Between the all the bands I gigged with in Brooklyn and Manhattan, we got quite a lil network going on.
caused people to form an opinion on my music. Thankfully it's somewhere above 50%.
It was in 2006 when I went to
the first Vladapalooza at the original Freddy's at 485 Dean Street in Brooklyn. It was a little bit after I got back
in touch with my friend John (Sabac Red from Non Phixion) from the neighborhood who had just moved to Oakland. I was also
getting back into recording. Truth be told, I was already known in Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Borough Park and
Bay Ridge for my lyrics, my custom mix tapes and the P.H.O. project I was doing with Robo and Spoke but I was out for a while
seeking the right moment to jump back in. Everyone I dated from 1994 thru 2009 was not only unsupportive but dead set against
me recording music for public listening and even more against me doing shows. They were all under some notion that I would
meet some groupie that would whisk me away into a callous world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Well I was dead set against
being just some guy over there defined by his job. So, before I go off into another topic, around 2006, I started recording
music again. I went to music stores and got some equipment and built a more sophisticated studio than I ever had at my disposal
prior. I recorded a 16 track (very raw and by my own admission sometimes unbearable) album, called it "The Conglomerate"
and made sure there were lyrics in it against the control freaks of the occult, released it on September 1, 2007 and to even
my surprise it was a hit among the top musicians who played the first Vladapalooza and I was invited by Vlad to be in the
second Vladapalooza. Vlad himself even backed me up on guitar, Joe Filosa, who in my opinion is one of the best drummers ever,
was my drummer and Brian Dillon in a hoodie holding a 40 with my picture on it was my hype man. Sal "Bounty Hunter"
Adelfio on guitar and Andy Mattina on bass rounded off my impromptu backup band. It was a rush I never felt before. Having
a whole room getting into your music, having a song or two stick in their head that they request at every show is a very nice
experience as well.
I can actually say I have fans and it's not a delusion of grandeur. They range from about 10
years older than me to 20 years younger than me. Most of my listeners abroad are 19 to 25 years of age. That would mean United
Generation, a crew I was in a long time ago, was long disbanded before they were even born and the younger listeners were
just born when I started hanging out with the other two members of what would become P.H.O. Maybe it's me but I find that
I did like the P.H.O. days because we didn't seem to have to sell ourselves off as artists.
We were three guys from Brooklyn who had lots of friends cruising in my beat up 14 year old Chevy Malibu getting into the
antics people in that age group would get into who also made mix tapes and did an occasional party. When something would be
released in that era, even if it was one of us flying solo, it would often be credited under the P.H.O. name with the exception
of Spoke's "Blunted 4 Lyfe" and "Mo F#king House" tapes and Robo's "RoBotz" tape. These gentlemen
are still friends of mine to this very day and I'm glad both came to my wedding and my wife got to meet them. I only wish
I could've gotten a group shot. We gotta work on that.
As far as where I am now, musically, I have
five albums under my belt and I'm wrapping up a sixth which I want to release on either Valentines Day or the day after. There's
a personal symbolic reasoning behind that. Much kudos to Brian Dillon who introduced me to Vlad who invited me to play Vladapalooza
II where I met Jonesy (Bryan Defiance) who introduced me to Otto's where I met all those nice people including Josephine Brown
who booked me for many many of her showcases at Otto's including the one where I met my beautiful wife who just so happens
to be my current live show DJ, the edgy edgy BADASS Scarlett Venom. Also, mad props to M-TRI for putting me in his music video
and introducing me to some of the heads in underground hip hop who have their grind on. Props to Sabac doing his thing now
in Oakland and of course, Spoke and Robo who are my boys for life. A shout to James and the Gorillas too. Mad love abroad
to Steve White, Paul Hawkins and Spinmaster Plantpot in England, 2Klette in Connecticut and to Bedlamite and Juggalion in
All that being said, everyone love your lives, don't lie to your wives, stay strong and keep
kickin' dat slang! I'm M.C. Too Tall!