Detroit deejay/producers Dez and Butter present the Dr. Zodiak-directed music video for “Heavy Hittaz”, featuring Kurupt & Boldy James. “Heavy Hittaz” is the new single from A Piece Of The Action, Dez & Butter’s new album out now featuring Kool G. Rap, Elzhi, Pacewon, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Kokane, Fuzz Scoota, BO$$ and Big Rube. The “Heavy Hittaz” video follows the previous clip for “Legends In The Game” featuring Hell Rell and Wesley Valentine (watch). “Kurupt is one of the most humblest veterans I ever met,” says Butter. “He sent the verse back, I let Boldy hear it and it was on. I’ve been knowing Boldy for years, so it was automatic. Kurupt told me he would be in Detroit, so we all met up in downtown Detroit to shoot the video. We got kicked out of the hotel where we were shooting the video, but finished shooting at Saint Andrew’s Hall. The Homies Trick Trick and MC Lee from Detroit’s Most Wanted showed up.” Butter has also confirmed a full-length collaboration between him and Boldy. “Boldy James and I recorded six bangers. I laid some cold beats down for him with cuts and scratches and the works. DJ Dez produced a track with Kokane for the West Coast with Boldy as well. The project will be ready top of the year.”
Do you have any experience with the Sacramento hiphop scene or its artists? Have you ever been to Sacramento?
I Chopped it up with C-Bo, got a drop from him. He came to Detroit a few times. I dig his music, his lyrics and his flow is super ill. I gotta get him on a track. I did a show in Sac once with Esham and Mastamind. We toured the West Coast for a few shows. That was a great experience for me. Esham is a Detroit legend. R.I.P. T.N.T.
How did you go about choosing the guests for your new album A Piece Of The Action?
It was on Dez and I’s Bucket List to work with alot of those people on the album. I’ve been knowing the Outsidaz for mad years since D-12 and Eminem was working with them. I broke a few of their tracks on my earlier mixtapes. I always wanted to get Pacewon on a track. Young Zee is one of my favorites also. I called a ton of artists to work with and those are some of the few I was able to work with with the time I had. A lot of the emcees from Detroit who are on the album, I just wanted to break bread with as well as being a fan of their music. Getting the chance to bond with rappers like Kokane and shooting videos with him was a dream come true. My little brother is proud of that type of shit, because we grew up to his music.
How did you and Dez create the beats? Were they joint collaborations? Or he produced some and you produced some?
Dez made half the beats, and I made the other half with the help of bass guitar expert Larry Live. I can’t forget about Konphlict of Tha Almighty Dreadnaughtz letting us use his studio for countless days. Be on the lookout for him and his crew new music.
How much of it was recorded in person versus over the internet? How do you feel about internet collaborations?
Most of it was person to person. I hate the fact that I haven’t met Kool G. Rap yet. That was over the internet. He called me personally while I was working on Big Tone’s video “The Crib” with Dez. Dude called me by my government name out the blue. I’m trying to bring him to Detroit soon though.
Who’s your favorite rapper of all time and why?
Rakim is my favorite rapper. His first album Paid In Full is still ahead of its time. The homie Mark Hicks from Shady Records put that tape in our best friend Illy-Ill’s casket when I was 15. I watched him perform when he came to the city and was dropping tears. Rakim is gangsta without cusswords.