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Professor Ecks - conducted by Sonnesha Garbutt  

Professor Ecks

September 2006

Professor Ecks is no stranger to the music business. He made is debut at age 16 opening for numerous notable acts. He is definitely not a stranger to hard work either, he has an album out right now "Rebuilding the Revolutionary", he's in the lab as we speak, and he has a record label which is growing everyday. One could wonder when he has time to sleep. My guess is that he won't sleep until everybody understands who Ecks is.

MVRemix: You did an interview with us back in 2005, I know a lot has changed since then right?

Professor Ecks: Yeah man definitely a lot has changed in the last year or so...I got a better team, a better focus, and I had a lot of people reach out as far as helpin’ the movement. But most of all the thing that's changed the most is that I feel I'm ready now to make this push fam... I'm ready to put DC on my back, to put the streets on my back and make people understand who Ecks is.

MVRemix: So who are some of the people who reached out to you thus far?

Professor Ecks: [laughs] Legends in my opinion. Some I can name, some I can't speak on yet, but Kay-Slay reached out, we probably gonna do somethin’ together, Big Mike and D-Block reached out, we gonna do some real hood shit together. Lotta people know me and Scram got work together. Of course DJ Lt. Dan we got a project out together right now.

MVRemix: I see you are one of those go out and get it dudes, and you were on the underground tip, how do you feel about the whole underground movement, and do you think that's better than getting a deal now?

Professor Ecks: I think the underground died fam. Yeah I first started rappin’ when the underground was poppin’, the whole Rawkus thing, Okayplayer all that...I think somewhere around 2002 underground music and commercial music merged. Heads started signing to majors, gangsta rappers started getting conscious. The end result, the underground worse and commercial music got better. So where does that leave unsigned artists right? I guess you could call it underground, but that's hollow to me, to me man the real underground existed like 98-02 because lyricists with intelligent songs couldn't get deals. I mean they just wouldn't sign us...we were starving and we all banded together to create one of the greatest musical movements in that underground has integrated with commercial that doesn't exist. We’ll never have that again. The unsigned artist, the indie artist is the new phenomenon created by labels. I'd say now cats like me aren't underground we're "prospects" and every year there's a draft. So what we're doing is trying to get our numbers.

MVRemix: So how many artists do you have under The New Regime?

Professor Ecks: We're constantly growing fam... [laughs] ask me that question tomorrow, my answer might be different. We about seven deep right now as we speak.

MVRemix: What are you working on right now, or is there anything you've just finished that your fans can look forward to?

Professor Ecks: Yeah, well I've got Rebuilding out now with D.J. Lt. Dan, it's a double CD. The first disc is street album, the second is and Dan are both really proud of that. It done really well about 10k off of free downloads so far. So what we're doing right now is we've got to do a retail version which is only gonna be one disc with extra joints on there, and we're also gonna put out a triple disc download only version with some exclusives as well as unreleased tracks. I'm in the lab right now working on a joint with Big Mike and D-Block, its crazy it's gonna be a real soulful smart record cuz that's me you know, but Big Mike and D-Block really gonna bring the hood vibe to it.

MVRemix: Any chance your fans can see you at a show soon or are you strictly in the studio right now?

Professor Ecks: That's the plan; my disc with Big Mike is called "The Revolutionary Boss". We're gonna try and do a tour off that. I don't have any dates to confirm though.

MVRemix: One final question then we're out. What would life be like if you didn't have Hip Hop or your music?

Professor Ecks: I don't know honestly, I'd be a completely different person fam. Hip Hop is what kept me out in the streets on one hand but it’s also what kept me at the lunch table cyphering instead of studying, ya know? It's my calling...I might be a Rhodes Scholar, I might be in jail. I really don't know because powerful men and I do believe I am one, usually end up being very good or very bad. Look at Malcolm X, he was either gonna die in the streets as a gangster or live forever as a legend. Not to get too philosophical but let's say my life would have ended up very bad or very good.

MVRemix: I'm feeling that. I do appreciate it, I see a lot of greatness in you real talk.

Professor Ecks: Respect. I appreciate that. I ride with MVRemix all day. You were the first website to support me…

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