West Coast fans look no further! Here is the answer to all your dreams! That’s right; Syndrome is putting it down for San Diego and Cali, as well as working with one of the UK’s most consistent and realest producers Mike S. Rago Magazine sent Tricksta to interview him. Wessssssssiiiiiiiiiidddddddddeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
How you doing fam. First off, tell us what’s the Hip-Hop industry like where you live? Well I grew up in San Diego, California where the scene is alive and kickin’, street battles, freestyles, real live lyricists, the dopest producers, real competition amongst MC's. Ever since making my base in the UK I’ve noticed UK and San Diego are allot alike thru competition amongst MC's, lyricists even b-boys. The hunger in the UK is the same as the hunger MC's have in California. So I be seeing these local independent artists in the UK hustle n Grinding everyday putting on shows, starting there own online Radio shows building there own home studios n shooting there own music videos. Itz amazing to see the love n passions artists have worldwide for Hiphop.
What projects have you released so far and what feedback have you had? Ha-Ha well in 2006 I dropped my first album ‘Return Of The Devious Styles’ produced by UK producer Mike-S which was amazing because he got that feel for them West Coast beats. We also dropped the first video from that ‘Westcoast Luv’ shot in San Diego which features Sabotawj and Fudge Dog. That had major exposure on radio and TV throughout Europe.
Next up I started dropping monthly mixtapes called ‘Westcoast Gunsmoke’ featuring the hottest up & coming artists next to established MC's out the West Coast. Each month the mixtape would be hosted by a different MC from the West Coast, and it helped as it was just another outlet to get your music heard and the download sales went thru the roof as it was a free download. The main purpose was to get the music and build your fan base.
During that time I also finish my second album produced by Mike-S called ‘The Devious Diary’ which features Daz from The Dogg Pound, EDI from The Outlaws, King T, Sabotawj, Gonzoe From The Regime Dragon Gang, J-Dub Luciano, Fudge Dog, S.Kalibre, Decipher, Guerilla Black, Bethany Barber and much more which I feel is a West Coast classic waiting to happen. The first video from that album was shot in South East San Diego, ‘Still Got That Love’ Syndrome featuring Adonis, Fudge Dog and Sabotawj and also released a double singe Syndrome featuring Daz Dillinger ‘VIP’ The Remix. The VIP track has already been play-listed on ten USA radio stations and the video for ‘Still Got That Love’ will be play-listed in 2010 on regular rotation on MTV and on Polish TV.
What would say is the most popular track that you have released to date? Prolly the new single even though its jus come out Syndrome featuring Daz Dillinger (VIP) The remix, It's a Club Bangaaaaa and DJ's worldwide are already play-listing the track on radio and giving major play in the clubs, it’z got that gangsta thugged out party vibe wit a T-pain feel, lol guaranteed u won't be seated at a club once this jam come on. Also the double single (Still got that Love) the new video will be play-listed throughout Europe real soon, here's the link, check it out 4 yoself...
What producers, mixtape DJ’s, record labels and rappers do you work with? I work wit my producer 4 life Mike-S, he has created some of the dopest shit I eva heard no doubt, everythang I've released since 2006 has been produced by Mike-S, I got my own record label Devious Records but I work alongside Hard Livin, Uncontrollable Rhymeside outta San Diego, and mixtape DJ's lol shit I b dealing wit everyone, too many to name. I've worked with mostly MC's out the West Coast, here's a few rappers I’ve done collabs with Daz Dillinger, Big WY, Q-Unique, EDI from The Outlaws, Sabotawj, Fudge Dog, Calico 101, Yun-Gun, Krypto, Undaflow, Zee-O, J-Dub, Luciano, Decipher, S.Kalibre, King T, Guerilla Black, Adonis, Young Eastwood, Gonzoe from The Regime n many, many, many more. But I’m willing to work wit any MC from anywhere as log as he/she is dope.
What’s the name of the label are you signed to and who are your label mates? My label is Devious Records, right now it's just me n the label run by me but shit all the mc's I work with r family so they Devious anyway.
Tell us about your latest release. Who features and tell us what producers where involved? Yea the latest release I jus dropped is a double single Syndrome featuring Daz Dillinger (VIP) The remix and Syndrome ft Adonis, Fudge Dog n Sabotawj. Mike-S produced both records.
What’s more important a mixtape of jacked beats or a single on original production? I’ve always thought a single with original production is the most important, a mixtape with jacked beats is all good and here's some dam good one's out there, but 4 originality in an artist and to get to that next level you gotta strive for that hit record which everyone can identify you with as an artist. So once they hear the first 3 seconds of a track they know that it's you.
What radio stations in are supporting your music, and how important is radio play in the digital age? Right now there’s Jam-Master-D In the Mix on kzrb103.5fm, Beheardradio76fm, US DJ's - DJ Jg, DJ Normix, Mac Heat, iSlap Djayz all got the track VIP on rotation, DJ Wired from 91.5 fm wprk, Da Cave Radio Jersey City NJ 07302, DJ Trendsetter and many more who's info I don't have with me right now.
What was the last album you downloaded or brought and what else are you listening to at night? Well I’m listening to everythang right now oldskool and the new stuff; jus downloaded the new Rakim n MC Ren album. I be bumpin Crooked I, Snoop Dogg ‘Malice in Wonderland’ is on repeat though at my crib
What tips and pointers do you have for rappers just coming into the game? The only thang I can say is you have to stay on your grind, hustle your product anyway you can. Do as much live shows as you can to git that stage experience holla at club DJ's introduce yoself n get your music heard. Make sho u workin wit a dope producer who can get u them hits, keep your ear to the street n listen out 4 what the streets are feeling and what the demand is.
Thanks for your time, before you go is there anything you want to add? Yea I wanna give a big shoutout to Rago magazine, my producer Mike-S, S.Kalibre, Sabotawj and the whole Rhymeside Fam, Uncontrollable Ent, Daz Dillinger for makin a hit record with me The Outlaws, EDI for making a bangaa for my album, good lookin on the feature G. King T, Guerilla Black, Fudge Dog, Adonis, Calico 101, Young Eastwood, J-Dub, Luciano, Gonzoe, Decipher, all the magazines and radio stations who have supported Syndrome. Also thanks to Tricksta and Rago Magazine for giving me this opportunity for this Interview.