KRUSHADELIC (Part 2)
2007) | Interview By: Noncentz|
Dubcnn is back with Part 2 of our
exclusive interview with original Hyphy pioneer and Dangerous Crew member Krushadelic. Dangerous Crew
fans will remember Krushadelic from his productions on Goldyís "In The Land of
Funk" album, but his contributions go much deeper in the game with Underground
Rebellion, S.N.O.P. and others. In Part 2 of this exclusive interview with Krushadelic,
we discuss how he got involved with Too $hort, working with Goldy and the
Dangerous Crew as well as getting the lowdown on his production on an array of
releases. We also get the word on what he is working on currently in terms of
new releases in this world exclusive.
Please note that this interview was conducted by a Dubcnn Community (Dubcc.com)
forum member. He and a team of members have been heavily discussing
and promoting the work of the Dangerous Crew as a whole. Thanks go out to;
Lamont, Raiders, Akcranker, SJ, GP and EazyE for their help and support in
bringing the Dangerous Crew back into relevance. There will be more from the
Dangerous Crew on dubcnn over the coming weeks.
Interview was done by phone in May, 2007
Questions Asked By:
Noncentz (Guest Contributor)
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Dubcnn: And about that time is when you hooked up with Too $hort and The
Well, I had already been knowing $hort from just us being local rappers
and being around in the game. Where he had Dangerous Music at, the studio, it
was actually on the corner of where I used to hang out with some other
rappers. And he opened that studio, and he actually signed one of my partners
who was in my crew, J.J. Hard, when he had first started Dangerous Crew. He
had Rappiní 4-Tay, J.J. Hard, Spice-1, and he had these females called The
Dangerous Girls. And that was the very first Dangerous Crew that there was.
But that only lasted real quick.
Dubcnn: So how did Goldy come into the picture? How did you meet him and begin
to work with him?
Well, remember me telling you about those shows we was doing back in the days?
We was doing this show called The Bong Show on this show called Soul Beat. And
Goldy had a cousin that was kind of cracking at that time as a rapper and then
there was Big O. And before Goldy had changed his name to Goldy, he was known
as X-Tray. And through his cousin, we was all just friends hanging out. And
then Goldy came out with his cassette called ďLook At MeĒ or something like
that. It was his Mhisani project. And when he had that project out, we just
kept on bumping into each other, doing little shows and being cool.
Once he got signed to $hort, he was trying to work his deal out with $hort, we
was hanging out constantly and I was doing beats. Soonce he got his deal, we
was the ones working together. It wasnít like him and Ant Banks and the other
ones. He would come to my house, or I would go to his house. Iím the one that
actually came up with the title, ďIn The Land of FunkĒ. See thing is, is I
didnít co-produce them songs. I produced the songs. I was a young producer at
the time. I produced the songs and got my money, but when the songs came out,
it said The Dangerous Crew produced them, and was co-produced by me.
That was me being young in the game and not knowing how it was going to turn
out. You get your face busted a little when you see the record. Co-produced??
I produced this! It was totally my idea. It was my stuff. I wasnít mad over
it, I was just happy at that time just to have a project I produced on a major
Dubcnn: That was going to my question. With the credits saying you co-produced
with Ant Banks, what was that situation like working with him?
Well the thing about it with me and Ant Banks, see, I been knowing Ant Banks
for a long time. I was knowing Banks when he was with MC Ant. The dude who
helped me start my company, is the same dude that helped Ant Banks with his
company and get us in the music game. Heís an OG right now and I still deal
with him. So me and Ant Banks, we was cool. When I came into the situation, I
was like the first ďotherĒ producer in the The Dangerous Crew. Cuz before I
came in, Banks was handling most of the production.
When they started forming the really serious Dangerous Crew, of what it became
to be known along with Rappiní Ron and everybody else, at that time I came
into the situation with Goldy. Banks was doing all the production. We actually
clashed, and used to get into a lot because he felt threatened by me coming
in, and Iím another producer and Iím bringing the heat, having people in there
rocking! And this Goldy album was coming out fat. So sometimes he would be
having serious attitudes. *laughs* And we used to clash a lot until $hort
would basically separate us. And they got D-Wiz to work a bunch with Goldy
because him and Banks just donít see eye to eye.
So we was cool, but with that heat like ďI donít want him to start getting my
money.Ē So it was like that as opposed to him looking at like, ok, hereís
another young producer and I been knowing Krush for the longest and stuff, let
him try to get his money, too. He was a stingy muthafucka. *laughs*
Dubcnn: Now, was Goldyís album the only Dangerous Crew project you worked
That was the main one that I was really involved in, because I was involved
with that one like everyday cuz it was an everyday process. And even if I
wasnít producing the track, I was doing background vocals, or helping him come
up with ideas. We had actually started working on his next album that was
going to release under Dangerous, but thatís when they started to having their
falling out and everything. So we ceased the rest of the work we had.
Dubcnn: His album is really the only other album that dropped on Dangerous,
other than Too $hort or Ant Banks. And I thought Goldy had some serious
potential to be big in this game.
It was the business, man. He did! He had a lot of potential, and when we was
touring we used to get real big responses for Goldy. He was ready to take it
to the next level. It was just that the business end between them wasnít
right. They didnít make him happy. Me and Goldy used to talk about the
business, and with me being an artist as well as running my company, he used
to ask me questions the business. I even told him he should have gutted that
situation out. When youíre an artist and youíre on a major, you have to sell
so many records before you get up out the red with the company. And if you
still in the red with the company, they not going to just give up the money.
They going to say they need to make their money back first before they start
giving out more money. And Goldy, he sold a nice amount of units, but he
didnít sell enough to get himself totally out the red. And so what they was
doing, which is the normal game for these majors, is they try to give you your
budget for the next album and tell you to turn that one in and they start
chipping away at your royalties and stuff like that. He didnít want to wait
for his royalties like that, he wanted his right then. And he didnít want to
finish up his new album until all of that was settled.
So they came to a point like, if he didnít want to compromise with them, then
they can discuss whether he wanted to sever ties with them or not. And I can
still remember him being at my house that day talking about he was thinking
about leaving. And I kept telling not to leave. I told him to take this major
label and ride them for what theyíre worth. Whether they giving you what you
want or not, if you going to decide to leave then at least set yourself up to
be able to make that money independently. Use their money to promote yourself
to the masses. Then you can pick up the pieces after you leave. But he didnít
ride it all the way out as long as he could have. He should have let them put
out a second album, because he had a whole lot of potential. My boy be
spitting that shit, man! He used to spit that shit hard.
Dubcnn: So there was work done for a second album?
Yeah! We had went in the studio and done songs and everything, man. It was
right when we started working is when they had started to go through the
turmoil and the issues of the money. It was like they wanted us to go in the
studio, we had the time set up, but it was like we was still reluctant. And as
we started working, shit started to turn into shambles. Next thing you know,
it was like pull the plug. Everything was down the drain then.
Dubcnn: So what happened with all that material that was recorded?
Shit, I donít even know, man! *laughs*
Dubcnn: I was hoping youíd say there was some unreleased gems out there or
If there winds up being something come out, as long as I can get what I got
coming to me. *laughs* But I really donít know what happened to the songs. I
donít know if they got turned in to Jive, or if $hort and them still go it, or
whatever. I mean I was just kicking it with $hort, and we just laid a song
down. We didnít even talk about no situations like that cuz thatís pretty much
like old news to us now, you know? We talking more about things we trying to
Dubcnn: Did you help Goldy with that Golden Rules album?
Nah, I didnít do that one with him. He did that one with our partner CB.
Dubcnn: Whatís your relationship with Goldy these days?
Goldy is my dog! Out of anybody in The Dangerous Crew, me and Goldy is dogs!
Me and Goldy done been through a lot of shit, man. We done been though some
serious shit! *laughs*. Thatís my dog! Out of anybody in the Crew, he trusted
me and I trusted him. We was the crew within a crew. We roll to the store
together, room next to each other and stuff like that. And I still see Goldy
from time to time.
Goldy right now is not really interested in rapping anymore. He talks about it
every now and then, like heíll tell me heís getting that fire again little
bit. But he just been working now. Heís a longshoreman right now. And heís
doing real good, man, that boy getting some paper on this longshoreman stuff.
Me and him are real cool. I remember that rumor that Pee-Wee was talking
about. That rumor about him being dead fucked me up, man! I had come back in
from out of town and one of my homies told me that shit, and that shit had me
over here boo-hooing. I called down to Atlanta to Raman, heís my boy that runs
the company with $hort, and he called around to everybody he knew until he
finally talked to Goldy. He told me to stop crying. I was fucked up! *laughs*
Dubcnn: In all, what was your experience like working with and being a part
of The Dangerous Crew era?
That was cool little era. I definitely learned a lot during that era, and
dealing with them. I had hella fun and it gave me a lot of experience up on
the touring and stuff, too. I was already travelling and things on my own,
though my company, and the things I was doing with The Dangerous Crew was like
another out let for me to do my thing. Cuz while I was out with them, I was
promoting myself and my projects, too. So it was all a learning experience for
me. And to grow up knowing $hort the way I did, like before he was making
records he was making cassettes and you could give him $5 and heíd put your
name in a rap.
Itís a different feeling when you watched him catching buses, seeing him dress
kind of dirty, the missing teeth and all that, to then be on stage with him at
the first big show I went with him on at the Henry J. Kiser Center was
unbelievable to me. Becuz he was legendary to anybody who grew up from out
this way. And right now, this muthafucka is Don Balliní! You gotta respect
that hustle and who he is, and how he lasted throughout. Ainít nobody in this
rap game had a longer career and thatís making records thatís relevant right
now than him and LL Cool J.
Everybody who started out in this era back then, they not making records now.
And none of these youngsters is not feeling them. Too $hort and LL Cool J is
the only ones from the Ď80ís, Ď90ís thatís still making records thatís
relevant to todayís game. Canít name nobody else. Not Run-DMC, not Big Daddy
Kane, no KRS-One, no Juice Crew, no nothing!
Dubcnn: Now, when I talked to you a few weeks ago, you made mention that
you and Too $hort had hooked up to do some things. Any word on whatís going on
We just dropped some music thatíll be coming out during the summer. Itís an
album that I put together and itís got Ray J on there, Chaka Khan, Too $hort,
Mistah F.A.B., Keak Da Sneak, Ying Yang Twins and others. Just a project that
I put together.
Dubcnn: Are there any other projects you got in the works that youíre going
to bless us with?
I got an artist out right now. They actually call him ďThe Boy Wonder of HyphyĒ,
heís 16 years old, and heís blowing up on the radios up out here. His name is
Young Bari, and Iíve been developing this youngster since he was 12 years old.
And heís about to become something special up out here. I got an album coming
out with my boy from the Whoridas thatís coming out in September. And then I
got another Underground Rebellion album thatís going to come out later this
year as well. We just keeping it cranking. We got a few companies thatís
hollering at us now. I just signed a greatest hits deal with K-Tel. So Iím
putting my hands on a lot of things.
Dubcnn: Let me ask you one last question, cuz you had mentioned Rappiní
Ron. Did you have any involvement with him and Ant Diddley Dog?
Yeah, they was my dogs, man. We was crew members, so we always kind of dibbled
and dabbled around on little things, but nothing that really just came out and
was released. We just kind of put things together as crew members, but not
anything that was a particular song. And Ron, who eneded up dying, never
really got the chance to spread his wings the way he wanted to. Cuz right when
Ron died, Bad N-Fluenz was really getting their name up out there. People was
beginning to recognize who they were. Who Rappiní Ron and Ant Diddley Dog
were. Some of the work that $hort had put in as far as helping to promote and
market them, was starting to pay off.
Dubcnn: Krush, I appreciate the time you gave to us today and look forward
to hearing from you again and talking with you in the future.
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