Peace to Homeboy Sandman for taking the time out. Download his latest mixtape There Is No Spoon. Shout out to Elmhurst.

Someone you look up to, dead or alive.
My pop.

Someone you look look down on.
I try not to look down on anybody, but these emcees who be selling blacks into slavery, they’re my toughest test.

Other than music, what’s worth living for?

You fasted all day, what are you dieing to eat?
Frozen mango chunks.

You’re at a party, what’s your drink?
Orange juice mixed with pineapple juice.

Name a song you can’t stand.
Ten Crack Commandments. When Primo spun it at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and I looked out over a sea of beautiful people bopping in unison to a song about selling crack, an incredible feeling of shame, disgust, and sadness overcame me.

You’re going to be deaf by morning, what do you ask to listen to?
Everything Stevie Wonder ever did. I might not even get to finish that by morning. I’d go in chronological order from the oldest stuff to the most recent.

Life after death?

How do you hope to be remembered?
Honest. Principled.

How do you hope you are not remembered?
Money driven.

Free verse, anything else on your mind?
I used to love Ten Crack Commandments just like the next guy, but now that I’m honest with myself about how hip hop music is wielded against us, towards the aim of manipulating us into a feeble confused people who aspire to criminality and despicability, qualifying us for legal enslavement in prisons, stripping our children of their morals by making it cool to be everything you’d never want your child to be, I just can’t fuck wit it.

  1. […] for my boy Angel, professionally known as Homeboy Sandman, for a good minute now, and when I saw this interview on, I figured it’d be a good way to introduce him to folks. Check out and excerpt below… […]

  2. misterchane (Reply) on Sep 11, 2008

    so glad you post interviews like this….good dude, skilled – checked out his site and got that There Is No Spoon mixtape….review up on my site in a day or two

  3. […] Show me a emerging artist that gets to share a stage with veterens like Rakim and Black Thought or underground icons like Talib Kweli their first or second year out the gate.  I remember debating with both Shadetek and Rupture about the off-kilter flows Sandman employees which both said were off time but what my ears where listening to was something different.  I heard an MC who was creating his own space in time juxtaposing narratives with didactic rhyme structures. After spending significant time with him via phone and at the studio I have gotten to know him as an MC that stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries in not just crowd rockin but in principle. […]