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Inside the Underground Ep. 4: OneTwo Axenic’s Coming For You…

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2:01 pm
July 14, 2011


parallelrhymes

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Post edited 2:02 pm - July 14, 2011 by parallelrhymes


Be sure to check out OneTwo's new track at the end of the interview

Parallel
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Alright people it’s that time again, time for another edition of my Inside the Underground series featuring another one of Shadowville’s respected artists.
This time we’ll be sitting down with OneTwo/Axenic, thanks for taking the time out to do the interview and let’s start it off the way we have all grown accustom to…

How’d you get the stage name OneTwo?

OneTwo:
Eh, I've been through a few names (all of them given to me) and the name OneTwo was given after my first fight.  My older brother watched it and he said, even though I got my ass beat, I stuck to the fundamentals of boxing…your ONEs and TWOs.  He started calling me One Two after that and he was also a big influence for me in music so the name carried over.

Parallel:
Yeah I saw on your bio you mentioned that your brother played a huge part in getting you involved in hip hop, care to elaborate on some of the ways this came about and how it influenced you as an artist today?

OneTwo:
My brother was really all that I had when I was growing up; he was always trying to take care of me.  He was really big into the Hip-Hop movement but had a select group of artists that he would listen to.  Being the little brother I looked up to him and started listening to the same kind of music.  He is the one that showed me that writing down all of my pains and problems is the best way to get them off of my chest. He is the reason I started writing at such an early age.

As in me being influenced as an artist today, me and my brother don't speak…s**t happens right…so a lot of the music I am currently making has a lot of pain behind the sound.  I have other family that knows of my music but they don’t provide as much support as I’d like them too.

Parallel:
Damn man, did that change in relationship have an impact on your music and ultimately how you feel about hip hop?

OneTwo:
When s**t hit the fan with him I felt like I was actually more inclined to work harder in music.  Maybe it was to prove to him that I could do it with or without him.  I try to reach out to him almost daily but it just ain’t happening, worst part is we work together so it’s like he makes more effort to avoid me than to actually do his work. 

My music did get impacted in another way since around the same time he stopped talking to me, I found out I had a kid on the way.  That can change a lot of perspectives on things obviously. 

Parallel:
At least you are making the effort to mend the gap, sometimes that’s all you can do unfortunately.

Do you hope to heal the relationship completely in the future?

OneTwo:
I do and I don’t.  I don't do things for myself.  I do hope things get better because I love my brother on the real.  The reason I don't is he gives me the motivation to be something bigger than the both of us when he acts like I'm just a piece of s**t.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not doing music in spite of him now; he just adds a little fuel.

Parallel:
Yeah motivation can come in many forms can’t argue there.  We’ll shy away from the brother talk though.

What artists would you say influenced you to actually go from just listening to rap to creating?

OneTwo:
I know almost everybody says this but I will say it and with a good reason.  My biggest artist influence is Eminem.  He was the first artist I started listening to, and growing up his music meant more to me than it did for many of these guys that claim to be fans.  Em and myself have a very similar story when it comes to our daughters so when he has songs that describe everything it makes me feel like he took the words right out of my mouth.  I don’t know man, Eminem has and will always be an artist that I look up to; I can just connect with him.

Parallel:
Yeah there are some artists that you just feel understand you; I think we’ve all been through that before.

One thing that stood out to me on your reverb was that you have a very diverse catalogue of music, some concept songs, battle tracks, cocky s**t, really personal tracks, club type, etc. etc.

Do you think it is important for an artist to have a diverse catalogue?  Also, which “type” would you say is your favorite to make?

OneTwo:
I don't think someone MUST have a diverse catalogue to be an artist. However, I do believe they need to obtain the ability to do so. My favorite kinds of tracks to make have got to be songs from the ones from the heart.  In regards to that though, the pathetic thing is most of these cats that listen to it won't say a damn thing about it.  It's like people are too proud to show that they can relate to emotion.
Also, I can do battle tracks for days.  I do enjoy making them (for fun).  But the songs that I make and as soon as I finish them I feel like there has been a weight lifted off my chest…those are the ones I love to make.

Parallel:
Yeah I always found it weird that showing emotion is seen as a weakness by many people/listeners in hip hop…only genre of music I can think of where it’s like that.

OneTwo:
True, only genre I’ve witnessed that in.

Parallel:
Yeah, you seem to be very opinionated about the state of hip hop, especially mainstream, and often question people’s motives for getting into the art form.  On your track “Worst to Best” you expressed a sentiment of almost disgust at people and in “Runnin’ Bars” you said:
“…let’s start from scratch ABC
Give a f**k about the cash or the ratings B
I want y’all to react, crazy rabies G…”

I was wondering if you could go into detail about how you truly feel about the current state of hip hop and its “inhabitants.”

OneTwo:
I am very one sided in the Hip-Hop scene.  I hate how some artists on iTunes are labeled under the genre of Hip-Hop when they are nothing of the sort.  Hip-Hop to me is not about money, rides, drugs, thugs, and clubs.  Hip-Hop to me is someone telling a story and making you feel what they are saying.  Hip-Hop isn't bulls**t rhymes just put together to rhyme the end of a bar.  A true hip hop artist can construct flow with rhymes and still get their message across.  You have artists all day on the radio such as Birdman, all that fool says the whole track is YMCMB the whole damn time along with uptown.  That is not a Hip-Hop artist although people believe he is.
This is just my opinion though, I’m sure yours is different.

Parallel:
Yeah I think that passion is made evident in a lot of your songs.

One of the more emotional tracks I found in your repertoire was “My Heart,” were there any events that brought that track to life?

OneTwo:
Shit, that track was about the first girl that ever turned me down for a relationship; she pulled the whole “just want to stay friends” act haha.  That was my first time getting rejected and oddly enough it made me want her more; so I made a track about it.

Parallel:
Did she hear the track?  If so, what came of that?

OneTwo:
Yeah she heard it…nothing good came from it lol.  A fight, she cried, I walked away, she got in her car and followed me all the way home just to tell me that she still wants to be friends.  In short, she was cut from the list.

Parallel:
Well damn…always good to keep a crazy chick around though never know when you need somebody to take care of a body.

OneTwo:
Only girls I can get are the crazy ones man.  It’s a trip every one of them start out acting like they are angels and good with you n s**t then once you start dating them they grow horns a red tail and start f**king your life.  Hell one of them even had her ex-gang pull straps on me…and that’s how my 16th birthday went haha.

Parallel:
Not exactly an MTV Sweet Sixteen scenario…but we shall carry on haha.
Tell me more about the “Lyrical Athletes” I have to say the logo for the group is beyond nice.

OneTwo:
That’s actually me in the logo and as for the Lyrical Athletes; they all pretty much bailed on the concept.  It was a little thing that was going around my town; a bunch of local artists wanted to do collabs so I came up with the idea…shortly after it was dead.  Oh well.

Parallel:
Well the logo is nice nonetheless even if the artists involved aren’t.

You seem to have collaborated with a ton of people though, both on and off SVP, who would you say has been your favorite to work with?

OneTwo:
I’ve worked with some SVP artists that are cocky as hell and swear that their name will be the one changing Hip-Hop back to what it was. I've also collaborated with local artists that think the same.  To me I wouldn't say I have a favorite if those are the choices.  My favorite artists to collab with are humble artists that remember what they came to represent.

Parallel:
Well, that’s quite possibly the realest answer I’ve received thus far to that question haha…

Anybody come to mind that you want to work with in the near future?

OneTwo:
Locally I'd say an artist by the name of 'Big Mike' that guy stays true to what he believes his music needs to be.

SVP artists?  Fuck em' all they're all cocky little kids.  Hahaha nah just playin, artists that I want to collab with on SV would have to be Em Theory, Verze, Sev, Grim Demize, and a couple others.

Parallel:
Outside of music I see you do graphic design as well (great work I might add).

How’d you get into that?  Also, do you have any advice for people looking to get into it (since I know a lot of artists try to do their own album cover and logos to no avail)?

OneTwo:
I got into graphic design when I was about 7 years old.  So 13 years of that s**t and I still love doing it.  My advice for people looking to get into the art would be keep trying until you get what you want to see. Don't quit a project and have someone else make it for you.  You’re the only thing holding you back from achieving what you want to see in that program.  Simple as that.

And http://www.pixel2life.com that too.

Parallel:
Great advice there.  Alright man, on to the new stuff…

EP dropping soon, mixtape soon after; what can we be expecting from them?

OneTwo:
Everyone that wants to hear it can be expecting something real.  I've put a lot of hard work into writing, mixing and mastering the EP on my own. In short, this EP I'm releasing is meant to allow people/fans to get to know who I am.  I feel like artists don't do that.  All most artists care about are numbers, I want people to relate to this and feel like they know me.  If I can make one person be like “on the real, that s**t hit me,” I would feel accomplished. But the more the better.

Parallel:
You let me get a sneak peek at one of the tracks called “Lullabye” really deep and emotional track, can you tell future listeners what was going on at the time you wrote it?

OneTwo:
Yeah Lullabye…I wrote that song as if I was talking to my daughter.  She is 4 years old and I haven't seen her since she was 2.  Her mom took off with her to another state and got married, that’s the last I've heard.  Myself nor the 'authorities' know where to find her.  One day she will hear this song and she will know the truth.  I'll be waiting.

I could make a full album on just the s**t that has gone on with that particular relationship (baby’s mom, and myself).

Parallel:
You seem to care a lot about not only your music but your image, how do you want to be seen as a rapper?

OneTwo:
I just think it's funny cause I'll do small shows  n such around here and I see people looking at me like ''that’s just some white boy… nobody takes the time to listen to what I have to say. Hopefully that will change. I want to be seen just as you see people around you. If I blew up out of nowhere I wouldn’t want to be seen as a star or anything like that. All I’m doing is telling my story and trying to reach people with it.

Parallel:
Keep bringing the powerful messages and eventually people will take notice…one can only Dougie for so long.

Any future projects we should be on the lookout for after the mixtape?

OneTwo:
Yeah the mixtape drops on the 19th of this month and after the mixtape is pushed I will work on a full length album.  There are a few artists that I would like to get in contact with in the future that I feel I could connect with and move forward with.  Only time can tell, new situations make for new stories; new stories make for new music.

Parallel:
I hear yah; well this has been a great interview to say the least any closing shout outs?

OneTwo:
Shout out to you for giving me the opportunity to do this interview, I appreciate you seeing something in my music.  As for other shout outs, every single one of you that have played any of my songs, gave me props, or even talked music with me… you guys make me want to continue this art.  Respect & Love

Parallel:
Nice

This time we’ll leave with a special treat for everybody here is a sneak peak at OneTwo’s track “Lullabye” off his soon to be released EP titled: Martyrdom


And be sure to keep up with OneTwo and his various other projects at the following places:

http://www.reverbnation.com/OTLA
http://twitter.com/ONETWO_LA



Stand for something or you will fall for anything.


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2:04 pm
July 14, 2011


OnetwO / Axenic

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I appreciate what your doing with these interviews man. #Respect.

2:17 pm
July 14, 2011


Dezi

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All the titles have been pretty clever… Ayo axenic ALL women are crazy lol. Only thing is, I kind of wanted PR to dig deeper into the brother situation. I guess its a touchy subject, still a pretty good read though.

2:35 pm
July 14, 2011


parallelrhymes

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Dezi said:

All the titles have been pretty clever… Ayo axenic ALL women are crazy lol. Only thing is, I kind of wanted PR to dig deeper into the brother situation. I guess its a touchy subject, still a pretty good read though.


lol glad somebody took notice to those

Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

2:41 pm
July 14, 2011


Yung Jay [Tha Big Go Getta] of Tha Ballaholic Cliq

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yo axenic [if i can still call u that lol] i remember u from the battling corner

last summer, u were one of the ones that helped me improve a lot

and i can dig what you're saying … glad to see another side of you and

put a face and voice to a name ya feel


yet another good interview

3:11 pm
July 14, 2011


OnetwO / Axenic

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ONE2

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Yung Jay [Tha Big Go Getta] of Tha Ballaholic Cliq said:

yo axenic [if i can still call u that lol] i remember u from the battling corner

last summer, u were one of the ones that helped me improve a lot

and i can dig what you're saying … glad to see another side of you and

put a face and voice to a name ya feel


yet another good interview


Yeah I remember you as well man. Glad that I could help back in the day ;)

Dezi said:

All the titles have been pretty clever… Ayo axenic ALL women are crazy lol. Only thing is, I kind of wanted PR to dig deeper into the brother situation. I guess its a touchy subject, still a pretty good read though.


Not a touchy subject we just never came back to it lol.

3:16 pm
July 14, 2011


parallelrhymes

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Didn't want to make it all about the brother situation since I thought that took away from the real focus which is the music but if Axenic is okay with it why don't y'all post questions here for him…might as well continue the interview in the interview thread haha

Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

3:36 pm
July 14, 2011


Twizzy

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Post edited 3:41 pm - July 14, 2011 by Twizzy


this was a dope interview respect Parallel  but i think it would be dope if u try sum producers as well and axe that track at the end was sick brah i love the beat ! s**t was dope im finna have to share it on my fan page >:D 

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

4:02 pm
July 14, 2011


OnetwO / Axenic

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Twizzy said:

Post edited 3:41 pm - July 14, 2011 by Twizzy


this was a dope interview respect Parallel  but i think it would be dope if u try sum producers as well and axe that track at the end was sick brah i love the beat ! s**t was dope im finna have to share it on my fan page >:D 


Good lookin bruh I'd appreciate that.

4:14 pm
July 14, 2011


OnetwO / Axenic

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parallelrhymes said:

Didn't want to make it all about the brother situation since I thought that took away from the real focus which is the music but if Axenic is okay with it why don't y'all post questions here for him…might as well continue the interview in the interview thread haha


Feel free to ask any question.. And yeah I feel like it would have taken away from the interview.