Interview by: Martin Bauman As far as hip-hop goes, there may be no voice more recognizable than the deep baritone of Chali 2na. The Chicago-turned-Los Angeles emcee has made an entire career with that voice - not to mention his remarkable lyrical prowess - as part of the legendary hip-hop group Jurassic 5, as well as Ozomatli. 2na, whose real name is Charles Stewart, is also part of another select group: those active in the music industry who were alive to witness hip-hop's birth. Growing up on the South side of Chicago, it was a special time for 2na. He reminisces, "back when we were in school, every kid knew the words to "Rapper's Delight" by Sugar Hill Gang - the extended version." But even before the music itself, 2na was drawn to hip-hop culture because of his love for graffiti. When he moved to Los Angeles (and before he became Chali 2na), he brought his obsession with him, tagging 'Chicago 1000' wherever he went - a name he says was drawn from one of his biggest inspirations, Futura 2000. Says 2na, "I figured if he's 2000, I'll be 1000. So that was my form of rebellion at the time, tagging 'Chicago' all over LA." Nowadays, 2na continues to create, whether it be through music, painting, or photography. His latest project, Against The Current, encapsulates all three of those outlets, combining a series of EPs with a forthcoming book. The Come Up Show caught up with Chali 2na to discuss the EP and book, memories from the Good Life Cafe, the best advice he has to offer to upcoming emcees, and much more. Read the full interview after the jump.
Rock The Bells returns for its 10 Year Anniversary with a line up that is sure to attract hip-hop fans across generations. The festival will kick off at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on September 7 and 8 and make its way to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on September 14 and 15. The tour will continue on the east coast with new festival sites at RFK Festival Grounds in Washington D.C. on September 28 and 29, and at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey on October 4 and 5. Current superstars such as Kid Cudi, Big KRIT, Tyler the Creator and rap super-group Black Hippy will be sharing the stage with old favorites like Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim and Bone Thugs N Harmony for what will be one of the most memorable hip-hop concerts in recent history. If the big names weren't enough, we will also get a chance to see other very talented artists like Talib Kweli and Dilated Peoples who have gained much respect among the biggest names in hip-hop. Another unique feature of this concert series is that it will feature virtual performances from the Godfather of Gangster Rap, the late Eazy-E, and Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan. This has received approval by their families of course. Virtual performances are sure to have their share of critics but there is no doubting they will expose these artists to a new set of fans who will also have a chance to appreciate their music like we did. Who would you like to see added to line up? Do you think virtual performances are a tribute to the artist or a gimmick? Tell us what you think! For more info, visit RockTheBells.net and watch MC Supernatural announce the line up below.
[Interview] DJ Nu-Mark talks “Broken Sunlight,” memories from Jurassic 5, and making music with toys
Interview by: Martin Bauman Los Angeles, California native DJ Nu-Mark is walking towards the sunlight these days. Six years after the disbanding of the critically-acclaimed group Jurassic 5, the deejay/producer is in the midst of releasing his debut solo album, Broken Sunlight, following the release of 2004's Blend Crafters and Hands On. Nowadays, Nu-Mark experiments with children’s music toys, rewiring them and constructing full DJ sets around them. He has toured the world, remixed songs for Nas and Damian Marley, and even created songs for Saturday Night Live’s Lonely Island. The Come Up Show caught up with DJ Nu-Mark to discuss his latest album, reminisce on Jurassic 5, and talk about his toy set, among other things. Hit the skip to read the full interview.
DJ Nu-Mark of the legendary Jurassic 5 just dropped the visuals for "Tonight", off the second instalment of his Broken Sunlight series. Broken Sunlight is being released as a 10" series over seven months, the first instalment of which dropped on April 24. In his second release, DJ Nu-Mark brings along J-Live, M3 & Erica Dee for "Tonight", and California artists TiRon & Ayomari for "Feel The Way About It". Both tracks can be downloaded here. Check out the visuals for "Tonight" below.