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(Left to Right: Dr. Robert Gore MD, Damien Hobgood, Mano, Deka)
Home town – Satellite beach, Florida but now resides in Encinas, California
Stance – Goofy
What boards do you have in quiver?
I’ve got all types of boards from all kinds of shapers. I know people have specific boards from one shaper, but for me it’s always been so many different shapers out there and I like to try them all.
how long have you been surfing?
I’ve been surfing since I was 6 years old. My parents always would go to the beach. Small house, big family. Only way my parents could deal with us was taking us to the beach! My dad would surf, and my mom would read a book.
What was your first experience like surfing?
I don’t have one photographic memory, but I just always remembered being at the beach surfing with my family and my brother C.J. and just trying to compete with him.
What was your introduction to the the sport? Was it your brother that got you going?
It was my dad, My dad surfed he loved to surf. When we’d go to the beach I used to watch him out there “like wow I want to go out there and be with him!” I started out standing up on my boogie board, and my dad finally got me a surf board.
Do you have any memorable days surfing?
There’s a lot of things that stand out to me. there’s usually just memorable sessions, just you and a few friends, and kind of gambled on a trip, you didn’t really know how it was gonna be, and just went for it. Then everything came together. last year I was in Indonesia during one of the contest, and I didn’t do that good so my friends where on this island; not exactly sure where it was but I just jumped on a ferry and tried to meet them and it ended up all just coming to together finding them and we surfed a spot by ourselves and it was really good. yeah that was definitely a memorable trip!
Any challenges you face surfing?
There’s always challenges you know. Like how to get to your destination, then when you get there, paddling out to the right spot and how not to get splattered on the reef. so there’s challenges but that what makes it so fun trying to figure it all out.
Any places you like to hit up? or places you thought about hitting up?
I always love Tahiti and Indonesia all the spots out there. of course it’s spots I haven’t been to that I want to go to. I definitely been pretty blessed to go to places that I have been to so far. I definitely look forward to going to more.
Have you ever introduced anyone to surfing?
Sure! The most rewarding moment for me was introducing my kids to surfing
What do you think about seeing the kids at surf haiti.org here in Jacmel?
It’s like the same way for both of us how surfing and snowboarding gave you hope. It’s what we live for. So it’s really cool to come down here with a surfboard and give someone that hope and then in return you see what that does, now all of a sudden their playing in the ocean, and respect the ocean and keeping the beach clean. and you can share it with friends instead of hanging out and getting into stuff that’s not as good. It’s always been a cool thing with what surfing has provided me, I’m always stoked when we can provide that to someone else.
Anyone in the game that you respect and admire?
I respect and admire a lot of people. someone that comes to mind is seeing Kolohe and Dino get the confidence and seeing the results starting to come. And realistically people look at the results if you’re doing good, but for me it’s been more about enjoying seeing the growth of the people in life and in their sport, which is my gage of success for them.
I shred because
I shred because I get to hang out with really cool people!
Check out the upcoming documentary on Damien and C.J.!
Peace brother! Tell everyone who you and where you are from.
Akira Presidente! from Rio De Janerio
How did you get involved with Hip Hop. Was your influence from the Hip Hop movement in America or Brazil?
I was just a kid like everyone else. There was a record store on my block and I bought a record named like Hip Hop collection with A Tribe , De La Soul , LL Cool J and a few other rappers. Then “boom” welcome to the hip hop lifestyle. It was an strange situation, back in the days, here in Rio de Janeiro we don’t have a strong scene, so theres like me and my brother listening to Hip Hop all day and wearing large jeans and giant shirts and everybody looking at us! No one understood what we were doing. They probably thought that we are crazy! My influences are Big, Jay Z, Nas, Big L, Wu tang, J Dilla, A Tribe called Quest, Snoop, Planet Hemp, D2, and Racionais Mc’s.
What’s on your current music playlist now? who are you listening to? Who inspires you?
Man, Everything inspires me! when I’m good to my self I can make anything. So I think that happiness inspires me! Current music list, The Roots, Kendrik Lamar, Asap, Action Bronson, Currensy, 2Chainz , Smoke Dza, Drake ,daBush Babees ,mixing new and old songs.
I’m listening to my new album a lot …finishing so thats basically what I listen 24/7! Haha!
Do you think there is a difference in Hip Hop created in Sao Paulo and Rio? For example in America we have many different sounds in different parts of the country. Like New York has a sound and the rappers in Atlanta have a different way of talk and music production sound. I’m curious about that because I notice different way of speaking from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janerio.
Yes, man when you have big countries like US and Brazil , you’ll probably have an rich and distinguished cultures, weather and geography makes a lot of difference in you’re lifestyle. For an example we’re more relaxed then our Fellas from Sao Paulo and that you feel in our flow you know?! we have different histories, poor and rich people are more mixed, Samba and Funk are strong influences too, and that builds our flow and beats.
Are you involved with any other emcees or Hip Hop collectives in Brazil?
Yeah, I have my partners, each one of us has their own project, but we work together. Marcelo D2, GXlden, Start rap, Apolo (SP) Just a few examples.
I must say your verse on the “Fella” track with Marcelo was FIRE! the video was crazy. what was it like making that song then going to make the video?
“Fella” I think that Marcelo created a monster! Everyone envolved on that track bought it to the next level. We are all friends you know? so its easy to make a good thing. it’s wildness when the beat starts you listen to the crowd say “wooow”. It’s about 3 minutes of chaos! And I have to say Gandja Monteiro (director) and crew made a hell of job.
What’s your next move in your Hip Hop career?
Finishing my next album “Ziriguidumbarulhodoido” I wanna drop it in May.
Where do you see the future of Hip Hop scene in Brazil and especially in Rio?
We’re getting professional. Thats the biggest step to me. We represent a lot of young kids; so we’re the future… but at the same time we talking about money, everybody is getting paid. So we don’t have to be afraid of any one. We came from nothing. Now we have to be smart.
Anyone you want to shout out?
Shout out to my man Brian Deka Paupaw! thanks a lot! to talk to me about my music and Brazilian Hip Hop, and to my family, friends and to all the good people around the world!
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Peace! tell us who you are, where your from and what you do.
My name is Fabio, Parteum. I rap, I design, I produce music and I run a little production/publishing company called Mudroi.
What influenced you to get into hip hop here in Brasil?
Mostly my brother (Rappin’ Hood). I remember when I was like 9 or 10. He came home with a Def Jam compilation. It had “The Ruler Is Back” by Slick Rick… it was the first rap song I was really into. The compilation had songs by Public Enemy and LL Cool J, as well. From then on we’d buy vinyl whenever we had a little money. My parents nurtured our love for music, so it was all good. My brother was already rhyming and making his own beats. Then I got into street skating, then I became pro, went to California, came back, worked as producer at Trama, produced a bunch of music to a lot of artists. My brother has been rhyming for 26 years now, and I’ve been Rhyming and producing for 14 years, or so.
You produce beats as well? how did you get into production?
I guess the production thing was first. When I was 11 or 12, I used to take my little sister to her piano lessons. I started to learn a few things about chord progressions, you know, the basics, through my sister. And then my father bought a piano. And I found a way to practice between school, skateboarding and work. I started to get good at it. When I realized I wouldn’t be skating professionally for the rest of my life, I decided to take music seriously, because I kinda had a vision for it. It was perfect for me. And I still skate with my buddies all the time.
I’ve been following your music for a year now. A lot of your lyrics seem to deal with everyday life in Brasil. “Raciocínio Quebrado” is one song that stands out to me. What was your inspiration to write that song?
For that song the whole idea was to let the listener know that our thought process is broken. We get a lot of information from different mediums and you can see things one way watching TV and then you go check a blog, or a website about US politics, let’s say politico.com, if you’re into US politics and whatnot. Or you go check what people like Nick Bilton, or even Tavis Smiley is saying about a subject and your views may change. It makes perfect sense to not just pay attention to stuff, looking at it from a single perspective. So when you have to talk about it or if you have to put it in rhyme, you ‘ll try to break it down into little pieces, basically reassembling stuff from the ground up. That’s Hip-Hop, in a way. A producer will sample from different composers, reassemble their music and make it sound like something else. It’s not like you’re solely depending on the NY times or Folha de Sao Paulo. You can be way more resourceful now.
I feel as if Brazilian hip hop is going through a golden era like America in the late 80’s, would you say that is really happening?
As far as as the game goes, I’ve already experienced what’s going on with hip hop in Brazil now, back in the ‘90s, while I was in college. Nas performing with the Fugees, when the second album came out… so for me to watch guys like Leandro (Emicida) or Rael becoming stars is great! It’s a cycle, like Q-Tip said on “Excursions” “Daddy, don’t you know that things go in cycles…”
There is another transformation as well I have noticed here in SP, and that is the business of hip hop. Do you think what happened to hip hop in America do you see the thing happening in Brazil?
No, it’s different. Once you’re no longer the cool guy on the block, and you’re accepted by the mainstream, mainstream media, mainstream businesses… Everything that’s mainstream will accept you, but then you’re no longer part of the cool club. There’s a formula to it. People’s perception will change overnight, though. A lot people will frown at you, because you’re making money and you’re successful (to a degree). It’s different in America, rappers with a lot of money start their own NGO’s and foundations. We’re not on the same level here. There’s no Brazilian rapper evaluated at ¼ of what JAY-Z is worth. It can’t be compared to what happens in the US. Once you’re popular in Brazil, you’re no longer accepted by your own people, you’re just a mainstream artist. You’ll need more money to keep the boat afloat… that means you’ll probably make music to cater to a broader audience… And people’s taste in music is generally awful, these days. So music suffers, and as an artist you don’t have enough power to present new music properly to people around you… You need to talk to people above you, let them change a thing or two, before you’re really in power. I’m pretty sure there’s music being tested by focus groups somewhere, but as far as Rap in Brazil going the exact same route as Rap in the US did, I don’t think so.
I see your vision is beyond rap. Can you talk about your other projects?
Raciocínio Quebrado will become a TV show, soon. I’m trying to license it to a TV network here. Other than that, I’m a partner in a film production company called Mudroi. We’re a publishing company, as well. I’m producing a few artists, like Amiri. Producing new songs for Kamau, Rappin’ Hood, Mzuri Sana… I’ll try to make more music now and focus on that. Four years ago, or so, I was into making music for movies, but I’m getting back to Rap. I did stuff for Antonia, City of God, City of Men, and a few other TV shows. I’m just trying to make good music. I gotta keep making the music that I love, inspired by people like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, J Dilla, Tom Ze, Maurice White, Tim Maia, Pat Metheny, Elis Regina… Artists that I used to listen to with my mother, back in the day.
What is your vision for the future of Hip Hop in Brasil?
I want to see more rappers on TV. My brother had a really nice run as a TV host for about two years and a half. What I want now is for us to have more power. Being aware of the money that we generate is just a part of the puzzle. I want more rappers to own all of their publishing, signing deals with TV Networks, funding their own festivals and making money off of it. I got this deal with a Brazilian shoe company. I design my own shoes as well. I try to do a little bit of everything. I went to school for design and decided I wanted to do other things. I feel like hip-hoppers need to be everywhere, just like it is in the US.
Anyone you want to shout out? any artist people in America should look out for?
Shout out to my brother. Shout out to Trama. Shout out to Nelson Triunfo, KL Jay… Shout out to everybody. You know, the generals of Brazilian Hip Hop!
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