In honor of the end of Ford Entertainment Magazine, we’ve decided to reprint all our past interviews!! Catch up on all the articles you may have missed!
This week, we’re reprinting the articles from the September 2010 Issue of Ford E. Mag. Enjoy!
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The New School of Hip Hop
By Paige Diamond
When I first heard of the rap group G.U.N.S., like anyone else I rolled my eyes thinking to myself “another rap group that is continuing the cycle of misrepresenting what hip hop culture is.” The acronym G.U.N.S. stands for Goons United by the New School which lends itself to a deeper interpreta-tion. Based out of the hood of “Deepside” in Ft. Lauderdale, FL the quartet is bringing a new spin on what we not only think southern rap is but also how rappers from the south are viewed. I enjoyed this interview thoroughly not because they rep my hood (I grew up in Deepside) but because they shatter a lot of stereotypes which reconfirms “Never judge a book by its cover.” Check out this exclusive interview!
Paige Diamond: When I first came across the name of your group, it raised a lot of questions for me since I’m a big fan of Hip Hop Culture and its music, not to mention you rep not only my county but my hood “Deepside”. Explain to our readers what is the “NEW SCHOOL” of hip hop?
Pebo Florida: Word! Much love “Deepside”! Doing big things, you already know we trying to put Broward on the map. The new school of hip hop isn’t so new if you’re into Hip-Hop. You could really say the new school of Hip Hop is Run DMC, LL Cool J, De La Soul and other groups like them coming from the Northeast in the 80’s.
Jay Balla: Back then Hip Hop was aggressive afro-centric, political, innovative, they could take a sample of an old joint and make it new again.
Pebo Florida: That’s the kind of music that paved away for us to love what we do that’s why we’re Goons United by the New School late 80’s babies, so now people think New School they sometimes forget about those cats.
Jay Balla: Now the new school is flashy, blinged out, and about status, but that’s more “The New Era” a new style of doing it without loosing the lyrical elements. So, now we’re the new school, new look, new music, new looks, new motivation.
Paige Diamond: What is missing right now from the rap game?
Young A.C.: Simply put…the truth.
Paige Diamond: If you weren’t doing music right now, what do you think you would’ve been doing as a career?
Jay Balla: I don’t think about it much, probably playing some type of sport maybe football .
Young A.C.: I would probably be in school for some type of music.
Pebo Florida: I’m pretty creative so the possibilities are endless, but I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing.
T-Stunna: I like money so I’d be doing something to make money.
Paige Diamond: Which style/era of rap influenced you the most?
Jay Balla: Honestly for me, all eras all regions and it’s cra-zy because I’m from the south but I grew up listening to dudes from the N.E. and West Coast
Young A.C.: I would say music that came out between the years of 1997-99 Hot Boyz and RocaFella made me really want to get involved with music
Pebo Florida: I’ve been influenced by all type of music not necessarily just rap so it’s to many to list, but recently what Kanye West and Lil Wayne are doing is motivation for my lyrics, it’s like I have to take it to the next level to be in the same frat with these dudes.
T-Stunna: The “New School” when they were emcee’s title sounds like you had to have a degree to do it then; rappers were lyrical and actually had talent.
Paige Diamond: When you blow and become main stream, how do you plan to keep true to your fan base that may not want the watered down same old rap they hear on the radio?
T-Stunna: Keep changing my style up, I am T-Stunna so you know whatever music I make is going to be hot!
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