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Kazé: - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The Spirit Of Kazé Remains In 1994

November 2005

MVRemix: Brick Records released the ‘Spirit Of 94: Version 9.0’ LP. How did you get involved with Records?

Kazé: That was a connection made by my manager, Shaw. It’s an interesting dynamic. Not only is he my manager, but till this day, he books the major venues in South Carolina. The Cat’s Cradle is one spot where all the major artists come through. Spitkickers comes thru there, Krs-One comes thru there, and anybody who is on tour comes thru there. You name it. M.O.P. and Pharoahe Monch. If you come down here to South Carolina and you are on that independent or underground level, you are going to do Cat’s Cradle. Once we were going on tour and we had to burn a bunch of copies of the album. We first burned up like 200 and sold them through and justice league site and Free World. It did so well in such a short period of time. Brick were the ones who wanted to do it.

MVRemix: What about ABB Records?

Kazé: I don’t know. They know me. It’s like they are there, but they haven’t stepped to me.

MVRemix: The liner notes inside the album have some extremely universal and important advice. What were you trying to accomplish with this statement?

Kazé: I never really had a mentor with this whole thing. Maybe, that is why it took so long for me to evolve. It was like a speech I wrote to myself. It is what that is. That was to myself. For this to be my first album, I had to put that shit in there. They didn’t understand. Brick asked me why I was putting that in there. I was like, ‘Yo! Just put that shit in there! Don’t ask me why!’ A lot of cats comment on that little thing, like it adds to experience of the album.

MVRemix: I think the entire final product is essential in order to truly experience the album. I think the listener should have the artwork, credits, notes, shout outs, photographs, and more. You cannot listen to the promo CDs that have people shouting over the songs every 60 seconds.

Kazé: Yeah, that’s true.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with Nature on the song, ‘Move Over’? What was that experience like?

Kazé: My life in North Carolina is a little different because I’ve been in the hip-hop scene, not only as an artist. There was this thing called Microphone Mondays. Every Monday in Chapel Hill, we had people come thru. Big Daddy Kane, Jean Grae, 9th Wonder, and anyone in town. Nature came down for a showcase. He listened to my music and we hooked it up. I told him, ‘Yo, I just wanna get a song with you.’ He stayed in town for an extra day. We went to the studio and did that song together.

MVRemix: Who are some artists you have been listening to in the past couple of days?

Kazé: I’ve been listening to Kanye, Little Brother, and I have to say I went back and copped 50 Cent’s album. I needed to see how the hell he did 22 videos for every song.

MVRemix: What do you think of 50 Cent’s ‘The Massacre’ compared to ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’?

Kazé: His first album is a classic. His new one is kind of, whatever. The first shit was a classic. The fact that the dude did 22 videos, I really had to see that. I would say about 7 feature him. There are the main ones, the singles. Still, I would say about 15 of the videos could air on TV. The video for ‘Piggy Bank’ is crazy! It’s animated and funny as hell. He’s clowning Fat Joe and Jadakiss too. Jadakiss is like a Ninja Turtle. It’s worth looking at.

MVRemix: Who are some producers who you would like to work with in the future?

Kazé: I would like to work with J Dilla and Just Blaze. I’ve been following Jay Dee since The Ummah.

MVRemix: Who are some artists who you would like to work with in the future?

Kazé: I would like to work with Ghostface. I just did a song with Royce Da 5’9”. That will be on my next album. That joint is crazy.

MVRemix: Tell us about your follow-up album to ‘Spirit Of 94: Version 9.0’.

Kazé: This new album is going to be called, ‘From Then Block To The Beat’. The artist that I am is like this. I don’t classify myself in a genre. I don’t want classified or have any lines drawn. I don’t want to be labeled as underground or mainstream. That’s really a part of the title, ‘From Then Block To The Beat’. The whole sound is that it is for the hood, the intellectual kids, the suburbs, and more.

MVRemix: Who are the producers you have on ‘From Then Block To The Beat’?

Kazé: Ah, man. I have 9th Wonder. What’s great about the album is that I mostly have North Carolina cats on the album who you haven’t heard. I have 9th, Khrysis, K. Hill, this cat named Slack, and my man from New Jersey, Analogic.

MVRemix: Is ‘From Then Block To The Beat’ LP coming out on Brick Records?

Kazé: I’m a free agent right now, man. That was a one album deal with Brick. I have some labels calling me right now, but I don’t really know how this next how is coming out.

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"I’ve been listening to Kanye, Little Brother, and I have to say I went back and copped 50 Cent’s album. I needed to see how the hell he did 22 videos for every song."