A Bronx Tale is a hard-nosed celebration of Hip-Hop’s birthplace from two of the borough’s toughest artists; Molecules and Showbiz
Fish’N’Grits Mag recently caught up with the MC half of the collective, ‘Cules…
Let’s hop right into this single & video for “Bad Guy”— tell me about this particular composition? How did it even come to fruition?
“Bad Guy” came together through me and the homie, Money Ray. Show played me the beat and it was sounding crazy. Money Ray came up with the hook—he was like, “you a bad dude ‘Cules. You’re gonna sound crazy over this track.”
”Bad Guy” comes courtesy of your new collaborative EP, A Bronx Tale. Although pretty self-explanatory, still tell me, conceptually, what that title represents both and means to you.
Well for “Bad Guy,” everyone knows that part in Scarface where he was at the restaurant and goes, “say goodnight to the bad guy.” That’s my all time favorite movie and that line always stuck with me. So when me and Ray were putting the song together, I felt that somewhere in there it made sense to use that part. That’s what we are on this record: bad guys. As far as the title of the EP, A Bronx Tale, that’s another movie that I love and it represents where Show and I are from. It’s also part of the story I’m trying to tell with all the releases set to drop from my camp. The Legion, and the upcoming solo albums from Dice and Smash, are pieces to the puzzle which all center around the Bronx.
Switching gears here, how has not only the industry itself, but even more-so you, either changed and/or evolved since your whole inception into music?
I’ve become more personal now than I was before back in the day while recording under The Legion. Back then, I’d just hear the beat and spit. Not to say I don’t still do that, but now I try to put a more personal feel on some of the tracks. Like paint more of a visual picture for the listener. I’m giving you me, but I’m giving you more of me than I have in the past.
Longevity, what do you all attribute yours to?
By changing and staying the same if that makes sense. I understand the change and I see what’s going on in the industry, but I’m still the same dude. I have the same ear for music. No disrespect to what’s going on right now for the younger generation…that’s cool what they’re doing, but a hot beat is still a hot beat and bars are still bars. I think as long as you’re giving the people something hot musically and lyrically so they feel it…I think you can go as long as you’d like to go.
What do you all want people to get from your music?
I want people to get that feeling. To cop the project, sit down and listen to it front to back and really enjoy it. To be in your car listening to it and visualize what I’m saying. Make you feel good. The same way a Marvin Gaye, Barry White or Al Green record made you feel. That’s how I approach making music. Not comparing me to them, but just saying how those records put you in a zone. As you’re listening to their music you gradually start to turn into the lyrics and get that feeling. That’s what I want them to get from A Bronx Tale—to visualize it.
On a more serious note, are you all happy with the current state of Hip-Hop? And, even more specifically, where exactly do you all “fit in” when it comes to today’s current/trending sound-scape?
I’m not happy with it, but I’m not mad at it either. It’s part of change. Music changes and the times change. This is the young generation’s sound and that’s what they’re into. Some of it I like and some of it I don’t. As far as Show and I are concerned—our soundscape is pure Hip Hop. Keeping that Boom Bap in the air—that’s never gonna go away. Hard beats, hard lyrics, flow…that’s never gonna go away. Long as we still do our part, we’re gonna stay in the soundscape of this.
Do you all have any other outside/additional aspirations, maybe even completely away from music?
I’d like to purchase some franchises…love business, period. At one point in my life, I jumped into real estate and bought some properties out in the Poconos. That’s where I live. So now outside of making music, I’m eyeballing franchises. Business is like playing chess…you have to have your mind right and make the right moves.
Lastly, what’s next for you all?
We’re gonna follow up this EP up with a full length LP. That’s what’s next for me and Show.
Is there anything I left out, or just plain forgot to mention?
Go pick up A Bronx Tale from Molecules and Showbiz—you won’t be disappointed. Hard beats, dope flows, stories…plus, you get the instrumentals. It’s a good listen—go cop that!
Any “closing” thought(s) for our readers?
Thank you guys for the interview, and to your readers for checking this out and supporting real Hip-Hop. We always gonna give you something good to listen to. We’re not gonna cheat your ears.