HipHopDX Premiere – Veteran producer Uncommon Nasa and U.Okay. duo Last Sons — MC Duke01 and turntablist Furious P — have collaborated on a brand new LP known as Chekhov’s Gun. The proficient trifecta first met in 2012 after MC Duke01 reached out to Nasa on — what else? — Twitter.
The relaxation is historical past. They’ve gone on to prepare dinner up a number of tasks collectively, together with 2014’s Steroid Stereo.
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Ahead of the Chekhov’s Gun launch, Nasa, Duke01 and Furious P had just a few moments to speak with HipHopDX in regards to the pressing tone of the brand new album, how their collaborative relationship works and why they appear as much as Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad.
HipHopDX: What initially made you wish to attain out to Nasa?
Duke01: I’ve been a fan of his work for a very long time and noticed that he’d posted a tweet, providing the providers of Nasa Labs, together with manufacturing. I used to be on some subsequent degree positivity factor on the time, so I believed, ‘Why the hell not?’ and hit him again. Through that preliminary punt, we bought speaking and Steroid Stereo, our first launch, took place. Furious P had come on board later so as to add cuts, and it was by way of the method of making that EP, that the seeds of Last Sons as a bunch had been sown.
DX: What about them made you wish to work with them, Nasa?
Nasa: Last Sons as a bunch developed over time. When I began, I used to be working with Duke01, then Duke01 and Furious P, then they shaped a bunch identify for themselves as a duo known as Last Sons. We’ve had releases on all these stops alongside the way in which (like Steroid Stereo) the place I used to be the producer behind the sound. Now that they’re a strong unit, it’s simply taken on a complete new life.
I work with these guys as a result of I’m tremendous impressed by their particular person and collective abilities. After having them out to New York City to play a present and touring to the U.Okay. to tour with them there, I’ve discovered them to be two of the extra real individuals on the planet.
DX: You described yourselves as a modern-day Bomb Squad.” Why the comparability?
Nasa: Some lofty sights I suppose, however when you don’t attempt to attain that your self, nobody will give it to you. I believe for me, I’ve a lot respect for The Bomb Squad and Public Enemy, and I do know they’re big influences on the fellows as effectively. I believe the comparability is just not of affect, et cetera, however simply of that wall of sound try. The thought that you simply actually can’t separate out what I’ll have performed from what Furious P did is harking back to what Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad had been making an attempt for. We wouldn’t be right here with out rising up listening to that music that they innovated.
Furious P: When I used to be first developing as a DJ, the manufacturing on Public Enemy’s information at all times stood out to me. The beats had been so saturated and that created such a uncooked power, it was positively an affect on my sound as I discovered how one can play. Nasa has a really distinct model of manufacturing giving me broad scope to work. This allowed us freedom to discover concepts and in some methods is harking back to the way in which Hank Shocklee included many various samples in each beat.
You additionally speak in regards to the content material as being “heavy.” Why do you’re feeling that’s an correct evaluation?
Nasa: I believe in these instances the time period “heavy” is an understatement while you take a look at the state of the world and politics within the U.Okay. and the U.S. I believe that phrase suits as a result of the album is a mirrored image of this dystopian time we live in, in every little thing Duke01 is placing on the market on the mic.
Duke01: It’s not disposable by any means. There’s quite a bit to be digested on the album. The tracks have weight, each when it comes to content material and sound. Just within the final 5 years or so, the world has modified in a extremely scary manner. We appear extra divided than ever. This album is a real try to know a number of the issues which are driving these adjustments and divisions.