Mr. J. Medeiros (The Procussions) - conducted by Angus Crawford  

Mr. J. Medeiros (The Procussions)

July 2007

MVRemix: Yeah like, look at how we are all connected in this type of thing. We deal with our issues here sometimes, and a lot of people, including rappers, don't deal with issues outside the country.

Mr. J. Medeiros: Right...yeah I understand. It's crazy, I feel very blessed man. When I was in High School my family was broke. A lot of families are broke but I remember we use to have to go to the Salvation Army for very basic needs, toilet paper and toothpaste and I remember my parents were split and we lived in Providence [Rhode Island] at the time, and sleeping on the floor and things like these. I never had the ability to go see the world and through Hip Hop music I was able to see the world...It's unfortunate that kids because of their economic background or the way that they grow up, will not be allowed to see the rest of the world and the way that we are connected. Their education is not allowing them or inspiring them or the home is not inspiring them to learn to really want to get involved with the rest of the world. We don't even see things as a U.S. problem, we see things as Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Echo Park, Watts, I mean we separate ourselves by so many different levels, how are we able to see the world? Any chance we have to reach out of ourselves, when we look at things that are macro scale, that's when things really come into perspective. And we are all connected, the tiny things we say on our record, it's a butterfly effect.

MVRemix: Let's talk about the album some more. What's your favorite track on the CD?

Mr. J. Medeiros: My favorite track is "Contstance" because it raises awareness about an issue that is really important. "Silent Earth" I like because I like what was able to write off of the track. It's crazy because I produced the track, and I don't really get too hyped off my own production and that was the track I really dug and so I wrote to it that day. And "Keep Pace" I really liked because I liked the energy of the track. One thing I dug too about the album was getting to work with Bonsu. We've been going back and forth to France for the last three or four years and meeting up with this crew Hocus Pocus, which is an amazing hip hop group and this producer 20Syl is off the freaking hook, he's incredible. You go to his MySpace page, you see this video of him..he's like Stro, he plays sax, he plays keys, he makes his own videos, does the MPCs, he's part of an international winning DJ team, so dude is a phenomenal producer. But to have French on my album and a French producer its just a treat and a blessing.

MVRemix: That's on the first track, "Amelie" right?

Mr. J. Medeiros: Yeah that's on the first track and he also produced "Half A Dream" which has my man Marty James singing on it.

MVRemix: Is that Amelie like the movie? Is that why you called it that?

Mr. J. Medeiros: Well, actually French people didn't like that movie as much as Americans. That got a billion cool movies out there. I had a secret infatuation with Audrey Tautou.

MVRemix: [laughs] I feel you.

Mr. J. Medeiros: [laughs] Yeah man, I had something for her at the time I wrote that. It's also a little bit off the movie, it's obviously a love song, some people might think its corny, but to me its real. It's about someone who, through the whole film you know Audrey Tautou is trying to connect her feelings to someone she's never met yet and that's what the songs about.

MVRemix: So you guys are touring soon?

Mr. J. Medeiros: Yeah man, we're going to have a tour but we are not sure how we are going to do it yet. It may be a Rawkus tour with Kids in the Hall, Blue Scholars and maybe a couple of weeks here in the states. It's going to be a Procussions presents though, so people are going to be able to get Procussions and Mr. J if they like both of them.

MVRemix: Do you know when the tour starts?

Mr. J. Medeiros: We're not exactly sure yet man. If people just keep up with us on my MySpace and keep up with they'll always be hip to new stuff.

MVRemix: I reviewed The Procussions album last year for another site and re-read what I wrote about you at the time, and I said that you kind of sounded like Zach De La Rocka but after listening to this album I don't see that.

Mr. J. Medeiros: [laughs] Yeah, yeah there's a lot of people who say that. You know in a live show, I kind of do get that comparison. You never know about your own voice until someone tells you. We did a show with Jurassic 5, it was crazy because Charlie 2na, obviously has a remarkable voice and a distinct voice, he comes down from the green room, which is actually upstairs and far away and walks down to me and he's like "Dude your voice is crazy. Do you realize that the pitch of your voice pretty much screens through everything?" And I've noticed that soundman have a problem with my voice too and I think that's the relation to Zach, it's that it's a pitch that kind of goes through stuff. You know, I think it depends on the energy of the track and I think a lot of the tracks on my solo stuff is kind of laid back so I was able to sit back more. I understand you always get defined as other people too because when you haven't made a name for yourself, people use other names to try to describe you at first. It's kind of like if you don't have your own taste yet or a name for your own taste people will be like "it kind of tastes this a little" or "a little like that. I'm trying to come into my own place. I'm not going to lie you know, The Procussions are from Colorado, we're not from Brooklyn, and we're not from Los Angeles, and we didn't grow up around the hip hop environment, we created it and that's something that's different. And Procussions we try to be real honest with ourselves and I try to be honest with myself for the people who enjoy our music...I'm still learning a lot, I'm still learning my voice, I'm still learning trying to define how I want to rap and what I want to rap about and it changes with time. Our first second albums are very different, and I'm ten songs deep on another album that only Stro is producing and I love it.

MVRemix: Oh yeah...

Mr. J. Medeiros: I'm mad cause I want that to come out right now. I'm learning and I hope people will have an open mind and be able to listen to us and grow with us, because at the end of the day we are fans of hip hop that really love what we are doing and we are just trying to connect with other people as well.

MVRemix: Okay. How about that tattoo, you were on Miami Ink.

Mr. J. Medeiros: It's Miami Ink, if you have ever seen them it's the same thing, big story small tattoo.

MVRemix: [laughs] What does it say?

Mr. J. Medeiros: It says "Forgive Us" and it's on my shoulders. It was like a seven hour project that I got done in one sitting. It was my first tattoo and I'm not going to lie there were some parts on my back, where I felt like my teeth shaking it hurt so much. Like I could feel it in my front teeth, but yo I didn't cry.

MVRemix: [laughs] That's good. That's good.

Mr. J. Medeiros: I know how that goes. Wasn't one of the G-Unit guys on there?

MVRemix: I've never seen the show.

Mr. J. Medeiros: Oh okay. There was one of the G-Unit guys who got a back tattoo also, and I just want to say right now for the record that he got a back outline, he didn't even get it colored in and that dude needed to do two sittings.

MVRemix: Which guy? One of the rappers?

Mr. J. Medeiros: Yeah, yeah. Who is the guy that has the song the "Rotten Apple"?

MVRemix: Lloyd Banks.

Mr. J. Medeiros: Lloyd Banks I want you to know Mr. J. Medeiros from that corny group The Procussions did a 7 and a half hour sitting full color and yo man, no tears.

MVRemix: [laughs]...Any last words for the fans?

Mr. J. Medeiros: It's weird because I think I'm just starting to get my own fans and I love it. I don't mean my fans like they are product but I mean a community of people who in support of something, not that I'm a leader, but we're working together on issues that I happen to bring up and that are being brought up in the music. I want a big huge shout and love to anyone who is still digging for music, who still looks for it and doesn't rely on the television or radio and, you know, just being interested in issues. I really believe that we can make a difference if we focus on knowing that it's possible.

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"Lloyd Banks I want you to know Mr. J. Medeiros from that corny group The Procussions did a 7 and a half hour sitting full color and yo man, no tears."