Interview by: Martin Bauman
Coming of age in California in the late eighties, it's natural that Evidence says he was raised by N.W.A. Their sound dominated the West Coast and epitomized the gangsta rap era. As a teenager, living next to Quincy Jones III and seeing his rap idols right outside his window, it seems like destiny that years later, his own music would come to raise the next generation of West Coast hip-hop heads through the groundbreaking group Dilated Peoples. Forming in 1992, the Los Angeles crew captured the imaginations of the hip-hop underground and managed to survive throughout the years, even as those around them rose and fell from fame. It's a testament to their longevity that twenty-two years later, the group is back with 2014's Directors of Photography, an album that sounds as good as -- and perhaps even better than -- anything they've done to date.
We caught up with Evidence to talk about avoiding the pitfalls of fame, growing up on N.W.A, why he thinks the world could be a better place, and much more. Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.
This has to be one of the most creative music videos I've seen in a while. California heavyweights Evidence and Alchemist (together known as Step Brothers) recently released the visuals to "Step Masters" in anticipation of their upcoming Lord Steppington album, and in the video, the two compete against each other in a number of different challenges, including everything from playing air hockey to seeing who can catch the biggest fish. Their debut collaborative album is set for release on January 21st, 2014, through Rhymesayers. Check out the visuals to "Step Masters" below.