ABOUT THE ARTIST

Damu: Another album.
Insight: Another album.
DJ Sucio Smash: Another album, really?
Insight: We already have an album that didn't even come out.
DJ Sucio Smash: Oh really?
Insight: Yeah.
Damu: We're working on a third.
Insight: We're working on a third album.
Damu: And I already did about twenty, thirty beats for the last one. But I scrapped those, and I'm trying to go in a new direction.
Insight: Let me tell you. We got, what? We already have another batch we could do.
Damu: It's fun. We're having fun.
DJ Sucio Smash: Y'all have got the sickest work ethic ever.
You know you killed it on that album. Love the production. Anything else out there that people should - oh, actually [inaudible 00:00:48]. We're talking about the album, we need to let them know what album it is.
Damu: Now today you have both halves of Y Society: myself, Damu the Fudgemunk, and my partner, Insight the Truncator. And the album "Travel at Your Own Pace" on Tres Records, in stores now. You can get it at Fat Beats, anywhere that records are sold.
DJ Sucio Smash: All right. And the [inaudible 00:01:08] was sold out, huh?
Damu: Pretty much.
DJ Sucio Smash: That's great, man.
Damu: Even from Fat Beats.
Insight: Yeah. What up, Fat Beats!
DJ Sucio Smash: Shout out to the Eclipse.
Other than the Y Society, is there anything else people should look forward to?
Damu: Well, you know I got my man John in there. He's been hooking up a lot of stuff for me, working a lot of instrumental albums and also Y Society's "Travel at Your Own Pace" vinyl exclusive.
DJ Sucio Smash: Oh, really?
Damu: And also I have an instrumental album called "Spare Time" that's up for download.
DJ Sucio Smash: All right, and that's for download now, available now?
Damu: ree!
DJ Sucio Smash: Free?
Damu: On my MySpace.
DJ Sucio Smash: Gratis?
Damu: Yeah. You can find it.
DJ Sucio Smash: Yes. Everybody loves that price: free ninety-nine.
Damu: Exactly. And there will be another one coming.
DJ Sucio Smash: Word? So you're just making beats like a maniac?
Damu: You see those discs over there.
DJ Sucio Smash: Yeah, there's nothing better to do in D.C., huh? I dig it.
I like it, yeah. You have a lot of ... damn! All right.
Insight!
Insight: What's up?
DJ Sucio Smash: How many solo albums do you have out?
Insight: Ah, man ...
DJ Sucio Smash: You produce as well, right?
Insight: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Now wait, can I go back and just -
DJ Sucio Smash: Please do!
Insight: All right, check it. Okay, so I was making my own music for years, you know what I mean?
DJ Sucio Smash: Yeah.
Insight: I work with a lot of cats, so if you don't keep putting music out, you reinvent yourself every single time. So I'm always trying to do my best. Anyways, I was on tour in 2004 and this cat comes - he was a young cat. He couldn't get into the club. He gives me four CDs a piece. I'm like, "Wait, hold up. Four CDs, what is this?" Son told me, "You know what? Check it out. Listen to it." I sent him some feedback. That was that.
Four years later, I get another four CDs. And this time, I pop it in. I'm hearing introduction, then beats coming in, then there's a chorus. Already mapped out with concepts and everything. I'm like, "Wait a minute, maybe this is one track." But it was like nine, ten? And then he called me up.
I was like, "Yo, you really put your work in!" You know what I mean? He was paying attention and studying that whole time, repeating my own lines back to me. I'm like, "Man! I forgot I even said that." And he was like, "You know, it's like how you said in that song." I'm like, "Damn! That sounds familiar." And he was like "Yeah, you said that in this song." And I was like, "Okay!" Then he was like, "I'm gonna send you some more beats." I'm like, "Hold up!" You know what I mean?
And then we started working on the first album. It took us two weeks. He just set more beats. It took us two weeks. We went on to do another one, and that took us ... it just seemed to be -
DJ Sucio Smash: You did the whole album in two weeks?
Insight: Yeah, we did the whole album in two weeks.
DJ Sucio Smash: Wow.
Insight: Well, I never really worked with anybody else. I'm used to producing everybody.
I've been dropping records for a minute. I got maybe sixty different projects out.
DJ Sucio Smash: Sixty?
Insight: Yeah, there's like sixty.
DJ Sucio Smash: Six-zero?
Insight: If you go to insight.fm, you see a good batch of them.
DJ Sucio Smash: Wow.
Insight: How that started was ... When I was at work, I was like, "Damn, I don't wanna do this anymore." I had all these bills, and then I pretty much was homeless. And somebody gave me dough for the first single, and I was like, "Five hundred bucks? That's all right." And then it was just like, "Damn, what am I gonna do next month? Damn, I need to do another single." Next thing you know, I'm sitting there looking at nine, ten singles. I'm like, "Damn, I need an album." And so that routine just kept going on. And it's like, "Damn. It feels whack to have all those releases and nothing to show for it." I'm just getting dough, and basing everything off my advances. Then a release will come out over here, out over there, I license stuff out in Japan.
So now my fan base is all scattered about, and the cats that were following it are pretty much putting the puzzle pieces together. And this cat Damu had always been paying attention, and he's pretty on-point with who's doing what. He was putting the pieces together. That's when I decided, "Okay, I gotta chill." I took my time - just being homeless - I'm never going back there.
So I'm to a place now where it's either all or nothing. I'm not gonna be rapping over thirty and not taking it serious. I'm trying to either kill it or just not do it at all. I'm not seventeen rapping. I'm here to prove a point. And so now that's where I am. This cat is so easy to do music. With him, I can focus on the business aspect and make more wise decisions.
It's all about throwing the passion that I have for music into anything related to it. It's not just - lyrics, I'm passionate about that. It's the beats, it's everything. If I do that, that's the only way that hip-hop is gonna last around me. Now I don't think it's a matter of, "Oh, hip-hop is here, hip-hop is there." Now I'm beyond that. Hip-hop is whatever is around me and my peers. Hip-hop is like, "You're up in here. Me being in contact with you or everybody else in the lab." It's really who you surround yourself with.
So I'm basing everything in my life around what I love and so that, to me, is what hip-hop has become. Working with cats that are on the same page that can take a little bit of the load off of me, that's what I'm about. I don't need to be doing everything. This dude is like a younger version of me. I'm impressed by that. And I would love to work with a bunch of cats like that. That's the goal.

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