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Aphillyation
By babyBREE
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2000-03-01
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Well blowing up on the underground scene is a group from phil a delph I A. They are mad tight with Grammy award winning artists, The Roots and are taking the nation by storm. Hey Young World, get ready because here comes Aphillyation. Read about the sensation. Like a genie in a computer screen they granted us one wish, an interview. Not bad eh? Read what they had to say...and when you are through with that, don't forget our archives because that is where you will find Duane Wizzard's review of their album.

babyBREE: Okay Tell me all of your born names? And your titles in Aphillyation?

Aphillyation: Chris-a.k.a-Kwes, Rasheeme-a.k.a-Darocstar, Keith-a.k.a-Cipha-born.

babyBREE: Where are you from?

Kwes: Germantown.

Darocstar: Hill Creek Projects.

Cipha-born: Logan Valley.

babyBREE: Where do you live now?

Cipha-born: I live in germantown now.

Rasheeme: I live in Fernroc now

Kwes I live up north Philly now.

babyBREE: What is the Hip Hop scene out in Philly like?

Cipha-born: It's crazy now that a few philly artist is getting put on. In my opinion- That could be good and at the same time could make it harder. Because alot of group's in philly are infatuated with the glammer glidder side of the game,and then you got groups that are diverse and that make's it difficult to distinguish who's hot-n-who's not!

babyBREE: Where besides Philly have you taken your group?

Aphillyation: We put on a few shows in different spots that gave us love-like north and south carolina, New York afew times, Jersey, Washington Howard home coming, Virginia, Harrisburg, Delaware, but we put out singles over the years which were distributed nationally. So we sold records and have been heard all over the world you know - Japan, Europe, Germany, UK, Canada, anywhere that has a hip hop market.

babyBREE: Now tell me who are the artists that you have been down with?

Cipha-born: Ok, thats alot of mufukas-Aphillyation is everybody we connected with-A.I.F (ALL IN THE FAMILY). We're gonna do a joint with Lildap from the Group Home. Of course you know my family, The Roots and the whole Phila 5th Dynasty, Ram Squad, Flow Brown, Chaos Nation from Willmington, Delaware, and so on it goes on...

babyBREE: How did you get down with the Roots?

Cipha-born: The Roots is my fam we go back before all this music shit so it was bound to happen anyway. Aphillyation is loved by every local philly group and more. Plus we are part of the P5D (Phila 5th Dynasty). Thats the Roots squad or family you know. So thats how its going down in the year 2-k- P5D

babyBREE: Are their any upcoming projects you are going to be working on with the Roots?

Aphillyation: Yeah, its a few projects thats going on where as though niggaz like Dice Raw, Mars Cowop - the first guy that rhymed on clone's from the Roots - illadelf half life album, Scratch, Flow Brown - female artist just signed to the Roots new label, Motive/MCA. Everybody is doing there separate projects and Aphillyation is definitely up in there. LOOK OUT FOR DICE RAW ALBUM DROPPING IN APRIL ON MCA.

babyBREE: How did you get interested in the music biz?

Darocstar: Growing up listening to my old heads get drunk and harmonize on the block, and when the fat boys came out it was over I got deep into it. Listening to Lady-B Street Beat on power 99 FM, I was feeling it back then. The whole hip hop scene: breaking going to dollar party's grabbing the mic it was real thats when i loved it.

babyBREE: Have you ever had people telling you to stay away from ventures in music?

Kwes: All the time, my parents, some of my friends still tell me to leave it alone it ain't going nowhere. I just stick with it because I know how hard it is, and what you gotta do and go through to get what you want out of this. But the way niggaz be coming out today that makes me question what i just said.

babyBREE: Did that ever affect you to the point where you wanted to give up?

Kwes: Yeah no doubt, many times I wanted to give up. Reasons: bullshit DJ's, air personalities wanting money to spin ya shit - showing favoritism towards their artists, hating if you better than there artist - bullshit talent shows, and groups that just don't need to be in the music business.

babyBREE: Who are your inspirations?

Aphillyation: Our inspirations are mostly the legends of the game: Bambaata, Zulu Nation, KRS-One; niggaz like MC Shan, Slick Rick, Biz, Marly Mal, Public Enemy, Kurtis Blow, the Fat Boys and groups from Philly like Fresh Prince, 3xdope, Hill Top Hustlers, Jaz Fresh. Basically niggaz that made it fun just to be rhymin' and kept the love there for you even if you were just rhymin' on the corner without a record deal you ain't give a fuck because you loved it.

babyBREE: What are your ultimate goals as artists?

Cipha-born: To get my point across, be heard and hold it down for Philly, myself, my brothers and everyone that understands what's going on in this business.

babyBREE: How do you feel about Major Labels as opposed to Indie? What territory would you be more likely to enter?

Cipha-born: Well you got the big fish and you got the little fish. The big fish has the money and energy to reach markets where the little fish can't. the little fish remains local, the big fish is major with videos and tours and sponsors and award shows and movie soundtracks and thangs of that nature. But if you ask me, indie is the best route because at the end of the day you can sell 1000 copies of your album at $10 apeice and get back $10,000 as a independent label by yourself as apposed to a major depending on the deal you got. You would only get $1 and some change (if your lucky) off each copy sold. (so you do the math.)


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