Red Bull Music Academy‘s “5×5″ lecture series from last summer featured five artist interviews about five essential New York hip-hop albums repping each of the five boroughs (The Bronx – Slick Rick‘s Great Adventures; Brooklyn – Black Moon‘s Enta Da Stage; Queens – Mobb Deep‘s The Infamous; Manhattan/Uptown – Diplomats‘ Diplomatic Immunity; Staten Island – Wu-Tang Clan‘s Enter the Wu-Tang). In commemoration of RBMA hitting NYC this fall, the transcripts for these talks – three conducted by ego trip’s own Sacha Jenkins and Chairman Mao; one by our pal Miss Info – have been newly uploaded and reveal some cool factoids you might have missed the first time around. For instance – did you know Black Moon’s name was inspired by the Bruce Willis-Cybil Shepherd-starred ’80s TV show, Moonlighting?
DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon:
Black Moon was actually Beatminerz’s original name. Mr. Walt was a fan of Moonlighting. Now there’s a true story, too… Mr. Walt was a fan of Moonlighting. And if he was here he would punch me in the face for saying that. But he, um, the name of their detective agency [in the show] was “Blue Moon Detective Agency.” So, Walt just changed the “Blue Moon” to “Black Moon.”
Meanwhile, Rick the Ruler talked about his old day job pre-Get Fresh Crew fame.
I had a job, I used to work at Lehman Brothers, and places like that downtown, as a mail clerk. So, once Doug E. put me on, the difference in the finance – I used to make like $520 a month! And that’s working every day, too. Five days a week. After taxes, $260 every two weeks, and my rent was $350. So, you can figure out, 520 minus 350 leaves how much for food and tokens, and floss and fun, and whatever. Old English or whatever, you know what I’m saying.
… I was still working when ["The Show"] was taking off, so it got to the point where it was like, “You gotta leave now, kid,” you know what I’m saying. It’s a wrap, because $260 compared, at first I was getting like $300 just to perform with the kid, you know what I mean, and that was like, I’m doing $260 every two weeks, after taxes, and eventually, when it just kept going and going, Madison Square Garden-type tip, it was like, doesn’t make sense to keep, to stay at your job, when you know you could be getting $300 a show, whatever.
To check out all five transcripts and full lecture videos from the RBMA World Tour 2011 5×5 Series, mosey over to Red Bull Music Academy.