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Edo.G - conducted by Hugo Lunny  


April 2000

These are the transcripts of an interview with EDO.G. The interview was conducted by Hugo Lunny on April 20th, 2000. EDO.G is a former b-boy and well known long time underground emcee, who is most well known for his debut LP 'Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto.' He's been putting out dope material since 1991 and he should put out a new LP featuring amongst others, Premier and Pete Rock, around August of 2000.

MVRemix: It seems these days, Hip Hop has become more commercially accepted and it's "cool" to be a fan/involved in it. Is this a good or bad thing considering the emcees that are recognized the most in the media, tend not to be the ones with the most skill.

Edo.G: Um, I think it's a good thing at the same time because it...I mean even though, it's like that with all forms of music. You've always got the underground people who are, you know, who are making the music for the heads that wanna hear the real stuff, you know what I mean? So, you've got that line man where, if Hip Hop to me, you know, didn't get as big as it did...You know it's putting food on many more people's plates than it ever has at any time, so right now is a good time. I mean if you can make a hot single or a hot album or whatever and get that hit, you know it can take you to places you never imagined you would be.

MVRemix:, who and what are you checking at the moment? So, what artists are you searching for and playing?

Edo.G: Um, let me see...what shit am I fucking with? Ah man...that's a tough one right there man, 'cause I don't really, like me personally, I'm not like an average buyer of music myself. If I don't get it for free, I very rarely buy it, I mean, I actually, to be honest with you, I buy more rn'b stuff than I do Hip Hop

MVRemix: Oh yeah?

Edo.G: The last Hip Hop album I just bought was The LOX

MVRemix: Ah, what did you think of that?

Edo.G: I loved it; I mean it's a nice album. I don't like all of the production. But I mean, I do like a couple of the Swizz joints, I definitely like the Timbaland joint and the Primo joint. So those songs right there, they stuck out. The LOX album... I love the way they rhyme, period.

MVRemix: I thought it was okay, Jadakiss has definitely got skills

Edo.G: Jadakiss, I mean, I feel all of them, all of them on the level of they keep it street with their lyrics and they could do it you know and they could actually go both ways with it man, so I really feel those dudes.

MVRemix: Yeah, so before emceeing, you were a b-boy, right?

Edo.G: Yeah

MVRemix: Are you still actively involved in the scene at all?

Edo.G: I Got To Have ItYeah, I mean actually I just about maybe three weeks ago, we was just, they had, uh, this breakdance battle up here between this crew called The Floorlords and.... I forgot the name of the other group, they were some other breakdancing b-boy crew from out here. And I mean, it just brought back a lotta, lotta old memories man; with the DJ's cuttin' all the old breaks and everybody gettin' busy and then, you know...a lot of those, like the group The Floorlords, they had another younger generation of Floorlords which are their kids and their nieces and nephews that are breakdancing, so, the tradition is going on, and it's living. So, when it comes to stuff like that I'm always there man. That's where my heart is.

MVRemix: Yeah, that's dope. So, where have the Bulldogs gone? I mean last year we heard a track from them last year and they were on some gangsta type shit...

Edo.G: I mean you gotta understand man, they never really got to uh, speak their piece. At least not on none of my records because at the time, they weren't, you know, lyrically ready to represent. And I don't want to be on a track where I'm sounding the best, if I'm puttin' my boys on a track, I want them soundin' better than me. I mean that's the whole purpose of putting someone on because they are at either the same level that you're on or at a higher level. And, like, god rest the dead, my man Scientifik, he was like the core of when we had our whole thing going, he was the next one in line to actually, you know, keep it going for our whole crew. And, you know, he passed away. But, I mean, the Bulldogs, I mean, they're, it wasn't really on some gangsta shit, I couldn't really consider it gangsta. I would consider it more of the LOX or Jay-Z or somebody to that effect rather than being more gangsta man. Or Dre or somebody, I'm just feeling that they was just expressin' themselves. Because people gotta understand, people go through all different types of things and it will definitely show up in your music. If you're in a messed up predicament then that's gonna come out in your music. You know because you write from what's inside of you.

MVRemix: What about 'Roxburry 02119' was a good follow up to such a classic that was 'Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto' or do you prefer your first?

Edo.G: I mean the first album, everybody just like with the music business in general, I mean when you have like a Naughty By Nature or I mean any of these groups, your first album is always when you're at your pinnacle to me. I mean people can make albums and their second album can be better than their first one, but I mean if you come right out and you shoot right out from the top, on your first thing, it's really hard to duplicate that kind of success and that kind of hunger. Because you're at a different point in time when you're making that and so, I mean, yeah, I think 'Roxbury' was a definite good follow up to the first one, I feel if it would A dope LPhave got released earlier, when it was supposed to, I mean they held it back almost a year and a half before it came out. So, a lot of the songs there were a little dated and you know, we just had difficulties with the label. I can't blame, I mean a lot of people blame shit on their labels, I can't do it like that, you know it's just it didn't come out at the particular time it was supposed to. I feel if it did, it would have definitely been more successful than it was but we got a lot of success overseas off of it. So, I mean sometimes it benefits you in different ways, you know, I mean a lot of people in the States didn't have it, but we tore it more overseas, off of the second album than we did off of the first album. There were songs off of that album that they were playing over there that were number one on their charts. So, it's just different things man and you've got to look at it bigger than just your hood. I look at it as a global thing.

MVRemix: Yeah, so do you still get a lot of feedback on that album today?

Edo.G: Um, yeah, I mean I actually work for a distribution record company out here now called Landspeed and we still sell, haha, tonnes of them, you know, we still sell the first album, still selling the singles, the second album, so I mean, it still moves. People still, you know appreciate that but I just can't wait to really come with this new stuff that we're coming with this year and let people know where I'm at in my life.

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