(May 2011) | Interviewer Justin Melo|
Dubcnn hooked up with west coast veteran emcee Knoc-turníal for an exclusive
in-depth track by track breakdown for his new full length release, ďKnocís VilleĒ
which is available on iTunes here via Treacherous Records/Hoopla Media Group/LRT
(purchase the album here).
Itís been seven years since Knoc-turníal put out his last retail release (The Way I Am Ė 2004)
so this is a special project. Seeing as Dubcnn has been supporting Knoc-turníal since he
exploded onto the scene back in 1999 with four guest appearances on the multi-platinum
sophomore release from Dr. Dre, 2001, we gave the west coast crooner the floor to take
us through the creative process of the entire album.
Without further due, we present Knoc-turníal and the ďKnocís VilleĒ interview.
Read on and enjoy. As always feel free to hit up
the forum with questions or comments.
Interview was done in May 2011
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Dubcnn: The album starts off with the title track, ďKnocís VilleĒ
featuring One-2 and produced by J-Beam.
Knoc-turníal: Iíve always given my affiliated artists a chance
to shine on my albums. I had L.A. Confidential with me in 2002 and 2004
and now I have Treacherous Records and MathMadix Entertainment. Thatís
something [worked with new artists] Iíve been doing my entire career,
and something I will continue to do because I have that much love for
What I mean of course is the guest verse from One-2 of Treacherous Records and
this song is produced by J-Beam from MathMadix. J-Beam did the majority of Tashís
last album. This is a good introduction to both of these guys and I really believe
they shined on the opening track.
Dubcnn: Where Have You Been.
Knoc-turníal: ďKnoc-turníal, where in the fuck have you been?Ē
(laughs). Thatís something I hear a lot when Iím seen in public. When
are you coming out with a new album? Where did you go? I disappeared
into my bat cave to get my life together and although Iím sorry to my
fans, I needed to do that to keep my family together. I was on the road
and missing birthdays and everything. I have two children from my wife.
This is a real melodic beat produced by MG that I think all Knoc-turníal
fans will agree fits my style to a tee. Itís a nice album cut.
Knoc-turníal: This is some grimeier, street shit. The beat bangs hard and
Iím spitting on here. Sometimes people classify me as a hook crooner but
I like to show that I can do both. I feel like I can spit with the best
of them and I think I prove that on here. When The Source put me in there
magazine, they compared me to Nas and called me a ďNew YorkĒ emcee. Thatís
because they saw the backpacker in me. This one is produced by 51-50. I
had to get some shit off my chest. ďThey blamed it on the drank, huh?
That wasnít it, I wrote a lot of Dre hits off a fifth.Ē A lot of people
like to talk about me and say certain things, but I donít have any habits
that I didnít have when I helped write 2001. I had to put that out there
because people say I have a drinking problem and thatís why I disappeared,
but thatís not true. Dr. Dre will tell you that!
Dubcnn: Mind Yourself
Knoc-turníal: I love this record right there. This is Komplex on the beat
and DJ Wizard came up with the scratch hook that uses some of my old songs
like The Knoc, The Way I Am & L.A. Nite-n-Day. Wizard came up with this
brilliant hook and Komplex made a real melodic beat around it. Again, this
one fits my laid back style and flow perfectly. This is one of my favorites.
Dubcnn: Half Way Loved You
Knoc-turníal: I love this record right there. This is Komplex on
the beat and DJ Wizard came up with the scratch hook that uses some of my
old songs like The Knoc, The Way I Am & L.A. Nite-n-Day. Wizard came up
with this brilliant hook and Komplex made a real melodic beat around it.
Again, this one fits my laid back style and flow perfectly. This is one of
Dubcnn: Theme Music
Knoc-turníal: This track was produced by DJ Battlecatís brother, Blaqthoven.
I know Blaqthoven is working with Dr. Dre right now so thatís a good look.
Iím not gonnaí front, we did this track a few years back but itís never been
released on anything. I feel very strongly about this cut so I decided to use
it on the album.
Dubcnn: Gangsta Lean
Knoc-turníal: The album version is slightly different than the version that
was leaked and used on DJ AKís album. There are some vocal adjustments that
are very obvious. DJ AK is brilliant, thatís my dude out in France. I just
did one verse on this track but it was a vicious verse. I let DJ AK take
over after that on the talk box. This is a classical west coast sounding
track; an anthem at that.
Dubcnn: Sorry I Left You
Knoc-turníal: We leaked this track a while ago but I know itís
been a fan favorite since the day it came out. Thatís Komplex on the beat
and I feel like this song was the beginning of my return, so it was only
right to go ahead and include it on the album.
Dubcnn: Drop That Lame
Knoc-turníal: This is the introduction to my brother Jaguar.
Komplex did the beat. I feel like me and Komplex have excellent chemistry
together. We know what one another likes and I comfortably go on record
saying Komplex is the best up and coming producer not just on the west
coast, but in the game right now. Again, Jaguar is an artist Iíve taken
under my wing and heís learning quickly. Heís improved drastically over
the last few months.
Dubcnn: I've Been Here For Years
Knoc-turníal: This was the last track we did for the album. I felt that
it wasnít right to not have Crooked I on the album. Thatís my Long Beach
homie and label mate over at Treacherous. I want to congratulate him on
the Shady deal and all of the success with Slaughterhouse. Heís come a
long way and he deserves it, because not too many emcees can go toe to
toe with Crooked. Iím glad to have so many tracks with him. The legendary
Big Hollis produced this track and his artist James Elizabeth is also
featured to give it a different flavor.
Knoc-turníal: This is an auto-tune inspired record produced by Komplex.
But donít get it twisted; Iím clowning auto-tune on here; thatís why I
switch back and forth between auto-tune and my actual voice. Honestly,
I wish I got a chance to release this before Jay-Z released ďD.O.AĒ
because I did it before him. But itís all good, thatís the east coast
homie so itís all love. Iím flirting with the idea of shooting a video
Dubcnn: Can We Do Our Thing
Knoc-turníal: This is more for the ladies but itís very west
coast. Komplex produced it once again and I just feel like itís a nice
overall joint that flows perfectly after ďOOOO-WEEE.Ē
Dubcnn: Let Go
Knoc-turníal: People are gonnaí think Dr. Dre or Scott Storch produced
this west coast club banger once they hear it. Iím sure all my fans and
west coast fans in general are gonnaí love this one. Itís a pure west
coast club record at its finest. Iím very melodic on here singing the
hook and the verses go hard.
Dubcnn: Sorry I Left You Remix
Knoc-turníal: I wanted to re-introduce this record by creating a classic
remix to it and Iím extremely confident in saying we achieved that. This
is ďLetís All RollĒ part two right there; a classic west coast posse cut.
I went out and grabbed three of the hardest west coast emcees to come rock
with me on here; thatís Jayo Felony, Yukmouth & Sly Boogy. Iíve known all
three of these guys for well over a decade so it was all love. This is
gonnaí be on your iPods ten years from now!
Dubcnn: Im Back
Knoc-turníal: Just like I started the album, I end it with One-2 and J-Beam.
What better way to end the album with officially closing the book on my
comeback project? This is a dope song.
Dubcnn: Thanks for this Knoc. Do you have any last words or final statements?
Knoc-turníal: First off, a big thank you goes out to Dubcnn for supporting me
from the beginning, and continuing to support me today. Thanks to Tico, Mickey,
Justin, Jonathan, Chad, Sabrina, Hoopla Media Group, Urbanista Graphix, LRT,
Universal and all of the artists and producers who rocked with me on here. I
wannaí thank Dr. Dre for giving me a career in the first place; Iíd probably
be dead or in jail if it wasnít for him.
To all of my fans, thanks for your patience and continued support. I promise I will
never go away for that long again. You may actually get sick of me Iím planning on
releasing so much music (laughs). We have ďThe Book of KnocĒ coming soon, and weíve
actually already began shooting music videos for it. You can never prepare too early.
Go out and support ďKnocís VilleĒ here: iTunes
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