Sixty Seconds 

with Magnif of hip-hop duo Lawless Element

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Indy: You say that, at ages 6 and 9, you and your Lawless Element partner, Griot, were already rapping and beatboxing. What were your first raps about? He-Man?

Magnif: [Laughs] Nah, it was about street stuff, what we grew up with. Watching videos with Nas and stuff; it was a huge influence on what we were doing. We rapped about what we were witnessing and, like, trying to do what they were doing.

Indy: Your album, Soundvision: In Stereo, has certain soul elements to it. Coming from Detroit, it's easy take that as a Motown influence. Is that accurate?

Magnif: Yeah, I would say so, though it's not really the Motown sound of the '70s and all that. It's more like Donald Bird -- jazz, the new era, the neo-soul. I'm a huge fan of Bird.

Indy: You're featured on the Ecko Unlimited site (eckounltd.com) and have had favorable reviews of your new CD popping up all over. Do you think Lawless Element is on the verge?

Magnif: Yeah, it's coming to the point where we want it to be, so it's great. Now it's just music, working hard, making our tracks every day. Making our beats and rhymes, nonstop.

-- Kara Luger


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