AlBe Back: YNotMyDream Interview
The time has come for yet another dope exclusive YNMD interview. This time around NYC’s very own AlBe Back takes some time out of his busy schedule to catch up with me and answer some questions on acting, future plans, and the music of course. Make sure you hit the jump and read the entire interview. Shouts to my homie @ AllPurposis for making the this interview possible.
YNMD: I know you were born and raised in NY. Do you feel like it could once again be that Mecca of Hip Hop as it once was? and do you feel you can be one of the artists who help bring the spotlight back?
AlBe Back: Beyond just New York I was born and raised in the South Bronx. arguable the birth place of early zulu nation started in the Bronx River pJays!!! But as far as it once again becoming the mecca. Mecca never moves. We know our history thats good enough for me. i want to put a stamp on the Bronx lifestyle tho. I want the world to see what a kid from the Bronx New York walks and talks like. So many creative people came from the Bronx and I would love to put who we are as a people on the map. Outside of drugs and crime there is amazing stories going on.
YNMD: How did the creative control x Dame Dash connection come about?
AlBe Back: Well I knew Coodie and CHIKE since late 2002 around the time Kanye was making his first album. They was shooting TWO WORDS fet Mos Def and Freeway. I helped on the production and we build a great friendship from there. While i was out in Los angeles we shot a video for my song “Jungle” and released it on the site. It got some great reviews and when I came back to the city we all hung out at the dojo. Then I brought them the ” The One Minute Show”.
YNMD: Acting or music? if you had to pursue just one.
AlBe Back: Well cant do one with out the other. Right? Movies need music. And Music needs a certain level of channeling something else other then you in order for the world to digest what your talking about. HOWEVER if we was gonna play that game. Id pick Music. Its what I am. Nothing beats the feeling I get when I jump out the booth and hear my own song played back. Man…. Its the closes thing to heaven since birth.
YNMD: Doing ATL with T.I. and performing in the same show as T.I. are two pretty serious accomplishments. Can we see possible music with T.I. in the near future?
AlBe Back: I wouldn’t doubt it. :)
YNMD: It’s without difficulty to say you are a very talented person. You do acting, producing, songwriting, poetry & spitting. What’s next? and what else do you do that the people don’t know about?
AlBe Back: Well I am also a director. I’ve created this multimedia company called “Jusbe” and we shoot everything from film, music, shorts, minute shows. You name it and we create it. I pour so much art and passion into my work I thought why not show the world what ALBE can B. so I created “Jusbe”. Its also for the young people where I am from who are super talented but don’t know how to go about getting an audition or a part in a movie. We help them create there own careers with being apart of ours. If you are it, You cant fail at it. Jusbe. Check this out
YNMD: What was your initial reaction when you found out you earned a Grammy for your production work on Kanye’s “Graduation” album?
AlBe Back: Really Happy for Kanye. I think it was people in the states first time seeing him without his mom. And the song i did with him is super emotional about losing someone but never saying Goodbye instead saying Goodnight. That night wasn’t a big party night it just felt like i was apart of a moment in time. as the next one will feel I am sure.
YNMD: Can we see you working with Kanye again in the near future?
AlBe Back: I don’t know. He is very picky with his music. Goes based off what God is giving him. Maybe I was only there to help him “Graduate”. Either way. Good luck to him.
YNMD: What do you have in the works right now that you can let people know about?
AlBe Back: Well the one minute show is amazing!!! I just did a short called “B. or not to B.” and I am shooting a movie called “Moriceo” in september. My album is called APARTMENT 3B and Im mad excited about the world hearing my story. The Bronx wasn’t always bad. How i handled it on the other hand. Well that is a story you will have to unfold to find out.
YNMD: Any big name collabs the fans can get excited for?
AlBe Back: I did a record with Macy Grey , DMC (that was pretty fresh) Dead Prez, Curren$y , Bunch of others. I pride myself in my music. SO my album might “Jusbe” ME . i mean who else is gonna tell my story better?
YNMD: Can YNMD expect to see you in Chicago any time soon?
AlBe Back: I would love to. I heard The song I did with Fab “Mira Mira” off my LOVE YOU MORE MIXTAPE had a pretty big impact out there. Puerto Ricans from all over the chi was like they loved that song. So you never know. Look out for me tho.
YNMD: Give us you some of your plans over the next year. Where can we expect to see you?
AlBe Back: In the art section of hip hop lol everybody is everywhere else.
YNMD: If you have any shouts go ahead and drop em.
AlBe Back: Shouts to the boy ALL PURPOSE for setting up the interview and shouts to YNMD for having me. ALBe BACK