A Hot Five Minutes With DJ Zeph and Azeem
Hip hop's experimentalists don't go for the white lab coats. Though they do show a penchance for dapper hats, unimpassioned stares and sharp monochrome suits.
And while you'll most often find the collaborators underground (usually against a concrete-bunker backdrop), this week they've tunnelled Down Under, playing with Scribe and Talib Kweli from 7 October at venues around Australia.
You'd be forgiven for thinking these hipsters are busy. But not too busy to give MTV the hot five minutes about their music and the masses.
How do you feel that a lot of the rap genre is "creatively challenged"?
It's a great opportunity for true artists. It's crazy because you stand out just by being yourself. Not by following the latest 10 cent trend.
Your latest album, "Rise Up", is described as "undiluted, 100% rebel music". Against what, is Zeph & Azeem rebelling?
Against falsehood. Against the "creatively challenged " state of "rap" music. Against a government gone wrong; racism; sexism. But also against taking what we do too seriously. Rebellion can be fun!
What's the craziest shit you've ever heard?
The so-called official 911 story.
What was the last thing to make you laugh out loud?
That bird in Scotland that steals potato chips from the corner store.
You've been creating music since the mid 90s. How has your music evolved over that time?
Imagine the range of emotions a person goes through over 10 years. There's your map. The thing that makes music timeless is emotion. It can be a "hit" but without emotion as a foundation, it won't last.
What would be the one thing you'd like to bring to the masses?
A gentle yet swift kick in the ass that makes them look up.
What's the first thing to come to your mind when you think about Australia?
Byron Beach. Swimming. Those tourists that got forgot about and ate by sharks. Kangaroo meat. Don't know why. It just sounds funny. And Aborigines.
The best thing about being alive is
Realizing it's all a dream.
DJs Zeph & Azeem are playing with Scribe and Talib Kweli from 7 October at venues around Australia. You can check out their tour details here.