If anti-Semitism is funny, then Hitler had the best joke ever. Really. If it was funny, then heâ€™s basically a comedic genius like Richard Pryor. But seriously. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is a modern day classic, itâ€™s the new Shakespeare. It needs to be added to the school curriculum and translated into every foreign language, starting with English. Also, the Ghostface Fishscale album thatâ€™s out now is so insane I canâ€™t believe that itâ€™s a real Def Jam release. Congratulations go out to Louvenâ€™s, ‘cause he got out of jail. The one we know as the Phonograff is set to drop his debut album this week. Itâ€™s called â€œFrom The Bottom Up.â€ Itâ€™s all produced by him and features vocals by Moka Only, Kia Kadiri, Luckyiam.PSC (of Living Legends), JC Subliminal, Ty-C, Edge 1 (of Usual Suspecs), NWNB, Just B, Demoe One, and the Incredible Ease, among others. Plus Phono scratches the shit out of records like heâ€™s known to do. His release party is this Monday, March 6th at the Lamplighter and the show will feature him plus many of the artists on his record. Hereâ€™s what he has to say:
Only: What does this album signify for you and how does it represent your beliefs?
Phonograff: My album signifies music without boundaries. I mean, not being afraid to take things to another level and always trying to be original. As far as my beliefs go, this album is my interpretation of life.
O: So, have you ever had the hamburger at Save-On-Meats?
P: Damn! I ate one time a few years back, that shit is huge! Heartattack in a bun. Iâ€™m feeling sick just thinking about it. That shit is so big you have to take two of the patties off just to make it close to a normal size burger.
O: Can you describe your sound?
P: Iâ€™m taking it back to that â€˜93 era with a new twist on thangs. Itâ€™s hip-hop with electronic, latin, reggae dub, and that fat ass bass. Not to mention some of the dopest MCs and vocalists from Vancouver and beyond.
O: Whereâ€™s the bottom?
P: The bottom is where weâ€™re from and where we used to sit. Thereâ€™s nowhere else to go but up.
O: Is that anywhere near Prime Time Chicken?
P: Two blocks east and one block north. Thatâ€™s my ‘hood.
O: Whose phone number is 281-330-8004?
P: Who? [Phonoâ€™s real name is Mike Jones] I had to cancel that number ‘cause my phone bill was gettin too damn high!
O: Whatâ€™s Equilibrium records?
P: Equilibrium is bringing back that feeling you got when you first heard about hip-hop. Demoe One and I are 50/50 partners in Equilibrium Records. We are trying to build a label that will consistently put out good music regardless of genre, but with a heavy emphasis on our hip hop roots.
O: Phonograff with two effsâ€”why do kids write their name on things?
P: Why do dogs piss on every telephone pole? To mark their territory, kid!
O: You got anything you wanna add?
P: Big up to the people hustlinâ€™ and grinding, to all the good hip-hop nights still poppinâ€™. Thanks to Futility Records for hosting events that get peeps on the creative tip [Phono won the beat battle they hosted]. Shoutouts to my crew, the BSM, and all my fam and close friendsâ€”you know who you are. Go online and cop my debut album from www.equilibrium-records.com.