is somthing of a Unique artist. Currently records he has appeared on have
shipped almost 50,000 units in total. Everything he does is independent, yet he
is managing to get into the top 5 on the Gavin and Hits charts for every
release. What is more surprising is that he is beyond totally hardcore and in
theory shouldn't appeal to the mainstream. Many would think that he has a screw
loose, but his head is firmly on his shoulders and it appears that he knows
exactly what he is doing and where he is headed. His latest single 'I Need
Drugs' is a play on LL Cool J's 'I Need Love' and the video features real live
junkies shooting up in the background. It is however based on Necro's true life
experiences and examines addiction as no other Hip Hop record. We thought you'd
like to know more, so here is what Necro had to say when we asked him a few
questions, be aware though, he is tired of being compared to Eminem and doesn't
give a fuck what you think about anything else:
Are you aware of any
Hip Hop acts from over here in the UK?
What are your thoughts about the state of UK Hip Hop?
I have no opinion I have never heard UK Hip Hop.
Do you know why it is very hard for UK artists to get any exposure in
Oh I don't know, probably why its hard for me to get exposure in the UK we are
from different parts of the world. I know people know me in the UK a lot of
people, but I'm sure a UK artist that works as hard as I do can get known. You
see some of the greatest rock bands have come from the UK so if a UK Hip Hop
artist is banging he is gonna get his just do eventually, that's just my logic.
If I'm wrong then fine but I'm sure there are banging UK artists I'm just not
familiar with them.
Do you have any advice for struggling artists in the UK?
Do what I do. Control your career, everything, and make it happen. You can if ya
down to sacrifice time.
Can you tell us a bit about where you are from, who your crew are and
who they are associated with?
I'm from Brooklyn, New York my crew is me Necro, my boy Mr Hyde and Non-Phixion
which is my brother Ill Bill, Goretex, and Sabac and I have other kids down with
me but they are just numerous peeps that don't rhyme like 100 kids that get
violent if need be.
I first heard of your brother Ill Bill and his Dope Fiend track a few years ago. Are there any
other producers or MCs in your crew to look out for?
I produce all my labels shit. Look out for everything I put out who ever it is.
As long as its a Psycho+Logical-record its gonna be gold.
Your name 'Necro' gives us a bit of an insight into your style and
character, you have quite a reputation for taking subject matter to the sickest
level and rapping about real twisted shit. Is it fair to say that you would be a
dangerous person to meet on the street?
It depends on what terms your meeting me. I'm a psycho that's logical, not just
a psycho but I have logic so if you don't bother me you would have no problem,
unless I was in the mood for starting beef for no reason but I would have to be
really pissed to go there I handle what needs to be handled that's my style.
Is that crazy stuff what is going on inside your head too?
Yes I drop a lot of mental shit.
Is this how you want to be perceived or are there other messages you are
trying to communicate?
I don't care how cats perceive me as long as its with respect and they
understand I'm keeping hardcore Hip Hop alive, the real shit, the brutal shit
that's been around and the brutal shit I invent.
Would you be concerned if children were exposed to your music? Do you
think it could have a damaging effect?
Well I was 12 years old playing death metal on stage with Sepultura and Obituary
and if you told me then I wasn't down or I shouldn't be I would have told you to
go fuck ya self. So my youngest fans now seem to be 14 so I think they know what
they are getting into. I think any young 14 year old Necro fan is mentally there
or they wouldn't be into me they would be into some other shit I knew the deal
at 12 trust me I was playing ill guitar at 11 years old and it was thrash death
metal shit, my brain was just mature, I was young and dumb but I wasn't stupid.
So who knows, but I can't tell a kid that is like me when I was 14 not too peep
the ill shit forget that I understand them cuz I was them get me?
Have you ever been censored? Do you feel this was justified, or if you
haven't, can you foresee this happening and do you believe it could be
detrimental to your art?
I have been banned from 2 New York clubs, Bobbito doesn't want me rapping on his
show cuz I'm too rugged a lot of people try to front on me, but whatever.
Who or what are your main influences?
G Rap, Metallica, death metal, thrash, Slayer, Geto Boys, everything back when I
was young influenced me.
I understand that you rate Geto Boys and Kool G. Rap, is it these
artists that you most look up to or do you have influences outside Hip Hop?
Yes death metal and thrash and speed metal and even Motley Crue and shit like
that, Ratt, all that shit I grew up Megadeth, KRS 1, Rakim, Kane all that shit.
As well as MCing you are also a renowned producer. Do you make a
distinction between the two roles and if so which would take precedent?
They are both important its 50/50 you need both for a rap song I do both well.
Who have you made beats for?
Non-Phixion, Cage, Necro, Missing Linx, Al Tariq, Ill Bill, Goretex, Mr Hyde, Dv
Do you prefer to make beats for yourself or for others? Is there a
reason for this?
I like it all, its all fun, I just love Hip Hop.
What sort of equipment are you using both to make beats and to record?
The ASR 10.
The ASR 10 is a great tool and you can do pretty much everything on it,
but I wouldn't want to sequence on it. Can you let off some of your production
I don't give secrets away and the ASR 10 is what I sequence my shit on, its
dope. Ya buggin.
Do you like to make beats first and then write rhymes to them, or do you
prefer writing a rhyme and creating a beat for it later, or does it all happen
It just happens how ever. I don't have one format that's wack I do what I feel,
either way I just create and shit comes out. I have so many ways I can make shit
Was there a concept behind your LP 'I Need Drugs'? Can you tell us a bit
about each/some of the tracks on it, what they are about, what effects, moods or
messages you were trying to create/pass on?
It was supposed to be like a compilation just to set cats up for my next album
to raise money for my label but it just turned out to being my first album cuz
so many cats don't know who I am. To cats that knew me its like a compilation
but to newjacks its a new album so fuck it how ever ya wanna take its a fucking
classic I think more to cum.
Where can people pick up your stuff?
Everywhere, but the number 1 spot is www.necrohiphop.com.
How do you feel you are positioned within the marketplace and is that
through your wishes or with different circumstances, would you do it
I feel like the whole market is mine, the whole fucking market. I appeal to
everyone: thugs, white kids, pop kids, metal kids, music kids, men, women, porn
stars, actors, who ever. Everyone likes my shit there are 100's and 1000's that
hate me but, for every one that hates me there is a unique cat that loves me so
I got fans and a million potential fans at least cuz people want the ill shit I
spit, they need it.
Has getting your music out been a struggle as it has been for so many
other recording artists?
Yes its been a struggle for over 10 years, a long road travelled.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists about the pitfalls of the
Well, read books and be original. Don't do shit just to sell, do shit from the
heart and work hard. If you want it bad enough do it for real.
You are not limited to just music though, I believe you have made two
short films. Can you tell us about them and how they came about?
I just made 2 films. I love movies so I made em short films and they came out
ill, some 70's shit. I did everything for them - go to my site and peep the
Is cinematography and making films where you see yourself in the future
or is it all just expressing yourself and the media doesn't matter?
I will make movies yes when I get nice budgets to work with.
Are you at all politically motivated?
No not really.
If you could change something about society, what would it be and why?
I don't wanna change shit in society cuz I can't right now and if I could I
don't wanna I wanna make money expressing myself and live the life I wanna live
which is rich, doing what I want. Maybe later I'll give a shit, right now I want
some pleasure I have had years of pain.
What is going to be keeping you busy over the next few months?
Dropping new shit and slinging it.
What are your longer term plans and objectives for you both as an artist
and as a record label?
I wanna sell records and drop awesome albums and keep building the fan base.
Is there anything else you would like to mention?
Yeah suck my cock and go to www.necrohiphop.com.
Is there anyone else you would like to mention?
Yeah suck my cock and go to www.necrohiphop.com.
Thank you for your time.
"Where it's logical to be a psycho."
Contact Necro on the web: www.necrohiphop.com
:: Email: [email protected].