Q&A With Underground Hip Hop Duo The Shield Enforcers

Q&A With Underground Hip Hop Duo The Shield Enforcers

I’m glad I came across this solid album guys! Really a breath of fresh air to hear real Underground Hip Hop from real MC’s!!! How long have you guys known each other? Where are you guys from, & who was the first person to even mention forming a duo group?

Pro: I met MOC when The American poets 2099 came out to ABQ to do a show back in March 2012. I think it was a mutual decision to start the group.
Masta Of Ceremoniez: I think at first we thought about doing a 12- inch vinyl single and it manifested later in to something greater!

Give us some background on how you guys came up with the name The Shield Enforcers.

Pro: We refer to The American Poets 2099 logo as the shield. So this group was formed to enforce that Brand of music hence we are The Shield Enforcers.

On your latest album “Crash Course”, I noticed it was entirely produced by Skarekrow which personally I have never heard of? He is a viscous producer, and I’m glad that I now have been exposed to his art! How did you guys end up having him produce the project from front to back? Usually MC’s push album with multiple producers nowadays!!!..LOL

Pro: Skarekrow is a long time Emcee/B-Boy/Producer for The West Coast Killa Beez and Krow has been producing tremendous beats for myself aswell for the last 15 years so it was natural to bring him into the fold.

How do you guys feel about have features? Recently it has been a huge topic, debating weather or not feature artists that have big names, no names or leave them out entirely. I noticed that this new album features some real heavyweights to say the least, but sometimes features tend to backfire, or even bloggers like myself could care less about features but rather focus on the main artists of the project. Give us your take on this topic. Your guy’s PRO’s and CON’s.

Pro: Your very right sometimes it is a double-edged sword but at the end of the day I like to collaborate in the studio and vibe with other talented Emcee’s. The majority of the time I’m in the studio with the featured artist unlike most of the internet rappers who collect verses via online or through some one who isn’t even aware there is a track out in the world with said artist on it.

Masta Of Ceremoniez: I think after listening to the album the world can hear that we can hold our own on the mic but hearing us rap next to some of the best shows A we have no fear to hop on a track with well-respected mc’s and B we can make a song that has replay value without having to skip our verses. I do think if you as an artist have nothing skill wise to bring to the table you may be setting yourself up for failure. Also the artists featured on our project has a mutual respect for us.

I’m assuming you guys are in your Mid 30’s or older, in your opinions, do you guys feel “Underground Hip Hop” has changed compared to the early 2000’s and today. How people look at it or take it in. Some categorize underground Hip Hop as backpack rap or artists who don’t hit it big. But us real underground heads know exactly what underground Hip Hop is. Your guy’s take on this?

Pro: I’m before myspace facebook and Twitter accounts advances offered from labels were in bigger amounts. I got my first set of turntables in 1997 and started recording to a tape deck rapping out a pair of headphones. I started rapping a few years before that. But to answer the question the music has changed greatly over the years but more than that the recording process has changed tremendously. The way music is found and processed had changed. You can just go to youtube and type in a name of a song and boom there it is. No one has to hunt down the music take a two hr trip to go look for a song or album. The music is to accessable and easy to find so no one treasure it or appreciates it anymore.

Masta Of Ceremoniez: I think the industry as a whole has changed. I hear heads refer to ASAP Rocky as backpack rap. Yes, the early 2000’s bred some great talent through labels like BabyGrande, Chambermusik, & Fatbeats and there was more of an interest to like sounding artists but through social media you can do it yourself so I think there is less money invested in the marketing of a record and spent more on touring and merch because it takes money to do those things.

Please take me into the creative process that went behind the new album “Crash Coarse”.

Pro: Every song is different but it all starts with a Krow Beat.

Masta Of Ceremoniez: We start with the beat add verses to it discussed the song format and plugged the features in after the fact. C sik at The Drug Lab who did the mixing and mastering of the album added components to the songs to get it sounding right as well as St.Louis from The Concrete Saints playing keys on their jazzed our sound up too.

Any new music videos coming out? Any new project you both are working on?

Pro: We still have some visuals for this album to put out and we might put out another ep later this years aswell.

Masta Of Ceremoniez: We got a mini documentary coming by Bam Sukka TV dropping soon be on the lookout for that.

How often do you guys perform live together?

Pro: We perform a few time a year together. But Moc performs year round this dude is a beast.

Drop us your links where people can find your music?

Any shout out?

Pro: Shout to you guys for the interview and much respect to the Hip Hop community.

Masta Of Ceremoniez: Shouts out to Thrice Great Records and for releasing the album.

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