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Necro - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Walking The Thin Line Between Sex And Death

July 2005

Give yourself to Satan, porn, guns, and drugs… Most rappers rhyme about jewelry and cars. Necro rhymes about devil worshipping, narcotics, kidnapping women, and killing people in torturous ways. A white rapper from Brooklyn, New York, Necro hustled, robbed, and dealt drugs in order to survive. Some skeptics think of white people in hip-hop as peaceful kids from the suburbs. They will learn a hard lesson when Necro uses the end of his shotgun to beat in head until it is a bloody pulp. Though his imaginative depravity may be exaggerated on wax, he will fuck you up. Hey, he is a good guy to have on your side since he will fuck up anyone who is fucking with you.

With the knowledge that he could not depend on anyone, Necro started his own label, Psycho+Logical Records. Filled with drug references and murder, The “I Need Drugs” LP was sickly twisted, but incredibly entertaining debut LP. On the title track, Necro rhymed from a junkie’s point of view over the beat for L.L. Cool J’s “I Need Love”. Unlike other hip-hop LPs with a different producer on each track, the albums released on Necro’s label were entirely self-produced. On his darker, sophomore album “Gory Days”, Necro lyrically dove headfirst into an endless pit of iniquity. Since every hard-hitting beat the LP was sinister, original, and cinematic, his signature sound began to form as he earned respect in the production field. He began to produce for Non-Phixion and others. As a business man, Necro expanded into exploitation film and porn. He released DVD for his albums, movies, and porno flicks. The “Brutality” compilation featured the legendary, “White Slavery” track. The video (included on his porn “Sexy Sluts: Been There, Done That” DVD) was an S&M feast featuring women used as coffee tables. Hardcore bondage and clit flicking were only the 2 of the video’s multiple dark themes and references. His crew is also nothing to fuck with. Ill Bill, Mr. Hyde, Goretex, and Sabac Red all released their solo albums on Necro’s label. While all of the LPs were aggressively violent, each album (by his crew) displayed the artist’s personality as Necro’s sound continued to evolve.

“The Pre-Fix For Death” LP was mainly a hip-hop album with a heavy metal backbone. The album featured collaborations with heavy metal groups (Slipknot, Hatebreed, Obituary, Voivod, Nuclear Assault, and Skarhead). More than a rapper and a producer, Necro played many musical instruments on the album.

Necro is a white emcee who rhymes about murder through the eyes a serial killer. Throughout his unique and treacherous evolution, Necro was unfairly compared to Eminem. A talented emcee with a dark side, Eminem rhymes about killing his wife and dumping her over a pier. On the other hand, Necro has albums and albums that push homicidal psychosis over the limit. For an emcee named Necro, he is a prolific human who lives his life to the fullest. His energetic ambition keeps him alive. His success keeps him from sneaking in your bedroom, stabbing you with a rusty screwdriver, raping your mom, and taking all her money. Necro is regarded as the innovator of death-rap. His music will take you down an evil path from where you will never return. His forthcoming release mixes death with sex. Since the golden era, Kool G. Rap, Too Short, 2 Live Crew, and many others wrote hardcore sex rhymes. “The Sexorist” is Necro’s porn-rap masterpiece. In his music, you will hear things that will haunt your thoughts until the day you die. He has had experiences many people will never be able to comprehend. Earning respect in both hip-hop and metal, Necro continues to grow while remaining true to himself. He is not playing a role or conforming to the bullshit of mainstream music. Basically, Necro is obsessed with all aspects of sex and death. Sex creates life. Death ends life. Necro is taking advantage of his precious time as he walks the thin line between sex and death. Sex and death are common links connecting every living organism. How can we truly live without being fascinated by death and sex? Necro wants you to die! Be careful. If he kills you, prey he does not sell you to someone who will have sex with your corpse.

MVRemix: What goes on?

Necro: I'm chilling, handling biz as usual. Living the life.

MVRemix: You're new solo album came out a little while back, 'The Pre-Fix For Death'. Tell us about it.

Necro: ‘The Prefix Of Death’ was the most rugged album last year. From the first beat that hit the album to the lyrics, it was the most severe brutality for the sicko cats who want more than what Hot 97 has to offer. For heads who look deeper into the bins and search the graves for jewels.

MVRemix: There is a substantial amount of live instrumentation on ‘The Pre-Fix For Death’. How did this happen? How different was it than doing straight up hip-hop?

Necro: It was planned. The Ill Bill album wasn’t. That kind of just happened. I have been playing guitar since 12. So, doing that was just a matter of time. Now, I can do anything when I do hip-hop. I play live bass, guitar, fender Rhodes, et cetera.

MVRemix: The album’s of live instrumentation has a heavy metal sound. How did these collaborations happen? How was the recording or production process different than straight hip-hop?

Necro: It was a little different because metal is so unpredictable. Now, I had to fit a dope metal riff in a 4/4 sequence. I experimented. I’m into experimentation and trying new scenarios. I always come up with something ill. If you listen to my verses, I change the flow on every line. No line ever repeats in a Necro verse, like some rappers. I don’t write in a format. My format, if there is one, is to be unpredictable. The words create the path and flow, as they are written.

MVRemix: When recording a song, do you usually go into the studio with pre-written lyrics or themes, or do you hear the beat first and then, write to the beat?

Necro: It all changes on the day. I wrote mad shit in the studio and came up with great verses. Sometimes, I have to write in the crib. Sometimes, I’ll make a beat and start rhyming. There should never be just one format. That creates the same sound over and over. The most important thing I do is ‘do’.

MVRemix: How hard do you work on a verse? Does the verse go through many changes before you decide on the final version?

Necro: It all depends on the verse, but usually it’s nailed down fast.

MVRemix: When did you start producing hip-hop? How has your production style evolved?

Necro: I started in 1989. I started looping up records. Goretex and Bill would find records in the projects. There was this area in the middle of the PJs, where people throw garbage out. Gore and Bill would find old records and bring them to the crib. We’d fuck with them. I was 3 years younger, amazed at the funk I was hearing, and the idea of it coming from old records. Being I played death metal on guitar, I was musically inclined. So, I didn’t sleep on it, like fuck that, that’s old records. I was like, ‘Hmmmmm…’ That shit sounded dusted. I wanted to hear more, and, boom! I started collecting records. Me and Goretex would battle with loop tapes. We didn’t even have a machine yet, but had crazy loops. I had ‘One Love’ looped up 3 years or 4 years before Nas dropped it. I had a Q-tip track also looped up. We were ill like that. I’d go to people’s cribs and pay them to have them engineer my production.

MVRemix: Do you have a favorite sampler or drum machine?

Necro: ASR 10. I never used anything else except EPS. ASR 10 ever since. I once robbed a studio and had an MPC. It didn’t get me open.

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"I started in 1989. I started looping up records. Goretex and Bill would find records in the projects. There was this area in the middle of the PJs, where people throw garbage out. Gore and Bill would find old records and bring them to the crib."