Cappadonna is a legend in the hip-hop game. Wu-Tang is known for their collection of albums just as much as their solo efforts and staying vigilant in his support of The Clan, he has been featured on over 25 releases including classics from Raekwon, Method Man and Ghostface. His latest effort is a double CD entitled ‘Earth, Wind and Fyre’ which he is on tour to promote, before dropping the sequel to his classic album ‘The Pillage’, entitled ‘The Pillage 2’. We sit down and talk with Cappadonna and discuss the Wu, his creative process, the chambers of Shaolin, and more. Read below for the full Q&A…
What is the biggest evolution of sounds and lyrics one would recognize listening to your new album Earth Wynd Fyre, versus The Pillage, your debut album?
Cappadonna: The biggest evolution is how what we say in accordance to what the universe says and reacts to us. The Earth, Wind and Fyre is the dissertation to man, women and child. I’m still relevant to see the continuation of rap’s new generation of the reality of evolution. just showing you of where I came from.
The 20th anniversary of the Wu is coming and you stated work is already being put in. Is the energy since 8 Diagrams been a bit more positive in the recording process? Is everyone a bit nostalgic approaching the second decade?
Cappadonna: It’s still a building process. Every project requires good architects, and each architect has to have its own set of rules, tools and jewels in order to build a project.
GZA for example has a very complicated flow, but in turn you have the capabilities of being very detailed in your rhymes but choose to keep a more simplistic flow. What reason do you have for keeping such a unique style that is easier to digest?
Cappadonna: I just want to create something that babies can understand. So i’ve been considering myself as the narrator and after the mind fucking is finished, I break it down to the lowest compound; to a language we all understand.
For the new Wu Album you stated that RZA might give you a topic on a particular song to write a rhyme too. Hip-hop was a lot more creative back in the heyday in terms of coming up with gimmicks. Does concept rap restrict you at all as a artist and songwriter?
Cappadonna: Nah, we just try not to deal with too many gimmicks. That’s the difference in what we do and what puppet masters do.
On the flipside, Earth, Wynd, and Fyre saw you just being able to be you in the studio. How important is it to reach out to lesser-known producers on your album? Is it to allow you to remind yourself what it was like to record an album when you first got into the game?
Cappadonna: I just like reaching back [to] those who find favor in me.
If you had to pick: Shogun Assassin, Five Deadly Venoms, or 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Which would you pick as the best kung fu flick?
Cappadonna: 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN!
Pillage 2 is also coming. You are definite a busy guy. Specifically speaking, what kind of tracks are you wanting on this particular project?
Cappadonna: Soulful, hard underground tracks, and up tempo.
Do you see any project replacing The Pillage as your favorite personal project? Why is it that most debut albums are so hard to top?
Cappadonna: Because you never get a second chance at a first impression. The first impression is the best impression…it sets the ground work. The Pillage is my favorite personal project.
Now that Snoop Dogg has embraced Snoop Lion, can we expect any transformation from yourself in terms of including a more reggae vibe in some of your records now that it appears to be more mainstream among rap?
Cappadonna: Anything is possible! As music evolves, so do I.
Lastly, what are your feelings about doing acting roles? Any chance we’ll see you flexing acting chops in a film?
Cappadonna: Oh you gonna get this werk!! Coming Soon P2 (Pillage 2)
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