Sometimes I forget how much time flies. I did this interview with Cormega sometime around late Summer of 2001, and it ran in Elemental Magazine shortly thereafter… maybe Dec ’01 or January ’02…
I don’t know about you, but I sure do miss Elemental! They offered some of the BEST coverage of independent artists (then dubbed only “underground”) and gave shine to a lot of rappers who couldn’t get love in the other mags.
Fortunately, Elemental was gracious with me posting articles I wrote for them on the net once the issues published, because I’m able to pull up so many without having to scan in the magazines. Lazy, I know. Shouts to sites like DaveyD.com, HipHopGame.com, AfricasGateway.com, RapStation.com and so many others who took my articles, even non-exclusive, and shared the love!
But back to Cormega. At the time I did this interview, he was fully on his own. No publicist, no real team… just him and Landspeed Records. Through hearing his words (mostly frustrated), I gathered that he had a lot more to share, and that dwelling on this Def Jam mess (they were holding on to The Testament) was just going to stress him out. I introduced him to Jackie O. Asare (4SightMedia.com), who is his publicist to this very day.
He’s also still one of my dearest friends, and I’m thankful that two people from such different worlds could talk on the phone for 40 minutes or so and realize a lifetime connection.
Without further ado, here is the interview: