Revenge Of The Truence is an NYC based duo of emcees MuGGz and Tay Dayne who has been putting in work with their gritty, hard-nosed raps and recently released an EP L.R.A.C. We recently got them to give us some insight into their lives from their favorite movies, books to how this whole music thing started for them. So sit back relax and get to know more of Revenge of the Truence.
01. For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past several years…who on earth are you?
MuGGz: We are Revenge of the Truence, hip-hop duo from NYC. I’m Muggz on Drugz or MuGGz for short.
Tay Dayne: I’m Tay Dayne a/k/a Guru MORAH. We make dope hip-hop.
02. How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
MuGGz: When I was ten I had copped The Score from The Fugees. That was the inception. After that, there was no looking back. Progress is my main propellant. Going from here to there and knowing I’m getting better while improving the process.
Tay Dayne: I got into music pretty early; piano and violin lessons in my adolescence. I always knew music was my thing. From there I got into writing and producing around 14-15. What drives me forward is being able to drop our art and people being receptive to it. When people say the music helps them get through their day, or that they learned something from listening to one of our songs, that’s another motivator.
03. Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?
MuGGz: I don’t remember the very first record I layed down, but the first project that I recorded with the bros was a four-track project called, Live Thru Yours. There’s a single on there titled “In Time.” check it out…
Tay: Facts. “Live Thru Yours” was our first EP as “LTY MUSIC”. I think the first song I recorded in my youth was called “EnWhyCee.”
04. If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?
MuGGz: Sh*t, I dunno know. There’s been so many crazy moments just in the last eight years to keep it interesting. I remember one time we got scammed. ni**a pulled the okie doke and we got caught up. We not the type to just let that happen feel me, so we plotted the whole night, got no sleep, came back the next morning and got right. That def a story that would play out crazy on the big screen.
Tay Dayne: It would def have to include road trip stories; our trips to Boston for shows, our racist encounter in North Carolina, our show in Philly when MuGGz opened for Chinx, and also The Teddy Bruckshot era of LTY.
05. Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
MuGGz: I want to say yes, but to be honest I’m a pretty boring person [laughs]. I’m just tryna change the monetary dynamic for my family and friends, you feel me.
Tay Dayne: One fact many might not know is we are writers and creators of all kinds. It goes beyond hip-hop.
06. What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
MuGGz: Being able to create is almost priceless, so that means the most to me. If I had to change anything it would be to institute sub-genres of hip-hop cause its not all the same category. Just like you can’t put one hat onto rock music, we shouldn’t either with hip-hop.
Tay Dayne: I would agree. Being able to make art people engage with is the number one priority. Hip-hop is multi faceted, it’s not just one sound. So it should have sub sections.The industry is a business no changing that. As long as quality music exists, its all good.
07. Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
MuGGz: The birth of my children, hands down.
Tay Dayne: Having my son for sure.
08. What have been the biggest highlights?
MuGGz: Getting the opportunity to fly out to England and build with the bros out there was def a game changer for us so far. That’s my Most coveted accolade.
Tay Dayne: Same for me, the mini-UK tour. And to add to that; having people purchase and share the music worldwide from NY to Spain to Russia is very humbling and appreciated.
09. What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
Tay Dayne: I think the biggest challenge especially when I first started recording was being worried about not doing something 100 percent right. When you initially start anything you may be worried of failing. I realized quickly this is something I love to do, and regardless I began to put 100 percent in. I mixed as much as I could and wrote as much as I could. 5-6 years later and we’ve been able to build up worldwide attention…and its only growing.
MuGGz: Everyday is a struggle however you look at it. It’s easier to roll with the punches then it is to get hit and then react.
10. Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?
MuGGz: My heroes are the ancestors who died for me, for us. For me to even attempt the chance at building this platform.
Tay Dayne: Facts, same here.
11. Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
Tay Dayne: The coolest people we get to meet are the people who support are art. Were not interested in celebrities.
MuGGz: The team for sure are the coolest people I’ve met and the fans from around the world that show love and support every day of the week
12. When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
MuGGz: Generational wealth, knowing my great-grandkids are secure don’t have to take subservient positions in this world to keep the lights on.
Tay Dayne: Agreed. Longevity for my family and a music catalog few others can f*ck with.
13. What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
MuGGz: I would have to say performing at the Freedom Rally in Boston. There was like eight thousand people in attendance.
Tay Dayne: Same, the Freedom Rally in Boston had great energy, people were receptive to new music.
14. What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
Tay Dayne: I saw Chris Rock pull up in a movie theatre once. Homie walked in sunglasses and a hat like that. Sh*t made him invisible [laughs], and then he just walked back out. Maybe a new movie of his dropped and he was testing out the waters.
MuGGz: I have the worst luck when it comes to being at the right place at the right time. I’ve seen maybe two celebrities in my life, and both times were in the mid ‘90s.
15. Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
MuGGz: Dame Dash. Just to pick his brain and pick up any gems he would drop. I’d serve ‘em Tofu and rice, I know he’s vegan now.
Tay Dayne: I’m going to say Black Thought, one of the best emcees ever. Whatever he eat I got the tab.
16. Best books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
• No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
• Behold a Pale by Horse Milton William Cooper
• Mastery by Robert Greene
• E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX
Movies/TV: Taxi Driver, Fury, Clockers, Twelve. I don’t watch too much TV.
• Big Pun – Capital Punishment
• Cam’ron – Come Home With Me, Purple Haze
• Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth
• Capone-n-Noreaga – The War Report
*The list goes on for days…
• Papers by Dr. Francis Cress Welsing
• Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
• The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
• Smif-N-Wessun – Dah Shinin’
• Guru – Jazzmatazz Volume 1
• Outkast – Aquemini
Movies: Vanilla Sky, Manchurian Candidate, Lords of Dogtown.
TV Shows: I enjoy watching Westward and Devs most recently. I also like documentaries on black musicians.
*And our favorite website is of course, ROTPack.com
17. Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player
01. Big Pun – “Beware”
02. Cam’ron – “Killa Cam”
03. Big Pun – “Capital Punishment”
04. Conway the Machine – “Rex Ryan (feat. Westside Gunn & Roc Marciano)”
05. Papoose – “Alphabetical Slaughter”
01. Smif-N-Wessun – “Wrekonize”
02. Random Ace – “Chewbacca (feat. Roc Marciano)”
03. Omega Red – “Books of War (feat. MF DOOM & RZA)”
04. M.O.P. – “Street Certified (feat. Mobb Deep)”
05. Outkast – “Aquemini”
18. What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
MuGGz: I have been blessed with the gift of gab i.e I have a decent grasp of the English dialect.
Tay Dayne: I’m a Grand Architect when it comes to planning.
19. Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
MuGGZ: Follow me on IG: @Muggzondrugz
Tay Dayne: Yup, IG: @GurumorahLTY
And follow our group and label profiles too:
• ROT: @rot4ever
• LTY: @LiveThruYours
20. Any final thoughts?
We appreciate you guys taking the time out to tap in with us. Stayed tuned….we have a bevy of releases slated to drop. Once again, thank you your support, it means the most. In the meantime, go check out our latest releases; H1N1—produced entirely by Endemic Emerald—and L.R.A.C. which just dropped on July 05.
You can also check out their previous release H1N1 on all DSPs here.