TWIB Q&A: Fullee Love [Exclusive Interview] • Word Is Bond

After some well-needed hiatus, we are indeed back with another exciting episode of TWIB Meets as we sit down with the hip-hop veteran Fullee (FKA Soup) of the legendary rap group Jurassic 5. Sit back relax and get familiar.

 

For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past several years…who on earth are you?

Fullee Love!

How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue? 

I got started from pops. He was the one who brought all the records that would start the machine. It started with Ohio Players’s “Funky Worm” and grew from there. Before making records, i did college promotions for Immortal Records, Loud, Interscope, Death Row, Solar and some bullshit called Heartless Records (FOH). I was part of the Goodlife Cafe in LA…met some cats and the ball started rolling from there. What drives me, is just being able to do what I feel I’m cool at, and not working a job!

Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?

Yea, it was this “Stop Gang Violence” track for this Rap for Peace contest that I thought I’d win cause my family was not only one of the coordinators but also a judge. I’m like “These ni**az don’t stand a chance, I got a crazy connects.” Well come to find out my connect played me [laughs]. But that was the first song.

If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?

One for sure would be the time , me and a good buddy (who’s no longer here) ran a train on this chick who claimed to be Jim Browns’s niece. At Jim Browns’s house [laughs]. We was all over my man’s house.

Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?

I had a lot to do with getting Mobb Deep signed to Loud Records!

What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?

The money ain’t bad if you got the right team. The travel is mad live and the reaction from your peoples who dig whatcha do. I would change the laziness, nobody really looks for talent anymore (my opinion). It’s straight to your social media to see who’s following you, etc. And that’s why there’s more trash, than useable items now, cause you don’t care if they really got it. You got followers and thats good enough.

Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life?

Being able to have my kids experience different things from me. Both parents being alive to see me reach certain goals. I thank Allah for that without a doubt!

What have been the biggest highlights?

Meeting and kicking it with some of my music heroes and performing in front of 50,000 at Coachella in 2013!

Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?

Like a lot of kids in my day…Mike Jack! He just had it all, from the minute he stepped in, you were like “dat boy good!” Prince, cause he never stayed the same, and he made sure u couldn’t label him. Otis Redding, just the raw emotion in his voice…and to be in his early ’20s sangin’ like that, come on! And Al Green, to me Al is the original Keith Sweat [laughs]. Al did some begging, but made it sound and feel cool! There’s more, but those are just a standout few.

 

 

 

 

 

Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?

GrandMaster Caz. I mean what more to say about this dude, from the minute we met, he just embraced us (J5). And he’s one of the BEST. His impact with the harmonies, routines and sheer knowledge is priceless!

When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?

Living to be that damn old [laughs]! If you ain’t smiling by that point, something’s wrong.  Doing what I set out to do, cause most will talk themselves outta their dream.

What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

Selling out 02 Academy in Brixton, London with J5 two nights in a row, and performing in front of 50,000 at Coachella. So those are the two most memorable.

What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

Sugar Ray Leonard scalping Jurassic 5 tickets to me. I started to take off on him, but moms called at that moment and saved him from dat ass whoopin’ [laughs].

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Jack Johnson (the boxer). I’d get a couple of white chicks, slide him through the In-N-Out burger joint like, “this ain’t the early 1900’s no mo Jack, burgers and white women are legal” [laughs].

What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?

• Albums: Masters Of Ceremony,  Prince –1999, and Threat’s Sickinnahead

• Songs: Eagles – “Hotel California,” Sly and The Family Stone – “If You Want Me To Stay” and Gino Vannelli’s – “I Just Wanna Stop”

• Books” The Autobiography of Malcolm X

• Movies: Ray, Hell Night, and A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich

• TV Shows: Good Times, The Twilight Zone (original) and The 1966 Marvel Cartoons

Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player

• Rod Stewart – “Maggie May”

• OV Wright – “God Bless Our Love”

• Friends Of Distinction – “Gazing in the Grass”

• Sly & The Family Stone – “If You Want Me To Stay”

• Slick Rick – “The Moment I Feared”

Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?

• Instagram: @fullee_love

• Twitter: @fullee_love

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fulleelove

Any final thoughts?

My debut LP, Free, White & 21 is out right now on all digital platforms! Cop it HERE

Follow me on the Gram, Twitter and Facebook—thanks for your time!

 

 

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TWIB Meets DECA [Interview] • Word Is Bond

Photo Credit: Paulo Salud (IG: @paulosalud)

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For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past few years…who on earth are you?

My name’s Deca. I’m a rapper, producer, and visual artist.

How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?

My dad is a musician, and played guitar in a New Wave group called The Aviators in the ‘80s. And I also have two older brothers that put me on to a lot great music. So I grew up listening to a pretty broad range of music—all of my family’s collective tastes had a big influence on me. Then when I was 11 or 12 I got deep into Hip-Hop and started trying to write verses. My good friend Ichiban (who’s featured on, The Veil), and I used to sit around for hours when we were kids making tapes and freestyling. Over the years I just got more and more serious about it.

Do you remember the first beat you ever made? How did you go about it?

Yeah, the first beat I made is actually on my first album Top of the Line Bottom Feeder from 2004. It’s a song called “Hope Turns to Doubt.” A friend of mine at the time gave me a quick tutorial on the MPC 2000 and I used Billy Cobham’s song “Heather” which is the same song sampled in Souls of Mischief’s “93 ‘Til Infinity.” I remember just trying to make it as unrecognizable as possible,  so I chopped it up, pitched the sounds, and made a dinky little melody. It’s hard to listen to that album without cringing but it’s a decent beat for a first try.

If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?

Probably a few Ayahuasca experiences…

 

What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry?

Being able to make music on my own terms and making a living doing it. I don’t have the benefit of having a label push and promoting my music, but I’m doing exactly what I want to do, and slowly but surely people are catching on.

What has been your biggest challenge in life…and how did you overcome it?

Addiction was a huge challenge. I started everything at a really young age and that pattern of heavy drug use continued up until about ’08. I was heavy into opiates and had been trying unsuccessfully to quit for years. I ended up leaving Denver and moving to LA for two years to try and kick. I knew too many people and it was too accessible to me back home, so I picked up and left. I was able to quit in LA and aside from a few slip ups early on, I haven’t touched opiates since.

Who are your heroes?

Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, William Blake, Joseph Campbell, Fela Kuti, Nas, Jacob Boehme, Hermann Hesse…the list goes on.

Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?

Too many to name, but the first one that comes to mind is my friend Kriamaa Anuradha. I first met Kria when I was on my way to Denver to do a couple shows and she sat next to me on the flight. She was reading a book written in Sanskrit and I asked her what she was reading. The book was about how sound created the universe, and we ended up talking the rest of the flight.

Years before that I came across something called Cymatics that studies how sound frequencies and vibration effect matter and shake it into mandala like formations. She was reading a book about the same principle written probably a thousand years before the discovery of Cymatics.

Since then we’ve kept in touch and become good friends. The interludes on, The Way Through are edited excerpts from conversations we had at my apartment. What she said seemed to sum up the intention of the album I was making. She’s an amazing woman.

Teck, please embed his song, “The Way Through” here:

What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

Last year I went to Europe for the first time to play a festival called Hip Hop Kemp outside of Prague, and to play another show in Berlin. It was an incredible experience. I’ve been doing this a long time so it was definitely gratifying to get an opportunity like that through music.

What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

I met Kool Herc twice. The first time was at the Wild Style 30th anniversary. The second time I was at was at a bar called the Fat Buddha. He walked in like an old b-boy wise man or a sadhu or something. He was talking to me and a friend and started drawing this geometric diagram on a cocktail napkin but I couldn’t hear a word he was saying. It was like he breaking down the meaning of life but the music was too loud to hear it.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Tom Waits. I’d serve him a Filipino box spring hog.

Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?

Here’s links to all my socials…and be sure to check out my new instrumental project, Flux, below, which you could cop here

Thanks for the interview!

Follow Deca Online:• Website Instagram• Twitter• Facebook Soundcloud

Upcoming Tour Dates:

• 6/17 (Sun): Club Congress, Tucson, AZ

• 6/19 (Tues): Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ

• 6/21 (Thurs): Hi Hat, Los Angeles, CA

• 6/22 (Fri): Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA

• 6/24 (Sun): The Vera Project, Seattle, WA

• 6/25 (Mon): Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

• 6/26 (Tues): Red Room Lounge, Spokane, WA

• 6/28 (Thurs): Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT

• 6/29 (Fri): Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO

 

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WIB Interviews Murs (Exclusive) • Word Is Bond

I had the pleasure of sitting down with the west coast legend Murs ahead of the release of his latest album entitled A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable. We discussed everything from the new album, superhero pool parties, his hip-hop Mount Rushmore, and even video games!

Thank you to Murs and the Strange Music team for taking the time to set this up with The Word Is Bond.

You can get your hands on a digital copy of A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable here.

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TWIB Meets 14KT [Interview] • Word Is Bond

Producer 14KT sits with us for a short one on one to talk about all things music, life and more. Coming off the highly acclaimed “RSXGLD” project with emcee Ro Spit, it was only right to get him to talk to us. Sit back relax and enjoy the chat below.

14KT: TWIB Q&A

For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past few years…who on earth are you?

14KT. Mr. Killa Tape. Child of God/Uncle/Chop Artist/Producer/DJ/Recording Engineer/Entreprenuer/Alien and part of the minority who like pineapples on their pizza.

Do you remember the first beat you ever made? How did you go about it?

Yep. I can’t remember exactly what it sounded like, but it involved me beatboxing into some broken headphones plugged into the microphone jack of a boombox back in 1995. I made beats before I had any beat machine.

Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?

Hmm, here’s a good random one. I used to work at a Civil Engineering Firm doing Computer Aided Design as a Field Technician.

What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?

Being a part of a community of amazingly talented individuals who are aliens. It’s been a major benefit to know great people/artists, learn from them, and be inspired by them everyday. I just want to see more people be themselves and tap into their uniqueness more than copying the next man/woman.

What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?`

My biggest challenge is still a daily struggle. That challenge is myself. Sometimes I overcome, sometimes I don’t. But when I overcome, it’s usually because of something greater than myself, such as my relationship with God.

Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?

My crew Athletic Mic League will forever be some of the coolest most memorable folks in my life. They gave me confidence to do what i’m doing today. RSXGLD too. They continue to remind me to be an alien, not take life that serious, but still work hard.

 

When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?

Hopefully I’m not alive at age 97, but i want to look back on my family flourishing and these 50+ albums I’ve created.

What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

Too many. Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battles will always be memorable to me. Being there playing beats in front of cats I look up to like Just Blaze, DJ Premier, Alchemist, Jake One, Vitamin D and being in front of hundreds of people. First Europe Tour with Slum Village. Meeting J Dilla. Watching Dr. Dre work. Life is crazy.

What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

Randomly having drinks really late on like a Tuesday night at a hotel with nobody really there and seeing Rihanna sitting literally 15 feet away. JeSos!

Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player

• DJ Assault – “Ass N Titties”

• Toro y Moi – “Girl Like You”

• Stro Elliot – “Marvin’s Mood”

• The Gaturs – “Concentrate”

• SOS Band – “Tell Me If You Still Care”

What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?

I’m able to stay awake for continuous, countless hours of time.

Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?

• Website:

• Twitter:  / @RSXGLD

• Instagram:  @rsxgld

• Facebook:

…or catch me out on these streets players.

Any final thoughts?

Thank you for this interview. God is Good. Keep that RSXGLD album in rotation! I think this album is one of the best authentic cohesive Hip-Hop albums to be released out of the state of Michigan. I challenge listeners to challenge my assessment. Much love!



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TWIB Meets Ro Spit [Interview] • Word Is Bond

TWIB Meets returns with a bang as we sit with Ro Spit, one half of the duo called RSXGLD who just dropped their debut collabo project of the same name. Sit back relax and get familiar.

 

For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past several years…who on earth are you?

I am Sir Roland Spiterature of the Yakistan dynasty…Emcee extraordinaire.

How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?

I got thrown into the fire by my cousin OneBeLo when I told him that I wanted to be a DJ. Next thing you know I was deejaying for Subterraneous and Binary Star. I always wanted to be an Emcee though, so I was secretly writing rhymes until I felt that I was good enough to display them publicly. I think the fact that I feel that I’m still getting better lyrically and as a recording artist is what’s keeping me going. Nothing more, nothing less.

Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?

Nah, I can barely remember what I ate yesterday.

If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?

It’s too much, you’ll just have to wait until you see the movie. Follow me on Instagram and you can get a daily preview of this Motion Picture.

Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?

I love Boxing!!! I started boxing a few years ago & I am currently the local Celebrity Boxing Champ of Michigan. My boxing nickname is “Slumberparty.”

What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?

Dopest thing is working with authentic, talented & driven people. Weakest thing is fake ass people.

Looking back, what has been the most important moments in your life so far?

My children being born.

 

What has been the biggest highlights?

Touring Europe with Slum Village.

What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?

Consistently touring. I haven’t figured it out yet—I’m hoping this RSXGLD thing will be the answer.

Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?

Jesos!!!

Who has been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?

Jesos!!!

 

 

When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?

Raising awesome children and also this RSGLD album.

What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

I opened up for MMG at the last show at the Pontiac Silverdome. That’s my hometown, I felt like Hov at MSG.

What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

When I almost fought Usher in NYC. I was in a club in NYC dolo. I say dolo because my two friends that I was with were canoodling with the ladies having a blast and I’m married AF. He came in with a Sasquatch sized security guard and while he was trying to get past me to get to the deejay booth, he shoved me in my back. It was not a nudge, it was not a tap or a pat. Not even a push, it was definitely a shove. The “thug” in me was to instantly go for his throat and choke him out, but the genius in me looked at “The Big Show” and knew I didn’t want those problems. Also, one of my friends I was with was Dwele, and if I did pop off on Usher, and Dwe would have jumped in, it would’ve turned into an R&B star tussle and I probably wouldn’t have even gotten a mention on TMZ. My brain processed all of that in a matter of .74 seconds. So if you can set up a sanctioned boxing match between “Slumberparty” and “Fake Ass Sugar Ray Leonard” wanna be…set it up, team Slumberparty is ready!!!

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Pharrell Williams, I would serve him some of Jenn Corr’s Soul Rolls and some of Uncle Jerry’s BBQ.

What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?

• Luther Vandross – “Creepin’”

• Nas – It Was Written

• The Secret

• Belly

• Martin

• burnrubbersneakers.com

Name five songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player:

• Luther Vandross – “Creepin’”

• Kendrick Lamar – “M.A.A.D City”

• Royce 5’9” – “Happy Bar Exam 2 (feat. Marv Won)”

• Binary Stary – “Glen Close”

• Any Jay Z song ever made…pick one

What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?

Apathy

Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ro_spit

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ro_spit

Website: http://www.rsxgld.com

Burn Rubber: https://burnrubbersneakers.com

Any final thoughts?

I had Canelo 115 – 113 over GGG



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