Daily Archives: August 6, 2009
Hollywood, CA – At the age of 15, Ed Forchion, better known as the New Jersey Weedman aka NJ Weedman.com, smoked his first marijuana cigarette and was immediately impressed by its medical healing powers with regard to his asthma. By age 18 he was a regular user of marijuana and he dismissed the Surgeon General’s claims of its harms as “propaganda and superstition.”
“I’m a rapper that’s coming after corporate America I ain’t rapping against my brother I’m not coming against my man I’m not gonna say ‘Fuck this rapper’”
In the debate over the state of New York hip-hop most criticisms amount to blaming the region for being “too soft” and filled with hometown DJs constrained to a payola system that has unfairly pushed tasteless southern rappers to the top. Nationally speaking the auto-tune is on trial because the successes of T-Pain have become a trend in a number of rap singles making some cry that it is a bastardization of Roger Troutman’s memory. When pop-free purists like Buckshot who became a VIP of New York City’s underground rap circles for the stark boom-bap poetics of Black Moon and the development of the Duckdown brand rightfully critique the rigormortis of lame chart attempts the typical charge of covetous ageism disappears into the credibility of his dual occupation history. The ‘90’s brought about the formation of his various crews like Boot Camp Clik and Heltah Skeltah but in the 2000’s he has worked in collaboration with 9th Wonder twice and now the Blastmaster. It is something on the order of déjà vu when Black Moon sampled “My Philosophy” for “How Many MCs” and now both artists have performed the latter song most recently on the popular Rock The Bells Tour. “Robot” is their first proper song and video from their hip-hop directive Survival Skills and they do make fun of all the autotune biters without malice but with frustration. Buckshot clarifies that the gripe is about upholding the essence not attacking individuals because rap’s dark history of violence never gets replicated in the white-collar corporate world. But corporations have never had a problem making war on the community, which is how hip-hop started when the Bronx became victim to urban blight. In this interview Buckshot gets to the core of Survival Skills, his new entrepreneurial ambitions, hot emcees under 30, bio-civilization, working with KRS and the ongoing Rock The Bells tour.
How did hip-hop get to the “Robot” stage that you and KRS are referring to in the song?
I don’t know because it’s really messed-up the hip-hop game is messed-up not to the point that everybody’s robotic but most people wanna be robotic it’s like right now me and money brown are right here just grooving to me it’s about being human and we’re in the terminator stages I feel like I’m John O’ Connor because even though I’m here to stop the terminator I’m a part of the creation of them as well.