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Nottz - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  

Fire Beats

April 2005

MVRemix: So were you working with Bis in the studio, or were you just sending him beat tapes?

Nottz: Na, he was here. But it has worked both ways. When he came down we knocked out some joints, but then I would send him some shit and he knocked them out that way. Just like Royce was doing.

MVRemix: For a lot of people, Canibus is a weird and mysterious guy. So what was it like working with him in the studio?

Nottz: Man, that dude is hot! He is another emcee that is underrated. He has been putting out so many album, but the beats haven't been hitting. That nigga shut LL's whole shit down. He had to make a good comeback from that. So when D asked me who I wanted to fuck with and help bring back, the first name that came to mind was Canibus. I really want to bring that nigga back, because he really needs beats. And he definitely needs hooks. But everything got fucked up.

MVRemix: Talking about hooks, are you helping him develop concepts? Because everybody knows Bis can spit 1000 bars of battle rhymes. But a lot of people feel he can't make any concepts, he has no creativity, just lyrics.

Nottz: Na! (Nottz excitedly states) We had him on some different shit! That was the first thing we wanted to address. We told him we wanted to get off the battle shit and work on some songs. So he has songs now. He's got songs rapping about the industry, woman, everything. He has a lot of joints, so we got him off that battle shit. But he will still eat a niggas ass up if he wanted. But all of that battle shit can come later. Right now we are gonna focus on hooks and shit like that. And we had niggas in here from DMP helping him with hooks. It was coming out good. And after ALL of that, niggas start leaking shit out. Niggas were asking me, "You hear all them Canibus joints on the internet. I didn't know you did all of that shit?" And I'm like, 'Nigga what are you talking about?' So they started playing the shit for the whole thing is crazy. At least eight or nine joints got leaked. And I was looking forward to putting this album out. All of this hype, and now these niggas bootlegged the shit.

MVRemix: Who else have you been working with, or sold beats to?

Nottz: Cee-Lo, Bone Thugs, Cassidy, Lloyd Banks, Busta, Corey Gunz, there are so many.

MVRemix: That Bone album is shaping up nicely. Because I was talking to Layzie and he said they have Swizz, Kanye, Dr. Dre and now you. Thats a crazy lineup right there.

Nottz: Yeah man.

MVRemix: Aight, I am gonna name some producers and you tell me what you like or dislike about them. First Up, Alchemist.

Nottz: That dude is hot. That nigga is awesome! There isn't anything I don't like about him. He's one of those dudes who always switches his shit up. He is underrated as well. He needs to be bigger than what he is. There are a lot of dudes out here who don't need to be getting it like they are. But Alchemist deserves more attention.

MVRemix: Necro

Nottz: Na, I'm not familiar.

MVRemix: Eminem

Nottz: All of his shit sounds the same. All of his shit!

MVRemix: Thank you! (Laughter)

Nottz: All of his shit.

MVRemix: Organized Noize

Nottz: I like them dudes, they are hot. You don't hear too much from them and that is fucked up. We need more niggas buying beats from them.

MVRemix: They produced classic Outkast and Goodie Mob albums and nobody ever mentions them.

Nottz: Yeah, they need to branch out to more people. A lot of people need to get on their shit. They have been around for a minute and they are still hot.

MVRemix: What is the best produced album you have heard in the last couple of years?

Nottz: Shit, ain't none. (Laughter)

MVRemix: What about the Game album? I think the beats on that are crazy.

Nottz: It's better than 50's album. So the Game's album is killing 50's shit.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?

Nottz: The DMP album is dropping March 22. I am also working on Kardinal Offishall's album. We are also working on songs for this War Of The Worlds soundtrack. Me and DMP, we are trying to stack these joints up for our next album. We got some crazy features - Snoop, trying to get Cee-Lo, Anthony Hamilton, and a few others. But we ain't trying to have too many, because that takes away from DMP's shine. But that is what the label wants. If it was up to me, we wouldn't have anybody on the album.

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"There isn't anything I don't like about him [Alchemist]. He's one of those dudes who always switches his shit up. He is underrated as well. He needs to be bigger than what he is. There are a lot of dudes out here who don't need to be getting it like they are. But Alchemist deserves more attention."