Karim: I was promoting shows in Oregon. Destro was a member of Frontline. I booked Frontline and Oracles Creed, later the foundation for Oldominion, for a show with Hiero. We built, and the rest is history.
MVRemix: What hurdles or problems have you encountered in the industry?
Karim: I think the main thing is a lack of exposure here in the Northwest. My crew, Oldominion has been banging ya’ll for years. We’re finally getting the exposure we deserve, thanks to Rhymesayers, Stuck Under the Needle, Up Above, Quannum, Jus Family, Jasiri, and more. Others are really making noise as well. I think the Lifesavas are one of the dopest crews in the game, period. My man, Cool Nutz has accomplished and done so much for Portland rap. He’s dope. Jake One and Vitamin D, Bean One, and Mr. Hill are all making huge noise right now. They are getting their production out there. We’re overcoming these hurdles.
MVRemix: When did you first begin making music? What was it like?
Karim: It was awful. I started in like 1992, recording on the dual tape player. We’d invite the neighborhood scrubs over, battle em’, and destroy em’ on tape. Then, we’d roll around playing the tape to our other friends like we were cool. We’d put out these tapes in San Fran with beats that I looped with me and my boy Takeo rapping over them.
MVRemix: How were you making a living before or outside music?
Karim: I was promoting shows, clubs, etc. Through promoting, I’ve been able to bring a huge amount of underground crews to the Northwest and built relationships with them. It’s how we met all of Solesides, Quannum, Dilated, The Legends, Hieroglyphics, Battle Axe, The Beat Junkies, Def Jux, and The Sayers. These are our people.
MVRemix: How has your live show evolved? What is your favorite part of your live show?
Karim: We’ve always had a hype stage show. Now, it’s just liver. To be honest, I see the Legends’ rock, along with KRS, and I try to make my stage show an equal amount of both. Hyped, full of energy. We got to tour and build with KRS recently. Seeing him rock night after night, was incredible. He’s the best ever. The Legends, man, those are my homies. They rip every stage they walk on, into pieces. They are the best in the business. Busta is dope live too, along with M.O.P.
MVRemix: Do you smoke weed?
Karim: I used to, but not anymore. It’ll make me befriend the couch all day.
MVRemix: What is it like living in Seattle? What is the hip-hop scene like?
Karim: Seattle is cool. It’s home. The hip-hop scene is full of talent. The producers here are really helping to craft the sound. We’re all good friends. The one thing that holds Seattle back is the side-talk. Seattle’s full of jealous ass b*tches who will smile in your face, give you hugs, and even buy you drinks. As soon as you ain’t around, they’ll start the sh*t talk like, ‘I heard he…’ sh*t. It’s self-destructing, the game. I’ve never seen another city so caught up in it. Ask anyone. Sh*t, I’m a part of it myself.
MVRemix: Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you deal with it? How has it affected the music industry?
Karim: I was in bed when I got the call to turn on the TV. I stayed in front of the TV for a week. It was a huge wakeup call to everyone.
MVRemix: How do you feel about the U.S. involvement in the Middle East?
Karim: I don’t agree with the length they’ve been out there, but I do want to see them get that f*cker Bin Laden.
MVRemix: Word association. I am going to say the name of a group or artist or 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: Jurassic 5.
Karim: Charlie 2na.
MVRemix: 50 Cent.
Karim: *ss Like That.
Karim: The best.
Karim: Thank You, Slug!
MVRemix: Dead Prez.
Karim: Be Healthy.
MVRemix: Phife Dawg.
Karim: Problems, woe is me.
Karim: Conveyor Belt.
MVRemix: Lyrics Born.
Karim: The homie.
Karim: Dope Beats.
MVRemix: Tom Green.
Karim: He Lost Drew.
MVRemix: Alice In Chains.
Karim: I think they’re from Seattle, right?
MVRemix: Gil-Scott Heron.
Karim: I brought him to Oregon once, for a show.
MVRemix: George Bush.
Karim: Pretty much a piece of sh*t.
MVRemix: Who are some artists would you like to work with in the future?
Karim: Pharoahe Monch, The Rza, Dre, Primo, and J Dilla.
MVRemix: What was the biggest mistake you have made in your career?
Karim: Starting businesses with my closest friends.”
MVRemix: What advice would you give to an up and coming hip-hop group?
Karim: Quit now! Nah, make sure you are being true to yourself. Don’t let people soup you up.
MVRemix: What do you think hip-hop needs these days? What is it lacking?
Karim: Hip-hop needs more Bumpy Knucks and M.O.P.! It needs less people and labels offering deals.
MVRemix: What song are you most proud of?
Karim: ‘Welcome To Seattle’. F*ck it, let’s put my city on the map.
MVRemix: What CDs or LPs have been in your CD player or on your turntable recently?
Karim: Styles P ‘Ghost in the Shell Pt. 2’, Common’s ‘Be’, Sean Price’s ‘Monkey Bars’, and Jake One’s beat CDs.
MVRemix: What else have you been listening to lately?
Karim: Ghostface, Styles P, and my girlfriend bitch about cleaning the house.
MVRemix: Favorite movies?
Karim: Scarface, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Kill Bill Vol. 1
MVRemix: If you could remake any classic hip-hop song, what would it be?
Karim: Probably, ‘Protect Ya Neck’ by Wu-Tang, do the Oldominion remake.
MVRemix: How did you hook up with Rakaa from Dilated Peoples for ‘Cut Down Ya Options’? How was that collaboration different from other collaborations?
Karim: I knew them through shows we promoted. Rakaa and I had talked about doing something for like 3 years. When we found the beat, we made the call.
MVRemix: What do you do when you are incredibly stressed out?
Karim: I go down to Oregon to visit my parents and brothers.
MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions that people have of you?
Karim: That I’m a d*ck, who is hard to work with.
MVRemix: How do you think that The Boom Bap Project has matured, evolved or changed as a group?
Karim: We’ve definitely matured and evolved. Our music and overall skills evolved, and are still evolving. The next Boom Bap record is going to be a monster.
MVRemix: Will there be solo albums?
Karim: Destro is doing one now. I’m working on a project with Cool Nutz called, ‘Coke Rap’. You might also see something with me and One Be Lo, the Dickhead Tracy sh*t.
MVRemix: In hip-hop, what kind of styles of styles do you see coming in the future?
Karim: Who knows man? Whatever Ludacris does, people will bite. That dude is a monster.
MVRemix: What is in the future for The Boom Bap Project? Collaborations? Tours? Remixes? Collaborations?
Karim: Look out for the Live and Direct Tour with us, Hieroglyphics, Non Phixion, and O.C., July through September. Look for The Boom Bap Project and some of the Visionaries homies in the U.S. and Europe, September through November. Look for another 12’’ and maybe, a video soon, as well. New Boom Bap Project album in 2006 will be a beast!
MVRemix: Any final words?
Karim: Support my crew, Oldominion, Grayskul, Sleep, Snafu, Nyqwil, Siren’s Echo, Onry’s solo, and the rest. Support it. Peace.
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"Seattle is cool. It’s home. The hip-hop scene is full of talent. The producers here are really helping to craft the sound. We’re all good friends. The one thing that holds Seattle back is the side-talk. Seattle’s full of jealous ass b*tches who will smile in your face, give you hugs, and even buy you drinks. As soon as you ain’t around, they’ll start the sh*t talk..."