If you have paid close attention to the underground Hip Hop scene in the past 6 years, you will note that some of those rugged and raw beats you have been bobbing your head to have been from none other than Bobby Knuxx Castro. Over the years providing highly diverse and hard hitting beats for some of the best risers in the Underground’s new school, an affiliation with St Louis’ own Legion of Lyricist faction..Knuxx also is a highly decorated and talented mc. Stemming from the latter 90’s as a battle rapper in the NYC Hip Hop scene, Knuxx is no stranger to the microphone and now he breaks his silence releasing the album “FCK YEA” featuring some of his own self produced classics and some recent. The powerhouse and diverse album of the rantings and ravings of a possible sociopath, showing raw lyricism and distinct delivery..one has to wonder..where the fuck has this guy been?
Well I got one ever better…an interview with the man under the stairs himself…Brooklyn,Ny’s own Bobby Knuxx Castro…
VOR: How lonh have you been involved with Hip Hop music?
Knuxx: since I got my first set of turntables in 1996, I started out learning how to do mixtapes, it was my bread and butter in my school days, I would get records and make mixtapes and sell them at school every week I would have a new tape to sell, I used to make a good 2 to 3 hundred dollars for every tape I made, selling them at 10$ a pop mostly in school and on the streets. I would sell them at barber shops and shit like that, back then people were hungry for hip hop.I ended up learning how to use a Mpc and I learned how to scratch, scratch battles and eventually I ended up doing battle rap..so everything kinda just fell into place.
VOR: what really inspired you to pick up the mic?
Knuxx: well, I always been good at making fun of people, and being a callous dick pretty much, I like the responses people got in battles..I loved making people laugh and react to the shit I said so that pretty much shaped my motivation to battle mc’s, but writing lyrics became something much deeper, I always been fond of spoken word, literature and even just good lyricism.
VOR: what kind of musical influences do you have?
Knuxx: well, Hip Hop for the most part, I grew up on it all..I even was a fan of the Westcoast G-Funk when others was not, I never limited myself to just NY hip hop..other musical tastes go from anything to spanish music to rock to reggae,jazz and I love digging crates of records of old soul music, funk and psy rock shit that was innovative..when I was a kid my grandmother wanted me to be a salsa singer, my uncle was a drummer and guitarist for a Latin funk band (RItmo Loco) so I can say I had a lot of musical influences growing up.
VOR: So is your preference more towards production/composition?
Knuxx: well yea, because writing lyrics does not not take as much time for me ..it’s almost too easy at times .. however the production side..i mean just experimenting like i did with the turntables, taking sounds from anything and making music out of it, man i sit in the studio for hours on weeks..just working on the next sounds.
VOR: Can you speak spanish fluently?
Knuxx: vete pa carajo cabron…pues si, yo hablo conazo..
VOR: oh..k, moving on…Who are you feeling in the Hip Hop scene right now?
Knuxx: I have a lot of artists in my playlist it would be easier to tell you who Im not feeling in the game right now
VOR: ok, so tell us..who are you NOT feeling?
Knuxx: any rapper with “LIL” or “YOUNG” or Iggy or Nicki..i don’t really like pop artists frontin to be hip hop artists…and I think hip hop has been watered down too much with these Hollywood wanna be celebrity ass clowns like Kanye West..and another thing..i don’t see the big hype about Jay-Z..I think he over rated and he just played money to get his position in Hip HOP..but I don’t be saluting him for jack shit..as far as i’m concerned aint no kings in this game and any person that claims it..is a douche bag motherfucker who wants the shit to themselves..and I cant fuck with that…I will say this though…I do like Drake..cos he talented and he knows his place.
VOR: wow! So what are your plans as far as the rap game?
Knuxx: timing is everything, when the commercial fucks are at their weakest point..I will make my play..which I have already begun. my mission is to save Hip Hop..expect much coming from me in the future.I aint one of these fools throwin money around to get respect.. I am here to earn it!
VOR: On that note good work on the album! keep it coming!
Make sure you download your free copy of the new Knuxx album