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Spencer Galbreath A&R Interscope Records July 22nd 2005 - Thug-Armada World Wide

"The Kingpin"

The Kingpin: West Coast Rapper Artaphac Steps Up for Worldwide Domination
By Ronda Racha Penrice

When it comes to the national music scene, West Coast rap artists have definitely been MIA. These days pioneers like Ice Cube can be caught more often on the big screen than coming from our speakers. But Game is not the only one willing to put West Coast Hip Hop back on the map. Artaphac is also signing up for duty.
Coming with the same gritty flow that the West Coast has trademarked, Artaphac like his illustrious predecessors, takes holding down L.A. seriously. “These streets ain’t even an issue,” he says. “I know so many people and got so many family members connected in so many different places I don’t even have to worry about shit. All my big homies is O.G.s anyway. I grew up around old heads. I grew up between Compton, Long Beach and South Central. I stayed in Long Beach during the week, South Central during the weekends and Compton in between homes. So I’m from L.A.”
Being from L.A. doesn’t mean he’s coming with the same ole script. While much of L.A. on wax has been gangbangin’ and big pimpin’, Artaphac prides himself on blazing new trails. His album is not titled Uninfluenced (The Hard Way) by mistake. On cuts like “Murdementary,” he rhymes about the destructive Willie Lynch philosophy and how it is perpetuated through the public school system. And when he does get boastful about his home turf on “Ghetto Superstars,” he makes it clear: “Everybody loves to bite the west, because we pulling cards we ain’t never had no equals/we live like savages and die like sequels.”
Although he’s as affiliated as the next man, connectivity is not his agenda. “I’m not here to promote being a gangsta, being the superthug or anything like that,” he states clearly. “I’ve already been shot in the head and I’ve already been stabbed in the back. I’ve already had all kinds of penitentiary chances and done too much and I know who I know and who I’m connected with and everybody that know me, know me, so I ain’t here to promote that.
“What I’m here to do is promote being an entrepreneur, being a mastermind, the kingpin,” he continues. “That’s what I’m here to promote. I’m here to promote a level-playing field. You can do whatever you wanna do, no matter how you wanna do it, you just got to go out and do it. I consider myself the Black elite. I consider myself the next evolution from what Pac was teaching, from what Pac got taught. That’s how I consider myself.”
His communal vision is so vast that he’s already titled his enterprises Thug Armada. An Armada, by some definitions, is “a large group of moving things” and Artaphac definitely plans to motivate large groups. “I woke up one day and I looked around and then it hit me,” he explains. “All my homies, everybody that I know, that I been with, are either dead, missing in action or in the pen facing so many years it’s ridiculous. . .When you wake up and you realize that everybody that you grew up with ain’t there no more and you look around and it’s nobody and it’s just you left, it changes you.”
And the change that’s taken over Artaphac is profound. “I see all these rappers trying to start this East Coast or West Coast beef, just totally trying to glamorize the struggle,” he continues. “And it’s fine to talk about the struggle but it’s one thing to have to live the struggle knowing that you got that power to influence so many other people and use it in that way, when you have a negative impact. That, to me, is not what the struggle is about. You want to be like Pac. In the long run, look at Pac, his legacy is a positive legacy. It ain’t negative and I’m not trying to ride Pac’s coattails; I’m my own person,” he insists. That’s good because to keep moving people forward, every leader has to be better than the last.
- Source Magazine


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Artifact (ärt’? fakt)
n. any object made by human work

One of Hip-Hop’s many claims to fame is the knack for redefining and re-spelling words found in Webster’s dictionary. A true byproduct of the culture, California-based lyricist Artaphac (inspired by his deceased uncle, Art, and “the Art-Of-spitting Fact”) not only puts a unique spin on the noun that is his name, but he also offers a much needed new perception of the modern rap artist with his debut album Uninfluenced: (The Hard Way).

The first of many soundtracks to Artaphac’s roller-coaster life, Uninfluenced: (The Hard Way) is not just another album with a trumped up title. It’s the perfect stamp for a story of self-teaching and independence that started in Los Angeles, California and was supposed to end in tragedy years ago.

Growing up listening to everything ranging from Anita Baker to Public Enemy to Cameo, this sonic variety would serve as the backdrop to a life that saw Art raised by his South Central-native mother, and Black Panther and Nation of Islam aligned extended family. With so many influences, and not mention the hostile Long Beach and South Central environments he was raised in, Artaphac naturally scoffed at any notion of authority leading to his expulsion in the second grade and eventual banning from the State of California school system at a young age.

After relocating to South Carolina and then Atlanta with his grandmother Artaphac had plenty of time on his hands now. Through hustling to make ends meet Artaphac was drawn to Hip-Hop and it wasn’t long before this hustler by nature was heading up his own company, Militant Mind Frame Records, now known as Thug Armada Worldwide, in 1996.

Success wasn’t immediate as Artaphac’s allegiance to the streets brought him hurdles like having musical ideas stolen from him, attempts on his life, and even going to jail. He resurfaced in 2000, mentally stronger, less destructive, more focused with his skills refined.

Through five years of highs (opening shows nationwide) and lows (a stint of homelessness) Artaphac conjured Uninfluenced: (The Hard Way) which showcases a blend of the knowledge of 2Pac, the gangster mentality of Snoop Dogg, the word mastery of Jay-Z, the hustling spirit of Clipse, the brains and brawn of Benzino, the party vibe of Chingy and the swagger of Bishop Magic Juan to create not a super-rapper, but a Kingpin.

Executively produced by God and hugely co-produced by Artaphac himself Uninfluenced: (The Hard Way) features a unique mesh of harsh reality, hope and instruction for a better future. Autobiographical songs like “Confessions of A Kingpin” shows Art at his finest, walking listeners through a past, present, and future journey of his life. The emotion-charged “Murdermentary” demonstrates Art’s uncanny ability of compacting a lifetime into a matter of minutes as he comments on how the Willie Lynch philosophy has destroyed, and continues to destroy, the youth through the public school system. He also takes a moment to boast his coast on “Ghetto Superstars” where he raps, “Everybody loves to bite the west, because we pulling cards we ain’t ever had no equals/we live like savages and die like sequels.” And in a true hustler’s fashion he also comments on male/female relationships on “Smile Bacc” which is also the name of his women’s clothing line.

Touting his debut as the “first street album from L.A.,” Artaphac is poised to destroy and rebuild the image of today’s Hip-Hop artist.

“I don’t promote gangbanging or being a drug lord. I promote the street life. All of the stuff that Hollywood hasn’t glorified,” he says. “I promote being a kingpin.”