Convos in the Dungeon with Loaf Muzik (Interview)

The league of lyrical assassins that is Loaf Muzik, (Shadow the Great, Oso Dope, Kidaf, Shine Sinatra) has been secretly demolishing shows from New York to Cali. Armed with atom bombs of funk that could silence any naysayers or imitators; You can imagine their music as a spiritual gun locked and loaded to your dome slapping your senses silly with irreverent passion and honesty. The energy held within each well excuted punchline proves that these tried and true gladiators of gusto could turn the impossible probable with a mic in their hand. With their upcoming independent album Live From The Dungeon looming over the horizon I got a chance to catch up with the four man crew to wax poetics and find the driving force behind Loaf Muzik. Check out the Converstation below

Def Soul: Tell Me about the history. How did Loaf Muzik get started?

Kidaf: It was like competition bro. I was doing my thing in queens Shadow was in Bushwick. I would post my music up, he’d see it and give feed back. I watched his work and it would be about them being better, or me being better then one day he hit me up to do a track. I came thru to Bushwick and recorded a track in his basement, smoked some bud, after that I started chillin with the homies.

Oso Dope: Irving square is where I met my son Shadow, met my son dope, met my son Shine. Pretty much Kindred block had a skate board and skating became an everyday thing. When shadow started rapping, battling people in the park, I was like yo this n***a could rap. My son over there started tagging up books and thats where the base came from like yo lets stick together. Then it started turning into what do we want to do as we got older. Started going to open mics, doing more shows, linked up with Kidaf and traveling more.

Kidaf: We had like a network for ourselves, using each others resource to get better on an independent scale, then one day we just decided to come together to become Meatloaf Music. Like we grew on each other, now its like a fam.

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Def Soul: How did you get the name loaf music though?

Shadow: Loaf means one. like everyones loaf. loaf is the whole. Everyone gets a slice, like a meat loaf. Know what I mean?

Def Soul: I like that “everybody gets a slice.” If you had to describe the musical DNA of Loaf Muzik what would you say is your sources of inspiration?

Shadow: New York City a hundred percent. Everything around us, the trains, the graffiti, the people, just our environment. Thats our inspiration more than other artists. Everything we put in out lyrics is our surroundings and a reflection of our reality. My inspiration comes from my sorroundings. As in music I feel, like everyone has their own music inspiration. I like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Smiff and Wessun a lot of those cats. A lot of producers like Mad Lib and Flying lotus.

Kidaf: Me personally, I’m a real habitual person. If I’m doing it one day I’m probably doing it the next day. I really just like to pick apart things that people think but they don’t say. Like when you listen to a comedian right, he’ll say something you know already in your mind but never said out loud, thats what makes it funny. I think its the same way for me. I like to think about the things I care about and try to reflect that in my art. Just get people to understand where I’m coming from. I think thats the most important thing. Translating, not even languages just one lifestyle to another. That way people can broaden their horizons and you don’t have to be one set person. You can be versatile and elusive and be who you want be.

Oso: I interpret different things and manifest them in my creative self. Like taking the train, seeing the people, running in the rain like just now, I feed off that. My environment, wherever I’m physically stationed, I find a way to release it in an artistic way. Musically I grew up on Grand Puba, Audio Two simply because I had this game called Tony Hawks underground for Xbox and I used to play that heavy. It had mad tracks, it had me rocking. I was young I didn’t even know what type of music that was at the time I just really like it. When I got my first computer I remember going online and looking up the names in the music credits. Grand Puba, Top Billing, Nas. Other than that my parents would listen to southside s**t. My pops is a big 50 cent fan, he would come home with the old bootleg hot 97 CDs that would have a woman crouched down in a yellow thong, lil Wayne tapes, and mad random music he would just cop cruising thru the street and I would listen to it all. I came across Jay-Z like that I came across Mos Def like that. Not even knowing it was just hip hop. Getting older I recognized this was the culture and I’m living in it. Living in Bushwick you see the b-boys, you see the freestyles in the park, you see the graffiti and it’s like yo this is what I’ve been around. I’m a product of my environment with out knowing it. Now that I understand it I can contribute to it.

Def Soul: What would you say is the philosophy of Loaf Muzik?

Kidaf: Good question. I thinks its about knowing your worth and expressing yourself to your highest ability. I thinks its about representing. Representing the personal expression everybody has and some people are afraid to show. Its a lot of people who live life and settle for what they need and never go for what they want, what they desire. Its about dreams. Everybody in Loaf Muzik has a dream and it’s not one of those dreams that’s intangible, we work for them. Every year we look back and a lot of times we achieve our goals. I think about going further and representing what you are and what you stand for.

Oso: The principle is structure and discipline. Loaf means unity.

Def Soul: I definitely see success coming to y’all soon. I hear the versatility in the music from the boom bap style joints to the trap style joints plus your punchline are crazy. Tell me is it competition in the studio?

Shadow: Naw, its like everyone respects each others creative space. The competition wouldn’t be who has the hottest verse it would be its who can keep up. Were quick to tell each other if were not feeling something. Well tell each other you have to spit s**t that over.

Kidaf: In way the friendly competition doubles as a support system. As good as we want to be we want to make sure everyone looks good we want everyone to sound good. Thats what its about.

Def Soul: What was the creative flow for Live from the Dungeon? what was the starting point and how did it all coming together?

Shadow: Before we even new we was doing the project, we were recording music. Everyone had their own song and we noticed yo this would all sound good together, instead of everyone going their own way we should throw all of these songs together. Nitty Gritty was our first single for the whole project. That was Kidaf’s joint. He would perform that at every show. The energy from that song was amazing. Then I came up with Shinobi Wars produced by Shine Sinatra. From that we kept building more tracks and said lets make a collective project, since these songs sound hella good right next to each other.

Kidaf: Word bro its that feel. Live From the Dungeon. Half the stuff that I wrote was in Shadow’s basement. In his basement he has mad vinyl, graffiti, red lights. It was really the platform where we started. When you hear our music you hear that  grit that underground s**t that “oh wait these n****s is real”. Its about Hip-Hop but its about art and where you come from and representing that.

Shadow: We physical turned the dungeon into songs. The dungeon is a real place, we all from the dungeon of New York. Imagine a place where you live from the bottom, of the bottom, of the bottom and manage to get a way out and get yourself heard. Even though we from New York its hard as s**t to be creative here because so much is going on. Everyones voice getting heard, but at the same time no ones voice is getting heard. People like to throw us in a box like boom bap y’all some old school rappers from the 80’s and don’t even know what they talking about. For us to break through that stereo type and break through all of this trap and get our name heard and still get a chance to hit stages across America, Live From the Dungeon is perfect timing for this because were live from the dungeon. It’s a perfect representation for us.

Def Soul: Throughout this process of building Live from the Dungeon what were some memorable moments?

Shadow: I remember we was Cali smoking in my homie’s backyard, around midnight. We had rolled up went outside when all of a sudden an old white guy comes downstairs with a shotgun. All I see is These n****s hit the dip. I dropped the weed and ran. Me and Mudd was hopping over backyard gates. Running through California on our first night out there. All I heard was the cock back and see these n****s run.

Oso: That s**t was crazy.  It was sis because it was mad doors. Except for the one he walked through.  Yo the first thing I saw was the barrel and said “Yo Mudd that a gun?”. He said, “Ohhhhhhh!!! They already knew what the deal was when I started running. Yo I teleported, Zup.

Shadow:  I was running hoping I didn’t get hit in the back. Thats just means we blessed because he could have killed us that easy and could have said we were smoking on his property.  Then the news would have said man shoots gang bangers smoking on his property.

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Kidaf: Yall remember the dude that cried? Yo we had this show in Cali. We pulled up and everyone is walking up to us like “yo what good? lets smoke”. Mad love from everybody. I remember there was this one kid in particular he must have been 15 or 16. He walked up to us and he rapped for us. I’m not gonna say it was good, I’m not gonna say it was bad, I will say he dead spit his heart out. Afterward I asked him about a necklace he was wearing, he told us that his mom gave it to him and that we inspired him, then he started tearing up. It was at that point I began to understand the s**t we do speaks volumes even to the people we don’t even know. Like one mans hell could be another mans heaven and one mans trash could be another mans treasure. Thats why I put as much thought into everything I do because theres someone looking at it somewhere and not taking it for granted.

Def Soul: Dope. How did that Pyrex joint come together?

Shine Sinatra: Basically Shadow sent me the melody and I added some 808s to give it feeling and I wrote to it. It came together that way and became what it is now.

I see Captain Mudd behind a lot of your beats. I checked out his work he gets busy. Whats his affiliation with Loaf?

Shadow: Captain Mudd is a producer for loaf music. Hes dope as f **k, He’s our secret weapon. His beats are a representation of himself and what he goes thru. One time I was in the studio with him and I asked why the drums sound like so rugged over this smooth a** sample. They weren’t crazy crazy but they hit hard and had a constant bang. He said that the drums represent his heartbeat. He said every time I hear the song my heart beats like that. He throws his life into the music the same as all of us.

Def Soul: Do you have any other business endeavors?

Shadow: Loaf Films. All of the video you saw of Loaf we shot them we edited them we did all that. We got our own production team. When we have a track we have a certain way we wanted it captured in video form. Like the video to Nitty Gritty goes exactly to his lyrics word by word. It was representation of what he was going thru when he wrote it. It’s hard. It shows two sides of him. In one scene he has afro and another scene and another he has his hair locked up. That was a process to shoot because we started filming before he had locks. If I could go there, it was shift in our lives when we all started growing our hair, started thinking different, eating different, moving different.

Kidaf: It represents the growth. Like Yo you gotta watch the video bro. It’s Nitty Gritty I wanted some New York s**t, some grimey s**t, some graffiti,  and got it.  We even got Jason Knock a b*****s head in.

Oso: Loaf fest as well. Like yo we gotta give back. In a sense we gotta go back to home. We was like yo lets throw a festival. Everbody took a role and it manifested. It was wavy. Loaf fest 2016 is gonna be lit.

Kidaf: We have a show November 21st with Vince Staples in El Ray theatre in Cali.

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Def Soul: How do you feel the world will react to this project? Where do you feel you’ll stand after?

Shadow: It’s like dropping a spirit bomb. It’s crazy because everyone is f**king nice and we’re all on one album. Imagine all your favorite rappers on one album and no ones going about it their own way. Every song sounds fire . When it hits you automatically feel it and that’s how we design our music.

Kidaf: I think it’s gonna be breath of fresh air for a lot of people, because a lot s**t follows the same formula to get a result under a certain setting. To us it’s art for your ears regardless of how we do it. A lot of people say we’re trying to bring s**t back and we’re just doing us feel me. I think the album will show people were way more versatile then what the people make us out to be. They try to put us in this golden era boom bap s**t and of course we can do that because it’s the essence of where it started. At the same time We can survive in 2015. This s**t is real, it’s new, and it’s here.

Def Soul: If theres one thing you want people to take away from this project, what would it be?

Kidaf: I don’t want people to look a it and see an album, I want them to see the art we put into it, the time. Theres not a song that sound like another song. Every song has a different vibe. The scheme is poppin. I want people to see our highs and our lows.

Shine: I want people to take away the versatility. Know that loaf is more than one sound.

Oso: With Live from the Dungeon, what makes it special is that its a journey, its a lifestyle. you could listen to it as you wake up, you could listen when you on the train you could listen to it if you in school you could listen to it while you at the gym. Your gonna understand the Loaf style. Your just gonna get it. I want people to find reason in everything. The name of the tracks the name of the album. Its all math on it you just gotta solve the equation. To say the least I want it to speak for itself.

Def Soul: Word the formula that put y’all together is crazy. I gotta ask though are y’all the rhythm or are y’all the melody?

Loaf Muzik: We are the remedy…

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A reflection of a new rising generation of New York hip-hop Loaf Muzik represents timeless lyricism combined with the elevated spirt of kings.  Make sure you grab their highly anticipated album Live From the Dungeon dropping September 28 on website near you. It will most definitely be something you can’t ignore. (All photos taken by Loaf Films)

Def Soul – (@DefSoulNJ)

Today In Hip Hop History: De La Soul Releases ‘Buhloone Mindstate’ LP 22 Years Ago

On this date in 1993, De La Soul dropped their third full length studio album

The legendary Long Island Hip Hop trio known as De La Soul showed and proved that the third time is the charm when they released their Buhloone Mindstate album two years after their oxymoronic De La Soul Is Dead LP. Marketed and promoted by Tommy Boy Records for DSL’s third time around, Buhloone Mindstate flew pretty much under the radar, but still managed to make 10th on comedian Chris Rock‘s top 25 Hi pHop albums of all time as published by Rolling Stone magazine.

The most familiar single would be “Breakadawn”, which features the unforgetable samples from Michael Jackson‘s “I Can’t Help It” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Quiet Storm”. Even the late great Guru from Gangstarr made an appearance on “Patti Dooke”, making this project one of the most well rounded LP’s from the three Plugs.

Salute to Trugoy, Mace and Posdnous for this classic project!

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

Today In Hip Hop History: Who Murdered Hip Hop Legend Tupac Shakur?

Who murdered 2Pac? After nearly two decades to he day the question still remains…

Rapper Tupac Shakur was then taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada hospital after being shot several times in a drive-by on a Las Vegas strip and was under a medically induced coma for six days before dying from internal bleeding on September 13, 1996.

After several failed attempts by doctors to revive 2Pac, his mother Afeni Shakur requested for his life support machine to be turned off. What were the events that transpired the days before the September 7th shooting that caused his early demise and why has the mystery of his death never been solved? These are the questions that remain 19 years later. Chris Carroll, a retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sergeant, told Vegas Seven Magazine in an interview last year that we may never know;

“Shakur’s murder is still considered an unsolved homicide and an unsolved homicide case is technically never closed. But nothing more is ever going to happen with it.”

After all the documentaries that have been put out pertaining to Pac’s death, most fans attempt to put the clues together and create their own hypothesis yet without hard evidence it’s still just an educated guess as to what really happened the night of September 7, 1996.

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The only real evidence police have are the witness accounts from Outlaw members E.D.I Mean, who claimed to have seen all four men in the vehicle and Yaki Kadafi, who was involved in a scuffle with officers two days following the shooting after they pulled over a driver he was with and he protested. Officers did not try to locate Kadafi, who was later gunned down in the PJs in Irving, NJ two months after the shooting.

Compton investigators assembled mug shots of several gang members, which included Orlando Anderson, the Crip that Tupac attacked in the MGM Grand lobby hours before the shooting. Anderson is the suspect said to have fired the fatal shots that killed Pac. Las Vegas police later discounted Anderson as a suspect and interviewed him only once. He was later killed in an unrelated gang shooting.

Las Vegas homicide Sergeant Kevin Manning said detectives called his lawyer to set up a meeting with a witness, so that the pictures could be reviewed but According to Manning the calls were not returned. E.D.I. Mean and Frank Alexander, Pac’s body guard, told The Los Angeles Times in early 1997 that they had never been asked by the Las Vegas police to view photos of possible suspects in the case despite having seen the shooting and the faces of the men in the car from which shots were fired at Pac and Suge Knight. Alexander reported seeing the face of the suspect that shot Shakur but he was found dead with a bullet wound to the head in his home in Murrieta, CA on April 28, 2013. It’s being reported that it was suicide and there haven’t been any further reports following Big Frank’s death. Till this day, Las Vegas police dispute the witness accounts of what they reported to the officers the night of the shooting.

So who assassinated Tupac Shakur? The world may never really know.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

‘Paid In Full’ Drug Kingpin And Informant Alberto “Alpo” Martinez Returns To The Streets

One of the main characters from the hood classic ‘Paid In Full’ has been released from federal custody

According to the website of the street wise publication Don Diva Magazine, 49 year old Alberto “Alpo” Martinez has been released from ADX Florence federal prison. According to the website, Martinez is currently in the federal witness protection program awaiting his identity.

It has been alleged that Martinez indirectly reached out to the publication’s owner and respected Harlem OG, Kevin Chiles, and requested to speak to him about him allegedly becoming an informant against Chiles, something which Martinez denies.

Alpo, whose life was replayed by Cam’ron in the movie Paid In Full, was to serve 35 years for 14 counts of murder when he was sentenced in November 1991. It has been confirmed that Martinez did turn informant on his enforcerWayne “Silk” Perry, who because of Martinez’s testimony, was handed down a life without parole sentence on a 27 count federal indictment.

The government has not confirmed any such release of Alberto Geddis Martinez.

Happy 50th Birthday To The Legendary Juice Crew’s MC Shan!

Sean Moltke aka MC Shan of QB’s Juice Crew turns a half a century today

The first solo MC with major release out of the “infamous” Queensbridge Projects celebrates his 50th birthday today. MC Shan was at the top of his game during Hip Hop’s “Golden Era”, along with crew mates Roxanne Shante, Craig G, Tragedy, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace and of course DJ Marley Marl, who formed The Juice Crew. Shan’s first album, Down By Law, was a hit among Hip Hop aficianados of the 80s, with his epic battle against KRS-1 and Boogie Down Productions being one of the greatest crew beefs in Hip Hop of all time. BDP vs. Juice Crew is a prime example of a good, healthy beef that stayed on wax and even managed to morph into a Sprite commercial featuring Shan and Kris.

The Source Magazine send a supreme born day salute to MC Shan on his 50th and wish him many more in the future!

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

Casey Veggies Talks Playing Music for Jay Z, Being Attracted to “Classy Nerds” and More with Genius

Casey Veggies is set to close out the summer with his upcoming debut album, Live & Grow on September 25. The Inglewood thoroughbred, who has maintained a considerable buzz over several years and several mixtapes, recently went on Genius to talk about where he’s at now and where he’s headed next in a slew of annotations. In them he discussed a range of topics,  from his preference in women to playing his album in its entirety for his label head, Jay Z.

On his type of woman:

I like a mix of simple and classy. I like the outgoing type and the classy nerd. Maybe she wears glasses.

On working with Dej Loaf on “Tied Up”:

DeJ speaks for the ladies! Her hook opened a lot of girls’ eyes up to the record and they gave the song a shot. We are both young artists in the game so we felt very tied to the message of the song.

On Jay Z’s favorite song from his album:

I’ve been managed by Roc Nation for about two or three years now but never met Jay. We both were in the office recently and he listened to my whole album. I thought he would be like “Alright, play a few, and then I have to go to a meeting.” But he listened to the whole thing. An hour and a half. He said “Wonderful” was his favorite song.
When I was six or seven years old my Dad was Jay Z’s bodyguard. He’s in the Girls, Girls, Girls video!

Read the rest of Casey’s colorful commentary here.

50 Cent Shows Off New Home In Africa Amid Bankruptcy Woes In Connecticut

Fif posts a video this weekend of his new home somewhere in Africa while selling his CT. mansion after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year

“My crib is almost finished in AFRICA,”

proclaims a 40 year old 50 Cent via Instagram, posting a video that shows his followers the outside of his newly acquired property. He went on to say, “I’m gonna have the craziest House warming party ever. I’ll explain later. I got a good life, man.”

In July, 50 filed for bankruptcy after having to shell out $24 million in lawsuits, including the sex tape case with Rick Ross‘ baby’s mother. He’s been trying to sell his $8.5 million mansion in Farmington, Connecticut once owned by boxing great Mike Tyson, but to no avail.

50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has yet to reveal the exact location on the massive continent of Africa where he purchased his new home. With countless hit records and several successful business deals, Jackson is regarded as one of Hip Hop’s top earners of all time.

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

1 Dead, 4 Wounded At West Indian Day Parade J’Ouvert Pre-Celebration

Even before the Annual West Indian Day Parade began, the expected violence struck once again this year, claiming one life and seriously injuring four others.

The “j’ouvert” celebration, which actually starts the night before the parade, erupted in violence as a 24 year old man was stabbed to death near the parade’s start at Grand Army Plaza at approximately 2 AM.

One of the injured was 43 year old Carey Gabay, Governor Cuomo’s first deputy counsel for Empire State Development, who was shot in the head while ducking behind a car attempting to dodge bullets. It has been reported that Gabay, his pregnant wife and brother were caught in the crossfire of rival gangs. He is currently in critical condition in Kings County Hospital.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tweeted the attorney, wishing him a speedy recovery and the urgency for ending gun violence.

Former Marlboro Mayor Gets 25 Years In Prison For Raping Relative’s Child, Started When She Was 6

MARLBORO —  A former mayor of Marlboro, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars in a Delaware prison this past Friday, for raping a relative’s daughter, beginning when she was age 6 .

Matthew Scannapieco, 71, was arrested in August 2014 after the girl told her mother about the sexual abuse, authorities said.

Scannapieco was ordered to have no contact with the victim, her family and anyone under 18.

According to the Daily News, the molestations and rapes took place from 2005 to 2008.     Scannapieco who is also diabetic, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact and continuous sex abuse of a child.

As of late, nothing has been released in regards to how Scannapieco is related to the victim.

Scannapieco is no stranger to prison life. 

After serving as a Republican mayor of Marlboro, N.J., from 1992 to 2003, two years later, he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from real estate developers and to defrauding the IRS, according to the Daily News.  He even acknowledged that he had accepted $245,000 in payoffs.

He served two years in prison, which started in 2008.  After his release, he moved to Delaware for “a fresh start,” said his attorney, T. Andrew Rosen, a senior assistant public defender in Delaware.

That fresh start was short-lived.

 

 

 

 

Hpnotiq Is Back And Their Campaign Features Cam’ron, Va$htie and Yung Jake


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