Today we are here to kick it with one of the most consistent artists in the game, El Da Sensei, who is also known for being one-third of the legendary Artifacts crew hailing out of Newark, New Jersey. For those who don’t know, El is a graffiti enthusiast, a Ralph Lauren addict, a well seasoned traveler, and a true performer on the mic known for his classic work with his partners Tame One and DJ Kaos. The Artifacts, also known as The Brick City Kids, released their debut album Between a Rock and a Hard Place in 1994. Coming out of the gate swinging with their leadoff singles “Wrong Side of da Track” and “C’mon Wit da Git Down”, followed by “The Ultimate” off the That’s Them album in 1997. Their albums were well received by b-boys and graffiti heads worldwide, as they are heavily themed around elements of the hip hop culture. With production by heavyweights Buckwild of the DITC and T-Ray of the Soul Assassins crew, it’s apparent why we all gravitated towards them jazzy samples, filtered basslines, and hard-hitting 90’s hip hop drums. Artifacts is, without a doubt, boom bap at its finest!
For El Da Sensei’s latest project, he connected with European producer Chillow from Belgium, in which together they form Sensei ‘n Chillow. This particular combination creates that nostaligic boom bap sound we all love and yearn for. El’s sharp unique vocals and lyrical, yet witty bars, mesh well with Chillow’s production. Their international collaboration album, We Bring It Live, features emcees Reap, M-Dot, El Gant, John Robinson, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Jeffrey Jefferson, DJ Grazzhoppa, DJ SNS and DJ Iron. And is now available on all digital platforms, as well as vinyl and CD through Fat Beats.
So without further ado, we bring you this interview with a special twist — by putting your ears to it [Press Play].
How did you and Chillow meet and connect to do this project?
Where did y’all do most of the recording?
How did the features come together for this project?
What was the process for picking beats?
Where did y’all shoot the visual for the first single?
Any plans for a new Artifacts album?
What are your next solo plans?
Any plans for a tour?
Where can we go to find the new album?
Who’s your Top 5 of all time in no particular order?
If you could you pick anyone, who would you love to work with?
Who are you listening to these days?
It is truly an honor to be able to interview another hip hop legend of our era — El Da Sensei. All of us over at Weekly Rap Gods would like to sincerely thank you for your time, insight, and most importantly, your contributions to the culture.