Saturday, June 4, 2011

Call and Response - Twinn Loco

1. MSG: When did you fall in love with hiphop?
TL: When I first heard 2Pac's music... as soon as I heard the track Pain I was hooked, everything I knew as music became amplified. The production complimented 2Pac perfectly and I had the track on repeat - it was from here I picked up numerous 2Pac albums and became a big fan of his music. Listening to the different 2Pac albums I became familiar with the artists that he worked with, from here I started listening to music like Shock G, Snoop and Dre and all the other affiliated artists and digging in to this music just lead me on a journey discovering new artists right up until this day.

2. MSG: I also see, you're a songwriter, will you be putting out some of your own music in the future?
TL: That's always been something that I have considered. I am a creative person at heart, creativity is what keeps me sane - it's a release from any other stress that people bring to your life. Just knowing exactly how I will contribute with my own music is what is holding me back right now, I am still trying to figure out the platform on which to perform - but when I do discover that platform, there will be no holding me back. This is why I chose to become a songwriter on a deeper level, to ghostwrite for other artists... it allowed me to continue to pen my thoughts to the pad and be creative, I just take every day as it comes and if today is the day that I create my own music then that's what it will be.

3. MSG: Do you feel the media is too harsh on the content of today's hiphop music or are they justified?
TL: To be honest with you, the media will always hold hip hop and the artists in a light which makes us as a culture look bad. They have done it to 2Pac and his music claiming that he promoted a thug lifestyle which was detremental to the youth - now that alone gives me reassurance that the general media have no clue what they are talking about when it comes to hip hop, of all artists... 2Pac creating a bad image for the youth? he did more for the youth than any pop artist, r&b artist you will see. To answer your question more direct, the media is not justified in what they say, they like to run with a story and blow it out of proportion. Of course you will get the occasional hip hop artist that will create a bad image for hip hop but that's what it will be... these type of people are everywhere and that's why the rest of the hip hop culture needs to continue to run our own PR campaign showing the positive side of hip hop.

4. MSG: As a member of the Wu Tang Djs, how do you feel about the wu-competition aka the "36 Chambers School of emceeing?
TL: The Wu-Tang Clan are a great contribution to hip hop, so anything they are affiliated with or associated with will bring positive results. The competition is a great opportunity for all involved and could open some doors for that lucky individual and change their life... who knows what the future holds.

5. MSG: Where do you see yourself artwise, in the next 5/10 years?
TL: I take every day as it arrives. Each day brings new challenges, opportunities and blessings for me so my vision in 5-10 years could be far from what I imagine today. However, I do have a general plan for my life of course and in the next 5-10 years I will be comfortable and stable in my finances, lifestyle etc... 2011 will be a year which I believe will set this off, we have so many great things planned for this year, I honestly believe that. I also have ambitions with my writing, as an artist or even to begin acting... there are so many aspects of life that I still have to discover.
 6. MSG: I Live Hiphop is a great website and is generally catered to grassroots forms of hiphop, was that intentional when you started? If so, why?
TL: Thanks, it's great when people recognise the hard work of everyone involved with the website. Really, I had no intentions when I created "I Live Hip Hop". I mean it started out as a facebook group just to express our love for hip hop and the numbers really picked up and people enjoyed what we were doing. As the numbers continued to grow I recognised we had a loyal audience and decided to take this opportunity to create the website for I Live Hip Hop and even further show our love for the culture and the artists involved. The fans and our staff make I Live Hip Hop the success that it is, so thanks to all our fans and the I Live Hip Hop family... Marco A. Martinez, Unk Funk, Nuff Said, Shawn E. Baker, Ryan Buley, Pamela Taylor, Poetic Slave and SamPaul.

7. MSG: The Glass in front of you is half full or empty?
TL: Always half full. I fully believe that the type of outlook you have on life will be the type of life you lead and hence thats the reason why I always look at life from a positive view... in fact, im often told that I am too positive about everything and it can irritate people but that's life, a positive person is probably a better person to associate yourself with than a negative person so I also look to network with like minded people.
Get to Know Twinn Loco personally, shout out to the entire UK
Twitter: @TwinnLoco @WuTangDjs

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