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Monday
Jun182012

002 Self Jupiter

'Come fly the friendly skies of the Freestyle Fellowship'

Self Jupiter is part of the legendary group from Los Angeles, California.  The critically acclaimed heroes released their first album 'To Whom It May Concern' in 1991, and their most recent 'The Promise' in 2011.  Jupiter is part of a rich hip hop community with countless artists, and innovative outlets like the Goodlife and Project Blowed.  It's a rare occasion for us to have the chance to talk with someone who has such an incredible influence on hip hop. 

 
Fingers on Blast: What's your first memory of music?
Self Jupiter: um ok, grandpops and uncles playing jazz, in their band downstairs in the basement. My grandaddy cursing at my uncles for fucking up the songs. My gpops was a jazzman who played with Duke Ellington back in the day. William "Poppa" Stubbs played like 8 instruments. May he rest peace! Thanks Pops!   

Fingers on Blast: How did you get started as a musician?
Self Jupiter: Well I always had it around me growing up. When I met up with Aceyalone or then just Eddie then. When I heard friends who were doing something we only heard on the radio...shoot, I began to think that i could do dat too. So I became..

Fingers on Blast: Have you got any new projects being released?
Self Jupiter: The Kleenerz EP with producer Kenny Segal available on Hellfyre Club/Alphapup, Voila Entertainment july 31, 2012..

Fingers on Blast: Anything new in the works at the moment?
Self Jupiter: The first single "Filthy" from of the Kleenerz EP was released 6/11/12. the animated video will be debut the following week!

Fingers on Blast: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process? What's a day in the life of Self Jupiter like?
Self Jupiter: I like reading books and watching movies. I love strange dialogues between two people from a writer's stand point. It shows me that a certain timing and cadence is needed to fully pull the audience "you" into a predetermined space in time. Really interesting and powerful tool. I relish in the idea manipulation, hence the book "Art of sudduction"

Fingers on Blast
: The Freestyle Fellowship released the Promise in October of last year, and it's incredible. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started with the group?
Self Jupiter: I met Acey back in 5th grade "Charnock road" in west LA. We were bussed there of course, being from South central. I stayed right across the street from Acey I was 4808, he was 4911 august st. so I used to go hang out in his building alot. The MC Aces which was Mikah 9 or Microphone Mic and T Spoon. That was my boy. Tspoon was Ill. I actually preferred a Tspoon's approach to expression than say Microphone Mic and Acey for some reason. Tspoon was just hella off. like, not common. Strange but fresh! Fool had a cold, eerie, deep voice too. But in essence, Tspoon, Acey and Mykah were way ahead of their time even back then. So, I was creating my becoming just by default really. Found out that rapping matched my personality. I'm a show off! Period! Look what I got.. Haha.. I'm still a bit childish!

Fingers on Blast: The Fellowship is incredibly influential, was there a point that you could tell that this music was really inspiring people all over?
Self Jupiter: Yep,.

Fingers on Blast: There are people who have adopted Fellowship styles, and taken credit. Even recently, some mcs claim to have invented styles such as the chop. How did the group react when that started happening?
Self Jupiter: Nothing really. It's good to know what people are doing. Whether they're getting inspiration from us or whomever, its cool. However, just gonna quote Jayo felony " i can give it to but what cha gone do wit it". Haha no but seriously, never really worried about any of that cause there are exactly 1, 564,987,092 styles left. Pick one and keep it moving..

Fingers on Blast
: What do you think about the new generation of mc's? What have you been listening to lately?
Self Jupiter: I like listening to Nocando, Mike Eagle, coupla of fools from Odd Future. Acid Reign , Subtitle, Alphamc, Joaquin Daniels, Aloe Blacc, Dizaster, Satyre, Sub Ren, Mr Cr, Dumbfounded, Sloppy2econds.

Fingers on Blast: If you could collaborate with any living artist, hip hop or otherwise; who would you choose?
Self Jupiter: Rakim of course, Dan the automator, Kool G Rap, Chuck D, Kool Keith, Jill Scott, Portishead, Ozomatli, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Prince Paul, Slick Rick, Pharoahe, Monche, MobbDeep, Alchemist, Madlib, Chali 2na, Redman, Stanley Turrentine, R Kelly, Aretha Franklin, Goodie Mobb.

Fingers on Blast: What are your favorite songs or albums from your own catalogue?
Self Jupiter: Shockadoom, iT, Youre Lost, Lolita, The Kleenerz: Nasty, City Lights, Big Mess, Best Rapper in the World, Heathen, Life Doesn't Get no Better Than This, Dont Try This at Home, HARD HAT AREA, It Was on This Night, Encouraging Quotes, BURGUNDY FATTS, Rainy Days, Unsatisfied, songs on my soundcloud basically..

Fingers on Blast: In this This is the Life Myka 9 refers to you as an "entity", meaning if you and him were to battle a real judge could never call a victor. Who else do you consider an entity?
Self Jupiter: Mykah9, Aceyalone, Peace. Tspoon

Fingers on Blast: The Fellowship puts on an incredible live show, are there any plans of a tour after releasing The Promise?
Self Jupiter:  yes! we have a show on August 16th at LA county museum and in San francisco July 26th..

Fingers on Blast: In 2012 with digital technology making music production and distribution a lot easier than when you started out, what drives you to keep making dope hip hop?
Self Jupiter: Life experiences is definitely a motivating factor. A sense of humor, sarcasm! To laugh out loud and say "listen to what i was thinking".  Usually you have to put it in a way thats digestable, at least thats my formula.

Fingers on Blast: Can you tell us a bit about where your name came from, and what Self Jupiter means?
Self Jupiter: Comes from the heavens. Name is what you make it. My new name is Jupracobrah!!!

Fingers on Blast: Thanks for talking with us, is there anyone that you'd like to shout out?
Self Jupiter: I'd like to thank The Kleenrz!!! Kenny Segal, Max Ma, Kevin Beacham, Adam Stanzak, Fifth Element RSE, Nocando, Mike Eagle, Hellfyre Club, Alphapup, Daddy Kev, Murs, Subtitle, Gahja, AlphaMc, Volume 10, TFU studios, James Reitano @ Overture, Tara Mulsky @ Voila Entertainment.

the Kleenrz - Filthy ft. Fanny Franklin by Hellfyre Club

http://soundcloud.com/mr-self-jupiter

http://twitter.com/jupacobrah

http://www.facebook.com/self.jupiter

Wednesday
May092012

001 Luckyiam

    Luckyiam is a legend.  He's been making some of the dopest hip hop out since the early 90's.  He and Sunspot Jonz formed the Mystik Journeymen in the early 90's and quickly linked up with the Grouch.  Before long, Eligh, Murs, and Scarub (3 Melancholy Gypsies) and Bicasso, and Aesop joined the crew and the Living Legends began.

    The music spread like wildfire, before the internet became such an integral part of making and promoting music.  Lucky has a deep catalogue with solo records, side projects and groups with other members of Living Legends that are too many to list.  He's also a member of Machina Muerte.  Long story short, Lucky rolls with some of the most talented mc's, producers, and dj's in hip hop.  


    It's 2012 and Luckyiam has just released one of if not the coolest record of his career.  It's called 'Time to Get Lucky'.  It features Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Scarub, Marty James, Sleepy Will, and Lana Shea.  The first single is called 'Change This' and it's a big tune by C.M.A. (the Grouch and Luckyiam).  Make sure you take a look at that video, and go get 'Time to Get Lucky' on iTunes.  


Fingers on Blast: 'Time to Get Lucky' is out, Luckydoot.com is online, and 'Change This' is in heavy rotation.  We're curious what's on deck?  Can you let us in on what we can expect from Luckyiam this summer?


Luckyiam: This summer I will be training hard in the gym getting my sexy on for my fall Leo the Lion tour with Mac Lethal! Also I have some new Prime music coming out with Sapient & a dubstep/dubHop album with Lana Shea & Kill the Computer called Luck & Lana Kill the Computer. Yeah, I said it..oh the new Prime album is called FADE & we already shot the first video. For the single A BIT DIFFERENT.
And I'm  shooting more videos for Time to Get Lucky.
I'm chillen


Fingers on Blast: The video for 'Change This' with the Grouch was filmed at Paid Dues and shows you and the Legends doing what's set you apart from the rest since day one.  The energetic live show, and being out there to meet the people who love the music.  Was there ever any thought about hooking up with a big old fashioned record label?


Luckyiam: Yeah of course the thought has been there but the horror stories of wack situations & etc. kinda made me not pursue a deal. I'd do it now tho for a side project just because I've never done that before & I'm down to try new things. And I wouldn't mind not having to oversee everything for once.


Fingers on Blast:
The Living Legends were touring worldwide prior to the internet changing the world of making music independently.  What kind of advantage does that give you in 2012 with the internet playing such a big role in music?


Luckyiam:
We have a true true true sense of DIY. AND performance experience. And we earned our fan base with grassroots hustling. They aren't just a fly by night group of fans that jumped on a wave because it was Internet popular. The advantage that gives us is longevity & credibility. We paid dues & paved the way for these other guys. But we still have to maintain a strong degree of quality and put in work to stay relevant.


Fingers on Blast: The Luckyiam catalogue goes deep, from Mystik Journeymen, Living Legends, and C.M.A. to the new solo record and beyond.  Do you have an idea how many songs you've done since the early days?  Do you have any stand out favorite songs or albums?


Luckyiam: Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiet (in doot from the Wire's voice) I have no idea how many songs I've done! Favorite songs would be Yeah- Living Legends produced by Madlib, Fly in my own right by The Prime, For You feat Aceyalone and Slug prod by Kruse albums are: Almost Famous,All Over, Classic,Black Sands ov Eternia,OverAll, Extra Credit 2, I Love Haters, One Uppers & Time to Get Lucky. Oh yea Most Likely to Succeed too.


Fingers on Blast: Searching Luckyiam on iTunes shows a ton of tracks and 5 solo albums but Extra Credit is missing.  At least in the Canadian iTunes store.  Does that have anything to do with the Layla sample?  That was one of my favorite tracks for a long time when that first came out.

Luckyiam: haaaaha...naw thas just a mistake..I'm too below the radar for Claptons people! Btw I made Layla in Canada.. Prince Albert With MILS! Bear Clan Nothern plains Cree Natives yo.

Fingers on Blast: Where did the name 'Luckyiam' come from?  I'm also curious about the PSC.  I'm just wondering what it stood for, and if dropping it had anything to do with T.I. saying Pimp Squad Click all the time.  I remember hearing that the first time, and wondering if they were talking about you, or if you and T.I. were friends.


Luckyiam: I got the name Lucky in 97 at a bboy festival we was playing with J5, Skratch Pickles & The Furious 4! Them doots was cool, they reminded me of my older uncles( Caz & Special K)..anyways bboy festivals are notorious sausage parties and somehow I pulled this lil Chinese bz so Special K was like damn you Lucky...and I was like, Luckyiam. It stuck & Im kinda known for being lucky like that. & PSC meant Pushing Suckas Consciousness or Porn Star Creator or Professional Semen Contributor or... Yeah TI's group came out and ppl was confusing us & I liked Lucky better anyways sooooo...

Fingers on Blast: 4/20 marked the last performance by all 8 members of Living Legends.  Can you shed some light on that? What prompted the decision?


Luckyiam:
Murs quit the group. Our last rehearsal before Paid Dues and right after we wrapped the Trojan Horse video shoot Murs informed us that he wasn't gonna do Legends no more. so he's a inactive lifetime member of Legends. Yeah like, that. Also..We were supposed to be on the Rock the Bells shows/tour but Grouch said he couldn't do it for personal reasons...(everybody else voted yes) so we turned down Rock the Bells, Soundset & who knows what else but all of a sudden the other day we find out from Grouch that Zion I & The Grouch & Eligh are on Rock the Bells!! I feel betrayed, So basically I'm like FUCK EVERYBODY right now because I see that doots don't give a rats ass or 2cents about my situation/best interest etc. it's MACHINA MUERTE ON MINE. TIME TO GET LUCKY. HULK SMASH. CATCH FADES, WHATEVER.

Fingers on Blast:  What have you been listening to/watching/reading lately? Anything you'd recommend?

Luckyiam: MACHINA MUERTE,TDE,DREAM BRIGADE,ALEXANDER SPIT,KING FANTASIC,CASUAL,SAPIENT,ILLMACULATE,NESSLEE,TNMB/NOIRFANCY


Fingers on Blast:
Anyone you want to shout out?


Luckyiam: SAME AS ABOVE & THE FORGOTTEN LEGENDS. THE DOOTS FROM MY CREW WHO AIN'T AS POPULAR BUT SWEAT THE SAME TO GET THE SHOW CRACKING. Luckydoot.com
LUCK out.

Get the new album on itunes.

http://luckydoot.com

and if you want to include the legends greatest hits free record it's here:

http://legendarymusic.net/trojanhorse/

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