Today we are chilling it with a new rap duo called Status and Krookid Hooks.
HipHopLEAD: For starts where did the name come from?
Status: Most of the homeboys called me Stats (short for Status), Status represents acheiving at the highest level possible whether it be makin beats, rhyming or makin money. I always wanted to be someone that people can look up to and Status embodies that.
Krookid Hooks: Krookid Hooks came from being crooked as a kid. I was constantly getting in trouble. My parents were sick of me fuckin up in school so they kicked me out the house. I eventually ended up on probation and the went to juvie for months at a time. The “Hooks” was a drug thing. It’s also a nice play on words that rolls off the tounge.
HipHopLEAD: Where are you reppin?
Status: Im a North Denver native. My heart lies with the north side but I have family and friends all over Colorado and abroad.
Krookid Hooks: Right now I’m living in Arizona, 20 min east of Phoenix but I rep Denver, “mile high city.” I’m from the North Side of Denver but I have love for all of Denver, Northern and Southern Colorado.
HipHopLEAD: Do you think being from Denver makes it alot harder to get the fame and recognition you deserve?
Status: Absolutely. Most people associate Colorado with mountains and cowboys, but we all grew up in the city and never even touched a snowboard.
Krookid Hooks: Fuck yeah!!! But we aint letting that hold us back.
HipHopLEAD: What made you guys pick up a mic and get busy?
Status: I started off playing bass in a punk rock band which lead to makin beats, so it was inneviable that I would start rhymin too.
Krookid Hooks: Ive always been a huge fan of music from Hip Hop to Metal to Classic rock.. seeing RUN DMC do music with Aerosmith and ONYX working with Biohazard enspired me alot. Since I didnt have the paitents to learn to play guitar, I picked up a mic instead. I know now i made the right choice.
HipHopLEAD: Are you doing anything else other then rapping? Producing? Mixing? etc?
Status: I own a cigarette vending machine business and in the day and run a steak house and strip club at night.
Krookid Hooks: When im not writing, recording, drawing or reading im raising two sons and enjoing life with my beautiful wife.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Status: Soul Assassins, Gangstarr, Pantera, Frank Sinatra, Beastie Boys, NWA and Three 6 Mafia.
Krookid Hooks: It would have to be ICE CUBE, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Ozzy Osbourne.
HipHopLEAD: What projects have you released to date?
Status & Krookid Hooks: Our Label has released 13 albums to date including: Bagz Of Dagga (a66ad fo z6ab) 99′ Status (Broken Record) 01′ Status Presents (Cadava Avenue) 02′ Azma (Game Time) 03′ Status (youll know my name) 03′ Status (Things to do in Denver when yer def) 05’Azma ( Thru my Eyes) 06’Hooks and Status(death politics religion and rap) 07′ Dokta Rotten (The Fixxx Tape) 08′ Life the M.C (Bigger than Life)09′ Status ( Redlions) 09′ Status presents (PBS vol. 1) 10′ and coming soon to itunes along with the whole Cadava discography, Krookid Hooks (Dark Comedy) 10’and the Bagz of Dagga ( Language of the Beast) 10′
HipHopLEAD: Which was your favorite and why?
Status: The Hooks and Status, Death Politics Religion and Rap LP. when that album came out we were playin alot of good shows around the state of colorado.
Krookid Hooks: Hooks and Status. Because I had alot of fun making it! Plus I like hearing myself on every track.
HipHopLEAD: Are you on a label? If so let us know…..
Status: Yes. We are an indie label that consist of 6 emcees/ producers
HipHopLEAD: Any new projects coming out? Any features?
Krookid Hooks: we are featured on a few mixtapes i.e. Digital dynasty 12, Im coming out with a solo album titled Dark Comedy, we have a new Bagz Of Dagga album coming out titled Language of the beast, and the Afterlife Allstars Lp. All coming real soon to itunes! Dont sleep.
HipHopLEAD: Denver has so many styles of hiphop ranging from mid west to southern to even west coast. Which do you think respresents your duo the best?
Status: We do hard core underground. our fans range from stoners to gangsters, cholos to back packers, juggalos to skaters.
Krookid Hooks: I fill at times we rap over east coast sounding beats with a west coast flow.
HipHopLEAD: Are you happy with your reaction on the Digital Dynasty mixtape series?
Status: We are honored to be part of the Digital Dynasty. Shout out to Tha Advocate for digging “America”.
Krookid Hooks: The mixtape came out 4 days before this interview so its a little to early to say. DD hasnt put out a wack mixtape yet so I aint stressin…
HipHopLEAD: Whats a normal day for Status and Krookid Hooks like?
Status: Music in morning ..school in the evening school at night.
Krookid Hooks: This rap shit aint payin all the bills so Im working as a surgical tech. I see quite a few disturbing things. Lots of blood and bone fragments.
HipHopLEAD: Which Hip Hop duo’s are your favorite and why?
Status: Gangstarr, Sick Jacken and Duke, EPMD, cuz there bad! they make cool shit. I also like duos that do there own production.
Krookid Hooks: Beatnuts, Redman and Method Man, Gangstarr, M.O.P, Das EFX, EPMD, Nice and Smooth, Dead Prez. All of them have such sick styles! For years they have all brought something different to the game.
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 ….
Krookid Hooks: bring on the crack..
HipHopLEAD: What the hell happened to the Denver Broncos last season?
Status: They did better than I though they would.
Krookid Hooks: Alot of the players go to the same strip clubs, bars and restaurnts we go to. Out of respect, Id say a quick hello and they wanna act like there shit dont stink and not show the same love back so fuck em!
HipHopLEAD: What is one of the best, most timeless, heartfelt hiphop songs you ever heard?
Status: The Psycho Realm: Stone Garden
Krookid Hooks: Wu Tang Clan: Can it all be so simple
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Krookid Hooks: The song we did with our crew, AFTERLIFE ALLSTARS. Its called “YEAH!”, we shot a video for it directed by Vince Lance, this is our first video. We are very proud of that joint. We’re trying to get the world to hear this song. Everybody can get down to “YEAH!”
Status: I agree with Hooks.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever
Status & Krookid Hooks: Shout out to Tha Advocate, BallerStatus.com and HipHopLead.com for showing much love. Peace to our Family, Friends, Fans and heads alike!
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