Q&A

Writer's Guild: Don't Call Mr. Miranda, MC Pennywise, Mega Ran and RoQ'y TyRaiD a "Supergroup"

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"Armed," production by Lifted of New F-Os/G.O.O.D. Music

You talk about unity as a theme for tonight's show. Why is that important to the Arizona hip-hop community? Why has there been separation or segregation in the music community up until now?

Miranda: This show can only benefit the community by eliminating the egos and producing more of a teamwork state of mind.

MC Pennywise: Arizona hip-hop has a lot of sub genres. This show brings them all together on one stage.

RoQ'y TyRaiD: The Phoenician scene is notoriously segregated into about three different microcosms: the "top 40 hip-hop" scene, the "underground hip-hop scene," and the "backpacker anti-conformist scene" [laughs] . The common trait all three scenes share is a thirst for being the ones to bring national attention to Arizona. Since all members of Writer's Guild move throughout the different Phoenix scenes, we thought it would be a good idea to bring together all pieces of the puzzle -- show each other that we are separate but equal.

Mega Ran: Yeah, something for everybody. Separation isn't something that people try to do, it just happens over time. We just wanna shake things up a bit. We remember the Willy Northpole New Times article and the storm that started, but it raised a great point: For so many years in Arizona hip-hop, its been "this or that," "them or us." Why can't we all work together? So we wanted "The Hustle" to represent a little of this, and a little of that.

When you talk about diversity in the hip-hop scene, how is that manifested in tonight's line-up? Miranda: In tonight's line up, we have six acts with all different styles, but all represent hip hop in their own form so that is where the connection is. Each act has something new to bring to the show, therefore that is a true symbol of diversity.

RoQ'y TyRaiD: We did our best to reach out to as many people who we feel represent every aspect of the Phoenix scene. We have some of the best, brightest, buzzworthy, and respected artists from each realm. Not only are all these artists stage-tested, but each one has collaborated or associates with a great deal of their scene for us to say they "represent" that piece of the puzzle. Everyone has a voice!

Mega Rap: You'll hear hip-hop from all perspectives: the underground, the streets, the clubs. Hip-hop is universal, so I think shows should reflect that. So many different viewpoints, styles, backgrounds, all in one building. You can get all that for an affordable price. Come on son, best deal in town, hands down.

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