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Proe - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Proe’s Strive For Imperfection

April 2005

MVRemix: Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you deal with it? How has it affected California? How has it affected the music industry?

Proe: I was on my way to school. I woke up but didn't put on the TV so, I didn’t find out till I saw my boy when I got there. At first, it was really surreal. I didn't really know what to think. Then, they put TV's in the classrooms, which showed the planes. Then, reality started to sink in. I think in California, aside from the racists, sexists, war mongers, and rich people, it has made us feel like Bush is going to lead us into some sh*t we can't fix.

MVRemix: How do you feel about America’s involvement in the Middle East?

Proe: I think it's bullsh*t. It’s absolutely an abuse of power which is killing tons of innocent lives. This is coming from someone whose family member and best friend was sent to Afghanistan and is now a war veteran. Apart from my personal opinions, I've had first hand views of someone who is affected more than some whiny college kid. To sum it up, war is bullsh*t. Killing is never easy to deal with, only when it is a press of a button. F*ck Bush!

MVRemix: Word association. I am going to say the name of a group or a person and you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said ‘Public Enemy’, you may say ‘Revolution’ or ‘Fight The Power’. If I said ‘The Beatles’, you may say ‘Revolver’ or ‘Yoko Ono’. Okay?

MVRemix: Cormega.

Proe: Grimey.

MVRemix: 50 Cent.

Proe: Ja Rule 2.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Proe: Why?

MVRemix: Jay-Z.

Proe: Yep!

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Proe: Lucy.

MVRemix: Dead Prez.

Proe: Robbing the pizza delivery guy.

MVRemix: Pharycde.

Proe: Having a crush on my teacher.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Proe: Where?

MVRemix: Jamiroqaui.

Proe: Moving floors.

MVRemix: Del The Funky Homosapian.

Proe: Weed.

MVRemix: Tom Green.

Proe: The Bum Bum Song.

MVRemix: Gil-Scott Heron.

Proe: Stealing cable.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Proe: WWIII.

MVRemix: What artists would you like to work with in the future who you haven’t worked with yet?

Proe: Tom Waits, Jay-Z, Karen O, Pharrell Williams, and Devin The Dude.

MVRemix: What producers would you like to work with in the future?

Proe: Just Blaze, Pete Rock, The RZA, The Neptunes, Jay Dee, El-P, and Timbaland.

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

Proe: It's a toss up between not getting shot, not hating my mother, and not being on the show ‘Change of Heart’.

MVRemix: What advice would you give to an up and coming hip-hop emcee?

Proe: Be yourself. Stop trying to emulate your idols. At the absolute best, you'll only be a decent 2nd.

MVRemix: What do you think hip-hop needs these days? What is it lacking?

Proe: Hip-hop needs an open mind. It is so cut and dry between these bullsh*t little boundaries and boxes everyone puts each other in. Motherf*uckers need chill. It’s just music. To me, it’s lacking originality without the loss of sensibility. You got tons of rappers trying to sound the same, and you got tons of rappers trying too hard to be abstract and different. There’s not much I find genuinely interesting anymore.

MVRemix: What song are you most proud of?

Proe: I have no idea.

MVRemix: What CDs or LPs have been in your CD player or on your turntable recently?

Proe: John Lee Hooker’s ‘Whiskey and Wimmen’, Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’, ‘Fly Or Die’ by N.E.R.D, ‘Red Light District’ by Ludacris, and Just Blaze’s beats.

MVRemix: Favorite movies?

Proe: I'm a big horror movie fan. Anything else, I see just as precursor to make out with women.

MVRemix: If you could remake any classic hip-hop song, what would it be?

Proe: Remake? Well that defeats the purpose, but I wouldn't mind rapping on ‘T.R.O.Y.’

MVRemix: What do you do when you are incredibly stressed out?

Proe: Drink too much and make it worse. Then, eventually, write a song about drinking too much and making it worse.”

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions that people have of you?

Proe: Well I guess, that I'm white, ha. Another misconception is that I'm short. I'm actually really tall.

MVRemix: How do you think that you have matured, evolved, or changed as an artist?

Proe: I stopped trying to impress other rappers. Instead, I just try to make music, no matter how it turns out. I could care less if some cheesed*ck emcee can rap better than me. If you can freestyle better, that’s fantastic, but I'd still rather talk to your girlfriend than have a discussion with you about skills.

MVRemix: What is in the future for Proe? Collaborations? Tours?

Proe: The future is hopefully a grand place. I have a side project that’s in the works with my homey Bob Clean entitled ‘Modest Monsters’. I have a DVD coming out entitled ‘Jenna Loves Proe’. I'm constantly working on new material. If anyone wants to set up a tour, let’s go. Really, let’s go right now.

MVRemix: Any final words for the people who will be reading this?

Proe: Thanks for reading all this stuff. All the love and support is very much appreciated. A big thanks to everyone who copped the album! If you have yet to, be sure to pick up the new album ‘Perfect’. Keep supporting good independent music. Much respect to all of you. And, oh yeah, I was just kidding about the John Basedow thing.

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"To me, it’s lacking originality without the loss of sensibility. You got tons of rappers trying to sound the same, and you got tons of rappers trying too hard to be abstract and different. There’s not much I find genuinely interesting anymore."