After a 2 month long break from the Indian Hip-Hop scene, Mumbai rapper “Divine” releases the teaser to his new video – “NO HOOK”, and it sure looks more than promising. A whole east-coast ambiance on the beat, and Divine, staying true to his style is spreading street knowledge and wisdom. This song is sure to be the whole package, not to mention Mumbai heavyweight lyricists, Cynical Phantom [formerly known as Kinga Rhymes] and JD [of Mumbai’s Finest] included in this one of a kind underground banger.
When asked on what Divine feels the effect of this song will be, He replies:
“This song is going to be fire. Its about time these rappers stepped their game up.”
For those new to Mumbai Hip Hop… Divine is among the elite Hip Hop artist in Mumbai and he has performed at nearly every night club in Mumbai. That’s saying a lot.
Divine (Vivian Fernandes) is a multi genre MC, ranging from Gospel to Activism. His brand of lyrics and relentless drive to keep Real Hip Hop alive is truly inspiring. Although, there are multitudes of artist in India, only but a handful are staying true to the roots of Hip Hop and not selling out for a quick buck. Anyone can make some money, but Divine is in it to be a Legend.
So, nuff said, below is the link to this fire hot trailer.
Q. So, how did it all begin for you/what was your first show?
A. I did my first show at our church when I was 13, I grew up in a Baptist church so we were always celebrating music.
Q. What’s the music scene like in Cali and Austria?
A. Our scene in Cali is popping off in a major way without those major labels included. I think now more than ever is a great time to be a part of the West Coast Californa music scene because of the creativity going into everyone’s work these days.
The production is at an all time high in every studio, there is a lot you can do with not much of a budget and cats have been sharpening up there swords on the west and are cutting the industry deep these days.
As far as Austria, I am out here finishing up my album with our producer Erik Bogdanovics who is from Vienna, Austria and working with us in California on projects for CA$HIS, Rikanatti and Bogish Brand Entertainment, UndaCatz, the Spinz / 1992 (EP) and my new album Spinz “1992” dropping in January and many more projects in the future.
He also just finished mastering the Ca$his “Art Of Dying” dropping on October 30 with production by Eminem, Rikanatti and featuring Rick Ross, Game, Slim the Mobster and more. We have included an Austrian DJ as well into our shows in Europe DJ Smoke Dogg who is from Graz, Austria from Tornado Lifestyle Records as well as our friends like MTS an all girl group from Austria, ZmeeD aka Instinct who is being promoted by Vibra Music Group, Soulcat who is an amazing female producer-rapper who I share bars with in my group UndaCatz which is Spinz & Soulcat, that album will drop soon as well with Erik on the boards. Kayo, Canice, they are all great Austrian artists that we have performed with on festivals while touring in Austria.
Q. Is Hip hop big in Austria?
A. Hip hop is bread no matter where you bake it. There are a lot of talented hip hop artists that appear in the media and there are great stations like FM4 and record shops like Rave Up Records, Friendlyhouse and others that keep hip hop moving in the right direction.
Also crews like Four Elements from Graz, Austria are making a difference by educating the youth on hip hop culture with free workshops hosted by Austrian and International artists such as myself.
Q. What is your favorite group and solo artist?
A. My favorite group is House Of Pain of course and my favorite solo artist is Sean P
Q. What was your first song that you dropped?
A. My first song that I dropped was straight to the streets recorded in a garage to a Eric B. beat when I was 12.
Q. What were you before a full fledged artist?
A. That was my past life and we are not doing that interview
Q. Who inspired you and pushed you to become an artist?
A. Artists from the 805 like MED, Nevamind, Dudley Perkins, Madlib, Ohno, Roc C all the guys that I grew up around in Oxnard.
Q. How many songs do you have completed?
A. Over 1,000 in genres like rock, pop and of course over 500 in hip hop.
Q. How many shows have you performed?
A. Over 1,000 shows in over 35 countries.
Q. What is your song writing process? How do you get inspired?
A. I’m inspired by everything around me, I also read a lot of books and meditate a lot so I can find inspiration in my thoughts in general. I can write anywhere at any time. I am a writer for many other people as well, so I write 5 ideas a day minimum just to pay my rent.
Q. What is your real name?
A. Scott Lykins
Q. Where are you from and how is the music scene where you are from?
A. I am from Oxnard, California and we have a legendary hip hop scene in the 805. We have many artists that are now grammy nominated and have worked with everyone in hip hop. We have built a scene for almost 30 years now in the 805 and we are much different than bigger places like L.A. we are still thriving off creativity and that is important in these times when there is really no more money in music, its being recycled by hard workers now.
Q. Who would you like to work with?
A. Rick Rubin, other than that I have worked with everyone I want and I have Rikanatti and my band now. I really don’t need anything other than a pen and a pad.
Q. What would you tell youngsters trying to break into the business?
A. Don’t make it a business, keep it simple.
Q. What was your greatest accomplishment?
A. Being a father, being nominated for an MTV Europe Music award as “Best Act”, breaking a record for most people at a show in Slovenia 30,000 with DJ Umek among many other great memories.
Q. Do you think that music with a meaning will emerge again?
A. I think if your not making music with a meaning, you don’t matter.
Q. If you had one wish, for anything at all in the world, What would you ask for?
Q. Any links, media players any song we can highlight right now for you? Any shout outs to anyone?
A. Visit www.Spinzhiphop.com and watch Spinz TV. We are having a 24 hour concert on October 25-26 so make sure to tune in for that. Shout outs to Mojca, Ben, Erik, Lovro Ravbar, Jerry and everyone holding me down these days.
B.B.Z Darney is a Swedish “underground” beatmaker. The shortening in his name means “Boom Bappin’ Zombie”. The Boom Bap stands for the true Hip-Hop and the Zombie for the rugged flavours in his beats. He creates 90’s Hip-Hop styled beats in his own way with a mentality to bring up Original styles, new ideas and thought provoking sounds. He samples different vocals/talk sentences and put them on his productions to give them an acctual theme about anything from Hip-Hop to the universe that surrounds us.
What keeps B.B.Z. Darney inspirated and motivated to keep creating his art in these days and times is the love for true hiphop, which you never see on the radio these days. So his goal when creating beats is to help build up the true essence of Hip-Hop music in the little way he can, as well as just having fun and giving Hip-Hop heads out there something to drool about.
When B.B.Z. Darney is not creating beats he is often doing Graphic jobs as designing logos, often in a Graffiti type of style. He creates
album covers for various artist around the world. He recently designed the Album cover on a newly released underground Hip-Hop album by Emcee “uMaNg” entitled “Lasting Impressions”, where B.B.Z. Darney also stood for all the production work behind the beats.
That album can be reviewed here: umang.bandcamp.com/album/lasting-impressions
B.B.Z. Darney want’s to drop a big peace to all the peoples out there who have supported him through the years as well as peoples supporting true Hip-Hop, you know who you are!
Q. So how did it all begin for you?
A. Since a kid I had love for Hip-Hop Music and it’s sound. So one day when I grew older I just decided to make a beat myself on the Pc – The rest is history.
Q. What was your first beat machine?
A. The computer, you make the best with what you got.
Q. What programs do you use now?
A. FL Studio 7
Q. When was the first time someone used one of your beats?
A. Well I have only been producing since 2009 but became serious in 2010, so basically 2010 I think.
Q. Were you always into producing or were you a Dj or mc?
A. I have always been into producing, but wouldn’t mind try the Dj stuff out.
Q. Where did you get your passion or drive to be a producer?
A. Keeping It Real! Stomp on these New School Hip-Hop Cats soundwise.
Q. Are you working with any artists now?
A. I’m working on a few records with my homie uMaNg and a dope group entitled Epidemic out in Los Angeles, and many more to be shown soon.
Q. How many tracks do you have under your belt?
A. A lot.
Q. Where are you from?
Q. Who would you like to work with? Artist and production company?
A. Mobb Deep could holler at me with their 90’s styles.. but word anyone that keeps it tight.
Q. Who would you like to give thanks to for you getting to this point?
Q. What should we expect from you in the near future?
A. Anything that resembles REAL hip-hop, but word, keep your eyes up for nice surprises.
Q. Besides yourself who is you favorite producer?
A. Yourself aint my favorite producer so I’ma say B.B.Z. Darney
Yo, to the Epidemic Crew, my old homie Kresh, my homie uMaNg,
And anyone that keeps it real and cant forget about you and your favourite whiteboy WhyTail yo!