In 2007, he teamed with emcee Verb T for one of my favorite international hip hop albums of the year, Broken Window. Skeptik’s groovy and moody soundscapes blended perfectly with message-driven lyricist Verb T. Old School G: Tell me about how you got into hip hop. What people inspired you? The Last Skeptik: I must have started listening to hip hop music when I was around 11 or so, but I had always heard it from my brothers room. He was older than me, so I use to hear Pharcyde, 2pac and Tribe from him.
I got hooked and started building my collection and checking for every single West Coast rapper that existed. I mean I repped for the West to the point where I was never a massive Biggie fan, and still aren’t to this day. But inspiration wise, there were so many people in my life that personally guided me musically, from Sway to Jehst to Jazz T to Verb T, but listening wise, definitely Premier, Pete Rock, and 88 Keys. OSG: Give us a bit of biography/background of your music. TLS: I first started producing in the school music rooms with Sway, piecing together crappy beats in Logic. I built on it until I picked up an MPC2000XL with all my savings, and literally hibernated â€˜til I made half decent beats, which took a hell of a long time.
I had a few mixtape things out, but it all culminated when Kam from Mr. Bongo asked to put my first record out, which had a dude called Squared on the A, and Sway on the B. I that - my first 12″ - when I was 18, had the second one out a year later with emcee Conflix. All the while, built with Verb T â€˜til the point where we had an album worth of thoughtful, grown man music and Silent Soundz put it out and 3 years after we did it.
In between I’ve worked with MF Grimm, Edo G, and the cream of the UK scene. 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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