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2/7/2004 9:28:32 AM
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February 06, 2004 - Comin' straight outta Brooklyn, the five member crew Pitch Black are returning to a vibe that once permeated the Old School period of rap music. I mean when was the last time (with the exception of the Wu) that you can recall a five member crew stepping up to the mic and breaking out with style and finesse? Exactly. In these days when the solo artist is the norm, a crew the size of Pitch Black is something of an anomaly.
Comprised of D.G. (short for Donald Goines, and yes he took his name from the infamous black author), Devious, Fast, G.O.D., and Zakee, Pitch Black have been struggling at the rap game for more than a decade. Finally, their debut album Pitch Black Law is set to hit the store shelves on February 10, 2004, and subsequently will reach out to the eager ears of the rap faithful, especially those looking for something a little new and a little different.
Spence D. caught up with the five MCs from Brooklyn and talked about their music, classic black literature, and the state of rap.
IGN: Yo, D.G., you're initials stand for Donald Goines. Couldn't help but notice that you're givin' props to one of the kings of blaxploitation literature.
D.G.: Oh yeah! I had to shed some light on the black author right there. He told a lotta real deep street tales of what used to take place back in the days in the hood and things like that. I felt like my style was representative of that when I first started this thing out, so I chose that name.
IGN: I have to admit, though, that he's the one cat I haven't checked out yet. I've read Iceberg Slim and Chester Himes, but I've never read Goines.
D.G.: You need to cop one of his books. Naw, get the whole catalog instead. It doesn't even cost a lot. You can get 'em for like cheap. You'll probably pay forty dollars for the whole collection. And the great books that will really inspire you to read the rest of 'em, one is called Inner City Hoodlum and the other is Dopefiend. If you try either one of those books first, you're definitely gonna want to continue on with the rest. It's definitely worth it.
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