I recently got the great opportunity to interview Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Cappadonna! In this exclusive interview with UHTN, Cappadonna speaks on his favorite Wu-Tang solo project, his new album Hook Off, battle rap, the best pizza you can get in New York, and more. Check out the full interview below.
UHTN: To get things started, if you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only listen to select artists/albums, who/what would you choose?
Cappadonna: I’d take The Spitters, Donnie McClurkin, Commodores…I’d probably take Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, a little Mobb Deep.
UHTN: Who are some of the most slept on artists of all time? Big Pun?
Cappadonna: Big Pun is one of the greatest, yea definitely. ODB as well.
UHTN: Which is your favorite solo album out of all of the Wu-Tang artists?
Cappadonna: It would have to be Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. I like Enter The 36 Chambers but it’s not a solo album obviously. I would choose Cuban Linx because it’s an album you can play all the way through and it’s hard.
UHTN: Where would you rank RZA among the best producers of all time?
Cappadonna: I put RZA up there with Dr. Dre man. One is funk and one is hardcore hip-hop. With that kind of energy.
UHTN: What do you think of the current state of hip-hop? Are artists becoming more lyrical than four or five years ago?
Cappadonna: The current state of hip-hop is on “evolve” mode. We have to evolve with it. Get in line or fall behind. Not saying that everyone has to come with the same formulas, mix it up. The root word of hip-hop is hip. Hip means what’s happening now. A lot of people don’t know what hip-hop is; they just know it’s a word. They don’t know where the word comes from. Hip-hop is what is hip now, what’s happening now. Being up on what’s going on. Rap is still only thirty years old.
UHTN: Switching over to your music, gives us some insight on your new album titled Hook Off.
Cappadonna: It’s the first hip-hop album with no hooks. Seventeen songs. Plenty of fly artists on there and different styles. It’s a breath of fresh air.
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