Interview From Yesterday In Philly With Vordul And Eyedea
just got back from philly at the def jux/ rhymesayers in store at arman's. there I met with mr lif, vast, vordul megallah, and eyedea. they hung out for about an hour and had a blazing 20 minute or so freestyle performance. during the in store I had an opportunity to get a short interview with vordul and eyedea, which went as follows:
vordul was mellow mannered with a friendly demeanor. we chatted for a few minutes.
gentle jones: whats your current favorite rap record?
vordul: that new 2pac, its so full of emotion.
gj: how do you feel when you hear "the cold vein"?
v: man, its wild, its like you can hear the progression, theres so much little type effects on the vocals and subtle sounds in the background, you really have to concentrate. its some headnod type shit.
gj: how many other producers have you worked with?
v: just el-p and cryptic
gj: you cats just did a show over seas?
v: yeah we went to japan. when we were there they had these bath houses where they said you could get a massage but really they took in the back and ... you know.
gj: so did yall get some massages?
v: (laughs) nah nah, but it was tempting...
gj: how did you get into emceeing?
v: well I started out just drawing, and vast got me into rhyming, and after about 1 year I got serious into it.
gj: how long you known vast?
v: 10 years
gj: and your home is in?
v: uptown harlem. I moved to tampa florida for a while to try to get out of the city. away from the wildness.
gj: its a little wild in tampa too
v: (laughs) yeah I found out
gj: so whats next for defjux
v: mad more material. see when all these charecters, beasts, and creatures come together, you know somethings gotta happen...
as I walked up to eyedea, he was explaining to some teenagers that there was a invisible devil on his shoulder that whispered topics in his ear for when he freestyles...
gj: whats new eyedea?
eyedea: jay and silent bob's movie. its a classic. go see it.
gj: are you looking forward to the lord of the rings?
e: I saw the trailer but I am not really into that whole fantasy world thing. dj abilities was really into it for years, dungeons and dragons and all that. him and these dudes would sit around and role play and get trashed all night.
gj: and what about music, what are you into right now?
e: earth wind and fire baby
gj: whose your favorite mainstream rapper?
e: andre from outkast
gj: whose your favorite underground rapper?
e: nah man for real I think most rappers like their shit the best. everyone is on there own tip. jay z in on his stuff, can ox got there own type thing, you know and I have my thing... its when you love what you do.
gj: so do you roll around town bumping your own album?
e: yes. but not like "yo everybody listen to this" what I do is study and analyze it until I am disgusted with it. thats what drives me to progress.
gj: how you feel about battling?
e: OK let me put it down for you right now. I have battled at blaze, rocksteady, scribble, all that plus everywhere I go I battle dudes all day, but now I want to put that behind me... because when you battle you only have one goal, either to dis your opponent harsh or to make yourself look good, and the path to that goal is a straight line. nowadays when I freestyle, I don't want to move in a straight line, I just want to reach in myself and go any direction it takes me.
gj: so you're saying battling is limiting?
e: yes, exactly, its limiting.
gj: what do you think of the internet.
e: its wack. its all these kids gossiping and arguing, and its crazy because when I talk shit with my friends its all like I am trying to make them laugh, but these cats on the internet they fight and cuss you and they're are all serious like "I hope you die motherfucker!" I never post but I read what they say about me. they all hate me.
gj: nah dude they love you, eyedea.
e: no, their girlfriends love me. thats why they all hate me.
e: hey man, make me look cool in the interview OK?
gj: you are cool, eyedea.
and there you have it.
Girls like eyedea??
Dream on Pencil necked geek...
Keep kicking "battle" raps.
haha eyedea is a funny kid . .