NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “La Reina Del Genero Urbano! – Ivy Queen – Llego La Queen EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Ivy Queen

Album: Llego La Queen

Release Date: February 28, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All Streaming Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

The Queen of Reggaeton aka La Caballota, La Potra and certainly not least La Queen is back! She paved the way for women in Reggaeton when there was no lane. She created it herself and that is why she rightfully earned the title of “La Queen”. She had a vision went for it and executed it! Her music evokes so much emotion. When one of her songs comes on you can’t help, but sing to it and get in your feels. Like my sister Melly said your tone of voice changes to match hers. Her lyrics uplift women and show that we are bosses, badasses and no man can bring us down! Even her songs that are about heartbreak she raps how she never let a man bring her down. She is also a dope MC!!! She has BARS! In my opinion no one at the time she came into the Reggaeton game could match her style and she stood out and still does.

She returns after a 3 year hiatus. So many things have changed in the Reggaeton and latin trap genre more women have become popular from Becky G, Karol G, Anitta to Natti Natasha. But yet the Queen still is on her thrown. Without Ivy Queen these dope female artists wouldn’t exist today. She is a chameleon, she can do any sound and still kill it! She is the Queen of el Genero Urbano. She’s done Reggaeton, Latin Trap, Salsa and Bachata! Ivy Queen needs a documentary/movie that documents her whole journey and what she has contributed and continues to contribute to el Genero Urbano.

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La trayectoria de Ivy Queen es extensiva. Tiene 9 albums y 7 EP’s incluyendo, Llego La Queen! It’s been 3 years since she dropped her last album, Vendetta! It’s great to hear new music from her she never disappoints! This EP consists of 7 tracks and a running time of 24 minutes.  Please read below as I briefly breakdown each track:

  1. The Queen is Here – bringing her aggressive lyrical bars and proves why she is the queen of el Genero Urbano!
  2. Llego La Queen – Once again she spits pure BARS! She lets it be known the Queen has returned to reign!
  3. Y Tu – This track is deep its about a relationship where the girl sacrificed a lot for her boyfriend even changed who she was for him. She realized he abused her kindness and she lost the love she had for him.
  4. Pa’l Frente Pa’ Tras – A reggaeton dancing anthem. Feel good party song!
  5. Baile Para Ti – Another dance song about desire. Spanglish track!
  6. Malvada – She poke fun at the fairytale line, ” Mirror mirror on the wall”. She does a rap twist to it and raps, “Who’s the baddest of them all?” She raps how she is Malvada (Evil) and the baddest!
  7. Polvora –She spits killer bars! She raps she is a killer on the track and how there will always be haters who will try to dim your light!

Favorite Tracks/Verses:

  1. The Queen Is Here
    “Go south from the west, hashtag, #SeSoltóLaBestia
    Una vaina me hace un poco de humo en la cabeza
    ¿Qué clase ‘e capítulo? No hagan el ridículo
    Yo tengo más papilla y hasta tengo más testículos, wuh
    Déjame bajarle un poco
    Porque si yo sigo, van a quedar locos
    Yo tengo la falda y el pantalón bien puesto’
    No se hagan las películas sin presupuesto
    Y si se creían que había llegado mi fin
    Todos saben ya mi nombre
    Porque me dicen “La Queen”
    Rrra!”
  2. Llego La Queen
    “Esto no es ciencia
    Hágamen la reverencia
    Hágamen la ceremonia
    Que del bailoteo yo soy la demonia, tu paranoia
    Y no te puedes estar quieto
    Suavecito muñeco
    Yo juego con los controle’ como el viejo Gepeto
    Se rumora en el ghetto que a los rangos respeto”
  3. Malvada
    “Cuando hables mal de mí, llámame que yo te ayudo y seguro
    Si a mí no me llegan ninguno
    Roncan, roncan
    Conmigo tú no quieres bronca-bronca
    Ra-pa-pam
    Me llaman bruja, porque yo misma me curo de espanto
    Porque los vuelo en canto, porque gozo lo que canto
    Porque no ha nacido nadie con mi sazón
    Se les revienta el corazón, así que pongan atención”
  4. Polvora
    “Que si no quieres enemigo’ no debes brillar
    Porque aquel que brilla todo el mundo siempre lo quiere ver mal
    Predican lo que no practican y este son lo canto de corazón
    Mate wait, you are my son, son clap
    Now clap, now clap
    ‘Cause the killer’s on the track”

Ivy Queen es alguien que yo admiro. As a female lyricist and songwriter I love that she is unapologetically herself and has bars! As well as very emotional and relatable music. Ivy Queen sigue rompiendo barerras por ejemplo she was just inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame by La Musa Awards!!! For her to be getting this honor and on top of that being a female en el Genero Urbano it is a huge milestone! If you have never listened to Ivy Queen’s music do yourself a favor check out this album and her previous albums!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “After The Calm Comes the Storm – David Ira – Between a Storm and an Ocean EP Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: David Ira (Featured: Desha and Julee)

Album: Between a Storm and an Ocean

Release Date: April 20, 2017

Buy/Purchase album: All Streaming Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing David Ira’s, “Between a Storm and an Ocean EP that was released in 2017. David hit me up on social media and wanted to know if I could review his album. He dropped it a few years back and he thought it did not get the love it deserved back when it dropped. Honestly I had not listened to David’s music and went in with no expectations and blind faith lol. Before I even got to listen to the album I went to a hip hop show thrown by dope Producer Rob aka Superior Productionz.

I saw David Ira was one of the performers that night, amongst other dope emcees who some I have built friendships with. I went to the event to show support and finally meet David and other emcees who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting in person only through social media or reviewing their albums. David hit the stage and he blew me away! He started with a spoken word rap, which was dope because that stood out to me. Also I am a poet myself so that was really amazing to see. He performed a couple more songs and he killed his performance. He had great stage presence and his vibe shows his music comes from his heart! David is making San Diego proud! He has great potential to succeed in music!

This project is dark, but poetic with positive messages. David raps about his insecurities and topics we can all relate to from self doubt, anger, depression to keeping hope everything will work out. This project is filled with pure lyricism. He raps about his frustration of wanting to be recognized and feeling stuck. He raps about how he wants to make it with his music and not waste his potential.

This EP consists of only 5 tracks with a running time of 20 minutes. This project is short, but sweet. It is worth the 20 minutes filled with poetic rhymes and full of heart! You can tell David Ira is a genuine dude and truly loves music. He uses his lyrics to spread emotion and thought provoking messages. Also the singer Desha has a beautiful voice. She killed her vocals and compliments David’s rhyme schemes.

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Go stream, buy, support this album and David Ira! Not only is he a talented emcee he also does photography. This project was slept on, glad David hit me up and put me onto his music. Don’t sleep on this! Go support a real emcee/poet from my beautiful city of San Diego. As I mentioned before and will continue saying it San Diego’s Hip Hop scene is killing it! We on the rise, Daygo stand up!

Favorite Tracks/Verses:

1. Hope:

I see a lot of me in you
Full of anger at the waves that keep pushing you back to the cliffs
Your hatred for this typhoon only fuels you, makes you hate the east winds that sweeps you down south
I see a lot of me in you
I see the truths that I told myself once, these lies that I tried to justify
Their ain’t food for thought when your belly is full of liquor and your heart is full of rage
But that don’t matter when you feel alone
Your sense of isolation in a crowded city built these wall around you
But they can’t protect you when the storm comes”

2. When the Storm Comes:

“Working this nine to five, nineties kid yelling is this shit just working though
Cuz we pulling two shifts but these taxes are taxin my empathy mentally
Meant to be something way greater but work as a waiter so I just get faded and wait it off
When the typhoon hits, are you steady bound to the rules life gives
Who’s already drowned once it hits the ground I ain’t really found, anybody who can slide through this
Cuz we hopeless and lost this wind has set us off course
I swear this tempest has tampered the best of intentions I’ve had since like I was a boy
This life is search and destroy merk anyone who deploys
Any resentment, I’m bound to get reckless when henny and weed is surrounding my presence”

3. Between a Storm and an Ocean:

“All that I want in life is to really just live this dream
That I’ve had since I was 15 when I started writing 16’s
Put in 10,000 hours I scoured the world
Looking for hidden meanings, but see all my demons had seen me first
Giving all that I got to the process of making music
I wonder if I’ma make it or end up hanging on nooses
I’m losing a grip, on life, steadily chunkin deuces
Try to move these waters while keeping my two feet rooted
Truly zooming, through my early twenties today
Stressing over how to get famous leads to earlier graves”

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “SIRE SPOOKY AKA DAYGO LYRICAL BEAST! – SMALLS UNO – INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

I am honored to share this interview with you all. I got to interview the talented Smalls Uno aka Sire Spooky! It was just a few months ago I came across Smalls music and dope album, “Beast Mode” that I reviewed as well. Smalls and I clicked and instantly became spooky fam!!! He is a dope emcee from my city of San Diego and a very humble human being! Thank you Smalls Uno for inviting me to your “M.Mind Debate Show” podcast with your co-host Mastermind Guile and giving me the platform to discuss the origins of my hip-hop/horror blog! Check out this dope podcast now on Season 2. I was featured on Episode 2, go check it out, like it, comment and subscribe to Smalls Uno and Mastermind Guile’s Youtube channel! Without further a do, read below to know more about Smalls Uno and his spooky journey!

Please tell introduce yourself to those who might not know who you are.

Yo I’m Smalls Uno aka Sire Spooky aka Smalls Krueger aka The fuckin’ King!!! I’m born and raised in Daygo Paradise Hills to be exact, artist on M.Mind Recording member of Spooky Gang.

Beast Mode was just dropped a few months ago! Dope project. I know you have dropped prior albums. How do you feel you’ve grown as an emcee and what is different about this album than your previous projects?

Good lookin I appreciate that, I feel I’ve grown lyrically for sure. The project I put out before Beast Mode was called “King and His Krown” and it was a Frankenstein project, me and Mastermind Guile had been putting out a lot of classic M.Mind albums that didn’t get dropped and I needed something to put out so I gathered a bunch of songs I had already recorded and recorded like 3 new joints for it and threw it out. But I had took a break from music in 2012 when my daughter was born so my pen was a little rusty coming back in 2016.

What is your writing process like when working on an album or song? What inspires or influences your lyrics?

I always just throw the beat on and just listen to it repeatedly until a topic forms, then I’ll try and zone out. I like to write when it’s really cold at night, something about the stress on the body that sends my brain into a reflection of my wild youth and starts pulling up dark memories. I’m way too spooky!!!

Please tell us a bit about your journey and how you began rapping?

My big bro Sick Rick Da Don, he’s from Brooklyn and when I was like 8 or 9 he let me read his rhyme book and that was when I was like I can do this, so our dad bought us a karaoke machine and mad blank tapes and we started recording freestyles and random rhymes we had over any instrumental we could find. I showed that tape to Mastermind and then he started rhyming too. I didn’t really get serious with it until I graduated from high school tho, that was ’03 me and Mastermind linked back up and started getting it in. Right now I got 6 mixtapes out ranging years wise from 2006-2018 and 3 albums from 2005-present, Me Mastermind and Sick Rick have been at this for a long time, but presently the time is right!!!

The M.Mind Recording Debate Show podcast how did that come about? I know you mentioned Season 1 took place last year. When did it begin who did you interview or guests that were on last season?

This was definitely a Mastermind Guile gem, he was just trying to think of ways to get our personalities out to the public, because some people say we’re not very approachable. I’m a talker and Guile is real laid back and reserved that’s why I’m the host, MC motormouth! Yeah on the first season we had guest like Kyanite from Dead Souls click, Darky Lowks, Speak Easy & Riquested, and Gangsta Gadget to name a few. Season two is gonna be extra lit tho, 2 episodes in already! Tune in!!!!

How do you plan of making your Podcast Season 2 different? What do you want to achieve with this Podcast? Is it a round table or will you try to discuss SD hip hop, rap news etc?

So our main focus is to spread the game and information out to help those that might need it, and who else to get it from than your fellow local artists. Then season we’re gonna do more round table style multiple guest at once, last season majority of all the guests got a lot of recognition and love from being on the show, we’re looking to continue doing that.

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What is the significance of your monicker Smalls Uno?

It started out as a joke or a tease my bro sick Rick is a giant, he’s like 6’3″ and I’m only 5’7″ so people in our neighborhood would see me and say ” your killing me smalls” from the sandlot, I hated it but it grew on me, and I added the Uno to just to I guess show my Spanish side and to say I am the one.

I love that you incorporate horror references in your music. Do you have any favorite horror-core albums, songs or rappers?

The Gravediggaz. Their first song “Nowhere to run nowhere to hide” when I first heard that I was blown away, but they got a joint called “Suicide” and that’s my favorite song from them, they had another song I can’t think of the title but in the video one of the cats was rhyming in a grave that was krazy ill. But mostly my horror references come from my love for horror movies.

What is your favorite scary movie? Why?

The first Nightmare on Elm Street hands down!!! My oldest brother showed me the first movie when I was like 6 or 7, and I was spooked out so he made me watch it repeatedly until it wasn’t scary anymore.

What is next for Smalls Uno? Can we expect more upcoming albums/ EP’s this year or just singles? You just dropped “Bane Raps” tell the people where they can find your dope music!

Yeah “Bane Raps” you can get that from my Bandcamp page: www.grafrapgod.bandcamp.com. Me and Sick Rick are doing a EP titled: “The Spookies”, 6 tracks spine chilling bars. I’m also doing an EP with SD producer Ray Flaqui titled “Spit Fire and Die Rhymin”. I’m gonna be adding more music to my Bandcamp page, but I got music everywhere: Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube just Google Smalls Uno and enjoy the adventure!

What is your favorite hip hop album and song of all time?

My favorite album has to be Mobb Deep The Infamous, and my favorite song is “Where’s ya Heart at” my Mobb Deep off the Murda Muzik album.

Who is your favorite emcee of all time? Why?

It’s a 50/50 split between Prodigy & Ghostface Killah, Prodigy’s pen is extremely detail oriented so I can visualize what he’s saying. We both little dudes that grew up grimey doin wild shit. And Ghostface is hella smooth but dangerous all in one, like he be saying shit that will leave you stunned like “yo what did he say?” His story telling abilities are highly slept on too. His verse on “Impossible” on the Wu-Tang Forever album is everything every emcee should wanna be able to create.

What do you believe sets you apart from your peers or competition?

I say the angles I hit with my pen, my ability to tell stories in great detail, and my voice. I love rhymin, to sit and think of a verse and to try and hide simple meanings inside of intricate wordplay is something I really enjoy doing.

Do you feel the San Diego hip hop scene has welcomed you? What constructive criticisms or advice would you say the SD hip hop scene needs to do to be considered a hub of hip hop like LA or NY?

Honestly this year was my welcoming year, for a long time I felt like I was invisible or being blocked out, but the invisible cloak is gone. If you would’ve asked me this question last year or two years ago I would’ve said there’s no unity in Daygo, but there’s tons of unity. What I believe is happening is there’s the hip-hop scene and then there’s the rap scene. But people like Nate from Sdloveshiphop and Gohamradio are bridging that gap by doing business with artists from both sides. That’s like me and Mastermind I’m a good ol’ backpack emcee that listened to El-P’s “Fantastic Damage” while on bombing missions and he’s a certified G that will hop in his ride and slump out to Three Six Mafia’s “Tear Da Club up ’97”. We’re bridging the Gap!

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or on a personal level?

I just wanna be in the argument of greatest emcees of all-times, I want my kids to see that daddy wasn’t krazy for all that time he spent writing raps or rehearsing songs for a show in the backyard. I’m not in this to get rich, yes it would be amazing to be rich, I’d rather after I die my kids and my wife get the royalties and all that money if my music can reach that status, I just wanna be in the argument!

What advice would you give an up and coming emcee?

Practice your craft, if you really wanna rhyme and be taken seriously, practice! Write all the time, I don’t like to freestyles anymore but freestyling helps, and always remember you were a fan before you became an artist so don’t be afraid to support what you consider dope. And never ever ever, try to spit darts at Smalls!!!

What do you think about Hip Hop music becoming more intermingled with the horror genre? Not sure if you heard Rza is making a horror movie. Also most recently Jordan Peele used “I Got 5 On It” for his psychological horror movie “Us“? It’s been done before like Tales from the Hood , Bones etc. Do you think this can become a successful trend? What are some of your thoughts on this.

It’s dope, I mean who doesn’t like horror movies? Redman was in a Chucky movie. Everyone has a little evil side to them, horror movies can only help you bring that out and use it for good. That sounded hella evil right now!

What other creative arenas do you want to enter if any? You are a rapper and a podcaster that’s why I ask.

I’d like to be in a movie or two, I think I can do it, be a bully in a high school movie. I’ve been writing a book for the past 6 years, I go back to it write a little leave it alone for another year or so. I don’t know, I’m open to a lot, a pro wrestlers manager, get in the ring talk some shit, smack a couple dudes and bounce. Boxcutta Maxx what’s good yo?

What do you consider is the difference between a lyricist (MC) and a rapper? Specially in this era?

To me an emcee is more of a news reporter, they’re gonna tell you what’s going on in their region, what they did last week, who got shot and why, what their favorite food is, all that in rhyme form, where as a rapper is just gonna put words together over a beat to get paid.

What do you feel about Jordan Peele bringing back the original screenplays to the horror genre. As well as giving black actors major lead character roles in a genre that typically has not been that way? Do you prefer original horror movies or remakes?

They’re both great styles, some originals have good storylines but based on the time it was made the technology didn’t allow it to be super scary, where the remakes can take the old storyline beef it up and they have the technology to do over the top shit to make little kids piss themself. I’ma be honest I haven’t seen Us yet, but I love that Jordan Peele is making a way for black actors to break into this historic genre, we all don’t have to die within the first 5 minutes of the movie, unless your talking about Kelly Rowland in Freddy vs Jason, how in the hell did she survive so long?

Who is your favorite horror villain or horror icon ? Why?

Freddy Krueger, he talked mad shit to his victims, he didn’t walk he ran, and just the whole mindfuck of him making you afraid to go to sleep and then finally your body shutting down forcing you into a coma like sleep is brilliant. Those elm Street kids would be so afraid they wouldn’t even realize they have actual control over their dreams. I need to be in a Freddy movie or on a soundtrack.

Any shout outs you want to give out to any platforms or people that have supported your craft?

Shout-out Mastermind Guile, Sick Rick Da Don, Speak Easy, Nemy, Indian K, Boxcutta Maxx, Ric Scales, Yazi, Twomps, AC Braxton, Pottie Mouth, Bubu The Prince, Kyle Jimenez, Spookygang!!!!! Shout-out to Nate at Sdloveshiphop, Kill C Rey at Platform Collection, Kahlee, HipHopWeds, Bars Weekly, Hip-Hop with Robby C, DJ Escobarz from AEO music group & 1700 Radio, 7 Octoberz hip-hop/horror blog, Dee Barber, Westside Spanky & Westside Pee-wee, and Mama Bear! M.Mind Recording X Spooky Gang!!!!

Thank you Smalls Uno for your time and being down to do this interview! I truly appreciate you! Spooky Gang👻👻👻!!!To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go stream, listen or buy Smalls Uno latest project, “Beast Mode” and his new single, “Bane Raps” to support dope hip hop music! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “Mexican Cinema Connoisseur – Armando Hernandez A.K.A. RaculFright13 Interview”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing an interview I did with Armando Hernandez a.k.a RaculFright_13 . I came across his social media a few months ago searching for Mexican horror hashtags, since I was trying to find a movie copy of an obscure Mexican horror film called, “Panico En La Montaña“. Starring one of my all time favorite singers, Pedro Fernandez. His page came up since he had a VHS copy of this film. I instantly started following him and realized how he was very knowledgeable en el Cine Mexicano in general. I thought it was unique what he was doing. Glad he is keeping old school Mexican cinema alive! I might be going to far as calling him a Mexican Film historian lol. I reached out to Armando to see if he would be open to be interviewed for my blog. He happily accepted. Please read below to know more about Armando and his own blog. We also discuss the horror genre and Mexican horror.

1. Whats your favorite scary movie? Either Mexican, American or foreign.

I’ll give you a title for Mexican, American & foreign. Make it more interesting that way, que no? Haha.

American: I always considered The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) my all-time favorite horror movie. It is a movie that is frightening & so exciting to watch. It really brought out a lot of fear into me as a kid, but it also brought out a lot of curiosity of the crazy people out there in the world and to seek out more movies just like it. Ever since watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, horror & cult movies became an important part of my life. That movie changed me for the best (or maybe the worst, haha).

Mexican: As for as a favorite Mexican horror movie, it’s really hard to nail it down to one because there’s a select few, but one I guess that I could consider an all time-favorite would be Terror En Los Barrios (1984). It’s such a strange little horror movie with a mommy issues-killer using various disguises. One particular disguise consists of a rubber green ghoul mask & all black clothing. It’s also crazy how obscure this movie is. I never seen a copy of it anywhere and I came across it by chance.

Foreign: there’s many great horror movies from other countries, but one that has always stood out for me would be the Italian horror movie by Lucio Fulci: Zombie (1979). Its such a simple zombie movie, but it’s done so well & it’s gory as hell, too. The gore is done just perfectly & how can you not love the music score in that movie? The opening & closing theme song is haunting & beautiful.

And I almost forgot to mention that we get to see a zombie eating a shark!! How cool is that? (Haha).

2. For those who are not familiar with you that are outside the horror community. Please tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Armando Hernandez. I’m based in Pomona, CA and in my blog entitled “raculfright_13’s Blogo Trasho” (a name change will be happening soon though) I write about Mexican movies of every genre! which consists of drama, action, comedy & horror. I’m trying to bring these Mexican movies (mostly a lot of obscure titles) out of the dark & to be remembered & respected.

3. I see you are very knowledgeable about Mexican horror movies and Cine Mexicano in general. How did you become so knowledgable in this genre?

Growing up as a kid, my parents (mainly my mom) would always wanna rent a horror movie for me & my older brother to watch (along with whatever other movies) and those are the movies you’ll always remember as a kid. They were scary, but so fun at the same time.

As for the Cine Mexicano, Mexploitation and videohomes (straight to video Mexican movies), it began when I was 19 turning 20, when I remembered the movies “La Banda Del Carro Rojo” and “Ratas De La Ciudad”. I remember as a kid watching them on tv with both my parents and I really liked them. It was cool to see the people of our heritage acting in these exciting movies dealing with crime, poverty & tragedy on both sides of the border (Ratas however only takes place in Mexico City). Once I acquired copies of both movies, I also remembered many more Mexican movies that were so intriguing to me growing up. One in particular was a videohome entitled Herencia Diabólica (1994), which is a crazy little clown doll/midget horror movie starring Lorena Herrera & directed by the master Alfredo Salazar. I remember that movie freaking me out as a kid, but enjoying the stupid fear I got out of it. My mom otherwise called the movie “trash”.

So after getting copies of those 3 movies, I began to seek out more titles I remembered watching & hearing about.  I then started to read into the lives & careers of everyone in the Mexican movie industry and It ended up becoming this huge obsession for me in my early 20’s and here I am close to 30 and still reading, writing & researching Cine Mexicano, Mexploitation and the Videohome scene. This whole Mexican film industry from the old days fascinates me. The people behind the camera, the actors, etc. All this is just so fascinating to me and my craving for this knowledge to know all this about this industry grows & grows each day.

4. How long have you been collecting movies? What is your source or distributor you get it from? If you can share the info.

I been buying & collecting movies since I was a teenager. I would look for movies on eBay & Amazon and of course anywhere else I could buy movies. When it came to Mexican movies, that was a lot harder for me to find since a lot of titles I searched for weren’t really available on DVD, but they were however on VHS and that is the format I found many titles I wanted & needed and some that I didn’t even think of needing. It was also cool to find out that a lot of these old video companies were working directly with & were the people in the industry. For a while I was finding a lot of Mexican movies on VHS at a local video store called “Movie Island”, I would also search other video stores from time to time and find some titles there as well. Recently my collection grew bigger thanks to a wonderful man named Juan who has been selling me many Mexican movies on tape. All original & most still intact in their packaging as well. A little known fact of Juan: He once owned a video store and before owning it, he was just an employee of the store and this store in particular was very Mexican oriented, so they always had first dibs on every single title from all the top Mexican video companies. For Juan to still have been able to hold on to these Mexican tapes 30+ years later is just awesome & full of devotion. He’s the best.

5. I read some of your blog reviews and you inject a lot of humor and personal anecdotes. Would you say that is what sets you apart from other bloggers? Or How do you make your blog/platform stand out?

When I began writing reviews, I was inspired by the website Bleeding Skull (when it was just Joe Ziemba & Dan Budnik) since they wrote simple reviews full of humor & honesty. If they liked the movie a lot, then they will say so. If they didn’t, then they would say so. They also didn’t over-analyze a movie and they were also being themselves in the review which of course was being fun & quirky. So for myself, I just write about these Mexican movies out of fun & honesty. I try to be trivial as well if I find out something very interesting about the movie’s production, director, actor, etc.

As for the anecdotes, I done that when I wanted to make the review more longer & interesting to read. My Lencha La Taxista review is an example of that. How do I write about a movie like that? Am I gonna come off pretentious & state relevant & important facts about the movie? Am I gonna over-analyze it? Of course not. I’m gonna blend in with the movie just as it is, which is to be weird, funny & random as hell. I also wanted to poke fun at the 2018 epic Roma since that movie at the time was getting a lot of attention and why not feed off that? (haha).

So basically I just try to be myself in my blog. I wanna be fun, interesting, honest & trivial if possible. I don’t wanna sound like anyone else because that’s boring & too obvious.

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6. To make this interview a bit interesting. You know how the movie Scream created the horror movie rules. If you had to make any rules to survive a Mexican horror movie what would be some of the survival rules?

  • Don’t play with Ouija Boards or you’ll end up like Michael’s friend becoming the demonic entity Virgil in Don’t Panic. Wearing dinosaur pajamas are optional.
  • Search for old treasure and you’ll end up slaughtered by a zombie Agustin Bernal like in Ladrones De Tumbas.
  • Don’t cheat on your crazy boyfriend or he will come for you in your room & murder you with no mercy like in Terror En Los Barrios.
  • You cannot open the old chest down the basement or you’ll end up unleashing a  perverted buffoon psycho doll that’ll make you go crazy like in Demond Doll.

7. What do you think about Hollywood using Mexican legends to make horror films, like La Llorona? If you watched it what were were your thoughts?

To be honest, the movie doesn’t interest me much, but eventually I will watch it. I do however think it’s cool how Hollywood wants to use Mexican folklore in movies, but I feel it has to be done appropriately & not water it down to make it more appealing for a mass general audience. Keep it authentic and with all the money invested, it shouldn’t be hard to do that and let alone make it actually scary.

8. Have you met or had the opportunity to talk to any Mexican horror directors or actors? And if so who were they and what conversation did you guys have? 

Over the years I have been in touch with a variety of directors, producers and some actors via Facebook, email & phone. Even some of their family members as well (haha). The one I can say I gotten close with and has made a few horror/thriller titles is the king of the videohomes Christian Gonzalez. We had a nice Skype chat many years ago at the idea of his lovely wife Patricia Rojas. It was crazy to see him live on my computer screen and to talk to him about his career was awesome. He’s such a good guy and I’ll always admire the time he gave me to talk to him. I also recently interviewed Leopoldo Laborde on my blog where he too talked of his career in the genre scene & pointed out many facts of the Mexican movie industry. Another great guy for giving me the time to talk with. There will be a couple of people of the industry (one being a horror/cult icon) I will be Interviewing in the near future and I cannot wait for people to see this. It’s gonna be really epic honestly.

9. If you haven’t met any actors or directors yet who would you like to meet and why?

Well sadly a lot of the people I would have liked to have met have passed on, but I do really hope to meet Director Ruben Galindo someday since he’s my favorite Mexican movie director and I would just love to tell him how much his movies really mean to me. As for actors, it would be cool to meet Jorge Reynoso since I think he’s a great actor who has starred in many favorite movies of mine. I would love to also meet Lina Santos since she’s such an iconic actress and incredibly gorgeous as well. She too starred in many favorite movies of mine. Then lastly to say I would love to meet Patricia Rivera. She too is another iconic & gorgeous actress who I’ve heard from a close friend of hers that she is such a lovely woman in person.

10. Ernesto Alonso’s “El Maleficio” was one of the few novelas that used themes of the occult. What do you think about novelas having a horror element to them? Do you think it would be successful?

It’s funny you mentioned this because not long ago I wondered why there’s not many novelas with any type of supernatural/horror theme. It is however a different kind of industry and that industry hasn’t changed in so long, so it looks like we’ll be seeing telenovelas about lust & crime for many more years to come. Hopefully one day we see do get a telenovela that’ll cater to fans of the supernatural/horror. If not a telenovela, then maybe a TV show in the styles of the late 80’s/early 90’s anthology show “La Hora Marcada”.

11. Favorite horror soundtrack if any?

If it counts, I would go with the soundtrack for Cannibal Holocaust by Fabio Frizzi since every song is beautiful, tragic & terrifying sounding. “Adulteress Punishment” is my favorite track.

12. Favorite horror director? They can be Mexican or American. And why?

When I think of a great Mexican director of horror I immediately think of the master Carlos Enrique Taboada. He is the one who made some wonderful Mexican movies about ghosts, murder & the supernatural. Hasta El Viento Tiene Miedo is one of my all-time favorite movies as well. It is a must watch of his for sure just as the rest of his movies are!

As for an American horror director, I will narrow it down to Wes Craven since he’s made so many classics that I really love. I mean, I thought “My Soul To Take” was one of the worst movies I’ve ever watched, but when you look at the rest of his filmography, he made so many amazing movies over the years. He made A Nightmare on Elm Street and everyone loves that movie (that’s actually my 2nd favorite horror movie of all-time), Last House on the Left is a movie I always admired highly and then there’s Deadly Friend which is one of his most underrated movies ever. It was also a movie that my family always came together to watch whether we rented it or saw it airing on TV.  An 80’s killer-robot girl movie is definitely a must watch for the entire family.

13. Favorite horror villain? Why?

I narrow it down to Dracula (Bela Lugosi’s & Christopher Lee’s portrayal) since he gets to stay up all night creeping around and thirsting for human blood.

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14. Favorite actor in the horror genre and why?

I always admired Vincent Price since he’s been in many iconic roles for many classic horror movies. His facials expressions & the sound of his voice & laugh is just so creepy and cool. He’s one of a kind and could never be replicated.

15. What do you love about the horror genre and why?

The horror genre is just always so memorable & fun and that’s what I love about it. I mean of course any other movie genre will have its memorable & fun movies, but you don’t ever forget or ignore the horror stuff at all. When you watch them as a kid, it leaves some kind of impact & memory. You’ll be scared shitless maybe, but afterwards you’ll remember that time of being scared & laugh about it & feel happy. It’s easy entertainment sure, but overall it’s entertainment that will definitely be unforgettable & treasured.

16. The horror genre is always criticized and given a negative reputation what is your opinion on that?

It’s definitely a misunderstood genre and given way too much of a negative reputation. I mean after watching movies such as The Exorcist and Hereditary, it’s like why weren’t these movies nominated for best picture at the Oscars? These movies told stories that were not only creepy as hell & original, but they were also filmed very beautifully & well acted. While many horror movies are usually the same and often copy each other, the same can be said about other genres as well. Horror movies can be taken serious if the movie itself is serious as well. Hopefully down the line, the genre will get much more respect and finally make people realize that horror movies aren’t always cheesy & fun. They can be beautiful, stupendous & truly terrifying.

17. What does your social media name mean “Racul Fright”? Any special meaning behind it?

People have asked me that many times before and I always tell them the same old weird story. I was meant to make a user name on MSN “TastetheBloodDraculaFrights13” but I guess that was too long or whatever and so it gave me the option for “raculfright_13” as an alternative and I liked the way that sounded, so ever since then it stuck with me. So basically My screen name is “Dracula”, but without the D in the beginning & the A missing in the end (haha). The number 13 is of course the number associated with bad luck and I like that. Just don’t ever think you’ll catch me with a “13” tattoo on me because I think that’s too extra & lame as hell.

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18. What is the coolest or favorite collectible you own whether it is a vhs, dvd or blu ray etc. Why?

It would be the full sheet poster of the horror movie Demond Doll which is mostly known as “‘Muerte Infernal” and “Hell Doll”. The mystery of Demond Doll and this poster is very intriguing to me since I guess it was released theatrically at one point or it had gotten some kind of video release under that title and in its original English language.

19. Jordan Peele has started his own lane in creating original horror movies and giving the main roles to Black actors which is great since normally we haven’t seen that in the past. What do you think about a director like Guillermo Del Toro doing that for the Mexican community? Do you think other Mexican Directors might follow Jordan Peele’s blueprint?

It’s awesome seeing Guillermo Del Toro being a huge name in the movie industry now a days since he’s 100% Mexican and really putting in work. Hopefully soon he makes something awesome in his native country that is pure horror & beautiful. If someone can be a Mexican Jordan Peele, he’s clearly the man to do something similar. Cross our fingers for that. However, it would be cool to see a fresh new face out there doing work for Mexican & Latinos in mainstream horror. That definitely needs to be happening!

20. Lastly how has the horror community embraced you or maybe has not? Was it difficult to build a following when you first got started?

Well I can’t say the community in the horror scene has embraced me like with certain dull & unoriginal websites & writers, but what I can say is I have definitely opened a lot of eyes to people into becoming interested in Mexican movies & obscure Mexican movies. Over the years, people have wondered what a certain movie was about & wondered if the movie was even good and I was someone that have provided that information for them. My following isn’t huge, but its enough for people to really wanna talk to me about these movies and for some to even go as far as to bug me every single day to provide them free copies of these movies (haha). It’s difficult to push your content out there in the beginning, but just always promote your stuff and it’ll catch on for sure. It’s worth the wait and it gives you more time to just keep going & adding more cool stuff to your content.

21. How do you build and keep relationships with people in the horror community?

I try to keep up with what’s going on in the scene of course. Social media of course is the best & easiest way to really get to know people that are into horror or whatever else similar. It’s also important to support a website or podcast to really become acquainted with this kind of community, so that’s always important to do! Support the scene/community!

22. Any advice for anyone who is thinking of joining the horror community? Whether it be a blog or a podcast.

Whatever you wanna provide: be it writing material or audio material in horror, cult or just movies in general; just be yourself. Be honest and don’t be afraid to express how you feel about certain things in a movie or whatever. It’s always good to hear different opinions because if everyone was the saying the same stuff in their sites or whatever, then it would be so damn boring & repetitive & unoriginal. That’s why I honestly don’t keep up with the big horror websites these days, because they all sound the same & always write about the same stuff often and never really give a legitimate movie review.

Thanks again Armando for your time it is appreciated. Also thank you for the movies you’ve sent me! We will have to meet soon in person soon! Please go follow his IG page at @raculfright_13 if you are into Mexican films or curious about that genre, you won’t regret it! Here is the link to his blog: https://raculfright13sblogotrasho.blogspot.com. To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Brooklyn Dreamer – Rob Markman Interview”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

I am hyped to share this interview I did with Rob Markman. Most may know him as the Head of Artist Relations from Genius, but he is also an emcee and a humble human being! Rob was kind enough to answer some interview questions. Today he dropped his second project, “It’s Too Late At The Wake“! I am excited for everyone to hear it. He was gracious enough to let me listen to it prior to its release and it is an amazing inspirational album!

As I have said before it is no secret Rob is my favorite journalist. He conducts the best interviews in my opinion. He asks questions no other journalist has asked an artist and is very knowledgeable of who he is interviewing. He is one of my inspirations as to why I decided to do the journalism thing! I love Hip Hop and what best way to contribute to the culture than to write about it. Very excited and honored Rob gave me the opportunity to interview him! Without further a do please read below to get a glimpse of who Rob Markman is and learn more about his new project.

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Please introduce yourself to those who might not know who you are.

My name is Rob Markman, I’m justa guy from Brooklyn who loves hip-hop.

How did your journey in journalism and music happen? Did you face obstacles, if so what were they if you can share it with us.

I started as freelance journalist writing album reviews for Complex, The Source, Vibe and XXL. An old friend took a chance on me, gave me my first assignment and I kept building from there. I faced a lot of obstacles when I first started. In the beginning I worked full-time in a mailroom for a woman’s clothing company and I freelanced as a writer. It was hard to convince people that I could do more than mailroom work. Originally a lot of people didn’t see my vision, so that got frustrating. And then when I finally got my first full-time writing job at a magazine, I was making less money then I was making in the mailroom. My son was a baby at the time, so it was tough. But it worked out in the end.

How do you juggle your journalistic career, rap career and family?

It’s hard to juggle it all, family is the most important off top. If my fam isn’t taken care of, then I can’t concentrate on music or my work at Genius. So I take care of home first, after that I just use all of my time to pour into my passion and my passionate about Genius and my music, so that fuels my drive.

How has working for Genius as Head of Artist Relations been for you?

Genius has been amazing. I’ve been there for just about four years and it feels like the dream job. I really believe in what we are building and the team that I work with over there is just so talented. Together we’ve pulled off some amazing things, from our daily content to live events with artists like Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and 2 Chainz. Some days I step back like, “Damn, we did that.”

Where did your passion for pursuing your dreams come from? As well as advocating for others to do the same?

As a kid I had a vivid imagination, I would day dream a lot. I used to day dream about having a record deal, performing on stage and just contributing to hip-hop. I always knew I had something to offer. I have always been the type to go out there and get what I want. When I was young my thing was sneakers, I always wanted a pair of Jordans and my parents just wouldn’t get ’em for me. I remember one time the bought me a pair of LA Gears and I would get teased about ’em. By the time I turned 13 I was determined to get a pair of Jordans, so I got a little part-time job in a comic book store and saved up until I got those Jordans. I’ve been working ever since then. After the comic book store it was a pizza shop, after that I worked at a call center, then the mailroom. Long story short is, once I got my first job, I never asked my parents to buy me anything again, because I knew I could get it on my own if I worked hard enough. I think we’re all capable, so I just want to speak it into existence for people. To be in a position to inspire people is the best part of all of this.

What words of advice or encouragement do you have for people who might be lost on their path to find out what their dreams are? As well as advice for those working 9 to 5 jobs who might be afraid to seek their true calling.

Well first of all you have to figure out what your dream is, and you have to make sure it’s your dream. Don’t be a rapper because you think that’s the thing to do. You have to ask yourself: “Do I really love it? Am I willing to put the work in to go and get it?” The problem is a lot of people only think about the end result, but are you willing to take the long, road to get there? So you have to figure out your own dream, and be willing to make all of the sacrifice to get it.

Some people will tell you that you’ll never get to your dreams if you have a 9 to 5, and I don’t believe that one bit. You can chase your dreams and still handle your responsibility, but you have to be willing to sacrifice something. So you don’t have to quit your 9 to 5, but you may have to sacrifice sleep or you may have to sacrifice playing PS4 every night. You can’t be afraid, and you can’t be lazy and you have to believe in yourself or no one will.

“It’s Too Late At The Wake” is your second project. It is a follow up to your “Write to Dream” EP. I watched an interview where you mentioned this project is a continuation of the same concept to follow your dreams. How would you say this album is different from your last?

It’s Too Late at the Wake is just musically better to Write to Dream in my opinion. I learned a lot making the first project and I became a better artist because of it. This album is lyrically better, musically better and I just feel like it’s going to touch people in a different way. There is a lot more passion on this album and a lot more energy. My first project was cool, but I’m not just happy to be here, I belong in this position and this album proves it.

In your first song off the new album you rap, “Some people only reach out when it’s time for a rollout”. I am paraphrasing. As someone who works in the music industry, how do you deal with people who might not have the best intentions? How do you know how to separate the people that truly support you from people who are just looking for a handout? I ask this because you are one of the few journalists who tends to have always positive things to say about artists and can tell you love what you do and show love to all.

Yeah, the first song is called “It’s Too Late” and that was me just venting about all the things that went on since dropping Write to Dream. So that line “Everybody calls me bro now/ But only reach out when it’s time for their rollout,” it’s just the nature of the business. I’m ok with people reaching out when it’s time to drop their album, that’s the business I’m in and I LOVE my job. But all I’m saying is let’s be clear about what it is. Let’s work when it’s time to work, but don’t be on some phony shit. I always try to be honest with everyone I’m dealing with in this business. If some one else has different intentions that’s on them. If I notice that someone isn’t being straight up, then I deal with that relationship accordingly — we’ll work together when it makes sense, and when it doesn’t make sense, we won’t work together.

You have Styles P featured on this album. Which is an amazing feature! In your previous album you did not have big name features. How did this collaboration happen? Who would you love to collaborate with in the near future? Or do want to follow what J. Cole does and have no features?

Styles P is one of the dopest MCs ever. he’s so honest in his music and he communicates pain so poetically. He’s a stone cold killer lyrically too, he’ll murder a verse so calmly. I was honored that he was down to work with me on “Next Check.” One day he DM’d me and said if I ever needed him for a verse, just hit him up. A few weeks passed and I recorded “Next Check” and thought he’d sound ill on it, I sent him the verse and he sent it right back. The Cris Streetz added his verse and the song was done.

I have some collaborations I’m excited about on It’s Too Late at the Wake, me and Punch have a song with The Ichiban Don which is fire. Those are my real friends. I have JNYR, Yuri Koller and Komi on some hooks too. In the future though, I don’t know if you’ll see any big name features from me. If you do see it, then know it happened super organically. I’m not good at asking for features, I dunno it just doesn’t work out for me. I don’t think it’s in the cards. When it comes to working with singers and people on hooks, sure — because I can’t sing, so sometimes you need people to bring a vibe that you can’t bring. But when it comes to rap features, I can rap, so I’ll handle the verses on my songs.

What inspires your lyrics? What is your writing process like when you are creating an album or EP? For instance do you write to a beat or do the lyrics come first?

I get inspired by stories that happened in my real life. Everything on my songs comes from my real life. Even a song like “Raheem’s Funeral” — yes I used the movie “Juice” as a metaphor, but the actual verse of that song comes from a real life situation. I was at a funeral from someone that I loved very much and one of the people responsible for his murder was in the room with us. It was a terrible feeling. I always knew I was going to write about that, but it took me years. I always write to a beat, but a lot of the times I already have the concept to the song before I have the beat. At that point it’s just about finding the beat that matches the mood of the story I want to tell.

What would you like your listeners to take away from this new album?

When people listen to It’s Too Late at the Wake I want them to get inspired and do that thing they always dreamed of doing, because one day we’re all going to end up in that casket and then it’s too late. The second thing I want people to take away from the album is to show love to your people. We see it all the time on social media, the timeline will just clown someone or hate on them wth no regards to their feelings and then when that person passes away the same people are the first ones to throw up an Rest In Peace post. That’s terrible, if you love them show them that love while they’re still alive. Give them the flowers while they can still smell ’em.

I heard in a previous interview that your last project was inspired by emcees like Nas, Jay-Z and Biggie. Who would you say influenced you in this project? If any come to mind.

Honestly, I was my biggest inspiration on this new album. I was solely focused on being better than I was on Write to Dream. Every song I challenged myself to get better.

Do you have any plans of going on tour with this new album? Possibility of paying the West Coast a visit?

Right now I don’t have any tour plans. I would love to perform on the West Coast, it would be a dream. My schedule has been crazy, I’m not saying a tour is out of the question, but I would just have to make it make sense. I will be performing at Rolling Loud in Miami on May 11. I can’t wait.

Any plans on releasing new music videos for any of your singles? Maybe a video for, “I Think We Lost The Culture” in the works?

I haven’t thought about the music videos yet, I’ve just been so focused on the actual music. I love “Culture,” I think I may let the fans decide which video I shoot next.

Using only 5 words, which words would you use to describe your new album?

Honest, sincere, fire, New York and hip-hop!

How do you remain humble and stay grounded?

I don’t know. I’m really just being myself. I treat people with the same respect that I’d like to receive. I’m fully confident in my abilities and I’m aware of my accomplishments, but none of that shit defines me. Ultimately I’d like to be judged on the type of man that I am, the father that I am. What does being the best rapper or the best journalist matter if you’re an asshole.

What do you feel or believe sets you apart from your peers in both the rap game and in journalism?

I guess my perspective sets me a part. I’ve been rapping since I was young. When my old boss, former XXL Editor in Chief, Datwon Thomas found out that I made music he told me that he thinks that’s why my interviews are so great, because I relate to artists in a way that most journalists can’t — and that in turn allows me to ask the right questions and get them to open up. Maybe that’s true, i don’t know. Ultimately I think it’s perspective that sets me a part though, I have a story to tell.

This is a hip hop/horror blog so I gotta ask, what is your favorite scary movie? Why?

The original “Exorcist” movie is still the scariest movie that I ever seen. Till this day it creeps me the hell out. I’ve seen spirits before and I believe that there are more than what we see. I know I sound crazy, and I know that’s just a movie, but it’s also not that far-fetched to me.

Any favorite horror soundtracks or horror-core albums?

The Halloween theme is dope. The song they used for “The Exorcist” theme is so damn creepy. And that first Gravediggaz album was dope to me.

Favorite Hip Hop album or song of all time? It can be more than one.

The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death is my favorite hip-hop album of all-time. Picking my favorite song is a lot tougher. Jay Z’s “Dead Presidents” is up there — part one and part two.

You are very talented. You are a journalist and an emcee. Do you see yourself conquering any other creative arenas?

Comic books. I want to write more comic books. I wrote a story of DC comics years ago and it was published. It was a Flash story and appeared in a book called Solo, issue number 10.

You are part Puerto Rican do you think it is important that there is latino representation in the Hip Hop community. If so how do you think you can help push a positive image of your culture in your music or journalism?

One of the things I hate the most is when people try to treat Latinx people like we’re outsiders in hip-hop. Hip-hop as we know it in its modern form was birthed in Bronx, New York, so you mean to tell me Latinos weren’t a part of that? Bronx is filled with Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, and it’s well documented. People like Crazy Legs, Prince Whipper Whip, Lee Quinones, Prince Markie Dee — and this is before we start talking about Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, and Big Pun. So I think it’s very important to Latinos represented in hip-hop and I’m proud to do that.

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind whether as a creative or in your personal life?

I just hope when people remember me that they remember me as someone who did it right. i hope my sons will see me as a good father and a good role model. As far as how the culture sees me, I just want people to look at what I’ve done and say that I did it with love and respect. I hope that my legacy is one that can add on to hip-hop in a positive way.

Thank you Rob Markman for your time and being down to do this interview! I truly appreciate you! It is journalists and emcees like you that give us upcoming writers and lyricists the inspiration to keep going! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go stream, listen or buy Rob’s new project, “It’s Too Late At The Wake” to support dope hip hop music! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “The Horror Pull List – Jamie Woodward Interview”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

I had the opportunity to send over some interview questions to Jamie Woodward who runs a Horror Comic Pull List on IG. We met through social media before I even started this blog and he was always showing love and support. He even sent me some free comics! Thanks again Jamie! I thought I would interview him since we both love hip hop and horror. I also believe what he is doing is unique. There is not a lot of pages that center on horror comics and Jamie is savvy with his knowledge on them. Without further a do please read below to know a bit more about Jamie.

1. Please introduce yourself to those who might not know who you are.

My name is Jamie Woodward, bonafide Hip-Hop & Horror fanatic from back in the day! I was a DJ from 1989 to 2005 cutting for various UK rap crews, playing clubs, slanging mixtapes, etc. Horror has always been my preferred choice for entertainment and I have a particular interest in comics and graphic novels of that genre.

2. How did you become an expert and knowledgeable in horror comics?

I was really into comics as a kid, mainly Marvel stuff, but I kinda lost interest when Hip-Hop and DJ’ing came along. Around ten years ago I used to take a Sony PSP to work with me loaded with music, movies and games for break times. I added their digital comic-reader app when it became available and downloaded some of the comics which were available. I really wasn’t feeling the superhero titles anymore, but there was the first issue of a comic called ‘Y: The Last Man’ on DC’s Vertigo imprint that really caught my attention, by the time I’d finished the first volume I was hooked! I’ve been reading practically all of the independent horror releases ever since.

3. The Horror Pull List, how did that concept come about? When did you begin this journey and how has the feedback been on social media?

There’s no shortage of comic book fans on IG, or horror fans either. But I noticed whenever people post up their comic selections for that month is invariably dominated by offerings from the ‘big 2’ with a couple of indie titles, maybe one of those will be a horror comic. Considering how much of an impact stories which originated in independent comic books have on popular culture, they are tragically underrepresented. I created The Horror Pull List account late last year to try and focus solely on horror comics. The response from creators has been very positive, and it’s steadily growing in followers despite being as niche as it is.

4. What is your favorite horror comic series? Why?

The series which immediately comes to mind is Allen Moore’s Providence, published by Avatar Press. Besides being one of the most literary comics I’ve ever read, the attention to detail and historical accuracy in each issue, in combination with Jacen Burrow’s dope artwork is insane.

5. What is your favorite scary movie? Why?

The Thing (1982)! John Carpenter is unquestionably my favorite director, and in my opinion The Thing is a perfectly crafted horror movie which still holds up really well even after 37 years. The quality of the SFX are self explanatory, but the atmospherics, the sense of claustrophobia and paranoia are what really makes the movie something special.

6. Any plans of possibly ever writing your own horror comic series?

Doubtful, but I have written short stories in the past so I guess anything is possible.

7. What do you think about Jordan Peele starting a mainstream lane once again of original screenplays in horror movies? Or do you just enjoy remakes more?

Get Out was dope! I’m generally not too comfortable with remakes, unless there’s a really good reason for that remake, so I was kinda concerned when it was announced he was rebooting Candyman. But then shortly afterwards he dropped US, which I haven’t actually seen yet, but by all accounts is a very worthy successor. I trust Peele’s vision, and I’m sure with the advancements in CGI and such since the OG released a Candyman remake could be cool, but I’d much rather see original content.

8. You also love hip hop. When did you fall in love with hip hop and the culture?

My first memory of Hip-Hop was watching Malcolm McLaren’s Buffalo Gals video which would have been around 1982. I had no idea what it was I was experiencing at the time, but I still remember it vividly today.
It wasn’t until 87/88, when I was around 12 or 13 that I began to understand what this subculture actually was, and that I wanted to be a part of it.

9. You mention in your posts you used to DJ/scratch. How was that journey ? Did you get to perform with well known artists?

I started DJ’ing at a local community centre in 1988, it wasn’t until ‘91 I could afford my own turntables. I was making mixtapes and DJ’ing for a few local emcees, but it was always about the cuts for me. I always wanted to have the fastest, most complex scratches, DJ Aladdin from Low Profile and DJ Supreme from the UK crew Hijack were my heroes. I started performing live with a swingbeat crew called BBM in 1993 and I was also the original DJ for a rap crew called The Hoodz Underground who had moderate success. Though most of the artists I performed with were from the UK, I did meet some big US acts, De La Soul, GURU, Lords of the Underground and Funkdoobiest, etc.

10. What is your favorite hip hop album and song of all time? 

Unfinished Business – EPMD

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11. Who is your favorite emcee or emcees dead or alive?

Overall it might be Esoteric. I also really like Chester P from the UK crew Task Force.

12. What do you think is unique about your horror pull list or differentiates you from your peers or competition?

I’m not sure there actually is any competition, at least on IG. There was an account dedicated to indie comics, but that disappeared a while back, even when it was live it featured a broad spectrum of content whereas The HPL is strictly dedicated horror.

13. Do you feel the horror genre in general whether movies, comics or books is thriving or do you feel it could be more popular like the attention the avengers/superhero movies garner?

I definitely think horror is becoming more accepted. Recent movie releases no longer seem to be shunned by the industry and are actually being considered for awards, previously this would have been unthinkable. Due to its very nature horror will never be as accessible as the superhero genre for example, but I do believe it’s currently very healthy.

14. What made you fall in love with the horror genre?

When I discovered Stephen King books! I went through a phase when I was at school when I had to read every novel he’d wrote. This lead to reading James Herbert, Clive Barker, Lovecraft, etc. Although I was already a fan of horror movies at the time, it was the books which had the most profound impact on me.

15. Favorite DJ or Producer of all time?

Definitely Premier. I prefer sample based production and his scratch composition choruses are perfect. Honorable mentions to Prince Paul, Diamond D, Paul Nice and Mister Jason from Porn Theatre Ushers.

16. What legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or in your personal life?

I respect humility in people above all else, so I always strive to be as humble as possible. Even when I’m being creative it is always with a view to self-improvement. If I can raise my children to be good human beings, respectful of others, I’ll be content with that.

17. Anything you would like to share or new to announce to your followers and supporters?

Please check out The HPL. I have years worth of content to post and these stories deserve to be read.

18. Being from the UK do you feel the hip hop scene is different from the US if so how so?

Back when I was actively DJ’ing I think jams in the UK closely mirrored what was happening in the States, musically the same influences were there, reggae, funk, soul, jazz, etc. Over the past 20 years other predominantly British sub-genres have had much more of an impact on the UK sound drum & bass, garage, grime, etc. I think there’s now more of a distinctly UK identity there.

19. There are a lot of dope emcees that travel overseas to perform and mention how Europe in particular is more appreciative of the culture. Would you say being from the UK that in Europe they have still kept the 5 elements of hip hop more alive and that is why emcees feel like that?

In mainland Europe there’s still large festivals such as Hip-Hop Kemp that not only feature music, but also b-boyin, graffiti and turntablism. It’s now quite rare here in the UK though, even back in the ‘90s jams here tended to more resemble the US model. I know artists who still put on workshops for young people to educate them about the culture, I used to do DJ workshops myself, but it’s definitely not something that happens in the mainstream Hip-Hop community anymore.

20. Being from the UK any dope horror films either underground or mainstream that you feel should be more popular or any recommendations to horror fans?

Creep (2004) is highly recommended if you haven’t seen it. I’m looking forward to watching The Hole in The Ground which released recently too.

Thanks again Jamie for your time it is appreciated. We will have to meet soon in person when I go visit the UK! Please go follow his IG page at @thehpl to keep up on the latest horror comics! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “The Huntress – Che Noir – The Thrill Of The Hunt Album Review”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Che Noir (Features: Benny the Butcher)

Album: The Thrill of The Hunt

Release Date: February 22, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Che Noir’s, “The Thrill of The Hunt” EP that was released earlier this year. I came across Che’s music a bit late, but nonetheless so excited I came across her. She is a lyrical beast! I have said it and I’ll continue to say it female emcees are killin’ the game right now! A brief backstory as to how I came across her is I was listening to a track on the project, “The Trust Tape 3” by 38 Spesh. She is featured on a few tracks. The one I heard first is called “Trust” and she bodied her verse. I was like who is that?! So I looked in google and found out she had dropped an EP earlier this year. Without even hearing a track I purchased it on Amazon. All I have to say is those 7 tracks are straight fire bars! No skippable tracks they all go hard! They are very cohesive and the production was perfect. The beats selected go with the grimey vibe and match her killer lyrics.

As mentioned above there are 7 tracks with a running time of approximately 25 minutes. This project is more of an introduction mixtape to make waves and proof she should be respected lyrically. This EP has a mixtape vibe since she used beats from Nas (NY State of Mind), Biggie (Can’t You See) to Fabolous (Breathe). Those tracks are legendary, but she poured her heart out in each verse and delivered! She also touches on very relatable topics from having to choose music over friendships to using her full potential to shine in this rap game. She is from Buffalo, NY and is proud to say it anytime she gets in her rhymes. She has great cadence and passion in her delivery.

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She is set to drop a continuation EP to this series titled, “The Thrill of the Hunt 2“! The new project is set to drop on June 7th. I know she will continue bringing murderous verses and I am excited! I am glad she did not overshadow this project with features only Benny the Butcher which is to be expected since they are running with the same crew and representing the same city. Also the artwork on this EP is dope loved that she used the greek Goddess Artemis since she is the goddess of the hunt matches her concept of the album. Che definitely kills what she hunts!

I have my eyes on her and can’t wait for what she brings next. She has great potential. Definitely one of the illest emcees that is up and coming! She has my undivided attention and support! Go listen, stream or buy this EP if you love real lyrical hip hop!

Favorite Track/Verses:

1.Buffalo State of Mind
2. Threat
3. Breath
4. Champions
5. Tyson

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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