Trademarc of East Coast Avengers: Hunting Bill O'Reilly
Trademarc is one of the authors of a ravenous diss track that has been circulating the web for the past few weeks. In the song by East Coast Avengers (Trademarc, Esoteric, DC the Midi Alien), the Massachusetts bred MC flings around scathing lyrics like, Ill stalk your house, knock you out, gag your mouth, drag you out , and, F**k making fun of you in punchlines/Id rather kill your family in front of you by lunchtime. But the target is not some other rapper, its actually infamous conservative pundit Bill OReilly and the song, available on their album Poison Planet, is called Kill Bill OReilly. Needless to say, it has ruffled some feathers. AllHipHop.com: You got quite a song buzzing out there. What about Bill OReilly gets to you?Trademarc: Hes a bully and will air footage in order to make himself look better. Hes one of the most ignorant human beings and that song is a stand against that in general.AllHipHop.com: Are you comfortable with people having this song as their first introduction to you?Trademarc: Yeah absolutely. It lets people know were not afraid to stay away from things that a lot of people wanna say, but wont say. AllHipHop.com: Concerning the different media outlets, how big has the controversy been? Trademarc: There were some serious threats. Michelle Malkin was one of the first people who came after us. She was totally stereotyping saying, Dont you have a plane to steal, dont you have women to slap, and children to neglect? But for the most part, people didnt say anything about us aside from these political sites, who were getting down right racist and nasty. They figured that we were Black and we werent white. So they were attacking us on that level and it was kinda funny to see their reaction. They were calling us monkeys and calling us all these names without anything viable to go with it. AllHipHop.com: Have you got any invitationseither TV or radioto explain the song?Trademarc: We were on a public radio station here. It went actually pretty well. The woman asked me to explain my point of view, but then again we got phone calls of people wanting our real names so they could come and fight us. I told them, You know where I am right now. Im on the radio station. They were stereotypically trying to lump us into a group and they were wrong. They thought it was three mindless savages making a song, [but] were intellectual people that know the score, are well read, and can back the stuff up.AllHipHop.com: Are your political views liberal in general?Trademarc: I would say technically more liberal, but I would also say if I was gonna label myself, probably independent. Those labels separate people and thats exactly what the government wants. They want people to separate themselves because theyre easy to control. The same thing with organized religion. As soon as people choose religion, they already separate themselves from each other. Its like culture, color, religion, and now its Democrat and Republican. As soon as they separate you, they already won a small battle. AllHipHop.com: How did you come up with the concept for the video?Trademarc: Brainstorming. The guy that did the video had done some creative stuff before. I wanted to keep it kind of Sin City-ish. We didnt want to get too flashy. We wanted to keep it gritty. We didnt have a lot of creative control over that. We added a couple of things, but it was mostly the guy we worked with.AllHipHop.com: Did you feel comfortable with having the Bill OReilly stand-in in the video?Trademarc: Its funny, he didnt really look like him. No one said anything and he was cool guy too. It was fun to do. AllHipHop.com: If you were to run into the real Bill OReilly man-to-man, what would you say to him?Trademarc: Just stop. I know everybody has a right to free speech, but just stop. Stop with the lies. If youre gonna be on TV, respect the integrity of what you should be doing which is journalism. AllHipHop.com: How are you gonna use the controversy from the single to fuel the album?Trademarc: We gonna plug it away with politic tracks. We got some stuff lined up were hoping will blow peoples socks off more. We can have some hardcore Hip-Hop bangers that let up on the politic stuff so that the underground heads can get into but we also have the politic side of us, which is a huge side of what we are. Were representing the people who want change and I think that that its a wide demographic. Thats not just Hip-Hop kids, thats not just 40 year olds that have 401Ks and worry about retirement.A lot of people hate Bill OReilly too. A lot of people call him outJay-Z, Luda its good to see these major artists doing stuff. I think Young Jeezys new record has a lot of political stuff on it. I havent had a chance to peep it yet, you know its really a good thing to see that, hopefully well embrace that too and well see a little less singing and dancing a little more political stuff.