Pre-order Junclassic's brand new album 'Imaginary Enemies' produced by DJ Husky, by clicking the link below.
Dub MD and Junclassic are proud to present "Southside's Savior", a mixtape comprised of 22 tracks and nearly 80 minutes of music. Yes, Southside's Savior will fill an entire CD-R! Great for long drives and romantic hood barbeques! and maybe even a midnight bar brawl depending on the track selection and part of town you in.
Half of the mixtape is a collection of raw original tracks featuring production from both established and up and coming heavyweights including DJ Husky, J-Zone, and Blakasper of The Plague. The other half of the tape consists of various beat jacking that vary in tempo, genre, and even that beloved Boom Boom Bap that we can never quite get enough of.
Junclassic's new album "Imaginary Enemies" will be in stores September 8th, 2009 on Classified Recordings, Limited Edition collectors item, produced entirely by DJ Husky. Physical copy only: put down that f&**ing iPod and cop a muthaf**&kin CD and appreciate some incredible artwork, courtesy of new york urban painter Alan Coogan-Prieto, the anti-digi movement begins September 8th!
Make sure you check out Dub MD & Nametag Presents Classic Cadence Vol. 2 droppin online August 10th for free download, along with various other projects throughout 2009 including the likes of Judah, Karniege, Dominique Larue and more.
01.) Neva Gon' Stop (Produced By Statik Selektah) 02.) Real Shit (Produced By DJ Qualls) 03.) Accordianz (feat. Monsta X) (Produced By Madlib) 04.) Reel Raw (Produced By Iron Curtain) 05.) Best Around (Produced By DJ Husky) 06.) Everybody (Get Money) (Produced By Groove Groove Medley) 07.) Lovin Life (feat. Lejon Lewis) (Produced By The Neptunes) 08.) Mama Used To Say (Produced By Junior) 09.) Clocks (Produced By Coldplay) 10.) The Owner (Produced By DJ Husky) 11.) Forever In His Childhood (Produced By DJ Premier) 12.) Google Game (Produced By WK) 13.) Yesterday (Produced By Jumpster) 14.) I'm Ready (Produced By Heatmakerz) 15.) Renaissance (feat. Monsta X, Ravage The Meccagodzilla & Ceez) (Produced By Q-Tip) 16.) I Can Tell (Produced By Rick Rubin) 17.) Try (feat. Cy Yung) (Produced By By Black Milk) 18.) 950 (Produced By 950 King) 19.) Waitin In Vain (feat. Bob Marley) (Produced By Blakasper) 20.) The Dope Song (Produced By J-Zone) 21.) Livin In This Dream (Produced By Licks) 22.) Yes! (Produced By Krohme)
Flawless Hustle.com Exclusive: The 10 Question(s) Q&A Session Series: Junclassic Posted by: hav in Hip hop, interview
Interview by Dub MD www.twitter.com/dubmd84
Flawlesshustle.com is back with the third in the “10 Question(s) Q&A Session Series”, this week we got the chance to catch up with an up and coming emcee from Southside Jamacia, Queens, Junclassic, a super talented lyricist that has been making music since 2000 as part of the group “Dynamix” with Monsta X, but just over the past few years has started focusing more on his solo career. Junclassic has already released two studio albums, EP’s, collaboration projects, etc over the past three years, and all in the lead up to his brand new studio album entitled “Imaginary Enemies” which is in stores August 6th. He sits down with us to chop it up about his thoughts on the new york music scene in 2009, his past & present albums and what sets him apart from every other emcee out there.
Dub MD: Junclassic, what’s good fam? For those who don’t know, could you just give a short review of what you’ve experienced in your music career up until now?
Junclassic: Whattup Dub MD! thanks for this interview my g! A quick overview of my music biz experience, got serious with rhyming in ‘95 rippin’ high school cafeteria cyphers wit DJ Envy and my man 4 Fif. Formed the group Dynamix in 2000 with my gee Monsta X. Met MF Grimm in 2004 and got inducted into the Monsta Island Czars off the strength of the Dynamix Shock N Awe series Vol’s 1 & 2.
Appeared on MF Grimm’s triple cd classic American Hunger in 2006. Started Classified Recordings LLC in 2007 and dropped my debut album 2 Much Ain’t Enuff wit no promotion. Put out my man Kong’s album “Shackles Off” in June 2008. Dropped my sophomore album Overqualified in Oct 2008 and my free EP ”Late Nites and Early Mourning’s” on Obama Day Jan 20 2009.
Got my first mixtape dropping July 13th and my 3rd album dropping August 6th. My experience in the music biz has been a turbulent roller coaster ride wit mad peaks and valleys. I accomplished more on my own in the last two years than I did in the previous 10 years tryin to be part of a team. Sometimes you gotta call an audible…
Dub MD: Coming from Queens, how did living in Southside, Queens shape your attitude to the music/culture? and what do you think of the New York music scene right now?
Junclassic: Man, my Brother Bobby, God Bless him, exposed me to Hip Hop from “Itchin 4 A Scratch” and Rappin Duke in the early 80s to Teddy Reily’s New Jack Swing to Das Efx and EPMD in the late 80s and early 90s. Onyx was from ’round the way so the Southside Hardcore Influence was crazy and is still strong today. G-Unit rep da Southside hard body and 50 came into the game wit his middle finger up and got rich.
If that don’t inspire you my friend then you doin better than me. NYC “reality rap” sets a mood for drama. Drama with the belief that you can rise above it or survive it. NY is always gonna have a presence in Hip Hop cause it symbolizes the rebellious attitude that started Hip Hop in the first place. I was bumping Blaq Poet’s album sampler last night in Sunset Park, Brooklyn at 2 AM. Premo beats Knocking! Cops grilling me. I felt like I was in a movie.
NYC Hip Hop is always gonna have that raw effect cause its real out here. The question is what do the people want? Do they wanna swag surf? A lot of em do! I ain’t mad at ‘em. Half a bottle of henny and a cutie might make me wanna swag surf too.
Dub MD: Your preparing to release your up coming new album “Imaginary Enemies”, can you give us a little background on the album, and when can we expect to hear it?
Junclassic: Thanks for asking about Imaginary Enemies my G! Its my 3rd album dropping August 6th on Classified Recordings. Its produced entirely by DJ Husky and is 17 tracks and nearly an hour long. The production is very soulful and musical. Heavy strings and sparkling keys dance around punchy, gritty drum programming.
There are a variety of concept songs including “BabyLove”, “ZeeZee’s Groove”, “I Can’t Die” and “Say Goodbye”. Lots of emotional content, a decent portion of lyrical tough talk, and a short story rhyme “based on a true story”.
Dub MD: With this new album, what artists and producers are you connecting with this time around? and what’s your label situation like just now?
Junclassic: I got a few homies making special guest appearances on the album. My Brother Monsta X hopped on 2 tracks. One just to talk shit on and another to zone on. My dude Ravage The Meccagodzilla hopped on a joint wit me called “Bionic 6″. That joint is kinda raw! That’s it on features, I always keep features to a minimum.
My label Classified Recordings is doing a limited pressing of Imaginary Enemies. Only 500 copies will be pressed and they will be individually numbered. iTunes will not be getting this album! I hereby christen the campaign “The Anti-Digi Movement”. You wanna hear Imaginary Enemies? Cop a Muthaf^%*&$# CD! Bootleggers and torrent sites keep it real witcha boy and please do not post my new album for free download!
Go snatch my free EP “Late Nites and Early Mourning’s” or the upcoming “Southside’s Savior” mixtape if you want some free Junclassic music. I’m a self funded one man operation rising to the top thru determination, hard work, and by connecting with good-hearted, talented individuals like yaself Dub.
Dub MD: You’ve released 3 projects in the past few years from your album “Overqualified” to your newest EP “Late Nites and Early Mournings”, now that the projects are out there, are you happy with how them releases went?
Junclassic: You know what Dub? I think there’s a love/hate relationship wit each release. Its like having a Brother or a child or a Best Friend. There’s things about them you always gon love and ultimately ya’ll connected for life. But there’s always lil shit you would change if you could, you really wish you could change that annoying ass lil thing but you eventually accept the imperfections cause its too late to change anything.
So yea fam, I’m happy with each project because they have all been different. And I plan to continue to keep my listeners guessing.
Dub MD: Where do you get the inspiration to write the type of material you do? what is the writing process like when it comes to working on your projects? and why do you think mc’s that keep integrity in their music, never make a real mark on soundscan?
Junclassic: The inspiration to write comes from everything and anything. A word, a ill commercial. When I first started, a good Clue tape would make me wanna write. Classic films like Scarface and the original Texas Chainsaw inspire me. Children inspire me. Pain and disappointment are my biggest inspirations.
My writing process consists of intoxicants and the nighttime air. I write better without the beat. Concept songs are the most intimidating to me but the most rewarding when complete. You can listen to a Junclassic album and know what’s going on in Southside Jamaica Queens. My music is the black CNN. word to Chuck D.
Unfortunately, I don’t know why most emcees who keep their artistic integrity don’t make a mark in soundscan fam. That shit puzzles me like the pyramids and Easter Island, Dub. Nas not going gold on Untitled is a travesty. That album is so incredible.
Dub MD: What do you think is your most defining and unique characteristic that sets you apart from every other artist out there? and how would you describe your style to those who still haven’t heard your music?
Junclassic: I think my most unique characteristic is how candid I am in my music. I ain’t hiding ish. I put it out there. Its like Eminem in 8 Mile when he battled Papa Doc at the end. I put it out there like “fuck it”. I live at home, I’m broke, I smoke too much, I never sold crack. I be ready to fight wayy too much. I hate cops because they scare the shit out of me.
That Sean Bell shit happened right in my neighbourhood. God bless him, but yeah fam, I don’t think other emcees put themselves out there like that. If so very few, I put my lifeline in between the paper’s lines, good bad and the in between.
Dub MD: How do you feel you’ve changed as an emcee from the CD’s you released as The Dynamix back in 03′, up until now in 2009 with this new album round the corner?
Junclassic: Ayyite! My G Dub MD is up on that Dynamix shit! Queens Bitch! (Laughs). Sorry, but Monsta X woulda smacked me if I didn’t say that. In my earlier music, I feel a lot of the content centered on what I wanted. Since then I’ve encountered a lot of hardship, especially since ‘03, which was the year I got my Master’s degree.
After ‘03 my music got harder. These days my lyrical content speaks more about the struggle then some glorious outcome that may never actually happen.
Dub MD: You getting ready to release a new mixtape called “Southside’s Savour” in July as a free digital download, what’s the concept behind the mixtape?
Junclassic: Bigg Ups for co-signing this mixtape Dub! I never thought I would do a mixtape cause the idea of jacking beats didn’t make sense to me when you can just make original songs. But at the same time some of my favorite Clue Tapes were the joints in 97 when The Lox was hopping on “You Know My Steez” and that classic Showbiz track wit A.G.
So I hopped on a few classics and redid a few songs I like including “2nd Childhood” by Nas, “Road to the Riches” by Kool G Rap, a Coldplay joint I’d rather you hear than have me talk about and a classic R & B 80’s joint called “Mama Used to Say”. I even hopped on the classic Black Box single “Everybody Everybody” from like 1991.
Got my man Ceez on da mixtape from Manifest Destiny. Brick City New Jerz waddup! Got my man Cyrano aka Cy Yung on a Black Milk banger that my man The Professor from KABF in Little Rock, Arkansas hunted down for me. I’m also introducing a phenomenal up and coming singer/songwriter Lejon Lewis on an obscure Neptunes masterpiece.
I call the mixtape “Southside’s Savior” for two reasons. One because I ain’t trying to clap dudes all thru the mixtape. Deeper shit going on than that so I’ma talk about deeper shit. Two is the fact that I gotta plan I wanna execute to brighten kid’s futures in the hood. I wanna establish Entertainment Youth Centers, starting in Jamaica, Queens and hopefully expanding to other boroughs and states, where kids can have access to music and film equipment and earn both high school and college credit for time spent at the Center. Wanna give em options to get off the street and into something productive and rewarding. Obama and 50 Cent holla at cha boy! I need funding for that my geez!
Dub MD: What is on tap for Junclassic for the rest of 2009 and beyond? do you have anything to say to the fans? anything you wanna get off your chest? any shout outs?
Junclassic: Southside’s Savior the mixtape with Dub MD dropping July 13th. Imaginary Enemies dropping August 6th. Working on an EP wit my man K!d Hum called “The Hybrid”. Bigg Ups to K!d Hum. He recently released a compilation for free download called “Offshore Drilling” in conjunction with Khal at rockthedub.com. The compilation hit the CMJ charts last week and has since climbed two notches to number 32, I have 2 songs on this compilation.
I am also working on an EP entitled “Better Than Fiction” with my man Wunderkind from Germany and his man FarbeOne with the crazy ill cartoonish artwork. Besides that, I’m excited about releasing Monsta X’s upcoming album “Wolf Tickets To The Silicone Show” on Classified Recordings. My man Mr. Beazt, a ill blues singer, will be releasing a single on Classified as well. I’m also ecstatic to say that I’m currently working with the Legendary Large Pro on a single I’m thinking of calling “NYC Day”. To all the supporters, thanks for the love. I got some incredible music for yall…
Shout to my man Dub MD, thank you so much for everything fam! Bigg Up my geez Infinite Evol, Monsta X, Pyro Gambles, E.P.I.C., LP da Last Prophet, Jorge Colon, Alix Jackson, Blakasper, Mr. Beazt, Dub P, Ravage, Tommy Gunn, Kong, Spiega, DJ Husky, Wunderkind, K!d Hum, Sir K, Stanley Green, Killa Cam of itsaninfinitecycle, Khal at rockthedub, Jake Paine, 730 from hiphopgame and wegoinin.com, Knowbody from ugrap.de, CV at grandgood.com, KhemLab, J-Zone, Large Pro, DJ Evil Dee, Crazy DJ Bazarro, my G Cy Yung aka Cyrano and the whole BPA, and my man Alan Coogan-Prieto who painted the Imaginary Enemies album cover with oil paint on canvas. You laced me my g!
Huge Shout out to my lil man Trev for Graduating High School. You da Muthafuckin man playboy! Lil Drama waddup! You better be next young man! Cop Imaginary Enemies on Aug 6th at http://www.ughh.com, http://www.accesshiphop.com, and many other fine retailers where limited edition collector’s item CD’s might be sold…one!