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” Boxcutter Brothers Connect “

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Even though AYATOLLAH & I have a instrumental project dropping tomorrow (BOX CUTTER BROTHERS) I wanted to ask him questions about certain things in his illustrious career that led up to this point in time (Granted I already knew SOME of the answers, but I felt that the BATTLEFIELD readers would enjoy the responses as well)…

I wanted to ask about the gold plaques, the drive, the accolades, the ups and downs, the determination, and the mindset that it took for him to get where he is at in the world of beats…..Please make no mistake, AYATOLLAH is far from a slept-on producer…His name rings bells worldwide due to the tremendous amount of work he has put in for the last twenty years….

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As a protege of the great MARLEY MARL, AYATOLLAH has truly created his own lane in the world of Hip Hop production….So walk with us as we drop heavy conversation….

1.HHB- What inspired you to start making beats?

I used to listen to the radio on Friday’s and Saturdays in Queens NYC as a teenager..I was engulfed in Hip Hop culture, not just the music, the culture..When I could afford equipment, turntables, drum machines, records, I began making beats..

My everyday surroundings inspired me to make the music…

2.HHB- What was your first commercial release, and what type of equipment did you use?….

First commercial release was the “Ms.Fat Booty” release with MOS DEF….I used the Akai MPC60 2 drum machine…

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3.HHB- I have read that Marley Marl gave you your first sampler,what production techniques did you learn from him?…

MARLEY MARL gave me the SP12 Drum machine to make beats..It was the same sampler he used to make the beat “The Bridge” for MC SHAN. I wasn’t able to master it, I gave it back to him and he provided me with aa Akai MPC 60 2 sampler and the rest is musical history….

4.HHB- What was it like growing up in queens in the 70’s and 80’s?

QUEENS NYC in the 70’s & 80’s was very gritty but at the very same time beautiful..Hard working people, crime, creativity, and a lot of soul…I grew up on 145 Rockaway Blvd, 5 blocks away from Baisley Park, South Ozone.I enjoyed every moment there…

5.HHB- That Iron Sheik record with TRAGEDY and IMAM THUG was incredible….What was the vibe like in the lab for those sessions?

The vibe in the studio was chill at first..Not many people in the recording studio with us..TRAG & IMAM brought a couple of friends with them..I went by myself on the train, me and the drum machine..

Once I plugged in the sampler and began to play beats the studio vibe got intense..TRAG & IMAM began to write to the beat..A lot of lyrical and musical intensity that evening..

6.HHB- You have a impressive CATALOGUE with many placements on top notch albums, but many people do not know that you rhyme as well….Can we expect to hear more Tollahmania on the mic in the future….

I began writing to my beats about 2 years ago…After working with so many stellar artist I began to think to myself, that I have my own story to tell..I remember letting LARGE PRO hear a song I had recorded called “TOLLAHMANIA”..

He told me it reminded him of NAS in 1994 and went on to say he “enjoyed it and wanted to hear more”…I took it as a compliment and a ego boost for me to continue with the writing process…

7.HHB- Are there still plans to release a Thug Angelz record with Shabazz& Hell Razah?

Unfortunately there are no plans to release an album..Creative differences, and politics.

8.HHB- You were close with the late great KILLA SHA, what type of dude was Sha?

I met KILLA SHA through TRAG…Every studio session I did with TRAG, SHA was right there..Bad weather, lack of money, and even when he was sick he would come to the studio and record..Always laid an epic verse…

I admired him and he admired me as well..His drive was uncanny, and he was a no holds barred type of person..He was a short dude, but I seen him back down individuals 6 foot and better..KILLA SHA, but I knew him as PRINCE A.D.

9.HHB- When it comes to beats, do you lay your drums down first, or do you map out your samples first?

For me drums first, samples second…

10.HHB- What other producers are you feeling at the moment?


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11.HHB- If there were 3 things you could change about the music industry, what would they be?

Ego, ego,and ego…..

12.HHB- Out of all the instrumental joints you put out, which is your favorite and why ?

The “Wendee album”..I dove into different musical chambers, parameters, time signatures, offsets and emotion..Just a very well rounded album…

13.HHB- What advice do you have for young producers trying to get their name heard?

God..Belief in yourself…Master your craft…

14.HHB- What is the BOXCUTTER BROTHERS shit all about, and please tell the people why we linked up for this release…

The BOXCUTTER BROTHERS is about musical precision and musical discipline..You and I linked to put our vision out to the masses, be creative and express ourselves..We both want to leave a legacy for our family, friends, and fans who enjoy what we do..

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The BOX CUTTER BROTHERS is currently available over at VENDETTA VINYL…If your in the mood to hear an array of sample based, original, provocative chop work – get your copy now before they disappear…..Big up to the 5 star general MF GRIMM for connecting two “real live” Hip Hop dudes..


5 responses

  1. Ayatollah


    April 14, 2015 at 6:38 AM

  2. alter

    big ups to drasar monumental and ayatollah true hip hop heads when i get a little extra bank ill support nuff raspect from massachusetts

    April 16, 2015 at 7:57 PM

  3. Toast

    Is this on CD or wax?

    April 17, 2015 at 6:03 PM


    Peace to Draser & Ayatollah, 2 of the illest producers we know. Bless, WIDWOMAKER

    May 19, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    • SAY WORD-

      I didn’t forget about you famo….That shit will get rocked at some point in the near future…

      Big up-

      May 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

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