RedefineHipHop: James Sumbi a.k.a J-Sumbi (of Freestyle Fellowship and All In All) Part 8 of 8!!

August 06, 2012 1 min read

In our final chapter, J-Sumbitalks about still toying with production and DJing for many years passed his released material, but recently spending more time returning to his instrumentalist roots by picking up the Bass. He also speaks on some of the artists thru out the late 90s and 2000s that caught his attention and provided inspiration for him, such as J Dilla and J-Zone*. Then we talk in detail about his archived and unreleased music and what he has locked away in his garage. He goes on to describe a few specific standout tracks. This includes a bunch of demos for many local MCs that came by for a few sessions and he never saw them again. He speaks about a “golden” demo recorded with Meen Green called “Cement Boxing Gloves”. It all comes to a close with me stressing the need for him to make this material public and he talks about some of the struggles with that, but reveals his interest in making it happen. This is just the beginning…

J-Sumbi Music Sampler Set:
Text Written & Interview By Kevin Beacham
Video Shot & Edited By Adam Stanzak of Oh Boy Films

*Trivial, but caught my attention: J Sumbi, J Dilla, J Zone...all three multi-talented artists as well...would have made a ill collaborative. Triple J or something...ha.

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