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interview TASH (April 2009) | Interview By: Jose Ho-Guanipa

   Dubcnn recently linked up with Tash of Tha Alkaholiks in San Diego for an exclusive video interview. Conducted just after his return from a multi-city tour of Europe Tash talked to us about his long awaited sophomore album "Control Freek," the follow up to his 1999 critically acclaimed and highly regarded debut album "Rap Life" on Loud Records. The new album is set for release on Cinco De Mayo (May 5) 2009 and is heavily anticipated. We got the lowdown on the new release, got frank responses on why it has been so heavily delayed and also discussed his recent venture into acting.


We have the transcript below however we urge you to check out the video as well.


As ever, you can read this exclusive interview below and we urge you to leave feedback on our forums or email them to jose@dubcnn.com.

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Interview was conducted in April 2009
 
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Tash // Exclusive Video Interview // Dubcnn

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Dubcnn:
Whatís up yíall itís Jose with Dubcnn, we here with Tash.

Who?


Dubcnn: Tash.

Who?

Dubcnn: Tash.

Who?


Dubcnn: Of the Alkaholiks.

Aight, whatís up?


Dubcnn:  We kickiní it in San Diego right now.

Yeah, no doubt.


Dubcnn: So whatís goiní on man? What you doiní in San Diego, what were doing you here in So Cal?

I come out here to see my family member, Miz. We did a couple things. T.I., Xzibit had a concert the other night, I flew in to say hi, thatís it. I said hi and you know. And ever since then itís been a whirlwind man. San Diego is one of the most slept on cities in the US right now. Itís definitely a lot of talent out here. Fantasy right here, I donít know if you can pan the camera.

Fantasy: Thatís right.

We just met and everything but she getís busy on the mic, busy on the microphone. Kick a rhyme for them.

Fantasy: You know Iím untouchable unbreakable /everywhere I go people say Iím sensational/ I put the P in pizazz lady of so much class/ bring these niggas to they knees while Iím countiní my cash/Gotsíta get mine, never been a crime to be a pretty ass chick/ down to blow a niggaís mind and shine only kiss when Iím wined and dined/donít get involved with the weak, gotsíta keep it street.


Dubcnn: Sick flow.

Dubcnn: What you been up to other than music? I heard you were in a movie, tell us about that.

Yeah the movieís called ďA Day in the LifeĒ. Itís coming out on Lionsgate Films. Of course at the end of the movie I get killed, but hey man, it was a good movie. Shout out to Stick Fingaz, Omar Epps, Faizon Love, everybody man. It was a great one, itís going down in history.


Dubcnn: You lookiní to get into acting or you just doiní it for fun?

I mean shoot man, you know itís like acting is not my passion, I just want everybody to buy my album, May 5th the new album come out, itís called ďControl FreekĒ. Itís killa. Really my first love is music, but if they knock on the door Iím not gonna not answer the motherfucker. Weíll see.

I just got back from Europe, I just did 19 cities. I went from Munich to this and that. I donít think thereís no better view than this thing right here. Thatís the whole coast right there. We in California right now. Just take a peek right there, you might have to put the camera up. Take a glance at that right there, it donít get no prettier than that. See that, thatís how we do it, we West Coastiní it. Alright thatís enough of that man, West Coast overdose. My name is Tash, we got Fantasy, we got Miz, we got Jack we got everybody in the house right now. I just want yíall to support my thing, Cinco de Mayo man, itís gonna be like when the ball drops in New York City and everything man. Itís gonna be a beautiful day, everything is here for a reason, everything is perfect right now. So just support your boy Tash, the artists cominí out, Fantasy, everybody, Styliztik Jones, shout out to Styliztik Jones, shout outs to B-Real, my cousin Xzibit, everybody out there man, just please support this West Coast shit. Is my beanie on right?


Dubcnn: We just heard a couple tracks off your album. Who did the beats on it? It sounded really good.

First and foremost we got J-Bing, we got Oh no, Ne got of course E-Swift did the majority of it, he executive produced the album, you know itís on the way, you know we got The Troop. We got people that you might not have heard of yet but very shortly they goní be household names.


Dubcnn: You did a track with Ice-T, Black Ice. Tell us about that.

Thatís with my man Black Silver. He just called me and basically said come do the song. Thatís it, ainít no hell of a story. Ice-T is one of my favorite rappers of all time. Heís just a cool person. We use to sit in the car and everything. He the one that got me into the game. It went like this. The chain of events and everything. It was Ice-T, then he put King Tee on, then he put us on, then we put a couple other people on, Xzibit, the Defari, Da Agony, it just went like thisÖ I just always study how Ice-T really gets down. Thatís a smart intelligent dude, love him to death.


Dubcnn: So you were thinking about dropping the album in early 2008, and now itís coming out a bit later. What caused the delay?

Who give a f-ck? Itís coming Cinco de Mayo 2009, itís coming out. The delay is bullshit ass people that donít really live up to what they say. Iíve been on three different labels in the last two years you know. The bottom line is that Cinco de Mayo, May 5th Iím coming out so who give a f-ck about that?


Dubcnn: Any guest appearances on the album?

Yeah, we got B-Real, shout out to B-Real, thatís my Doggy Dawg right there. I just gave Ďall a snippet of what we doing and everything, Cypress Hill we goiní on tour and everything. Shout out to Lupe too, should out to everybody man, Bobo, shout out to everybody with that camp right there. Cypress Hill is one of the dopest groups on the West Coast and they just show me so much love, we just takiní it on the road man you know. Shout out to J-Ro, shout out to J-Ro too, J-Ro from the Alkaholics, he over there in Malmo, Sweden man, gettiní busy.


Dubcnn: So what are you gonna do to tour? Where are you gonna hit, what cities are you going to go to to support the album?

Iím trying to hit the whole world man. We just got back, I just did a 17 city tour called the Check the Rhyme Tour. So if anybodyís watching this go to YouTube and check out Check the Rhyme Tour with us, the Beatnuts, Jeru the Damaga, Paris, everybody, Lords of the Underground, everybody was on it. We got busy on them. We basically trying to hit all the countries. You might just turn the corner and see me anywhere. I might be in Japan tomorrow.


Dubcnn: Thatís whatís up. So do you have any shout outs before we leave?

Yeah Iíd like to shout out first and foremost God, first and foremost. But on top of that shout to everybody that keep it real man. Shout out to everybody that participated on my album. Shout out to everybody man, just friends and family man. Snoop Dogg man thank you, B-Real thank you, Xzibit thank you. Strong Arm Steady, Strong Arm Steady cominí now. The list is too long to shout out everybody individually, but everybody that supported Tash through all these troubling times and shit like that. Iím here, Iím ready. We drop Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, thatís love right there.


Dubcnn: Thatís whatís up. Well thanks for cominí out chilliní with us, good luck on the album weíll check it out when it comes out.

All right Dubcnn, letís go.





 

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Tash // Exclusive Video Drop // Dubcnn

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