RBX (June 2009) | Interview By: Jose Ho-Guanipa|
Just last month we linked back up with RBX again for an exclusive but brief interview
to discuss his work on the acclaimed Marshall Mathers LP (click
here if you missed it). Now we are back with an in-depth
interview getting the latest on where he has been lately and his planned new
release X2 The Digital Kush, a brand new mixtape in conjuntion with Napsac
Sports Apparel. In the interview RBXchill discusses his past, family, the new
project which is set to feature Sick Jacken and The Lady of Rage amonst
others and much more.
We have the transcript below however we urge you to check out the video.
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Interview was conducted in June 2009
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Dubcnn: What’s up y’all it‘s Jose with Dubcnn. We’re here in Santa Ana,
California at Napsac Clothing with my man Eddie and RBX. We’re gonna get
to talk to RBX. He’s dropping a mixtape pretty soon and he’s also
working on an album so were’ just gonna talk to him about his music and
what’s going on with him.
Eddie: Right now we got this mixtape we doing, MIXTAPE, RBX mixtape we
dropping June 26. It’s already out on the streets right now. It’s got a
gang of features but I’mma let X elaborate a little more, but I just
wanna thank Dubcnn for coming out to the Napsac Sports Apparel and Urban
Gear to make this interview possible. So X go ahead and give them more
information regarding what’s on the mixtape CD “X2 The Digital Kush”.
RBX: Well been workin’, constantly workin’ and some of the overflow,
some of the stuff that we had posted that was good music we needed to
put that on the streets. So that’s what we did, we formed “X2 the
Digital Kush” and we got X3 bubblin’, we got the Unanimous Project
bubblin’, I got some things in the work. We still a little tentative, so
we ain’t gonna speak too much it. We workin’ right here, we got Nap out
here and he doin’ what he do, we got Joaq’, so it’s a good look. We
strivin’ and we gon’ get it right.
Dubcnn: X I just wanted to ask you about your experience in the game. We
just did an interview a little while ago with you about your work on the
Slim Shady record. You’ve been involved in some of the biggest projects
in hip-hop ever, Dr. Dre Chronic and Marshall Mathers LP. At the same
time you kind of kept a low profile as far as not being in the
limelight. Is that something you do on purpose?
RBX: Actually, no. That’s just the powers that be. We don’t wanna put no
disrespectful things out there but that was just holding back to control
‘em type thing and now it’s time for me to break out of the mold and do
me without having somebody tell me or censor me or anything of that
nature. So now we kinda breaking out of that mold. It wasn’t a bad
thing, it’s the just the way sometimes it happens.
Dubcnn: Musically we know you have a lot of musical connection in the
family. Your Dad’s Bootsy Collins, your cousins with Snoop and Daz, Dogg
Pound Gang. How did that influence when you were growing up as far as
music and being around it?
RBX: Well honestly Bootsy is not my father. Bootsy is a close friend of
the family, that’s like uncle Bootsy. We have the same last name so
people threw it together like that was my father. My last name is
Collins his last name is Collins, he’s a close friend of the family but
he’s not my father. Snoop is my cousin. I will never say me and Snoop
will never work together because that is my cousin but right now we keep
missin’ each other. He on the road or he miss me doing what I’m doin’ so
eventually we gonna get together and make it happen but right now I’m
Dubcnn: Tell us how you hooked up with Eddie and Napsac. Tell us how did
that come about?
RBX: I did a show and I saw Eddie was out there tryin’ to hustle. And my
whole thing is trying to network with hustlers. I ain’t into the name
game. If you strivin’ for somethin’ let’s go get it and that’s how that
Dubcnn: Wanna say anything about that?
Eddie: X pretty much said it out there. Basically we were doing an
extravaganza media network and X stepped into the place and we talked
and chopped it up, myself and Joaquin Scott. He liked the way we
presented ourselves. Real recognize real. We know everybody out there
tryin’ to strive, chasin’ these dollars and currency. And the way the
situation is now you know your camp can be shady as shady. So basically
we felt that we good real folks, myself and ‘Quin. ‘Quin over there,
Joaquin: Mixtape, mixtape release party. Don’t miss it, it’s goin’ down.
Eddie: So what we did, we talked to X, X took the calls, we sat down we
chopped it up we tried to basically be real with each other, who we are
as people, where we came from, our background and stuff like that. And
the network came together, so now it’s basically us putting each foot
forward each day tryin’ to make something strive for us as Napsac and
definitely something for RBX to make it possible for everybody to come
together. And as for that the package came and we’re still tryin’ to
perfect the package everyday, every minute. And from there on it’s like
X2, RBX Napsac, and Dubcnn just pick us our time. It’s what it is.
Dubcnn: You’ve been in the game for awhile, you were around before all
the stuff, the internet, the digital downloads, the mixtapes and stuff.
Now you’re kind of linking up with Napsac and doing that kind of thing.
Do you think that’s where it’s headed as far as music and pushing your
stuff out there. How do you think the future of the industry is gonna be
in terms of that?
RBX: I don’t know. If you would’ve asked me the question a few years ago
I wouldn’t think things would be as drastic as they are. Nevertheless,
the concept is no woman no cry. So I just move with the stream. If this
is the current thing you got to stay with the times. I got my homeboys
that came from the old school who’s stuck in the old school ways and
they suffering behind it. Out the trunk is still a viable way to do what
you do but you gotta understand that there’s also internet, the Paypal
so you gotta step your game up and learn all this stuff and you should
be alright. I had got lost for a minute but caught up to speed and
figured it out and now we movin’ forward.
Eddie: Like X said that’s pretty what it is. He’s got all the knowledge
from being around all the whole projects, and the whole mix, and the
majors and just the whole flamboyant extravaganza and stuff like that.
And us over here, everyday, Monday through Saturday, same location, same
grind. Grind in, grind out. We tryin’ to have X implement all his
knowledge to us and as he implements his knowledge to us, no matter how
it might come across we gonna try and take it in and utilize it to
better us as a unit. It’s a good combination, it can be hard a times
because we all got hard ways and that’s how we come at you but it’s
real. That’s why Dubcnn’s here doin’ what we doin’ and we gonna make it
Dubcnn: Tell us about Napsac as far as what you guys do. I know this is
a retail store and you got your own clothing line but I guess it’s more
than just clothes right?
Eddie: Yeah it’s more than just clothes. Basically Napsac Sports
Apparel, let me tell you a little bit
about the name, Nap is my last
name and SAC stands for Santa Ana California. And like I tell everybody
SAC was basically watched up and the hands switched it up and now they
clean. But Napsac, Santa Ana, California that’s what it is. We basically
sell clothing apparel here from Mitchell & Ness, from Reebok, Adidas,
Monster, who else we messin’ with, G3 that’s over there at Carl Banks,
and Dallas Cowboys. Basically we sell clothing we have retail store
people come through if we like a product we purchase it. We also do
vendors, vendors and venues. We put shows together, we out there trying
to get a lot of young actors and strivin’ artists a place to showcase
their music, to have a venue. Maybe we put a gentleman like Mr. X or his
caliber on a card and basically a lot of young artists come in so they
can get showcased too. We also do a lot of stuff within the youth
programs, with the kids and stuff. We also do custom uniforms for kids
and stuff like that. Right now we workin’ through the program for the
city of Santa Ana where the city supplements them with a certain amount
of money and then they come to the facility and they work for us and
they credits and stuff for it. We got our hands in a lot of stuff right
now and like I said it’s Napsac Sports Apparel and Urban Gear and it’ s
just a 360 so that’s pretty much what it is. Joaq’ my partner might
wanna elaborate on it.
Joaquin: Get to Napsac in just a sec, back to RBX with this mixtape. If
y’all for any inkling idea think that X’s bars ain’t up, his bars is
tight as a motherfucker. I’m telling you that, I got a good ear for rap
music, this nigga shit’s tight. But getting back to the Napsac, this my
partner Nap, he created this movement in ‘05 right here in the city of
Santa Ana. And we grind everyday with it. We wake up, we go to bed, we
get up we do the damn thing everyday. Sunday we’re off here in the
store, but we still grind on Sundays, believe that. It’s a movement man,
we pushin’ on it. Once again I wanna give a shoutout to Dubcnn for
makin’ it possible. Everybody that’s connected with Napsac, we doin’ big
things. We comin’ to a city near you. We’re keepin’ RBX in heavy
rotation, it’s comin’, 2009, 2010. I’m listenin’ to this mixtape so much
I know the nigga’s lyrics at this point. But he got some tricky stuff up
in there man y’all need to cop it, go buy it. It’s bangin’, it’s off the
charts. West Coast has never went nowhere, there is no such thing as the
New West, I’m puttin’ it down like that. X gave me the finger action he
told me I could do this. It’s all gravy man, RBX man, one love out to
him and nigga shit’s tight, go cop that shit.
Dubcnn: Alright man thanks. So yeah, back to X. Just for those that
don’t know, what are you coming with on your new mixtape, your new stuff
that you’re putting out?
RBX: The new mixtape is pretty much tryin’ to get people back to know
who RBX is, the rough lyrics, not bowin’ down to nothin’, sayin’ what I
gotta say whenever I gotta say it, not fearing the repercussions, no
censorship. And then I got “X3” that I’m doin’ and that’ll probably be
the appetizer before the main course, which’ll be the “Unanimous
Project”, which I’m workin’ on with Chily Chill and WestCoast Scratch.
We got things brewin’ bruh, I don’t wanna say too much because nowadays
the game is shifty and shady. When cats figure out what you’re doin’
they try to block or whatever. So I don’t say much I just do. Actions
speak louder than words anyways, so that’s where I’m at with it. And
Dubcnn peace, once again, it’s all good, we do this.
Dubcnn: Couple more things before we close out. Any collabs or producers
you worked with you wanna talk about?
RBX: Nah, not much. I’ve been told by some of the homies on the way up
here don’t even spill the beans just yet. As we get it together and it’s
all concrete, then we’ll probably have to get together and talk about
Dubcnn: What about on this past mixtape?
RBX: I got the little R Kelly collab. on the intro and I got some Myke
Nez on there, yeah, I got Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm. Other classic
West Coast joints, “They Can’t Be Mashin’ No Natter How Hard They Try”,
which is so real, I got Lady Rage on there; shit, it’s nice, it’s nice.
You just gotta go peep it out, it’s not to be played with. It’s a
mixtape I threw out there, but we keepin’ everything active and bubblin’
Dubcnn: I know you did a lot of writing before for other people. Are you
still doing that or has that kind of fallen to the back?
RBX: Yeah that’s kind of fallen to the back right now. We just focused
on X for a hot minute so it’s all good.
Dubcnn: I know in the past you talked about how you like to bring it
with your music and you’re not really about too much else as far as
being in the spotlight. What do you think about the new rappers now that
are kind of the opposite?
RBX: Right, and that’s really making the industry suffer. But they don’t
care, they only in it for what they in it for. So the music’s fallen
off, everything sounds like everything else. I know T-Pain came with the
autotune but now it’s like the autotune I’m like, “Oh my God these
niggas.” It’s just no creativeness no nothing. And they get a little
change and they know how to promote it and they promotin’ all this
garbage and tryin’ to block all the real music now. ‘Cause people get
used to hearing that garbage and they thinkin’ that’s what it is and
that’s just not the case.
Dubcnn: That’s pretty much it. So once again remind us when the event
for the mixtape is.
Eddie: This isn’t the event tape it’s the actual mixtape, RBX. But we
doin’ a function on June 26th, it’s gonna be at the Pressbox in Anaheim.
Basically we got Dubcnn representin’ for us, OC Weekly, we got some
family over there at Joker Brand, what’s up Spanky, Cartoon, Estevan,
all them good people over there. We also messin’ with Street Low
Magazine, what’s up Gilbert. We just picked up a new one working with
us, Monster Energy Drink, so we got them goin’ on too, Hood News over
there, KUCI, if I left anything out, oh my host Mamacita, what’s up
Mamacita over there in San Diego.
RBX: What’s up Mamacita baby!
Eddie: It’s gonna be a good event, it’s gonna be a good cause. We got
Imperial Assassins, Myke Nez, featuring the man himself RBX, but it’s a
Naspac Presents collabo and that’s how we getting’ down. So come check
us out June 26th, Dubcnn’ll be in the house, it’s gonna be hot. And many
more shows to come. We gon’ lace up all summer up to 2010, we just gonna
be doin’ this and that’s what we do. Napsac Sports Apparel and Urban
Gear keepin’ it real be original, it’s what it do, Dubcnn. Jose what up
Dubcnn: Alright thanks a lot to Napsac and to X.
Eddie: We got our hands in a little of pretty much everything Dubcnn. So
once again this is Napsac just leavin’ RBX scene, we still in front of
the shop hangin’ out. Got the train going by, keepin’ it straight
trainin’ and stuff, you know. This my boy right here, ‘bout to show some
work, check him out.
Yoshi: Napsac, good store, good people. Yeah I’m here, he’s [Eddie]
getting me in the business and just representing Napsac.
Dubcnn: So how long have you been ridin’?
Yoshi: It’s barely been a year. Got friends at S&M hopefully they’ll
wanna come here. Come and check out the store, and that’s pretty much
Dubcnn: Alright that’s what’s up man.
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