E’fect is in his own words “a gangster rapper with a unique raw underground feel”. He records out of Seattle, Washington with his own label, IceBoxXx Entertainment. Being a white man, rapping is a tougher feat than usual but E’fect handles the task well. He is definitely and up-and-comer in the rapping world. Expect good things from him in the future.
I first met him on, off all places, an online poker website. We got to talking about my now defunct horror website, Wheels of Terror, and he recorded a rap song that I wrote for my site. You can hear it, HERE.
E’fect has agreed to be interviewed and has allowed me to use his answers and image in this article.
Thanks to E’fect for his time.
Why did you begin rapping?
E’fect: Back in 2002 – 2003 I was friends with some gangster rappers that were on another label here in Seattle so just from being around them everyday for 2 years I just kind of picked up on it. But during that time I never recorded any music I just wrote rhymes; until I had a falling out with one of the rappers and I recorded my first song “Punk Mutha F****” as a diss track towards him. Thus was born E’fect.
Why did you choose the name E’fect?
E’fect: One of my good friends goes by Cauze aka C-Run and we were to be Cauze & E’fect but after I released my first song he was afraid to be affiliated musically with IceBoxXx Entertainment.
How would you describe your style of rap?
E’fect: It is gangster rap with a unique raw underground feel. I say that because I speak on things that happened in my life or others around me.
Who has most influenced your work?
E’fect: I don’t know if I can really say one person or group has influenced me more than another. I know growing up I listened to a lot of West Coast rap such as Eazy – E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, A-Wax, E-40, 2Pac, and some others would be Bone Thugs -N- Harmony, The Wu-Tang Clan, and The Geto Boys.
What is the most memorable moment in your rapping career?
E’fect: Just recently when I was able to work with some one who I had listened to before I started rapping and who was and is my favorite rapper A-Wax.
What is it like being in the minority, as a white rapper?
E’fect: It is some what more difficult as a white rapper because I think you do have to be that much better (musically) than the next man if you want to stand out and not be discriminated against.
Where can fans listen to and buy your music?
E’fect: They can listen to it at www.myspace.com/efecticeboxxx and at www.soundclick.com/efect if they are interested in getting my album “From Da Streetz 2 Organized Krime Vol.2” contact me on myspace and let me know you read this here and I’ll e-mail it to you free.
What is the IceBoxXx Entertainment (besides your Indie label) and how did it begin?
E’fect: It is my family; not my relatives literally but my family non-the less. It my artists, my producer, my homies, it’s my house, my studio, besides that I’d just say it’s my label. The IceBoxXx was born about a year after I started rapping. At first I call it SoundE’fect Studios then when I linked up with Push A P, Wet Money, and DJ KieFBoXXX and formed IceBoxXx Entertainment. The name was chosen by a homie randomly because of the reflective material we had on the walls and the little glass blocks that happen to be in studio at the time. It was a good name so it stuck.
If you could offer new rappers, who are serious about the business, advice, what would it be?
E’fect: Keep making music, like every thing else in life it takes time… practice and repetition… and HUSTLE get your music out there and make it heard…
What does the future hold for E’fect?
E’fect: By the end of 2008 a new album feature 2 top names from the Bay, a new music video, and more… all you got to do is stay posted to my myspace page for updates.