history of the ‘SMILING ASSASSINS’
XIAHBU met CHICO aka KENNY KUDA, on the streets of Brisbane in 2002.
‘I used to see him around, this little Asian kid wagging school and smoking ciggies and shit.. He was fresh from Brooklyn New York, and I was fresh out of Rowville, Melbourne.’
FLASHBACK – 2002
‘Sometimes after clubbing, we’d be in the city, and I see Chico walking around at like 4 in the morning… drinking and smoking.’
‘Chico would school me on new hip hop i should know about… ‘
‘One day CHICO gives me a CD, a mixtape he made with his brother Thahib, and little P. DABS.
IT WAS FUCKING DOPE ! A 6 track mix with raw as fuck lyrical skills over jacked beats.. At the time I couldn’t even understand how they did it…
The above video shows Chico’s rap skills… Undoubted king…2007
‘CHICOS CD would’nt leave my car for a long time… haha.. I didn’t even like Aussie Hip hop, but I guess Chico’s ‘New York’ influence over the tracks made it Dope as fuck.. ‘
‘Cocaine Cowboys (above) was filmed in 2009 and is featured on the SMILING ASSASSINS MIXTAPE.
“So In 2008 I was jacking loops and downloading the usual instrumentals…”
“Then after a year of jacking beats I couldn’t find anymore beats I liked.”
“I walked into a music store one day and saw the MPC for the first time. I was in awe. I was hardcore into the bizz and my pockets were phat so I fronted up the 2800$ and bought it .. this was 2009.”
“Chico pushed me to buy it, telling me all the BEST producers I loved like RZA and PETE ROCK used IT.. SO I had to do it there was no other way to get to the next level..”
and I was hooked on digging in the crates…
“Trying to find samples nobody had used to feed into my MPC.”
“Now after 10 years of making beats I thought id better put out this MIXTAPE.. Just to show where it started.”
SMILING ASSASSINS is XIAHBU aka SHABBY DABS and MC CHICO a.k.a. KENNY KUDA..peep it
The video above ‘NEXT LEVEL’ is directed and produced by XIAHBU in 2010.
(THE VIDEO SNIPPET ABOVE IS TITLED “INITIATION”, THIS TRACK IS AVAILABLE ON THE SMILING ASSASSINS MIXTAPE ON DISK 2
Stay tuned more XIAHBU dropping this year .PEACE.