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Propaganda - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  


July 2005

While he is only 20 years old, Propaganda has accomplished a lot in his short stint in the Hip Hop game. As one of the Netherlands premier emcees, Propaganda was scooped up by the SuperCharger Records family, and is set to drop his debut album in the future. With tracks already done with The Liks and Icarus, Mr. Probz is looking to have an impact on Hip Hop all over the globe. Propaganda tells MVRemix why he is the next emcee to blow in part six of our interviews with the SuperCharger Records crew.

MVRemix: I just want to start with some background questions so fans can get to know the person behind the music. So where were you born and raised, and what was it like growing up there?

Propaganda: I was born in Hamburg, Germany, and when I reached my first year we moved to Holland - The Hague, not Amsterdam. We stayed there for a couple then we moved to where I`m at right now. The first half of my youth I grew up in a different part of the city but with me always getting into bullshit trouble with police and then my mom decided to move again to a better side. I didn't help though.

MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?

Propaganda: 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny''. But back then I didn't know what the hook meant. (Laughter) I listened to Hip hop before but that joint really caught my ears and eyes.

MVRemix: How would you describe yourself - introverted or extroverted?

Propaganda: Extroverted. You see I always speak what I'm thinking and musically it's all real or else I would be better of writing love song, and that aint about me. It did and does get me in a lot of trouble though, but being me is all I have.

MVRemix: How did you first get into rhyming?

Propaganda: Same old song. Niggas start spittin' in subway halls and the week after that you come back with Fisher Price lines trying to impress the dudes. (Laughter)

MVRemix: How did you start to make a name for yourself locally, then on a larger scale?

Propaganda: I think I started making a name for myself when I hooked up with M.O.D., who out here already was a veteran in the Hip Hop scene so you automatically get the ''Who is the new guy?'' effect. I was 16 at the time, and two years later, after working, sweating and bleeding in the studio, my ear for music really started growing rapidly. My motivation and inspiration also started to grow. I started with bumpin' my shit on the internet and received a lot of positive feedback and we did a lot of show together and blew chunks out the roof to make sure that the masses not only liked the product but also believed in the artist. But now it's kind of hard to say, because everything is snowballing very fast..

MVRemix: For those who haven't heard your music, how would you describe your sound or style? What are your strong points as an emcee?

Propaganda: My style is hard to describe because the sound is always different. I never lace the same type of beat twice. And my strong points include, my ability to adapt to any type of beat you throw at me. I don't care if it's a fucking Techno beat I would still blaze it!

MVRemix: How did you hook up with Supercharger Records?

Propaganda: I met Twann, Banks and Needlez, when M.O.D. asked me to back him up at some shows in the Czech republic and we clicked since then..

MVRemix: Tell us about The Campaign Mixtape?

Propaganda: It's all about pimpin' hoes, 24`s, Iceberg suits and champagne bubbles. (Laughter) Nah, but I could write a 100 page book about it. There's so much information stuck in this whole thing you would need like 10 translators to explain it to you. But basically, it's like a Discovery channel episode where you got the beat as your video footage and the emcee as the voice-over.

MVRemix: What has been the biggest headache for you coming up in this Hip Hop game?

Propaganda: Nothing much really. I don't mingle with people that bring negative energy to my circle. And as far as the critics - hmm, well, with every bad word they speak about me I know I'm more alive than the word before, and luck is something you got to force.

MVRemix: What do you think is the biggest misconception people have of emcees from overseas?

Propaganda: Niggas in Holland don't walk in wooden shoes! But we do smoke a lot of weed though. (Laughter)

MVRemix: A lot of people feel that people overseas have a better appreciation for Hip Hop than people in America. What are your thoughts on that?

Propaganda: Well I can't blame y'all. You got a Jay-z on every street corner selling mixtapes, plus you got the fact that people in Czech Republic for example mostly don't even know even know what your saying onstage but absorb the energy you bring just as well and it's all new to them. I think in America Hip Hop reached a certain peak while out here it's still in a growing stage trying to figure out which way to go.

MVRemix: A lot of people look at American culture as ignorant or in a negative light, so when you look at America, what do you see?

Propaganda: I don't discriminate and never judge a whiskey by it's label. But I can't stand the fact that you can re-fill your drinks at some Micky D`s because out here you would get slapped in the face asking some crazy shit like that. (Laughter)

MVRemix: I'm assuming you are working on your solo album now. Tell us about that?

Propaganda: Yeah I'm din my thing right now, trying to keep it global. I'm working with all types of emcees that hold it down wherever and the concepts are simple - ''The good, the bad and the ugly'' situations. But I guess I can't say too much about it besides, I got enough shit to say.

MVRemix: Any guest appearances?

Propaganda: I'm already putting out a couple joint featuring The Liks and Icarus, but I can't say to much about the rest yet. Just watch me!

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

Propaganda: Right now I've just been asked to play a big role in a movie out here, and the funny part is I gotta play the same nigga I am everyday, so I wouldn't call it acting. (Laughter) But yeah, I got tons of shit going on out here and a hood near you.

MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs, or plugs?

Propaganda: I wanna thank you for this interview and holla at my Supercharger Fam! Whoomp Whoomp, Pond City Giants nigga! Also, visit, and shout out to my crew, Most Official, and everybody around me and out there who help me build this shit because, ''if you reach for the sky we go beyond the stars."

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"Nothing much really. I don't mingle with people that bring negative energy to my circle. And as far as the critics - hmm, well, with every bad word they speak about me I know I'm more alive than the word before, and luck is something you got to force."