Interview w/ Captain Rock
by Jayquan of The Foundation
original source: http://www.thafoundation.com/captint.htm
Jayquan: Where are you from , and how did you get into Hip Hop?
Capt Rock: I am from Manhattan and I started as a Dj for Jeckyll & Hyde . I was called Dj Ronnie Green .
JQ : Did you ever release material with them as thier Dj ?
CR : No , the Aleems who owned NIA records had a concept for the Captain Rock character and they had auditions , and Jeckyll & Hyde took me to them .
JQ : Was Cosmic Glide your first record with NIA.
CR : Yes and it didnt do well at all….I think the Aleems lost faith a little after that first single .
JQ : The return of Captain Rock did better right ?
CR : Yes , not in New York but in the UK and down South it was huge .
JQ : Who did the writing on those songs ?
CR : Jeckyll & Hyde did all but Cosmic Blast – I wrote that one .
JQ : How about Future Shock…did that do well…it was hot here in VA.
CR : Yes it did very well especially in Philly…I remember getting in the car with the Aleems and driving all over the country with a trunk full of records .
JQ : I think your best joint was Cosmic Blast….it had Scratching , Beatboxing and the whole 9 . It was a lot slower than your other records .
CR : Yeah Dj Darryll D did the Scratching , and Richie Rich Beatboxed . I wrote that record in front of my projects in like 2 days . It was very big in New York….probably the slower tempo.
JQ : I didnt like the You Stink / House Of Rock single…
CR : That sucked….it was terrible….the Aleems were experimenting….it was like the downfall.
JQ : In 1986 you did Bongo Beats…that was hot….how did it do?
CR : Not well ..it wasnt promoted at all…by that time the Aleems thought that Capt Rock was over , and they were putting all the money into thier stuff with Leroy Burgess.
JQ : Who did you perform with during your career ?
CR : Man….Mick Jagger , Run DMC , LL Cool J , Chaka Khan , Rebbie Jackson , Whodini…..
JQ : What do you think of current rap ?
CR : I dont like all the cursing , and negativity ……we paved the way for the current rappers , and I dont like the subject matter . We use to go to the schools , hospitals , basketball tournaments……everywhere when we toured . I dont see that now. We respected what we were doing…….these guys are making a lot of money , but there is no respect.
JQ : Thanks for your time….
©Jayquan Dot Com 2001 As told to JayQuan 11/8/01
* Special thanks to Troy Smith *