Inspectah Deck..protecting His Neck ( interview

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why is he famous?

As a member of the influential Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck has made a name for himself thanks to his work with Gang Starr and Tupac. With the release of his latest album, The Movement, Inspectah is sure to discover big-time fame... again.

quick bio

Few albums reshaped an industry the way that Wu-Tang Clans Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) did in 1993. Staten Islands favorite sons had just dropped "Protect Ya Neck" when people noticed the groups distinctive sound, which ultimately shook the foundations of hip-hop and served as the basis for the East Coast sound that had yet to become popular (incidentally, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg had released albums at around the same time, which influenced the West Coast hip-hop sound).

With killer lyrics, embedded symbolism, heavy imagery, and contagious hooks, the Clan was firing on all cylinders, riding the RZAs flawless production. The group went on to subsequently release Wu-Tang Forever, The W and Iron Flag. But it was the members solo efforts in the interim that ensured that the Wu-Tang Clans audience would keep on growing.

Outside of Wu-Tang, Inspectah Deck has appeared with Gang Starr, Big Punisher, Tupac, and other rap artists. With the release of The Movement around the corner, we sat down with Inspectah (aka Inspectah Deck, aka Fifth Brother, aka Rollie Finger) and talked shop.

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Q: Should I call you Inspectah, Deck, or Inspectah Deck?

You can call me Deck.

Q: What have you been up to?

Ive had to settle some issues and work some stuff out with my contract... that took some time, but I am free now and am ready to launch my album, its called The Movement and should be out June 10th, 2003.

Q: Some of the other guys from Wu-Tang have been in films, is that something you wish to pursue in the future?

No, not really, at least not the way they did it. I might be more interested in, say, writing the film as well, or only writing the screenplay and getting others to act in it, you know?

Q: Totally. More power to you. Every time you guys do anything, its compared to the 36 Chambers album. Does that upset you or does it motivate you?

Its part of the game. I mean, an author has to live up to previous books, same thing with a filmmaker. It does not make much difference to me. Were proud of that album, as we are proud of new albums. There are a lot of different styles in rap and that album defined a new sound, and now, even to this day, you see people trying to borrow from that style. Funny thing was that people took some of our songs and viewed us as a gang or something. We were more interested in the martial arts style... but the gang angle got played up more.

¿ Quick fact ?
The Wu-Tang Clan was musically inspired by the Juice Crew (Marley Marl, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap, Roxanne Shante), while their name came from a mythical kung fu sword used by an invincible group of warriors.

Q: You mean you were not actually a gang? The Staten Island Boys... I mean you did cast yourselves as gang members, didnt you?

Oh yeah.

Q: After 36 Chambers, you released Wu-Tang Forever, an album that some would argue was even better... the only thing was, it was a double album, so there was a lot of filler. Did you ever consider going with one album, packed with nothing but the best tracks?

Well, keep in mind that you have nine minds sitting at the table, so when we got everyones two cents, it made more sense to pack the album with more tracks and go for a double.

Q: Nine minds and nine mouths... a double album is easier to split up as well (laughs)! What were the dynamics like when one of you put out a solo album?

It was all good. I mean, we would release a band album, come back with solo work, and showcase another guy, who in turn had an album coming out afterward. It made for a real good marketing strategy too. But overall, we were getting the word out on the Wu, so that was all good...

Q: Your lyrics are usually pretty intelligent, where do you get your inspiration?

Really, it was more a matter of what was not around in rap; we tried to fill the hole.

Q: Youve said that your DVD is a day-to-day type of thing; what is your daily life like?

Man, it is all about being in the studio, the mess with the contract, the touring, the recording... I mean there is a lot of cool stuff in [the DVD]... check it out.

Q: Big question on everyones mind: What is up with Wu-Tang Clan?

Expect an album later this year.

Q: Were looking forward to it Deck. Thanks for your time, keep on moving...

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