In this section you will find interviews from various sources all over the net, as well as a bio on The Beatnuts.
Interview by Jenny Jones asking the Nuts some ?'s
Interview from AllHipHop.com by Jesus Trivino
Interview from RWD Mag
AllHipHop.com 2004 "Milk Me" Interview
The Beatnuts Want the Original Beat
The Beatnuts: Milk Money
Art of Rhyme Interview
Soundslam Beatnuts Interview (Milk Me) 2004
LeftLion Nottingham Article 06/14/2005
The Beatnuts originally came together in 1989 in Queens, New York. 3 members, Psycho Les(Lester Fernandez), Ju-Ju(Jerry Tineo), and Fashion(Berntony Smalls). In the early 1990's the trio did remixes for Cypress Hill, and Naughty By Nature among many others. Thier original goal was to just make beats. This earned them a contract to call their own with Combat Redords. Thier first album came out in 1993 and was entitled, "Intoxicated Demons". This was a short LP containing 10 tracks. Fashion was jailed for 6 months soon after the albums release for drug charges, and after his release left the Beatnuts and went solo releasing his own album. Soon afterwards Les and Ju released another album this time self-entitled with Violator/Relativity Records. In 1997 the smash hit single "Off Tha Books" was released on the album, "Stone Crazy". "The Spot Remix" was released next with remixes of several of thier popular tracks, along with a new track. In 1999 The Beatnuts released the hit album, "A Musical Massacre". Thier latest album "Take It or Squeeze It" was released last year in 2001, leaving Beatnuts fans hungry for more. The Beatnuts released the album entitled "The Originators" on October 22nd 2002, released on Landspeed-Records. The Nuts currently have left Landspeed and on Penalty Recordings having released their lastest album "Milk Me".
Interview by Jenny Jones asking the Nuts some ?'s
** Here's Psycho Les' take on how the Beatnuts got together: "We grew up in the same neighborhood in Queens, New York. He lived in Jackson Heights, and I lived in Corona. There's only a block dividing the two neighborhoods. You know how it is in the neighborhood, people who are doing the same thing meet up. We were both DJ's, so we started collecting records together, went down to the basement and the rest is history!"
** If stranded on a desert island, which CDs would the Beatnuts just have to take with them? Psycho Les says he couldn't survive without No Doubt's Return to Saturn, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication, and the Beatles #1. As for JuJu, he'd be kickin' it on the island with NWA's Efil4zaggin and Sade's Best of Sade.
** The Beatnuts love to lay down original beats, but if they could pick their dream artist to sample, they would choose the King of Pop himself, MJ!
** Talk about six degrees of separation! The Beatnuts have a lil' somethin' in common with glam rock band Kiss -- JuJu went to grade school with the little brother of Kiss' drummer. Says JuJu, "Even without all the makeup, he looked just like him!"
** When asked what exactly the title "Take It or Squeeze It" means, the 'Nuts said they'd rather leave it up to the fans' imaginations! All they'll say is that it "fits the album."
As seen on the Jenny Jones website.
Interview from AllHipHop.com by Jesus Trivino
Concocting head-nodding innovations doesn´t guarantee material success in hip hop. Just ask the Queens-bred duo the Beatnuts. These Latin gods have been blessing both sides of the studio booth but have yet to receive the riches worthy of their achievements. But as long as true hip hop fans bob their heads to their beats these Nuts could care less about mainstream acceptance. AllHipHop caught up with JuJu´s partner, Psycho Les. Here "the best Colombian emcee" spills the coffee beans on a certain don, his frustrations with the music industry and how the Trackmasters jacked his beat.
AllHipHop.com: How is Landspeed Records treating you?
Psycho Les: Landspeed is all right. That´s all I can say. They´re not the best. Whatever we just doing the best we can do. Just trying to make it happen. We´re doing a lot of promotions ourselves because we can´t rely on them for that shit. It´s a little worse than Rawkus.
AHH: Why not just go strictly independent?
Les: That´s the plan after this shit. Believe that. We got a lot of shit happening. My solo shit. Juju is probably putting out some solo shit too. It´s called the Psycho Project.
AHH: How come record labels can´t hold on to quality hip hop acts?
Les: Because they fake. They phony they don´t know what hip hop is. They dickriders, whatever they hear on the radio is what they want. They ain´t trying to fuck with it. And I ain´t trying to waste my time with bullshit labels that don´t know shit.
AHH: How did you start out in the business?
Les: I´ve been doing this since I was 15-years-old. That was like ´85. I started up as a DJ. That´s my main shit. That´s why when I started producing I already had crates of shit. I was just cutting breaks and shit. Strictly hip hop. That was my shit, djing. I bought a lot of old school beats and throw breaks in the middle of rock records. Then when sampling came in the game, I had all these beats stacked up so I was already ahead of the game. Back then I was DJ LJ (Les Jams). I had mad names. That one and I had DJ Incredible. I started up cutting with Rob Swift.That´s my boy, he´ll tell you. If I would´ve kept cutting I would´ve been just as nice as Rob Swift. Just as nice because we started up at the same time but he kept djing and I went off with producing. Then I started hanging out with Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and all these other niggas. I learned how the studio works.
AHH: How did you get down with the Native Tongues?
Les: Afrika used to dig for records too. We ran into him in a record store one time and we hooked up. We started hanging out with them in studios. Tribe [and] fucking De La back in those days. The whole Native Tongues, we were a part of the whole Native Tongue. We just the beat niggas. So the high school in Flushing, Queens, that me and Juju used to go to they used to call us the Beat Kings. One time we brought a beat to the Jungle Brothers and they were like you niggas aren´t kings you niggas are nuts. Be crackin´ jokes all the time. So everywhere they went they start shouting us out 'Yo Beatnuts.´ So it stuck.
AHH: How did you meet your fellow Nut?
Les: My friend DJ Loco Moe knew Juju so he introduced us and we started hanging out on the streets getting fucked up and drunk. Going to parties together, making beats and just whatever.
AHH: Is there something in particular you look for when crafting a beat?
Les: There´s no rules. As far as me I´ll make a beat out of anything. Little kid records, fuckin´ any type of record. You give me a fuckin´ aerobics record because I´ve done it before. Fuckin´ Arabic, Israeli. I found beats on everything. There are no rules. Spanish is big with us.
AHH: Have you guys ever thought about doing a full album in Spanish?
Les: We never thought about it. But we might. There´s a market out there. A lot of people like us out there. We´re supposed to going to Spain, Brazil. We were supposed to have a show in Bogota, Colombia but the money wasn´t all that. There´s a lot of shit going on in Colombia right now. The last time I was out there I was 10-years-old. I heard the hip hop scene is crazy down there. Their whole style is like reggae, real fast in [Latin America].
AHH: How did the whole sampling of "Watch Out Now" for Jennifer Lopez´s "Jenny from the Block" come about?
Les: Nah Jennifer has nothing to do with that. Those faggots at Sony and the whole Trackmasters and those fuckin´ biting niggas. Niggas is biters and that´s the bottom line. I had nothing to do with that shit. I didn´t even know till I heard it on the radio. But whatever, they gonna see us. Come with some paper, if not we gonna settle that shit on the streets.
AHH: Do you still keep in touch with Fashion? What led to his departure in the first place?
Les: Hell yeah. I was just talking with him earlier. Cause a lot of shit that goes on man in a group. JuJu is a difficult person so a lot of people can´t fuck with him. That´s that. You wouldn´t know nothing about that because you in the outside world. But whatever we work it out however we can. He´s working on his solo shit. I got a couple of Latino groups that I´m fucking with. This girl from Brooklyn. Another from Uptown, Jersey. They´re on the new album.
AHH: Ever since Big Pun died cats have been rummaging in search of the next great Latino lyricist. Is there anyone out there now that can carry the torch?
Les: I don´t know. You got Fat Joe but he´s doing his own thing. He´s gone commercial. When was the last time you heard Fat Joe on a grimy track? He´s doing songs with R.Kelly and Ginuwine. Next thing you know he´ll be doing a song with Shakira or Britney Spears.
AHH: Not Britney man.
Les: Nah man I mean he doesn´t wanna do a song with the fuckin´ Beatnuts.
AHH: What advice would you give rookies trying to break into the industry?
Les: Just believe in your own shit. Don´t trust anyone in the game because everybody´s full of shit. Everybody´s gonna say 'yeah your shit is hot,´ but once you walk out the door they fuckin´ talkin´ shit about some other shit. That´s what´s it´s about. Believe in your own shit. Make that shit so hot that you gonna make the haters like that shit. Even the haters are gonna have no choice but to be like 'damn that shit is hot I can´t even hold my head still.´ We don´t like to talk a lot; we like to let the music talk.
AHH: Any last words?
Les: The new album is The Originators, another hip hop classic. If you got the old shit then you know what this shit is about. A lot of the money is coming out of our pocket to promote it. Whatever man it´s a struggle. We need all the hip hop supporters to support real hip hop and keep this shit alive.
As seen on the AllHipHop website.
Interview from RWD Mag
RWD:How was the move from major to independent and why´d you do it?
Nuts:We wanted more money! We were with 'Loud´ for a long time and felt it was the right time to move on. Plus with an independent we get far more creative freedom it´s like, even if we only sell 50,000 records, it´ll be worth it because we´re totally doing what we want.
RWD:So 'Landspeed´ are looking after what? Distribution?
Nuts:Yea, we got our own label now, 'Junkyard music´ and 'Landspeed´ are pretty much taking care of the technical shit. We just wanna make the music.
RWD:This independent project must be exciting then.
Nuts:Yea man it is! First off we got Large Professor to do some of our tracks and he´s my f**kin´ idol y´know what I´m saying! We did some of our own beats, we got Tony Touch on there, mad peeps, everything on this album sounds the shit man! It´s hot!
RWD:The album is on a slightly slower pace compared to your older material, why?
Nuts:I don´t really know! It´s a tempo we´re comfortable with I guess, and we´re happy to kind of move on to the slower beat we´re just experimenting with different sounds and now, we can do what the f**k we like so we tried a lot of different things.
RWD:Any new artists you´re liking at the moment?
RWD:Not even one?!?
Nuts:Nope! I´m a record collector so I´m not really watching for any new kats´ albums, apart from the odd new hip-hop joint, nothing else really interests me really.
RWD:What about the state of hip hop today? Do you think it´s fair that the more lyrical, beat-based underground hip-hop isn´t getting as far in terms of sales and recognition, then say, the more 'bubblegum rap´ types?
RWD:So where do you think we´re headed? More 'cheesy rap, infested with even cheesier R&B hooks, or more of the real music coming through?
Nuts:[Laughs] I really don´t know. It´s hard to call a direction for where hip-hop´s headed because of the fact it´s so big! There are so many angles to it now. I suppose the cheesy stuff introduces a different audience to hip-hop, and what I´m hoping is that these people take the opportunity to look deeper into hip hop and see what else it has to offer.
RWD:You mean, so they can find there´s more to this genre then naked females and alcoholic beverages?
Nuts:Yea! Then peeps like Jurassic 5, Taleb Kwali and all that can present some of the real shit! The bubble gum rap brought A LOT of attention to the scene but it does get tiring after a while man I´m sure the new audiences are gonna want something more substantial sooner or later.
RWD:You like your alcohol somewhat too though right?
Nuts:Hell yeah I like my alcohol! But there´s a lot more to me then that you know.
RWD:I know, I know...
Nuts:I don´t even get plastered anymore like I used to, but we always have a big shot of Hennessey before we go on stage - that´s like f**king tradition man!
As seen on the RWD Online website.
AllHipHop.com 2004 "Milk Me" Interview
AllHipHop.com: I hear you´re on a new label.
JuJu: Yeah word up, we´re on Penalty and s**t. They´re re-launching Penalty Records through Ryko Music Group and we the first act on the label and s**t.
AllHipHop.com: Your new record is called Milk Me, what´s up with that title?
JuJu: Actually Psycho Les named the album. We was in Europe one time and was all watching some porno´s and the n*gga [in the video] was like 'milk me´ and we thought the s**t was mad funny, and it just stuck. We don´t really be thinking too hard when it comes to the names of the albums. We on some party s**t, anyway. None of our albums are real conceptual. It´s just about hot beats and rhymes.
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of hot beats, The Beatnuts´ beats are top notch. Why aren´t cats beating down your door for beats or is that the case and we just don´t know it?
JuJu: It´s weird man, a lot of the beats that we use, we make them hit records, right. But when we go play these beats for n*ggas, they don´t have the vision. Right now n*ggas are into a whole other sound, n*ggas don´t wanna clear samples and we sample a lot. 'Cause we think feel that s**t is like the essence of what Hip-Hop is about. I know that there are n*ggas that´s nice with the keyboard s**t, and we use them sometimes too, but a whole album of that just gets redundant. Right now there´s a lot of MC´s out there that´s mad nice. And just because of the s**t they´re rhyming over, I don´t even wanna hear they s**t. We are all about the beat, that´s our formula when we produce s**t, the beats gotta be hot, it´s gotta grab you. 'Cause I´ll be the first n*gga to say that we´re not the best MC´s in the world. It kills me to hear these nice MC´s rhyming over f***ing garbage.
AllHipHop.com: Last time we talked with Psycho Les, he was pretty upset about that "Jenny from the Block" single. How did that whole J-Lo/Trackmasters situation ever pan out?
JuJu: The actual producer of the song was totally with giving us our props and even giving us some money. I think it was the powers that be, like Corey Rooney and rest of the people behind that s**t that were the d*cks in the situation. As far as J-Lo, I ain´t bitter about that s**t. I don´t give a s**t. 'Cause everybody knows that´s our beat. Les is a little bit more bitter about that s**t than me. I look at that kind of s**t like it´s a compliment.
AllHipHop.com: Did any paper ever change hands?
JuJu: Nah, no paper ever changed hands, cause it´s a sample. But the bottom line is that if we never made that record, nobody was gonna make that record.
AllHipHop.com: I heard ya´ll have been doing a lot of traveling.
JuJu: Yeah we went to Spain, we went to Columbia, we went to Australia. Man that s**t was crazy. Ya know how crazy it is at JFK, man it was like that when we got to Columbia. We thought people were waiting for they families, but all them muthaf***as was waiting for us. They had to rush us to the van, it was like some real Michael Jackson s**t.
AllHipHop.com: You were talking earlier about all these nice emcees not having hot beats to flow over, but what emcees would you like to see flow over your stuff?
JuJu: Man, there are so many, that n*gga Skillz from Virginia, Dead Prez, Eminem. I would have loved to do something for that n*gga Jay-Z, I know he would´ve gone berserk over something like "No Escaping This." Ghostface, too, there´s just a lot of cats.
AllHipHop.com: What you got banging in your car?
JuJu: Right now the only s**t I got banging in my car is Dead Prez, Ghostface, and that Talib Kweli.
AllHipHop.com: You feeling any of the southern sound?
JuJu: Not really man (laughs). I can´t say that I do, I´m a straight city boy. I wanna hear some beats. I wanna hear some New York sounding s**t. I wanna hear some Large Professor.
AllHipHop.com: What producers are you feeling?
JuJu: Just Blaze, Vitamin D, Kno, No I.D., there are a lot of up and coming cats out there
AllHipHop.com: Let´s do some quick word association.
AllHipHop.com: Psycho Les
JuJu: More Crazy
AllHipHop.com: George W. Bush
JuJu: A fag**t.
AllHipHop.com: John Kerry.
JuJu: Another fag**t.
JuJu: Disappointment. She´s so stupid, cause the hood would have loved her more if she would have done that with us. She´s supposed to be so pro-Latin and BX and all this s**t, the hood would have loved her for doing that with us. She did that s**t all wrong.
AllHipHop.com: Talk about Milk Me.
JuJu: The album is hot, the beats are crazy. On this album, we had the pleasure of working with A.G., f***ing Razhel, Tony Touch. It was just a good time and it´s a good album. Hopefully Penalty will do what they suppose to do and we can make this s**t a success.
AllHipHop.com: What exactly are you expecting from Penalty?
JuJu: Just some support, just to let the people know that the record is out there. We´re gonna spend money on advertising, and then we´re going to let the record speak for itself. I don´t want to spend any money paying DJ´s to play the song. If they don´t feel it, than don´t play it. I don´t want to be spending G money so these n*ggas can play my record. Right now, I´m so f***ing excited that Funkmaster Flex is playing my record, 'cause Flex is playing the record because he likes it. Believe me, we did not give that n*gga a dime to play that record, and that s**t means a lot, cause it re-energizes my faith in the whole Hip-Hop s**t.
AllHipHop.com: You´re losing your faith?
JuJu: For real man, there´s so much payola going on. But I can´t get mad at n*ggas doing what they feel they got to do to get a check. It´s disappointing and it gives the wrong impression to the young kids. It doesn´t let Hip-Hop naturally develop and progress as it should, 'cause n*ggas start hearing the same s**t on the radio, and they start thinking that that is what´s hot and then they start emulating it.
AllHipHop.com: How often do you think cats are getting paid to play records?
JuJu: I know that s**t goes on a lot. I know that it does for a fact. I know n*ggas that have paid money to get their record played. That´s what it´s come to, honestly it´s on some corporate thug s**t. Our music is out of our hands right now.
AllHipHop.com: What two tracks on the album you know are just going to kill it?
JuJu: Man, this joint ("Find Us") we did with Akon, where we flip the "Happy Days" beat. The joint with A.G. "It´s Nothing," is crazy. Another joint "Buggin," that´s nice. Just the music itself, the quality of the music is crazy, there just so many joints.
AllHipHop.com: Is there any thing else that you´d like to say?
JuJu: Even if this is the last one that we do, I just want to thank everybody that has supported us throughout the years. I want n*ggas to know that we love this s**t. I love this Hip-Hop s**t. And I´m gonna be buying records and flipping beats even if I ain´t getting no record deal or nothing.
AllHipHop.com: Man, what´s up with that tone, you said "even if this is the last one." What does that mean?
JuJu: Man, I don´t know man. N*ggas be throwing shade, it´s just f***ed up right now. I don´t even know how long I´m gonna be around, as far as like, out there.
AllHipHop.com: So you´re saying that if things turn out a certain way with this album, you may not mess with the game anymore?
JuJu: Yeah man, I might just find some other s**t to do. cause I don´t want to be ya know.
JuJu never finished that last statement.
As seen on the AllHipHop.com website.
The Beatnuts Want the Original Beat
The Beatnuts are one of those groups that are all about hip-hop. The New York City duo JuJu and Psycho Les are back with Milk Me, an album that stays true to what they started 10 years ago − creating pure, good hip-hop. The album's first single for the streets, "Hot" featuring Greg Nice, is proof with a sick head-nodding horn beat that will give 'Nuts fans exactly what they've been waiting for. ChartAttack recently spoke with producer/MC JuJu while at a gig in Toronto about staying true to his game and the current state of hip-hop.
ChartAttack: You guys have a lot of humour in your music. Is that important or do you not even think about it?
JuJu: Well, man to be in this business you have to have a fuckin' sense of humour. If not you're gonna be smashin' everybody's fuckin' face in.
Well, it seems like a lot of the bigger hip-hop artists out there nowadays don't have any sense of humour in their music at all.
JuJu: It's real life you know what I'm saying? You don't walk around acting like you're gonna kick everybody's ass all day. But it's like, you get humour you get all kinds of feelings 'n' shit. We're always clowning though, me and Les are always clowning with each other and shit, so of course it's gonna come out in the music. We both have a good sense of humour and we try to find humour in everything so I guess that comes out in the music.
Is there any type of message that you're trying to bring across though?
JuJu: Uhhh, yeah, that I'll fuck you up [laughs]. And I'm not a nice guy. Nah, we're not that kind of a group. We're like a party group. We on some hardcore shit, party, drinkin', bitches, niggas that's cool show love to niggas, niggas that act up and disrespect, we'll smash you. It's just some real street shit, kid. We're just reppin' where we're from and how we put it down, basically. Not no toughguy shit, nothing like that, just some shit for you to listen to and have a good time. Some real hip-hop, because as far as hip-hop right now I'm not feeling none of that shit because the essence of hip-hop is sampling and a lot of people don't sample anymore. You got these kids that are really talented writers, but their music is redundant. You got niggas like Lil' Jon, the Petey Pablo shit, the Usher, it's all the same fuckin' beat. And the niggas are getting' hundreds of thousands of dollars for that? You're not uplifting the movement, you're encouraging little kids that want to make that kind of money to conform to that formula. It's hip-hop, kid. Hip-hop's style is originality and creativity, not about producing the same beat five times over and selling it for a hundred thousand dollars every time.
From being in the hip-hop scene for a while now and staying true to what you've always done, what do you think about hip-hop now?
JuJu: Like, how big it is, basically. I mean, right now it's just a big machine. It's pretty much out of control right now. That's how I feel about it. You know, you've got a few guys that are still dealing with the essence of it and all of the elements involved but there's just other people who, for commercial reasons, just exploit it and exploit other people's styles. Like, right now there's a lot of biting going on. You got this nigga Guerilla Black out there who sounds like Biggie, rhymes like Biggie and has the nerve to say in his record that he doesn't sound like anybody. I'm just saying, that shit ain't hip-hop, nigga.
As see on the Chart Attack website.
The Beatnuts: Milk Money
In the middle of the often reffered to "golden era" of hip-hop, stood a duo of producers/rappers who hailed from Corona Queens, New York, collectively known as The Beatnuts. Psycho Les and JuJu quickly emerged by having a unique sound all of their own, which was the formula of gutter production and amazing loops to each man having their fair share of fire power on the mic. After over a decade of knocking out hits and building their ever-diehard fan base, the 'Nuts are back on a new record label, with a new album, but they're still just the same stoned crazy cats that hip-hop heads grew to love.
While their fanbase and appeal grew, so did their at-time labels' financial woes, as the house that Steve Rifkind built (Loud Records) went belly up before The Beatnuts' eyes, they maintained their poise and stuck to their basics. On the eve of their new album's release, Milk Me, on Penalty Recordings, BallerStatus caught up with the funk lords to talk about everything from Fisher Price turntables, porn-- down to, of course, their new recording home and album.
BallerStatus.net: What direction were you guys trying to take with this album after being gone from the scene a couple of years?
JuJu: Just the same direction, we always make a good record with some bangin' beats. That's it, basically... nothing too conceptual.
BallerStatus.net: Let's talk about digging... is this something you guys still do?
JuJu: Yeah, of course, man. That's what life is, that's the Beatnuts right there.
BallerStatus.net: I know NuMark and Vestax have portable turntables for digging, you guys rock either of those?
JuJu & Les: Of course, we got that! Sh--, I was rockin' the Fisher Price one's too... what you know about that, ni--a! That's the joint.
BallerStatus.net: How did the deal with Penalty come about?
JuJu: We just hooked it up, they gave us a good deal for the record and it's a new home, so it's a good place/home for us.
BallerStatus.net: Did you guys sign a long-term deal?
JuJu: Nah, I think it's about two albums and an option for th 3rd.
BallerStatus.net: I know you guys ain't too happy with J.Lo and that whole Trackmasters situation ("Jenny From the Block" re-doing "Watch Out Now"), are you more upset with J.Lo or the Trackmasters?
Les: I mean, I'm over it already, man. Bottom line is that our record is about 3 years old, so it was already established as a "hip-hop hit." If we hadn't made "Watch Out Now," they would've never made "Jenny From The Block" because they were not gonna find that sample. What they played-- that's not what we sampled, but whatever. It's a different version of the record that they're never gonna find.
BallerStatus.net: Since that record, have you came face-to-face with any of them at all?
Les: Well nah, we chill in different circles. They run in different circles.
JuJu: They out chillin' with Puffy at them nice, expensive parties (in sarcastic tone)...
BallerStatus.net: I know we talked about Penalty a little bit, how did the deal come about, did they reach out to you or vice versa?
JuJu: Well, I think it was a mutual thing. We sat down, had a meeting and we thought it was a good place.
BallerStatus.net: How would you say your relationship with Loud Records ended... good or bad terms?
Les: I think we got the short end of the stick on that deal 'cause their whole situation was chaotic. Steve is a cool dude though, man. I don't know man, it was just bad business and I think we just got caught up in the whole thing with Steve & Sony. And we got the worst of it. It's a shame because I think Musical Massacre was one of the best albums that we did. But that sh-- got caught up in the melee. I don't have any hard feelings.
BallerStatus.net: Will fans ever get to see a JuJu solo album and a Psycho Les solo album?
JuJu: I don't know, they'll probably see a Psycho Les album before they see a JuJu album.
BallerStatus.net: How about an instrumental album?
Les: Definitely, definitely!
BallerStatus.net: What was the inspiration for this album?
Les: We just wanted to put out some funky music, man.
JuJu: It's hard to put it into words, but I think the music speaks for itself.
BallerStatus.net: Between this and the last album, what've the Beatnuts been upto?
JuJu: F--kin' diggin', chillin', partyin', drinkin', chillin' with family...
Les: Just chillin', checkin' out other artists, you know.
BallerStatus.net: What artists are you checkin' for right now?
Les: Aw, man it's a lot... but you know, you gotta be a fan of this (hip-hop) to keep up.
BallerStatus.net: I know Pete Rock and Cormega have been out here in L.A. saying that NY DJs and "mixshow" DJs are all play-list shows now and that the indy stuff isn't really getting much burn out there. Out here in L.A., we have shows like the Fantastik 4our and the Wake Up Show, which are still instrumental to the backbone of hip-hop, what do you think needs to happen for that to happen in NY again?
JuJu: Well them cats like Truly OdD and the Fantastik 4our, I mean, they know their sh--, they're not new-jacks. They've been putting it down for years. But unfortunately, the powers that be have it set up the way they have it for now (in NY).
BallerStatus.net: Do you think that'll change?
Les: Nah, I doubt it... I hope that it does, but the only thing we can hope for is to get shows like the Fantastik 4our out here or Bobbito or Future Flavaz and sh-- like that you know? Or it has to go back to the old school where you'd have to get on a college station, if that's what it takes. We used to stay up 'till 5 o'clock in the morning listening to the World Famous Supreme Team. That was the only place you would hear "Impeach the President" being scratched back & forth. And back then Hot 97 used to be playing like Donna Summers and sh--.
BallerStatus.net: How do you guys feel about Sattelite radio like Sirius?
JuJu: Yeah, that sh-- is dope. I mean, I haven't really experienced that sh--, but I'm guessing that you have pretty much more freedom with that sh--, right?
BallerStatus.net: Yeah, it' s kind of like cable for radio...
Les: Exactly. Then yeah, then with something like that you can do some real sh--.
BallerStatus.net: What would you sum up your career in one word?
JuJu: Fortunate. Only because, I'm so happy to be born and that I have the life that I've had. And that I was born at the right time 'cause I know if I would've been born in like 1993 or 1994 then it would've been a whole different story right now for me. Fortunate 'cause I was exposed to good music and had the right inspirations & sh--. We can't ask for much more than what we have. Me & Les might not be the richest people in the world, but we're rich in respect and everything else. Which is exactly why we did it in the first place. We never set out to do this to be millionaires, we just wanted people to hear how dope we were and hear our styles. And we suceeded with that and are very successful.
Les: Same thing. We're lucky man, to be alive, to be rocking and still be doing it. There's a lot of groups that started there with us and went no where, you know? Ni--as is working 9-5's and sh--.
JuJu: Just to know that 11 years later, the Beatnuts are still fresh in the mouths of young ni--as & sh-- like that. Can't really ask for more than that.
Les: And it's like that 'cause we love what we do, man, so it's always gonna be funky.
BallerStatus.net: You guys going on tour soon?
JuJu: Nothing's solidified yet, but after the promo runs, we'll see what's up.
Les: We definitely got a lot of things lined up. We got the new video out, we got a porn coming out. A soundtrack we're working on, and some video games we're working with. So we're trying to put a lot of music out there, man.
BallerStatus.net: What's with the title of the album title, Milk Me?
JuJu: Um, just something for the mind to let the imaginaiton run wild, you know.
Les: It originated off of porn.
BallerStatus.net: This album is mainly produced by you guys, are there any producers you'd like to reach out to?
JuJu: Definitely. We're definitely gonna work with Alchemist, other than that, definitely Primo. Everytime I see him, he's like "yo' I got a beat for you!" So we're open, we just gotta find that timing.
BallerStatus.net: Whattup with Greg Nice these days?
Les: He's working on his album right now. He's coming out with his own stuff. We're about to bring him to a couple of spots.
As seen on the BallerStatus.net website.
By: Paul Davis
The Beatnuts make music for a living, and it´s obvious that they love what they do. Universally known for their extensive supply of beats (they are called The Beatnuts after all) these two cats just don´t stop. Day in and day out, the duo of Psycho Les and JuJu, practice their love of making beats like a lush trying to hook up a drink, as often as possible. Whether they are digging from the latest crates, chopping up samples, or writing up a hot rhyme, the duo constantly pushes themselves, simply because of their dedication to the music they are devoted to, hip-hop. After listening to any Beatnut´s album, it´s not hard to see that these cats have some talent. Not relying an image, fad or energy drink to spark sales, throughout the years The Beatnuts have managed to create a respectable name for themselves in the mainstream as well as the underground hip-hop scene. Plain and simple, these dudes are straight funky, and it´s a shame we don´t have more like cats like them in the game. The Synthesis spoke with Psycho Les and JuJu on everything from the new album Milk Me, the J-Lo incident and digging to whose more dope, Big Daddy Kane and Kool G. Rap. Sometimes they argued, sometimes they agreed, bottom line is they put it down just like you would expect them to.
Synthesis.net:How did you two meet? And how did you get into hip-hop?
Les: We were from the same neighborhood and as kids from around the way, they all used to DJ, and throw block parties. And that always drew my attention. And just listening to the radio back in the day; Red Alert, Chuck Chill Out, Awesome two. Shit like that made me get into hip-hop.
JuJu: As far as beat digging, I think we had a jump start on the whole shit because we come from the era we´re niggas used cut short thirty second breaks back and forth. So every time we went to go get records, we´d be out there digging for that thirty second drum break. When samplers and all that came into the picture, we were well ahead of everyone else cause we had all them breaks and records to sample. We had doubles of breaks just from spinning them before. We were digging for beats, before the art of the sample came about. It´s crazy man cause I think about how far I go in this shit, and I´m not really that old.
Synthesis.net:What´s was your first album Street Level like?
JuJu: Straight excitement making that album. Every night we would go back to studio.
Les: We just had a lot of idea and put them out there. It´s so fucked up, that we can´t even sample our own shit, though.
JuJu: Yeah, we can´t even fucking sample our own shit cause Sony owns it.
Les: I couldn´t even sample my voice from an old Beatnuts song for my record cause we´ll probability be sued for that.
JuJu: We had to clear it through Sony, can you believe that shit?
Synthesis.net:What can old fans expect from the new album, Milk Me?
Les: Aw, you know, just some crazy Beatnuts shit. You know, more funky beats, definitely for the beat heads, more funky shit.
Synthesis.net:What keeps the fire burning inside for The Beatnuts? What keeps you going?
Les: What keeps me going is digging. Finding the new shit − some crazy shit.
JuJu: The whole making an album process is just getting, I don´t know. You gotta have your radio joint, you gotta have this or that. Opposed to back when we were making Street Level, it was just whatever beat we were feeling. That´s what we would record on. Now its like a third of your album has to sound like this, and a third of your album has to sound like that. That´s the most tedious thing about making an album for me now. 'Cause there´s a shit load of beats that I would love to use, but it´s like that´s too slow, that´s too this, that´s too that. It´s a hot beat, man.
Les: And the shit we feel, we know niggas ain´t even ready for that yet.
Synthesis.net:What´s your beat library like? Do you have piles and piles of beats that people aren´t trying to fuck with or what?
JuJu: We got piles and piles of beats that niggas don´t know of [laughs]. We´ve got an extensive collection.
Synthesis.net:You are the Beatnuts, so you guys just constantly making beats?
JuJu: Yeah pretty much. That shit is just habit.
Les: Like yesterday for instance, I was at this record store putting up posters, promoting my shit at the same time, I see some little crates lying around, so boom, I start digging. Next thing you know I´m flipping beats that night.
JuJu: That´s what we do basically. You don´t even think about it, it´s not like work. Some niggas read, some niggas sit in front of the computer all day surfing, we be listening to records vibeing.
Synthesis.net:What´s the deal with the Track Masters and J-Lo? You guys just got jacked pretty much?
JuJu: Yeah pretty much.
JuJu: The excuse of sampling or whatever, to sit there and say, "well you sampled that too" − well yeah, but that was an old record that nobody was thinking about. It wasn´t somebody else´s rap record that was two years old and already a hit.
Les: And it wasn´t some Michael Jackson, Barry White or some easy shit to find either. It´s some shit that you gotta dig for. Everything we do is. So that´s why they copied it from us. They don´t know where that shit came from.
JuJu: Bottom line is if we didn´t sample that record, no one would have. So if there was no "Watch Out Now" there would be no "Jenny on the Block." I´m over that though, not even trying to talk about that.
Synthesis.net:What´s coming up in the near future for you guys?
Les: By next year you´ll hear Psycho Les, Psychotherapy. We defiantly got a couple things coming through, we got the new video out, "Find Us" with Akon, and we got a porn coming out, just a bunch of shit.
Synthesis.net:You got a porn coming out? You gotta tell me more, man.
Les: It´s in the works; you know like Snoop Dogg got a porn, we got the beats.
JuJu: It´s like we´re hosting it, with Beatnuts beats. We got skits on there and shit, just having fun with it.
Synthesis.net:On some classic hip-hop shit, who do you like better Kool G. Rap or Big Daddy Kane?
Les: G. Rap.
JuJu: Whatever. Yeah, G. Rap more like lyrical, but more entertaining? G rap ain´t gonna rock a party like Kane. As nice as he is...
Les: Kane got the whole package, he up there dancing and the girls
JuJu: Get outta here nigga. When you seen Kane dancing? When that nigga opened up for us at that show nigga, did you see him dancing, or did you see him tear that shit down, standing right there?
Les: That nigga started dancing
JuJu: Yeah, nigga, whatever. I wish he was here, hearing you say that shit.
Les: You don´t remember him dancing with Scrap Lover and his brother?
JuJu: But that´s back in the days.
Les: Now still they do it.
Les: Hell yeah, and that´s what makes his show ill. That people start going crazy.
JuJu: Recently you seen Kane dancing at a show?
Les: Hell yeah, muthafucka! I drove the muthafucka there. I picked him up and we went, it was like maybe a year ago.
Les: Exactly. And he´s rocking his old shit. "Warm it up Kane, Warm it up Kane" That niggas fucking dancing on stage. Jumping around, and doing his shit
JuJu: Wow. Remember that show he did with us in North Carolina he wasn´t dancing. That nigga was just standing there with a towel, just killing that shit. Drinking the Remy Martin.
Les: And that´s Kane style real pimping and G rap is just a gangsta. That nigga gonna come through straight shooting shit up. Mafia shit, he´s got it on lock.
Synthesis.net:"Lick the Pussy" or 'Gimmie tha Ass"
JuJu: Aw ya gotta, "Gimmie tha Ass."
Les: Yeah, "Gimmie tha Ass."
As seen on the Syntesis.net website.
Art of Rhyme Interview
How did you come up with the name Milk Me?
Les: It just happened to fit. You can take that in many ways.
I noticed from your album artwork which direction it could be taken...
Les: You can take it that way, or you can take it like a f*ck you or go to hell. We always had titles like that, like Take it or Squeeze it.
Ju: It's kind of just something you can run with.
It seems like you guys put in a little diss towards J-Lo on how she jacked your beat from "Watch Out Now" for "Jenny on the Block." As producers who use sampling, what was the major problem with the way they went about it?
Les: They went about it by hiring a different producer to just copy and replay everything the way we did it.
That was Track Masters, correct?
Les: Trash Masters, yeah. This motherfucker got paid to do this shit. That's like you're going to pay me to do a Dr. Dre beat, and he's not going to get paid because I copied it. That's wrong.
Ju: The excuse of sampling, or whatever, is that you could say that we sampled that too. That was an old record that nobody was thinking about. It wasn't somebody else's rap record that's two years old and already a hit.
Les: It wasn't no Michael Jackson or some Barry White. Everything we do is some shit you have to dig for. That's why they copied it off of us, because they don't know where the original came from.
Ju: Everybody thinks it's Hijack but it's not. It's a version of Hijack that somebody else did. If you listen to the original Hijack record, which they are saying we sampled, it ain't even that. It doesn't have the flutes like that. It's a different version, not the disco version that her and her producers are saying we sampled. If we didn't sample it, nobody was going to do it. If there was no "Watch out Now" there'd be no "Jenny on the Block." I'm over it, what's done is done, but it's unfortunate that it was done in the wrong way.
How do you feel about Milk Me being leaked and that part of the business?
Ju: I wasn't aware that it was leaked, really?
Les: Shit like that's going to happen regardless, it's just some good hip-hop. We do music, that's what it's about. If you listen to our music our shit is right up there with whatever the hottest producer is.
If I'm not mistaken, this is your 9th album. What has been your secret for staying strong after all this time?
Ju: I don't know. I guess just a genuine love for what we do. What we do is make music, that's all I know how to do. I didn't go to college, I used to work in a transmission shop. This is my life.
As a team of producers and rappers, what is a general process you go through in a creative process?
Ju: I guess just making the beat is essentially the spark of everything. Just finding that record and flipping that beat. That beat just gets you open to rhyming and everything else creatively.
Les: Every beat has a different feel and it's going to make us feel a different way.
Ju: We just dig for it.
It seems like every year you guys have another potential club hit that doesn't get the play it deserves, is it just politics keeping you from going over the top?
Ju: This whole shit is politics. It's a big ass monopoly. All you can do is cross your fingers. Dealing with the DJs is like walking on egg shells. You just have to hope that niggaz dig your shit and that you got that opportunity.
Are you guys at a point where you don't care as much if it doesn't get the play because you've proven yourself?
Les: Honestly, people ask me, "You excited, you have a new album coming out?" I've been putting out albums forever, I don't get excited anymore. Let's just see what happens, let's have fun with it.
Are there any other versions of Milk Me? I heard there was a European one.
Ju: There is a European version that may have an extra song on it, but there's nothing else.
How is touring overseas as opposed to the states?
Ju: It's basically the same shit. They're more receptive to us overseas, because they don't get artists over there as much. Mainly because some artists are leary about going over there. Plus, they're more hip-hop oriented so when a group like the Beatnuts heads over there they really feel it.
What is your current touring status?
Ju: As far as I know, we're doing a promo run next month. San Fransico, LA, and then the New England area as well.
What's up with Al Tariq right now?
Ju: I have no idea. Les might know more than me.
Les: I haven't heard from him in a minute. I think he's working on his own things.
Ju: Last I heard he was more of a manager.
Besides all your promotion, what else do you have lined up?
Ju: We have artists we're working with, we continue doing production.
Are you in any position to say who this is with?
Ju: No, no.
Les: I got something on the new Mos Def album. A few other things, just trying to get on a lot of people's albums.
--Joel & Andy
Taken from Artofrhyme.com
Soundslam Beatnuts Interview (Milk Me) 2004
Soundslam: You guys have been around for a long time, I´m just wondering what have you guys learned in all that time in music? Not even just how music works, but in terms of touring around the world and just growing and getting older.
Psycho Les: We learned a lot. We learned a whole lot of different music period. We learned a lot about the business too, what´s wrong with this shit. The traveling, just listening to all kinds of different hip hop all around the world, shit is different out there. I think on this new album we give everybody a taste of everything. We got shit for overseas, shit for NY, and a little bit for everybody. We´ve just been around.
SS: Talking about different sounds for different people, what´s it been like for each album keeping your Beatnuts fans and still kind of changing and exploring new things on records and drawing new people in, but at the same time keeping your original fan base?
Les: We think about that sometimes. It could affect us in a bad way, but sometimes you gotta do it. We´re still gonna try to do it in a funky way that everybody could accept it.
SS: How have you seen your own sound change or be perfected over the last ten years? What are you drawing on for inspiration to keep going and keep making music?
Les: I don´t listen to the radio at all. I don´t know what´s going on. I don´t watch videos. Really what keeps me going is digging. I stay out there digging and just digging for new sounds and new shit on different, foreign records. That´s what keeps me going.
SS: What kind of things do you get into, what things do you listen to on the side?
Les: I listen to old school shit, R&B, old school disco, little hip hop here and there definitely.
SS: What did it take for you guys to achieve such a high level in music? What can you pass on to younger people now that are trying to get in a make a name for themselves as you guys obviously have?
Les: We love this shit, man. Even if we weren´t getting paid we would do this shit. I started off as a deejay, deejaying, collecting records and digging, and chopping beats up. Once the sampling game came I was already kind of straight, I had records. We just love this shit and that´s what sticks out when you hear our records, it´s just funky. It´s that Beatnuts sound that nobody could bring you.
SS: What can we expect from 'Milk Me´?
Les: 'Milk Me,´ it´s some more funky music. It´s not the best of the Beatnuts. It´s just another stage, another album. It´s more funky beats for the beat heads. We got a lot of special guests on there just killing the lyrics. We´re just trying to put out some new music, something to refresh the ear out there.
SS: Why did you guys choose the title 'Milk Me´?
Les: At the time we were overseas and it some in-door joke. We were in the hotel room and there was a porn rocking in the background. I wasn´t even watching it at the time but I heard the homeboy, he was like, 'milk me, milk me.´ So I turned to the TV and he was getting head and that shit was mad funny to me. The guy had a fucking British accent, 'milk me.´ At the time we was doing the album and that shit just we were like, 'fuck it man. That shit could go in a lot of different ways.´
SS: Definitely, it´s got a lot of meanings What was the mood like making it?
Les: Like any other album, we just go in there, we vibe out, we listen to tracks. We pick joints and we just start rocking, getting ideas, throwing ideas together. We definitely got the drinks rocking, shorties coming through, we got the smoke in the air. We just have a good time with it. This time around we try to do shit that´s for crowds. We spend a lot of time on stage rocking crowds and everything, so definitely our music was towards that type of shit.
SS: How would you describe a Beatnuts show?
Les: High energy! It´s some real hip hop, beats and spitting, no dancing or nothing. I mean, we wylin´ up there, having a good time with the crowd and we like to get the crowd involved, that´s really it. I don´t like to just get up there and have the crowd staring at me. I want to get them involved too, and feeling like they´re a part of the whole shit. We get the crowd on stage rocking with us, dancing, we got the girls dancing on stage. Everybody´s just having a good time. We turn it into a house party.
SS: you said earlier that you started out as a deejay. What made you want to make that transition from deejay to emcee and do you still fuck around on the tables:?
Les: We had no choice really to step up to the mics and step it up. Cause if you remember the original Beatnuts was with Fashion, so he was really the main emcee. Me and Juju was just playing to play the background and just do the beats. Shit didn´t happen so we just had to step to the mic. And it´s in us anyways, it´s not like it´s hard for us ..
It seems that for more than ten years it´s been in the Beatnuts to make music. Whether on their own hits like No Escapin´ This, or Watch Out Now, or producing tracks for Mos Def, Jurassic Five, and others, the Beatnuts always bring their signature sound. They also have an answer for the critics that say they are just recycling material.
Les: We do hip hop man, we do real hip hop. People ask us, 'yo what´s the message in your album?´ The message is it´s fucking real hip hop, and ain´t nobody doing it like us. We putting people on like Greg Nice, and Prince Whipple Whip. These kids today, they don´t know who the fuck this is. These are pioneers in the game. That´s the message, it´s some real hip hop. I don´t even remember a record that´s out today that has any scratching on it. N**gas don´t even own turntables: anymore. That´s it really, we´re a real hip hop group. And that´s what we put out, real hip hop. Hip hop to me is about having fun.
Juju: I´m saying, we don´t go and conceptually make records. As far as recycling, I don´t know that shit. That shit to us is taboo. With the beats we strive to keep our shit original and keep the essence of sampling in our music just to keep it hip hop. We keep on sampling and we´re always digging so I don´t see how we´re recycling anything really. When n**gas is getting high and drunk in the fucking studio, we just having fun with this shit. I´m not trying to save the world with these albums. I´m just trying to have fun and make some dope tunes at the same time. I think people ask for too fucking much. Everybody´s a fucking critic. You got so many n**gas rapping and making beats now it´s like everybody´s a goddamn critic. Beatnuts, if anything we kept it the realest, cause we the same n**gas from day one. Everybody´s trying to switch up their styles for different reasons and different agendas, we´re keeping it funky. We still sampling, we don´t give a fuck who´s suing. N**gas is like, 'I don´t sample no more cause you gotta pay a lot for those samples.´ That shit ain´t hip hop no more. N**gas is scaring you into some other shit.
SS: I think that passion comes through in your music. As Les was saying earlier, you guys would still be rocking for free, but being in it for so long, how have you seen hip hop change?
Juju: I think we were just born at a good time. Me and Les, we´re just fortunate. People our age were born, like the people that seen hip hop coming through the 90´s that experienced groups like Jungle Brothers and stuff like that, and A Tribe Called Quest and shit like that. Now it´s just a whole big industry right now. You got all these young kids that´s in it for the wrong reasons. There´s not really a love for the music there, it´s more about the glamour and the glitz. I look at it a different way, so it comes out of me in a different way that I don´t expect young people to understand. As far as trying to teach them, I don´t know. The only way I can teach them is to keep making records like this and hope that they ask questions. Like, 'who the fuck is that Greg Nice that they keep putting on they record?´ And they go back and buy Nice and Smooth album, and be like, 'oh yeah, I kind of remember this shit right here.´ Make them go look who these people are.
SS: I know you guys did some work with Babu on Duckseason and produced with J5. Partnering with groups like that, that have a younger generation as a fan base is a good start in breaking through to younger kids. Who are some other groups you may want to work with in the future?
Juju: There´s a lot of people I would like to work with. Somebody like Kanye West, Evidence and them.
SS: I think you and Dilated have a similar kind of feel. That would be a good partnership, it´s worked in the past.
Juju: Yeah, definitely. I just saw Evidence in LA he´s about to start working on a new record, we´re supposed to collab on something. The last time it was like I just sold him a beat. It wasn´t a big collab. But this time he said he really wants to go in the studio and make a song with me. Les: I would like to work with whoever, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep. We´re open for everybody, it don´t matter. We got music for anybody. Anybody you throw us we´re gonna guarantee we got something for them.
Juju: Man, I wish I would have done something with Jay before he retired. That would have been nice to have that. Definitely Mobb Deep, that way I could give them something. There´s a lot of people we would work with. I´m pretty open as far as that´s[producing] concerned.
SS: You think Jay-Z retired? You don´t think he´s gonna come back?
Juju: I don´t know, yeah He´s a grown man so you got to accept his decision. I know he loves this but I think he felt it was the right time to do what he did. I´m not mad at him at all. What else can you do?
Les: That n**ga has a lot of other things going for him too so it´s not he´s just chillin´.
SS: Do you guys ever find it difficult balancing growing up versus still doing music. Have you guys ever thought about doing something else?
Juju: Im struggling with that shit right now, kid. Its creeping up on me right now. I don´t even know if this is you know. I don´t want to be a 40 year old rapper. I´m struggling with those demons right now, if this is what I want to do the rest of my life. I know I love the music. I may continue making the music, I may back off the mic for right now anyway. At least while I´m going through this. I want to see what the hell it is I want to do with my life. Who knows? Right now, when Im at this stage of confusion I should just stay away from the mic cause I may sound bitter. I may say something that I might regret.
Les: We definitely got groups we´re working with and trying to put them out. That´s definitely the future. We´re gonna have music forever. That´s been our thing forever, the production.
Juju: Word up. On the production tip, the Beatnuts arent going nowhere.
SS: Are you going on a tour in support of this record? Whats up in the near future?
Juju: I know were supposed to go do a little road work right now come September, do a promo run, hit up some cities.
SS: Do you guys have a favorite city to hit up?
LES:: LA, Chi-town.
SS: Chicago that´s where I´m from.
Les: Chicago always shows us love. Really anywhere, man. Everywhere we go there´s a crowd there for us.
Juju: Weve been fortunate as far as thats concerned.
Les: It´s shit like that that keeps us going. Because if I was to ever walk on stage and the crowd is like, 'boo, boo,´ I´ll drop the mic and be like, 'fuck all yall. I wont do this shit. But it´s not like that. We walk on stage and the crowd´s wylin and screamin. So fuck it baby, let´s rock with it
Taken from Soundslam.com
LeftLion Nottingham Article 06/14/2005
Ok, if at first you don´t succeed, try try again, and I applied this method when going in search of the world famous Beatnuts. Legendary for their fat beats and their gritty word play they have made more impact on the scene than a bag full of dynamite. So after tracking them down it came as no surprise to hear that they were busy in the middle of a tour and at that moment were being ferried to Brighton by bus. I was able to get a few words with a very tired Juju who enlightened me on their busy schedule and why making Hiphop for them is so important to their daily lives I would like to ask you how does it feel to be back in the UK and how is the tour going?
Juju: Its been good you know, pretty much every show we have played has been sold out and the reception we have been getting from the crowds has been amazing, it was quite surprising as we were not expecting such a big following over here but the uk has been crazy with the support.
What venues have you played while you have been here?
Juju: We spent 2 nights in London at the Jazz Cafe, then on to Oxford, we played the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham last night and now we´re heading down to Brighton. But we have also done shows in Scandinavia and Poland so its been pretty hectic for us. We have been flying and also using the tour bus, its ok because we are usually on 2/3 hours away from our next show in terms of geography so we have been able to travel but still not have to spend a night on the bus as we have been using hotels which is good to get a bit of rest between gigs.
Taking you away from the tours, have you been working on any new projects that the people should know about or be checking for?
Juju: "Erm.. because of the touring we have not really been able to carry on with any studio time, you know, we are just focusing on promoting the new album and letting people know that the Beatnuts are still rocking it. With the album its more of a return to the grittier Beatnuts sound, I personally feel that its just another chapter for us as a crew, we have used artists that are friends of ours and have just let that come together in the studio and just vibed off it. "We wanted to use people that we felt needed more exposure. We got A.G from D.I.T.C on there and as you are probably aware he is an incredible lyricist so it was an honour to be working with him, we also brought Rahzel in to do a track again. He is an extremely talented individual who blesses everything he features on. "Its just a cool little album which makes you think and raises questions at the same time. We are trying to show that there is more sides to Hiphop than the average sound that has become the norm, we want people to look into the past so that they can get an idea of what came before to form the music as it stands today.
With that said why do you think that you choose Hip-Hop in the first place as your way of expressing yourself?
Juju: "For me it all goes back to way before it was even called Hiphop, you know the whole scene is not more than 25 years old, So its like at the time it was just a new sound that I could relate to. The radio stations were just playing your run of the mill american bands Shit, which was not something that I could really relate to." "Then this new sound came out of New York, you had mix tapes circulating the streets and you had jams in the park so it was hard not to get involved with what was happening. There was a friend of mine who had all the early Harlem World records, you know stuff like Kurtis Blow, The Breaks and christmas rapping and all the shit like that, and it just hooked me in straight away." "So I started Djing and pretty much done everything cuz back in those days because it was such a new thing you had to get involved with every aspect of it from Djing to Mcing even down to promotion of your next jam. When the bedroom production side of it took off I was already ahead of the game because I had all the break records that I could get my hands on at the time, plus I had been Djing for a while so an obvious move for me was I got hold of a sampler and started producing my own beats with that. And things just went from there
So you have worked with quite a few artists in your time is there anyone living or dead that you would have liked to work with during your career?
Juju: "Damn! Definitely Jay-Z, I would have loved to do something with Notorious B.I.G, Erm.. lets see who else? Probably G-Unit, eminem, and I hope that Mad Skillz would please come back on the scene as I would really love to do some tracks with him he´s a dope mc, and maybe do some work with some british artists. My theory is to just work with anyone that I consider to be dope..."