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Spotlight on Epidemic
By Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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2004-01-06
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Relatively new Indie label, ILL PRODUCTOS, based out of Los Angeles, is home to Brub, DocDaWhoo?, J.L.C., Minus onE, Varius and Vega One, who collectively go by the name of Epidemic.

Brub got his name from his younger sister, when she couldn't say brother as she used to call him "brub." DocDaWhoo? took his name from the British TV show, 'Dr Who', while J.L.C. is an acronym of Jurisdiction of Lyrical Chaos.

Minus onE used to tag the name 'negative, "but negative was too long so I flipped it into 'Minus'." Varius decided on his name because he deals with various styles. Vega One continues to use his graffiti name.

Brub is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, DocDaWhoo? hails from the Bronx, J.L.C. and Varius are from Carson, California (LA), Minus onE is from Whittier, California, (LA), and Vega One grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

DocDaWhoo?'s early inspiration for writing rhymes came from witnessing a performance from a group called Fantastic at a block party in NYC. Brub wrote his first rhyme when he was just 12 years old for a play in a summer acting program, but it didn't make the show. Aren't we glad that he didn't let this deter him?

Epidemic released a promotional mix tape sampler entitled "The Prelude"last summer in L.A. Their first official release was an EP featuring "Death of a Rap Star" and "Styles." Miss Mention reviewed that EP and was extremely impressed by Epidemic's work.

Vega produces the majority of the tracks, while Brub and Minus also do production. J.L.C. and Minus' time is divided between music and studying, while the rest of Epidemic have day jobs.

Back in April 2001, Epidemic signed on to an Indie California College Tour with E-Rule, Sabotaj, plus shows with Freestyle Fellowship and V 10. The tour consisted of performances at major colleges in California, like Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Heyward, Cal St. SLO, Santa Cruz, and some others.

Epidemic would love to reach NYC. "We heard the scene is hot in England, France, Japan." They would also like to perform in Amsterdam. When Epidemic are not producing or performing their own Music, they like to take in Mos Def, Black Starr, Curtis Mayfield, Wu Tang, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Jordan and Thelonius Monk.

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The advice they dish out to up and coming rappers and producers is "Be Creative! Be yourself!" and "Don't bite my shit"!

At the time of conducting this interview, Epidemic advised Daintycrew.com that they were working on a compilation album. They later completed this project and the outcome of their work is an EP simply entitled Epidemic. Copies can be purchased online at www.illproductos.com .

When asked what Epidemic would be doing if not into music, their responses ranged from porn star, psychiatrist, masseuse and trumpet player for Ozomatli. Never far from the music, Vega One spends his spare time DJing, making beats and listening to all types of music. Minus onE likes beats, writing and hacking websites and Brub describes himself as "a connoisseur of the female persuasion."

Brub would like to see more balance in radio and video in regards to play lists and rotation. More variety! "Radio has become so segmented. Rock played here, hip-hop played here, radio is like stuck on this formula. They think that black kids from Inglewood only listen to hip hop, and white kids from Iowa only listen to Garth Brooks ... It ain't like that anymore ..."

J.L.C. describes the L.A. Hip-Hop scene as promising. "There are a lot of developing groups out here like there was in NYC in the early 90s." This is very true when referring to Epidemic, and I am sure they have a lot more to show not only to L.A., but to the world at large.

If you would like to book Epidemic for an event in your area, contact Ryan Rudd, ILL PRODUCTOS, 310-656-4236 (work), 310-714-6954 (cell), email: ryan@illproductos.com or Infected@illproductos.com. Check out the websites at www.illproductos.com.


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