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Sunday, June 22, 2008

You're About To Feel The Fusion



Today, It's Time To Get Back To That Interview Thing
I Had The Chance To Discuss With One Of My Favorite Diggers
Your Super Underground Dj/Producer Fusion Unlimited
Who Along With Ken Sport Released The Come Into Knowledge Mixes
Who Got To Be My All Time Favorites


Fusion Is A True Digger
Diggin' For Some Obscure Stuff You Wouldn't Even think Off
He is Also An Accomplished Producer
Providing Beats For Mad Skillz, El da Sensei, G Unit To Name A Few

Fusion Is Just Doin His Thing
Keepin It On The Low
After Twenty Years As A Hip Hop Activist
workin' in The Studio On The New Skillz Album
and Finishing His Own On Legendary ABB Records



Fusion Is About To Get The Exposure He Deserves
But Right Now,
He Is Only At
MASSCORPORATION


Can you introduce yourself to the ignorant kids?

FUSION UNLTD.(FUP)
PRODUCER
DJ
RECORD GUY
BUSINESSMAN


Where you from?

BALTIMORE,MD.


How Long Have You Been A Hip Hop activist?

20 years I GUESS

What's your point of view on hip-hop culture,our culture, nowadays?

IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU STAND..
FROM THE BUSINESS IT'S GOOD I GUESS
BUT FROM THE SIDE OF WANTING TO HEAR MORE THAN JUST YOUR 808 DRUM KIT TYPE OF SHIT THEN
IT'S WACK!

I JUST THINK THE BAR ON THE MUSIC IS @ A ALL TIME LOW...
MATTER OF FACT...THERE IS NO BAR, CATZ ARE JUST DOING WHATEVER, NOT THINKING ABOUT WHERE THE MUSIC IS GOING.

and on hip hop production? (it s all about keyboards,they gettin scared to sample)

WELL AGAIN IT DEPENDS ON YOUR TASTE.
I MEAN IT' S GOOD PRODUCTION OUT THERE WITH WACK ASS VOCALS ON IT..
& THERE GOOD VOCALS OVER WACK ASS BEATS..
IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE KEYBOARD TO ME..I MEAN THERE ARE A LOT OF SYNTHS BEING USED NOW A DAYS BUT CATZ ARE ROCKING SAMPLES WITH THEM..ITS ALL ON WHAT YOU LIKE.

when did you first start diggin?

@ AGE 12

when did you got hooked on it?

I WOULD SAY AROUND AGE 14
MY MOM WAS REALLY INTO RECORDS..
SHE HAD MAYBE LIKE 3,000 HER SELF

you dig obscure israeli or russian records dont you think you went way too deep into diggin?

NAH NOT @ ALL IT'S UNLIMITED..
I DONT CARE WHERE MUSIC IS FROM AS LONG AS ITS GOOD!
SO THAT'S WHAT I LOOK FOR WHEN I DIG GOOD MUSIC..


your favorite records of all time?

WHEW TOO MANY TO NAME..BUT THE ONE I LISTEN TO A
LOT IS RAMSEY LEWIS "MOTHER NATURE'S SON"

the piece you re the most proud of?

THIS CORNY LITTLE 45 CALLED "BALTIMORE" BY THE CONTRABAND

your favorite labels?

CADET,STAX,AJP,SONSHINE RECORDS,KPM,DE WOLFE, AND SO ON




Artists?

TOO MANY
AHMAD JAMAL,BARRY WHITE,QUINCY JONES, TO NAME A FEW.




do you feel like samplin' is creative?

HELLLL YESSS!
IT'S A SKILL YOU HAVE TO WORK ON TO PERFECT..

you're puttin this diggin thing on a whole other level by buying the publishing rights of old underground independant funk and soul records.

I GUESS..
IT'S JUST BUSINESS.



what gave you the idea to do this?

WELL ONE DAY I WAS READING THAT MIKE JACKSON OWNED THE BEATLES CATALOG & LEASED IT OUT TO SONY FOR 900 MILLION OR SOMETHIN CRAZY..
THEN I READ THAT PAUL McCARTNEY OWNED DAVID AXELROD CATALOG & WAS MAKING $ OFF OF DOING THAT
SO I JUST WAS LIKE, WITH ALL THOSE INDIE RECORDS I HAVE, THAT MIGHT ONLY BE 500 TO A 1000 EVER PRESSED, MAYBE I CAN DO THE SAME THING UNTIL I GET MY MONEY UP & BUY BIGGER CATALOGS..




doin' this, you must have made a lot of haters?

NAH I DONT THINK SO..
WHY WOULD IT!
I AM NOT MESSING WITH ANYONES MONEY..
THE STUFF I OWN I TRY TO GET IN MOVIES & TV ADS & ETC.

what's next for fusion?

WELL GETTING MY ALBUM DONE & WORKING ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT PROJECTS..
I AM JUST TRYING TO DO MY PART & LIFTING THE BAR BACK WHERE IT SHOULD BE..

is your album on abb coming out?

YUP!
ITS 90% done

what is your relation with other diggers?

GOOD..
I SPEAK TO CATZ NOW & THEN..
I DONT REALLY SEE CATZ LIKE I USED TOO. BUT WHEN I SEE OR SPEAK WITH THEM WE ALL STILL LOVE THE RECORDS..

You're considered by some as the first to release mixtapes playing the original and the hip hop track just after?

DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT..

you sold many?

I HAVE SOLD A LITTLE BIT.
I ONLY DID ONE & IT SOUND LIKE TRASH...LOL
IT WAS FOR A RADIO SHOW @ MORGAN STATE IN BALTIMORE..I DID THIS LITTLE 15MIN. MIX EVERY WEEK
& I JUST TOOK A FEW OF THEM & THREW ALL ON CD & THAT WAS IT..

This Tape Is Called
----->The Hold Up<----
And Here It Is LucKy Kids

Get You're Hand On It Only At MASSCORPORATION


What make you turn from digger to producer?

WELL I WAS ALWAYS INTO BOTH..
@ AGE 11 I TOOK KEYBOARD CLASSES & DRUMS LESSONS.
WHEN I GOT INTO RECORDS I JUST WANTED TO DO WHAT THEY WERE DOING ON THE RECORDS I WAS LISTEN TO
SO I GUESS IT ALL WENT FROM THERE.

How many records do you have?

MAYBE 20-22,000 & GROWING
Your favorite diggin story? (like the craziest one)

HONESTLY I DONT REALLY HAVE ANY..
JUST BUYING RECORDS IN RANDOM FUNNY PLACES LIKE TRUCK REST STOPS & STORAGE ROOM OF A WOMANS SHOES STORE..LOL


Your ugliest diggin story?

BUY 2,000 VERY GOOD SOUL RECORD THAT SMELLED LIKE PISS..
I HAD TO LET THEM SIT OUTSIDE FOR WEEKS TO GET SMELL OUT OF THEM..



Would you pay any price for a record?

HELL NO!!!!!!
I HAVE A FAM.
IN TIME IF I REALLY WANT A RECORD I'LL FIND IT FOR A GOOD PRICE..




apart form records do you collect any other stuff sneakers, whatever

SNEAKERS FOR SURE,T-SHIRTS, MOVIE POSTERS...THAT'S MOSTLY IT..




What's inside your studio?
RECORDS,KEYBOARDS,TURNTABLES,& A FEW APPLE CPU'S



Since you're from baltimore how do you dig this baltimore club shit,Bamabounce ?

IT'S COOL!
I HAVE NEVER DONE ANY OF IT THOUGH..
A LOT OF MY FRIENDS HAVE.
I AINT MAD @ IT!

Have you sold a record to a producer which happened to make a hit out of it?

I DONT SELL RECORDS TO PRODUCER UNLESS THEY GET THEM FROM STORES I TRADE WITH..


were you part of the ghetto pros?

NO...
WE'RE JUST HOMIES

They Realesed A Beat EP Together On HydraBeats Even Though Fusion Don't Like It That Much
it worth listening
You Can Get Your Hands On It At Travis' WYDU Incredible Blog



you used to hang out a lot with ken sport and he got a little something to ask

COOL SHOOT!

Ken Sport:

"My partner in crime You got a killa records collection!!!
You're no joke man! I would say You gotta one of best breaks beats & sample collection, My question is -when his long over due album is coming out?

NEXT YEAR!
And when is new volume of come into knowledge mixed cd is coming out???

I'M READY HOMIE..
LET'S GO!

Hopefuly you are doing well. Peace bro!


Well Right Now You Can, While They Might Released A Third Volume ,
Get Your Hands On The First and Second Opus
Those Are Easily On My Top Ten Favorite Crate Diggin' Mixes
Don't Sleep on those precious gems
once again only at 
MASSCORPORATION

Provided By Mr Fusion Himself

and The Classic Volume 2
        In Two Parts
  and

Do you still work with skillz (mad skillz)?

YES SIR!
WE ARE MIXING HIS NEW ALBUM NOW..



you sold one beat to g -unit on their first album beg for mercy, how does this happens?

ME & SKILLZ WERE OPENING UP FOR 50 & I PASSED SHA MONEY A BEAT CD..

Sha money xl seems to like the sampling type of producer why don't you work with him no more?

I STILL SEND HIM MUSIC EVERY NOW & THEN
WE GOOD!

Can You Named us your major influences in music as a producer/digger?

MARLEY MARL,


MANTRONIX,


PETE ROCK,


DILLA,


PREMO,


one last word for the kidz?

THX FOR THE SUPPORT..

shoutouts

KEN SPORT,IVAN"ORTHODOX",BENI B,GENE BROWN,NATE,MARCO,SKILLZ,E,HALL OF FAME,SAMM EVANS
MY WHOLE TEAM @ FUP MUSIC & GRIND DATE ENT.

5 comments:

Dirty Waters said...

doing your thing as usual mass, nice interview, Fusion got some nice tapes- peace

Marty aka Marty Mcfly said...

Lovely, keep up!

thebeathunters said...

rockin' post-as always
these full-shelves of rare grooves areso tempting... thanks again for such crisp portraits of top notch digproducers

ejnord said...

Wow. I been looking for that Part 1, and wondered if it even existed. Thanks again.

"quis star!" said...

Fusion Unltd is the diggin master, str8 UP. he has ALL the cuts, and he always has the hunger for more...he made me wanna get my hands dusty.

 
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