CAPTAIN ROCK

    INTERVIEW

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JayQuan : Where are you from , and how did you get into Hip Hop? Capt Rock : I am from Manhattan and I started as a Dj for Jeckyll & Hyde . I was called Dj Ronnie Green . 

JQ : Did you ever release material with them as thier Dj ?

CR : No , the Aleems who owned NIA records had a concept for the Captain Rock character and they had auditions , and Jeckyll & Hyde took me to them .

JQ : Was Cosmic Glide your first record with NIA.

CR : Yes and it didnt do well at all....I think the Aleems lost faith a little after that first single .

JQ : The return of Captain Rock did better right ?

CR : Yes , not in New York but in the UK and down South it was huge .

JQ : Who did the writing on those songs ?

CR : Jeckyll & Hyde did all but Cosmic Blast - I wrote that one .

JQ : How about Future Shock...did that do well...it was hot here in VA.

CR : Yes it did very well especially in Philly...I remember getting in the car with the Aleems and driving all over the country with a trunk full of records .

JQ : I think your best joint was Cosmic Blast....it had Scratching , Beatboxing and the whole 9 . It was a lot slower than your other records .

CR : Yeah Dj Darryll D did the Scratching , and Richie Rich Beatboxed . I wrote that record in front of my projects in like 2 days . It was very big in New York....probably the slower tempo.

JQ : I didnt like  the You Stink / House Of Rock  single...

CR : That sucked....it was terrible....the Aleems were experimenting....it was like the downfall.

JQ : In 1986 you did Bongo Beats...that was hot....how did it do?

CR : Not well ..it wasnt promoted at all...by that time the Aleems thought that Capt Rock was over , and they were putting all the money into thier stuff with Leroy Burgess.

JQ : Who did you perform with during your career ?

CR : Man....Mick Jagger , Run DMC , LL Cool J , Chaka Khan , Rebbie Jackson , Whodini.....

JQ : What do you think of current rap ?

CR : I dont like all the cursing , and negativity ......we paved the way for the current rappers , and I dont like the subject matter . We use to go to the schools , hospitals , basketball tournaments......everywhere when we toured . I dont see that now. We respected what we were doing.......these guys are making a lot of money , but there is no respect.

JQ : Thanks for your time....

ŠJayquan Dot Com 2001  As told to JayQuan 11/8/01

* Special thanks to Troy Smith *

 

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