I had to throw up this Ill Bill verse, been a minute since I heard something from him…
Here’s a piece of an interview that 7th Boro did with Nonphixion’s Goretex p/k/a Gore Elohim a few days ago…
Spe27: Non Phixion got back together for some reunion shows last year. What lead up to you guys deciding to perform again?
Gore Elohim: A lot of reasons led up to us wanting to reform the group. We wanted to finish what we started, which, realistically, was a whole new genre at the time. As a group we had a certain power. Lyrically, spiritually and musically that we felt we needed to continue. The way it ended, which was not my choice, hurt a lot of fans. Simply put. We aren’t the kind of group you throw a record on and act casually about it. You’re in or out. And when you’re in, it’s a much bigger picture. Personally, I had a lot of unfinished business and wanted to make the fans happy and feel like we care about them. Most groups or rappers don’t give a shit. We actually loved / love our fans. Over the years, the impact of what you do sometimes is unknown until it’s not there anymore. It hurt the fans. Some of these kids were buried with Non Phixion albums, shirts and stuff. Sadly, in Tennessee, a kid hung himself while listening to “The Future Is Now”, trying to get off of drugs and didn’t make it. I can go on about stories. A young couple overdosed while on their way to a NP show. The girl contacted me via Myspace then and told me shed been waiting for years, and how excited she was to see us live finally. That bothered me. They died in the car in front of the venue. I don’t do this for me anymore.
Spek27: Tell us the reason behind the name change from Goretex to Gore Elohim?
Gore Elohim: Around 2006, I get an email from a lawyer from the company stating we had a big problem. I knew something wasn’t right. It was highly improbable this company would know anything about my career. This was right after the breakup, so I knew shit wasn’t right. Or someone was a rat. I was sued, went to court all of that. We worked it out and I became actually cool with Gore-Tex…but it was unpleasant at the time. The name change fucked everything up for a few years. Something which was planned, and I even got their lawyer to admit someone told on me. A rat will die in the street alone. I am still recovering from that now, and mad heads still don’t know what the fuck is up. All good. I had a dream one night and Gore Elohim appeared. I don’t have a permanent name to this day. Does it even matter anymore?
Spek27: On the original pressing of Legacy, it has “David Blaine” etched into the vinyl. What’s the story behind that?
Gore Elohim: The “Legacy” record back in the day, and the inclusion of David Blaine was interesting. MC Serch, who was in the group at this time, told me about this new cat David, who was not just some Copperfield kinda cat. I felt he was a warlock, under extreme magical subjugation. Otherworldly. Serch invited him to see the new group he was in. He came through, I rolled 20 blunts and that was it. He performed his rituals in the studio, and Serch thought it fitting to engrave his name on the wax as a tribute to our beginning and memory. I also got Serch high that night, so that may have been an additive.
Spek27: The Stretch & Bobbito documentary was recently released. You guys were regulars on the show. Any comment on that?
Gore Elohim: We had nothing to do with that documentary, nor asked. Surprising, since I was the one of the first 5 listeners of Bobbito in June of 1991.
Caught this, of all places, on MySpace. Didn’t know the site still existed lol..Here’s the group take on working with Pete Rock on “If You Got Love”…
Ill Bill: I’m pretty sure Pete Rock brought the SP-1200 to the studio—we recorded that song in Battery and that was a treat ’cause so many great albums were made in that studio. We didn’t talk about Pete Rock doing a verse on the song, but the part he does on the hook was always real important for me to get that and have him do it. He was with it. I envisioned his voice saying that in my head and once it was done it sounded even better than I had envisioned it sounding like.
Goretex: Working with Pete Rock was definitely another good memory. At this point we were being very picky for the better of the album—we weren’t just trying to pick people who were hot. We were being very specific, even down to the music that was being sampled. Pete played us a lot of beats and, I’ll be honest with you, I’m definitely not a “yes man” and if I’m not feeling it, I’m not gonna put on a mask and say it’s ill just because Pete Rock did it. He played a lot of beats that were great but just weren’t for us—they just didn’t have that thing that really fit the Non Phixion vibe. We didn’t want to break his balls and annoy him and ask him for a hundred beats, but we explained that we’d know the vibe when we heard it. Eventually then he sent us the beat that became “If You Got Love” and it worked out dope.
DJ Eclipse: Pete Rock was quick, so quick. He did his thing and he’d just hit buttons [in the studio]. The track he gave to us, the way he chopped up that sample, it was crazy to see that. We knew the original [sample], but to hear how he chopped it up and see him hitting it out on the keys, it was so dope, man.
Goretex: Me being the fanboy that I am, I got to ask Pete Rock certain things about production on Mecca & The Soul Brother. To me that’s such an influential album, even with C.L. Smooth. When people talk about influence, I can’t say C.L. made me rhyme a certain way, but he was dope because he was broadening the vocabulary and the cadences that hip-hop was using. As far as samples on that album, I was just trying not to annoy Pete Rock by asking too much. I didn’t want to go too deep so that he was like, “Yo, this guy won’t shut the fuck up.” But he was open to everything I asked him, like why he picked this bassline to go with this and that. He was really cool about everything and I think we hit it off. We definitely smoked out, we definitely got a bunch of that blueberry kush and we meditated.
Sabac Red: Pete Rock was very dope. I remember a lot of conversations with him and one story he told us about working with Big Pun. I loved Big Pun—he was amazing to me—and I remember Pete Rock telling us a story about going to Big Pun’s crib and trying to get him out of bed and saying, “Hey, Pun, come on, we’ve got to get to the studio to do this track.” He told us how Pun went to the studio eating all this salami and guzzling this two liter bottle of soda but yet he spit this verse that was all in one take and absolutely amazing.
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