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Edo.G - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  



In the history of Boston Hip Hop, few emcees can stand up to the legendary Edo G. From his classic debut album "Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto" to "The Truth Hurts", Edo G has withstood the test of time. His newest release, "My Own Worst Enemy" continues this tradition of excellent albums, as Edo hooks up with the legendary Pete Rock for an amazing album. As you would expect, the two were able to craft one of the years best releases, making for an album no one should miss. MVRemix recently caught up with Edo to speak about his new album, as well as his legacy in this Hip Hop game.

MVRemix: Let's start by talking about the new album, "My Own Worst Enemy". I think this album caught a lot of people by surprise. Because, I know when I heard about it, I was like, "What, Pete & Edo? Damn". So how did this album come about?

Edo.G: Basically, I just reached out to Pete after we did a track together on my last album called "Situations". I wanted to do something that was different from the normal projects, and not just get a lot of different producers, I wanted to go back to the mold of the one producer doing the majority of the work. So I just reached out to him, he was down to do it, Fat Beats was down, and thats how we put it together.

MVRemix: What was it like making a whole album with Pete, and what was the chemistry like between you guys while you were in the studio together?

Edo.G: Its cool man, because you just go to Pete's crib, you go in the basement, and Pete just plays joints! He plays joint on top of joints, on top of joints. He has hundreds of songs, he is not one of those dudes who doesn't have any beats. So I just went to his crib, listened to tons of beats and picked the ones I liked. Some beats I would take and I would end up not liking the song, so it was just a gradual process until we got to the seven tracks that we needed.

MVRemix: Can you tell us the personal meaning behind the title, "My Own Worst Enemy"?

Edo.G: It means, only you can stop yourself. That is the whole concept behind it. You can be your own worst enemy, you don't even have to worry about anything outside of yourself. Because if you don't have the belief and drive, then you can't do anything. You have to have confidence in yourself.

MVRemix: Can you just talk about some of the songs on the album, and the topics and issues you are addressing?

Edo.G: The first joint on there is called "Boston", which is self explanatory, as I'm just talking about my city. We got the World Champion Red Sox's and Patriots! So that is basically an ode to the city. The second joint is "Just Call My Name", featuring Jaysaun, which is a pure type of Hip Hop track. Its some braggadocios rhyme shit over a real crazy beat that Pete did. Another hot joint is the one I did with Masta Ace called "Wishing", which is on the lines of what me and Ace wish for in life. I think there is something for everybody on the album, because I tried to touch every topic, from the conscious level down to just bullshitting and having good a time.

MVRemix: On "Wishing", you state that you wish BET would stop publishing poisoning the youth. Why do you feel that way?

Edo.G: I just think they could do a lot better. I saw the new programming and its looking a little better, but when Viacom took over, they axed Tavis Smiley, Teen Summit, and all the programs that were geared towards educating our people. In turn, they put on more booty shaking shit. But I feel because they are the number one blacked watched program, they should have more programming with some positive stuff on it, besides just videos all day. They need shows geared towards the youth and towards teenagers.

MVRemix: I see J-Zone did the cuts on "Right Now". So how did you guys hook up, and are you gonna hop on a J-Zone beat in the future?

Edo.G: Yeah, anything is possible. for sure! But we hooked up through Amir at Fat Beats. We needed to get that song mixed, so he came through and mixed it and through some scratches on it.

MVRemix: The thing I love about the album is its basically just you and Pete, one DJ, one emcee. Because to me, nowadays that is almost all but gone. But if you look back in the history of this game, a lot of the classic happened when it was just that one DJ/emcee. So why do you think cats nowadays are reluctant to have an album produced by one person when history shows those album usually turn out better?

Edo.G: I don't know man, I think the last couple of years the producer really became a star. So the more producers you have on an album that are stars, the better off your album will be. So I think a lot of people took that approach instead of just digging deep and getting with one cat. But I think the tides are kind of turning now, and people are tired of hearing the same sounding stuff. But I think its gonna turn around and you'll see more cats messing with mainly one producer during their album. I just think its a better fit for anybody.

MVRemix: Do you think Edo G gets the credit he deserves from the Hip Hop public?

Edo.G: Na, not all of it. I definitely get a lot, but I think there could be a lot more. Sometimes thats due to a lot of hating, local politics and other aspects. But what can you do? If you just keep making good material, people can't front in the long run.

MVRemix: Why is Hip Hop the only culture that labels their legends as old school? I mean, in Rock, you will never hear a kid say, "Oh, the Rolling Stones, they are old school". Groups like that are embraced, but in Hip Hop, kids these days don't care about the Rakim's, Krs-One's and Melle Mell's.

Edo.G: Because of the way Hip Hop shifted. You had those guys in the beginning, but then they weren't around, and the culture was still at its inception. So I think that a lot of kids were too young to really know what's going on. But I think within the next ten years, cats like Rakim and Krs, they will get their due. There will be more awards shows, as you just saw VH-1 had their Hip Hop tribute, and Krs was on that. So I think the doors are starting to open for more of the pioneers of this culture.

MVRemix: In the end, what do you want to be remember for?

Edo.G: Just making good shit. Making quality music that people can appreciate and that stands the test of time.

MVRemix: What are some of your fondest memories of being in this Hip Hop game all these years?

Edo.G: Shoot man, there is so many I don't really think I can jump on one. But, one thing in particular was doing Soul Train. Because I used to watch that as a kid all the time.

MVRemix: If there is a young kid reading this right now and he has never heard of Edo G, which one of your albums should be pick up, if he can only choose one?

Edo.G: I would say "The Truth Hurts" album. Even though "Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto" has the classic joint "I Got To Have It", I think "The Truth Hurts" sums up where I am at today and what is going on with me now.

MVRemix: Let's talk politics for a second. Are you going to be voting tomorrow in the election?

Edo.G: Yes sir.

MVRemix: So is it Bush, Kerry, or neither?

Edo.G: I would say I'm more of a Kerry fan because he's the home town guy. So I think Boston is gonna be on top this year with the new President, all the championship teams and tons of hit records.

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"I think the last couple of years the producer really became a star. So the more producers you have on an album that are stars, the better off your album will be."