With the Christmas holidays coming up, here are three lately-published interviews for your reading and listening pleasure:
Erin MacLeod meets Anicee Gaddis
© Allessandro Zuek Simonetti
For Large Up, Erin MacLeod talks to Anicee Gaddis, former executive editor of Trace magazine and now writer for Puma and Chris Blackwell amongst others. Together with photographer Alessandro »Zuek« Simonetti she just published »Small Kings« – a collection of impressions from Passa Passa, Swatch International’s world-famous street dance on Spanish Town Road at Bread Lane, in Kingston, Jamaica.
Jamaica is more than the sum of its parts. It’s layered. The people are layered an nuanced and spiritual—not necessarily in the religious sense, but in the human sense. They have such an internal beauty that is expressed in the culture and the dancing and the music and the soundbattles. Jamaicans as a people are some of the richest and most gorgeous that I have encountered. And I think that the true expression of that is for me at something like Passa Passa where you see so many dimensions.
Marvin Sparks meets Vybz Kartel
For MTV UK, Marvin Sparks talks to deejay Vybz Kartel e.g. about his early days as ghost writer for Bounty Killer, his collaborations with British artist Kano and his upcoming Dre Skull-produced album on Mixpak Records (see the video announcement here).
We’ve got a record that we’re working on for next year with Dre Skull from Mixpak records. He’s this white kid from New York that builds some sick beats. So next year me and him – Adidjaheim records/Mixpak records – it’s going to be for April. We haven’t even started the promotion for the album yet. It’s going to be like 14 exclusive tracks.
Kimmo Matthews talks to Christopher »Dog Paw« Linton
For the Jamaican Observer, reporter Kimmo Matthews speaks to 24-year old wanted man Christopher »Dog Paw« Linton via phone about life on the run.
Life? Life is very stressing first of all. I’m kind of stressed out every day. [...] It makes you want to drink. It makes you want to smoke a weed or cigarette. It’s very frustrating.