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Catch Wreck Interview with Spare Change News

Catch Wreck sits down with Kevin Emile of Spare Change News to talk about his career in hip-hop, how he wound up where he is, what its like working with a band and what to expect down the road.


Bohemian Beats: SCN Chops It Up with Boston’s Avant-Garde Hip Hop Artist, Catch Wreck

Q. Where in Boston are you currently residing?
A. Roxbury, MA

Q. How would you compare Boston to other cities you’ve been in or know about?
A. Boston has a very unique mind state I would say. The people are disconnected, their living in their own zone. The people don’t really travel outside of their own comfort zone. I think it’s racially divided and unequal. I think there are a lot of issues with racism that don’t get addressed properly. On the other hand there are many cities that have a pattern of racial profiling or a pattern of police brutality, but here in Boston I think it’s unique that we have the longest history of it given that we have the first police department in the nation and the primary function of it was to catch slaves and return them to their slave owners whether they were free or not. So we have the longest history of racial profiling and also inspired police departments across America.

Q. How would you explain Boston’s Hip-Hop scene currently?
A. Number one as a Hip-Hop scene I feel we should focus more on controlling our own things. Whether its a media source, an outlet to distribute music or promotions I feel we should have more control of our music and how we handle it. But we have a great Hip-Hop scene in terms of the talent, I think it’s unfortunate that some of the best artists receive the least attention and the less talented ones get the fill of it. But we definitely have a great diverse group of talented people here and whether or not they receive the recognition they deserve I think it’s great that we have that.

Q. how do you rise above the stereotype of being labeled just another Boston rapper?
A. I do way more than just Rap, that’s how I rise above that. In my free time I work with a lot of different kinds of grass roots organizing for the community. I work with teens during the day; I try to be a mentor or an older brother to the youth. So I have a lot more going on than just being a rapper. Even musically I do more than that. I’m also part of a Rock Band called Sweatshop because I enjoy expanding my craft and taking part of fun opportunities like that. I just rise above the overall stereotype that as a rapper all I do is just Rap. Even in my music, I don’t objectify woman, I don’t promote negativity, which some think Rap is all about, I avoid talking about those subjects and only paint the most realistic picture of life for the listener.

Q. How do you go about creating music to give to your fans?
A. It’s almost selfish sometimes because I’m driven by personal expression, how I feel and what I believe should be put out there. My creative process all depends on the moment because at the most random times I can come up with a few lines that I have to write down right then, come back to it later and zone out to it. Or some days I just throw a few beats on and write down how I’m feeling or I collect the bits and pieces scattered in my mind from the day and connect the pieces together into a song.

Q. You’re a solo artist, and also lead in a band, Sweatshop. Where did the fusion come from?
A. I had the concept of being in a rock band from a young age. I use to draw pictures of myself in a rock band. The fusion of the band began one night I was performing at a house party when I was introduced to my drummer Jonas Mayer through a mutual friend and we were discussing ideas about music, most importantly starting a band. He knew a bass player “Mark Vincent” who brought us to our recording space. From there we brought along a guitar player and then a singer. The whole process wasn’t easy. We dealt with complexities in choosing who to have with us and perform but the selection we chose is great and performing with a band is the greatest feeling ever. And I also love the fusion between Rock and Hip-Hop.

Q. Where do the name’s CatchWreck and Sweatshop come from?
A. The band name Sweatshop comes from our rehearsal space which is a curtain factory. When you enter the space it reminds you of a Sweatshop, which was my first comment from a joke I made about the space. My stage name CatchWreck took longer to come up with after going through different names when younger. My first name Conscious Young was given to me by Kyle Jason who at the time was a musical mentor to me and was also the producer for Public Enemy. Upon meeting Public Enemy I got flown out to the studio in Long Island which was at Chuck D’s home and inside I was given the name Conscious Young. After going by Conscious Young, I started going by Catch 22 until I came up with CatchWreck which is an acronym for “Creating Arts To Cause Havoc When Revolution Engages Conscious Knowledge”.

Q. What are some of your favorite songs to perform with the band?
A. We have a song called “Freaky Baby” which is fun to perform because it lets the audience get loose and have fun. “Fight back” is great because it’s a “get people going” kind of anthem because of the build ups in the song and people like unexpected surprises so that song is fun. In fact, there’s no song that I don’t really like performing. My band and I don’t stick to concepts so we enjoy playing every song on the set list we put together. “Revised” is a song we do which is deep and personal and I use it as a release and I think people in the crowd can relate to it.

Q. Are the songs you create for your solo work similar to what you do with the band?
A. Yes and no. When you’re working with a band everyone has to be on the same page with each other. It’s just a different type of energy but it all comes from the same place. A lot of the songs I’ve made as a solo artist creating Hip-Hop can be transferred to the music I produce with the band and vice versa. Its just the way its expressed, like I said it’s a different type of energy.

Q. How do you deal with difference in creativity when working with a band when you normally work by yourself?
A. We learn to trust each and the decisions we make in terms of overall helping the band. But it’s all about trust and compromise, especially learning how to compromise when you’re going to be working with people. It’s frustrating sometimes but it is what it is, there are times when we’re dealing with uncomfortable situations but at the end we worked out the issues and moved on to create music. You have to feel comfortable with what you’re putting out, don’t put it out if you’re not happy with it.

Q. What cd’s or songs should we be interested in purchasing or listening to from you and also Sweatshop?
A. Sweatshop has a new EP coming out called “Minimum Wage” soon on the way. For myself I have an album called “For the People” which is a collaboration with Raw Intelligence at that is coming out really soon. I’m also releasing a compilation of songs that I’ve put out and people have slept on and I hope to grab a few more people’s attention with that. I’m also working on a solo album called “Generation Wrecked” which I’m just dipping my toes into and hope to put out in the near future.

Q. Any upcoming gigs we should mark on our calendars?
A. November 6th Sweatshop will be at the Middle East In Cambridge. December 5th in Jamaica Plain. December 14th at the Midway. November 9th CatchWreck will be performing at a college In Worcester.

Q. Last question Wreck, what’s a life motto you live by?
A. If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. I believe that saying came from Malcolm X and it’s pretty self-explanatory, you just got to have a stance on something instead of floating in the wind with no opinion on things and not knowing who you are and your feelings on certain things.

—Kevin L. Emile


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Sorry, I did it again..

So according to my google analytics there’s someone out there still checkin for this.. Busy as I am, its only right I hit yall with an update.

I’ve been busy as hell with the release of ADHD, which I’m pleased to announce has gotten a great response so far..Shoutout to Kev Knottingham, Rock the Dub, Hip Hop is Read, Bostonianz617, Dotgotit, Pen and Sword, TittyPuncher (yes u read that right), The Leakage, Fresh Hip Hop Music, Thats Major, Bsand3s, and any other blog I might’ve forgot to mention that showed love.

I’ve also been serving as the head of marketing for Scope Urban Apparel and still looking for a day job (I’m not one of those bloggers that makes a living off it).  In any event, its been a long time, and I shouldn’t have left you, without.. blah blah blah yall know the Rakim sh*t.

So, what’s new with me? Same sh*t different day, music, disgruntled twitter rants, and failed relationships. We had a very successful release party for ADHD at Kulturez in Harvard Square.. Since then I’ve pretty much been spending my nights in the studio working on new material, and my days hunting down Hip Hop celebrities to endorse Scope.

Myself and Tyler the Creator – Click for more photos

Its been fun. Last week, I met Tyler and those crazy Odd Future delinquents at the much publicized “riot” at the Newbury Comics in-store. I also put some new joints out myself.

I can’t guarantee how consistent I’ll be with keeping up with this blog but I will try to keep yall updated as much as possible. Don’t forget I also have a tumblr which I check a lot more often so don’t think I’ve disappeared completely from cyberspace. Just know bein a RapperSlashBlogger is a lot harder than it looks so cut me some slack.


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Further Proof..

This morning I got a couple joints to hip yall to. Remember when I said that 2011 was the year of the female MC? Well I have further proof…

The Not Enough Mics Collaborative released their debut EP at midnight and features appearances from Sofia Snow, Tiahera Nurse, FM Supreme, and many more. The album is available for free download via bandcamp, and its definitely a must have.
Also featured on the EP is the beautiful and talented Ms K-Raydio who has put out a free EP of her own this week as well.
The follow up to her ‘Signfigant Other‘ release, ‘Signifigant Other II‘ is a true testament to her growth as an artist and features production from the midwest’s Man Mantis.

Don’t blame me if you sleep on either one of these projects.. I be trynna put cats on but you gotta do the rest..


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Re- Emergence

Couple shows coming up in the month of March as I rear my head from obscurity once again. If you are in or around the Boston area I strongly encourage you to come out and support. ADHD is closer than you think but in the meantime you should definitely come out to hear some of the new material performed live.

The first show goes down in a couple weeks at Hibernian Hall in Dudley. Can’t believe we’re in our 5th year and on our 9th show!
Saturday, March 12th 2011
YGB Movement, Voices of Liberation & BloodSkinLand Productions
(in association with the Madison Park Development Corporation)
proudly presents
YOUNG GIFTED & BLACK – The 9th Revolution
Boston’s bi-weekly youth explosion returning for the 9th time with a collage of poetry, spoken word, rhyme, song, music, dance and more!
@ Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St. – 3rd floor
Roxbury/Dudley Sq. (next to fire department & barber shop)
5:00pm – 8:00pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
Scheduled to perform:
and more TBA!!
$5.00 tickets in advance / $8.00 at the door
To purchase tickets, visit
Contact VCR later for more info
617-480-7663 or
The second show is part of a 5-city tour my dude Savant will be wrapping up in Cambridge at the Cantab.

The 5th and final leg of the Abstract Music Tour stops in the Boston vicinity at one of the city’s prominent Central Square venues and teams up with one of the Bean’s burgeoning urban music labels in OneThree Music and one of its young rising stars in Catch Wreck to bring the tour to a rousing close.

Date: Friday, March 18th, 2011
Location: The Cantab Lounge// 738 Massachusetts Ave// Cambridge, MA 02139
Savant (aka Stanstro)
Purpose of the Tragic Allies
Catch Wreck
Sounds by Diggers Union’s DJ Books
Doors open at 8pm
Show starts at 9pm
Ages 21 and up
$7 cover before 10 pm/ $10 cover after 10pm

I’m excited to be a part of both shows and I hope you won’t be foolish enough to miss either one.


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Pale Kid goes viral

By now you’ve probably all seen this. A couple weeks ago the homey, George Watsky released his video, “Pale Kid Raps Fast” Little did he know, the song would gain millions of plays in less then the first 24 hours of him putting it up.. Apparently a lot of people wanted to see a pale kid rap fast including none other then Ellen Degenerous.. The video is being parodied by beatboxers and other white rappers hoping to ride the wave of popularity. George and I used to joke about the fame and acclaim he got from his appearance on Def Poetry Jam. But fuck Russel Simmons and that tall Israeli, we got the internet. As I write this post the original video has generated 5,587,531 views since originally posted it.. If only there was a link to rapperslashblogger at the end of it.. Hats off to George, he’s been forever diligent with his craft since I met him years ago when we both opened for Blackalicious in Boston. Be on the lookout for some new heat coming from the both of us real soon.. in the meantime, watch as he skillfully multitasks, speedrhyming and cat-stroking.. You know you wish you were ill like that…


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Music to start the year with

2010 was a dope year for new music. The Roots album(s), Kanye’s return, The Black Keys, the rise of Odd Future, Big Boi, NERD, Smoker’s Club, Das Racist, Moe Pope, Bad Rabbits, I could go on for a while.. And though we are only two months deep, so far, it looks like 2011 is off to a real good start as well.. 2 projects in particular have been in heavy rotation and deserve mention..

First and foremost, Kweli’s new joint.. Talb Kweli that is.. The conscious Hip Hop veteran has yet to disappoint and with his latest project, Gutter Rainbows, he proves once again, that it is indeed possible to make positive uplifting music without coming off too preachy. Available for sale on itunes and shit like that.

The second recommendation comes from that wild bunch of hoodlums on the west coast known as the Odd Future Wolf Gang. Journey to the 5th Echelon is a well-crafted masterpiece of production from the Jet Age of Tomorrow. Like all releases from OFWGKTA, this piece is available for free download via the OF Tumblr.


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Back 4 the 3rd Tyme..

The thing is, when you have a life, it gets very difficult to keep a blog updated constantly with new material.. Especially when you are the sole-contributor.. If there’s any other rappers out there who want to contribute your more than welcome, the more the merrier.. In any event I’m back on this, Happy belated new year to everybody who still bothers to check this, and happy 22nd birthday to me!

1st things 1st… ADHD will be out very soon and I just put out a new music video! I got mixed reviews about my self-edited, overly artsy piece for Concerto, so Rene Dongo and I teamed up once again to put some visuals with the record, “1Tyme4urMynd”. The song and video mark a slightly new direction in my work, a more personal and honest approach as far as the lyrics go. With ADHD, I tried not to limit myself to “sounding like a conscious rapper” when it came to the writing, it was a a risk in terms of how I expect people to react, but so far I am extremely happy with the results. With 1tyme4urmynd, Rah Intelligence supplied a beat that starts off very dark and sinister sounding.. It lets the sun come out for just a moment before going right back into that dark place – very much a reflection of where I was at mentally while writing.. I left song structure alone and decided to just rhyme all the way through the record as opposed to trying to come up with a hook.. When Arcitype and I recorded it, we got it in one take with no punches.

Note the symbolic transitions and Rene’s use of contrasting images throughout the piece. I guarantee your going to want to watch this more than once…

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Brugal, Blunts, & PBR

We definitely tried to do something completely different here. To accompany the Concerto piece I recently released off of the ADHD project, I edited footage Jacob took of me in our top secret location. I know this is something that will get mixed reactions given the content, but I feel like this works with the song in showing the depression that I talk about in the record and what I was going through while writing a lot of the material for ADHD. The quality of the footage should’ve come out better given the camera we used, but something got lost in the rendering. I’m still working this out, I haven’t edited film in a long time and I used imovie for this so cut me some slack. Other then that, Jake shot this with his new camera that takes really nice photos and video.. what do you think..?

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Hold On (Video)

Curren$y’s new video for the record, “Hold On” Off of his Pilot Talk 2 release.

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Helmsplitter EP

Brand new free EP from the good people at the Helmsplitter. Not only does this feature hotness from the likes of Seyonia Washington, OTO, and Pause.. but it also got a brand new joint off ADHD called “1Tyme4UrMynd” Needless to say you need to go get this.. (Click the link to download it)


1. Seyonia Washington – Imagine if the Beat Stopped
2. Pause – Where You Should Be
3. The Helmsplitter – Fight An Animal!
4. Zayde Buti – Hot n’ Juicy
5. O.T.O. – Sail On Freestyle
6. Jasmine Mans – Nicki Minaj
7. Zeek – Hold To The Time
8. Anthony Febo – First Time
9. Catch Wreck – 1Tyme4UrMynd
10. Jack Kahn – Crisis
11. The Helmsplitter – Outro
12. Daniel Fairclough – Her Eyes (Bonus)

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