Focus Interview

05/05/13 21:49

HandsOnHipHop sat down with Grammy award winning, super producer FOCUS who has worked with everyone from Mac Dre to Dr Dre for an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

Handsonhiphop: You are a Grammy winner and that is a great achievement Sir, well done. What is your feeling of the Grammy nomination and winners in the most recent past? I ask you this coz you have tasted the glory, anyone that would answer this question not having won in the past would perhaps not have the insight. Your feelings?

Focus: I’m honoured to have received a Grammy. I have one statuette but Beyonce’s first lp received album of the year so that would’ve been my first, if i had known what to do to receive the statuette. It is hard to view the Grammies the same way as i used to. The level of talent they choose to give these accolades and awards to nowadays could never hold a match to the people i looked up to as i came up in the business. I wish the Grammies held its artistic and creative value from years past. I feel this would have made these “artists” work harder at their crafts and maybe in the same right, they would be giving the world better music than they do now…

Handsonhiphop: In terms of hip hop, there is a huge difference between mainstream, stuff on the radio, TV and underground, I prefer to term it backpacking. Underground is for a more knowledgeable student of hip hop. Mainstream is, well, for a lack of a better word, “polluted”, what in your opinion can be done to make average Joe grasp the real concept of hip hop and not be fed what hip hop is by execs?

Focus: NOTHING! The average joe would have to want change and in order to do that they would have to look within themselves to see what kind of artist they would want to be, what kind of integrity do they want to uphold and if they are truly built for what lies ahead. This game is not meant for everyone…

Handsonhiphop: Everyone knows you are mean on the beat but not a lot know how sick you are on the mic, can you tell us what is the sickest verse you ever did and why?

Focus: First of all thank you so much for that.. Sometimes we need to hear that as artists.. My meanest verse?? In my opinion, the verse I did on “hunger” with slum village. It was honest, no holds barred and the beat brought something out of me as far as my performance. I love that verse…

Handsonhiphop: You have worked with a lot of artists, particularly EMCEEs, in your opinion, who are the EMCEEs that the world is yet to MESS with and why? (just five of them)

Focus: I’m not going to pretend like i know who is who and what is what in today’s hip hop and im not going to shamelessly plug my close constituents either. I think a lot of great talent gets slept on. Way more than the 5 i would’ve mentioned here…

Handsonhiphop: This is cliché in interviewing but I have to ask, who influenced you in production, who back then do you feel set the bar and in the current crop of hip hop producers, who do you listen to their work and be like “ok, I feel that”?

Focus: I grew up on mark the 45 King, Preemo, Eric b., Bomb Squad (they are the reason i got into hip hop), Jam Master Jay, Rick Ruben, etc. This was back when i loved and understood hip hop. I don’t really listen to any of it as it stands now..

Handsonhiphop: In hip hop, there has been producer/EMCEE chemistry that’s been noteworthy, like Dre/Snoop, Focus/Bishop for instance. Which collabo’s of this nature really get you bobbing your head and what is that “it-factor” in the collabo that makes it?

Focus: I dig when a producer and an artist build organically. Dre and snoop did that, and so did Bishop and myself. Nothing was emailed or dropboxed. We were in the same room when we created our notable records. He wrote and i produced. He let me do my job and i let him do his. That’s missing nowadays. I don’t listen to the radio so i don’t know who is with who and making what “hit” at the moment…

Handsonhiphop: Let’s now focus on Focus, you have now decided to re-embrace your religion, what does that mean for Focus the producer/EMCEE in terms of who you work with and the content of your material going forward?

Focus: Great question! It means i won’t work with nonsense or people who don’t understand how to put a song together without degrading themselves or the women listening. I won’t work with artists who are blasphemous and/or sachreligious. I know there is big money in molly poppin and booty shake music but i wouldn’t do that and expect god to bless my endeavors. If i work with an mc, it has to be clean, with substance and worth me putting my name on. Not being haughty, but i won’t sacrifice my salvation just because the artist(s) think this would be “hot” to the masses…

Handsonhiphop: Anything in the pipeline? What is Focus focusing on in the short term and what are your long term plans?

Focus: Short term, i want to get a few placements in order to build a nest egg for my family. My goal is to build something fortified to leave my kids and wife for their futures. Long term, my endeavours are simple, to be a god fearing upright christian man, husband and father…

Handsonhiphop: Thank you Sir Focus... For doing this interview EXCLUSIVELY for HandsOnHipHop! We hope to hear more dope material from you in the near future! SALUTE!

Focus: Salute! Honoured you even asked me...

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