posted: 07-31-04
interview : tadah
Okay, please introduce yourself.
My name is Buddy Leroy pka Abnormul. I am an emcee, visionary and graphic designer. It's spelled 'abnormul'.
I know you got crew, please introduce it and its members.
I represent the mighty Broady Champs with Marq Spekt, Nyce & PG, as well as Dirty Needlz, with B.C., Solace Morner, Scholar and producers Illa and Danny; and Blatant Disregard with Dcent One.
That's a lot of crews. Why so many crews?
I'm down with so many crews because I have so many ideas that can't be achieved through the same outlet.
Broady Champs are my homies from the journey through Atlanta's underground. That represents my more traditional 94-95 type style. Dirty Needlz is an extension of B.C., that old street corner/mixtape shit. Blatant Disregard is my best friend since Jr. High, Dcent One and myself, finally manifesting our ideas from back then on how progressive hip-hop should sound. We are also a graphic design team.
So where are you from? You gotta rep your hood.
Right now I represent Austin TX. Before that I was in Atlanta with the rest of the Champs. I was raised in Fayetteville NC, aka Fayettenam.
The rest of the Champs is still in Atlanta, right?
Yes, the Broady Champs are still based in Atlanta GA.
How is life there?
Life in Austin is very different than what I'm used to. I was culture-shocked upon my arrival. I went from a predominately Black are to a predominately white and Asian area. Now I am used to it, and am absorbing all the inspiration I can from here. There are lots of beautiful women and weirdos.
Are you there for good or just until your next move?
Just until the next move. Europe or Japan would be ideal.
What do we need to know about you?
All you really need to know about me is that, I'm here to pump some life back into this culture that is slowly being leaked of its soul.
That's something a lot of people say they will, but how are you exactly going to do it? Is it even possible?
I live, eat, shit, breathe, and smoke this hip-hop. Every time I sweat that's Hip-Hop manifested. I will achieve my goal through education as well as entertainment. I'm lettin' people know where I got style or samples from. I'm not just snatchin' influence without letting people know. I am also bringing something new to add to the cipher.
What would you like to tell us about you, that we probably don't care to know? (smile)
Highly suicidal tendencies.
Hmm, research shows that people that talk about their suicidal tendencies are not really at risk to actually commit it. So why do you say that then?
Sometimes I think I am too dynamic for this world. Ever since a kid I yearned for the answers to questions that my parents still can't answer for me, and I have not been able to figure out myself as an adult. I am paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic, avoidant, and obsessive compulsive. Dealing with myself, can be a big problem, so the rest of the world is even harder.
When I think about the future of the world I don't have a bright vision. I'm not a greedy mfka. So I can't enjoy shit just because I got it. Even if I got a million dollar deal that would not help me because there's a zillion people out there still starving, and the numbers are increasing. I have a million things I wanna do to help the world, and if I can't get most of them done, or at least get the medium to try, life ain't worth livin'.
You sound rather disillusioned. Why do achievements have to be big and massive? Why can one not be content with smaller achievements?
Achievements don't necessarily have to be big, but the ones I chose are. I have a lot of smaller ones under my belt, but they were things I didn't really do for myself or things that just happened along the way. I'm not buggin' right now, though I was depressed for like one day last week. I just have extreme mood-swings. I get them from stagnation. Life is rather grand right now!
Any fun facts about you?
I like big butts, and I cannot lie. Shorties out here in Austin got me dancing again. I stay on my James Brown.
So, what are you plugging right now?
Broady Champs "Breakfast Of Champions" and Buddy Leroy "Fashion Rap Vol. 1".
Please tell us more about there records: what's, who's on there and where can we get it?
"Breakfast of Champions" will be the first officially released album from Broady Champs, even though we've self released about 7 projects. It was mostly produced by Illa for Illastration Prod. Other producers include Bretteclectic, Copatone, and Danny. Its about 20 tracks of rugged lyricism and hard beats. This will be released by Day By Day Ent.
My solo endeavor, "Fashion Rap Vol. 1", is more club oriented. I'm changing styles like clothes on this one. It represents my personal musical ear. I listen to and am influenced by other types of music besides hip-hop, including funk, blues, punk, indie-rock, electro, garage, and much more.
Stay tuned to DBD's website for info.
Tell us what you hope we'll get out of this record.
With the release of these records I would like to show the world that hip-hop is still alive in the streets as well as the club, respectively.
I would also like to be respected along with lyricists such as Gil Scott Heron, Jay-Z, Nas, Peter Tosh, Masta Ace, Sade, Common, George Clinton, Bob Dylan, Mos Def, Andre 3000, Thom Yorke, and others.
Rap used to have a regional sound. Do the Champs or do you have a 'regional' sound, despite your different locations?
I believe Champs brings back that NYC sound from 94-95.
The Champs inked a deal with Daybyday: so what are you guys going to do with 'em?
We gonna drop the "Breakfast of Champions" then look towards releasing some solo endeavors and side projects.
How did you get into this lil' culture we call hip hop?
At the young age of 4, I started out as just an admirer of the b-boy and rap cultures through people I saw reppin' in New Jersey, Miami and Germany; as well as my Uncle Charlie, who is in his early thirties now. Eventually my drawing would soon be influenced by graff and I would begin rhyming.
Germany? You lived in Germany for a while?
I lived in Germany from 83-87. Before school age until 2nd grade. Best years of my life. My father was a military man, really still is.
You mentioned before that you'd like to move to Europe, or Japan. And now you say the years in Germany were the best of your life: so what do you like about Europe?
More humanistic way of life, in my opinion. More appreciative of the arts. More vegetation, so therefore more oxygen. Fly women. Ease of travel to other countries via rail. Sick fashion and music scenes. What else do I need?
What is it about this culture that influences and inspires you?
I love and am influenced by this culture due to its diversity and its acceptance of all creeds, colors, and races.
What had you start participating, rather than just watching and listening?
If you immerse yourself in something for so long, you soon become it.
If you weren't an artists, what other job would you like to have?
If I wasn't rhyming, I would probably be a famous illustrator like my cousin Dubelyoo - check killastration.com, or producing on some Prince Paul shit.
Who would you like to work with the most? Dead or living? Why?
Prince Paul: He's my favorite producer next to Large Pro.
What was the last album/showcase/experience that had you go: man, I better step up my skills before I step out with something again?
The last horrible experience was my instore at Tower Records last year. It was overorganized in the planning sense, but underorganized in the performing sense. We had not done anything in like a year, so it was kind of sloppy. We were doing nothing, but recording and getting our business straight. The crowd and store employees loved it.
File sharing on the internet: I do it too, or I'll do you if you do it?
I do it too. As an independent artist, it is one of the easiest way for me to promote to a large number of people at once.
What do you really enjoy listening to right now?
Anything MF Doom, TV on the radio, Immortal Technique, Kanye West, Mars Volta, Jay-Z, Nirvana, Nas, Freestyle Fellowship, Danzig, Tricky, Eminem and instrumentals from Illa, El Ba Ba Suut and Amyan Raze.
That's quite a variety of music, I mean you go from Jay-Z to Danzig to Tricky back to Eminem. Should or shouldn't rap artists only listen to rap? Why not?
(laughs) I'm not a rapper man, I'm a musician. You should only listen to one type of music if that's all you want to make, I guess.
When you hang up your superhero artist cape, what else do you do for fun?
Go crazy and talk about death.
State of hip hop: good or bad?
Bad. Why are Fonzworth Bentley and Paris Hilton coming out with albums?
Paris? Seriously? Man, that makes you hate that rap is so poplur. You'd figure that rap being popular is a good thing, right? But not when things like that happen, right?
When someone like Paris Hilton drops an album, there will be ignorant consumers that will think the that culture as a whole is accepting of this, and the standard goes down. Every time the standard drops real talent gets overlooked in the shuffle.
What do you want to achieve before you retire?
I would like to be revered as on the greatest artists of all time. Hopefully I can influence a lot of lost sheep along the way. Help people make sense of their lives through the music.
You must have a website, right? What is it?
Comments or shout outs?
Big Up to Broady Champs, Dirty Needlz, Bretteclectic and Cozy Shawn, Dcent One, The Planets, Gnu Jazz Crew, MMC, Daybyday Ent. and anybody that feels the kid. Oh yeah big shoutout to Repeat Ophenda in the UK. Thanks for your time. Peace.
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