Brother Lynch Hung: No Cure Pt. 1

If you look up the term "controversial"

in the dictionary, you may find Brotha Lynch Hung's picture somewhere close

by. Arguably, no artist in Hip-Hop today has ever stirred up the public at large

with the frequency and precision that Lynch has.

Lyrics containing concepts such as "eating

baby nuts," and having sex with his own mother have gotten him a rash of

harsh criticism. As a guest on "The Leeza Show" in 1996, his lyrics

were blamed for influencing a fan to commit murder.

But, with over a decade of underground and independent

success underneath his belt, there's no telling where his imagination will take

him next.

His latest underground bomb, "Lynch By Inch:

Suicide Note," is bound to take him places beyond where his last album,

the 1995 gold-certified "Season Of Da Siccness," has taken him. The

Sacramento, CA native released the album from his newly formed imprint, Siccmade

Records, earlier this month. sat down with the pioneer of "horror-core"

to discuss legal matters, maintaining respect in his hometown, and upcoming

projects that will seemingly put him over the top. Before we get started, I want

to be able to conduct a good interview for the fans, but at the same time, I

want to keep the atmosphere as gangsta as possible. Can we do this?

Brotha Lynch Hung: That's real, and I appreciate

it. You released a new album on June

10th. Talk about that and what you've been up to since the last joint.

BLH: It's called "Lynch By Inch." It's

not really a follow-up on my "Season Of DA Siccness," but it kind

of is. What's different this time is that it's on my own label and people ain't

hollering at me about what I should and shouldn't say on this album. So, you are basically going back

to the old blood and guts sh*t you used to talk about before?

BLH: Even with the old stuff, they tried to refrain

me from saying stuff. How much slack and criticism have

you taken over the years because of some of the lyrics you have spit on a record?

BLH: I caught hella slack over the "baby

killing" thing. Everybody kind of took it wrong and took it out of context.

I was just talking about abortion. Then, they just took it the way that they

took it. Plus the fact that I say stuff like "eating baby nuts and guts,"

they just put it in with that. They kind of built that, you know what I'm saying?

Even Snoop said, " that n*gga got hella lyrics, but I can't get with that

baby eating sh*t." I was like, "where did he get that sh*t from?"

I'm a meat eater, and that's where all that sh*t came from. You got to force

me vegetables because I won't eat it otherwise. Do you still have to deal with

industry politics and publicists kicking you in the ass about certain things

now that you run your own label?

BLH: Not this time. This is all Siccmade right

here. I'm going to make the right decisions about what I feel, but I'm letting

my creativity go do what it got to do. Who are you doing studio work

with these days? Is it the same usual suspects or do you have some new cats

on the horizon?

BLH: Besides my Siccmade crew, I got Yukmouth

on the new album. I usually get only one artist per album because I want people

to recognize that I can do this sh*t. Yukmouth is one of my favorite rappers,

and on the last album I got E-40, who's one of my favorite West Coast rappers.

I had Snoop on one of my albums, and he's my favorite musical personality, you

know what I'm saying? Really, I don't like running around trying to get a lot

of artists. In the future, I might mess with somebody like B2K since they are

fans of mine. Brotha Lynch Hung featuring B2K?

I can't picture that with a Kodak, to be honest with you. I got two daughters

who are in love with those boys. If I hear that name one more time, I'm going

to start breaking windows and sh*t.

BLH: (laughs) Name of some of the producers

that you normally use when it is time to get in your zone and create that atmosphere.

BLH: I use Bosko a lot. He did a song for 2Pac's

album just before this one that's about to come out. He did the beat and the

video. Happy Perez from Portland does some stuff, and me and Phunk Beta do the

rest of it. Phunk Beta is from New York. Word? I take it that there is

no discrimination in what you strive for in your music.

BLH: I grew up listening to all New York rappers.

They taught how to rap in a sense, you know what I'm saying? That's why my gangsta

style is my gangsta style because I'm from the West Coast, but I'm able to do

any style. I mix that style into my gangsta style to show versatility, even

though I talk about my life and what I went through. Obviously, I ain't going

through the same things, so you know, I hit them with the rip guts sh*t after

that. I'm interested in knowing which

East Coast MCs were instrumental in teaching you how to rhyme. You hardly hear

about things like that anymore.

BLH: I learned stage presence from Run-DMC, I

learned lyrical skill and creativity from Rakim, KRS-1, and I learned longevity

from LL. I don't want to put anybody in front, but those are the ones. I got

to give big props to the East Coast rappers, man. I ain't with all the East

Coast-West Coast feuding. I love to battle because I'm a battle rapper, but

I ain't with all that feuding sh*t, you know what I'm saying?