NIAMARU: Thank you
for doing this little interview, I appreciate it. I'm the
webmaster of 2Pacaveli.de, a german Tupac website. I got
users from all over the world but mostly from
european fans so first of all, please introduce yourself
and tell us something about how you first got started in
the music business.
ASSASSIN: Thank you
for the support! First thing I wanna say it sure is an
honor to have me on your site! My name is Assassin alias
Craig "Po" Nitty. I produced and worked with legends such
as Shock G, Tupac Shakur, Mopreme Shukur, ThugLife, Roger
from Zapp, Slick Rick, Rob Base etc. I got my start as a
D.J. thats my first love and will always be my first love
is rocking the two turntables! From all the scratching to
doing tricks I found myself later with a Casio FZ-1 cheap
sampler looping breaks and really got into it by moving
into the production end and it was on from that point to
moving on up as a producer. I got my first real break by
producing for Russell Simmons in 92-94 for DefJam by
remixing for Slick Rick, Dee from Boss and South Central
Cartel. And hooking up with the homie Pac at the same time
was a blessing.
NIAMARU: First, I got
to know about you because of a track you did with 2Pac
called 'Real Bad Boys', it's a dope song, so how did you
hook up with 2Pac, how did you meet him?
I met Pac way back before we
even recorded together. We met each other at a Gavin
Convention in Frisco (San Francisco) way back when he 1st
started rolling with the D-Flow Shuttle (Digital
Underground). We were backstage clownin' around with Kool
Kieth's DJ Kutmaster Kurt. That's when me and 'Pac
connected, he was living from Marin to Oakland back and
forth at the time and we later hooked up when Russell
Simmons flew me out to L.A. to do work for S.C.C (South
Central Cartel) and recorded in the same studio Echo Sound
and I showed Pac the Instrumental and he busted his verse
in 15 minutes to write and like 10 to 12 to bust it topps.
That's where we recorded Real Bad Boyz.
NIAMARU: What was the
relationship between you and Tupac, were you close or was
it just business?
ASSASSIN: When I
lounged out with Pac and his brother Mopreme it was more
like friends than business. 'Pac had love and liked to see
someone from the Bay in L.A. working doing and making
major moves, I think it made him feel at home and that's
why we connected, me him and Mopreme.In those times I was
also working with my Big Brother Shock G who taught me
alot on life and making and producing music to this day.
NIAMARU: How was it
to work with this man? Everybody says he worked real
quick, 3-4 songs a day, is this true?
ASSASSIN: That is
the realest 150% true identity of Tupac he stayed in the
studio, even though he had a gold Lexus when I met him
when nobody even knew what a Lexus even was he stayed in
the studio and didnt floss it! He was a hard worker and
very vibrant and always full of so much energy. 'Pac had
alot of plans that he always talked about. I think if he
would be alive to this day he would of been a number one
top director like Steven Spieldberg, Spike Lee etc. That
would of been probably his next impact on the world, I
truely believe that. He loved movies and film and always
talked about his treatments for movies to everyone around
him and would have parts for everybody.
NIAMARU: Can you tell
us something special about 2Pac, something not many people
know, a funny story or something like that?
ASSASSIN: Just us
running out of Newports (cigarettes) and when I would go
to the store and bring him his pack he would always take
some out for me, and to me and him we would always laugh
when he did that, I dont know why but that was cool of 'Pac
and we would just laugh about that.
NIAMARU: On which
tracks did you work with Tupac? I only know about Real Bad
Boyz and I heard something about 'Soldier Like Me' these
days. Is it true that the song was called Judgement Day?
ASSASSIN: That track
was called "Judgement Day" how I know is because I made
the title up. He wanted to do a track and me and Dee the
Mad Bitch picked out and helped make the beat with
Stretch. And I called it Judgement Day. And the next thing
you know I hear the vocals in the new Loyal to the Game Cd
without the O.G. beat.
NIAMARU: Tell us
something about the Black N Brown Pride LP.
ASSASSIN: That album
is One of my Favorite cds to this date. It's entitled
Mopreme Shakur & Assassin present Black & Brown Pride. Me
and Mopreme are brothers man, my family is his family
straight up and it will be released on Liferdef/Shakur
Records which is both of our lables. It has tracks on it
that feature all O.G ThugLife. And hard hitting legends
from Rapping 4 Tay, Shock G, Public Enemy's Professor
Griff to name a few.
NIAMARU: I heard you
recorded a remix of Real Bad Boys which features 2Pac,
Mopreme, Macadoshis and a new verse from you. Josh told me
some details about the LP and it sounds like the whole
Thug Life Clique will be on the album, which never
happened since Pac died! Tell us more about this project.
ASSASSIN: That track
will be on my solo cd "Live Or Die" it's a double cd with
seperate cd releases one right after the other. The remix
is incredible we kept the beat O.G. with slight changes
but added new verses from Macadoshis, Mopreme and myself
with a couple surprises.
NIAMARU: You are also
working on your new album called "Live Or Die". Will it be
a double disc LP as announced?
ASSASSIN: Yes it will
as stated earlier, but each cd will drop seperately but at
the same time.
featured artists can we expect, when will it drop and on
Humpty Hump, Mopreme Shakur, San Quinn, Havikk from South
Central Cartel, Rob Base and a host of others whom im
affiliated with. It will be dropped on Liferdef.
NIAMARU: There's also
a new project you are doing with San Quinn, Fillmoe 2 San
Jo Part 2, tell us more about that.
ASSASSIN: That's the
follow up to me and Jt the bigga figga who discovered THE
GAME on Black wall street. But this time me and the
hardest spitter out the bay San Quinn are hosting it and
are featured throughout the whole cd.
NIAMARU: Recently I
heard that you worked with Thruth Hurts and Fredwreck, how
was it to work with them?
ASSASSIN: I was just
in the studio with them I didn't do no work but enjoyed
the Truth Hurts company and lounged out with my highschool
NIAMARU: You also
worked with the likes of Candyman 187, Shock G and Donny
Rizzo who produced the Kadafi Son Rize Mixtape Vol. 1,
tell us about that.
ASSASSIN: Them cats
Rizzo and Candyman are family straight up. They showed me
a good time in L.A. when I touched down and Kadafi's Mom
Yasmine is like a mom to all of us and always directs us
into what we cant see sometimes which is a blessing. The
Havenotz album will be a classic I did like almost damn
near half that album with Rizzo. We had a great time and
cant wait to hear the finished product.
NIAMARU: Well, you
worked with a lot of people in the past but who haven't
you worked with that you would like to?
Ice Cube, Mc Ren. I'm in the midst of hooking up with
PUBLIC ENEMY with Professor Griff that's my ultimate along
with Rakim and Kool G.Rap.
NIAMARU: Please tell
us something about your label, what is it called, who's on
there and upcoming releases.
ASSASSIN: I got the
DVD dropping soon with mad footage of me SHOCK G and the
UNDERGROUND performances and Mopreme freestyles, Candyman,
Rob Base, Mellow Man ace and almost everybody who I have
been in contact with! I also just signed a production deal
with the LEGENDARY ROB BASE (it take's two) we will be
shopping deals for upcoming acts and producers.
Havikk from S.C.C Liferdef/Straighthangin'em 2005
Hex - Liferdef 2005
Sydal - Liferdef/Streetsoundz 2005
Uncle Jon - Liferdef 2005
NIAMARU: What are
your thoughts on the Yukmouth & G Unit beef?
ASSASSIN: I hope the
westcoast and also eastcoast to stop beefs unless it's
like the old school hip-hop way where guns and violence
never happen. This was started back in the days to have
fun not to die over. Let's save the beef's over Block shit
and someone fucking with your family type of deals. I hope
Yuk and everyone else's beef ends up with no violence for
the Hip Hop community and related familys.
NIAMARU: Let's do a
little word association game at the end, I give you a word
and you tell me what's on your mind:
Bay Area - The Bay is not Back we have been BACK!
Rapping - 4tay!
Producing - Assassin
Favourite Actor - Hannibal Cannibal Lecter
Best Producer - Quincy Jones
Best Rapper - Makaveli
Legend - Tupac
Fake - Media
Thug Life - Eternity
Outlawz - Immortalz
Death - The beginning
NIAMARU: That's about
it, is there anything else you want the european fans to
ASSASSIN: Thanx to
all who support the struggle! And support the real
underground kingz who give a fuck about a crown but good
NIAMARU: Thanks for
taking the time!
ASSASSIN: No dizzout
1luv 1 Thug God bless and (rip) to my pops Manuel Venegas
and all the rest of the falling soldierz. Tupac, Yak, Kato,
Eazy E, Mac Dre, Stretch, Dmac Tolliver, Charizma, Cougnut,
Hitman, Mr C, Seagram, Rappin Ron, Swamp Dog D-cook and
The Mack, there's a whole lot to name still and your
familys are in my prayers! 1mill. I'm out!
ASSASSIN @ SOUNDCLICK