I’ve been following Detroit MC duo The Regiment since they did a track with my homie Alter Ego. I’m really into their music and respect their work – make sure you check out their new album Live From the Coney Island. Shout out to The Regiment for letting me do this interview with them! Grab your CD copy on fifthelementonline or digital copy on iTunes & appreciate!
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1.Introduce your team.
We are The Regiment, OSI and ISEQOLD from Detroit Michigan. Our music is positive Hip Hop. We just try to make good music with a meaning and stand out by not conforming to gimmicks and popular themes. We are too Secular for gospel and too Gospel for secular genres so we like the lane we have created and maintained. Our message is we love God, we love Hip Hop and we love people so we try to bring positive and creative music from those view-points.
Ise- I am the mild mannered rapper with the sharp undertone. I try to make everything as easy on the listener as possible as long as you can catch all of the lyrics.
OSI- well.. I would think my style is raw energy and love using patterns to help describe my vision for the listeners… Overall abstract with a Boom Bap feel.
2.What is the ‘why’ behind your music?
Our music is positive Hip Hop. We just try to make good music with a meaning and stand out by not conforming to gimmicks and popular themes. We are too Secular for gospel and too Gospel for secular genres so we like the lane we have created and maintained. Our message is we love God, we love Hip Hop and we love people so we try to bring positive and creative music from those view-points.
3.How you guys collaborate?
Funny you should ask, we met in college at University of Detroit. During that time I was a freestyle battle rapper (ISE) who never recorded before and OSI was already seasoned in the original Regiment with then group member C.Reid. After the group disbanded we linked up a few times and hit it off. We had some different plans in the works at first but after praying on what to do ultimately we reformed the existing group. It took some time for sure to blend our personalities but we are family and that’s what families do. We have to make it work.
4.What are one of your own favorite rap quotes and why?
OSI: I would say that my one would be the opening from Clarity on “Panic Button” and Motor City Gusto from the new album.
(Back stage eyes closed in my knee’s, head bowed hands clutched and sqeezed, voice trembling ask the Lord please keep me focused, thank you for this gift you made us stronger, your guidance, abundance, it rests upon us, thank you for the angels you loaned us, that kept me from sinning against opponents who prayed for my downfall) – True story from one of our best shows
Iseqold: That is a great question, I would probably have to say Beauty of a Day, Get Away and 3 Am in Detroit Too many rhymes to quote but they meant the world to me when I wrote them. Those are easily the most emotional songs I feel I have done.
5.Tell audience about your latest album concept
The third official album “Live From the Coney Island” created by us and super producer Nick Speed. The concept was actually to write from the view of someone who lives in Detroit and the stories of those who live here as well. We speak to the fan of Detroit hip hop more than anyone else I think though. This album is for other artist there to appreciate as much if not more than the fans, because the display of skill is tailored for that demographic.
6. Are there any producers or MCs you would like to collaborate with?
That is an unfair question, but the answer is yes. So for the sake of time let’s limit this to about 5. DJ Premier, Araab Muzic, The Buchanan’s, RJD2 and Oddisee.