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    15.01.2020

    - FROM THE RHYME BOOK: NGAFSH -

     

    01.01.2020

    - INTERVIEW: BEANS -

  • FROM THE RHYME BOOK:

    NGAFSH

    As a member of Chillin' Villain Empire (C.V.E.) and as a solo artist, ngafsh is a hugely influential figure in the history of rap. In the '90s, at Leimert Park / Crenshaw's The Good Life Cafe, ngafsh developed a fast and unique style. He became especially known for the ways he integrated aquatic imagery (fish, fishing, water) into his verses.
     
    In this page from his rhyme book, ngafsh showcases his ability to manipulate rhymes, develop complex rhythms, and mix politics and humour. The energy we hear on the recording of "The Art of War" is also visible on the page.

     

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    C.V.E.

    "THE ART OF WAR"

     

    TO - WIN WITHOUT FIGHTING - THAT'S BEST.
    LESS STRESS - NONE THE LESS -
    IF - A - BATTLE MUST MANIFEST -
    FIND OUT WHERE THEY NEST -
    CATCH'EM WHILE THEY SMOKE ON CESS.
    PUT A HARPOON THROUGH THEY CHEST
    NIGGA U DOWN WIT DA WEST!!‽...
    PUTN YO FOE TA REST!
    AFTER THAT, CLEAN UP THE MESS!
    CAN YOU HANDLE THIS!? (YES!)
    TAKE YO BULLET PROOF VEST
    and the girl wit da big breast
    to DISTRACT YO ENEMY - REMEMBER,
    tHOSE WHO SEEK PEACE - WIT NO
    treaty are PLOTTIN - PIC'EM
    OFF LIKE COTTON! THE SUPERIOR
    Militarists therefore strike
    While schemes are bein laid.
    Dress up! Bust thru the Front Door!
    This is a FUKN RAID!!

    ngafsh

     

    Listen here: "The Art of War" by C.V.E.

  • INTERVIEW:

    BEANS

    How does Beans write? In this interview, Beans talks about his writing practice (from conception to recording) and his ideas about creativity.

     

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    How often do you write? Is it an everyday practice?

    I try to write a few lines during the day regularly. I stay up late and usually end up putting lines together at night.

     

    What comes first, the words or the beat?

    Honestly, it doesn’t matter whether I have a beat or not. I can’t do anything creatively without a title first. The process of everything, for me, stems from the title, which gives the work identity. A title makes writing a lot easier; if I know what a piece of work is going to be called.

     

    What materials do you use: pen and paper, computer, phone?

    Mostly pen and paper when putting lines together. I have 2-3 rough-draft books before I rewrite the finished joints into a final draft book. I only use my phone to write lines, but my preference is pen and paper.

     

    What’s usually the first thing you put on the page?

    Again, it’s usually the title.

     

    What are some of the most important elements in your writing?

    Meaning. Trying to figure out what I’m trying to say and making sure that the title works with a particular piece.

     

    After you’ve got the words on the page, do you do much editing?

    I do. I go through roughs and final drafts, then have my missus read over the work to see if I’ve missed anything.

     

    When it comes time to record a track, do you often find yourself changing what you’ve written?

    Not often. It’s happened occasionally, but I practice the lyrics weeks beforehand when I know I’m going to record. I usually record all my vocals for an album in one session, so I’m pretty prepared when it’s time for the engineer to press 'record'.