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
Chris-a.k.a-Kwes, Rasheeme-a.k.a-Darocstar, Keith-a.k.a-Cipha-born.
babyBREE: Where are you from?
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
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
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
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.)