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Floyd The Locsmif - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Opening The Divine Doors Of Hip-hop

May 2006

MVRemix: Are you working with MF Doom?

Locsmif: Nah, I wish. Maybe in 2006, I can catch him.

MVRemix: Who are some of the other artists who you recently produced songs for?

Locsmif: OC, J-Live, 50 Cent, Cyne, Cee-Lo. Look out for some stuff from 4ize, TD, and K. Banger.

MVRemix: 'Starchild' is an incredible album by OC. How did you hook up with OC?

Locsmif: Thank you sir! Grim from Grit Records reached out to me about doing some remixes on there and O heard the beat for ‘Evaridae’ and jumped on it. I was saying the first verse of ‘Times Up’ all day, when I found out he was spitting on the track.

MVRemix: Was the ‘Starchild’ LP recorded with you and OC together in the studio?

Locsmif: Nah, I didn't meet him until months later. We agreed to work on more joints this year so I'm excited.

MVRemix: How is working with OC different than other artists?

Locsmif: He's OC, so you expect to hear that flow and style. You think about the history of D.I.T.C. and that era he came from.

MVRemix: OC told me that ‘Starchild’ is not a finished album. Is that true? Why? What work do you think the LP needs?

Locsmif: Yeah, the album was rushed for whatever reason and didn't get mixed properly. My joints are straight mp3 2-tracks of the demos that I sent for him to write to.

MVRemix: What song are you most proud of?

Locsmif: Damn! ‘Evaridae’, ‘Sometimes’ by Cee-Lo, and the 50 Cent joint stand out the most in my mind, but anything I do that gets released is equally appreciated.

MVRemix: Favorite drum machine / sampler?

Locsmif: MPC 2000.

MVRemix: Take us through your creative process. Where do you do pre-production? How long does it usually take to finish a beat?

Locsmif: I do everything at the crib. I'll throw on some records or start playing the keyboard over some drums. I like to start with drum sounds first because that’s the most important thing to me. It has got to be banging with just the drums. I always come back to beats and finish them later, but to get a foundation, it takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours. This is depending on the distractions and mood.”

MVRemix: You are also did work for 50 Cent. Tell us about that.

Locsmif: I did a track for his video game Bulletproof called, ‘Maybe We Crazy’. It’s a remix. He's done that joint on a previous mix-tape but re-spit it for the game.

MVRemix: On the song, ‘Money, Power & Influence’ from Guru’s ‘The Street Scriptures’ album, Talib Kweli mentions that Pro-Tools made producers lazy. Do you agree?

Locsmif: (Laughs). In a way. It's like going from oven to microwave. Instead of taking 20 minutes to heat something, it is now 20 seconds. It is easy to take for granted. If you take advantage, your music can turn into that next level ish. Whenever I use it, I try to take advantage. But nothing is more real than hitting that 2-inch tape, Pro-Tools can almost come close with the HD’s, but its still not quite as solid.

MVRemix: What was it like growing up in Georgia?

Locsmif: Fitzgerald, Georgia is about 3 hours south of ATL. It’s a small town, but diverse. If you're a crate digger, you'll find the good stuff around that area. It’s a cool place to grow up because you get just enough corruption to prepare you for city life but, if you have aspirations to become something serious, you have to leave.”

MVRemix: Which artists or musicians would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Locsmif: Busta Rhymes, Ghostface, Pharrell, Amerie, J Dilla, and MF Doom. Just any left field creative artists.

MVRemix: What LPs have you been listening to lately?

Locsmif: Gilles Peterson's ‘Brownswood Basement’ joint, the Muggs and Rza joint. I go back to the Madvillain joint from time to time.

MVRemix: What is your favorite part of your live show or DJ set?

Locsmif: I'm about to get back on it February 1st in New Brunswick, so it’s been a while since I've been on stage. I know the familiar rush will come from the nodding heads and swaying bodies in the crowd.

MVRemix: Where were you during September 11th 2001? How did you handle it?

Locsmif: I was own my way to class in Orlando, Bryan Gumble had just said that a plane crashed into one of the towers. I was like, ‘Damn!’ and not thinking of whether it was an attack or not. So, I just kept listening. By the time I got to the parking lot, the other plane crashed and then, I knew something was fishy. I really was shocked and in disbelief of the fact that people had gone to such great lengths to cause destruction on that level.

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

Locsmif: Funny you ask that, but just yesterday, a white man and woman were walking together. They appeared to be co-workers and not a couple. What happened was, the young lady spoke to me and smiled. As I spoke back to her, the guy, who was maybe late 30’s or early 40’s, gave me this look that had the ‘N’ word all over it. I was like, ‘Damn!’ If he had said something crazy, it would have been on.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say the name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, ‘Flava Flav’, you may say ‘Clock’ or ‘Crack’. Okay?

Little Brother.

Locsmif: Dope.

MVRemix: Slum Village.

Locsmif: J Dilla.

MVRemix: DJ Premier.

Locsmif: My hero.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Locsmif: Seen him in a club.

MVRemix: Organized Konfusion.

Locsmif: Stress!

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Locsmif: See them in mags a lot.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Locsmif: One of the illest.

MVRemix: Wu-Tang Clan.

Locsmif: Forever!

MVRemix: George Bush.

Locsmif: Boo!

MVRemix: What are some future collaborations fans should look out for?

Locsmif: 4ize, OC, J-Live, T Damn D, and hopefully, M.O.P.

MVRemix: What is next for you?

Locsmif: I’m working on an album called, ‘Conversation Piece's’ and a mix-tape, which should be done by the time this is printed.”

MVRemix: Final words?

Locsmif: Album in stores and online! It is called ‘Divine Dezignz #1.2: Re-Discovered’. If your local record store doesn’t have it, tell them to order it from Fontana! And, thanks to everyone who has supported thus far! And, thanks to you, Todd for the time! Stay In The Loop!

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"I do everything at the crib. I'll throw on some records or start playing the keyboard over some drums. I like to start with drum sounds first because that’s the most important thing to me."