Prosthetik Intelligentz, Hip-Hop Aliens, And Fayetteville
|When given the opportunity, I like to support independent music. I recently came across this group, Prosthetik Intelligentz, hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina. I have been around the world and have visited a good amount of states in the U.S., but I must say I do not have very much experience with the Carolinas. Therefore, when coming across this dynamic duo, I may have been a bit reluctant at first. However, one should never judge a book by its cover, and I figured why not review up-and-comers, since the media is heavily saturated with garbage.Prosthetik Intelligentz is comprised of Ezzie B. and B. Doom. They have a pet alien named, “Hip-Hop,” who travels around with them and makes appearances on their blog. After listening to some of their tracks, I have taken a liking to Rock On and SupercalifragilisticexpialaDOPESHIT. I would describe their music as raw underground hip-hop, reminiscent of 9th Wonder.Both of these guys are real musicians. Not only can they play multiple instruments, B. Doom is attending Full Sail University trying to complete a B.S. in Music Production. While they have made some tracks totally composed of their live music, they have not yet been released. Still, you can hear B. Doom playing live drums and piano on some of their released tracks, and you can find Ezzie B. rapping and singing on Don’t Bat Your Eye produced by Depakote from the “Man-Cave Music Mixtape: Vol. 2.”
Among a multitude of projects slated for 2011, Prosthetik is collaborating with indie saxophonist D. Stephens on a project, described by them as a mashup between Guru’s Jazzamataz album and Foreign Exchange. Upcoming music in 2011 also includes the third installment of the “Man-Cave Music Mixtape,” DJ Daisy Dukes’ (Core DJ’s) release of “Indie’s Only Vol. 2,” and an EP with producer Depakote. We hope to update you with future projects as they are released. For now, enjoy the interview, listen to a few of the tracks we have posted, and follow them on their web sites listed below. Support independent music!
Uno: So I heard something about a pet alien named ‘hip-hop,’ who travels around with you. What’s that all about?
Ezzie B.: (laughter) he’s the focal point of a project we created entitled “The Marvelous Misadventures Of Hip-Hop,” [ on our site http://ezziebthatsme.tumblr.com/ ] The project revolves around “Hip-Hop,” an inch and a half tall florescent-green alien figurine that we’ve chosen to embody the culture of true Hip-Hop. When we travel within the states and abroad, we take him with us. He represents something that’s much bigger than us, something we’re too humble to just, put our face on. Something you couldn’t even necessarily put a human face on. Hip-Hop culture and its elements are so different from place to place, it almost seems perfect to represent it with something that’s completely foreign to everyone. We take pictures of it with fans, near historic landmarks, and in just about any situation/location available. The motto is, ‘whenever or where ever you see the green alien, Hip-Hop was there”. He’s been doing quite a bit of traveling lately in support of the culture. He’s recently stamped his passport in London, Doha, Ireland, and couple other countries in the past few months and he’s gearing up to hit the road again! Check em’ out!
Uno: Very cool! Tell me about your revolutionary sound. What sets you apart from other hip-hop groups?
B. Doom: There are a few things that set us apart. For starters, there aren’t many Hip-Hop groups that rap, sing, self-produce, mix and master, market and have day jobs. There aren’t many Hip Hop albums that go from spittin’ about microphone mathematics to parenthood, from speaking on rappers that lack relevant and intelligent song content to the woes of a military deployment. Just having an artistic capacity to bounce between tracks with samples from opera singer Kathleen Battle to productions that use sonic elements from the original Metroid forces a variety of different people to step back and look at us in at a different angle. And lastly, how many artists/groups are actually into composition and music theory? We think it’s the overall pursuit of perfecting the basic building blocks of music in general that has and will continue to set us apart.
|Group:Prosthetik IntelligentzBand Members: Doom: plays clarinet, alto sax, baritone sax, tenor sax, a little piano, MPD 24, Axiom 25, Reason 5, Pro Tools 8. Part-time lyricist, producer and engineer.
Ezzie B: plays drums and classical piano. Lyricist, singer, and spoken word poet.
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|Uno: Is there an overall message to your music? What does Prosthetik Intelligentz represent?B. Doom: I think Prosthetik represents that guy or gal who would much rather “Talk it out” than “Walk it out”! It’s for the people that want to hear something prolific, something thought-provoking and not something “ignant”. Something with a little substance. We represent Hip-Hop in it’s purest form—two turntables and a mic. Two phat emcees on the set. Yes, we said “Phat” (giggling). Little Brother member, Phonte said it best: “Hip-Hop is dope beats and dope rhymes. What more do you want?” Most importantly, to bridge musical generation gaps. Teach the youth that they don’t have to be “MC Yung Murder Charge,” or “Lil’ Miss Video Vixen,” to get shine.Uno: What is life like in Fayetteville, North Carolina? How is the hip-hop scene out there? Has this influenced your music in anyway?
Ezzie B.: For the most part, Fayetteville is diggin’ our sound, but we receive the majority of love and press from overseas fans. There are a couple different music movements happening in Fayetteville right now, which is awesome, and overall, real Hip-Hop in Fayetteville is starting to
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