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White Shadow of Norway Renegade of real Hip-Hop Norway. Land of snow, fjords and moose. Somewhere between Oslo and Bergen, The White Shadow is holdin it down for the real hip-hop. This Norwegian DJ/producer has been into hip-hop since the early days. Once an extended member of BDP, loved by Afrika Bambaata and Kool DJ Red Alert, and, more recently a producer for underground's finest such as D-Stroy, Maylay Sparks and The Pizdamen, he just finished up his debut full length production album called 'Renegades', due November 2005 and featuring top-notch mc's such as Supastition, Celph Titled, Majik Most, Grand Agent, Maylay, The LongShots, Infinito2017 and many more.

Wassup White Shadow, first of all, where did you get that name from? Basketball TV-series, Skyggen literature or Japanese cartoons?

Whatup and thanks for hookin up with me to do this interview. My name was given to me when I was DJ'ing in New York in the early 90's cause people used to tell me 'You're like The White Shadow'. My name was already DJ Shadow, so I thought they just made some comments about my name and me being a white hip-hop DJ which was not a common thing back then, but then my man Mac from uptown told me about the TV-show. After checkin it, I found everything to fit perfect with me so I just took the name and added 'Of Norway' to it later (thanks to D-Stroy for comin up with that.)

Your new album 'Renegades' is just finished. It's a dope compilation of your finest productions with 25 great MC's. First of all, when will it be released?

Thank you. I've been workin on this album on and off for probably the last 4-5 years now so it feels good that it's finally done. The first version was called 'Let it be known' and was a combo of turntablism, instrumentals and straight hip-hop but after goin thru two deals that didn't work out and two that almost happened, that album got shelved. So instead, I released a vinyl EP myself with some of the hottest tracks I had then, but I decided to keep grindin and keep recording. So finally it all came together and I learnt my lesson from business that didn't happen, so now it's a straight up hip-hop album. 15 tracks of beats, cuts, rhymes and no BS that will be released in the end of November this year.

On which label will it be released and through whom will it be distributed?

It's on my own label Uncut Productions and I distribute it myself cause at my own label I'm my first priority. I might hook up with some outside distribution though as I go along. We'll see what happens.

All the MC's on the album are from the US. Nowadays, a lot of US MC's work with non-US producers. M-Phazes, Nicolay, Masked Avengers, Joe Buddha, Tommy Tee, you,... Why do think US MC's like to work with them? And b) what’s the role of Internet in all this?

I think MC's with an ear for a good beat will always be lookin for that next hot shit regardless of where the producers come from. Plus word in the States now is that in Europe we still have that genuine love for hip-hop as it was before the mainstream fucked it up. Even unknown producers in the States usually charge a lot of money whereas out here we'll still do it for the props and for the love of just makin dope songs. Underground artists have a following here while in the States it's mostly about the platinum selling artists which makes it possible to still make a livin touring Europe for REAL hip-hop artists which I guess makes Europe attractive for cats from the US. Also the Internet has made it a lot easier for cats to hook up cause it's easier to get in touch with people worldwide now than it's ever been.

In your case, how much do you get in contact with artists through the Internet?

About 90% of the time I work thru the Internet. Actually hookin up with someone to go to a studio and make songs rarely happens anymore nowadays. It was more fun but it's the old way. I guess that's why so many studios are closing down too because there ain't business in them no more. It's a shame that the pro-engineers are loosin their jobs though.

What's the scenario of producin through the Internet? Isn't it difficult to work that way, because we guess it takes a lot of time, planning and mixing.

I think it's better in a lot of ways like when you work at your own studio with equipment that you know that's a lot easier, and now anyone with a computer can set up a studio for free at home that gives better sound quality than say a 48-track pro studio did just five years ago. The way I go about makin tracks on-line is I'll email MC's beats first, then they'll pick the one(s) they like, record at their home or at the studio they usin, send me the a capellas back. Then I'll mix down the track plus add scratches if needed, hit em back and if they feelin it, I master the joints and send them either as wav's thru email or as a CD in the mail and that whole process might take 2-3 days whereas before it would take a week in a studio.

So how long did it take for you to get this album finished?

I've worked on it since 2001 if I count makin the basic beats and hookin up with the MC's.

Why do you work with US MC's? What's the reason behind it, is that because the Norwegian MC's aren't that good?

Yeah, they suck in Norway! (laughs). Nah man, there's some dope MC's here too, but most of them rhyme in Norwegian. I guess I'm kinda old school like that, cause I always wanted to make that true school hip-hop that I used to listen to back in the days. To do that, I feel the MC's must rhyme in English and yeah, I do feel the States still have most of the best MC's in the world. I mean if you got a beat machine, records and some talent you can make a phat beat even if you're from waaay out there like me, but as for MC'ing the States still lead the way, and I feel mad lucky to be able to work with so many talented MC's from the US.

What do you think European people will say; a) White Shadow is workin with US MC's in order to get more exposure or b) cool, he's putting Norway on the map?

See that's a good question cause like everyone else I have a lot of friends and enemies on the Norwegian hip-hop scene in particular. And we all know who out of them will be sayin A and who will say B cause there's love out here but also a lot of jealousy and negativity. Me, I really just wanna make quality hip-hop and continue what the old- and mid-school artists did instead of goin all 'pop goes the weezey'. If I put Norway on the map by doin that and get some exposure too; that's dope. It should always just be about talent and not where you're from, but most of my favourite MC's are from the US so since they feelin' my shit I ain't the one to turn them down.

How's the Norwegian hip-hop scene nowadays?

It's gettin really big and I don't know if that's for the better I mean every kid and they fam's into hip-hop now. Most of them started after seein '8 Mile' or seein all their friends bein into it and that's why the rules have changed to where there are none. The good thing is that now there's something for everyone. Personally, I'd like to see hip-hop goin back underground or at least more than it is today and away from the pop charts cause now the mainstream runs hip-hop and not vice versa like back in the days. That's why we're only commercially successful as long as the big cats who run the business will let us. The day they decide not to fuck with hip-hop no more, we're back in the underground at our best. We need to take that control back so that hip-hop runs the business instead cause now for the first time we have the money and power to do that.

The EP you was talking about earlier, 'Back To The True School' EP, released two years ago, that was your first solo release?

Yes it was. I'm still proud of it cause to me it's a perfect hip-hop EP. I thought that I might only get to do that once on wax so I had better do it right. Also got a DJ tool on the B-side and I made sure the pressing was top-notch so that it's basically un-skip-able. That cost me an arm and a leg so I doubt I'll ever do that again, but the 12" is dope so it was worth it.

The original version of 'Extra Thug Sauce' was on that record. J-Zone remixed that track for Majik Most's 'Molesting Hip-Hop'a, and that remix is also on your new album. So are you proud of the fact that J-Zone remixed it?

J-Zone is my favourite producer in the new school, so I decided I would try and hook up with him and ask him to either rhyme or do a remix for my album. He wanted to do a remix so I paid him and sent him 'Extra Thug Sauce', he sent me the remix back and him and Celph mixed the vocals. Then I put it all together and added new cuts.

So why wasn't your production on the Majik album and why's the remix on your new album?

It was meant to be on my album but for a long time it looked like it wasn't gonna come out because of label-deals that didn't finalize. But I wanted people to hear the song and Celph wanted to put it out on Majik's mix tape so that's why it ended up there first. Now that I'm releasing my album, I felt I had to put it on there cause it's a bangin remix and J-Zone's the illest on beats right now.

The EP released on your own label Uncut Productions, why and when did you decide to start your own label?

I've started the label in the late 90's and released some CD-singles with Norwegian acts that didn't do too well so I shelved it, but then brought it back out when it was time to put out the EP and the album. The reason I started the label was because I was tired of label cats and other sheisty mofo's in this biz fuckin with me to tell you the truth. It's the old saying 'If you want something done, do it yourself' in effect right there.

What are your future plans with the label?

I'll probably just keep it on the DL until it's time to do my next album but you'll never know I might sign somebody too.

You worked with Maylay Sparks a few times, how did you hook up with him?

Thru my man DJ STQ in Sweden who is one of the best DJ's and party organizers there. He booked Grand Agent, Maylay Sparks and The Mountain Brothers to do a show and to record tracks for an album, me and STQ was gonna do together. So he flipped me Maylay's e-mail address and we hooked up. When it was time to go to Sweden to do the shows we also recorded 'Leisure' and 'Plans To Blow'. STQ got real busy DJ'ing after that and we didn't have much time to work on the album so that's how the tracks ended up on a B9000 12" and my EP/album respectively as well as an Illmind remix of 'Plans To Blow' featuring Reef on GA's Remix-EP.

How did y'all connect with Belgian label B9000 Records ?

Maylay knew Lefto and Dan from B9000. He was at my house recording songs and chillin and said he had a 12" deal with B9000 and needed songs for it. So we decided to send them 'Leisure' and '3 MC's'. They did a great job on that! It's a dope 12", not only the music but the cover art and the whole nine, and I feel good about havin' done a 12" distributed by the classic Groove Attack label.

The track 'Leisure' also features Grand Agent. What do you remember of the recording sessions?

That was in Sweden at a friend of STQ's studio, it had a nice set-up. I remember his pop-filter was fucked so we used a sweater that we hung on the mic cause everyone had just done a show and our socks weren't exactly all that clean enough for anyone to spit thru em so... (laughs). Man, it was a good time in Sweden. Maylay, GA and also Big Jim Slade and GQ from Militant Mindstate was there, in the studio kickin' it, that's why GA came up with the idea for the crowd-vocals in 'Plans To Blow'. We also had some fun at clubs and a pub out drinkin you know (laughs). I remember some old drunk wanting to be GA's best buddy that night, yellin and singin in GA's ear in Swedish and shit. Good for him GA's a laidback dude, so all in all it was fun. All them cats are dope, professional and down to earth, good people you know...well maybe except for that drunk guy.

Maylay Sparks album 'Legend In My Own Mind' was a Norwegian import, you did some beats on it, will it be released worldwide too?

It was gonna be, but the label City Connections shut down not long after the release. Shame cause it was a dope album, but it was bad timing and the label was run by musicians who wanted to spend more time makin' records than releasing them. I'm still cool with them though, they good peoples. If you have the 'Legend In My Own Mind' album hold on tight to it cause not only is it out of print but whatever the label had left in stock was destroyed after they decided to shut the label down, so it's already a rare album.

A lot of songs on that album appeared on Maylay's 'Ill Collabo' album too, right?

Yes, they did. About half of them are. The tracks that aren't, are on Maylay's myspace site now, minus 'Solid', which is on my album. I mixed and mastered it again so now it sounds better than it ever did. It's a banger that finally will be heard outside Norway.

'Ill Collabo' was released on Sony so in fact you guys went major!!?

Yeah we sold the fuck out!!! (laughs) Nah, it got put out on Hot Shit Records in Germany who are distributed by Sony. It's a really raw underground type of album as far as the music goes, so to have a major label-release that is a victory in its own right. I have seen that Sony in Germany are really good at puttin' out American underground artists so they are definitely doin' some good. I guess independent rap must be pretty big in Germany for them to do that.

You're workin closely with this Milwaukee group called The Pizdamen...

Yeah that's my crew in Milwaukee! Aaron Wade, Bobby Brewski and Clark Bent. Pizda means dirty cunt in Polish so it's basically us old dirty men talkin nasty shit with class. They also got the 'Late Night Hype Show' on the radio playin, nothing but new quality hip-hop and classics... Check em out at wmse.org. They have released a lot of albums locally in the Milwaukee/Minneapolis/Chicago area. I produced their latest album called 'Red Stars' which will be out probably early in 2006.

We believe you also have a song on the upcoming Army Of Pharoahs album?

Yeah, I did a beat for it on a joint with Outerspace, Chief Kamachi and Kingsyze with Vinnie Paz on the hook. I don't know for 100% sure if it will make the album but Jedi Mind Tricks manager got at me to get the info I wanted on the album-cover, which hopefully means it will be on there.

In 1991 you went to NYC and performed as an opening act for groups such as Ultramagnetic MC's, Masta Ace, KRS One, Fu-Schnickens, Show&AG, Lord Finesse and more, how does a Norwegian DJ gets the chance to do that? How do you look back on that period?

I had a manager in New York who hooked me up. I've been talking so much about it in interviews, etc. so to make it short it was a learning experience for better and worse. I learned the business, the game and survival on the streets of New York the hard way. NY was like hip-hop Mecca on the good side but it was no joke on the bad side. New York was wild back then, so I would say it shaped me as a human being and it shaped my music and the feeling I have about hip-hop. I mean, I don't wanna sound cocky but you really have to visit New York and The Bronx to get a feel of hip-hop and what it was like in the old school and why it started. It's like you just feel very different about it after havin lived it in NY where it all started out. It's really hard to explain, it's just the feelin' of it. One thing's for sure I might've left New York but it never left me. You can hear that my beats reflects a combination of what it's like in New York and Norway all in one.

You were a member of the extended family of BDP too, right? Was it through your work with Jamalski or through KRS One?

I was DJ'in a lot in clubs and Jamalski was always around gettin on the mic, especially at the club Giant Step where I was one of the resident DJ's. That's the club that more or less invented acid Jazz by the way. Cats like Masta Ace and Guru used to hang out there a lot and I think it inspired Guru to kick off the whole Jazzmatazz thing. As a matter of fact, his first tour-DJ for that was Jazzy Nice, who was also a resident DJ at Giant Step. BDP was all over New York back then and did a lot of parties where Kenny Parker would DJ and KRS1 would show up late to tear the house down. I got to know his brother ICU real well and used to hang out with them at clubs and DJ at some of their parties. So I hooked up with Jamalski and did cuts for him which is how I got affiliated with Boogie Down Productions.

The song you were in (of Jamalski's album), 'Hangin Tree', was on Schwarzenegger's movie 'Last Action Hero', did you get much money of that?

Hell yeah! I still get my monthly royalty check from the Bush Administration of course! I wish! (laughs) Nah, I mean, I only did cuts and helped out with the mix and production but it was used a lot in the movie so hopefully Jamal saw some cash from that. It's the instrumental theme that plays in the background when they're at the police station etc., so all in all, it plays for about 20+ minutes thru the movie. Jamal was signed to Ruffhouse/Sony back then, so I guess it was them pullin strings who made that happen. I just got back in touch with Jamal on the Internet. He lives in France now and has a family and all that good stuff. He's recording a hip-hop album right now. I just sent him some beats so hopefully some of them will make it to the album.

You were also in the studio with Gang Starr, during the recordings of 'Daily Operation'...

Yeah, that was through a good friend of Primo. We stopped by D&D one day and they were busy recording 'Flip the Script'. We was just kickin' it for a couple of hours and Primo showed us all the records he had sampled from for the album, including Eddie 'Smeero' Hazel and The Horny Horns which was dope to me cause I'm a big P-Funk fan and a big Gang Starr fan of course.

I saw quotes from DJ Red Alert 'Jesus Christ On the turntable' and Afrika Bambaata 'I like your scratchin son on your website, did you know them from your period in NYC?

The first MC I ever worked with from the States was Tricky Tee (Sleeping Bag Records, Mantronix, Johnny the Fox, etc.). He was down with The Zulu Nation and knew all the old school cats. So at a jam at The Ritz, where we were the opening act for BDP and DAS EFX, everyone was there. We talkin jam-packed, 5000 hardcore hip-hop heads in the heart of NY and I was DJ'ing and really tearin' it up on the cut. So Red Alert got on the mic and yelled 'We got Jesus Christ on the turntables tonight'. Tricky Tee asked if I wanted to meet Bam and of course I wanted to! He's a super-hero to me, so he came to the booth, shook my hand and said 'I like your scratchin son!' That's really all the recognition I'll ever need.

Do you call yourself a DJ or turntablist?

Both. I started out as a DJ and got into turntablism later. It's like you can't scratch a whole night at a club and you can't mix club records on a hip-hop track either, so they both needed.

You like to scratch with 'flashy'samples, that's become a real trademark of you right? Is there a philosophy behind it?

Yeah, that, plus rhymin on the cut like not just throw in a couple of hot lines from records but I sit down and write verses but with other peoples rhymes from records. I try and go as far out in the universe mentally, when I scratch, on some straight up Star Wars type shit. That's why I like laser sounds, that and moans are my favourites. It's like havin a sex orgy in outer space or something that might best describe it (laughs). I like fast scratches plus I'm trying to do stuff that's never been done before, I wanna make people go 'Oh my god, danger!' when they hear my cuts. It's hard to impress now because so much has been done but I'm still aimin' for that. Like when they first heard Grandmaster Flash, D.ST, Cash Money, Aladdin, Q-Bert, Craze and so on... I'm trying to continue that. But on records, cause I don't battle or tour no more, at least not right now.

What do you like most: producing or DJ’ing?

I'm way more into makin beats than turntablism. DJ'ing is where I come from, so I respect that 110%! But beats is where my heart's at nowadays and where it has been for the past 10 years. I still do practice on the tables quite a lot still though.

Do you think the experience of DJ'ing is essential to become a good producer?

Yes definitely! Because thru DJ'ing and especially regular club work, you learn about good and bad music, and you learn about timing and reading people. If you take time out to get dope on the mix, you learn how records are made and mixed and you know what works and what doesn't musically as well as when it comes to what people like or not. All that's much needed when makin' music or handlin your B.I. in the rap game.

What's your production equipment? What did you start with back in the days?

I use a little of this and that, but my main sampler is the EMU-SP-1200. I also have an Akai S-1000, various synths, etc. I started makin' beats using two tape-decks and would record over and over to multi-track the joints. It sounded like shit, but it was a start. My dad was a musician so he would always have the latest drum machines and keyboards so I'd play around with those. My first sampler was a Roland S-550.

Why do you prefer SP over MPC or synths?

Because it has that dirty, hard, gritty sound that no other sampler or computer can duplicate. There's a reason why a lot of the best producers such as Easy Moe Bee, Large Pro, Pete Rock and so on use or used it! Since I want that gritty kind of 90's sound to my beats, I'll keep usin it forever! Also the 10 seconds sampling memory forces creativity which has made me learn so many tricks that I would've just skipped had I used a sampler with more memory. If you want your beats to sound crisping clean, the SP fixes that too. I've made beats that sounds like synthesizer beats on the SP with no problem. I like the MPC's though and I might fuck with a synth every now and then, but to quote someone I don't remember. For that straight up hip-hop, you'll loose against the SP12 and that, my friends, is the truth. Not everyone can fuck with it I know but to me it can't be touched. No Hammer!

(laughs) Aight! So when did you start listening to hip-hop?

As a kid in school. I must've been about 9 or 10, I was already into DJ'in then. Me and my boy Paul used to DJ all the Kids - Disco's and stuff like that. One day he had been out buyin' records, brought them and a turntable to the class during lunch-break and put on 'Rappers Delight' and I was hooked from that day on.

What were your first hip-hop records?

'Rapper's Delight', 'Rap-O-Clap-O' by Joe Bataan, Jocko's 'Rhythm talk' and Kurtis Blow's 'Throughout your years' were the first. They were more disco-rap records so I guess as far as straight hip-hop, it was probably 'Wheels Of Steel' by Grandmaster Flash.

When did you start digging?

Man, my dad started diggin' for me before me! (laughs) When I was a kid, right, we used to go into town and visit the record stores. I would get him to buy me either some of the latest disco or funk records or soundtracks cause I was too young to get into the actual movies. So I would beg him to buy me stuff like the James Bond soundtracks or a Dracula soundtrack or you know anything that I was too young to see and I would go home, listen to the records while lookin at the pictures on the covers and imagining how it would be like actually SEEING the movies. (laughs)

What were your first non-hip-hop records?

Well besides the obvious Norwegian children's records it was the soundtrack for the disco movie 'Thank God it's Friday' and the soundtrack for James Bond - Goldfinger. That was my first vinyl, before that it was tapes... stuff like Boney M, Donna Summer, Chic. I was a disco kid before I got into hip-hop.

How many records do you have?

About 20 000. I've sold and traded a lot too. I wanna try and make my collection so, that I can pull every record out and want to play it, have some good memories from it, or sample off it.

Have you sampled Norwegian music yet? Because there's a few jazz/obscure groups over there who sound real dope...

Yes. Not a lot, but you know the odd beat here and there. There's some great Norwegian artists from the 70's like Titanic who has a couple of much sampled breaks or Jazz records from Norway from back in the days, like Frode Thingnes, Jon Eberson, Karin Krog, etc. I sampled Norwegian Jazz singer Silje Nergaard too, for Maylay's 'My Heart' from the LIMOM album, which we got permission for because it was already a big hit in Norway. Because of that, haters probably say I sampled it so I could blow up off a song that was already big, but for real, I really loved the sound of her band on that record. It sounds like 70's, moody kinda funky Jazz, in the style of the Heath Brothers almost at their best. Oh, talkin' bout them…did you know that 'Smilin' Billy Suite' that Nas sampled for 'One Love' was recorded in Oslo, Norway at Talent studios back in the 70's? And that Jan Garbarek's 'Esoteric Circle' was the first Norwegian record ever sampled? It was sampled by Black Sheep on the Trespass O.S.T in '90 I believe. (1992, the Black Sheep song is called 'On The Wall', ed.)

Can you name a few of the rarest records in your collection?

That's tough, but as far as hip-hop, hmmm, well let's just say I have most of those early rap and electro 12"s, people are payin ridiculous amounts for on Ebay now, cause I bought them all when they came out. Some rare stuff I have is the Live Convention LP's, most of the early Enjoy, Sugarhill, Tommy Boy, Paul Winley, all the Juice Crew stuff, all the early 90's stuff…most of it on test press, freestyle bootleg albums with everyone from Flash and The Furious 5 to Wu-Tang and ATCQ, etc. I think I have most that's worth having when it comes to hip-hop from '79 to '02. The last couple of years I haven't really bought that much hip-hop but have been collecting 80's funk and boogie albums and 12"s a lot… I have some of the most sought after records in that category such as the Gaston LP's, Pied Piper LP, Spunk LP, General Caine 12"s and more... I'm REALLY into the electronic funk style that was big from like 79 to 84.

So you have tons of funk records…

I love that style of 80's funk. The 70's was cool and hold better stuff to sample but as far as spaced-out funk for the dance floor, the early 80's can't be touched plus it's special to me cause that's the music I grew up with along with hip-hop. I have just about every P-Funk album and 12" released, including all the spin-offs and unreleased stuff from the likes of Sterling Silver Starship, Godmoma, Trey Lewd and so on... and I have one of them Vocoders records, Roger Troutman used on all the Zapp albums and a couple of old spaced-out synths. I'm also really into the club-funk stuff from labels like Westend, Salsoul and so on. I have mad respect for the old disco DJ's as well, such as Larry Levan, Tee Scott, Francois K., Nicky Siano, Frankie Knuckles, David Mancuso and so on. Did you know that disco DJ Walter Gibbons was probably the first DJ to mix break beats? Word has it that Kool Herc was inspired by him?

Do you buy stuff on Ebay?

Not much. I usually just trade with other collectors. I'll REALLY have to fiend for a record if I'm to pay Ebay prices. I might also clean out 2nd hand stores' storage spots where they usually keep the records before they reach the stores, so that I can grab the good stuff. I also go to people's houses and dig their attics, basements out. Most people are just happy to get rid of their vinyl and give it for free, so that's a nice way of comin up with stuff to sample and that occasional rare gem, I think.

Favourite rap records:

Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight (12")
Grandmaster Flash - Adventures on the wheels of steel (12")
Furious five - It's Nasty (Genius Of Love) (12")
Jazzy 5 - Jazzy Sensation (12")
Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock, Perfect Beat and Renegades (12"s)
Herbie Hancock - Rockit (12")
K-9-Corp. - Dog Talk (12")
Grandmixer D.ST - Home Of Hiphop (12")
Afrika Bambaataa and Family - Funk You (12")
Doug E Fresh - The Show (12")
Run-DMC - Sucker MC's (12")
Run-DMC - Raising Hell (LP)
Beastie Boys - Licenced to ill (LP)
LL Cool J - B.A.D. (LP)
Public Enemy - Yo,Bum rush the show (LP)
BDP - Criminal Minded and By all means necessary (LP's)
Jungle Brothers - Straight out the jungle (LP)
NWA - Straight outta Compton (LP)
Ice Cube - Amerikkkas most wanted (LP)
Eric B and Rakim - Eric B For President/My melody (12")
EPMD - You gots to chill (12")
Anything from the Juice Crew and Marley Marl
Super Lover Cee and Casanova Rud - Do the james (12")
Stezo - Crazy Noise (LP)
Main Source - Breaking atoms (LP)
Nas - Illmatic (LP)
Mobb Deep - The Infamous (LP)
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the 36 chambers (LP)
Common Sense - Resurrection (LP)
Pete Rock and CL Smooth - Everything they ever did together.
I.N.I. - Center of Attention (LP)
Gangstarr - Moment Of Truth (LP)
Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent by design (LP)
J-Zone - Music for tu madre and Bottle of whup-ass (EP's)
D-Story - Roll Out (12")
Chino XL - I told you so (CD)
Immortal Technique - Revolutionary parts 1 and 2 (CD's)
Little Brother - The Listening (LP)
Supastition - Chain Letters (LP)
and of course...
The White Shadow Of Norway - Renegades (CD)

Favourite non-rap records:

General Caine - Shake (12")
Funkadelic - Knee Deep (12")
Funkadelic - One nation under a groove (12")
Zapp- More bounce/Dancefloor/Grapevine/Heartbreaker,etc… (12"'s)
James Brown - The Payback (LP)
Roy Ayers - Coffy (OST-LP)
Isaac Hayes - Truck Turner (LP)
Alan Tew - Hanged Man (OST-LP)
David Shire - The Taking of Pelham (LP)
Bootsy - Bodyslam (12") and One Giveth (LP)
Positive Force - We got the funk (12")
Curtis Hairston - I want you all tonight (12")
Rockers Revenge - Walking On Sunshine (12")
Megadeth - Countdown to extinction (LP)
Kiss - Alive 1 & 2 (LP's)
Slayer - Reign in blood (LP)
Duran Duran - Rio (LP)
B 52's – Partymix (EP)
Giorgio Moroder - Midnight Express (12")
Patrick Cowley/Donna Summer - I Feel Love (12" Remix)
Incredible Bongo Band - Apache (LP)
Herman Kelly - Dance to the drummers beat (12")
Cheryl Lynn - Got to be real (12")
I got 10.000's of fav's so I'm gonna leave it there.

What music are you listening to right now?

My album, Supastition's album, the free remix CD which will be a bonus with my album, 80's funk & boogie and whatever beat I'm makin' right now.

On your albums there's also some movie skits and you're named after a TV-show, so we guess you like movies/TV a lot. Can you name some of your favourite movies?

I'm into horror and exploitation movies, especially violent 70's films from Italy. Stuff like Fulci, Argento and Giallo movies. My favourites of all time are The Shining and Carlito's Way though.

What are your fav TV-shows?

I like Malcolm in the Middle and Swedish crime-movies such as Beck and 70's cop shows such as Kojak, Baretta, Columbo and the German detective series Derrick as well as old TV-series like Claudius and Roots.

Say your Lucky Luke, would you shoot faster than your white shadow?

I don't know about that, but I do know I will ride off in the sunset with a couple of them pretty saloon maids on my lap.

Can you scratch faster than your shadow?

My shadow and me scratch at the same time on one turntable and two mixers. We make a mean team my Shadow and me!

How many degrees is it in Norway right now (in the shadow)?

0 as in Zero and snowing! Brrrrr.

When does it get dark nowadays? And how does that affect your producing work?

When I get up...I'm basically a vampire and it's soon time to hit the coffin. I only make beats at night.

Alcohol and Scandinavia don't go together well unless you're rich. How do you tackle that problem? Do you have any mysterious/secret breweries?

The Moonshine biz is still at an all-time high here.

Do you write in Bokmal or NyNorsk?

Jibberish!

Since you're from Geilo, do you snowboard?

Nah... The snow gets me bored.

Word Association:

DJ Fresh

That's me back in the days.

DJ Cash Money

'Callin' me a sucka, boy you pushin a broom'
'Hah-h-h-hah-hah-hard as hell!'

Tim Dog

He's back! And 'Fuck Compton'!

Inspector Morse

He doesn't like my beats after I put drums on em but he's still as smart as they come.

Celph Titled

He's fuckin your girl!

J-Zone

Captain Backslap!

Majik Most

Oh my god!!...Cherokee Indians!!!!!!!!!!!

Supastition

Cotdaaaamn! He's dope as hell!

D-Stroy

Holy Cow!!

What are your future music plans?

Right now, I gotta prepare for the album to come out and keep promoting it. I will continue workin with Supastition, Pizdamen, Maylay, Infinito, Guttamouf, Outerspace and all my people. I'm workin' on an EP right now with my main man in NYC Crayon and Rock Shabazz of The Longshots/FNY, Jamalski, Mic Stylz and much more to come. I'm makin new beats right now, so imma keep it goin next year and start workin on my follow-up album too. I'm not really tryin to work with too many new cats now, I just wanna keep building with the people I already work with, but hey, Jay Z or Nas if ya'll readin' this: holla!

You heard it Hova! Shout outs?

First up, as always, the Creator whatever shape or form it/he/she might be. My mother, father, grandmother, aunt and cousins and the rest of my family, my best friend and home-girl Phobia, my main man AK, my dawg Addvibe and thanks to ya'll at platform8470 for the interview!! All horny teen girls can send their (nude) pics and info to uncut_productions@yahoo.com and finally… a BIG extra special thank you to ALL the mc's on my album because without ya'll in the words of J-Zone tho' I flipped it. I'd have the hottest beats on the planet. Peace.

Peace Shadow!

 

POSTED 10|31|2005
conducted by cpf

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