Song Title: M.O.A.
Artist: E.D.O.T. ft. Joey Fattz
Album: Corruption 3
previously: Behind the Mic E.D.O.T.
K-Mo: Your moniker is E.D.O.T. (Every Drop of Talent), what’s the story behind that?
E.D.O.T.: Well, actually E.D.O.T. was something that I would always say in my ad-libs before and after a track. And one day one of my friend said, “What the Hell does that mean anyway?!” and I told him “Every Drop of Talent.” He was like, “Oh ok…Thats kinda dope…Why don’t we just call you E.?” and it just stuck.
K-Mo: Makes sense. You come from a family of musicians and artists, is that where you draw your inspiration or do you have more outside influence?
E.D.O.T.: Absolutely. Its funny because I tell people all the time that growing up for me was like a 24/7 music school. So when I say “everyone was involved in music,” that means EVERYONE either sang, was in a band, was behind the scenes handling the business, or trying to get in the business themselves. In addition my father was a writer and had his own independent label. So I heard everything from Hip-Hop to Gospel, R&B, Classical, Jazz, Blues, and even Rock’n'Roll. Now you take all those ingredients then add all the places i’ve been blessed enough to visit and things i experienced along the way, and you’ll have a bit of a blueprint for my music..
K-Mo: You released a series of mixtapes, Corruption 1 through 3…can you explain why you named it Corruption?
E.D.O.T.: Well when people hear the word CORRUPTION, they automatically think negative. By definition, it means the state of being corrupt or impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle. However, it also means departure from the original or from what is considered pure or “correct.” So in essence I wanted to create a body of work that captures the journey of breaking away from the “original” with no regard for what is considered “correct” or “normal.” The way i see it, Change is inevitable and Truth is always met with opposition. So with a new Generation comes new plateaus as well as new struggles and pitfalls, and they are almost always seen as extreme. This is why I thought it was important to have three parts showing a beginning, a middle, and end. The Rise is true to its name and provides a high-paced backdrop for the series, The Fall of Dotson takes it a step further showing the effects of Love and Decadence, and ‘The Letter’ offers a conclusion and shows a mixture of clarity and acceptance. Its like a book or movie…well to me at least. LOL
K-Mo: One of my favorite videos is “Just Fall”. Who’s idea was it to use the fluorescent paints? That was very creative.
E.D.O.T.: Really?! I’m glad you enjoyed it because we stepped out of the box on that one. The song for that video, “Are you Ready”, was actually the outro on Corruption 1: The Rise. I wanted the video to have the feel of a nightmare so it was pretty dark and a bit abstract. The paint was actually something i had thought would be cool in some instances. So when i brought the idea to Nick Carr, who handled the art direction, he took it a step further and Dave did his thing behind the lens.
K-Mo: How did you hook up with director David Prokopec?
E.D.O.T.: I met Dave through a friend of mine whose name ironically is also Dave. LOL Dave Hall was the Director for “Just Fall” and was one of the co-producers for “Make Me Fall.” He had told me Dave Prokopec was a genius behind the camera and I said “Get’em.” The rest is history
K-Mo: You just released Corruption 3, are you currently at Ground Floor Studios working on a new album/mixtape?
E.D.O.T.: Oh yeah… Im always working. I got the luxury having the best team of producers and artists u can find in not only Pittsburgh but anywhere. I always have a wide variety of QUALITY music at my fingertips whether it be from Ricky, Sayez, or Sym so theres always new material. But as far as my solo projects go……..I got some things on deck…no dates though. I put out a lot of music in the past year and i want to let it marinate for a second.
K-Mo: You’re travelling to the UK September 16th to perform for The Peacekeepers UK. How did you get involved with this and can you provide some details on the event?
E.D.O.T.: Well I was introduced to the whole Peacekeepers movement by Sarah Van Beek, who serves as their International Director. She and I had been working together for a while and when she explained what they were looking to do, I was more than happy to get involved. The Peacekeepers program is a Community Action Plan designed to help promote and KEEP the message of peace in communities. Unlike most of todays community outreach programs, The Peacekeepers are very adamant about formulating a plan of action and implementing it to its highest degree. They actually go out into the community to engage the youth while maintaining an open mind to the fact that these kids aren’t their parents and have much different obstacles to face. So its about education, awareness, but also its about bridging the gap. This is the main reason why I was all for being involved. They are having their international launch in the UK on Sept. 16 …which happens to be my birthday. LOL so its pretty exciting. All the details for the event can be found on their website http://thepeacekeepersuk.org
K-Mo: What else can we look forward to from EDOT in the second half of the year?
E.D.O.T.: Just more…Bigger and Better everything. I’m going to continue to be the EXAMPLE by making quality products. I’m going to keep raising the bar. Progress is Power.. I have a few tracks on Joey Fattz’s upcoming project “Joey’s World,” which is going to be a certified CLASSIC by the way, and we’re also working on a group project. But right now its all about CORRUPTION, JOEYS WORLD, LevelEOnline.com, and DemBoyzShopN.com. CrazyStraight LETTERMEN… Thats it!! Thats all!!
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After the first few on point tracks, “I Know” is definitely a highlight, with E.D.O.T. doing the hook himself over a hypnotizing beat and delivering some solid lines. “Hit-N-Run” is another highlight with a chantable memorable hook, epic production, and more consistent rhyming from E.D.O.T. “Take Me Home” was my favorite joint on here as the melody of the hook combined with the Diddy/Dirty Money feel of the track just made it so hype, can’t help but dance to this shit. “The Puppeteer” is also melodic but more somber, although the concept is brilliant. “Fallin” is a nice little upbeat track, with E.D.O.T. putting his skills on display in the department of flowing, and the hook is dope. “Domestic Violence” is a solid track about a subject that’s rarely discussed in hip hop and E.D.O.T. does it in a mature way with tight verses and a smooth ass beat.
I didn’t like “Party Favours” at all, but that could be just me, as it was really the overall feel I didn’t care for, the aggressiveness of the lyrics over the cheesy simplistic beat. Also while “The Break Up” was a good song about the trials and tribulations of a relationship, the track before it, “The Clean Up” didn’t quite pack the same punch, could have done with one and not both. Other than those couple of missteps you get a pretty consistently good album with this one. Although there are times when it does get a little boring, as the consistency leads to the ability to sort of lose concentration, but every listener is different and some will definitely soak this all right up.
Overall Corruption 2 is a solid effort, a good project from an all around good artist. E.D.O.T. has clearly paid his dues in the game and shows a powerful confidence that helps make this project worth checking out. From start to finish it’s consistent with E.D.O.T. bringing powerful lyrics, a tight flow, and a big production that is very well rounded. If you’re looking for a solid hip hop album, then Corruption 2: The Fall of Dotson should definitely be on your list to check out. 3/5
Originally from New Jersey, Gary Houston a.k.a “E.D.O.T”; 24, relocated to Pittsburgh in 2004 to attend Point Park University. It was during his tenure there, in which he obtained degrees in Business Management as well as Sports, Arts and Entertainment. While in Pittsburgh “E.D.O.T” met up with producer Mackenzie Stotts; a.k.a. Ricky P. From there, the duo collaborated to form Ground Floor Enterprises Inc; a music production company. Coming from a long line of entertainers, most notably, R&B/pop Icon Whitney Houston, “E.D.O.T.” , has been involved and influenced by music since birth. Refusing to live up to anyone else’s image of what he should be “E.D.O.T.” pushes his own personal limits; vowing to never fall short of his dreams and goals. He consistently uses each experience as a new chapter in his song book of music. Currently, after recently returning from Europe, “E.D.O.T.” has become more focused than ever. His latest project, “Corruption The Rise”, is due late September 2010, with “Corruption Pt 2 The fall of Dotson” to follow soon thereafter. “E.D.O.T” is already taking over the minds and hearts in his surrounding area. The next step is taking over the “world”, going above and beyond fulfilling his goals and dreams; one step at a Time.
Check out this interview with EDOT.