Boombox Titans debuted with ďA Voice in the DesertĒ
which became an instant classic for head bobbers and had a high mileage on
the spins. After such a scorching freshman album, the disbandment of the
impressive Boombox Titans was not foreseen. Boombox Titanís talented and
multitasking (for he was Boombox Titanís engineer, producer, and emcee)
founder, Kid Sundance, gave Aphire an exclusive look into the break up of
the Titans and a glance into future.
How did the Boombox Titans all come
First off- I love my sister, she's tied with
my wife for my biggest fan, and I told her I would give her props in this
interview. So there you go Sarah! I love you. Anyways... the Titans. Well,
originally in early 2001, it started up with me and Cause-B at our church.
My Dad had a studio there where he let me make beats and record, and so me
and Cause-B got down and made the first album, "This Time". It was very
experimental, with me on the production and Cause-B on a few cuts singing
and junk. But he ended up having a thing where his wife felt like he was
spending too much time on music and not enough on her (sound familiar
musician wives?), and so he went ghost on me for like over a year. So then
it was just me, the Boombox Titan. I went to a very non-hip-hop church, and
so I never really wanted to do shows there, plus, since I had given my life
to God, I had developed stage fright. It was weird. I used to rap all the
time as a young druggie, but I guess I never really had to deal with
reality, and the vulnerability of being broken. So I went full internet on
the whole thing and that's where I discovered that there was all kinds of
dope hip hop for God that was out there. So late 2001, there ended up being
a hip hop show being booked at my church, and I finally said to myself, "no
way am I going to have a hip hop show in my church come through and me not
rock it." The crew performing was Elekt Poetz, consisting of Kwon 5966, Kruz,
Change the Rekindled One, Jocyph, Torch, and Phenom. They rocked it, I
rocked it- despite stage fright, and the church loved it. The spirit really
moved. After the show, we linked up and I showed them the studio and stuff,
and we exchanged numbers and took it from there. Elekt Poetz kind of self
destructed soon after as a crew, and so Jocyph and Torch linked up with me
and we did the Common Bonds EP, and then Phenom, and the Oracle joined up
for A Voice in the Desert LP.
What caused the Boombox Titans to
Burnout on my part mainly. I'm a workaholic
when it comes to music, and I think that this year it really got to me. I
know a lot of cats are thinking I straight P-Diddy'd the whole crew, but it
wasn't even like that. Basically, as the head of the crew, I had to wear a
lot of hats to get things popping how they popped for us, and I think
eventually it took its toll big-time. I was the main financer of the
operation, I was the booking agent half the time, I was the producer, I was
a main MC, and I engineered all the joints. That's a lot of hats for one
head. And while I was happy to do that for the first 2 years, I just felt
like my joy for doing this Boombox thing was slipping, and at the same time,
this lack of joy was eating away at my overall joy. I'm a married man, and
anyone who's in a quality marriage knows that you canít be walking around
all depressed and not have it affect your relationship. So basically I came
to a crossroads spiritually. Everyone around me that's close was saying that
I should break it off, and in my prayer time, I was hearing the same thing
from God. But I guess when you put so much of yourself into something, you
don't want to bail on it and so I fought the advice and the Holy Spirit for
like the past 8 months. Finally, a few weeks ago, I decided to give up and
do it and just to move on, in obedience as a man of God, and just as a man,
who HAS to put family before ministry.
What new ventures have the members
decided to do?
Torch has ventured into buying a Scion,
which as a vehicle matches his alien like nature. Jocyph has ventured into
attempting to have every possible movie known to man in the form of a
bootleg. Phenom and I call him Bootleg Bill. Phenom thinks he's buff, and
has a secret life that he don't tell us about that has him acting all macho
and flexing his chest while he tries to sell memberships at 24hr fitness...
No for real, Torch has been on fire for God and is moving up the ranks as a
teacher in his church, same with Phenom. They are both doing solo junk too.
Jocyph, he really is Bootleg Bill, but he's doing a solo album which is
about finished. His graf art is blowing up too, as he just hooked up with
Shameless clothing. The Oracle is a custodian. And... well, he's still
making music, but I believe he's preparing for a little proposal to his girl
in the near future, but donít tell her. Cause-B, is chilling out
photographing wild ducks, and collecting sweaters. Actually, Cause-B might
be a part of my new band.
Are any remaining members going to form a
Not that I know of, although before Boombox,
Phenom and Torch, who are high school buddies, had a crew called FOM (Fisherz
of Men). Jocyph joined that crew too. But anyone that knows Jocyph knows
that if you kick it with him long enough, he's going to be in your crew,
What was the last song Boombox Titans
recorded as a group?
We have 2 last songs coming out on different
mixtapes, actually. One is going to be on the Sphere of Hip Hop mixtape, and
it's called "New Day". Mad throwback status in the sound, and it knocks. The
other joint is coming out on my man DJ Form's (of Grits and Out of Eden
fame) mixtape called "On Deck". The song title is "Visionary Writers", and
this one is real nice too.
Personally, how do you feel about the
Boombox Titans disbanding?
Well, it's bittersweet; I mean when you put
so much into something, you kind of don't want to let it go. But at the
same time, when God calls you to do something, you get excited. Because God
doesn't break one thing down in your life and not bring something in that's
even greater, and because of that, I am truly excited at what's on the
horizon for me!
What the science behind the name Kid
Two sources- the first is from one of my
favorite flicks, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I always dug how the
Sundance Kid was just pure action, and not a lot of hype, and that's how I
strive to be creatively and business wise as well. The second is the Sun
Dance, a very important aspect of Native American culture that showed the
connection between the cycles of life. Regeneration. When one thing dies, a
new thing is born. And that's kind of where I'm at as a Christian HHH Head
in the year 2004-2005. A new thing is being born in me.
How did you start rapping and who was
In 1992, my high school buddies Sage,
Franklin and Alan and I, and a few others all just started doing it. We used
to freestyle as much as possible, and then Alan got tables and we started
making freestyle tapes every week. I was 15, and I pretty much sucked until
I got to be about 20, and then things started clicking. That was around the
time we got going a thing in San Diego with my man Disco Rick, and the TV
Crew, 9mm, and MFI crews, and young Unite One, and a few other SD cats
called LOTL, or Land of the Lost. It started small, but by late 94, it was a
pretty well known freestyle spot. I was the second cat to ever rhyme there
with my old school name Super Golaktic, and I was never like the best or
anything, but I consistently dropped styles on em, and occasionally caught
Now about your solo career, is there
anything coming up?
Yes. I am going to be venturing into
production pretty heavy, and plan on using my newfound free time to work
with a variety of artists that I find interesting, or that I admire. On
deck, I have tracks out to Change the Rekindled One out of Michigan, YSG-Timothy
(already recorded and good to go), another track and guest spot for Obstacle
and Kaboose's upcoming project, one for my other crew Hyborian Warriors
(Man of War, Absent, Sintax, Syllabusta, Treyquel, etc...), my man 2Five
will be rocking some Sun Deezy flavor, AND... I got tracks submitted to
Playdough, Freddie B, Listener, KJ-52, Japhia Life, and some remixes for
Beatmart, and finally, some top secret junk that you'll just have to find
out when it pops! Whether any of things are solid is another question, haha,
word to the industry we live in, but I just try and work with different
people, and if they feeling the Sundance production vibe, cool. Mainly I
want to balance being artistic with getting my name out there, production
wise. Artist wise I am doing some type of solo album I know that...
How will your solo album differ from the
Boombox Titans album?
It might be way different, I just have to
see. Iím taking it really easy this summer, and just unwinding from all the
stress, and by then we'll see. I still want to get out there MC wise, and
really talk about some unity junk. Really address the rift that's happening
between the underground scene and the gospel scene, talk about racism, talk
about separatism, and biter-isms and haterisms... But musically, I also
wouldn't mind putting together a soul band that just worships over these
really freaky rare groove sounding instrumentals...everything real vintage
sounding and true sounding, with much new drum breaks to offer up to the
samplers...we need some new breaks.
Any favorite songs foreseen on your solo
Yes, I got one that's coming out on Illect's
new mixtape, available at illect.com, called "The Book of Us". It's about a
profound event in my life earlier this year where in one weekend we lost our
unborn child, and I lost my grandfather to cancer. It's a deep song about
how through all the pain, our marriage became stronger than ever, and this
song celebrates my love for my wife, La Vonda, who's been with me through
the best of times and the worst of times, and has been my strength in so
many different eras, it's not even funny.
What can we expect from Kid Sundance in
You can of course pick up our album at
www.jydist.com and you can also get our
guest spots on Kaboose's album, Incorporated Elements mixtape "On Deck", the
Sphere of Hip Hop mixtape, and the Illect mixtape, which will have my first
solo joint. In the future and present, I have also been I'll be doing some
ill production, some collabs with YSG, working with Elias on some junk, and
mainly just doing what it's all really about: Making dope music for Christ.
Thanks for letting me have a voice family, PEACE.
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