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Infinito: Respect

October 2005

Like the late great Rodney Dangerfield, Infinito is out for respect. With his new album named after the legendary comedian, Infinito is looking to show and prove once again after a successful 2004. With brilliant conceptual material and poignant rhymes, the Windy City emcee continues to impress with every new release. once again brings you the talented Infinito.

MVRemix: Growing up in Chicago, how do you think your environment and surroundings helped shaped into the man you are today?

Infinito: How are you doing Low Key, I'd have to say the South Side of Chicago was a great place to grow up. Its not to East and its not to West, its just right - meaning the middle of both coast. We seem to have an underdog mentality in Chicago that helps us stay on the grind. And also I'm from the South Side of Chicago to be exact that makes a big difference it's a place where a lot of great people are from like Quincy Jones, Melvin Van Peebles etc. and has so much soul and rich creativity. I'd have to say it's the best part of the city in my opinion because of all the great mental development that all my great Indigenous African people have to offer. The knowledge of self in Chicago is rich, a place that made me think of my self on a higher level on a constant basis.

MVRemix: How would you describe yourself - introverted or extroverted?

Infinito: I would have to say I'm Extroverted with an Introverted complex - meaning I'm both. I can socialize and talk to anyone at any given time like for example I recently received a full scholarship to finish my degree in Fine Arts in of all places - San Francisco, California. I had to talk my ass off to get this right really and that culture change has taught me even more about being social because this place is odd for me, on the South Side Chicago you can stay to your self 24 - 7. On the west coast white people be all in your face asking a thousand questions daily man its crazy this recent experience alone has made me little bit more extroverted. But on the other hand I'm really to myself, my creativity be it art, film or music, so I'm in my zone a lot, an area set apart by its surroundings. I have to talk ya dig I'm talking to you its fun to talk sometimes but its good to be quiet I've learned through my nuwaubian teachings that you should have time for your self daily.

MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?

Infinito: Derrick, my cousin Fatnice of 84, he used to have all the old tapes, Chicago underground radio shows, right on posters in like the 80's and the old source pages on his wall with all the greatest emcees Biz Markie, Master Ace, Grandmaster flash, Cool Herc, Big Daddy Kane, BDP, PRT, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Chubb Rock, Busy Bee, Tribe Called Quest, Rock Study, Wild Style movies etc. etc. that's my first memories from my cousins room he had everything Hip Hop you can name. I will thank him forever for introducing my late cousin Shon (Dariel D) and I to the culture.

MVRemix: What was the one album you constantly listened to growing up?

Infinito: I didn't have a lot of my own music till like 89 when De La Soul dropped "3 ft High and Rising," which I listened to a lot. But before that it was straight BDP Boogie Down Productions and Krs-1 "Criminal Minded," that was my teachings.

MVRemix: Tell us about your new album Roddney Dangrr Fild. Why the title? What type of songs and issues can fans expect to hear?

Infinito: Well Roddny Dangrr Fild is really a metaphor for respect and disrespect. I chose the title because I was giving props to a funny comedian the late Rodney Dangerfield who coined the phrase I don't get no respect at all. And man, I feel the same way after being in Chicago for so long and helping so many folks I felt disrespected by some of the "Hip Hop Community" in my own city. It wasn't personal to me it is just a shame that so many of the African American brothers and sisters that helped to create the cities vast amount of Hip Hop life are kind of left fighting for crumbs in something they created. Hey the truth is an ugly way to look at things sometimes but Hip Hop in Chicago was created by African Americans on the West and South side for the most part and to this day the independent or underground artist are still searching for recognition. Too much sacrifice is involved with the politics in the city. Hmm - the songs are really a collection of material I started on before I moved from Chicago in the fall of 2004 to reside in Memphis for a year and be near my Grandmother, Mother, Brother (happy b day Joe - Oct 15) and family. The songs have a lot to do with me directly and indirectly while still sticking to the meaning or Respect and Disrespect. Its joints about me sexually and my relationships with woman called "A lot of Different" its one about school and how I treat it but from a perspective of this young African American male and female called "What is a System" its another featuring Psalm One about my old girl friend Jozmen who use to argue with me a lot called "Love is" its some words of wisdom respect thru out the album like on the intro from my father Bro. El Lovelace and "Experience God" is about the African male as me in 1st person living in the likeness of god and breaking the spell of Sleep from myself. It's a very fun ride thru my mentality and how I behave as a man. Look out for "The Soul of Benjamin Banneker in the Age of the Aquarius" coming soon 2006.

MVRemix: One of my favorite songs is "Study Guide Page 3." Can you talk about that song and your intended message?

Infinito: My message derives from the "Music with Sound Right Reasoning" album where the master teacher Abba Issa taught me about reorganizing my soul and not allowing belief to control my reality, where if you want to know something you have to study and learn with complete factual research. The song is based off The Egyptian Book of Dead, Axum, Emmit Till, Timbuktu, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Jesus, Osirus, Mrs. Goon from Kennedy King College Social Science class, Fatnice, Cheikh Anta Diop, Soul Child (Mordechi), Ivan Van Sertima, Niam Akbar, Noble Dru Ali, Heru, Chicago, Ghetto Boys emcee Willie D, Kenya and my teacher from University of Memphis Prof. David Acey. All this information added to the out come of avoiding the lies and living your life by proof positive examples of what's reality. In lamens terms I created a one-page guide to facts in life like when I say "facts that I right came before Christ" means that another name existed before Christ and why do we use that name. I just tend to question all things nothing against Christ, just the way people accept things from religion and how you can't just pray to who you pronounce as Jesus!

MVRemix: How do you balance providing a message with your music without sounding overly preachy?

Infinito: Because when I INFINITO 2017 decided to rhyme I specifically did it for the love of the Art, for the fun and that's what I want people to hear and believe then see and know first and foremost that I have fun even if I don't smile all the time I'm happy with my mind.

MVRemix: You are a very intelligent individual - so what drives you to continually read, learn and education yourself?

Infinito: My Elders from my past and present, the children of tomorrow, and my love of self and my Indigenous people. It has to be Christ like individuals in this hellish society making a difference, being the difference to create change in the future, we have enough non-sense as is in the world.

MVRemix: Was there a particular moment in your life when you specifically knew what you wanted to do with your life?

Infinito: When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, when he was set free that showed me that it's much more to learn and do because of his sacrifice for so many African Indigenous people.

MVRemix: Corporate America has basically taken over Hip Hop and brainwashed the public to think what you hear on the radio and TV is real Hip Hop. What do we have to do to change that, or can we change that? Because it seems as if there is no hope in the fight against the corporate manipulation of Hip Hop?

Infinito: Take the power away from the media, stop being so caught up in these false opportunities that they seem to distort when they "help" us. Don't be so giving with Hip-Hop learn how to share and hold at the same time. Turn off the radio stop working for corporations and build your own, don't say it can't be done its always being done look at the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera's work he always was different same as Charles White, KRS-1, Africa Bambaataa, my painting teacher Brett Cook - Dizney look him up and numerous others who create social change by action (Actions Speak Louder then Words). Be the Change don't think it.

MVRemix: To a certain extent, do you find it hard getting embraced by certain sections of the Hip Hop public, since you don't have a gimmick and haven't created an overblown character for yourself in order to move units like many emcees do?

Infinito: You know me man that's dope, My Character is Marcellous Lovelace, "a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; " reference: yeah man I've always been me the Regular Black Dude that's just a normal person within a weird structure. I don't think I have to sale anything other then me being me to make myself and I don't care who don't like it. INFINITO 2017 holla side wayzz Regular Black Dude now KA SEKHEM (Soul Authority).

MVRemix: Do you think the media is to blame for the lack of education these younger fans have of the history of Hip Hop?

Infinito: Yes very much so the Media is the blame, the government and the parents. Everyone has to make a change and recreate this power system. Thought and Respect makes the situation better. Thoth!

MVRemix: What do you think about how the government handled Hurricane Katrina?

Infinito: I don't think they handled the situation; they purposely did what they did so all those VICTIMS would parish and not be accounted for. I mean if those actions don't speak for what actually took place nothing will ever matter, being blind deaf and dumb will be the destruction of man kind period. Change of perception is a start, insight is the next part, research and love will help.

MVRemix: What else do you currently have going on or planned?

Infinito: Graduation from school this coming summer, finishing the new I.T. Album with Thaione Davis, Nephew of Frank Records, my new A Regular Black Dude Movie pt. 2 and 3, The Fall of Modern day Rome is at Hand, The Soul of Benjamin Banneker in the Age of The Aquarius, Getting a job, gaining the affection of this certain female? and More music and Art and my book at:

MVRemix: What is your vision for the future?

Infinito: For me to give back in a positive way, Love, Happiness, being creative and Family

MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs or plugs?

Infinito: I love my Family, Momma, Madear, Daddy, my Brother Marlon, Ann, Dariel (Frank), Tanya & Ron, Uncle Ronnie, Derrick, Sketta, Charlotte and Family, every one in Arkansas, Memphis, Chicago, Philly, California, Jersey, New York, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Kansas City, Denver, Thaione and Fam, Pugs, Jp Chiil, Memo, the Moles, Cosmo and Fam, Slim, Fisher, Skurge and Fam, 84, 9th Scientist, Mordechi, Fathom 9 and every where I got people much love. R.I.P. Dusty A, my Cousin Shon (Dariel D), and my Uncle Man. 2017 = 19

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"Well Roddny Dangrr Fild is really a metaphor for respect and disrespect. I chose the title because I was giving props to a funny comedian the late Rodney Dangerfield who coined the phrase I don't get no respect at all. And man, I feel the same way..."