Cee-Rock “The Fury”
Cee-Rock “The Fury”
Well, I’m no other than [trumpets sound], the one and only [more trumpets, plus tom-toms] Cee-Rock “The Fury.” A highly respected international emcee and networker from Q-Sector, New York. (That’s Queens, in case you didn’t know.) I’m also the urban A&R and international talent scout for !Handzup!/Turmic Records. In addition, I’m also the founder of the !Handzup! Network.
Q-Sector, New York. I’m one of the original members of the Linden Crew.
Man… What don’t I do? I emcee. I write. I produce. I network like crazy. I do !Handzup! Network Myxxtapes. I host events. I make hooks. I sing a little (better than Biz Markie and Erick Sermon, though). I tour overseas almost every year. I was dishes at home. I recycle bottles and cans. (Recycle, people: That’s gas money right there!) I freestyle. I beatbox. I work the microwave. I do interviews for magazines such as yours. And more!
I’d say I’ve been in the game before the game was even a game. I’ve seen the foundation of hip-hop grow from the bottom up. This is why I have so much respect for the pioneers, veterans and legends in the game. If it wasn’t for them, most people wouldn’t be where they are today. They need to pay homage.
I can’t exactly pinpoint my very first performance, but I know I ripped it. I used to perform way back in the day at the Black Spectrum Theatre, and I won many contests there. I still have BASF and TDK cassette tapes to this day from when I was a kid rapping and kicking some stuff. I even got Mr. Magic giving me a shout-out when he used to do radio, on cassette.
An appreciation of my work and various accolades of my accomplishments. The best thing you can leave this planet with is your good name. It’s like a kid getting an “A+” in school: Kids always want to do better and more when the teacher acknowledges their work and says, “Great Job!” Extreme crowd applause is like a huge surge of energy you feed off of. It’s fuel that gets you hyped, amped up and in the zone, so you immediately go up to another level of excellence afterwards. You and your audience should feed off each others energy. The result is a happy crowd who got their money’s worth, and the performer reaps the rewards of the reaction from their performance. I always give my all, whether it’s in the studio or on the big stage. I want people to know that I’ve always represented a zillion percent and delivered that top-notch, Q-Sector quality music. Shout-out to my Linden Boulevard stomping grounds!
I want people to remember me as an emcee who followed the hip-hop code like a samurai. I still believe that the music should be based on lyricism, delivery, voice factor, stamina, good production and content. There should also be some sense of direction when it comes to hip-hop. Many people today are doing it, but don’t even understand the mechanics of what it is they’re doing. Just because you can swing a bat doesn’t make you a freaking Yankee! You have to earn your stripes as an emcee. I don’t care how much money you make: Good is good, and wack is wack. I’m not gonna buy Donald Trump’s rap album just because he’s a multimillionaire! A gold or diamond chain on your neck doesn’t make you Rakim. Most people today think you just pick up a mic and say some gibberish, preschool words over a beat with a redundant hook and it’s all good. Real hip-hop is much more than that. It’s a science that we take great pride in. It’s like making the perfect soup or sandwich: all the ingredients must be added properly and presented well so everyone can enjoy. I want people to know me as that cat who’s always “Bringin’ da’ yowzah!!!”
Aside from music, I would have to say my parents. They gave me a sense of balance in life. Rest in peace to my pops (love you always, dad). Now on the music tip, some of my biggest influences are as follows: Rakim, Chuck D, Brother J, Run-DMC, Guru (RIP), Crash Crew, LL Cool J, Masters Of Ceremony, Heavy D, A Tribe Called Quest, UTFO, EPMD, Juice Crew, Ultramagnetic MCs, Funky Four Plus One, Brand Nubian, Salt-N-Pepa, Ice Cube, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Das EFX, Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, James Brown, Jackson 5, Spyder-D, KRS ONE, Stevie Wonder, Musiq Soulchild, Super Cat, Prince, Chill Rob G, New Edition, Mary J. Blige, Prince and me, Cee-Rock ‘The Fury’ (shameless plug).
That’s what she said… [laughing] Seriously, I don’t sleep that much. I be in what I call “zombie mode” quite a bit. I only sleep when my body tells me that I’ve been up way too long and then my body just crashes. I tend to come up with a lot of cool ideas at night, so I stay up just to jot them down. I also stay up late and work on sample loops, production and tend to my various webpages that I oversee. I be working on my !Handzup! Network Myxxtapes at night as well.
I’m going to continue to make great music everyone can appreciate. I may be going back overseas again to tour this year, and I will be droppin’ my new album entitled Furyosity Killz The Kat by the end of this year. (I even have a track with the legendary Reggie Reg from Crash Crew on it.) I already have two singles out from that album which are called “Jus Rememberin’ Stuff” and “Club Rulez.” You can find those through most digital outlets, so please go get those along with my other works and support real hip-hop for a change. I also got some more !Handzup! Network Myxxtapes coming out soon, as well as my Hystory On Cassette projects. Peace.