Colorado Hip Hop collective Cadava Recordz – Status, Krookid Hooks, Rotten, Manic and Life the M.C – have been branding and preserving hard-core/underground rap music in the box state for over a decade.
The crew originally hailed from the predominately Latino and Italian North Denver area located blocks from downtown Denver. The crew has incorporated the aggressiveness and thought provoking lyrics of golden age Hip Hop with rock, punk and heavy metal attitude and imagery. Nobody does hard-core Hip Hop like the Cadava Crew.
HipHopLEAD: What’s good fellas? It’s been almost 2 years since we last spoke and since then it seemed like the grind has gained more momentum. What makes you guys as indy artists not just throw in the towel like so many other?
STATUS: What’s up people! Thanks for having us again! We are definitely trying to move harder, work faster and keep our neck out there. Our strong point has always been writing and recording so that’s how we are approaching the 2012. If all goes well, we will release 6 fricken CDs on iTunes, amazon.com and more! We already dropped 3 free EPs and one HxS Mixtape this year. I love making music, I love hearing what we can do. The crew is all very close and it gives us some hope and recreation, something for us all to feel good about and look forward to.
HOOKS: Making music is an addiction and I have an addictive personality. I enjoy writing weird and off the wall shit. I like getting a rise out of people with my lyrics. But If people didnt like what I was doing, I’d quit! Fuck it!
HipHopLEAD: One thing we touched on last time was how you guys were coming from Denver and how it molded your sound into a fusion of hardcore/ punk type of hip hop. Do you think if you grew up in say L.A. or NY that you would have the same angle in your music creation?
STATUS: I think that our location certainly had an effect on our sound but I’d liken my influence more to my family, upbringing, and friends. My folks and grandparents raised me around everything from Rolling Stones to Sinatra. My older brother was from New Jersey and he put me on Pantera. My homeboys was punk rockers bumpin Dead Kennedys or gangsters bumpin Lynch. That’s why I’m so confused when it comes to my Hip Hop. Denver, LA or New York – it don’t matter, I’d be rocking Soul Assassins, Johnny Cash and Black Label T-shirts. Wait to hear my Zapruders Soundtrack CD to see how deep my punk, HipHop and rock roots reach..
HOOKS: Most of the bands I listen to, if not all come from L.A. and N.Y. so I feel not much would change except we might’ve been more known. Nobody pays attention to whats happening in Denver!
HipHopLEAD: A lot of people think of the Bronco’s before Hip Hop when they hear of Denver. How is the hip hop music scene in 2012?
STATUS: It’s growing. One thing about Colorado is that this is undeniably a state that loves music. Though the scene frustrates the shit out of me, I’d be the first to admit that it is getting better everyday.
HOOKS: The hip hop scene in Denver is crazy! Lots and lots and lots of peoples cousins are rappers and are making beats and so on. Dont get me wrong, theres alot of talented people out here doing their thing. Hip hop lives in Colorado. Theres a shit load of graff writers, lots of good D.J.’s come from Colorado etc… Denver and the state of Colorado is blowin up! Were not just Columbine and the Broncos.
HipHopLEAD: Has it evolved from the last time we spoke with you guys?
STATUS: In short I would say that it has.
HOOKS: Fuck yeah it has. Hip hop created a monster in Colorado.
HipHopLEAD: Speaking of evolved how did you come up with the title for your newest album, “Death Is The New Black” ??
STATUS: Hooks is one creative motherfucker and he was throwing titles out left and right over the duration of the recording. Death is the New Black just sounded so bad ass. I loved it from the moment he said it so I started pushing for it late in the recording.
HOOKS: Black is the color of gear you wear to a FUNeral. FUNeral is death. DEATH IS THE NEW BLACK.
HipHopLEAD: What type of tracks can we expect off of that project?
STATUS: This album is more grown up than the last in my opinion. The production includes more guitars and melodies. It’s the first time we worked with this many outside MCs so it caused us to relate and conform a bit. The tone is still dark but the vibe is more colorful.
HOOKS: Before it was D.I.T.N.B. it was Krookid Kollabos. It was suppose to be me and a feature on every track. Halfway through the album, I lost interest. Straight up! I told Status to scrap it and he had the idea of doin a HxS album. using the good shit off the album along with making new material. I agreed.
HipHopLEAD: Your agenda clearly states dropping a posse record before the years end titled “Afterlife Allstars” .. how will this differ from a regular Status and Hooks release?
STATUS: The AA record is basically done, we are just trying to figure out exactly what we want to do with it. The difference between this and other Cadava releases is that all 6 MCs that were ever associated with the crew played an equal part in the writing and recording of the record. Also, all the beats I produced feature live bass and guitars. The record is epic!
HOOKS: AA is something special to me. AZMA, LIFE THE M.C, MANIC, and ROTTEN are people I respect to the fullest. To create music with such talented people is an honor.
HipHopLEAD: What else can we expect from the “Afterlife..” project?
STATUS: Expect a more grown up, chorus driven album. Expect to hear six Denver natives kill the shit out of 10 tracks! No joke.
HOOKS: Mainstream success! yeah right..
HipHopLEAD: A lot of people may not know, but Status owns Cadava records. When did you decide to step out of just being an artist to try to build an empire with other artists on the roster as well?
STATUS: Cadava is a crew first but because I do the majority of the beats and recording it only made sence to get official. It’s been good to me. I own several business’s, so it was fun to add a little hardcore HipHop label to the mix.
HOOKS: Status is the man. Everybody in the city respects this dude.
HipHopLEAD: Krooked last time we spoke with you we appreciated your vividly honest feed back on making a career in Hip Hop and how you stated “this hip hop shit aint paying the bills” and how you were working as a surgical tech. So first things first.. are you still a tech seeing plenty of gore on a daily basis?
STATUS: “Nah mutha fuka, you better go to the post office and get a job mutha fuka..”
HOOKS: The last time I spoke to HHL, I was living in Arizona. I moved back to Denver a few months ago so im exploring my options.
Honestly, I no longer feel I have to conform to a certain way of living. Same shit everyday. Getting up going to work, waiting for a paycheck. I live for today! fuck tomorrow! But id be lieing if I said I didnt miss the blood and sound of the saw pushing its way through bone and cracking jokes with staff at the patients expense.
HipHopLEAD: And two … in your opinion do you think a musician who just plans on being a musician with no other job is a bad move?
HOOKS: If you don’t have kids or a nagging bitch girlfriend on ya back telling you to get a job, then go for it. Those are the people that get signed because they’re not preoccupied with shit outside of music. 100% focused on their craft.
HipHopLEAD: You guys should know by now we like to flip the tables and ask whatever we want .. so lets do it ..
STATUS: Do it brother..
HOOKS: Flip it.
HipHopLEAD: Was Tebow all hype?
STATUS: We made it to the playoffs homie. Fuck it, I’ll take it. But, I got real sick of the bow and pray shit myself. Besides, I got the Giants for the bowl, hence my jersey brother.
HOOKS: Teblow, the praying pretty boy.
HipHopLEAD: It’s been almost 4 years since Obama has been in office. If you had to give him a letter grade what would he get from you?
STATUS: Damn, that’s out the blue.. That dude is a real American success story and he stepped in a real pile of shit. Hard to answer. I give him a B.
HOOKS: I was hoping he was the Anitchrist.
HipHopLEAD: If you had the power to ressurect any dead musician who would it be, and why?
STATUS: So easy.. DIME BAG. The circumstances surrounding his death are so wrong and unnecessary. The dude was crazy talented and I’d love to be able to go to some kind of Pantera reunion show.
HOOKS: GG Allin because he is the God of Rock n Roll. If were ressurecting the dead with magic, I’d also bring back Big Pun so he can show these little swaggot kids how emceeing is really done!
HipHopLEAD: Back to the norm …
STATUS: Back to the grill again..
HOOKS: Its almost noon, I need a beer and a shot.
HipHopLEAD: It was great chopping it up with you guys … I know you wanna plug some links like crazy so let the HHL viewers know where to check you! The floor is yours…
STATUS: Thank you Hiphoplead.com ..you are truly great to us up and comers! I’m gonna drop a bunch of links then.. Please download the HOOKS AND STATUS FREE DOWNLOAD – BITS AND PIECES! Check out our website www.cadavarecordz.com, Then explore these North Denver Cats other videos, albums and more!
HOOKS: www.cadavarecordz.com I wanna give a shot out to Hiphoplead.com, The Advocate, Cukui the Mexican Boogie Man, Hedlice Crew, My weed dealer *#*s, Brown Lucci, my family and friends, and a big shot out to the wild and wonderful KxHx for the inspiration to keep the creativity flowing through my vains.
Link to free Hooks & Status 16 track Promo “Bits and Pieces’
Link to Cadava Recordz Official Website
Link to Status Facebook
Link to Krookid Hooks Facebook
Link to “Status: The Marlboro Man” album on iTunes
Link to “Status: Redlions” album on iTunes
Link to “Krookid Hooks: Dark Comedy” on iTunes
Link to “Hooks & Status: Death, Politics, Religion & Rap” album on iTunes
Link to Status Video
Link to Krookid Hooks Video