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There's room for anyone in my opinion. The sad thing is, a lot of what you hear on the radio right now is very substantial to a huge portion of not only south Florida's population, but the entire country. Most ..
Guest Shots: Butta Verses         by DJ TREW
From NYC to South Florida, his flow keeps on...

Butta Verses, a Bronx-bred rapper who now calls Fort Lauderdale, Florida home, made his debut appearance on De La Soul's 2004 release The Grind Date spitting back to back with Posdonus on the song "No." Fellow MCs at local ciphers bestowed Butta's name upon him, but once his mixtape landed in the hands of Maseo from De La Soul, his rhymes started reaching neighborhoods around the world.

Fast forward to 2007, Butta is wrapping up production on his sophomore album, Six Minutes To Ten, with guests such as CL Smooth, and A-Butta (of Natural Elements) with production help from The Mighty V.I.C. and Tzarizm among others.

For GLmag's newest feature Guest Shots, Butta blessed us with a short Q&A and a trio of new Hip-hop 12inch reviews…

How does the hip hop scene in NYC compare to Ft. Lauderdale?

Well in New York there are far more hip hop "heads". Meaning, down hear in south Florida, almost everybody listens to "hip hop". They all got the dress code down pat. They know all the dances and all that, but, they don't really live it like, day to day. There are a few cats down here that's all day everyday with it, but it ain't like NY, or any other place that I've been for that matter. Plus it's the bottom of the "dirty south". They ain't really trying to hear that east coast hip hop vibe. They want traps, choppas, and dunk riders. It's about the grills not the skills. I don't know, I probably shouldn't generalize my fellow Floridians like that. When I moved here in '93, they used to call me ROCKY, because they said I sounded like Rocky Balboa when I spoke. I think it was the whole "aye yo yo" thing. Now, because of my love for this art, and my firm belief in how it should sound, I have become the outcast. How ironic.

It seems like Ft.Lauderdale/Miami is more about the 'party' and being seen. Is there room for an MC with something substantial to say?

There's room for anyone in my opinion. And just for the record, the sad thing is, a lot of what you hear on the radio right now is very substantial to a huge portion of not only south Florida's population, but the entire country. Most people want to forget about life for a while, so they zone off with music. It's not as personal to them as it is to me. I love parties as much as anyone else, but what about the other 18 hours in the day? People don't want to deal with that reality so they try to keep that party mentality going full steam. But once again I am lumping many different types of people into one group. It's so much easier to hate that way [laughs.]

With vinyl production plants shutting down and downloads replacing CD purchases, how can the indie artist stay afloat? Is licensing the wave of the future?

I really wouldn't know. I got people for that. I don't really get that involved with the market and all that. I couldn't give fuck...honestly. Yeah, I want to make money off of my music, and perform my music, but I don't know enough about this to even start to speculate. I do know it feels great when people tell you they heard your song on some television show. That's for sure. If an indie artist wants to stay afloat, they better have a very good 9 to 5. Don't quit your day job.

I know many MC's would list De La Soul or Native Tongues as one of the main influences coming up. What was you experience like working with Maseo and De La?

It was great, absolutely. The only regret I have... is that, I'm not still out there rocking with them. If you listen to the music they make, then you pretty much know them. They are who they say they are. Watching them work crowds and how they handle themselves in front of the media and the fans was a great thing to see. If everything for me in this industry stopped tomorrow, I don't care what anybody says; my dreams have already come true. I'm good. I can sit and tell my friends about places I never thought I would go and people I never thought I would meet. It may have been short, but it was extremely SWEET. And I have to thank De La Soul as group and Maseo as a friend for all of that.

Black Milk: "Sound the Alarm" (Fat Beats, 2007)

In times like these, one would not expect such a pure form of this art we call hip hop to see the light of day. Most artists try to mimic what the current sound is and rarely hit that note, Black Milk clearly does not. This joint is ka-ray-zee!!! A definite banger. This cat is for sure keeping some blood flowing through Hip-hop's veins. With that Detroit swagger and enough thump to bounce a bitch right out the passenger side window, this song should be held up as a future classic.

KRS One, Rakim, Nas, Kanye West: "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)" (Digital-only release, 2007)

I don't know about this joint. There are so many people who have respect for KRS and Rakim, and even Premier for that matter but at this point and time, all they are proving is that they are old. In hip hop, as in life, you get better with time. Then, as time progresses, you grow old and you're not able to do the things you used to do, as well as you used to do them. It's like the old uncle at the party trying the dances that young kids are showing him. It's never a good look.

The beat is very "blah." I would have skipped over this if it was the only beat on a beat CD given to me by Premier himself. Kanye's verse was good and he even he made a remark about the beat. Nas sounds like typical Nas and let's not forget that he too, is getting old. Now I'm no spring chicken... I'm somewhere between Kanye and Nas, but I don't want to hear old rappers complaining about the way the styles have changed.

Redman: "Put It Down" (Def Jam 2007)

Ok. I could see why a raw cat like Red, would want a track from Timbaland. I mean when Tim puts a track together for his boy Justin Timberlake, it's usually fire. When he does something for Nelly Furtado, the world seems to go crazy. I don't think Tim and Redman have that chemistry though. After the first five seconds, I was like, "wait a minute, didn't LL Cool J do this song like two years ago?" This track is the same beat as "Headsprung" which was a wack joint in my opinion.

Yo Redman, what the fuck? Get the fuck off that ol' punk club shit, and get with that rough shit man, you know how we do. It sounds like you can hear how much Red doesn't like doing songs like this each time he does one. I couldn't press the skip button fast enough.

Butta Verses' latest 12inch "Jones in My Bones," is out now on Beats and Rhymes. Visit his myspace page here.

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