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You know its kinda crazy 'cause I never was really interested in having an album deal and all that. Back in the days it was cool just running around unsigned and all that, no ties, no nothing. Just doing shows ..
Guest Shots: Black Attack         by DJ TREW
Holdin' it down with the verbal attack...

In the mid-90's, Black Attack gained notoriety with the release of the Correct Records single "Holdin' It Down/Verbal Attack" feat. Problemz. Quickly after its release, the song became an underground classic and grabbed the attention of former Beatnut Al Tariq as well as producer VIC, who both got Black involved in more projects.

After being introduced to DJ Honda, Black Attack was offered a guest spot on Honda's debut LP. Soon after, the streets were buzzing and Black, along with Al Tariq and Problemz formed the short lived trio, Missing Linx. A handful of bad partnerships and record deals left Black with much to say but with no outlet in which to speak.

When talking about his upcoming LP Black Man, he says it's "a reintroduction of myself. Superman could leap over buildings in a single bound, right? Well Black Man can rip a track at the drop of a hat." For GLmag's newest feature Guest Shots, Black Attack blessed us with a short Q&A and a trio of new Hip-hop 12inch reviews…

What has the experience of trying to find a deal been like for you?

You know its kinda crazy cause' I never was really interested in having an album deal and all that. Back in the days it was cool just running around unsigned and all that, no ties, no nothing. Just doing shows and getting money. I got real comfortable with that and that kind of ended the search for a label. Then of course there comes a time when you fell like you need the deal because the niggas that got money already ain't really concerned with your financial status. I mean to answer direct, its been a struggle but you know what they say, "if aint ruff it aint right."

If you were able to go back and start your career again, what would you change? Any regrets?

I don't have any regrets but I would definitely do shit different as far as business and the people I had around me. The one thing I would have never done is stop fucking with my official niggas. You know niggas I grew up with and all that cause at the end of the day those are probably the only niggas till this day I can really count on. At one point in time we had the city buzzin crazy and me not being focused and fuckin with clown ass niggas I let that slip away. Never Again.

Many people first heard of you from your track on DJ Honda's 1st LP, what was that experience like? Any difficulties with the language barrier or did the music transcend that?

Funny thing is "Verbal Attack" was my first joint. Believe it or not that joint is a classic. But working with Honda was one of the best experiences of my life. I mean he never really spoke good English but it is not hard to understand him when it comes to music.

Any chance of a Missing Linx reunion?

Me and the Linx will always be cool. Like niggas don't even know that my first trip overseas was with Reek. He did a tour and let me rock with 'em and all that. We been through a lot of shit together man, so we will always be cool. There just comes a time when you feel like you want to expand and do your own thing. They will be on my album and I will be on theirs and there will definitely be a real Linx album sometime in the future. Other than that watch out for me cause the gloves is off and the love is done for all the fake motherfuckers that been around me, frontin' like they really my mans and all that. Peter Pan will be home and we will address all that.

Kool G Rap: "My Life" (Koch, 2002)

It's funny because I had this beat to rhyme to, but VIC gave it to G Rap. I'm kinda glad he did though because G Rap demolishes it. This is vintage G Rap, all day. I mean when you think of G Rap you think of him as old school, probably not what dudes are checking for nowadays, but he shuts all that down with the way he attacks that beat. That's basically what he has been doing for years, getting the right beat and destroying it. I personally think that he hasn't lost a step when it comes to flowing. I have been a big fan since back in the day, and as a fan you appreciate it when someone you idolized does hot joints like this, only many years later.

Joell Ortiz: "Hip-Hop" (Koch, 2007)

I mean come on, it don't really get better than this. The flow, the delivery, the beat… Joell definitely got himself a banger right here for real. When you think of Hip-hop, what comes to mind nowadays is Ice, champagne, cars, and homes. Joell takes it back to the essence; you know beats and rhymes. I ask myself every now and then 'What is the true definition of an MC?' The true MC has been lost and replaced with the materialistic rapper. I think with this single you can take it back to the times of banging on lunch tables and rhyming over your man beatboxing. That's why the title is perfect for this song

I mean everybody is their own person and they're going to talk about whatever they want, but I guess that's what makes some dudes way better than others. I guess that's why he got a deal with Dre and a lot of dudes are still hoping and praying to just do a show somewhere.

Marco Polo feat. Kardinal Offishall: "War" (Rawkus, 2007)

You know what? I really slept on both these dudes. This joint is a headbanger. Again, you've a true MC's rhymin' to a fire beat and getting past the materialistic topics to make a hot song. I mean its cool to cop a little chain, and a whip to drive to your house and all that, but if I remember correctly we're in this game for the love of rhyming, flowing, and doing shit that no one else is doing. Today a lot of dudes sound the same. This beat is fire too. Big up to Marco and Kardinal, y'all killed it homies!

Black Attacks' latest 12inch "Black Man," is out now on Beats and Rhymes. Visit his myspace page here.

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