Today HipHoplead.com has the honor of kicking it with Work, of the music collective “Full Stereo.” Work is an artist branding his name all over the map.
Work went from BK to the DMV. Throught his journey he stayed focused on cracking out some pure hiphop. Now in late May we are kicking it with with the homie. Get your seat belts fastened this is gonna be a good one.
HipHopLEAD: What made you choose the name “Work” to suit you best as an artist?
Work: I’ve been a dancer all my life. I toured the U.S. and overseas dancing and choreographing videos in the 90’s. So footwork is the name they called me. So my man Rafool started saying Ima call you work for short and I was like “yo I like that.” It was the hardest but funniest thing getting people to call me that instead of my government name which is Lamont. And now even my mother calls me “WORK.” Bless her HEART (laughs).
HipHopLEAD: For those that don’t know can you let us know what Full Stereo represents as far as a hiphop label/ group?
Work: Full Stereo represents the streets. You hear me interviewer the streets. Nah I’m just joking son. (Laughs) but nowerdays you gotta say that to fit in don’t you? THE STREETS nah, everybody Full Stereo is an underground label that represents lyricism. That’s all that we are about. Them lyrics. Since the beginning of time we just want people to say that we can spit.
HipHopLEAD: What is it like going from the Mecca of hiphop to residing in Maryland?
Work: It’s crazy out here. These people are nuts. And I been here long enough to qualify to say that. Its a lot of talent out here I just hope the world hear it before we all get shot up. I saw Maino out here and I tried to pull a hustle and flow on him. I was like “yo get me outta here son for real I’ma die, I aint heard from him yet. (Laughs)
HipHopLEAD: Do you think if the geography didn’t change it would be easier for you to be put on?
Work: Hell no. Excuse my language, no I don’t think so sir. Because when people was into lyrics they use to say that I was over their heads and now that its all gimmicky they say don’t nobody wanna hear lyrics. I cant win.
HipHopLEAD: Do you produce and engineer on the side too?
Work: Most definitely I graduated from the Sheffield institute for the recording arts with a degree in audio engineering. I been producing since my first cd dropped in 2001 but people wasn’t checkin for my beats they wanted me to just rhyme. So I fell back from promoting myself as a producer but I stayed in the lab and I would throw 1 or 2 joints on each project under a different name. So my producer name is ”Get Outta Here,” cause that’s what they say when they hear that I made the track.
HipHopLEAD: We first caught you making appearances on some classic Digital Dynasty mixtapes. We were wondering when you are going to drop your personal mixtape?
Work: Let me tell you something. You listening. I mean are you reading. Yo, I’m in the lab right now and the material that we working on is phenomenal. So honestly once it’s done I’m gonna get a big name DJ to host it. Not Funk Flexx though, cause those bombs be too damn loud son.
HipHopLEAD: When we first heard about a record from Work alot of questions came to mind … for starts .. is it safe to say the title represents your work ethic?
Work: WHO ME? Oh no Im lazy as hell. I don’t even wanna be doing this interview right now cause I wanna go to sleep. All I do is eat, sleep, and play video games. I never worked a day in my life and im on my fathers insurance plan.. WHAT! (sarcastic laughs)
HipHopLEAD: Also is it safe to say in your opinion and being a lyricist that people don’t put enough work into there lyrics like you do?
Work: I’m not gonna say everybody cause there is a million lyricists out there, they are just underground now. We live under the earth in lyrical town. Ya should come chill with us sometimes just bring a hot 16.
HipHopLEAD: We know you talk about society alot too. With that said do you think things have gotten easier or worse for people in the ghettos in 2011?
Work: It got a lot worse because the other day I saw a kid with his pants sagging and he had on a red bandana thong.
HipHopLEAD: We know your team has some big things planned for 2011. It is almost like an open field because not too many people are bubbling from the DMV area right now. Do you think that helps or hurts you guys as artists?
Work: It hurts because people are actually scared to come here. Example. I did a show at the five seasons in front of the Don Diva staff. Ripped IT, I’m talking “Busta Rhymes” ripped it. Them dudes got outta there so fast that they sent me a text from the parking lot. Gotta get back to NY, you was awesome. I’m like how the hell you got my number?
HipHopLEAD: Give us a sneak peak into some future projects from Work and Full Stereo? Let us know what we are in store for?
Work: Man. All jokes aside. We aint doing shit. We bankrupt. My girl left me for Wacka Flocka last year and my cat roll her eyes everytime I come in the house. (laughs)
HipHopLEAD: What is the full roster of Full Stereo?
Work: We have 4 in house producers REG RUCKUS, SIR-K, BILL BLASS, and TODD BAKER aka Tuberculosis, then you have the 2 artist which is “WORK” and my big brother D’COY. He is captain hook and our street team crew SPLIFF, SHAWN, PHILLY, and MAURICE.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Work: As far as rapping is concerned my man Smallz got me started rapping in the laundry room. Back then I never would of thought that I would be as big a celebrity as I am its very humbling.
HipHopLEAD: How would you describe your style of hip-hop?
Work: East coast lyricism straight up and down. I gets down with the lyrics
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm. We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking …. What would you consider the livest 3 cities in the United States?
Work: New York, Los Angeles, Miami. I loved Miami way before Lil Wayne moved there so be quiet.
HipHopLEAD: What are your feelings on all these people screaming about the “end of the world” coming soon?
Work: They just trying to sell T-shirts. Damn fam and you bought one. Nooooooo smh..
HipHopLEAD: Do you think Hip Hop is too commercial and needs to focus on the problems of the world a little bit more?
Work: The problem in the world is commercial hip-hop. Whatever happened to Freddie foxx, Mop, Onyx, and that dude that made don’t worry be happy.
HipHopLEAD: Who’s greatest hits would you rather bump … Pun, 2pac or Snoop or Big?
Work: Definitely not Snoop cause I hear him too much already. I’ma have to say Pun no I’ma say BIG, no I’ma say Pac, no most definitely REDMAN.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead viewers hooked!?
Work: “I’m A Animal”
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever?
Work: Oh WORD we on T.V ok (licking my lips) you can check out our videos at www.youtube.com/fullstereo or book us at fullstereorecordings@ yahoo.com, but don’t be trying to holla at our manager for a cheaper price. Its still Gonna be 3 crunchy tacos with an apple empanada no matter what.