Who are you?
Well, I am no other than [trumpets blow]—the one and only [more trumpets, plus tom-toms]—Cee-Rock "The Fury". A highly respected international emcee and networker from Q-Sector, NY (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 am also the founder of !Handzup! Network.
Where do you live?
Q-Sector (a word I made up for "Queens, NY" many, many, many years ago). I'm one of the original members of the Linden Crew! Linden Boulevard is a main artery strip that goes a long way, even through Brooklyn and Long Island.
What do you do?
Maaaan... 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 (I'm better than Biz Markie and Erick Sermon though). I tour overseas almost every year. I was dishes at home. I recycle cans and bottles (recycle people—that's gas money right there!). I freestyle. I beatbox. I work the microwave. I do interviews for magazines such as yours (support UNDR RPBLC MGZN—shameless plug)... And more!
When did you start?
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/legends in the game—if it wasn't for them, most people wouldn't be where they are today—they need to pay homage!
How was your first live performance?
I can't exactly pinpoint my very first performance, but I know I ripped it. I used to perform waaaaaaay back at the Black Spectrum Theater and I won many contests there when I was just a kid. I still have BASF and TDK cassette tapes to this day when I was a kid rapping and kickin' some stuff. I even got Mr. Magic givin' me a shout-out when he used to do radio (RIP) on cassette to this day!
What would you like to gain from your work?
Most definitely, appreciation and various accolades of my accomplishments. The best thing you can leave on this planet is your good name. It's like a kid gettin' a "A+" in school—the kids always want to do better and do more when the teacher acknowledges their works and say "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 after that. You and your audience should feed off each other's energy. The result is a happy crowd who got their money's worth and the performer reaps the reward based on the reaction of the performance(s). I always give my all, whether it's in the studio or for the big stage. I want people to know that I've always represented one zillion percent and always delivered that Q-Sector quality muzik. Shout-out out to my Linden Boulevard stompin' grounds!
What would you like your audience to gain from your work?
I want people to remember me as an emcee who followed the hip-hop code like a samurai. I still believe that 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 are doing. Just because you can swing a bat doesn't make you a freakin' Yankee! You have to earn your stripes as an emcee in my opinion. I don't care how much money you make—good is good and wack is wack! I am not gonna buy Donald Trump's rap album just because he is a multimillionaire! A gold or diamond chain on your neck doesn't make you Rakim by any means! 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 the perfect sandwich—all the ingredients must be added properly and presented well so people can enjoy your musical food for thought and cater to the "eardrum's palate". I want people to know me as that kat who is always "Bringin' da' yowzah!!!".
Who or what are your biggest influences?
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 (luv U always, dad). Now on the music tip, some of my biggest influences are as follows: Rakim * Chuck D (of Public Enemy) * Brother J (of X-Clan) * Run-DMC (RIP to JMJ) * Guru (of Gang Starr—RIP) * The Crash Crew * LL Cool J * Masters Of Ceremony * Heavy D * A Tribe Called Quest * UTFO * EPMD * Juice Crew * Ultramagnetic MC's * Funky Four Plus One * Brand Nubian * Salt 'N Pepa * Ice Cube * Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick * Das Efx * Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic 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 * Cee-Rock "The Fury" (shameless plug).
What keeps you up at night?
That's what she said (I know—bad Office joke). [laughs] 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 waaaay 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 also attend to my various webpages that I oversee. I be workin' on my "!Handzup! Network Myxxtapes" at night as well. In addition, I'm currently workin' on my 2nd album, so that keeps me up. I get a lot of Skype calls at night because people hit me up from various countries with different timezones, so I have to network with individuals in various times of the day.
To continue to make great muzik everyone can appreciate—not that "even a caveman can do it" muzik! I may be going back overseas to tour again this year and I will be droppin' my new album entitled Furyosity Killz The Kat by the end of this year—hopefully (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 Remeberin' Stuff" and "Club Rulez". You can find that through mostly all digital retail outlets for purchase so please go get those (along with my other works) and support some real hip-hop for a change. I also got some more "!Handzup! Network Myxxtapes" coming out, as well as my "Hystory On Cassette" projects.