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Cocareef X Killy Shoot X Onaje Jordan Interview

What It Sound Like?

Had the chance to sit down and chop it up with hosts of the new smoker, Full Metal Kleptos. One of the singles recently released from upcoming Diaz Brothers collaboration by Cocareef. A producer cooking up food for the soul.

First off, peace to the squad. Thanks for joining us here at Rhyme All Night!

My first question is for the group. This song brings three states together, Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

What’s the love like in your town?

Cocareef: The love out here in Jersey is isolated amongst each movement and artist, not too much Unity, so the reaction from the single is mostly coming from out of state and across the Country, but we have a strong following and support group from overseas. The Reaction to this Team up is Crazy, nothing but positive feedback. This whole album has an All-Star Line-Up Thanks to Onaje sounding the horn out to his Team of Artist.


Onaje Jordan: Chicago is very supportive of our art.  How’s the reaction to the recent team up? The reaction is beautiful. Me, Coca and Killy have separate fan bases and all of them have been supportive.


Killy ShootThe love out here is good, been grinding hard and getting good recognition. The reaction of us getting down is not too surprising because I have worked with Onaje before and have heard a little bit of Cocareef already so when he asked to build on the project it seemed like a dope fit!

RAN: I’m in South Florida, myself. It is a mix of what each of you said. Depending on the town your in, it could be supportive. Then there are some parts don’t want to see someone close to them do well. I feel once the art gets heard, the love overcomes the hate.

Onaje, we need to know what hidden genres do you listen to that inspire your beats?

Onaje: When it comes to digging I have no discrimination. Lately, I have been finding gems in 70’s film scores.


Killy Shoot, how much pressure got relieved after releasing The Killing Time?

Killy ShootIt was a good weight off my shoulders I can admit. To have worked with so many dope producers and put out a well-received product was a dope feeling. That project really drew some good attention and got a few more to listen to my sound.


Where in the realms does all this energy stem from Cocareef?

Cocareef: Lol,  I release all of me into the Music, I let my eccentric side bounce off the walls of the booth and all them voices roaming around can finally be heard with no filter but the one covering my Mic. I let all of my stress out in that studio and when life comes with its everyday bullsh*t, I take it out on the game and Beat the Booth up and come out with another Banga.


RAN: I could sense that in the each of you. From the classic digs by Onaje, I could tell you listen to the entire piece when sampling. I’ve been hearing so much from Killy since the EP, that ethic is paying off. Look how great talents link up like this. All that stress you let out in the stu, Coca channelled some liked minded people.

Often, we feel one way about a song we did, and the listener has a total different vibe. They might even point out qualities we didn’t notice of ourselves.

What is your favorite key piece to your style, and does it line up to your feedback from your fans?

Cocareef: My Trade Mark is my many different pitch voice sounds from growling to screaming or any type of sound I feel like making on the spot, I knew that would be a love or hate thing, so because its dope I’m running with it and take my chances. Nobody doing my style right now so it a great thing but in time the Trendsetting will begin and you will hear other cats doing it, its all evolution in this game of Hip Hop.

Onaje: My favorite part of my style is the samples I discover and chop up. Coming from Chicago I was taught by the greats No.ID and Boogz. There is a certain way Chicago producers chop up samples. We don’t just loop the samples; we use too spread the sample on the ASR keyboard now I spread the sample across the sixteen pads of the MPC. Gives me more control of the samples. The fan feedback is phenomenal. In the past three years, it has been a resurgence in that ol boom bap, sample-based production. I would never think I would have fans. I’m just a dude from Chicago who’s in love with hip-hop.

Killy Shoot: I would have to say my ability to tell a story/street imagery. People say I have a good way of painting a picture of the streets with vivid description.

RAN: I could understand that, being an emcee. I’ve executive produced, but never the beat making process. So I got crazy respect for producers. Honestly, I could see this whole project leading to more trends.

Diaz Brothers is a most anticipated project. Our readers are feeling the early releases, so far.

How’s the reaction been, personally from to the recent team up?

OnajeThe reaction has been crazy. Blogs like this one have been showing a lot of love.

CocareefI can’t complain about nothing, Its been all and only love I felt from everyone that heard of the team up to the all-star cast, line up and not to mention the Album cover I curated and Kris Blade Designed.

Killy ShootThe reaction had been a positive one I think anything I have done with Onaje has been received positive and with Reef our styles contrast very well sonically.

RAN: I was grabbed by the art you curated, Coca. I’m glad you mentioned it. I grasp the concept with the rachets pointed at the receptacle. We know it can be an ugly reality, plugs get booked regular. Definitely biggups to Kris Blade for following your vision on the album cover. I see Anthony Calixto worked on this cover, plus Bar Brawl with you and Jamal Gasol. He’s another favorite here at our site. The track is addicting and the picture painted by the artists is vivid. Hip Hop heads are lucky this connection happened.

Full Metal Kleptos is heating things up in the fourth quarter. The streams are coming in.

How does a live performance sound, in the near future?

Cocareef: Well when it comes to performing that’s not my forte, but since I have some of the best talent and performers already on my team I’ll be rocking any stage we need to.

Killy Shoot: I would def be down to perform, that’s something I would enjoy real talk! 

RAN: It’s official, I’m recommending the people to demand to see yah perform this tune. Jordan gotta be there, as well!

As the week has been going on, there has been some previews from all of you. Tell the All Nighters what you have coming up. Any rappers, producers, DJ’s, or anything we wouldn’t expect?


Cocareef: Here is my Schedule for Cocareef Records ” It’s That Cocareef” Released Already “DIAZ BROTHERS” Onaje Jordan Dropping Around Dec.”CASUALTIES OF WAR” Won87 Dropping Around February ” Untitled” Wavy Da Ghwad Dropping Around April ” Untitled” Rob Dinero Dropping Around May June ..I got Killy Shoot, and Jamal Gasol running strong with me…. Killy Shoot is my Feature Artist for Cocareef Records


Onaje JordanYeah me and the homie Asun Eastwood is finishing up our project “Danger Ally” it should be out before the year closes. Me and Killy Shoot is working on an EP. Also, me and Toney Boi is also working on an E.P. Both should be out early 2019.

Killy ShootI’m finishing up this EP with Free Mind called “The Balance Of Man” I got a project coming with Propha C. More work with Deniro, Filfy and Chuck Chan. A project with Onaje and Deuce more work with General Back Pain.  A feature with you 1 Shot on that Onaje beat, and some more work with Reef. I can’t front I’m steady working a lot on my plate but that’s s cool I prefer that.


RAN: That’s what I love to hear, activity! It’s cool that all of you are working with some of the same rappers and producers. The Cocareef enthusiam over blending with those creative minds is interesting. This movement is serious, the world gotta get ready.  Wavy, Jamal, Rob, Chuck, Won87, Back Pain, and Deuce Hennessy are artists the readers can find in our posts, also. Biggups to Propha C, more of our family over here. Toney Boi is making noise outta Buffalo, salutes to him. Can’t forget Free Mind and Filfy, more talented producers with the tracks. I see you, Onaje been going strong with Asun Eastwood killing it in Toronto. So, we look forward to that new work, especially that new cover by Mr Balaclava. Each of you has some serious heat on the way. I appreciate that shout out, me and Killy got one rolled up with an Onaje track. Still, this interview is about the squad and I can’t wait to hear your new pieces. For now, we’re gonna get into this FMK! 

Thank you, personally Cocareef, Killy Shoot, and Onaje Jordan. This exclusive interview has been fun, and always will be. I want only the best of success for you. To the All Nighters out there, be on the look out these three. Keep them rotating through your playlists. Peace to everyone, God bless!








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