BEVAN: What are you going
to be releasing after this LP?
EYEKON: The Army of the Pharoahs single entitled: War Ensemble. It will
feature a bunch of independent MC's, sort of like a "supergroup"
BEVAN: What equipment do you use in the studio?
STOUPE: A broken ASR-10.
BEVAN: What artists are on your label, Superregular?
EYEKON: Us (jedi mind tricks), Army of the Pharoahs, Neso and a few others
who are currently in development.
BEVAN: How did you come up with the concept for Chinese Water Tourture?
EYEKON: Basically the beat created the concept. The beat just sounded
like pain and when stoupe added the sound of water dripping it was an obvious
BEVAN: What are your feelings about the importance of having a DJ scratching
in the chourus of hip-hop songs? Do you have a DJ in your crew?
STOUPE: I am the producer, and I am also the DJ. The DJ controls the mood
of whomever he wants to manipulate. The DJ is and always will be the most
integral piece of the hip hop puzzle.
BEVAN: What do you think about the current state of hip-hop?
STOUPE: It's basically garbage but we were sent here to breathe new life
BEVAN: How is the music scene in your area (Philly), who should we keep an
ear out for?
EYEKON: Obviously people like The Roots and Bahamadia got mad attention,
and rightly so. But the underground is bubbling. Look out for The Lost
Children of Babylon, Mountain Brothers, 5th Dynsaty as well as people who
are laying the foundation for hip hop culture to grow like Rich Medina
at Bobbito's Footwork.
BEVAN: What are some of your musical influences, hip-hop and otherwise?
STOUPE: Mantronix, Chuck Chillout, and The Mummers.
EYEKON: Rakim Allah, Kool Keith, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk.
BEVAN: Who are your 5 favorite MCs, Producers, and DJs?
EYEKON:MC's: Rakim Allah, Kool Keith, Pharoah Monch, Cannibis, Killah Priest.
Producers: Prince Paul, Premier, DJ Vadim, The RZA, DJ Krush.
DJ's/Turntablists: Tony Touch, Evil D, Cash Money, Q-Bert, The X-Men.
BEVAN: Thanks for the
interview, do you want to send any shoutouts?
EYEKON: Peace to Lost Children of Babylon, Bahamadia, Rich Medina, 7L and
Esoteric, and the Superegular family.
STOUPE: Paul Hogan, The Bushwackers, and that guy from the Energizer