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Local Limelight: Q&A with Pokafase

 by Mani O'Brien
 published on Thursday, September 15, 2005



Pokafase, one of the biggest names in the Valley's hip-hop scene, has been rapping professionally since 1995. Just back from New Mexico after performing with Xzibit, he's preparing for the Arizona 4 America show on Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Katrina victims.

SPM: Tell me about your show. Why are you donating the proceeds to Hurricane Katrina victims?

Pokafase: The show was set up to showcase new material from my album due early 2006. We were about a month and a half into a two-month promotion when Katrina hit. I felt it was my responsibility to use the opportunities I've been given to do as much as I possibly could to help. I felt selfish to do a show solely to benefit me, knowing how much that same effort could help others; so I called Ty, [Carter, his manager] told him I wanted to give it all to the Katrina survivors and encourage other entities with influence to do the same.

SPM: Speaking of Hurricane Katrina, what do you think about Kanye West's comments regarding the federal government?

Pokafase: I think Kanye West was absolutely right. I agree with him 100 percent. I commend him for saying what all of black America, and I'd venture to say a huge percentage of the rest of the world, was feeling. I am appalled at the federal government's response time. If Hurricane Katrina had hit say Vermont, or any other predominantly white community, the response would have been timely and evacuation efforts more thorough. I don't feel as though Bush cares any more about black people than he does about Iraqis. This administration has proven time and time again that it has its own agenda that the majority of America does not fit within nor agree with.

SPM: If you could perform with any one artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Pokafase: I'd like to get down with Tupac, Jay-Z and Eminem, with Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross and Janis Joplin on the vocals and a band comprised of Stevie Wonder, Tommy Lee, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Miles Davis. That, my friend, is a hell of a song.

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