Ottawa, ON – Our very first interview with Ottawa/Toronto MC Eternia who, as of 2010, has become one of the most recognizable names connected to the brand of Canadian hip-hop. Check out this early interview with Eternia frm a Tough Dumplin’ Tour that stopped in her hometown of Ottawa.
HipHopCanada: Your down with the Tough Dumplin’ camp. How did you link up with those cats?
Eternia: Well, how do I make this short? Basically, Collizhun (of Nefarius) and I always used to run into each other at hiphop shows in T.O. around 1997 . . . he showed me love after the first time he saw me spit, from then we were peace. So years later we end up on the same bill together, opening for Mystic in London . . . and he saw how I had grown lyrically over the years, asked me to jump on a track for his album – then saw how well we vibed together in the studio, so asked me if I wanted to do my own album. Doing the track with him was basically a test . . . and I passed I guess! Tough Dumplin also includes Adversaree the N.M.E . . . . a sick, sick lyricist . . . look out for his shit soon . . .
HipHopCanada: What is the name of the track? Will this be the first Eternia video released through Tough Dumplin’?
Eternia: Well – I gotta clarify that actually. The video, named “Sorrow Song”, is seperate from Tough Dumplin . . . it is produced by a dude in Rochester named Rudeboy, and remixed by Jigsaw Productions in T.O. (Bounce and Bookworm). Collizhun helped with the remix, other than that there’s really no Tough Dumplin affiliation. Why? Well, it was a solo track I had swimmin’ around for a minute, even before I hooked up with Collizhun. I never really knew if I’d have the guts to drop it (due to the nature of the track, and the chillness of it . . . would it be a good first release?) but many people convinced me otherwise . . . many people were touched by the joint, including the director (Erskine Ford from Vancity) who convinced me to shoot it. The rest is history.
HipHopCanada: Who directed your video? Did he/she take care of all the creative elements or did you have a specific concept for the video when you set out to make it?
Eternia: Well – that would be Erskine Ford, or Skin for short. It was dope, he found out about me through a lil excerpt in PEACE mag, and called me . . . buggin me for a solo track . . . [Laughing] I really worked with him on the ideas for the video, although the official ‘creative’ he wrote. He knew what I wanted tho, and it corresponded with my concept of the song and the way I wanted to be depicted. Like one thing I told him straight out: I do not want to be depicted as a victim in this video, I don’t want it to look like some corny r&b video when the singer is breakin’ up with their ex . . . u know? So we focused on the universal appeal of the track . . . the fact that anyone of my listeners can identify with the subject, and probably went through some shit of they own . . . u know? The video is those audience members’ visceral experiences, their flashbacks, their identification with my words.
HipHopCanada: Where and when can we expect to see this video?
Eternia: Ahhhh . . . yes. Well, MuchMusic and MTV Canada and Musique Plus should all be gettin hit off with a copy in mid-October, right after Thanksgiving. When we see it depends on who calls/emails in to bug them to see it! *laugh* We know we gonna see it, though, on an “On-Set” segment mid October, because Much Music came through to my video and shot some live stuff while we were makin it. So that’s dope. I’m just proud we made this video, period, I think Skin, the director of photography James Liston (he did a bunch of Swollen Member’s videos), and D-Squared (production house) did an incredible job . . . its off the hook to me . . . hopefully the rest of the world will get a chance to peep it.
HipHopCanada: For the DJs . . . has vinyl for the track been released or is it being released when the video comes out?
Eternia: They gonna kill me! The track was put out by Phem Phat and Universal on a compilation called “Honey Drops” . . . whether vinyl drops of that compilation is really up to them . . . at this point I don’t know if thats going down or not, it probably depends on the sales of the cd (www.phemphat.com). We don’t have plans to release this track on vinyl ourselves, BUT plans for an Eternia/Tough Dumplin vinyl single is in the works right now . . . fresh material . . . BRAND SPANKIN NEW . . .
HipHopCanada: When is the full-length Eternia album dropping? Rumour has it that all sorts of emcees/DJs will be making special appearances . . . any comment?
Eternia: That’s the infamous question! The album doesn’t have an exact release date as yet, we are still recording it . . . it’ll be done soon though, and we aiming for a summer 2003 release. We hopin to drop that single on vinyl I was talkin about before that . . . asap, basically, but u know how this business is sometimes . . . About the guest appearances: well, . . . I have no comment! Except to say that anybody who knows who my crew is, and who my peoples are, should know what to expect . . . I rep Nextra, I rep Tough Dumplin, and Atomz Fam/Def Jux is my extended fam . . . do the math.