What's the logic behind your
DJ alias Type A?
There is no real logic, I just
think of A as being the first letter in the alphabet. So its like saying I'm
What inspired you to become a
I actually started out rapping in
7th and 8th grade when I met Fiti. I can remember at one of our school
dances in 7th grade we rapped a song by Young MC called "Just say No" in
front of the whole school. Back in the early 90's we used to go to all the
under 21 clubs (The Attic, Key West, Sherwood,) and have our dance routines
and try to battle all the other kids that had routines too. I ended up
purchasing turntables in Chicago, January of 1996, with the help of a
Indianapolis local cat named Top Speed. I have always found a strong
connection in the entertainment aspect of hip hop. As I grew older I become
more of a collector and would try to learn all the knowledge of how hip hop
originated and who the founders were. I used to paint and break a little too
but I guess DJing felt the most natural to me and gave me a chance to use my
knowledge and ability to recognize good music as a form of entertainment.
Tell me about your successful
design company, A Team Design?
I have been very blessed that ATD
is growing as rapidly as it is. I basically started a design company in 2000
called Ideal Impact and at the time had a partner. When I moved to Cali in
2003 I decided to go solo and start my own web based design company at
I called it A Team Design to kind of tie into my DJ name, Type A. We have
some big projects coming up this month. We have been hired to design the
album art for the next Alkaholiks record entitled "Fire Water" as well as we
are starting a new web site for Kirk Franklin and Fo Yo Soul Entertainment.
A little known fact is that
you own 50% owner of HipHopForTheSoul.com, which is currently one of the
biggest Christian hip hop resources and communities online, how did
Actually my partner Chad Horton
came up with the idea of hosting a lot of message boards for artists on one
site. We used to throw shows in Indiana called Hip Hop for the Soul. So Chad
decided to start HipHopforthesoul.com to carry the name over from what we
had been doing for a year or so with events and shows. We wanted to provide
a way for unsigned artists to market themselves and get their music heard
without the help from a label or distribution company. I basically provide
all the design and back end of the site while Chad handles the content and
deals with the artist directly. I don't think either of us thought that it
would grow as fast as it has. We now have over 2020 registered members on
our message board and have an e-mail list database of over 20,000. We are
the only Christian hip hop resources site of our kind that offers reviews,
interviews, radio station listings, industry links, and release dates to
name a few. We are also planning to launch our online store this month (NOV.
04) that will feature all the major artists as well as many talented
independent artists. We will carry CD's, LP's, Vinyl and clothing and our
CD's will always be $10.00.
Tell me a little bit about
your upcoming project, the HipHopForTheSoul Mixtape.
We are planning to release the
Hip Hop for the Soul Mixtape early 05. This will be mixed and arranged by
me, DJ Type A, and will feature all exclusive material from a who's who of
artists ranging from Pigeon John to Cash Hollistah to Mars Ill to Sev
Statik. Any and everybody doing it today will be on the mixtape. We plan to
make the mixtape a lot different from what has been coming out of the
Christian Hip Hop seen form DJ's. I have always been a big advocate of
keeping the secular standard of quality when creating mixtapes. I don't
think just because the music is Christian or positive that it should not be
appealing to your average hip hop fan.
How did you hook up with Fiti
Like I mentioned earlier Fiti and
I met in the 7th grade. I think it was Mrs Mcdaniels class but I can barely
remember what I ate for lunch today let alone 13 years ago. I just remember
that we hit it off pretty tuff. I think we were probably the two biggest
Beastie boys fans to walk the earth in 1991. We used to wear matching
outfits the whole 9. I remember this one outfit were Fiti had a black turtle
neck with green bugle boys and I had a green turtle neck with black bugle
boys. We really thought we were doing it. Zach used to want to be a pilot
and used to look just like Parker Lewis and I had glasses and everybody at
my school called me Doogie Howser, good times.
Fiti Futuristic and you are
planning to re-release "Watch What Happens", is their anything new on the
We are planning to re release
"Watch What Happens" featuring 3 new songs and a new instrumental. Fiti and
I recently did a new song called "Triple A Track Missionary, and I think
this is easily one fo the hottest songs Fiti has ever made, this will be on
the new re-release as well. Fiti also came to LA, for the Syntax Records
Cold Cuts Tour, and did a photo shoot, so we totally redesigned the entire
album cover. I think this will really be something that Fiti fans will like
and it will also open him up to lots of new fans. This album is way to dope
to get slept on or swept under the carpet.
What albums are in your
In 1998 I released a mixtape
called "Sucka Ducks get da Gasface. In 2000 I released "Return of the
product" and in 2002 I released "The Life Skills Tour Mixtape" in support of
our tour The Life Skills tour with DaFilled. I have also been featured on
"All in a days work" and "Watch What Happens" by Fiti and on Sharlok Poem's
new release entitled "The Movement." Check out my web site for more info at
What would the ultimate reward
for you be?
I would say the ultimate reward
for me would be, to DJ on a regular show on the Radio in LA. When I was in
Indiana that was my goal but I moved to LA before I had a chance to meet
that goal. I would also like to see my wife become a successful actress,
Fiti get signed to a major label, Chad get hired to book for E40 and my
homey K See to own his own record store.
What can we look forward to in
the near future from Dj Type A and HipHopForTheSoul?
I will be DJing at a once a month
event at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. This time it will be The
Alkaholiks, Wildchild of Lootpack, EMANON (Aloe Blacc & Exile), DIGITAL
MASTERS (Jwells, Bishop, Styliztik, KB i Mean. Check out
http://www.djtypea.com for more details.
HHFTS will continue to be blessed
as the largest Christian Hip Hop community and grow to be something that
will benefit many of the talented independent artists of our time. We are
launching artist pages, a complete online store as well as a charts system
to track plays and requests of songs listed on our site. Check us out at
for exclusive music and more details.
Any last words?
I hang out tuff, I'm a real boss.