On Da Come Up with U-Krime
If conscience rap were to meet gritty street rap you would get U-Krime. Straight out of Bushwick, Brooklyn the rap group consists of twins, Strai-Jacket and 45, as well as RealmReality.
Irked by today’s wishy-washy lyricists these fellas have been grinding to re-create New York’s authentic boom-bap sound. You can expect thorough metaphors and bars when the three are on the mic. Several mixtapes deep U-Krime has earned the respect of many in Hip-Hop. The group’s mixtapes have been hosted by Clinton Sparks, Tony Touch, and Whoo Kid and their mixtape have featured Prodigy, Joell Ortiz, and Sam Scarfo.
With a group mixtape dubbed “Raw Footage” as well as RealmReality’s “The Misconception” mixtape coming out U-Krime is staying busy. The group spoke to Hip Hop Ruckus about their lyrical versatility, music, influences and so much more. Check it out.
YaBoyJavi: What’s going on gentlemen, tell us who you are and where you’re from?
U-Krime: We’re U-KRIME from Bushwick, Brooklyn – its 45, Strai-Jacket and RealmReality.
YaBoy: Tell us, what does U-Krime stand for?
U-Krime: U-KRIME stands for Unleashed Kriminals Released In the Murderous Element and Universal Knowledge Reigns Inside Me.
YaBoy: Sounds right. How did you fellas come to that conclusion?
U-Krime: We came up with both of these because it shows both sides of our energy and characteristics – meaning our energy is straight raw with the music but at the same time we’re conscious of knowledge and how powerful that is to inject in our music.
YaBoy: It’s been said that U-Krime is a cross between The Lox and Mos Def. Explain how that is.
U-Krime: U-KRIME is a cross between the LOX and Mos Def because like the LOX we spit real raw shit but at the same time there’s a social commentary in the music that can be reminiscent of Mos Def. Both types of Hip-Hop can exist even on the same record because they are both honest and people can connect to both of those types of Hip-Hop.
YaBoy: Cool. How does each one of you fit that mold?
U-Krime: Strai-Jacket and 45 both come from hustlin’ in Bushwick and can easily depict the streets from an honest perspective because they both did hustle. There is no made up scenarios of street life, so in that perspective it’s similar to a LOX track back in the day. However, Realm Reality is not from hustlin’ so he can speak from what he saw and how he lived life in Bushwick. So in that perspective he can relate to a Mos Def in that you will get the honest truth of what I spit even if I’m going strong on a track. All of us are true lyricists who care about what we write and understand the message we convey on each track which is why we use both of those to explain a comparison. Honestly we don’t like to be compared to anyone but if it’s going to be anybody then we don’t mind being compared to those artists because we respect them and their music.
YaBoy: What artists have influenced the group’s music?
U-Krime: Well, as far as artists influencing us, you have a lot of different artists that have done that. From the likes of Big Pun, Mobb Deep, Jay-Z and even salsa recording artists like Hector Lavoe and others. Being that we’re Latin we are very influenced by our culture and heritage.
YaBoy: Rap groups are hard to come by these days. Why do you think that is?
U-Krime: That’s a good question. My theory is that in these times people are busy on their own grind and trying to get people on the same page can be exhausting and time consuming. As far as U-KRIME, we’re pretty much family. 45 and Strai-Jacket’s grandmother use to watch me (Realm Reality) as a youngin’. My family is tight with their family so there is history there so we are committed to working together to win at the end of the day and that’s much easier with people you’re tight with.
YaBoy: You guys have been at this for a while and worked with the likes of Alchemist, Tony Touch and Prodigy. Tell us what project U-Krime has coming up.
U-Krime: We have a couple things in the works right now. We believe in the importance of mixtapes so we are continuing to release a couple more this year with my (Realm Reality) solo mixtape entitled “The Misconception” hosted and mixed by DJ Warrior. We also have the group mixtape called “Raw Footage” which is the follow up to our last mixtape called “Street Cinema” which was hosted by Whoo Kid.
YaBoy: You guys are staying busy. What can fans expect to hear?
U-Krime: Fans can expect to hear true lyricism. I hate it when people say they’re lyricists but their mechanics on the music is amateur. We’re students of this game and we know how to kill shit. Lyrically we’re like navy seals trained to kill the fucking beat. I grew up listening to people go in on the music so we do no less. If that got me hype then hopefully it will get the fans hype.
YaBoy: What is U-Krime bringing on this mixtape that is new?
U-Krime: What we bring new to these new mixtapes we’re dropping is dope beats and dope rhymes. We’re working with new producers out West like DJ Khalil, G Rocka, my nigga Black Milk from Detroit, DJ Kemo and a bunch of others. So we grinding the music the right way and hopefully people will enjoy it!
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