L.E.G.A.C.Y. conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  

The Life of a Rock Star: L.E.G.A.C.Y. Interview

May 2005

MVRemix.com presents to you the second half in our series of Justus League interviews. This week's spotlight features L.E.G.A.C.Y., one of the most respected lyricist from the JL crew. In 2001, Legacy was introduced to the Justus League, as he worked his regular day job with 9th Wonder. However, 9th was not aware that Legacy rhymed, and Legacy had no clue that 9th produced. It wasn't until Legacy was introduced to 9th by Mike Berv that the two really started to click as artists. And as they say, from there the rest is history. Legacy's debut album Project Mayhem is set to drop this month, and features production from 9th Wonder and Khrysis.

MVRemix: What was it like growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina?

Legacy: It was wild to say the least. [laughs]

MVRemix: In your bio it states you were on the brink of living your life as a stick up kid. Tell us about that?

L.E.G.A.C.Y. Interview"I was about 8 years old when I wrote my 1st rhyme, a blatant rip off of what was popping then, which was Run-DMC. My brother clowned me and I pretty much gave it up for like 6 years after that." Legacy: Actually I was "branded" that, and I still to this day don't know who wrote that. [laughs] I've done some terrible shit in life, but I wouldn't say I was a stickup kid. Have people been stuck up? Well yeah, but shit that wasn't my forte at all. I'll leave it at that because I'm smarter then your average bear!

MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?

Legacy: Probably something my brother put me on to in the early 80's, no doubt!

MVRemix: Is there one album you constantly listened to growing up?

Legacy: No, that was a better time for music period, with Hip Hop, Rock, and R&B. Whatever it was, I couldn't limit myself to one album.

MVRemix: How did you first get into rhyming?

Legacy: I was about 8 years old when I wrote my 1st rhyme, a blatant rip off of what was popping then, which was Run-DMC. My brother clowned me and I pretty much gave it up for like 6 years after that.

MVRemix: How did you start to make a name for yourself in this game?

Legacy: Little talent shows, little tapes, battles whatever was there. Anytime I could kick raps in front of somebody I would do it!

MVRemix: How did you link up and join the Justus League?

Legacy: In 2001, JL member Mike Berv got a hold of a CD that I was selling at the time, in turn he brought the CD back to me like the next day and was like "yeah I'm feeling the rhymes but the beats? He took me to 9th Wonder, who I knew already from the "regular job" we had at the time. I didn't know he had beats though, he didn't know I had the rhymes. [laughs] He was the dude at work that had the funny Big Daddy Kane story, that's how I remembered him. Berv took me to where they were at not long after that and honestly I wasn't impressed the first day I met up with them. I didn't even rap for them that day. It was about a week later I recorded my first of many songs with 9th, "Shine" which was supposed to be on his Dream Merchant Volume 1 album. But somehow the song came up missing in the process, but I performed it at a show that week. I guess these dudes fucked with me, cause they asked me in not long after that. I looked at it as free studio time; I had no idea it would turn into some bigger shit. I developed a lot of love and loyalty for them dudes since then.

MVRemix: For those who haven't heard your music, how would you describe your style or sound?

Legacy: I'm a lyricist first and foremost so, if you listen to the words of a song I'll come through in the clutch for you, it just so happens I'm backed by top-notch production!

MVRemix: Brother and the Justus League's rise to fame has been pretty amazing. Just looking back at how fast Little Brother and 9th Wonder blew up, I can't remember an underground act rising so fast in such a short time. So when LB and 9th were making all of those waves, what did you two think? Were you shocked or surprised?

Legacy: Me personally, I was on the outside looking in. I found out about shit the same time fans did, with the websites or a magazines. Matter of fact, that's how I still get LB info, that's just how it is I grew content with that. I look at it like, make it happen and I'll meet you up there somewhere. LB were the first people to show me that hard work and talent really can turn into something.

MVRemix: Moving onto your debut album Project Mayhem, what can fans expect out of it?

Legacy: A whole album! Not the five to six good songs "usual" Hip-Hop/Rap albums consist of these days. It's pretty consistent and covers a lot of ground. It is dark at times; I'll give you that. [laughs] But it's solid indeed!

MVRemix: What was your mindset going into this album?

Legacy: All I knew was that I was gonna show people I could write. I didn't get caught up in any trends, or what was going on at the time. I just recorded a lot of songs. [laughs] Some made it, however, most didn't.

MVRemix: What types of concepts, songs, and issues are you dealing with on the album?

Legacy: Pretty much all aspects, both sides of the spectrum was what the album was based on; a "Two-Sided Coin" if you will. Where there is good there is bad, when there is dark there is light, etc.

MVRemix: Any guest appearances on the album?

Legacy: Yeah, lyrically, I don't respect a lot of emcees, so I stuck to the basics. I've got Phonte from Little Brother on a joint. I respect him because he's talented as fuck, and he's off a little bit so I can relate to him. [laughs] I've got Chaundon, Median, and Joe Scudda on one joint, which ended up being the 1st single "I'm A Star". And there was actually more guest appearances slated and recorded, but some did not happen. I felt like if something's gonna go wrong, I wanted it to be my fault. On some hook type shit I got Percy Miracles and Keisha Shontell who are both fucking amazing to me!

MVRemix: Who is doing the production?

Legacy: 9th Wonder did 11 joints, the "next guy" Khrysis did like 5 to 6 straight heaters!

MVRemix: While 9th Wonder has received a lot of praise for his production, one big complaint from some fans and critics is his drum pattern, which many feel is the same on every track. Any thoughts on that?

Legacy: That's all water under the bridge now, anybody that said that early on was jumping the gun. And I know for a fact, and I'm not bias at all. He's got some shit in the stash that will fuck the whole game up. At any job or occupation you do, you wanna get better at it; what a lot of hate filled individuals don't realize is that he's getting better with time, as is my whole team!

MVRemix: Do you have a specific career goal you are shooting for, or tying to obtain?

Legacy: I wanna be in charge of something, and I want my "own thing". I'm not trying to rhyme much longer honestly; it's just too much hassle that goes along with it. I'm trying to build my own team sooner or sooner and keep it moving.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?

Legacy: Guest appearances, mixtapes, compilations the whole nine yards. But the real shit I wanna get into is acting and things of that nature.

MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs, or plugs?

Legacy: Shouts out to the whole Hall of Justus tribe the new best shit out!!! Big Dho the "Head Honcho", LB, 9th, The Away Team (Sean Boog and Khrysis), Joe Scudda, DJ Flash, Chaundon, Dame behind the scenes, Maya Jackson AKA Rudy Luv you. [laughs] Um, my non-music people holding me down in the struggle you know I got you, all my street niggas stay safe, all my people locked up right now I got you!

National Mayhem is May 17th - "Project Mayhem", The Away Team "National Anthem". Check for anything with the letters H. O. J. involved.

I'm on target right now and I am the only one that can stop me, know that!

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