- Whatsup. Who are you guys ?What are you guys?
NAPALM – Whatsup! Its DHZA , Guererro and Cognition here, we’re representing our group NAPALM. NAPALM is a collective of 4 artists from Hamden, CT. We’re a hip hop based group with more to offer than dope beats. Hopefully people realize that soon.
2. How did you guys get started?
Guererro – We came together as high school friends to create something real and one of a kind, something un-immitatable. I think we accomplished that.
3.Who are the members of your group and what do they do?
Cognition – We have Rellevance handling production, as well as doing some spitting. Then we have DHZA, Guererro and myself as emcees as well.
DHZA – We also have Groz Beats. Expect alot of production from him. Were expanding.
4. What genre would you consider yourself?
Cognition – I like to call our genre new age mixed w/old school hip hop.
DHZA – “Creative” & “Real” are two things that come to mind. Obviously hiphop though…
Guererro – We make conscious hip-hop, with a touch of psychedelic scenery and a backdrop of 90’s classic shit.
5. Who inspired you?
DHZA – Shit.. Doom, Kanye, Ab – Soul, The Wu, Wayne, and a lot more people. I find inspiration in a lot of people with individual styles and influence.
Cognition – I’m personally inspired by the old greats big L Pac Nas Eminem but I’m Inspired by Guerrero Dhza and Rellevance everytime we hit the studio.
6. What do you guys expect with your band in the upcoming year?
Cognition -To the listener In 2015: we plan on taking over our little corner of the globe with a multitude of thought out, mostly concious, tapes to better introduce ourselves to you.Be ready.
DHZA – Who knows what could MANAfest , after the recent release of our mixtape #TheMANAfestation, I believe we can gain alot of attention with its gravitating hooks, sounds and lyrics.
7. What do you all hope to achieve?
Guererro – Nowadays, content and innovation is being sacrificed for popularity & promotion, we wanna change that…waking up in a new Bugatti would be nice too….Cognition – An achievement for me would be getting a decent following behind myself and NAPALM.
DHZA – I personally want to be important. Just an opinion and a voice that matter in the world of music, especially hiphop, and entertainment, and to live without worry to be honest. Simple.
8. What makes your crew standout from the rest of crowd?
Cognition – Our group stands out from the rest when the beat drops. If you understand the bars you’ll be feeling us from the jump. The real beauty is when you don’t understand on the first spin and you give another listen, your bound to learn from our perspectives of everyday life.
DHZA – Individual aspects of our music to be honest, the only consistent factor is the high level of spitting.
Guererro – Well for one, we don’t filter ourselves, almost a “take it or leave it”. We also hold ourselves to high standards, and try to make the best product possible…. That & Rellevance is the best producer you can ask for.
9. Where was your first show?
DHZA – Mine was at “The Space” in Hamden Ct. Shit was tight,I loved it, people showed a ton of love.
Cognition – My first performance was at toads place in New Haven. Expect more of a live face in 2015 from NAPALM though.
10. How does it feel getting up on stage in front of a live crowd?
DHZA – AMAZING. Nothing like it, but if u offer nothing as a performer that can change real quick.
Cognition – Invigorating and refreshing.
Guerrero – In my opinion its truly addictive.
11. Are there any obstacles whatsoever when it comes to the band?
Cognition – With Rellevance being in Minnesota at the moment we are forced to rebuild our studio, but it won’t be long before you’re seeing our sessions on our Instagram and Twitter.
DHZA – Only obstacles you have are ones you admit to.
Were working around anything that COULD be an obstacle.
Guererro – Money obviously & what we make isn’t what a lot of kids listen to “As of lately”, as DHZA would put it. ?
That, & Jay-Z won’t answer my emails.
12. How did you guys come up with the band name?
Guererro – After the breakup of the last group we were chilling listening to our old music and sessioning when we started discussing forming our own group. I randomly thought of the acronym NAPALM for New Age Peace And Light Movement. It was some spiritual shit how it happened because it came so fluently to me. After suggestions from DHZA (him being the one doing a TON of internet promo for us, shoutout) the “L” became interchangeable for Love, Light & Life, something I feel represents our vision for both society & humanity. I’ve always felt the name was unimportant compared to the Team I’m with, however. What we make defines us.
DHZA – … well… there ya go…
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