. They’re just beating a dead horse for attention. There’s 3 times as many critics nowadays, compared to fans. That ratio needs to change, for real.
MVRemix: Overall, what is your main career goal? Is there something specific you are shooting for?
Edgar: I really want to be recognized for being more than just a dope emcee. I want people to recognize the talent I’ll eventually be bringing in. I want people to recognize me for my production too. When it’s all said and done, I want people to say that I was a visionary, and I wasn’t afraid to be innovative and original. Recognize me for the many hats I’ll be wearing, and appreciate my work ethic.
MVRemix: Tell us about your full length album coming up.
Edgar: The full length will be out before the year is over. The Streetwise LP will feature production from myself (Slicemysta), 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and will feature emcees like Joe Scudda, Sean Boog of The Away Team, and Mal Demolish from my group The Undefined. There will be a lot of food for thought on the album, similar to what’s on the True Links EP, but the full length will be a little more edgier. I’ll be getting a little bit meaner lyrically, so be ready for The Streetwise LP.
MVRemix: What has been the biggest headache you have had to deal with in this Hip Hop game?
Edgar: Just trying to gain the proper respect for my music. It’s a shame, but there’s so many politics that goes on in the game. Everything revolves around business first, and it can hurt the musical and creative aspects of the art. But what I’ve learned is that you have to understand as much of the game as you can, and learn how to look out for your best interests. All of the pioneers sacrificed so much for us to have a chance with this music, so the artists of today should be learning from the mistakes of those before us. I’m trying to be one of those artists that understand as much of this game as I can.
MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?
Edgar: After The Streetwise LP, I’ll be working on a couple of projects with my immediate group The Undefined. We’ll be dropping those projects early next year. Then, I’ll be working on True Links Volume 2. And I have some other ideas that are in their beginning stages, but you’ll be hearing more from me in the near future.
MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs, or plugs?
Edgar: Shout outs to my crew The Justus League. My peoples Mal Demolish of The Undefined, Battle Squad, and all the emcees, fans, and supporters that I have been in contact with. I appreciate the ongoing support. 2005 is going to be a big year for me and my comrades, so everybody stay tuned! Peace!
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"I don’t really stress any of that, and 9th doesn’t either. They’re just beating a dead horse for attention. There’s 3 times as many critics nowadays, compared to fans. That ratio needs to change, for real."