Peedo Shooting for La
12/8/04 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
From sun-drenched Miami
comes Peedo, the first and only MC of the Luna Empire. A
native of the Bronx, the Dominicano continues to lace hot
beats produced by a team of producers who represent Luna
to the fullest.
Peedo gained notoriety in
Miami by taking out a slew of MCs which helped solidify
his credibilty as a battle rapper. Encounters
with Fat Joe and KRS One led to notable album guest spots,
as well as touring opportunities and t.v. appearances.
Peedo took time out from promoting his latest mixtape to speak
with LatinRapper about repping for Dominicans, battles, and
being part of a budding independent label.
Where did the name Peedo come from?
That's a family name, right there, all the Joses in my family,
we call them Chelo or Peedo.
You've established a name for yourself in Florida, would
you rather stick to the indie game and eat, or possibly
sacrifice the dollars to get recognition faster with the
Right now we just going with the flow, I always been doing it
independently, I always do it from here to New York
constantly. If an opportunity comes that helps me spread my
name or the [Luna] Empire a little faster, I'll definitely go
with the flow and try to get a little more promotion as fast
as possible. Never let a good opportunity go away, know what I
What else are you involved with besides rapping?
Luna Empire, we have producers, you know, we have song
writers, we have a street team. And we have a clothing company
called Abstract, that's been doing real good for us lately,
all with the same goal.
Joe was on the cover of the Source rocking an Abstrak
Yeah, that was one of the Abstrak shirts, Joe was one of our
first customers. He was the first one to really give us that
major look like that, help Abstrak out big time. Of course
he's been helping us a lot, its been a blessing.
There aren't too many known Dominican rappers in the game
save for Triple Seis and AZ. Do you feel any pressure to rep
for Dominicans in your music?
And JuJu from Beatnuts.
I can't believe I left him off, I'm a huge Beatnuts fan.
I wanna represent Dominicans, I wanna definitely do for
Dominicans what Pun did for the Boricuas, definitely shed
light on the culture and the people . It's just a new culture
to the game, definitely wanna let them know that we have
skills also. I'm ready to represent for my people, we been a
part of the game.
Who are some of the artists you two have been working with
A lot of Luna Empire artists; my man James, of course KRS One,
me and Fat Joe are working on a song we about to release, its
gonna be crazy. Couple of things about to come out, man,
couple of things out there. Working with Tiffany Miranda,
she's definitely very talented, she plays her own piano, all
types of instruments, runs her own pro tools studio, very
talented working with her.
Whose doing your production?
95% of the beats I ever spit on are all from the Luna Empire
team, which is Gato, Bam Bam, Rob, my man Phil up in New York,
my man Cez.
Who are some of the artists that have influenced you?
Well, the major artists were Slick Rick, KRS One, Biggie
Smalls, Big L, Big Punisher, Fat Joe and of course Nasty Nas.
Been a lot of people influenced by them, I listen to those
songs... and 2pac. I admire his work ethic, you know.
You did a track on KRS One's Kristyles, how did you manage
to hook up with the blastmaster?
Its crazy, I was up in New York for an MTV battle, been in
line 14 hours for a battle, and it never happened. Some chaos
broke out in the line, they canceled the show. The very next
day, my cousin Gato bumps into KRS in the street. KRS says,
‘oh you got beats? Bring your beats, bring Peedo, lets see
what you got'. And that was the magic.
You earned your stripes as a battle MC, word is you beat
out a few dozen guys at one of Tony Toca's competitions, tell
us about that.
That was back in the days, Tony Touch... That's when I first
really started rapping publicly. Tony touch came to Miami, did
a 42- mc battle. I came in first place, that let me know that
I could really do this. Something here I can take farther than
Some artists known for freestyling, like Eyedea, end up
dropping albums that don't cause a stir. Do you think there's
a freestyle jinx?
I think its two different skills, you know freestyling is one
skill that not every rap artist possesses, and vice versa, a
lot of freestylers don't posses the power to write good songs.
At a young age, I started out freestyling but wanted to be
bigger than a freestyle rapper, so I really hit the pen and
exercised how to create a song.
So if you could battle anyone, who would it be?
Hmmm (long pause). I don't know , I'm not really interested in
battling anyone right now, I'm interested in making good music
and proving to the people, this is real hip hop right here.
So do you still battle?
Tell you the truth, I don't really battle. I battle as an
every day thing within my crew and to exercise my freestyle
ability, but as far as going to shows, I wanna evolve to the
next level of mcing. But if somebody wants it, they can get it
So you're not going to answer my question about the
battling. Well not talking about now, but say it was back in
the day, there wasn't anyone you wanted to battle, not for
victory, but just to know you battled with them or walked away
from a cypher with them?
Well uh, I got the chance to be in cyphers with some of my
favorite MCs, people like Jeru The Damaja, KRS One, Lord
Finesse, these are guys I looked up to since I was very young.
Not battling but in a cypher. Big Pun, Fat Joe, Tony Touch,
you know as far as that, I'm always down for a cypher, man,
I'm always looking to the next big cypher. I would love to
kick freestyles with all my favorite artists. As far as
battling, I'm on the level that I just wanna put my crew on,
really establish the Luna Empire and let them know we more
than just some freestylers, we in to make music, for the
longevity of it.
You're down with Godfree and Luna Empire, how's life on a
well promoted indie?
Right now its crazy, it's a lot of pressure, I'm the only
artist, but I love it, keeps me busy, keeps me in the studio.
Everyone doing their part, keep on doing what they do ‘til
they master their part. Everyone does their position super
well, we're functioning as a unit and we're gonna keep it
Have you guys been touring or doing shows out of state?
Yeah, we actually did with KRS One, we did shows all over the
country. Been to Los Angeles, New York city, whole state of
Florida, Philadelphia, just a lot of different places. When I
do the shows with KRS One, I'm not the opening act, I'm side
by side on the stage with him. I really appreciate the love
KRS One has shown me and the Luna Empire.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have the "KRS One presents Peedo and the Luna Empire" in
stores now. I have a new project that I'm working on now, its
called Southeast Beast, its gonna be Peedo with two down South
very well respected artists. This project's gonna be with
Black Pacino and D Cell and Peedo. Definitely gonna be
something the South is gonna feel. I want people to know that
I'm one of the few artist that represents two coasts. I
represent my birthplace, New York city, and Miami, to the
fullest. And I don't give a f**k what anyone says about that.
Any last message you'd like to add?
The luna empire, 2005 is our year! We're coming to bring the
essence of hip hop back to the music, along with the most
respected mc to ever walk the planet, KRS One. The Luna Empire
is here to bring a new culture to hip hop, the Dominicans. And
like I said, I represent two coasts, New York city and Miami,
(in I don't give a f**k voice) whether the haters like it or
not. I wanna give a special shout out to the Terror Squad
family and the Temple of Hip Hop family, and everybody that's
shown love throughout the years, we gonna keep fighting, gonna