Interview with Freestyle from The Arsonists
grabbed from the archives of Aphire's former magazine Light from 1999.
What the science about the name arsonists?
The fire theme stems from the term BURN. When it is used in hiphop, it was
used during battle time. an mc would burn anotha mc, or a breaker would burn
anotha breaker, or a graf artist would
do a burner, etc...
Who's who in the group?
Jise, freestyle, swel, q-unique, dstroy
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Starting companies... clothing, mixtapes, record label, etc....
What do feel is the toughest part of the music industry?
Toughest part of the music industry is probably the business side. keepin up
with people, the fakeness, the realness, the shows, interviews, contracts,
lawyers, media, labels, etc...
What would the ultimate reward for you be?
Ultimate reward for us would be to change hiphop. if we could do that, that
would be INCREDIBLE!
What message are you trying to get across to fans?
Just the fact that we're a dope entity and we want them to listen and
support the real side. the youth are misled and were trying to reel em in.
also, we're just being creative and we want the world to feel us, that’s
all. We just have something to say.
Do your friends and family look at you differently now?
They all look at us with a big smile in their hearts. our friends and family
have been VERY supportive and they believe in us. They’re very happy with
what were doing and they wanna be a part of it.
If someone was to look in your CD player or tape player right now
what would bein it?
All types of ****! We listen to everything from reggae to alternative to
hiphop. Maybe stone temple pilots would be in the cd player... or grand
daddy iu, or spragga benz... who knows?
Who do you feel is your biggest influence and why?
Biggest influence would have to be each other in the group. if u see us
perform, or listen to us rhyme or have a cipha, u could tell that we
influence each other. Also, the music we listen to, cartoons, movies, tv
shows, etc... Its all there... were influenced by everything around us.
How do you feel your music will effect its listeners?
We think our music will lead people to listen to more "unseen" or "not
promoted well" hiphop. We wanna open minds and ears. We think we can make
that happen too. Wish us luck...
If you could change one thing in world what would it be?
Get rid of money.
Any Last Words?
AS THE WORLD BURNS... releasing on august 24th... go get it if u wanna hear
some crazy ****! Our website address is
contact us at email@example.com or MATADOR RECORDS 212 995 5882