Thun is another talented and hungry emcee emerging from the Super Charger Records camp. While he was born in the Netherlands, Thun lived in the United States for awhile, as he soaked up the best of both worlds. In part 2 of our exclusive interviews with the Super Charger Record family, Thun tells his story of how he came of age in this Hip Hop game.
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?
Thun: I was born in The Netherlands, but Iím half Dutch half American. For the most part I pretty much grew up in Holland but off and on Iíve lived in California and Washington. Growing up I got to experience the best of both worlds. Growing up in Holland was all good. The mentality back then has always been really laid back and down to earth. Whereas in the states itís pretty fast pace and conservative. I mean as a kid you probably have more freedom and can get away with a lot more shit then in the States. Laws are completely different for starters. I mean you can drink alcohol at 16 instead of 21. Same goes for going out to clubs and shit. I mean lately laws are changing a bit and tightening up but for the most part its still aight.
MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?
Thun: Well I knew about Hip Hop from hearing songs on the radio and stuff like that. Songs that might have been in the charts at the time. But my first real experience with Hip Hop happened when I was about 7 years old. MOD had just gotten one of his first Hip Hop tapes, which was Public Enemyís Ė Fear Of A Black Planet! Back then I couldnít believe what I was hearing. That album was just straight up the rawest shit I had ever heard at the time. And one song in particular stood out for me the most and which eventually got me hooked to this hip hop shit and that was the song 911 Is A Joke. It was funny to me and at the same time raw as hell. And the lyrical content once you thought about it made a lot of sense as would become evident in later life as a reality for me. So from that point on I became a Hip Hop fan and collected every thing I could get my hands on and still to this day.
MVRemix: How did you first get into rhyming?
Thun: MOD and I are cousins and pretty much grew up together. We already were deep into hip hop for a while into our teens. He started rhyming and shit around 16 and since I was 2 years younger I started a few years later taking it seriously. So pretty much the love for Hip Hop and MOD played a big part in that.
MVRemix: How did you start to make a name for yourself locally, then on a larger scale?
Thun: Well I started writing and shit and rhyming. And I would always be in MODís corner during the early stages of his career at shows and what not. Not yet performing as such but studying the art and business - making new connections. People locally always knew about us mainly because of the hype around MOD at the time. So when the time was right I got in on the action. We did a few things in the past, but regrouped and got with a new game plan. That's when Super Charger Records came to happen. Since then the ball has been rolling for the past year and a half. Active as MC and Back up for MOD doing shows allover the Netherlands and International. Also doing a lot of Support Acts for big name artistes from the states. From the likes of Nas, Killah Priest and Black Market, Shabazz The Disciple RA The Rugged Man and Heltah Skeltah, just to name a few.
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?
Thun: Straight up raw ass hip hop the way we used to know it - not watered down. Just that real head nod shit but in a modern day jacket, ya know. You gotta keep growing as well. My strong point as an emcee probably is that I have no problem saying what I want to say in my lyrics regardless whether or not its quote unquote politically correct. I mean I can cover serious topics as well as braggadocio or just get straight up psycho with it and leave no holds barred! [laughter]
MVRemix: How did you hook up with Supercharger Records?
Thun: Well Mod and I already have that connection so that was only natural. And our Manager and CEO before the decision was made to start up the label. We all were already friends to begin with so the rest was pretty much history.
MVRemix: Tell us about The Campaign Mixtape?
Thun: The Campaign is a collective of songs done in the last couple of years by our camp to give the public a feeling of what's to come! What they can expect from Super Charger, ya know. Which is straight up hard raw ass hip hop which needs to be brought back to the forefront of hip hop in my opinion. Apart from our own input on the CD we got snippets of the likes of Black Market who Godz Wrath (our production team) has done for their album which is out now. And joints from up and coming projects from Shabazz The Disciple and The Maccabees. Basically itís got something for everybody on it, so pick that up!
MVRemix: What has been the biggest headache for you coming up in this Hip Hop game?
Thun: Politics and ignorance! Straight up! A lot of people donít understand what it takes. I mean the music we make is the music we want to make and put out. Thatís basically why Super Charger Records was started. Because dealing with major labels you gonna run into politics and might have to give in to music that you really donít want to make in order to get that first single or to get out period. This way we in total control of our own shit.
MVRemix: What do you think is the biggest misconception people have of emcees from overseas?
Thun: There is a lot of talent overseas, all over the world for that matter. I think its just some cats donít know how to utilize it and get recognized. Lately though the hip hop world is slowly taking notice. You can see that by projects from The Rza with The World According to RZA. Also a lot of big named artists are also getting production from overseas as well as nationally. I mean if its fire its fire, it donít matter where it come from.
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?
Thun: Well I was back there for a few years and I would agree. People out here in Europe still respect the roots of true hip hop and not all that commercially watered down shit you be hearing day in day out. Its like cats is being brainwashed to what is supposed to be hot and what's not. Plus its gotten more materialistic! The early teens growing up now watching MTV or whatever seeing what's being played think that's hip hop. That's the norm and then when some real shit hits them they donít know what to think of it. They look at you like you crazy ya know what I mean. These days its kinda backwards like that but its making a comeback in the States now. Everything always is 360 it comes back. I mean how can you say you hip hop and not know who Rakim is or Big Daddy Kane or Krs One! Come on man. Appreciate where it came from foí real!
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?
Thun: Aside from Politics I donít really think they ignorant but I do think they need to broaden their horizons more and take more notice of what's going on around the world. Me being American also and living there I ran into a lot of people young and old that didnít know simple things about things or places in Europe. For instance I remember a issue of the Source Magazine that had a clothing add in it and it named a few places across the world where you could buy the shit. And it stated: ďAlso Available in Germany, Japan The Netherlands and in Amsterdam. Well let it be known Amsterdam is in The Netherlands - ya know. Itís like they mean two different countries. Politically the US is straight up ignorant! But I wonít get into that.
MVRemix: I'm assuming you are working on your solo album now. Tell us about that? What can fans expect? What types of concepts, issues, and topics can people expect to hear?
Thun: Yeah Iím working on my own shit right now as well. You can expect the unexpected its gonna be a ride of all kinds of emotions weather it be good or bad covering serious topics or just straight wilding out. I already got a title for it but there is no timeframe for it yet so I will keep that to myself until the timing is right. But you can expect it to be crazy!
MVRemix: Who is producing on the album?
Thun: Gods Wrath of course will do the most part of it. I might get some beats from producers outside of Super Charger. But as of yet its just Gods Wrath for the most part.
MVRemix: Any guest appearances?
Thun: Yeah ya know Iím keeping it family. Mod The Black Marvel, Ciph Barker, Tyrone they probably gonna be on it foí sho. And who knows I might work with other people as well.
MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?
Thun: Well we got two huge Hip Hop Festivals this summer. One in Germany, Splash Festival with the likes of Africa Bambataa, Nas, DJ Premier, and a lot of other European acts. Then around the end of August we got Hip Hop Kemp in the Czech Republic with the likes of Inspectah Deck, Non Phixion, Masta Ace and many more. So if you get the chance come out and see it Ė itís gonna get wild. Like I said Iím going to be working on my album and taking part in other projects. Thatís about it just keeping at it and take it day by day.
MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs, or plugs?
Thun: Yeah just keep supporting that real hip hop shit for real! Watch out for Super Charger Records. We got MODís album coming out later this year and its gonna be banging! We got Cyph Barkers album coming after that so be on the lookout for that. -straight gutter! Iím coming so check for that. Check for new album releases in the future from Killah Priest, Hell Razah and Timbo King as Gods Wrath is handling some of the production on that. I want to give a big shout out to the Sweet Water Pondz and everybody on a come up keeping it real! Open ya mind or stay def dumb and blind!
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"My strong point as an emcee probably is that I have no problem saying what I want to say in my lyrics regardless whether or not its quote unquote politically correct. I mean I can cover serious topics as well as braggadocio or just get straight up psycho with it and leave no holds barred!"