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April 2005

MVRemix: How is living in Zimbabwe different from living in the U.S.?

Dumi: I'd say it is the easy access to day to day stuff. Here, kids in high school can have cars. Over there, that's a luxury. There are frequently shortages of basic things like gas and flour. Even though the cities are modernized, a lot of people are still traditional in terms of dealing with elders and male / female relationships.

MVRemix: What is hip-hop lacking?

Dumi: Diversity and balance. To use the analogy of movies, it is like this. I loved ‘Goodfellas’, but it would suck if every movie in the theatres was a gangster flick.

MVRemix: Word association. I am going to say a name of a person or group and you say the first word that pops into your head. Ok?

Dumi: Gotcha.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Dumi: Ill rhymer.

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Dumi: Vegan.

MVRemix: Jay-Z.

Dumi: Dead Presidents.

MVRemix: 50 Cent.

Dumi: Clone.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Dumi: Soundbombing.

MVRemix: Sadat X.

Dumi: You know the ish is real, so don’t front.

MVRemix: MF Doom.

Dumi: Gas face.

MVRemix: Snoop Dogg.

Dumi: Not again.

MVRemix: Wu-Tang Clan.

Dumi: WUVT, college radio.

MVRemix: Dice Raw.

Dumi: World series of dice (laughs).

MVRemix: Ugly Duckling.

Dumi: Scrooge McDuck.

MVRemix: Dead Prez.

Dumi: Freedom.

MVRemix: Common.

Dumi: Sense. Bring back.

MVRemix: El-P.

Dumi: Unconventional.

MVRemix: Kool G Rap.

Dumi: On the run.

MVRemix: Gil-Scott Heron.

Dumi: Rockets.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Dumi: Thug.

MVRemix: What are some misconceptions people have of you or O.U.O.?

Dumi: Well, since I have a day job, the people I work with are surprised when they find out that I rap.

MVRemix: What is your day job?

Dumi: Consultant / Systems Analyst.

MVRemix: What is PH Music?

Dumi: It is a company I started. It means ‘Pure Hip-hop Music’. It is a vehicle to put out all our musical endeavors.

MVRemix: How does the fact that you and Pep are cousins cause problems or make things easier?

Dumi: As far as causing problems, I'd say that the hardest thing about being in a group is how you objectively critique each other without getting personal or raising hard feelings. That's an issue, in any group, but being related, makes it harder. You want to make sure that you're keeping each other on point, but you don't want to step on another lyricist’s toes or infringe on their creativity. On the plus side, there is a level of trust since we're related and that would take time or may never happen for people who are just friends. We also shared a lot of life experiences.

MVRemix: Where are you living now? What are the 3 best aspects of living there? What are the 3 worst aspects?

Dumi: I live out in Springfield, Virginia. The best? It’s a cool, relaxed environment. It is a safe environment to raise kids, with good schools. UPS can leave 10 boxes of vinyl on my doorstep and it’s safe until I get home. Worst? There is no rap industry. A lot of shows don't make it out here and it’s hard as hell to get local support for what we do from local radio and press.

MVRemix: What collaboration are you most proud of?

Dumi: I was incredibly amped that Nikki Giovanni agreed to appear on our album and grace us. I mean she's such a great poet and the fact that she agreed to do it was truly a blessing.

MVRemix: What is next for O.U.O.? Remixes? Collaborations?

Dumi: Look out for a remix EP on vinyl, with remixes of some album tracks by Spencer Doran and Hen Boogie. Also, look out for the Cadence / Dumi Right project ‘Alternate Reality’. Look out for the Zimbabwe Legit release of the ‘lost tapes’ style Brothers From The Mother record on enhanced CD and vinyl this summer. Also, one more thing. Look out for the new line of Kunta Kinte Conscious Clothing Freedom Gear coming out this summer.

MVRemix: Any final words for the people reading this?

Dumi: None, but ourselves, can free our mind. If you want hip-hop to get better, you have to make it better!

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"As far as causing problems, I'd say that the hardest thing about being in a group is how you objectively critique each other without getting personal or raising hard feelings."