Fifteen years after “Reign Of The Tec” dropped, The Beatnuts are still
hungry. In the four year stretch since their last album Milk Me,
Psycho Les put out a couple of low key projects, but the Nuts’ brand
of rowdy rhymes have been noticeably absent since 2004. Thankfully the
Columbian and Dominican are back in the lab in NYC, rejuvenated after
hitting the stage overseas with D.I.T.C. members, and ready to drop
some new product. AllHipHop.com found out whats been good with Psycho
Les and what to expect from the pit-fight producers this summer. Se
AllHipHop.com: After doing
The Beatnuts for so long, you finally decided to drop solo last year
with Psycho Therapy. What led to that?
Psycho Les: To tell you the
truth, that album has been around for like five years. It was just a
lot of songs I had just laying around, so I threw it all together and
just slapped it up. Its not like I planned it like that, they were
just songs I had already. Well I did create like three or four new songs,
but the rest were done. It was all just ideas I had that I didnt
want to go to waste, so I threw it out there.
AllHipHop.com: The Big City
project you did with Problemz and Al Tariq didnt make much of a national
impact, but I imagine the support and NY and from your existing fan base
was enough to satisfy you guys?
Psycho Les: That right there was me just doing Tariq and Problemz a
favour. They was just doing nothing with themselves and they needed
a deal, so thats really how they got the deal, if I was involved
in it. So I just did all the tracks and chilled in the studio, let them
do most of the work. I didnt want to get too busy, if you notice
I was just slapping up a few verses and s**t. I wanted it to be mostly
them so when they hit the road people dont expect me to be there.
I just created it so they could do whatever, and that would be there
little spaceship to hit the road with. You know, my s**t is Beatnuts
always and thats what people are waiting for.
AllHipHop.com: So whats
good with you and Ju Ju? I havent heard much about you guys recently.
Psycho Les: Yeah, weve been
on the road. We just came back from Japan, weve been everywhere.
We were out there with Lord Finesse, Nice and Smooth, Showbiz and AG,
O.C., the whole Diggin In The Crates. I cant even believe it to this
day. We had Diamond D, but he couldnt make it cause his passport
expired or some shit. Motherfuckers in New York was like Yo, you
need to bring that s**t to New York! But you know, motherf***ers
dont want to pay that money. So you know, if they get that money,
boom, theyll get that real Hip Hop shit. But for me to watch [D.I.T.C.]
performing was crazy, cause Im a fan of this Hip Hop shit too. The
club was crazy too, it was like a stadium and that s**t was packed.
Like real s**t, you know? So we were on the road, but now were back
home and working on this next album, trying to drop it for this summer.
AllHipHop.com: Before we get
into that, I want to talk about some of the work youve done. The
best-known tracks you produced were probably on Mos Defs Black On
Both Sides, but Im curious what made you start doing solo production
Psycho Les: Well weve both
always done our own production. Were both two producers, and we dont
always produce our own s**t together, you know? Its not like I live
with him, so Im running around and whatever and if I bump into Mos
Def and he needs a track Ima bring it to him. Ju Ju too. You notice
hes done tracks for Ghostface or whoever, and Im not involved.
Its all good. But when its Beatnuts, we pick each others beats.
Hell pick from my stash, and Ill pick from his. Thats what
were doing now actually. For this next album, forget it, its sounding
AllHipHop.com: How long have
you been working on it already?
Psycho Les: A few weeks now.
Weve already done a joint with U-God, weve got a joint with Keith
Murray, were just trying to bring Hip Hop back on some real hard
s**t. Not no happy s**t. Some real hard, crazy s**t. From the new cats
of today, were looking forward to working with Cassidy, cause were
in touch with his DJ and hes going to make that happen. And well
bring in some more new cats too, keep it up to date.
AllHipHop.com: Its kind
of a trip that you guys had Akon on a track from The Originators.
That was the first time Id heard him, and I remember thinking he
had some potential. Was it crazy for you to see him blow up like he
Pyscho Les: Well thats the
case for all our albums man. If you see every album we ever worked with,
we always worked with the motherfuckers before they blow up. Think about
it. When we did Off The Books, nobody knew who the f**k Pun was.
After that, boom, the s**t took off. Same thing with Akon, same thing
with every other joint. It is crazy, but shit just seems to happen that
AllHipHop.com: It seems strange
to me that more new and even established artists havent reached out
to you over the years for tracks. You and Ju have always come with some
of the best party and club joints out there.
Psycho Les: Yeah you know everybody
is looking for that other sound, that new sound of today. So, you know.
AllHipHop.com: Do you get a
lot of calls for beats?
Psycho Les: Yeah definitely.
A lot of underground cats are reaching out, so you know I f**k with
them. A lot of unknown motherf***ers, I give them a helping hand.
AllHipHop.com: I saw a picture
of you wearing a Joker mask with a G-Unit shirt on your MySpace. Did
that have any significance to it?
Psycho Les: (Laughs) Naw. That
s**t is funny cause I just happened to be wearing that shirt, and I
was in a toy store looking at all these old school toys. So I put the
mask on and took a picture, and I didnt notice that I was wearing
that shirt until after. But that made it even more funny to me, so I
just threw that s**t up.
AllHipHop.com: So whats
your schedule like now that youre back from overseas and preparing
the new album?
Psycho Les: Now Im just
focused back in the lab, pulling records out that closet. That old s**t
that I havent even heard in a minute, chopping s**t up and just trying
to put something out for summer.
AllHipHop.com: Do you guys
still do straight samples?
Psycho Les: Samples is number
one for us, always. But as far as our sound, its going to be crazy.
Its big, were f**king with everything else. Whatever cats is using
nowadays, were using all that s**t. Its like were cooking the
food on a new up-to-date oven. Were taking it back to the grimy
drums and hard samples. No happy music, just ugly faced music. When
you hear that s**t youre going to make an ugly face like Yeah.
AllHipHop.com: So whats
your take on the production scene right now?
Psycho Les: Its all happy
and hand-clappy kind of s**t. But thats what makes me want to keep
doing it. Young motherf***ers out there still want to hear our s**t,
even theyre getting tired of all that s**t playing on the radio.
AllHipHop.com: Which joints
to you get the most response to on the road?
Psycho Les: When we throw Off
The Books, the whole place just loses it. But Watch Out Now,
No Escapin This and Off The Books, those joints there. People
just lose it and start fightin’ in the crowd. Thats what I like, that
energy s**t, were trying to take it back to that. That jump-up-and-down,
AllHipHop.com: Are you guys
going to hit the road again with this new album?
Psycho Les: Definitely, were
gonna go everywhere and promote the s**t out of it. Its definitely
going to be a better situation than when we had no money. Weve got
a plan man. The beats are there, everybodys around us that wants
to work with us and its love. So its going to be nothing. Everybodys
hungry and its that time again. Beatnuts “Reign Of The Tec”Beatnuts “Off The Books”