(June 2002) | Interview By: Westcoast2K|
Westcoast2k interviewed Likwit
producer and Tha Liks member E-Swift as we discussed his new album, the Vapirz
project, the Roger Troutman Tribute album and much more.
WC2K - What were your first steps in
the music business and how did you guys hook up?
E - Just hangin out, You know, we had interest in music so we just got
together and started makin demos at my house. Just lettin people hear it, then
they got in the right hands and got signed to Loud Records after a year.
WC2K - Did XO Expierence sell what you expected?
I mean I was expecting it to do more, but it did good for us. Just built
another step for us, we're trying to reach the top.
WC2K - What is the current status of the "Vapirz"? Was it put on hold after
kurupt signed with tha row?
No, its not on hold, we just finished it up right now.
WC2K - When Is It Coming Out and On What Label?
By the end of the year, we just finishin it. We puttin it out on DNA Records,
Dogg Pound and Alkaholiks Records.
WC2K - Can You Talk About it? Like Whos featured, and whos producin on the
Just Me, Im producin it. And this guy named John Wells, he's like a young
producer, he did a couple songs. But pretty much me. It has Kurupt, Daz,
Alkaoliks, Defari, all Likwit Crew Cats on it. Its coming out real soon so
check it out.
WC2K - What are some of the topics you people address on this album?
Oh we cover everything from havin a good time, party down to how crazy it is
in the streets all over the world, to lovin your kids, being in messed up
relationships, you know...
WC2K - So are you planning to release a solo album?
Yeah I got a solo album coming out. It should be done in the next couple
months. Its coming out on Street Soul Records, thats my label. But Im still
debattin about what Im gonna sign with for distribution.
WC2K - What About Tash I, is he releasing another solo album?
Yeah, we doin his album right now as well. Everybody's busy workin on a new
Alkaholik album, so we're in the studio non-stop
WC2K - I Heard he's releasin an album with Kurupt, is that true?
Yeah, thats called DNA, thats the name of the album. We got the Vapirz and
DNA, two different albums.
WC2K - . You produced a track on the Roger Troutman Tribute Album, right?
Yeah, thats right.
WC2K - You ever had a chance to work with Roger in the studio?
No, I never had a chance to work with him in the studio, but we done like a
couple shows, and he's a great dude. So we had an association with funk and
stuff. He's a real good man..We all gone miss him. Thats why we got a chance
to put together this album. So everybody can pay tribute to him. It should
have done a while ago, but it took a while, to make sure the album wouldnt
rush, because this is a tribute album, its gotta reflect how people really
feel about the mans life. So, it took a minute, but its ready to go now.
WC2K - You guys have any expectations for that album, Maybe Sales Wise?
I think anything in sales gonna be profitable and we gonna be proud of that,
because we didnt really put it together to make money and get rich. We wanted
to pay a tribute to somebody who built the foundation for West Coast Funk And
Hip Hop. And that was the priority. Whatever it does, we gonna be happy with
it. Everbody could tribute to it at time, with their hard work for the
project. We satisfied how it came out so whatever it sells, its gonna be
definitely enough to make his family happy.
WC2K - And Are You guys planning to release a Likwit album?
Yeah we gonna put together a Likwit crew album pretty soon. We just tryna
finish our main album first. Then everybody collectivly we gonna put together
a whole Likwit crew album, with Xzibit, Defari, and Us, Phil da Agony,
Lootpack, and whoever else.
WC2K - Oh Yeah, Whens That Phil da Agony Album Coming out?
Hopefully he'll be out in like July, August. We lookin at August.
WC2K - You got any other projects that youre working on right now?
Im workin on whatever man, beatz for a lotta people. Takin one day at a time.
I got songs thats gonna be out on a lotta diffferent albums, like Snoops
album. You know, just different things, like a couple Rock projects.
WC2K - And what about the Golden State Project?
The Golden State Project is still being worked on. Its not finished. Xzibit
focuses on his album.
WC2K - How Did u Guys hook up with xzibit?
He's just a hungry cat man. We saw his talent cause he definitely gets slept
on. So we put him out there, let him do his thang, and he right came along and
helped and blew him out the water.
WC2K - What About King T. Are You on his New Album?
Yeah, King Tee's new album too. We're actually in the studio with him today
finishing up the last 2 songs for his album. So, definitely check out the King
WC2K - Whats His New album Called? Is it Thy Kingdome Come?
Its called Ahhhhhhhh.......??? Kingdome Come or somthing? Like Kingdome Come
or somthing like that.
WC2K - What artists have you not worked with, and would you like to work with
in the future?
Hmm, who I havent worked with that I like to work with. Nas, yea I like Nas
man. Man, basically everbody thats wanna work with me. I appreciate like
everybody. Im not really after this one same cat, because everybody that
appreciates our music I like to work with.
WC2K - You got A favorite Alkaholiks Song?
My favorite Alkaholiks song, probably is...Damn I got so many, I like Make
Room. Yea, it was like the foundation that broke us out.
WC2K - What do you see yourself doing in 10 Years?
I mean, Im gonna be producin, Im gonna be like the Quincy Jones of Hip Hop. Im
gonna be producin till the end. And, I'm a business man too, I got this label
thing crackin, so Īm gonna be puttin out other artist. If I find a group thats
worthy to just puttin on my time, you know. I'm all thats gonna be involved
doing music somehow.
WC2K - So You Got A Message For All the fans and supporters out there?
Just Keep doing your thing. Keep checkin out Tha Liks, look out for tha
Alkaholiks, supportin that real West Coast Hip Hop. And dont not nothin get
you down man, just keep coming with that banging music.