I'm always experimenting with the lyrics and different styles and stuff like that. Number one, for the people that's already familiar, they know that I come with the lyrics. Everything is always layering up, so a lot of triple, double, quadruple meanings to stuff, but I think this album is more easier to listen to than a lot of my previous albums. I think this album, you push play and you just let it go, and that's it. You roll your L, you get your drink, whatever you do, but you push the play button and that's it. I think that's the difference.
A lot of my other albums, from being a artist, you do what you do and a lot of times you sacrifice what the fans might want to hear or what they expect and so forth just for you doing your craft, but this time I think I put it together just right. Push to play, let it go, lyrics, banging beats, you know what I'm saying?
Speaker 2:[inaudible 00:01:21] your falling out with Jedi Minds or Army and the Pharaohs and no longer being affiliated with them. You want to touch a little bit on how that came about?
Kamachi:More so with me, it's more or less a business decision, nothing really personal. It's just something that I had. I had to make a decision. I'm putting in X and I'm getting back O, so it's more or less a business decision more than anything. Nothing really person, you know what I'm saying?
Speaker 2:Well, when you see the ... You were an original member of Army and the Pharaohs all the way back in the days of Bahamadia and Virtuoso were in the group. Then a lot of other members came along and those guys seemed to be on tour and reaping the benefits of being in the crew. Then you've never been asked to go out on tour with them. What do you think that stems from?
Kamachi:I ain't the boss, so I really don't know. If I had those answers, if I was the one that was running the organizations, but before the AOTP, I was already doing my thing. I was already a sole artist before that even came about. It's nothing but a natural transition for me to continue to doing what I'm doing.
It ain't no jealousy or nothing like that. It is what it is, but I put my work in at the end of the day. I don't really think nobody can say that I didn't, so it is what it is. I wish [inaudible 00:02:51] the best luck. I'm going to continue to do what I do. That's why you got the Clock of Destiny coming April 6th. Nothing really can stop Kamachi from doing what I need to do, so I'm going to keep pushing.
I don't know. I really don't know, but at the end of the day, that's the truth. Nobody can say that Kamachi's whack period. They can't say Kamachi don't do his thing because like you said, I featured on everybody's projects. I was always the go-to guy for a certain style that I always brought to the records. Far as that Pharaoh style and all that, That's what I do. I always been doing that. With me, it's straight up authentic. It's nothing that I'm going to stop doing because I'm not affiliated with AOTP. I was already always doing that. That was always my sound. That what I always brought to the table. That's what I continue to do.
It is what it is, but I don't really know. Definitely, a lot of influence and a lot of cats. It is what is. We keep the train moving, you know what I mean?
While MF DOOM (born Daniel Dumile) is highly regarded as one of the most inimitable figures in hip-hop, part of his legacy also lies within his collaborative work and in his eccentric half-dozen alter egos. Of those experimental projects, his partnership with Danger Mouse (born Brian Burton) is one of the most celebrated. Their debut project, The Mouse and the Mask, was released to critical acclaim in 2005, utilizing the collective moniker DANGER DOOM. The project was released in the UK through Lex Records, as well as in the United States through punk label Epitaph Records, marking the latter imprint's third foray into hip-hop. Best known for his work with the Gorillaz, Beck, the Black Keys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Grammy Award-winning producer Danger Mouse handled the instrumentation, while DOOM focused on the animated vocals and eccentric lyrical direction. For DANGER DOOM‘s debut, Danger Mouse chose to sample exclusively from various animated shows airing on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late-night programming block—with a handful of cartoon characters from Aqua Teen Hunger Force making appearances on the album, in addition to the likes of Cee-Lo Green, Talib Kweli, and Ghostface Killah. With support from the network and famed comedian Dave Chappelle alike, the project was released in October 2005 and quickly became a cult fan favorite. While the album sparked several noteworthy talking points, MF DOOM's diss against his former collaborator, MF Grimm, undeniably stood out. The Monsta Island Czars (M.I.C.) member later responded with the track "Book of Daniel," during which he accused DOOM of selling out. With many hailing the seemingly unlikely pairing of MF DOOM and Danger Mouse as an undeniable success, DANGER DOOM delivered once again the following year, releasing their 2006 EP, Occult Hymn, exclusively though AdultSwim.com. Although DANGER DOOM has not reunited since 2006, their small-but-impactful body of work remains heralded as one of the most experimental and pleasantly absurdist collaborations to come out of the 2000s.
OuterSpace, comprised of Planetary and Crypt the Warchild, is a hip-hop duo that originated in Northern Philadelphia. The duo who had known each other since childhood formed while Planetary (born Mario Collazo) was in 10th grade and Crypt the Warchild (born Marcus Albaladejo) was in 8th grade. The duo was originally three emcees, which also included Jedeye (born Richard Cruz) who would later leave the group. During the group’s beginnings, they developed a collaborating relationship with another group from the Philadelphia area, Jedi Mind Tricks. Through their dealings with the other Philly crew, they were able to release their debut single, “We Lyve,” under the label, Superegular Recordings. In 1999, the duo released Illegaliens EP. The project showed the pair playing around with sounds and concepts rooted in their Puerto Rican background. The group continued to appear on Jedi Mind Tricks albums well after their EP released filling in the time before a debut album. Eventually in 2004, OuterSpace would release an album full of unreleased tracks, with the help of their friends the Jedi Mind Tricks. That same year their debut album, Blood and Ashes, was also released featuring Immortal Technique, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, 7L & Esoteric, among others. Their second album, Blood Brothers, followed in 2006 and featured frequent collaborators Vinnie Paz from Jedi Mind Tricks and Royce da 5’9”. Their third album, God’s Fury, was released in 2008 followed by My Brother’s Keeper in 2011.
Chad Bromley, better known by his moniker Apathy, is a rapper/producer from Willimantic, Connecticut. His uncle first exposed him to hip-hop when he was five, inspiring him to write his own rhymes as he grew older. He landed his first feature and official entry into the rap game in 1997, contributing verses to three tracks on Jedi Mind Tricks's debut album, The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological, and Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness. He then released several loose singles on Bronx Science Records, a move that eventually led him to linking with Ceph Titled. The two ultimately founded the infamous rap outfit Demigodz crew. Along with the group's initial members, 7L & Esoteric, El Fudge, Louis Logic, Open Mic and Rise, they released their first EP in 2002, The Godz Must Be Crazy. The project garnered attention from major labels, with Apathy signing a solo deal with Atlantic Records. However, disagreements over his debut album's direction resulted in the project being delayed and Apathy releasing a slew of mixtapes while his conflict with the label progressed for years. He released his debut studio album Eastern Philosophy, in 2006 via a distribution deal with indie label Babygrande. Apathy left Atlantic in 2009, and that same year formed the Get Busy Committee, with Styles of Beyond's Ryu and producer Scoop DeVille. Together, they released one album Uzi Does It in 2009, before refocusing on their solo careers. After releasing Wanna Snuggle? (2009) and Honkey Kong (2011) as a solo artist, Apathy returned to the Demigodz in 2013 with Killmatic. Most recently, Apathy released an instrumental project, Dive Medicine, Chapter 1.