E.T. So you where originally Espee One of Bully Mouth. What made you go with Daniel Joseph
E.T. In 2009 you released your debut album "Pretty/Ugly". Can you tell us a little bit about how you came up with the title?
JOSEPH Pretty/Ugly was an interesting project. I started recording it in late 2006 with the intention of making it half hardcore hip hop, and the other half more down to earth content. After wanting to do too much at once I kind of lost control and it turned into a compilation of songs that I loved (of course). I'm proud of it. It's something I can look back on, and take from.
The only other feature I had was my homeboy Syah. A lot of people asked me why I only had one feature on there as far as other emcees, and there's a reason for it. Mostly because I think this kid Syah is one of the illest writers I've ever heard. It's very unconventional, and it provokes so much thought at the same time. I thought this kid needed to be heard by like minded people, and be appreciated, so we were in the studio working and "Moonlight" came about. It felt a little more sincere like that. I didn't want to go out and grab the next big artist just for sales and radio spins, or grab a bunch of rapper's I know just because. That shit is wack, and for people with no confidence in the longevity of their own art. As for me, I'm confident enough to know that all of the music I've made, and I'm making will be heard and appreciated by the ears it was meant for.
The song "Off Course" on Pretty/Ugly was my subtle "Fuck You" to the industry.
E.T. I'm always telling people how I feel about supporting independent artists and real hip-hop. I sometimes fear that one day Ill wake up and there wont be any of that raw music out there for me to listen to. What do you think is different about hip-hop today?
JOSEPH I think that pure essence of hip hop is always going to be there. I mean, it's been a long time since Puff put on the Shiny Suit, and we can still find quality music anywhere.
It's music, some of us take it too serious, and some of us see the potential in a certain sound.
Whether it's real or not it's always going to be there. We just have to look for it.
E.T. Nice, so what's the next move for Daniel Joseph?
producers out there you'd like to work with?
JOSEPH Yeah man! I'm an EL-P fan. I've met him a couple of times, and I definitely got mad quiet, star struck, and didn't know what to say to him, but I'm really hoping I can get production from him. He's supported us since day one, which I'm still in awe about. We always joke with Len about doing another Company Flow album and just putting us (Bully Mouth) on songs. It'll happen, I'm sure of it.
Black Milk is my favorite producer right now, and has put out to of my favorite albums in the past couple of years. I've talked to people and tried to get in contact with someone who could get me a beat from him, but it's still doubtful right now, ha!
E.T. If you had the opportunity to speak to the hip-hop community, and actually be heard... what would you say?
JOSEPH If I could be heard on a larger scale, I'd probably be marked for death by a lot of things I really want to expose. On a brighter note, I'd definitely let the kids know that hip hop is an actual form of music along with a culture that takes itself very serious, and protects itself. We're a universe within. Be proud to make this music if it's something you wish to do. Have fun, but also have a message.