If you don't know who he is, you are missing out. JR is a dope NY emcee that has been rocking the mic steady for over ten years. He represents real hip hop, Check this cut n paste mix of some of my favourite tracks from throughout his career....
check this Interview taken from www.thehiphoppost.com
So for those readers on the blog who aren't fully acquainted with you yet, could you give us a brief description of yourself?
JR: Yes, Indeed Peace to all the readers out there in the virtual world. My name is John Robinson aka Lil Sci of the Scienz of life crew! I have been professionally releasing substance and integrity Hip Hop independently for over a decade. I have worked with the likes of MF DOOM, J Rawls, Madlib, Talib Kweli, and many others during my journey. The best way to put you all in tune with who John Robinson truly is check the discography here.
I have always wondered about the meaning(s) of your stage name(s). Where did you get Lil Sci and are "Lil Sci" and "John Robinson" meant to represent separate personas?
JR: Lil Sci or Lil Scienz describes my style of rhyming and approach to doing music. I spoon feed the masses by giving them want they want, so that they will want what i have to give. It means "A little bit of science at a time". John Robinson on the other hand is my given name that I recently decided to begin using professionally in my music career. DOOM actually was the one to inspire me using my real name to do music. Now he is here for all of you to bear witness "John Robinson"!
The main distinction is Lil Sci rhymes in a live and direct fashion usually whether on stage or in the studio. John Robinson rhymes with more of a personable tone. He rhymes to the entire world one person at a time.
I Am Not For Sale sounds great from what I have heard so far, I look forward to buying that. While making the album what was the main message that you wanted to get across to readers?
JR: First off thanks for your praises, kind words and support. My main message with "I Am Not For Sale" is that this music is sooo much bigger than money and record sales and all that other biz and politics. Music saves lives and inspires people to do things that they probably would not have before coming to certain realizations, so with this title I took a stand saying "I Am Not For Sale" you can't buy my soul nor will I compromise my integrity or my perspective for commercial gain period.
What do you make of the current state of hip hop? Do you think hip hop is dead?
JR: Hip Hop will never truly DIE! The energy that is has been creative from will exist forever, it is boundless! My take on the state of the culture is pretty straight forward. I don't hate everything this is being played on the mainstream level. I just feel that there is a huge lack of balance of the sound and perspective that closely represents the principles that have been put in place since the foundation was layed by the wise pioneers of this culture in the South East Bronx, NY 34 years ago now. KRS said it best "We will be here forever!"
Who were you supporting in this year's election?
JR: OBAMA all the way man. I can't remember the last time we actually had a candidate in place in the running that feels as articulate, intelligent, charismatic, knowledgeable and more inspiring than right now! This is truly history right before our eyes! Let's change the world yall!
I know you have worked with some great producers like MF Doom and Flying Lotus, who was your favorite so far and who is one producer you might want to work with in the future?
JR: Hard to truly pick a favorite but if I had to it would be my brother and partner in Scienz of Life - I.D. 4 Windz! The chemistry we have naturally is unmatched in terms of how we are able to work together and although it hasn't been displayed much in my other works outside of Scienz of Life definitely stay tuned to hear a lot more gems!!!
Now don't get me wrong though all the producers I work with give their own unique level of brilliance. Especially Flying Lotus he has this young inspirational insight that he shares when we build and work together that makes it feel automatic. I know we have a lot more work to accomplish in the near future! DOOM lends another form of insight and perspective that is full of experience on many levels from writing, to delivery, to word choice and cadence on down to the outlook of the approach on the mic to the people. Definitely learned a great deal about my craft from DOOM and it has helped me become a better writer in the last several years.
While you were growing up, who were some of your biggest musical influences?
JR: This list is soooooooo long man! I will just name a small amount that comes to mind! Stevie Wonder, Brand Nubian, KRS, SLick Rick, Chaka Kahn, Anita Baker, Miles and Trane, Charlie Parker, Archie Shepp, J Dilla, and sooooo many more... this list is boundless!
What tracks/artists are getting heavy play for you right now?
JR: Lately I have been listening to a lot of old school Reggae Roots! Stone love vibes like Beres Hammond, Freddie Macgregor and Dennis Brown. also a great deal of Soul music like Patrice Rushen, Bobby Womack, Stevie, Anita and Sade.
Just heard the new Q Tip Renaissance album and I love it! Tip is definitely Repping the realness. Straight up grown man substance and integrity for the people!!!