Blacastan from Army of the Pharaoh’s and Demi Godz Interview

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I was recently able to catch up with underground hip-hop legend Blacastan from Hartford, Connecticut. The emcee has been rising on the scene with some of his latest solo material such as an LP with DJ Doom, collaboration/group albums and more. Get the full scoop here:

P-Rice: How did you develop your name Blacastan and what is the meaning behind it?

Blacastan: I developed the name during the Capone N Noreaga era of Hip Hop. I was a really big fan of what they brought to the table, during the time of The War Report album. They introduced Hip Hop to “The Desert Rap” motif, where they adopted middle eastern names to different locations in New York ei. Queensbridge they called Kuwait, Lefrak was Iraq etc. My emcee name at the time was just BLACK, a friend of mine who was also a big fan of CNN came up with the idea of BLACKISTAN. Initially I thought it was kind of corny, but I knew I needed to have a name that stood out more than just BLACK. So, I started to use the name in little raps that I was writing at the time. I also thought maybe I should change the spelling up to make the name more my own. So, after using the name for awhile I changed the spelling up to BLACASTAN. Everybody that heard me using it thought it was dope so I stuck with it. (((BLACASTAN))

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Canada’s Latest Rising Star- JKenny of Ugly as Sin Interview Hosted By: P-Rice

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Way out in Nova Scotia comes a talented emcee who reigns the hip-hop game out in Canada with his raunchy but funky explicit melodies laced with dope old school production. JKenny has been able to collaborate with some of Canada’s finest emcees such as Ghetto Socks and J-Bru. With a debut entitled “Sexual Tones ‘n Explicit Lyrics” and an upcoming duo album with Axe Ruler under the name Ugly As Sin JKenny is an emcee to keep your eye on. He will be sure to have you pressing the play back.

Interview was done 11/12/14

Questions Asked By: P-Rice

P-Rice: For those who may not know exactly who you are, give a quick introduction of yourself.

JKenny: I’m 1/2 of “Ugly as Sin” a new hip-hop group out of the east coast, myself being from Nova Scotia and Axe ruler originally being from Prince Edward Island.

P-Rice: At what age did you get involved with hip-hop music?

JKenny: . I first started getting into hip-hop when I was 10, I believe the first thing I ever heard to really get me into it was the song “Right Now” by John Cena while I was watching Monday Night Raw hahahaha. I was such a 50 cent fan back then, before I really was interested in wordplay and hearing something really intricate and intelligent, I used to love things like “young joc” and “rich boy”, not the proudest moments of my life, but that’s what got me into what I love now.

P-Rice: Who are some of your inspirations/influences?

JKenny: I would say my biggest inspiration when I was growing up was Classified, not that he’s my favorite rapper in anyway, or even near my top 30, but for someone to be coming from Nova Scotia, and a place like Enfield at that, just a small stick town, really made me believe that I could achieve that as well. Also artists like J-Bru, Ghettosocks and Wordburgler (all Canadian artists) were really my shit growing up.

P-Rice: How was the Nova Scotia hip-hop scene or the Canadian hip-hop scene in general?

JKenny: . How was the Canadian scene when I was first starting to get into music? I don’t think the Canadian scene has ever been extremely great for hip-hop music, it’s not hard to tell that the majority of “Top” artists are out of the states, with the exception of Drake. Of course there’s dudes like madchild (swollen members), K-os, Maestro Fresh Wes, Kardinal offishall, R.A. the Rugged man, Buck 65 and most recently SonReal has been seeing some success, but no one’s really been able to cross the line like Drake has.

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