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24 February, 2003@12:00 am
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HHS: Its been six years since you split with El and everyone pretty much associates you as being an Artifact, since the break-up has it been challenging for you to break that correlation?

Tame: Only to the media.  Everyone else accepts it and don’t/won’t even bring his name up in my presence.  Individually we started as soloists, so things just came full circle.

HHS: Mighty Mi has always had an ear to the street, how did your deal with Eastern Conference come about?

Tame: At the time I was trying to get a deal on Game recordings or Stretch Armstrong’s Spit imprint.  Eastern Conference has an office within those offices, saw my struggle, made the offer and I accepted.

HHS: Can you explain the title of your solo-debut When Rappers Attack?

Tame: The title is just a summarization of the darts (battle rhymes) I use both offensively and defensively throughout the album.

HHS: Considering that you have been gone for so long, would you consider this a comeback LP?

Tame: I consider this LP a test to see if I am still accepted in the game, not so much as a comeback LP because it’s my first solo LP.

HHS: The production line-up for When Rappers Attack is very solid, Rjd2, Mi, J-Zone, Reef and Camu Tao how did the creative process unfold?

Tame: Allot of people were submitting beats to Mighty Mi for the project, so I just picked the best from what was available, went back to the lab and wrote to them.

HHS: One thing that immediately jumps out about this LP is the lack of guest appearances, as only Cage appears on “Leak Smoke.” You really go against the grain in that regard as most LP’s now are littered with guest spots, was it important for you to keep the guest spots to a bare minimum in order to reconnect with your fans?

Tame: In a way, but for the most part I just wanted to keep my album “my album” and not a compilation LP. I’m sick of buying albums and hearing everyone else but who I purchased the LP to hear.

HHS: Clocking in at just over 40 minutes, When Rappers Attack wastes no time in getting to the point and you disregard the current trend of 70-minute plus LP’s (marathon listening sessions). Was this a conscious decision on your part?

Tame: Tue indeed, I’m not trying to beat anyone over the head with my music, or act as if this is the last hurrah.  I was just feeling out the new relationship with my new label.

HHS: One track in particular, “Homage To Tha Bomberz”, pays homage to graffiti artists, are u still tagging?

Tame: Let’s just say I’m still active, but to a lesser degree, I’m older now and prior charges add up (laughter).

HHS: You also pay tribute to Slick Rick by interpolating “Moment I Feared” is Ricky D. one of your favorite emcees?

Tame: Of course!!  Slick Rick is a lyrical don.  “The Moment I Feared” is one of my all-time favorite joints of his! FREE SLICK RICK-BY ANY MEANS NECCESARY!!

HHS: “Concerto”, “Up To No Good Again” and “Heat” really stand out, what’s your favorite track on When Rappers Attack?

Tame: My favorite song off my LP is “Concerto” because it’s lyrically different. I used what I like to call my “acid tab vocab” (Boom Skwad Dim Mak Technique first heard on the Trife Type Tymes release on the song “Raw Dick Shit.”)

HHS: With some of our favorite hip-hop groups of the past now getting back together, can you ever foresee reuniting with El or is that a mute issue?

Tame: I can’t see that far into the future. Next question.

HHS: What goals do you have for this LP?

Tame: To set the stage for future projects and establish myself as a solo-artist.

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