We have another exclusive music video premiere. This time, it’s from Strange Music’s Michigan signee Prozak, who is gearing up for the release of his third official LP, titled Paranormal, set to drop April 24th.
The video is for the Tech N9ne-assisted album cut, “Enemy,” a rock-infused anthem about seeing the haters and dubbing them his enemies. It begins with a muffled version of the song playing in the background, as the gates to Strange Music’s Kansas City headquarters opens, and lets you into their world.
Below is a short Q&A with Prozak about what the track is all about, how Tech N9ne’s contribution came about, the music video, Strange Music’s current Hostile Takeover tour, and of course, his album.
Tell us what the song “Enemy” is about and where the inspiration for the song comes from?
The song “Enemy” is a retaliatory expression to our opposition. If the shoe fits… they gotta wear it. Once in a while, I find it necessary to speak out to those few who wanna hate on this movement. When I was writing this song, I knew Tech N9ne had to be on this one. When you make the kind of moves we make — do the amount of shows we do — some cats are gonna get in their feelings, thus “Enemy” was born.
How did Tech come to spit a verse on this track?
I reached out to Tech and asked if he’d like to spit some venom on this anthem, he was like, “Let’s Go!” Knowing Tech’s music and history, I felt he’d be the perfect counter part for this track.
What was it like working with Tech N9ne in the song? Was it a collaborative effort, did you just send the beat to work on or did he join you in the studio?
Tech N9ne was in L.A. at the time, working with the DOORS, so he hit a studio in California to drop the verse. It was at the very end of the album, so for time sake, it had to be done that way. As far as what it’s like working with him, I’ve done it for almost ten years. It’s always an incredibly creative process. Tech comes into a studio on a mission, he hits the booth off top and murders the verses of the bat.
Tell us a bit about the Enemy video. Who came up with the concept? The video has a definite rock look and feel to the video and it’s definately not your typical live performance video.
I came up with the video concept, as well as directed the video. I figured it matched the energy and intensity of the music and the lyrics. As far as the rock side of it, that is something that I always bring to the table. Rock/metal are a big part of my musical influences, just as much as rap and hip-hop. When I released my last record, “Tales from The Sick”, I remember The Source magazine embracing the heavy style, even giving me 3.5 mics. Bottom line, rock infused hip-hop will never die.
Give readers some insight into the Hostile Takeover Tour and how it’s been so far? Any crazy moments you can share with us?
It’s been sold out shows, huge autograph signings, well organized and strategic production. Strange Music went all out with the fleet of tour busses, huge stage sets, and the lighting. It’s crazy. I was on the Hostile Takeover Tour in 2004 and to see the evolution first hand is jaw dropping. Were making History out here, longest tour in hip-hop EVER!
Give us your best pitch for why fans should pick-up your new album, Paranormal, on April 24th?
If you are into lyrics, then this album is for you. If you want an album that won’t be dated in five years, this album is for you. Incredible production, infusion of raw hip-hop and heavy guitar riffs. There is story-telling, politics, rage, sorrow, hope.. It’s all in here along so much more.
For more info on Prozak, visit Strange Music’s official website at StrangeMusicInc.com.