E: In that track I’m trying to fly the flag for Britain really. I don’t think say with the other artists they get the credit they deserve. Especially someone like Omar, he’s an institution over here. He was very instrumental in that whole New Soul scene, I mean he lives round the corner from me. Big up what we have here! It would be nice to see people like that get the props they deserve, you know what I me. It’s also a little tongue in cheek. I’m not one of those people thats always pissed off though.
E: I was having my Alf Garnett moment. Maybe just being a voice box for everybody who is doing the daily rubbish, it’s not where you wanna be, you just gotta do what you gotta do. How did ‘Just Another Day’ end up on Disorda’s Suspect Files Vol 4?
S: Yeh man, disorda (suspectpackages) has always looked out for us. He got in touch with us one day after we sent him the Wasted Talent EP he was like ‘look I never reply to people, or get in touch with many people…most stuff I get sent is wack or whatever, I’m not bothered, but I wanted to touch base with you guys and say your big!’ he was really feeling us.
The thing with the Boom Bap Bootleg it’s how mixtapes used to be, you know. It’s all my beats and all his rhymes. DJ Matman (DMC champion) has mixed it for us but there’s no like Nelly beat Efeks is rhyming on, it’s all our material.
Funny enough the mixtape has now been bootlegged on the blogs and torrent sites. The bootleg has been bootlegged. So with the Wasted Talent EP at least we put it out the way we wanted it to be, with the right artwork.
E: Yeah definitely. It’s got the Bronx tale sample in there that basically gave me the inspiration for the verses. Steady had made the perfect beat and I felt it was the perfect sample for the track. It’s kinda got many connotations. So as much as it is a reference to me it was also aimed at a lot of other people me and steady grew up around, the fact there was a lot of wasted talent.
Steady, there’s a real diversity of beats across all of Prose’s instalments so far, notably the big sampling. Is this something that plays an important part in your beat building process?
S: Everything’s done in the home studio. The Boom Bap Bunker. I got into MPC’s back in 97,98. Instead of blowing my student loan on drugs, beer or books I bought my first MPC. I’m a crate digger. I collect and cut records so the MPC plays a big part in my beat making.
E: We always felt we never really needed anybody. We’ve felt that introducing somebody else into the equation was always gonna either numb things down or disrupt the balance. So we stuck to eachother, we know eachother, we trust eachother, we share the same vision.We’re always respected the big names in the industry but we’ve never felt that we had to have them on something to validate us. We would love to work with those guys, but we never felt that we had to.
S: You can expect it when we get that Russell Simmons cheque
E: It’s really the joy and pain of the last 5 years. And there will also be some guests on the album too, and they’re not what you would expect.
Wasted TalentEP, Running Man EP, and the recently Boombap Bootleg Mixtape are released on Boombap Professionals label. Watch out for the debut dropping soon in 09.