28 Sep. 2014

CAPPO // UK HIP HOP // Interview 210 Presents


Fresh good news for regular visitors because finally 210 Presents can publish this great interview with the one and only Mic master the Nottingham finest CAPPO.. We all know Capp is one of the hardest of the UK Hip Hop underground movement. He has worked with the P Brothers, Heavy Links, Jehst, Micall Parknsun, Dj Jazz T, Doctor Zygote, Sam Zircon and many others. Here is the chance to all of you for check out Cappo’s latest productions and quaranteed underground and also read the 10 questions and 10 answers here (below).

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001..Let’s start the begining..Where did you Born N’ Raised and Where is your name come from CAPPO ?

CAPPO - I was born in Cotgrave on the outskirts of Nottingham, we lived there until I was around four years when my dad passed away. Me and my mum then moved to West Bridgford which is where I spent most of my childhood. I then moved over to Ruddington, which is where I made ‘Spazz the World’ and then I moved into Sherwood which is where I’m situated now. My name Cappo derives from a nick name my dad used to call me which was ‘Captain Small’ when I was a toddler. He shortened this nick name to ‘Captain’, then it was shortened further to ‘cappo’.

002…When did you know you wanted to be a producer or MC ?

CAPPO - I was a graffiti artist and follower of the Hip hop culture from around 15-16. Me and my friends would break, write graffiti and follow the culture as much as we could. I once wrote a rap verse and showed it to my girlfriend who said it was dope, so I kept working on my verses until i got signed to a record label called Son Records.  My good friend Theorist showed me how to use his Ensoniq 16 + sampler and lent it to me when he went on holiday for two weeks. I made my demo during this period and that was what the record label heard.

003..Who do you think the most influential artists in UK Hip Hop  (Those days and Now a days) and who is inspired you ?

CAPPO - London Posse, HiJack, Blak Twang, Lewis Parker, P Brothers, Roots Manuva, Cash Crew, Funky DL, Big Kwam, K.I.D, Pure Genius, nowadays I would say Dirty Goodz, Juga-naut, Vandal Savage, Wretch 32, JME, Skepta and Ghetts and Newham generals. I believe my biggest influence was Outdaville and Lee Ramsay. When I was building my career they were the people I would see most and learn from.

004..Please can you tell us about your latest release “Thousand Word Excodus”  on 12″  Blunted Astronaut Records ?

CAPPO - Thousand Word Exodus is an e.p produced by Dj Drinks and all the bars are rapped by me. It was made during last year and I feel lyrically its some of my most honest work. All the beats were dope so it was good to be able to work on some music I could relate to. Dj Drink’s beats have that sample crunch on the drums that is sick and he works swiftly and professionally which I respect greatly.

005..Can you tell us how did you meet Sam Zircon and when did you start working “Un:Programmable Raw” ?

CAPPO - I got in contact with Sam Zircon (Lord Zedd) a few years back through a mutual friend in Hip Hop. He sent me a beat and I started writing to it immediately because his production sick. After he heard it we decided to make an e.p which came about over around six months after that. He would send me beats and I would write to them and send them back. We then luckily got it released on Boot records and the rest is history.

006..Can you tell us about your prevoius project with Dr Zygote and Jazz T about the BOOT EP..If my informations are correct only 100 vinlys has been pressed, please tell us about bit more ?

CAPPO - Yeah only 100 vinyls were pressed and they were sold out very fast. The Boot e.p is crazy and came about after speaking with Zygote about a track collab. Zygote also directed the ‘Swagbasco’ video so we spoke about doing an e.p when we were filming. Him and Jazz T sent over some lava flames and I took it from there. boot records are extremely professional and it has been an honour to work with them over the past couple of years. When the bars were recorded they put in all the film samples and arranged the e.p so it sounded amazing. 

007..Any news project ? Videos or any new album,or EP because we all know you are one of the hardest of the underground.

CAPPO - Yeah me and Nappa have finally completed the Rebel Base after a long time in the making! I have just been sent the final masters for the sixteen track album and it sounds fucking insane. Nappa has put a massive amount of time and effort into the production and also the skits so the album is sounding ridiculous. The album is going to be released on King Underground; another record label I have had the privilege to work with over the past few years. Knowing that the Rebel Base album is going to be released on KU is amazing because I can be sure that it is going to be released properly and all aspects of the l.p will be dealt with properly. We have spoken about sorting out a tour for the album and we will begin shooting videos soon. 

008..Would you like working together some one special or icon from the game ? I mean like Producers or Mc`s ?

CAPPO - Yeah I am currently working with Juga-Naut and Vandal Savage on our album ‘VVV’. This is almost finished and is sounding ridiculous. We have all collaborated on the beats and verses. 

009..Could you tell us any Book,Comic Book,Movie,Graffiti or Break Video or any other Documentary which is your absolutely favourite or changed your life ?

CAPPO - I would say ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway. That book was a game changer for me because of the way the Hemingway wrote as a thought process, also ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ as well. ‘Grafitism’ was a big magazine for me when I was growing up, also Big Daddy magazine, which gave me full page spreads and showed me and the P Brothers alot of love and gave us mad promotion. Comic wise my all time favourites are the Eastman & Laird TMNT Volumes 1-4 which I have read and studied many times. Also Batman ‘The Killing Joke’ was crazy for me when I was growing up. The Jay Z movie ‘Fade to Black’ was very important for me when it came out, I was going through some hard times and that movie would keep me going, I would play it continuously when I was in the studio in order to remain professional and inspired.

010..What kind of music on your Phone or your MP3 player ?

CAPPO - Right now I have Curren$y ‘Saturday Night Car Tunes’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ soundtrack by Hanz Zimmer and Da$h ‘Vices’. I also have the unfinished version of my new album and the VVV tape. 

Do you have any last words for all the people reading this interview and listen your music…

CAPPO - Salute for supporting my music throughout the years. I have plenty of product to come and have almost perfected the art of era and genre surfing. S/o to Yung Sherman, Clams Casino and Alchemist. Peace.

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