The talented crew of Imported Goodz joins us for this interview on Respect Due.
RD: How did Imported Goodz form together ?
IG: Imported Goodz came together from childhood friendships in South Florida, years of basketball, a love for music, and making beats. [Broken Rhythm]
RD: The first release had some amazing quality and unique details. Can you tell us about the concept for that debut release? Were there any issues with the production of that product?
IG: Thank you for the kind words on the first release. The title for Untitled Drums was inspired by Kendrick Lamars Untitled album. We didn’t have any song titles so it was fitting to just call them Untitled Drums. Conway calls his verses drums so we put the two together and it had a nice ring to it. As far as the music concept the goal was just to make sure that every second counted. All killer no filler. They say you have your whole lifetime to make your first album. I believe that to be true. Most of those beats are over 10 years old. Anytime you start something new it’s inevitable that there will be issues and this project was no exception. One major issue was we dealt with a clown engineer initially for the project who was recommended by a friend of mine. Long story short his mixes were subpar and he lacked professionalism. Sold his soul for a dollar. Jokes on him we’re on RDR blog now yuh feel me! Ha! [FN-2188]
RD: How do you divide the tasks of running Imported Goodz among the group? Who takes care of what to help drops go smoothly?
IG: Let me preface this that there is no one leader in the group. We all have say and input. As far as executive producing goes I for the most part take on that role and divide up the assignments to our strengths. We all make the beats. Broken Rhythm aka Dustin Mounce handles all the artwork for our albums. Broken Rhythm and Wayne Gordon handle all the mixing now. I handle all the social media and customer service for our merchandise. Mike Lima is head of security. [FN-2188]
RD: Was there any difference in the creative process between the 2 projects released on Imported Goodz?
IG: The first release was basically FN-2188 poking his head out of the back door yelling “Supper’s ready!” to the rest of the group. Everyone always talks about what could be or let’s do this one day, but FN-2188 brought it to life. Seeing his grind throughout it, and holding the actual product in our hands is what put the battery in our backs for the second project. Our creative process was the same, but the drive was definitely stronger on the second one. [Broken Rhythm]
RD: What can you share about working with Daniel Son on your latest project Killing Clouds?
IG: Working with Daniel Son I can share with you that he is a professional and he murks every beat. [FN-2188]
RD: RDR has a life long love for the Miami Hurricanes. I was shocked to hear the Sean Taylor clips with the photo images of Daniel Son throwing up the U. Who’s idea was it to add these amazing touches to this project. What was the creative inspiration behind that?
IG: A few of us are from Miami, but even just growing up in South Florida the Canes were huge in the 80’s. After finding out Daniel Son was a fan, we had to find some way to tie him visually to Miami. We had limited pics to choose from, but managed to find one with him throwing the “U” up. We thought it was dope with Daniel Son being from so far away to have love for UM football, which is so close to many of us. [Broken Rhythm]
RD: The artist for the cover is very talented could you share with us the concept idea behind the projects art?
IG: The art was created by Dusitn Mounce (aka Broken Rhythm), which was centered around the title “Killing Clouds”. Killing clouds is a dope way to describe shooting a firearm in the air, but it also describes how we’d like to rise in this game. On the cover Daniel Son’s eyes are pupil-less to show a tunnel vision like trance. His lower jacket includes a silhouette of the Toronto skyline. The black line style allows colorful layers to be built and not compromise Daniel Son as a focal point. I went with a purple and neon green combo because I love using loud colors when I can. [Broken Rhythm]
RD: What do you look forward to for the future of Imported Goodz?
IG: We want to quit our jobs to make music with artists that feel our shit. [Broken Rhythm]
Constant quality music and we wanna be on Rap Snacks. [FN-2188]
So many dope projects lined up for the future that we had an amazing time putting together. Right now, we’re not at the liberty to announce, but trust the people will be treated right as always. We’ve also finally opened up the channels of selling beats after much demand. It’s been a dope experience being able to connect and supply people with them Imported Goodz. We’re really excited to hear what people cook up over our music. To future connections never hesitate to hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org [Wayne Gordon]
RD: Do you have any Shout Outs ?
IG: Shout Out to Old Spice Wolfthorn deodorant for lasting all day and anyone who supports our path. [Broken Rhythm]
Shout out to all the supporters of Imported Goodz. Shout out to Johnny Dang for creating the biggest chain in the game for me. A custom Imported Goodz piece comprised of 18 carat yellow and white gold and 3800 genuine round cut white diamonds. When I first laid eyes on this piece I had to rub the side of my face like Ace when he saw the gold bbs’. Also I wanna speak into existence Eli Porter – Imported Goodz coming one day. [FN-2188]
Simple – to all the people that supports us. Being able to make the music that we love and inspire an emotion in someone will never be overlooked. Don’t believe the hype, making that human connection weighs more than anything and with that said… shout out to the people! [Wayne Gordon]
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