The Same Brain Family got together to drop extensive answers to a heap of Rapnews questions. Read ahead to find out just about everything you could ever want to know about the UK crew.
First up, each introduce yourselves to the people.
Red: Red Master, Lord God of Rap! Holla back! I'm relatively unknown in the scene but in a relative sense, I'm better than anyone you've heard of in the scene. Fuck all of the CD's you bought. I'm a better rapper than all of them cats. I'm arrogant, so check my shit out and then understand why that is.
Crucifix: Crucifix, descendent of pharaohs, defender of truth, the last of the Mohicans, grail protector and the author of life itself.
Slinga: I'm Slinga aka Big Sling aka ShotSlinga aka Slingasaurus Rex.
Vex: V.E.X, Nameen? Probably best known for the 'Mental Health Problem' mixtapes. Recently dropped the one thousand bars epic, mans will now prolly know me best for. My music is fucking pain, nameen? A dude fucking crying! Some dude in the middle of your town centre fucking in tears, nameen? Fucking bawlin! Everyone just walking past dude, lookin at him, but not caring? That's my music man. I'm that dude in the town centre crying… You don't care for his pain. Just find it amusing, nameen? V.E.X. music brevs…. mmm yeh.
How long have you all been rapping and who are your rap role models?
Red: I been rapping for 9 years now and will drop a second album in the tenth year. That's the plan but it depends on money really. My role models are legends. Pun, L, Wu Tang. These are the people that influenced me on a come up and so these are the types of people I would strive to become if the industry let me.
Crucifix: My initial foray into the art of writing lyrics began around '94 or '95. Around this time one of my friends became a DJ so we formed a crew along with another friend who started rhyming. We potentially had access to a studio but nothing ever happened. I would write at every opportunity and have many folders full of verses. As my studies continued, the writing lessened but I still hooked up with my crew to spit whenever we could, mainly in the summers when we had nothing to do.
I first recall listening to my cousin's tapes of Hijack and N.W.A. Though they didn't make me want to rhyme myself, I was more amazed at the raw expression. I'd say Chino XL made me really sit up and listen. His style, as far as punchlines and braggadocio, struck a chord. His iconoclastic ethos also resonated strongly with me. Wu-Tang, their whole aura and the raw beats provided the soundtrack to my teenage years along with the whole Death Row catalogue from 92-95. Gravediggaz, again RZA dropping sickness, Ras Kass brought a new level of lyricism, Canibus has dropped some of the most impressive lines ever and he influenced more people than he gets credit for. Big Pun was incredible and Jay Z is one of the slickest spitters ever. His whole journey from shopping demos to being Def Jam president is inspiring. "Evidently, the hustle can not be knocked".
Mystro and Jargon are dope and brought my attention back to the UK along with M.S.I & Asylum, Mud Fam, The Brotherhood and TaskForce. G-Rap and Ice-T are the O.G's so you gotta pay homage. Every time I hear my SB brothers spit it makes me go back to the drawing board though.
Slinga: I been spitting properly for about 10 yrs but never consistently enough for my liking for various reasons…. Rap role models are Aceyalone, South Africa's Audio Visual, Jonzi D, Doc Brown, Same Brain and anyone comin with the originality.
Vex: Well my first rap was written on an english book at school. Back then I was just rhyming. I probably didn't even know it was a rap. I was just writin' loads of long violent poems, which I later basically called raps. This would have been when I was at high school, so 16? Mans is 27 now, so comin' on ten years I been writin'. I started spittin' jus' after I left school but only to myself. Hung with a DJ called Melo-D. Only took it serious, I mean proper proper serious, the last year and a bit, with the MHP mixtapes to be honest. Role models are Big Pun, Canibus, Ras Kass, Eminem. Those were the mans I really felt for technical flow, skill wise, and lyricism. In fact yeah, those four man, I mean proper. The first rap I listened to was NWA, but I didn't feel it massively at the time still. It was when the lyrical monsters came into rap I got influenced by it nameen? Nas, Biggie, Bis, Pun etc. Before that I was really doing my own thing for years, nameen?
What have you each released on a solo tip and what's the best example of your skills?
Red: My album 'I'm Right, You're Wrong' shows you what I'm on. I got exclusive production from Beat Butcha, the hottest producer in UK, bar none. You can hear a sample of the album at www.thisisred.co.uk and see that this album makes me London's illest rapper. That is, until Crucifix drops his solo album at least! Hahahaha!
Crucifix: My first appearance was on a Boiler Room Collective joint 'The Devil Made Me Do It'. Since then I've been on both 'Character Assassin' Volumes, from the first Assassin session to my own solo joint 'Consequences'. That's really the only true solo joint I've had on a release. Everything else is Same Brain affiliated or posse cuts. My forthcoming album is obviously the best example of my skills, but other than that, my verse on Red's album is a good example. One of my favourite lines though is, 'I embark on a quest to render suffering ended, and come to the rescue of Buddhist Monks in a crumbling temple' from 'Numbers' on the SB mixtape.
Slinga: Did the 'Appetite For Apertures' single with Sammy J, 'Victims of Deceit' on All Time Greats 'Nothing Special Vol 1' and a couple other single's been floating about, but not realeased.
Vex: Ok, I dropped several projects that were unreleased man, never sold. Because I didn't really know how to sell 'em. I was just mad mad lazy with pushing my stuff until now, nameen? So I done the 'Contact Day' LP, 'Salvador' EP, 'Cast' 1 & 2 mixtapes. 'Same Brain' mixtape. I recorded well over 100 audios for internet websites over any beats. I done a freestyle CD. I done an unnamed mixtape of internet audios I never posted. And then had over a year off of music solid to do the religion thing.
Dropped that and then recently in the last year 'MHP' 1 to 5 which are full length albums really… Each one is 25 -30 tracks long so it's a lot of music I guess. And then I dropped 'One Thousand Bars' on New Years day. So I stay busy man. Best example of my skills? Probably 'One Thousand Bars' I guess. My favourite mixtape though is 'MHP' 2. I was fucking crying recording that. That was pure pure pain man… My surroundings, my life at the time… it was just really really pure man.
Do you have much input into each others own material or do you keep your noses out?
Red: I think that we trust each other as artists and don't need to get involved in each others creative processes. Same Brain are elite rhymers because we bounced off of each others brilliance on a come up and that's what the foundation of Same Brain is. Each of us peak at a much higher level than anyone currently rapping in this country.
Crucifix: I think we all have a clear idea regarding which direction we are taking our styles and projects. V.E.X keeps his work shrouded in secrecy until it is time to unleash it on the unsuspecting masses. Slinga is equally if not more clandestine in his methods. I was there for a lot of Red's album recording, but he's a pro so really that was more for me to enjoy being a part of and witnessing. I mean, how would you give advice to someone who calls his album 'I'm Right, You're Wrong'? In fact it's good having Red at my studio sessions because of his unnatural ability to always be right.
Slinga: Pretty much keep our noses out really. Haha. Obviously we'll get feedback from each other though.
Vex: Yeh, we don't have direct influences on each others music nah, but sayin' that, me and Red occasionally bounce new raps off of each other, nameen? I used to send my man the early preview of every 'MHP' track I did but now I just send him the whole shit straight. I know my man feels it. But yeah, if I get a funny funny line, I will call my man and jus' spit it down the phone, nameen? Yeh, blame Red for any gun violence or knife shit in my raps… Dude's a bad influence still. He physically tells me to put gun shit in my music. I'm like "nah bro, I don't wanna do that" then he shouts at me, nameen? So I jus' allow it. Make it violence, put gun references in there, despite the killings happenin' daily… still.
How did you all link to become the Same Brain family and what does being a group mean to you?
Red: Same Brain formed through seeing each other's higher potential and uniting to bring that higher potential out. I've known Vex since I was like 17 and was introduced to Slinga and Crucifix not long after that. We been down for years and being in a group means that collectively, we cover many different angles of lyricism. Plus, for a skinny dude, it means I can run my mouth like a prick and worry less about the consequences. Hahaha!
Crucifix: My first knowledge of Same Brain was hearing one of Red's audio's online and thinking it was dangerously dope. Then hearing Slinga spitting over some Wu-Tang beat and it was crazy. Then I heard Baron Samedi (before he left) and he was dropping illness. Finally I heard V.E.X and thought "WHOA". I realised these guys were seriously sick. At that time I was in a group with one other emcee and we liked what Same Brain were doing because we were on the same vibe, straight raw spitting (well I was anyway). One time Red turned up like a hooded prophet spitting pure lava in a cipher outside a local hiphop event, we chopped it up on some real talk and it was a done deal from then. That must have been about 4 or 5 years ago.
I would put any one of my SB brothers success before mine. It's hard to create and release an album on your own, so having people so unwaveringly dedicated in your corner is invaluable.
Slinga: We linked at first like seven years ago through the net. Being a group to me means I stand alongside them. They're my crew. Part of my life.
Vex: Sheeeit, back in the day I done a website with Evil Ed and some other contributors and done a forum for it. The site like dropped after like two months 'cause it was boring and the scene is cheese essentially. But… the forums like exploded man… proper took off. That's where Me, Red and Sling met up. Those forums caused a lot of people to meet up and form groups that are out there now still… so in a way I'm like the holy christ, the ever giving father that spawned mans. Lots of these mans still call me "The Holy Christ" when they see me. It's a compliment.
The name Same Brain as far as I know was formed back when Red and his cousin Telli made a mini crew. Bein in a group man, it just a standard part of my life man, like long after the rap shit will be over these are my people now, you get me? As life goes on and that, I got very very few friends. I'm just a solo kind of person. These are the only solid group of friends I got. So it's deep to me still. Red is like my twin. Known him the longest. He's been there through my life's biggest moments man. Sling, I have deep chats with outside of rap. Fix reps mine the most out of the others 'cause he drives and kinda has fam near me. Comes down to drop bars etc, bought Kenya my daughter a toy the other week which has made him blood fam' in mine and Kenya's eyes now. Haha.
I'm guessing from the Same Brain name that you're all equally nuts?
Red: Being CEO of Same Brain, I can't really afford to be nuts. I'm too busy attending meetings and organising funding for the label. Last week, I was in Canary Wharf with Hans-Ulrich Doerig, who is Vice President of Credit Suisse. Hans is very much into what we do as a company and agreed to pour US $9 billion of funding into Same Brain Group in exchange for my advice on trends in the East European currency market. We closed the deal over a cocaine and oyster dinner.
Crucifix: Well that's where you're wrong isn't it my scrupulous interviewer! I am deeply offended by such outrageous, dare I say libellous claims. Take your guesses back over the snow capped mountains, across the shark infested oceans and camel inhabited deserts and never let such babble be uttered henceforth.
Slinga: I'd say we've all dropped some pretty nuts lyrics at some point. Haha. But to me the name Same Brain represents more the same level of brain and calibre of thought put into our lyrics and structures etc.
Vex: To the outside eye I probably seem like the oddball of the bunch in that way. But my initial mixtapes were actually the product of Chronic Depression and unmedicated Mental Problems. I called out for help in my music, and to people even in my crew but…I dunno I can't blame mans. People don't know how to handle that shit, not really. Most people I think, thought it was all Jokes.
What different aspects do each of you bring to the table?
Red: With me you're really getting artistry. I'm done with the whole verse writing game. You can bring me your favourite rapper in this country and have them spit their best verse, and I'll have a better one. Then they spit their next best verse and I'll have a better one again and we can continue that for as long as you like. I've done that. What I do now is write songs and present myself to you as an artist. A brand. I try and make music with character that has a unique and world-class feel to it.
Crucifix: I usually bring the cutlery and the Tobasco. Sometimes though I bring the ominous quality of a malevolent presence lurking quietly underneath the veneer of an elegant poise.
Slinga: Well, Vex brings the workrate, insanity, hunger and inspiration… Red brings the cohesive quality, the want to bring it all together and make it happen, the dopeness… Fix brings the lyrics that make you up your game and also makes the time to make sure everyone can link… I bring maybe a slightly more serious approach in my lyrics but not sure that's the right phrase… and energy and media know-how.
Vex: I like to think I bring the entertainment. It's like, mans will hear 'One Thousand Bars' and think I'm on some hard epic rap shit, dark dark, nah. Anyone who's heard an 'MHP' Intro knows what I'm on. At one point yeh yeh Canibus wanting to be the illest illest. Bro, i just sat back and spat what I want how I want, not even overly lyrical, just focused on anyone who picks up my music enjoying it, be they rap fan or not. Like… it's good enough to reach to someone beyond a rap head? But I'm all hiphop though… 100% I'm cool with being the clown man. Clowns always have a smiling face, always happy and crazy but deep down… as I said before, are crying wrecks. Ima cry right now still…
Does it feel like Vex's mental health is the Pete Doherty to your Baby Shambles?
Red: I don't know who Pete Doherty or Baby Shambles are, but I will say this. We would clap both of them in less than 3 seconds given the opportunity.
Crucifix: After having to Google Pete Doherty & Baby Shambles, I'd have to say Vex is the Murdoch to our A-Team. With Sling as B.A, Red as Hannibal and myself as Face (yes I have put a lot of thought into this). On the real V.E.X is on an entirely different echelon, to drop 5 full length mixtapes in a year and then drop a song clocking 1000 bars? That is the realm of genius. Or the realm of copious amounts of grit weed.
Vex: I know who this guy is. I didn't even know my man was in a rock group until some Bean told me recently. Whenever I saw him, it was always on the news or in the paper for being a fucking drugs zombie. Plus he sprayed blood from a syringe at a camera man one time… That's not cool at all man. Nah man, I ain't like that dude. Plus my beanie is hotter. Kate Moss is awful man.
How do you control a guy that creates a 1000 bar track in the space of a day?
Red: Hahaha! Good question. You can't! Vex is an entire roster of artists by himself and there is no one that lives or has ever lived that could match his productivity. If one of these UK labels run by rich crackers invested in him and opened the market for him instead of spending their money on other rich crackers that don't break even, they would literally strike gold. Imagine, a man that can make over 5 albums in a year with no filler and consistent brilliance. I pray to Jesus Christ that Vex eventually gets noticed and fulfils his potential.
Crucifix: You can't control Vex. All you can do is press play and pray to God that you don't die instantly upon hearing the verbal insanity. Apparently it's a 50/50 chance so good luck.
Slinga: The guy's just prolific and super talented. Apart from that a large dose of sedatives.
Vex: Best way to control me, is to sign me man. At the moment, I can do what I want. I just get the beats, drop over 'em, milk the works printer and stamping machine and send out my music to several hundred heads. Like on 'MHP' 6 out Jan/Feb I'm cussing my old job naming the actual manangers. I could never do that if I was signed. Ah man… the freedom. My girl screws at me for what I write though and rightly so. She'll have a fuckin' period or some shit and I'll write a 30 bar rap about it. Like, I get personal and sometimes forget the effects it hasl. If I was signed then, I guess I'd be controlled, but… then, that's why I aint signed 'cause I don't wanna be controlled. It's like the never ending circle of life
Tell us about the group projects you guys have done so far and what the future holds.
Red: The Same Brain Entertainment mixtape is available now for free exclusively to those that buy my album at www.thisisred.co.uk. In the coming weeks, we will launch the Same Brain website and allow people to download the project for free. We feel this is adequate reward to the people that have waited on us and also serves to raise our profile in the country. No one can touch the rhymes we present on that mixtape and we hope this will be recognised.
Crucifix: We began giving out the first volume of our Same Brain Mixtape as a freebie packaged with Red's album and that mixtape will be available to download soon. Volume 2 is in progress and should be out later this year. When it arrives it will be like Haley's Comet colliding with the back of your cranium so watch out. My album "Magnum Opus" will be out later this year and then I want to get some collaborations done and breach the boundaries of hiphop or something.
Slinga: Well we've finished and pressed our first mixtape which is out now and loads of collabs on the 'MHP's, Red's album and others. The future holds a lot… The second mixtape plus solo releases from all of us. The second mixtape is gonna be so sick, it's a joke.
Vex: Just the Same Brain Mix tape man. Personally as the crew knows I was never 100% happy with my verses on that. Strictly my own fault. I wrote most of them, round Slinga's yard the night before. That's no way to drop for a project. I let myself down personally, although to everyone else, it's the same dope Vex shit. 'The Exodus' track I was allowed to drop like 100+ bars which was an honour to end the project on. Future is SB mixtape 2… I'm hopin this year but Red is the boss man… Whenever's clever. Bounce still owes us money for the SB tape… Come on bruv. Come on brevs.
Who tends to handle the majority of the production and who'd you like to work with?
Red: For Same Brain production, I handle most of it and will produce the entire Crucifix debut 'Magnum Opus' as well as the next Same Brain mixtape. In the future, I intend to complete a further project with Beat Butcha, and will appear on beats by Tom Caruana, S-Type and others.
Crucifix: Well, Red is producing the entirety of my first solo venture. Some of those beats took me a few years to write to because I felt that nothing could match the beauty of the music. I had to grow into the songs. A few producers have already shown an interest so I'm grateful for that. On the production tip I think Butcha is ridiculous and Bronze Nazareth is seriously sick. Emcee wise, the folks in the shout outs, Respek BA is dope too. To collab with Crooked I, Chino or Royce would be sick.
Slinga: Red does. His beats on our mixtape are sick. Beat Butcha's beats are sick. Chemo's too. I like some of Baron Samedi's beats. Imperial Guard is nice but not well known. My boy Sammy J has given me some sick beats. And a next guy who's given me some sick beats named Jamma (not Murkle).
Vex: Yeh Red does all our beats. No one else makes beats. I know fix done one beat which was heavy! I ain't heard no more from him though. I made six of the shittest beats you've ever heard man. Like steaming piles of green horse shit with hay in them. Fucking cow dung beats. So, I gave up on beat making a long time ago. I'd like to work with Richochet, or Ric Branson as I think he's now known. Universal Soldiers were possibly the best thing from this country outside of us, crew wise, I'd say. Blade asked me to rhyme on a track with him like a year ago but I think he was just chattin breeze… A strange yet intresting man at the same time. Black Twang would be a dream for me man. Mystro I respect… Cappo, like, one of the best rappers in the country. I got a list. AH Fly. I'd love to rap on his beats. I can't actually think of any other producers from this country… Wow, that's bad innit? Shit. Who did Cappo's 'Spaz The World'? P brothers? They were heavy on that project.
Which famous rap crew would you most compare yourselves too?
Red: We have a unique crew because we are all solo artists first and foremost. In other crews, you tend to find that the quality of the individual artists suffers as they depend on each other for support. With us, we each stand alone on tracks and I think that really separates us from any crew that has gone before.
Crucifix: Although their project has been in limbo for some time I'd say The 4 Horsemen. Because we are solo artists first and foremost, and with the very lyrical styles everyone brings it seems most apt. Just 4 ill dudes destroying everything we spit on.
Slinga: Hmmm… none really.
Vex: Hmmm let me think man… Wu Ta…. Sigh…
What was your musical highlight of 2006 and what are you looking forward to in the 007?
Red: Releasing my solo was a huge milestone for me. I didn't have the funds to push it out on the level of other releases and the project stayed a very underground affair. However, I still did the best UK rap album of last year and the only project that will match it in 2007 is Crucifix's debut…
Crucifix: Seeing Red release his album was big. Also for me personally, my highlight was getting my first recognition in HHC for a song that I made directed at someone who said I wouldn't get recognition. That's poetic justice. In 007, apart from releasing my own stuff, I'm looking forward to the new Royce, new Budden, new Chino. I heard Bis is dropping something too. Looking forward to hearing the sickness Rhyme Asylum drop. Slinga's mixtape will be a crazy affair, new Baron Samedi, Arch:Co, Chain of Command. There's a lot I'll be coppin'.
Slinga: 'Tuck' by Logan on 'Character Assassins' 2. The Red album. Releasing the mixtape. In 007 just looking forward to the ill ish from the artists I rate and releasing my solo mixtape, Fix's LP, more Vex and Red ish and the second mixtape. Helping promote the artists I'm feelin.
Vex: Has to be 'One Thousand Bars', by the very fact it hasn't been done before. I was the first emcee to do it. That's big. If I was a US rapper, of course this would be world wide news but, I'm happy knowing I done it first. It's like something that can't be taken away from me. Even if next man does 1500 bars, it's like… That's silly, that's being done just to "beat vex" but anything over 1000 is like going over the length of an album so it goes into infinite realms then. 1000 is the cap, an album length. The next original idea needs to come now. Papoose done the 'Alphabet' rhyme, Vex done the 1000 Bar rap. The Ying Yang twins done the 'Whisper' rap. The future? 'MHP' 6,7,8,9,10 and possibly an LP really. I know I should. Not sure yet. Might get the 'MHP's out of the way first… I don't honestly know. But I can pretty much guarantee the 'MHP's. Unless I get signed. Then it all changes.
How do you rate the current standard of UK hiphop and what do you think about Dubstep and Grime?
Red: The standard of UK hip hop is slowly getting better but still doesn't offer me any inspiration. Dubstep and Grime are carbon copies of the UK hip hop industry but in a different genre. Although I have love for artists in all 3 of the genres, I feel as a whole the scene is severely lacking in quality.
Crucifix: The standard has risen exponentially now Same Brain are being given more light. I look at homegrown hiphop the same as US hiphop. The biggest difference is the budget behind the artists and therefore the promotional push. The UK branches of major labels focus mainly on pop acts, so we are behind in terms of infrastructure for releasing hiphop albums on a major scale. We begin from a disadvantaged position in that respect. There is little option but to be independent, but in these times of industry upheaval, the inclusion of downloads into the charts etc, we'll see how it works out for the artists.
One thing that money can't buy is the talent of the artist, and with that in mind I'm happy to say that there are a healthy batch of people holding it down, but there should be more. I commend anyone that tries to throw light on hungry artists with skill, like Same Brain. Dubstep and Grime aren't genres I have really invested much of an interest in though I can always appreciate a dope rhymer. I'm starting to see less of a distinction between musical genres. I see more similarities than differences. I think that these are necessary outlets for peoples expression. When I hear something that stands out lyrically, then that's good. I would like to hear some more depth lyrically though, from hipHop and Grime, but if it's just like a party joint then whatever, I take it for what it is and my expectations change accordingly.
Slinga: Aint given dubstep much time… Grime… I like a few artists and have heard some sick tracks but also a heard a lotta weak material… I used to be a proper junglist and garage head like 10 yrs ago so I aint got no problem with dance music either.
Vex: Dub who? Erm, all I know is that Dizze Rascal is dope… Jus straight up dope man. He's like what all the grime mans wanna be. Proper, I don't listen to no other of that stuff. I like a lot of it. It's just not my music. I'm 28 this year. I'm a hiphop head man. A lot of that music Grime and such is for… like I dunno, for the little badmans innit. Like, not all of it, but it's much younger made for a young audience in my eyes anyway. HipHop is growin'. All your favourite emcees 50, Eminem, Nas, Jay Z, Wu Tang are 35 n shit you know. Game is 27. It's a different music. But with regards to Grime and such… I love how they making money. It's what the UK Scene wanted for UK HipHop. We all know we wanted Grime to be UK HipHop blatant. I mean, when it was at its big point.
Although saying that, certain mans have gone quiet now innit, like Kano and Roll Deep? They still about? Fuck man, I don't even know. Dizzee man, just stick with that man and that's all you need from that side of the fence. Uk Hiphop. Well… man, I don't even focus on the scene. I think if I did, it would change how I do my music. I don't listen to UK Hiphop, not out of choice, just because nothing interests me. I'm lookin' to get hold of Kyza, and Klash new stuff. Them mans are tough. Hmmm, I mean Blak Twang is lord almighty. Mystro. The scene just bubbles along man… That's why personally I think SB are a new sound. We aint road mans on that shit or like super nerd. We hittin' with all angles. It's why people are listenin'. I think three UK hiphop websites is a shambles man… It's really poor.
Do you think the UK hiphop nerds and rags need to open up to new things a little more?
Red: I think it's a question of money. The magazines will push any artist that their promotion contacts tell them to, and to get a promotion deal organised you simply need the money. In turn, the nerds will listen to whatever they are told to and that won't change. Because of the sheer volume of artists in this country, most of whom are complete and utter dog shit, it becomes very hard for magazines and DJ's to shift through all of the available music and push what they genuinely feel. Given this fact, the industry and its major players are simply the dudes with the most money.
Crucifix: I think everyone can benefit from opening their mind up to new things to an extent. I think people want to know about more than what is given exposure. If something is a departure from the norm then it will be embraced by those who are on that wavelength. As far as magazines, if it's a hiphop magazine there is only so much they can open up to before it goes outside of the realm of hiphop and the whole editorial ethos. When the people demand something new then they create a platform to express that desire and share views on such things. This website for example. So long as sites like this show love to different acts, it's all good. By opening your mind, your awareness increases and by doing so it gives more room for acts to show what they can do. I remember back in the day one of my mates used to bump some next music I would never give a chance, but now I can see what the appeal is in almost all music and that has only enriched myself as writer.
Slinga: Without a doubt! There's so many nerds who think they know it all or think they got something to prove. Just 'cause something's different, don't make it wack or make you disloyal to hiphop if you like it. Hiphop's about open mindedness ultimately.
Vex: Yeh, I mean, apparently it's pretty much known Adam Anonymous from HHC Hates my shit man. This is what I'm hearing and yeah I did have a knife with his name on it on the back of 'MHP' 3 and yes I was burning the cover but I was cool with it. Strange thing is, no matter who I addressed my shit to, when I sent it to HHC it always always got to that one guy. I got a song on 'MHP' 6 called "I see U" which is written from the perspective of a bitter website/magazine reviewer… Some of these website reviewers might even recognise themselves when they hear it. To this day that's the only negative review I got so I can't cry about it, and I got nothing against gays so I don't know why people think I'm gonna like go for that HHC dude. He's just a reviewer.
Which website should we be checking for all the latest on each of you?
Crucifix: You don't even need to own a computer. The latest information will be written in the webs of spiders. If you are unable to decipher the cobwebs you can always peep the requisite Myspace.com/goldsculpture
Vex: Well my official website is www.thevexsite.co.uk but the Myspace is updated more Myspace.com/thevexsite I prefer it due to the interaction etc. But the official website is like an online CV? Neat and presentable.
The official crew website has already been mentioned. And the www.onethousandbars.co.uk website will stay up for at least another two years.
When will Rapnews see a return on giving Vex his first ever interview?
Red: Big Tony, when you got beef, holla at Same Brain and you'll see 4 dudes with gats shooting bro!
Crucifix: Well if you ever do, he owes me £50 so technically you now owe me that.
Vex: Tony I love you man. It's like, I thought you went off vex, then we cool, then we have msn arguments about Dr Dre and then we cool and then it's dope. At the end of the day you came to me for my first interview. When I walk up to get some kind of award I will shout you out… Even though you left me out of the Raplist 2006, and yeh man I cried man, I looked at it and fucking bawled man. My girl just looked at me, and walked out the room when she saw me crying, looking at your website. She like "you cry at anything Dan". I was like "he aint even say my name" as tears streamed down my face and full beard, glistening upon it, like the tears of the christ. You bought a grown man to tears Tony… If I saw you in the street, could I hug you and cry on your shoulder? That's the question that really needs to be asked.
No. Have you got any shout outs you'd like to make before I run away from you fucking freaks?
Red: Safe to Tony and Rapnews for the interview. Beat Butcha. Everyone that bought my album and have helped me promote it in any way. Much love and peace!
Crucifix: My girl Indy. My Same Brain Prophets. Various Production. Rhyme Asylum, Logan, Arch:Co, Baron, Chain of Command, Genesis, AC & Terra, S.I.N Army, Beer and Rap, S-Type, Snuff (Speakers Corner), Chemo, Beat Butcha, Sonny Jim and Kosyne, 27 Beats, Jargon, Tom Caruana (Boiler Room Collective), Stuffed Animals Media, London Zoo, Mr.Lust & Marlon Brandy. Everyone that has shown love, Rapnews and your good self for hooking up this interview, Props.
Slinga: Mitra, H, DP, Sammy J, Woodos, Baron Samedi, Apocraphe, Jimi Whisperz, Lixx, Logan, S-Type, Butcha, Chemo, Conflix, Syanyde, Koncise, Krookd, Kaptin, Snazz da Dictator, Tommy D, Chinboy, Tuttz, Greeny, Ghost, AK1, Jammaman, Jack Baker and anyone else I forgot.
Vex: My inspiration, my life my world Kenya, this is a standard response, everything I do is for Kenya, she got me through my bad times. My Girl B. You're very important to me, despite everything I love you. Various Production. Showed love and support from Day 1, I am eternally grateful and won't let you guys down, thanks to the both of you. Every person who leaves a myspace message or feels MHP's, every email message I read, and it means more than you could know when you write your quick message, thank you. And everyone who knows they deserve a shout, props to Crumb for the support with the One Thousand Bars, the only person who's actually really given me props for it outside my crew, so big ups for that. Not many other people to shout serious…. I'm proper lonely these days still. 'MHP' 6 'The Return Of Jesus' will be out by the time this interview is up. 'MHP' 7 in March/April 'Same Brain' Vol 2, this year. Thanks to Rapnews. Big up Same Brain.