A few weeks ago, I was invited by Cover (Head of C.O.D) to the Bronx to check out Clean or Dirty Music’s C.O.D studio. It was the end of the night after Ski Beatz’s live listening session of Switched On Bap and all were showing nothing but love.
It’s been a minute since I been to the Boogie Down and I forgot how much of a journey it was. The trip was well worth it as the artist met, were all unique with varied talents. The generation gap of sound spanned 90’s to the current trap vibes.
Here Cover tells us about his journey which began with an eventful meeting of Ski, and then developed it’s own life, which pushed the Bronx culture in not only music, but art and film.
Some pretty dope shit. The brother Cover has stories for days, all valuable lessons for navigating the music industry.
I mean, meeting Ski, Camp Lo, Dame, Jay Z and the early Rocafella crew off the jump is one dope ass thing. What’s even more amazing, is that each energy present that day would shift the their surrounding culture in different ways.
That’s priceless, salute to all involved.
Cover touched on art only a bit. At another time, I really want to hear more about C.O.D and its graffiti movement.
That strikes a chord because my older brother was the original SKAM of the KWK crew in Brooklyn. So that stuff has always been dope visually.
Hopefully we can make that happen and share that with you in the future.
Another thing that isn’t really seen in the videos, is the respect that he gets from his team and artist. They were like a family unit moving as one creatively. The younger artist gave nothing but praise and admiration for the label head’s assistance in developing their sound and brand.
That was dope and definitely a Bronx/Uptown thing.
Every city has their quirks and all, but NYC is a funny city when it comes to working together and pushing their own.
Out of all the boroughs, most would agree Brooklyn is the worse at supporting it’s own entertainers compared to other boroughs like Strong Island, the Boogie Down, Uptown and Downtown.
Queens comes after Brooklyn. It’s all love, but they shady like us, Bk that is.
Strength comes in numbers, and the day we all realize that, is the day we conquer.
Good shit, C.O.D
Broc was the cool no nonsense brother that was about his business. Sounds like Harlem right, yup.
We had a lengthy discussion that ate up most of my memory card, but worth it. He shared his early times with Bad Boy and how important it is to be aware of contracts with labels.
His journey was deep, followed by the coolest flow stacked with entendres.
This is my type of flow.
Insightful thought out bars that’s straight street. I wanted to hear more without the beat in the back tho.
Outside the lyrics, his energy had it’s own story that made him even more interesting.
Will add that later, when time to edit…
Next is Provalone P. He reminds me of Rocky from Bugs Bunny.
In place of Rocky’s big white fedora is a fitted and in place of a cigar is blunt. Then you add the voice and boom…
His words come off mad slick, the grime of it is so New York. Plus he’s a story teller that brings you in.
Peep the quick off the top freestyles that dropped effortlessly throughout our conversation.
I like to catch heads off guard to see how they react and I watch.
Though short, he went off the top easy. Which means he’s a product of the old New York. Makes sense that he’d work with Torch and Gunplay (MMG).
P also talked a bit about the happenings in todays music and his latest project Black Whodini dropping in July.
Here is a lil something to get you through till then…
This is what New York sounds like. No mumbling…
Next up is the millennial Dot Dollaz.
This young Brother is developing around a solid team that will guide him through the art of being an emcee. He was eager and cool, with a quicker pace flow.
In time, I see it developing into a slightly slower, controlled dagger. Right now he is still sharpening that dagger. But I could tell there was more so I vetted him out and found these joints which give a listener a better idea of where he is lyrically…
This is what I’m talking about. This slightly slower pace gives the lyrics more and personality of his flow a brighter shine. Nothing wrong with the faster pace, it’s just that you have to control that pace with 100% energy or else it could come off different than intended.
This is the energy and control I wanted in the interview Dollaz, damn fam. You hit multiple levels here. Took it past monotone, raised the voice pitch and other lyrical personalities started coming out.
That every time. Every time meaning the commitment to the words and power of the song. Keep an eye out for Dollaz, he got heat.
Next was Aharri.
They represented the sound of today and all the mannerisms of it. I gotta laugh because they had the most energy and personality. They were the first I interviewed (coming later when time to edit) and the only duo there that night.
The chemistry between them makes sense when their together. Chevy Le Flair is confident with his lyrical flow and understand it’s character. Rowdy is the Busta Rhymes of the pair, with mad energy. When he comes out it like ‘Oh Shit’, it’s time to turn up.
Crazy that I said turn up, my 90’s frame of mind slipped, normally I would have said wilding out smh. I guess that’s some old 90’s head shit, aight, whatever.
Check em out here…
Totally off topic, that mic shadow is killing me lol. Damn overhead light… aight back on topic.
See what I’m sayin, they work perfectly together. We talked music, influences and the music game. Was good to hear their foundation was rooted in oldschool hip hop.
Lets check out some other sounds that they had going on, oh and visuals…
Ok, some smooth shit by Le Flare.
This is a dope video for an indie artist to do for dolo. It’s telling a story, it’s clear and has texture to it with the coney island backdrop. I’m looking at this from the perspective of seeing an artist that can execute an idea without relying on some expensive team.
Dope job with the video.. Whats next.
Damn I feel a ways about liking this video and track but it’s too late. Their infectious when it’s playing over and over while I write this.
Hey, I’m an parent now and certain messages don’t work well for my personal ear. But I’m not basing my review on that, it’s off the artist as a growing artist and with that I salute them.
That’s not the only thing, I wanted to show that they have a their own fan base that supports them and the love of the track looks legit from the people.
These dudes are making the right moves and with cover watching their backs, they’re bound to be a name that represents the Bronx streets.
and thats #theBrooklynWord.
The Ground Wire video is now resonating, tune in.
The choice was perfect in our opinion because Distrakt’s mind is not really from this planets time space frequency. He vibrates inter-dimensionally.
If that’s over ya head, then ya eye is not open yet… no problem, in due time that will change.
First thing noticed, rather felt, is his keen ability to adhere to sound and redirect as animation.
It’s details are simplistic on the initial layer, similar to the use of simplistic analog gear used by Ski. Yet the many underlying layers of each frame choice and graphic addition expressed the world of Ground Wire’s.
Ok, gonna get a lil deep here follow me.
There’s more to producing than creating a track. There’s the not so talked about world of that track.
A world that the producer creates/simulates and is actually alive in the mind.
Ok, I know your like wtf?
Tis true and in our opinion all artist experience a similar occurrence, though might not know how to interpret it. But it’s an alternate world of sound within the producer’s mind.
Now if this world could be visualized, the above video is one very close possibility of how that reality looks like.
The pyramid over the main graphic character’s head (aka Ski) tapping into the circuitry source and controlling that reality, birthing the sound we now here as Ground Wire and really the genesis of the Switched On Bap project.
Yes, that’s what it is, we’re tapped in.
I had flashbacks of vintage SpiderMan cartoons with Dr Octopus.
Then I wanted to show you a bit of the Distrakt’s world and the level that he’s on.
Now peep his lyrical skills merged with selfless expression. Yes, he created this eclectic artistic work, different vibrations going on here.
With that, definitely look out for the brother. He’s an artistic sprit that mean more to the culture, than than the minds eye can see.
… and that’s #thebrooklynword. Salute!
Rest In Love B.I.G.
This was produced entirely by dj Gibril using the Biggie acapella and the original Mtume “Juicy Fruit” track. I wanted to keep the core of the original but while chopping up the sample, it kinda flowed into something a little different and I flowed with it.
That also meant I head to stretch the timing of vocals and alternate the original flow a bit. It wasn’t my initial intention, but once started rolled with it. Stretching vocals and shortening each word/breathe is intensive. It can always be cleaner and better, that’s no problem, the issue is always time. How much time do you want to put into it? I started this last night and wanted to get it over as quick as possible so there are a few rough areas that I cleaned up by distracting it with other sounds and such. But if ever a real pro job needs to be done and money is on the table, then I got that too…
All in all, this was fun and an interesting interpretation.
Bk to the fullest, Crown Heights reppin… Lo Heads in the house!
And that’s #theBrooklynWord!
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Artwork: Becky Mann
Typography: G. Kuyateh