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BURR 35: Vitamin G (CMPND)
CMPND’s debut album on High Focus is out there in the world, delivered via Eagle Court.
As such, we’re quizzing all three members for BURR 34, 35 and 36 in the fitting location of a Brighton Spoons. Next up here is Harley… but the alias is Vitamin G.
Alright mate, can you introduce yourself for those who may not know ya?
Vitamin G aka Vitz aka Kel Shellington aka clumsiest muthafucker, smartest dumb negro you’ll ever know, young cartoon, lethargic giraffe.
How did CMPND start?
I moved to Brighton a couple of years ago and I was straight sofa surfing really, I had been to Eagle Court quite a bit and I was sleeping on Wundrop’s beanbag at one point for a while. I was on the beanbag for like two weeks. Before I was in a bookie house with this breh that had bed bugs and I had to get out, lucky Gaijin moved out and that’s how it formed.
Why’s Eagle Court imperative to this debut release?
We were compounded in Eagle Court, literally stuck there, at one point we were literally locked in, the only way we could get out was with a knife, It’s only right really, that’s where we spend most of our time. It’s set in stone, it had to be Eagle Court.
How important is it to get your friends on this tape?
Most of my friends are rappers but you gotta be conscious about quality, if my pals verse wasn’t cutting it, i’d give em my two cents, if I rate it then obviously I’m gunna fuck with it. But it’s all gang and all love.
How does your solo music differ from CMPND’s sound?
With CMPND, we are all fucking gully. It’s a friendly competition in a way – we are all trying to out do each other, we all know what we do and we play to each other’s strengths and that, so it’s a friendly competition and the end goal is a gully track with three hard verses on it. When its your solo shit, you have more time to think and reflect and talk about things you might not necessarily get to talk about on a CMPND track. We are maturing as CMPND though – when we started we didn’t know what CMPND was.
Did you listen to any High Focus rappers growing up?
Back when I was younger, I used to listen to a lot of Grime and that, then i moved to Cambridge which is obviously where Dike is from and people in my school were listening to Dike and that’s sort of where it all started, that’s how I got into more UK Hip Hop stuff and High Focus and that. The first ever Boombap I went to in like 2015 is what really got me into this scene and seeing Four Owls for the first time – it was my first ever festival as well so it was extra special. I’ve always loved and listened to High Focus from a young age.
Do you offer something different from other High Focus artists?
Our tape is a whole package. If you don’t like something, you’ll like something else on there. If you like Rap music you’ll like something on there – purely cos of the different sound we’ve created.
Can you tell us about Nubian Zombies?
Nubian Zombies is me and Kema, we got a full tape ready. It needs fine-tuning. It just came about from me and Kema living together, got a variety of features and producers etc, Ramzey came from London, we got Hutch and that too, they’re honorary Nubian’s. Look out for this in the future.
Describe the new tape in three words?
Co-op hates us.
Just popping to the shops, can I get you anything?
I would fuck with a Magnum and Lambrini, three Lamborghinis.