Month: January 2008

Solar

Solar

In the second of our two part interview with Guru and Solar, Jay Diamond catches up with Solar. Solar describes Jazzmatazz 4 as an artistic statement in an era where people make music for money, rather than the love; and how he dedicated his being completely to creating it. He also talks about the creative intelligence of the ‘State Of Clarity’ video, and the curse of creative vampires.

Guru

Guru

Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz Volume 4 The Hip Hop Messenger: Back To The Future’ features Common; Raheem DeVaughn; Caron Wheeler; Slum Village and Bob James to name only a few! And to boot, Guru and Solar claim 7 Grand Records is more than a record label.

Hi-Tek

Hi-Tek

This Cincinnati based artist needs little introduction. Hi Tek is one of the hottest producers on the planet with his soul influenced beats that can bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your face or movement to your feet. Sometimes all three. I chatted to him about the C3OOO, his best album to date, and the Hall Of Fame collaboration list.

Joe Budden

Joe Budden

Lady Sovereign teaming up with Missy Eliot on a remix. Lupe Fiasco inviting Sway to duet with him on stage. There seems to be a growing trend towards UK / US collabs, and it’s no bad thing. The most recent instalment is the radio friendly, mad catchy ‘Masseuse’, warming up the airwaves in these bitingly cold times we’re living in.

Naz T

Naz T

At the age of 13 most of us have just started tagging out of our own ends. Perhaps beginning to learn how to six step or make some kind of music. However Naz-T has not only recorded and written his own tracks; he's made them heavy with intellect, pure sense and passion. Which is something that the majority of mainstream aged rappers rarely even sprinkle on their platinum selling records.

Guttah

Guttah

Guttah is a young cat from Duval County who is down with his mentor Lil Rudy who we featured earlier. Guttah and his Guttah Squad have big plans for domination in 2008, so read on to find out what he had to say when he spoke to our reporter Danielle...