Joe Scudda of Hall of Justus (Little Brother, 9th Wonder, The Away Team) fame, recently spoke to HipHopDX.com about his history and recent remarks about his partner-in-rhyme Phonte.
Joe speaking on Prodigy’s remarks [click to read]: “Ehh, I’m not going to say too much. I mean whatever that is, I don’t really get into all that. This whole beef thing is out of control in hip hop period. We don’t really pay too much attention to all that. That probably isn’t what you're looking for, but that beef doesn’t have anything to do with Joe Scudda, so I don’t concentrate on that.”
On being a white emcee: “Well, to me, people use that as a cop out, for the fact that they’re wack and no one wants to give them a shot. Come on, man, it’s not because you’re white, its because you suck. Listen, people aren’t going to turn away from dope music, I mean I don’t really think about it ever, it has never been an issue for me. I don’t understand that. I don’t pay attention to it, and the only way something can affect you is if you let it affect you. I mean if you think about it and dwell on it its going to affect you, if you don’t give a fuck it doesn’t really matter. I could give a fuck, I mean people know me, I’m whatever, you like it or you don’t like it, I’m going to do me regardless.”
On the influence on hip-hop by the Blues: “It’s had a great influence, a lot of music form the south is soulful and heartfelt because a lot of times people from the south haven’t grown up with too much. You can just hear the pain in a lot of music that comes from the south, that’s a lot where blues comes from. Also, just stories and stuff like that, its definitely an influence on our music, I grew up listening to all that.”
Joe on his relationship with famed producer 9th Wonder: “Well, 9th is like my big brother so everything that I do he has some kind of influence. If it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be doing this music stuff, he’s the one that really got me into doing it real tough. I mean regardless of music, that’s my homie we talk about whatever, I mean he’s got a big influence on what I do. I didn’t know what a 16 was or a hook was so he helped me. But our whole team help each other out because we’re all good, everybody gives their real opinion on the songs. If they like it they’ll tell you, if they don’t they’ll tell you that, too.”
Be sure to watch out for Joe Scudda’s solo album, Open for Business, to drop soon. Also, look out for Phonte in Playaz Circle’s new video. If you happen to be in the state of Georgia, hit up Joe’s show March 27th in Athens.
Reported By Jake Spilman Jr