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The Tuff Love Of Royce

September 2006

MVRemix: Dead Prez.

Justus Roe: George Washington.

MVRemix: Public Enemy.

Justus Roe: Sonic Youth.

MVRemix: Joy Division.

Justus Roe: That snare sound they got.

MVRemix: My Bloody Valentine.

Justus Roe: Elliot Smith slowly stabbing himself to death.

MVRemix: Cee-Lo.

Justus Roe: Success.

MVRemix: Curtis Mayfield.

Justus Roe: Chicago.

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Justus Roe: Our buddies to the Northwest.

MVRemix: The Roots.

Justus Roe: Yes.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Justus Roe: 1992.

MVRemix: Mayor Daley.

Justus Roe: My boss's husband.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Justus Roe: Mr. Blank. A waste of time.

MVRemix: What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your career so far?

Justus Roe: It's good to be nice, but it's nice to be good.

MVRemix: What is it about girls on bikes?

Justus Roe: I don't know. You know what it is? It was me and Mestizo and Jaime from Royce walking around in Zurich. We were in the Red Light District. We were flabbergasted about the amount of beautiful girls riding their bikes around the city. We concluded that the bikes and a steady diet of yogurt made those girls so extra fresh. Every time a girl rides past me on a bike, I can't do anything but watch that sh*t. If I didn't, humans wouldn't be on earth. It's evolution.

MVRemix: What's the best thing about living in Chicago?

Justus Roe: It's affordable and an insane amount of good food.

MVRemix: What's the worst thing about living in Chicago?

Justus Roe: Heroin. Crack?

MVRemix: Have you done heroin?

Justus Roe: No. I abstain. Me and a couple of good friends did a no shoot and no sniff pact. They all fell off. I'm not going to get tattoos either. No tattoos. No shoot. No sniff. I don't smoke anymore. I do drink like a maniac.

MVRemix: How do you balance the band with a job? Especially with touring?

Justus Roe: I save those vacation days. I make it count when I can. I have a pretty amazing job that lets me go. Everybody in Royce is in that same boat. We have our day gig. We have our night gig. When it is time, we call people. It's going to happen. When it comes, we'll do it. So, I'm not going out a lot. I'm staying in the studio.

MVRemix: Have some people mistake Royce the band for Royce Da 5'9?

Justus Roe: Yeah. We got a couple of calls. People are like, 'Hey! Your sound check starts in an hour! Where are you?' Honestly, besides it being his real name, I think our band had the name 'Royce' labeled before him. I don't know. That's just me. He's awesome! He's the sh*t. It hasn't been a horrible conflict yet. People know the difference.

MVRemix: When you die, would you like to be buried or cremated?

Jamie: Just throw my body into ditch outside DeKalb. No need for theatrics. I suppose, if something must go down, I'd prefer a Viking funeral on Lake Michigan.

Justus Roe: I plan on multiplying. But if death gets me, I think I would like to be chopped up and have all of the major pieces sent around the world to someday be reformed like Voltron.

MVRemix: What would you want on your epitaph?

Jamie: 'No, you da man'.

Justus Roe: ''. Maybe, on the back corner, '' or ''. 'If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be white. Free album at or'.

MVRemix: Any collaborations fans should look out for?

Justus Roe: I, as DJ White Lightning, am working with this young rapper named, Skech 185. He's slaying people right now. He's in his battle stage. We're working on a couple of albums together. Royce? We're going to try and do a whole album ourselves. We are going to try and do some production for Qwazaar and Typical Cats, and some other people from Galapagos 4. Keep it in the family.

MVRemix: What's next?

Justus Roe: This 'Tuff Love' thing. Somebody at Macintosh must have loved us because they picked our album to be the single of the week for iTunes. That sparked me to push it hard. I've been doing that since. We're trying to set up tours. We're definitely trying to go to Europe. Then, we are working on different Galapagos 4 tours for the Midwest.

MVRemix: Final words?

Justus Roe: Word! Much love to everybody! Keep supporting independent good music.

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"Me and a couple of good friends did a no shoot and no sniff pact. They all fell off. I'm not going to get tattoos either. No tattoos. No shoot. No sniff."