Interview: Sizzla
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Date Stamp: March 20, 2007

T: In reggae there's seem to be levels of righteousness because when we spoke to Luciano, he said he thought some 'righteous' artists were not righteous enough. What do you have to say to that?

S: Let me tell you bredren, don't judge no man. We've all been in sufferation and slavery, and every man do their thing their way. It's just that we must hope and pray that they do their thing positive. To me everyone is righteous because they're blessed with the blessing of love and life. No man is better and bigger than no man. Everyone is equal. It's just how are minds think. We all got to be spiritually free, we all have to have reverence for ourself and to the most high.

T: Is this your first album released on a North American label? How does that feel?

S: Yeah, I really feel great to know it's like another level I've attained to. The people really appreciate Sizzla as an artist and want to work with Sizzla, that's really acceptable. That's an honour for me and my country, and my nation and all the musicians around us. If they know they that they can go up there (US) and do more, bredren, because we're not killin' anyone, we're not robbing anyone, we're not insighting anybody, we're just promoting love and goodwill and good spirits. And it's my first album being released in the American market industry. It's good to see potenial like that 'cause it's not only Sizzla, you have a whole lot of people who are looking on to this thing and look what's going on with Sizzla now and want a break like that. We hope for the best success with that album.

T: How did you hook up with K-Salaam?

S: K-Salaam find us (laughs). We were just there and K-Salaam just get out himself and come to Jamaica and find us (laughs). Sometimes being in the music you have to travel the road, meaning you have to go places to meet people. Because sometimes Sizzla going to places, somebody might be on the Northside when you're on the Southside, or he might be on the Eastside when you're on the Westside. So, you got to keep travelling to meet up with these prohpets, because we're all prophets. K-Salaam just find us, the course to find us might be difficult, but here in Jamaica it is much easier to find us. Victory is a great song.

T: What's your take on Hip-Hop at this point?

S: I love Hip-Hop. When I hear Hip-Hop riddim, I really love Hip-Hop...I love dancehall. Hip-Hop comes from dancehall reggae, you know what I mean? The rappers, as I've said before, they are black children doing their best...or might be Chinese people, or white people doing their best...some might rap, some might sing. But I won't fight down a music that the youth use to express themselves and make an income, and it's nothing of the criminal sort and it's nothing sinful in the eyes of god. We must learn to recognise true talent and new talent, new ideas coming into form and shape. We must recognise them, inspect them and make sure it is good, and accept the good and dispose of the bad.

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