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Lawless Element - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The Lawless Element Of Soundvision

September 2005

MVRemix: Word association. When I say a name, you say the first words that come into your head. So, if I say, ‘Flava Flav’, you may say, ‘clock’, ‘crack’, or ‘The Surreal Life’. Okay?

Magnif: Alright.

MVRemix: Jay Dee (or J Dilla).

Magnif: Great musician.

Gee: Dope.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Magnif: Successful.

Gee: Over-achiever.

MVRemix: Wu-Tang Clan.

Magnif: Legends. Legendary status.

Gee: Bananas.

MVRemix: 50 Cent.

Magnif: G-Unit.

Gee: Tony Yayo.

MVRemix: Slum Village.

Magnif: Great artists.

Gee: Artistic.

MVRemix: Hieroglyphics.

Magnif: 93 till.

Gee: Pretty good.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Gee: Wack!

Magnif: Very wack!

MVRemix: What is your favorite part of your live show?

Magnif: Performing high.

Gee: Crowd interaction.

MVRemix: How has your live show evolved?

Magnif: Really rocking live shows is kind of hard because people may not know the songs you are rocking. When it is the first time they are hearing it live, it may be hard for them to get into it. But, it has changed because we have material out now. So, when we perform songs, cats know what they are and we get the reaction we want. The reaction now is crazy.

MVRemix: How did Lawless Element get involved with Babygrande Records?

Magnif: We sent them material. We were interested in them and what they did. They took to it. They were loving it! We felt a connection. They saw our vision. The plans they had for the album was exactly what we had in mind. It was a good connection.

MVRemix: Who are some emcees you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Magnif: I would love to work with Hi-Tek and Mos Def.

Gee: Jay-Z.”

MVRemix: What are the best things about living in Detroit?

Magnif: I don’t know. I love it here. I really can’t say. Like the L, joint, I love it here.

MVRemix: What are the worst things about living in Detroit?

Gee: The haters.

Magnif: The support for hip-hop is not really that strong. We have artists here, but we don’t have a large supporting crowd or tons of fans. If you are in Detroit and go to a Little Brother show, there may be like only 50 people in the building.

MVRemix: What’s the biggest mistake you have made in your career?

Magnif: That’s a tough one. I don’t know. I wouldn’t consider anything that we did as a mistake because we had to go through a lot for us to be here now. I wouldn’t or couldn’t take back what we did.

MVRemix: What are some misconceptions that people have of Lawless Element?

Gee: I would say there are some. A lot of people have misconceptions. They may take us for being arrogant and we are not. We do all of our street work ourselves. We get out there and grind. If anybody wants to talk to us, we talk to them. We’re not arrogant at all. We’re probably the most down to earth people you will ever come across.

MVRemix: What advice would you give to an artist going the independent route?

Gee: Take care of your own stuff, man. Nobody is going to look after you like the way you would. Play close attention to exactly what is going on.

Magnif: Know the business. Know the genre of the type of music you are making. Learn who your key audience is and what markets you are supposed to hit.

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

Magnif: I can’t really recall right now.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with Madlib for the songs, ‘High’ and ‘Higher’? What was it like to work with him?

Magnif: It was crazy working with him. He’s killing it right now. We wanted to get at him. We holla’d at him. We had to holla at Wolf. You know what I’m saying? Wolf was feeling the joints. We sent him the joint we did with Dilla and a couple of other joints. He got us in touch with Lib. Madlib and us banged a joint out. It was ridiculous.

MVRemix: Who are your major influences?

Gee: Nas. I would say a little of Slick Rick and Rakim.

Magnif: I would go with Tribe, De La, some of the Nas stuff, and Gangstarr. As far as production goes, it would be Pete Rock and DJ Premier.

MVRemix: What are some songs that made you fall in love with hip-hop?

Gee: For me, it is ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’.

Magnif: I would say ‘Mass Appeal’.

MVRemix: What can fans expect from Lawless Element in the future?

Magnif: We’re just working. I have three, or it may be more than three tracks on Diverse’s upcoming album. Look for that. That’s a real ridiculous production line-up. He always brings it lyrically, so that should be a classic album. We are also trying to get Melanie Rutherford’s thing off the ground.

Gee: Right now, we are working with independent clothing labels. They are also using a lot of our music. We are also working on a soundtrack for a big independent release coming soon.

MVRemix: Final words?

Magnif: Thank you, Todd, for taking the time to do this interview.

Gee: Thanks for interviewing us, Todd. We appreciate everything!

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"A lot of people have misconceptions. They may take us for being arrogant and we are not. We do all of our street work ourselves. We get out there and grind. If anybody wants to talk to us, we talk to them. We’re not arrogant at all. We’re probably the most down to earth people you will ever come across."