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Dirty Red exclusive interview

1. How did you come up with the nickname Dirty Red?

I was in the studio with Eazy-E and we were about to shoot the promo commercial for the Ruthless Radio Show and I was doing the intro. The name “Red” I had since I was a little kid because of the fair skin and hair color… The “Dirty” part came about in my late teen years when I was doing a lot of stuff on the streets to get ahead.. .so I decided to put the 2 nic names together and performed as Dirty Red for the Ruthless Radio Show.

2. What motivated you to become a rapper?

My motivation came in the mid 1980’s when Run DMC, The Fat Boy and LL CooL J made the movie “Krush Groove”…after seeing that movie I decided that’s what I wanted to do.

3. A few words about the Compton legend Eazy E that you knew personally…

Eazy-E was a down to earth person… He always said what he felt and didn’t care if you liked him or not for that… he is and was a true friend and he deserves it. be called legend.

4. Define your music in a few words…

My music is hardcore street rap…nothing more, nothing less.

5. According to you, did the NWA music revolution change the conditions of ethnic minorities in the ghetto? At the very least, did it increase people’s awareness of the discrimination faced by black men and other minorities there?

NWA definitely paved the way for west coast rap and street rappers to have an open door to express the experiences we face every day in the hood…they definitely talked about things that had never been talked about on records before. … are the true pioneers on the West Coast.

6. What is the biggest challenge you have had to face since you started rapping?

I would say the biggest challenge I’ve ever had to face is learning the industry…very few people in this industry will tell you how to be successful and how to run your business…a lot of learning comes from paying to beat.

7 Which artists have you already collaborated with?

I’ve made music with Eazy-E, Above The Law, Kokane, BG Knocc Out and Dresta The Gangsta… I’ve worked with Madness 4 Real… Julio G and Tony G… Rhythm D… DJ Uneek and I’m collaborating with some artists on my new mixtape “Steet Heat Volume 2”.

8. Which artist(s) (underground or mainstream) have earned all your respect and why?

I have a certain respect for artists who behave for who they are…I just can’t seem to get into any artist who acts or pretends to be someone else…example…when thick gold chains were the thing. …every rapper wanted to wear a big gold chain…now it’s bling watches…I don’t like to follow what other people do or say…just be you!…so to answer your question…right now on Westcoast Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg is holding it down to the mic…Dr. Dre with the production…on the East Coast I would say JZ is holding down the mic.

9. Old school or new school: where does your preference go?

I’m down with the old school for sure.

10. Your music is rich in that unique Ruthless flavor… according to you, is it an advantage to be from Los Angeles? If so, why?

I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage… but here in Los Angeles we have a real thing on the streets… I’m not sure where it was born or when… but it’s definitely code on the streets of southern Cali.

11. What inspires you the most to write your music?

I am inspired by many different things… but mostly life and different events, past and present.

12. . A few words about your Street Heat CDs…

Heat Street Vol. 1 was recorded in San Bernardino in 2004 after I put the mic down after Eazy died… I hadn’t recorded in years… so I just wanted to get back in the studio and record some songs to get that feeling back. …I released some copies just for the homies in the hood…people started hearing that I had recorded some stuff and they wanted to hear it so I re-released it in 2006…Now I’m finishing up Street Heat vol.2 so I can give it to you people the real Dirty Red and Real Ruthless music.

13. From a personal point of view, gangsta rap is truly one of my favorite genres of rap music.
Do you think gangsta rap can and will help people better understand the ghetto living conditions and even change some stereotypes?

I don’t think gangster rap changes anything in the ghetto. Things will always be the same in the barrios…that’s how the world is organized…but I think gangster rap sheds light on the situations in the ghetto so that people take a closer look at it and people Hear the stories and experiences we face in the neighborhoods.

14. The west coast seems to be boiling right now with the return of stoner rappers like BG Knocc Out, his brother Dresta and the involvement of Lil Eazy, Hood Surgeon and others to the west coast revival…what or who was the trigger that motivated people to work together for a strong return of west coast sounds?

I don’t know who brought the west coast together… in my opinion the west coast was always united… EAZY-E and DR. DRE had issues at one point but guys they figured things out and took care of them…The West Coast has never gone away…I don’t know why people say “Bring Back the West”…The West It is gone. been here the whole time.

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