Add the verse
Salt Lake City rapper to perform at Wired
February 22, 2008
Steamboat Springs — On the album he just finished, Salt Lake City rapper Adverse (or David Hunt) plays both Nick Nolte and a serial killer. It’s a concept record, loosely based on “Another 48 Hrs.”
In Hunt’s mind, Nick Nolte is a fun-loving, laidback guy – you would need that kind of creativity to lay down 24 tracks in 24 hours, which is what he did with a couple of producers and one other rapper.
Tonight, Adverse will join local hip-hop artists Ocelot and B_Where for a live show at Wired Lounge. He answered questions from 4 Points about what makes a solid hip-hop set, how he’s grown as a rapper and how to recreate a 1980s cop movie.
4 Points: So, according to your Web site, you just finished a concept album about “Another 48 Hrs.” Where did that idea come from, and how did the recording process go?
Adverse: This is a follow-up to another album that was made by these guys called “48 Hrs,” which they did in two days and was mostly instrumentals. They wanted to have more songs with full raps on them with concepts, so they asked me.
Brisk and Finale (the producers) bought 48 bucks worth of records Saturday morning, and came home and made 20 beats out of the records.
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Concise (the other rapper) and I sat down and made up the concept of the album, very loosely based on “Another 48 Hrs.” In our version, Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy’s characters are avid (drug users), slightly crooked yet lovable cops working overtime on a serial killer case.
I play the serial killer and the Nick Nolte part while Concise plays the Eddie Murphy character in a kind of rap opera. There is a car chase, a graduation from police academy, a stakeout, lots of 5 o’clock shadow and a lot of fun. We recorded 24 songs the next day, Sunday. It was a long day.
4 Points: How did you get into rapping?
Adverse: I started rapping in seventh grade, and I have done it for 15 years, though only seriously for about 10.
4 Points: What have you learned about writing rhymes in that time?
Adverse: I began early with the belief that rhymes and rapping were the highest form of expression available to my generation. Then, I wrote many, became jaded, and now am returning to my appreciation for the art.
I have learned that a rapper takes you on a journey over the beat, in place of the melody, which most people are used to hearing do all the work.
The work in a rap song is the breath pattern of the rapper, the rhyme scheme, syllabic placement, phrasing and the ability to say something while sounding good saying it.
If you can appreciate that, then you won’t be caught saying, ‘All rap sounds the same’ or ‘It’s too repetitive and nothing happens.’
In a good rap song, all those elements are at work in marvelous ways.
4 Points: What makes for a good live hip-hop show?
Adverse: A good rap show is certainly a matter of taste, because people go wild for major label artists who just twirl T-shirts and say half of their rhymes while back-up dudes fill in the blanks, and that can be fun.
Or, you have a group like Glue with Adeem, who have a completely synchronized set with a DJ and producer playing an MPC who knows the rapper’s flows and tailors the music live to his performance.
I just like to hear someone with a good flow and some stage presence. If the flow is good, you don’t need much else.