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Spit Syndicate - Hustle And Flow

Author: NJ
Monday, 23 June 2008
3D's NJ moves Towards The Light with Spit Syndicate, whose debut album has done that rare thing: justified the hype.

Congrats on the release of your debut, Towards The Light, guys - is it a relief to finally have the hard copy out there after its long gestation period-
It's definitely a huge relief - it's been a long time in between hearing then writing and then recording the music, the mixing and mastering process, finding a record label home, etc. It's almost been a little too long, but we've already learnt a lot from the whole experience, so next time it'll all run a bit smoother, hopefully.

Nick, you said in an interview with us in 2006 that 'often an artist's best music comes from their first release'; do you think you've met or exceeded your own expectations with Towards the Light-
It's very difficult for me to look at the album objectively; after the entire process of recording and releasing an album, the way you look at the music isn't the same as how a casual listener will approach it. I'm very proud of the album and what we've achieved so far, but my ears are so far from fresh, and there is still a long way to go.

The beats were contributed by Jase, M-Phazes, Fame and LA's Ro Blvd; did you work collaboratively with them to get the sound you wanted-
We were familiar with the strengths of each of the producers and knew the sound that we wanted to get from them - which helped when we were picking beats from their catalogues. Once we finished recording, there was some back and forth collaborating, but being on the same page to begin with meant that the collaboration process was quite cool. Phazes and Jase are our friends too, which makes the whole thing easier.

There's a real soulful feel to the album, is that the vibe you were aiming for with the beats-

We were going for a polished, colourful, soulful vibe with the beats and choruses - there are a lot of guest vocalists on the album. We wanted to make the sort of music that we'd listen to ourselves.

The album also features a few guest vocal spots and verses - tell us a bit about the guest spots you were most excited to score, or which impressed you the most-
There are a fair few guest vocalists on the album, but the majority of them are our friends, we didn't want to be relying too heavily on big names for guest appearances for a debut album. Solo, who hails from a crew called Horrorshow, is probably the most impressive - he lends his immense talent to about four songs. Horrorshow are going to be big in 08.

You're showing off some truly killer flows on the album, especially the double-time verses on the lead single Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - was it a deliberate tactic to step up the technicality of your rapping on this album-
Thank you. It's not really a tactic, though, it's just how we try and write our raps. We grew up on rappers who have the cool flow, the swagger and the substance to their music - that's what we're trying to hit. Just some cool, killer flow without being too technical, nerd-rap about it.  

Do you each have a favourite verse on the album, for its lyrical content or flow-
My favourite verse is probably Jimmy's on Lost Boys, and his would probably be mine on Shadows Approaching.

You decided to go with Obese as your label in the end, what swayed your decision-
We wanted to put our music out with a label that, first and foremost, understood our music and where we're trying to take it. In addition to that, we wanted the label to be able to push us to radio properly and put us on the road. Obese were that label for us - shout outs to whole staff down there, we have a lot of love for 'em.