Monday, December 1, 2014
1. Peace and blessings fam, thanks for honoring me with this interview. I Know that are dope beyond dope you are at your craft but for those who may not know who you are but feel free to introduce yourself?
Peace! 1st & 4most… I want 2 say thank U, 4 the opportunity 2 reintroduce Myself. Officially I am The Intergalactic Sorcerer Supreme DOC STRANGE A 1Won Journalist Piranha 7-2. Or 4 short Doc Strange (THEE ORIGINAL) formally of the group Legends Of M.E.T.R.O.Y.D. I’ve been doing this as an MC, Prod, Eng. & Performer 4 some time now. I’ve worked for such labels as Uptown MCA & Bad Boy doing AnR work & promotions as well as helping AnR staff at Mercury, PolyGram, Polydor & lastly PMD
2. Doc Strange, that’s a dope name but explain how you came up with it and the special meaning behind it?
Easiest answer is/was Doc Strange Marvel Comics Character but much deeper is My uncanny & “Strange” character since I was very young.
3.Who inspired you as an MC/DJ?
My Brother & His crew Musique Disco (1980-81) My humble beginnings. After that the Cold Crush, Fearless 4, UltraMagnetic MC’s, Public Enemy & De La Soul 2 name a few.
4.What is your earliest memory of music?
As long as I can remember, My Parents were into music… all genres.
5.When did you fall in love with music and hip-hop aka your brown sugar moment?
Music is between The Jackson 5, Chic & Slave.
6.How long have you been an MC/DJ not to show age but what year did you get started?
1981 I started Emceeing, a little bit of DJing. Dancing throughout and started producing around 86/87. I was a graff/graph artist as well.
7.What was the moment you realized that you had a talent for music?
85-86 a school yard battle & summer show we entered. Did not win but made a large impression.
8. When did you decide that this was something you wanted to pursue?
The summer of 87, going into sophomore year of high school.
9.What is the local scene like where you live?
Crazy!!! I am from the Class of 91-92- meaning I am from Essex County NJ. Which consist of cities like East Orange, Newark, and Montclair. Now what this means is High School talent shows, park jams & club performances were We rocked with, against or around/in front of… Let alone lived near, went 2 school with or ran with such names as (1) Art Of Origin= Chino XL & Kerri Chandler (2) New Style= Naughty By Nature (3) Do It All Do= Lords Of The Underground [when Redman was the DJ] (4) That’s Them= Artifacts (5) Refugee Camp= Fugees… just 2 name a few
0.What is your current lab set up and how has it changed over the years?
Multiple Programs, cut & paste and some speakers. The major change is the analog 2 digital
11. What is your creative process as an MC?
It varies with the material, song or concept. Mainly I C things… they come, I got 2 write, voice record, color code or clue/que Myself the lyrics.
12.What are some of your current projects and where can we find them?
have been on sabbatical until recently. U will B able 2 find My work very soon, unfortunately I will have 2 tell U on the next meeting. I had released material in 96 that is about 2 B recycled or actually has been re-released in Canada & now making it’s way back 2 the states.
13.What are some of your future projects and which ones are you looking forward to most?
My Artist are on the rise, I have 2 studio compilations in the work, however the most is “The Return Of Doc Strange: Doppelganger Xecution”
14.Do you represent any companies or labels and if so who are they and how long have you been affiliated?
Yes I do DARK MATTER SOLUTIONS- Consultants/Management; Rosa International LLC & Stronghold Recording Studios
15.Tell me more about your radio show strange nation on smash mouth fm?
IT IS THEE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE!!! An Xcursion, An Xpedition, An Xperience… In Sound, Sight & Smell. “Strange Nation Wit DJ 2 Fast The Tour Guide” is 3 hours of Edutainment in Iconic Pop Culture with World Music as the backdrop.
16. How can people stay connected to you?
At the current moment the studios fb & twitter page, soon 2 change. Bsides that www.rosa-entertainment.com
17. Do you have any jewels for aspiring artist?
B YOURSELF but More Importantly- no compromise & guard your integrity. U can make it without perverting or bafooning yourself.
18. Any special shout outs or special thanks if so feel free to do so?
1st All Praise is due 2 the Creator of The Heavens & Earths! Family, My Brother Raheem… DARK MATTER (The whole team i.e.: Kali Kartel, Split Personality OmaRnB, Mix Masta Freak, Cherif Seck) IS HERE 2 STAY! My DJ 2 Fast, B Magnetic, The Laser Squadron, Dr. Grant & Rosa, A- Form & Stronghold, Lost Tribes & Last but not least The Universal Zulu Nation.
19. How do you define your sound and what sets you apart from other artist?
Organic Empowerment… Edutainment infused with Pageantry, Depth & Sweep. 4 Us it’s a way of life & We live it as We love it… Can’t… No Won’t Say That About Others.
2O. What is the difference between an MC and a rapper?
Rappers envelope words 2 present 2 an audience, in hopes that the audience, is impressed with what they, the rapper believes is their gift. MC’s- Masters of Ceremony engage an audience giving 2 them The Elements of Plot, Rhyme & Reason as well as Lyrics 2 Go!!!
Any final thoughts for the readers?
Stay tuned 2 this man Nate OG… Much appreciative… 2 U G 4 this interview. Focus on the future & don’t fall 4 the New Jim Crow, some of ya’ll the Ole jim crow