By: Tim Baker
How does one describe perfection in human form? Some would say Michaelango's statue of Michael
is true perfection, but those people never met one Rob Sonic or Rob Sonique as he is called in small
Parisian town he grew up in. Rob has gone on to master the art of the raps and the producings
which is evident on his new record Sabotage Gigante now available from on Definitive Jux records.
I took some time to sit down with Rob aka Bobby Sonzarelli aka The Sonz to discuss his new record,
tours, hopes for man kind and all things in between. Enjoy this journey into the mind of a genius.
Oh and Rob will be there as well.
Philaflava: Hi Rob. Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. Let's jump right into
it. What is Sabotage Gigante all about?
Rob Sonic: Hi Tim, I guess Sabotage Gigante when I made meant, me throwing a monkey wrench into
people's perception of what they felt was the flavour of the month. Now though in a very scary
instance of life imitating art it's our government controlled media and all the leaders of the
world becoming surreal characters not unlike the scantly clad women and clowns on bikes featured
in the Don Francisco hosted Sabado Gigante which I barrowed the name from.
PF: What outside of music influenced your direction on this record?
RS: The video game Gorf mostly, It kind of encompassed everything wrong with the upright video game .
age of the 80's which I grew up in, cause it was like mash up of space invaders/galaga/missile command
but really not as good as any of them kind of like music seems to be. I guess once you get to this many
copies of anything the degradation begins to show and the quality begins to wane. So I just wanted to
make a record in which I paid attention to not doing what other people are doing at the time. Don't
know if I nailed it but I hope I didn't make Gorf!
PF: Any touring plans for the next year or so?
RS: I'm on tour through November with Aesop Rock in support of his new record and mine. We do the show
together which is really ill. We both kind of feed of each other so it's like an event as opposed to
just being like you rap I rap Etc. Come see us in your life.
PF: What TV character you most relate too and why?
RS: Higgins from Magnum PI, Cause I'm an old British man with Doberman Pincers and a wicked sarcastic
streak that could turn Bill O'reilly into Punky Brewster.
PF: If you could fight one celebrity to the death who would it be and why?
RS: Wilfred Brimley, cause he demands things from me. I may not want oatmeal or "Dia-bee-tis" but
nooooo, he is actually forcing it on me. So fuck him and his bad attitude.
PF: Fill in the blank - milk milk lemonade around the corner (blank) is made.
RS: From here? "Crack" there is definitely Crack being made.
PF: If you could eliminate 5 things from hip hop music what would they be and why?
RS: Top 5 are:
1. Grillz - I had fronts when I was a kid and anyone who knows me knows that my teeth are not
exactly straight, therefore the decision to draw more attention to them was maybe "not so much"
if you know what I mean.
2. Over Bearing Sample Laws - Because people are tripping man, I mean who says no! You can't pay me
a G or 2 or tell people who I am in your record for a song that never made any money ever or
ever got me any notoriety. Come on man, Come ON!
3. Video Girlz Clothes - Because, I mean hell... even Silk Tymes Leather showed a portion of the nip
in the Do Your Dance video, weather intentional or not they were on the right track.
4. The new guy dances - because it's guys dancing and Scoop and Scrap lover they aren't.
5. Harry. I would eliminate Hip Hop Harry with extreme prejudice.
PF: Death Metal - God's curse or God's gift?
RS: Gift, glorious gift, GOATBLEEDER! bitch
PF: Jimmy Jam or Terry Lewis - who makes the magic happen.
RS: Hmmm, tough call cause on one hand neither of them could hold teddy 's (Riley) jock but Jimmy Jam sure could play a mean keyboard guitar.
PF: Favorite album to make love too?
RS: Metallica - Master of Puppets
PF: Favorite album to cry too?
RS: Too-Rye-Ay -Dexy's Midnight Runners
PF: If you had to chose one rapping or producing which would it be and why?
RS: Producing just because you can always learn new instruments and honestly Rap is way too important to me. I hate when everyone does it like just stop already OK?
PF: Is despot a forest nymph or an Elfin king?
RS: Elfin Nymph
PF: Top 5 albums right now
PF: How come we didn't think about doing a Kayne vs. 50 type beef to promote our records?
RS: We did the 50 Vs. The Game beef right here on philaflava and it ended up peacefully and I don't want anyone to get shot.
PF: Where would you rank your album in the mix with these classics:
- Jodeci - Diary of a Mad Band
- Murphy's law - bong
- Maroon 5's first record
- Maroon 5's second record
- Johnny Mathais' Christmas album
RS: Way below any of those. Come one dude no ones that good.
PF: Which R&B bitches do you have dreams of fucking?
RS: You mean like a hot singer chick with a banging body making, mad dough??? Oh yeah, none of them none what so ever. Ask me about
really unstable porn stars who get busy to pay the Con Ed bill and you're talking my language.
PF: Favorite Special Ed song?
PF: If you had to describe Reggie in 5 words what would they be? Oh and you can't use fat, stupid, gay or depressing to be around.
RS: Diesel, Brollic, Hardcore, King, Enya.
PF: Do you have a message you would like to give to the world?
RS: Peace is not the word to play.
PF: Do you have a message you would like to give to the kids at philaflava?
RS: Play is not the kid to peace.
You can read more about Rob Sonic at definitivejux.net