From my days with Natural Elements, then Nightbreed, I've always tried to remain true to what I believe is the real spirit of hip hop. If you're going to rhyme, you should have something relevant and unique to say. I decided a long time ago that I would make music for the love of it. If you can make money from art, that's a beautiful thing.
But money shouldn't be the reason you make art. You make art because you can't help it. I can honestly say there's not a day that goes by that lines don't come to me. My words are an extension of who I am and I was never willing to compromise that for anyone.
Guess it's just that stubborn Brownsville knucklehead in me that could never let some A&R cat tell me how to rhyme! Lucky for me, the advancement of technology made it possible to create an album exactly how I wanted. No pressure to create a radio single. No one telling me how to flow. No instructions from people who know nothing about the creative process.
After years of dreaming about making an album, I finally released one in 2008 and called it Iron Works. I use the word release loosely because my only intention was to give it to family and friends. One of those friends put it in GZA's hands and I got word that he liked it and that he'd even do a song with me. I was honored to hear that, but never really thought it would ever happen.
Months later I get a phone call that he's in the studio and next thing you know I'm recording "Firehouse" for GZA's Pro Tools album. Since I don't depend on my music to eat, it's given me the freedom to have fun and not expect anything from it. I'm always surprised when people catch things I say in my songs. Almost everything I say has a double meaning and it's why more than likely you won't understand everything with just one listen.
I craft my songs so that you pick up something new each time you hear it. My weapon is sharp now and I got books and books of ammo ready to let off. My Iron Works!" Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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