With a home base in Watts, California; The Birdz of
Prey's origin began in early 2009 and has culminated
into a rebirth of the hip-hop movement. The
overall goal of this group is to bring the truth to
the music. The group's powerful dynamic consists of:
July 9th Da Hawk, Blaqe Diamond, General Jihad, Joey
IcePick, Voodoo, and Phoenix from Da Flame. While
the group might look like something new on the
scene, most of its members have been in the game
more than a decade, Some members were originally part
of the West Coast Killa Beez super-group; Northstar
before they got signed with Wu-Tang, and some other
members ended up years later in a group,
which RZA asked ChristBearer to put together:
the Yellow Jackets
which was unfortunately dissolved before it really got started.
Without dwelling on the usual questions
(most would want to know
of their affiliation to the Wu),
this interview is no indication of whether they are
or whether they are not affiliated,
we simply wanted to find out about this group
as far as their history goes,
their musical background,
aspiration, goals and the highly acclaimed
album they just recently dropped "Total
Supremacy" as they indeed flap their wings in
their quest to bring
hip-hop especially in the
West coast to its basics in this exclusive
Wu-International interview with the main figure of
the group General Jihad, Enjoy!
I like to say thanks first and foremost for
taking the time to answer these questions, highly
appreciated, and will also point out that nothing will be
altered, edited or changed when this is published online.
Wu-International: Peace General Jihad, How are
P.E.A.C.E. All wise and
Wu-International: Can we start off by introducing
yourself to the site readers, tell us your name, where you
are from, location, affiliations etc.
General Jihad: General Jihad. The sword of Allah,
A.K.A. The Great Night Owl. Birdz of Prey. Newark, NJ,
Atlanta, Texas, just universal. Iíve been moving around
since I was 15. Currently, I am in California. GODZ
ENT./GOLD CITY (Prodigal Sunnís label), and West Coast
Wu-International: We are going to talk about Yellow
Jacketz, then your new group Birdz of Prey and finally
yourself. Our first introduction to you was via Christ
Bearerís and Armels Yellow Jacketz, can you please tell us
more about the groupís formation, and how did you meet Armel
or CB and got involved in the group?
General Jihad: The group formed on Venice Beach,
hustliní and promoting solo projects. Mine, Armelís and
CBís. I met Armel through Prodigal Sunn. I met CB through
Armel at a North Star show in Long Beach, 2009. CB asked me
to be a part of the group and I saw a sign as we were
speaking about it. A worker bee that landed on his shoe.
That was the confirmation that I should be a part of this
group as he was asking me.
Wu-International: We learned from last yearís
Spaceman interview you paved the way for him: how did you
meet Spaceman and in what way did you ďpave the wayĒ for
General Jihad: I met Spaceman at that same show with
North Star. He was rolling with the Black Knights. Well
these were his words for inviting him to be apart of the
YJís and introducing him to CB and Armel one night in
Hollywood. Everything went from there. We started rolling
together tougher than leather Space boogie whatís up?
Wu-International: When we did the west coast
series, there was some controversy about the Yellow Jacket
interviews mostly concerning the affiliation being
questioned. How did the group feel about this controversy?
General Jihad: I canít say how the group felt
because at that particular time I exiled myself from the
group over creative differences. The difference was I spit
straight hip-hop no commercialism at all.
Wu-International: Wu fans became aware of the group
due to their feature on The Swarm 3: Pollen project, and
nothing has been heard from the group collectively since
that and our interview series, can you please tell us what
the current situation is with the group, itís status and
your present involvement?
General Jihad: A lot of the existing members
of YJís are doing solo projects now but itís still a little
tension between certain members that I choose not to name.
On the brighter side of it all, theyíre just going through
what we call love hell or right. Love hell or right,
basically is a degree in Supreme Mathematics. It is the
definition to the twelfth letter in the alphabet. One must
go through hell in order for his loved ones to turn out
right. I still have an active communication with the rest of
the YJís, and alot of them we still hang out but, Itís B.O.P.
Wu-International: On our last interview with Christ
Bearer he said the group will still be coming out with an
album, can you please let us know how many songs were
recorded for the Yellow Jacketz project and when it will
come out if you are aware of this?
Wu-International: Whatís your
current relationship with Armel or ChristBearer?
I do not know a release date but from my understanding when
I last was at the YJ studio it was at 20 cuts and that was
almost a year ago. My brothers stay creating so it could be
hundreds by now.
We Peace. Everything is everything. Peace to the Gods.
Who produced the song on ďRoll With The Killa BeezĒ off the
One of the standing
members of B.O.P. Voodoo.
Wu-International: Apart from Armel, Meko and
Christbearer, everyone else from YJ were new names to the Wu
fans, it might interest you though to know however that you
were the most asked about new member from YJ, do you have
any idea why fans were more keen on knowing more about you
and how does that make you feel?
General Jihad: This is just my guess; maybe
itís because of the various shows that Iíve popped up with
the likes of GZA, Killah Priest, Black Knights, Cappadonna,
Popa Chief, etc. Canít think of everybody, Iíve been present
at numerous shows.
Wu-International: Could be due to your number of side
collabos and projects, we recently heard you on Popa Chiefís
latest album ďHood HymzĒ who within the Wu family tree are
you close with or have worked with to date?
Kinetic, Poppa Wu, Supreme I Self, Raison Allah, The whole
Brooklyn Zoo/Zoo Ninjas, Black Knights, the Monsta Mobb, The
Committee, North Star, Sunz of Man, Killah Priest. Iím
pretty much cool with everybody Iíve ran into over the
years. This journey started way back in the nineties, when I
was promoting shows with Four Kings Entertainment out in
Atlanta and ripping up open mics all over the United States.
Wu-International: Yes we saw the pictures to the
show your group did with Killah Priest, how about the
generals, who amongst them are you close or have worked
The Generals, Gza, Masta
Killa, Inspektah Deck, Ghost, Cappadonna, Method, me and RZA
always been peace since back when he was in the Gravediggas
group and we were promoting for the group then, but we
havenít really had a chance to build in depth. I havenít
worked really with none of the elder Gods yet, but its
coming. As far as whom Iíve worked with: Iíve worked with DJ
Woool, anticipating to finish of a song with Killah Priest,
Popa Chief, General Monk from the Black Knights, Iree the
Thief from Zoo Ninjas, and Silk Ski from Brooklyn Zoo.
Everythingís soon to come.
Wu-International: The West coast Killa Beez chamber
is under The RZAís guidance as lead by Northstar and Black
Knights, Christbearer said on our recent interview that no
member of YJ were official yet and were still under
training, so where do you and your new group Birdz Of Prey
sit in all of this, who blessed the group as part of West
coast Killa Beez?
General Jihad: Prodigal Sunn, Raison Allah,
and General Monk from the Black Knights. Raison is cousin to
three of the elder gods and I know he talks to them all the
time. Matter of fact he told me just today, to keep going.
Prodigal told me donít be nobodyís soldier. At Rock the
Bells 2010, RZA told me if we got the tools to go in, go in.
And if weíre reppiní the W, you gotta add on to the cipher.
I would personally agree that we did that.
Wu-International: Monk, and Sun have only confirmed
to have done songs with the groups and thats it. We ask as the groupís logo is an
extension of the Wu logo and normally one can not use it
unless they are official via the right sources or person,
has Birdz of Prey been given the green light to use the logo
and by who?
Raison Allah the
Zookeeper, who was one of the first Killah Bíz from the
My understanding is that
only the generals or the business heads such as Mook, Divine
or Power etc have the authority to appoint or permit the use
of the logo, Raison Allah for instance would have to
nominate you or your group to a general to bless it, just as
how RZA blessed Leggazin via Sunzini, so are you saying Raison
asked RZA to endorse the group or someone else?
The nomination to RZA for B.O.P. is from Raison, You can
contact Raison and ask him that?
We got in touch with Raison but he has not replied us, thanks for those answers
anyways, lets move on, can you please let us know how Birdz of Prey came
together and when?
When I got frustrated
with the creative differences that I was having with the
YJís, right before the release of the Swarm 3 back in 2009,
I went seeking a great friend of mine Joey Ice Pick who
happened to be an ex member of North Star. This is where the
story takes its turn for the best. He introduced me to
Justice Born (J9), and Battle Starr and I felt a sudden
surge of peace being in this setting. After the sounds that
the God J9 played for me, it was a wrap, and everything came
together like Tetris. The members were already established
by the authenticity of lyricism alone. The music speaks for
itself. Birdz of Prey or nothing.
Wu-International: You said Joey Ice Pick was ex
member of Northstar, you mean affiliated with Northstar or
from their camp as the only members that we know from the
Star is Meko and Christbearer?
General Jihad: Another question you will have to ask
either Joey Ice Pick, Christbearer or Meko directly.
Peace Jewell, can you please tell us more about your part as
far as being part of Northstar?
Joey Ice Pick:
I was an original Nofstar member,
along with another
brother named Reece. As well as in a group with Warcloud way
before Norfstar. All this was before they signed with the Wu.
Doc Doom (RIP) is my cousin through family.
Interesting fact, how are you Doc Doom's cousin?
Ice Pick: Doc Doom has a daughter
by my cousin
And the group with Warcloud?
Joey Ice Pick:
Yes. Holocaust, Scientific Allah, and myself were in a group
called The Avengers, no songs were recorded, but many were
Whats the story with Northstar then?
Norfstar and myself separated due to to
creative differences. Reece on the other hand left the group,
he currently has a youtube page, he was working on getting
deal with Dr. Dre before Em. B.O.P. is the greatest West Coast
supergroup ever. Peace
Wu-International: Thanks, Christbearer confirmed that
they were indeed down with the click before Wu signed them,
as well as Doc and Warcloud who were also initially meant to
be part of Northstar before Monk and Crisis came to make it
Black Knights. Great history there, so back to Jihad, why did you call the group Birdz of
Jihad: Cause thatís our style. We hang glide
and dive bomb. Hang gliding means weíre watching our prey,
and dive bomb means, attack. Everyoneís attribute is behind
Birdz of Prey. The personality of each person fits the bird
of prey that we chose. And for those that do not know their
Wu-Tang history, the actual W emblem is a Phoenix bird like
my homegirl Queen Phoenix. And it also derived from a
Kung-Fu flick that King Sunn put me up on and this was after
J9 came up with the name. Felt like it was dope and the
sound of it alone is just fly, just like a bird.
Wu-International: The songs I have heard so far are
very impressive and thatís the honest truth, banging
hip-hop, please share with the fans the full roster of B.O.P?
General Jihad: Aviation division team #1: General
Jihad, Justice Born, Blaqe Diamond, Voodoo,
Joey Ice Pick, Phoenix from da Flame. Nat Burnah and Willie
the Kid as Voltron a.K.a the Vulture
Aviation division team #2: China Man, Spyda
Loc the Real, I Cypha the God, Main Frame the Goddess,
Scroll God Fuse (LCOB), Allah Zig Zag Zig Allah from Watts,
Jihadís queen and official tattoo artist for Birdz of Prey
Sylvie Syl the Snow Owl, Nat Burnah, and our young prodigee
/official Secretary Bird of Prey Judah I Sellassie , our
official photographer Birdz eye Stephen Brooks, and our
official graphic designer Derek Magee, The God Allah- n-
Truth, Justice Born Love, and Young God, Blaqe Diamondís
queen M., our official videographer team Johnny G and
Himalaya and Lance. We are ready.
Wu-International: If not mistaken, Voodoo and
yourself were both part of YJ, how did the other members get
General Jihad: Basically, it
was back when I went seeking Joey Ice Pick that I invited
Voodoo and Blaqe Diamond into the cipher and Justice Born
was responsible for inviting the Queen Phoenix from da Flame
and thus the odyssey began.
Wu-International: You also have a female MC in the
group, Phoenix from da Flame, is that her full name or is or
was she part of another group called Flame?
General Jihad: Phoenix from da Flame is indeed her
full name, however she does respond to just Phoenix. No she
was not a part of another group called Flame; she was
affiliated with a group called Seventh Sign, organized by
Baba Zoom. She represents Hardcore Hip Hop to the fullest.
B.O.P. or nothing.
Wu-International: It will be easy to assume that you
are the leader of the group, how true is this?
General Jihad: Prodigal dubbed me as the
General, but I always have been General Jihad. This came
from General Black a dope artist from the Project Blowed
scene. But as far as being the leader of the group, I canít
tell you whoís the head, because thatís exposing the chinks
in oneís armor and canít say that we have any. But as far as
structure goes, the order would be the whole first string.
We represent the nation of Gods and Earths and the Kemetic
House of Amen-Ra, and in both studies we deal in complete
Wu-International: At the show you did with Killah
Priest, it seems the group was selling a CD of the same
name, can you please tell us more about that CD and where
fans can get hold of it from?
General Jihad: There are 16 tracks of straight ether
energy. The album is called
It is a conglomerate of songs within the Birdz Nest
archives. In order to obtain this CD, they would have to go
to the Birdz of Prey reverbnation website
www.reverbnation.com/bop1 and leave a message to
have it shipped, or meet Birdz of Prey in person on Venice
Beach, California on the boardwalk near Jodie Maronieís
restaurant. Support Real Hip-Hop.
Wu-International: So can you tell us if the
group has an album out or plan or putting out one soon, if
so please let us know the timeline, title, features and
label if any?
General Jihad: True indeed. As far as a release date,
none quite yet. Searching for the perfect time.
Supremacy the album is done. Stay tuned for the
Super Saiyan album (The Book of Saiyans, Volume #1),
and future solo projects from each member of Birdz
of Prey, First and Second teams. We have a features
with General Monk (Black Knights), Silk Ski, and
Iree the Thief, called the Chosen, which is
available on Silk Skiís new album. We also have an
up and coming feature with U.K. Killah Bee Shaka
Amma Zulu the 7th, Solomon Childs (Theodore Unit),
Wiggle (West Coast Killa B'z) and Napoleon from Wu
Syndicate. Many more to come, our lines are busy
with the likes of Infamous Mobb Deep West, Gold
Chain Military, etc. The list goes on.
Wu-International: The beats on those songs are
heavy, does the group have an in-house production team or
uses a number of producers, please let us know who are
behind the beats?
Justice Born is the primary producer responsible for the
whole Total Supremacy album. Expect tracks from Voodoo, I
Cypha, Blaqe Diamond, Battle Starr and Judah I Sellassie.
Thanks, so there are about 7-8 of you, can you please
tell us what each member bring uniquely to the team or
rather how you all differ lyrically?
Phoenix is the Flame, Jihad is the Sword, Battle Starr is
the dive bomber, Justice Born is the balance, Joey Ice Pick
is the battery, Blaqe Diamond is the fucking juggernaut, and
Voodoo is the witch doctor brewing scientific concoctions in
the lab. Together we form a Hip-Hop Voltron. B.O.P. or
Thanks for those answers; letís talk more about you, why are
you called General Jihad?
General Jihad: I represent the internal struggle of
the black man as a soldier in the streets.
I have seen you go by other names as well, do you mind to
share some of your aliases with us please?
In the nineties, I was
called Crimson Jihad, due to the nature of the struggle.
Crimson is the colour of blood which is what was actually
happening across the United States at that time. A bloody
struggle. The sword of Allah due to the razor sharp
precision of lyricism and the moral instilled in me to bring
forth truth, justice, freedom, and equality. Any other names
is just how I be feeling sometimes in that moment.
How did you fall into your respective craft as an MC?
Creative writing class
way back when I was in the 3rd grade. My brother said that
my poetry was just the same as a rap; all I needed to do was
learn to say it to a beat and cadence. Upon hearing my first
Hip -Hop album The Message, itís been on and popping ever
since. And thus this young God was born to rock mics.
Who would you say inspired you as an MC growing up?
Every pioneer that
contributed to real Hip Hop in the game and they know who
they are. To name a few, weíre gonna start with Run DMC, KRS
-1, Rakim Allah, Lakim Shabazz and the 45 Kings, Poor
Righteous Teachers, YZ, and so forth. Yaíll know the drill.
I am Hip Hop. Check my birth date.
Based on your name, scarf you always sport, your beard
and some of your lyrics, one can be forgiven for assuming
you were a Muslim?
Do not assume for I have
always been a part of the Nation of Gods and Earths, which
is a practice of Islam shunned by many but loved by most.
ďNothing compares to the 120 lessons, my seed, my queen, and
the home that I rest in.Ē RZA, Duck Season.
Are you interested in putting a solo project out and if
so can you please tell us more about it?
Oh yes, and the album is up and coming and it is called,
ďThe God of War.Ē Mad collabs from everybody I rock with.
I have seen your name pop up on a number of interesting
features here and there, can you please tell us more of any
recent significant collaborations outside your group?
Resistance album with me, Jizzm High Definition (Project
Blowed) and THA Conclusion, and a host of new artists in
the California region, Atlanta region, New York region, and
New Jersey region.
The West coast had its moments after NY, it seems the
south is whatís popping right now, how do you think people
especially the Wu fans are going to receive your music?
All lovers of real hip
hop are not only going to accept but embrace our movement
with open arms. Because history repeats it's self and the
culture of hip hop must be renewed.
Thanks for those answers, so whats next for yourself,
B.O.P or YJ this year or next as far as projects go?
Total Supremacy over anything that is not real hip hop.
Expect to see Birdz of Prey positioning to conquer the chess
board. B.O.P. or nothing.
Anything else you would like to share with us that has not
been covered already please?
We have shows
coming up this summer with the likes of Ras Kass (July 3rd)
for the Hip Hop Independence show in Pomona, California. And
a possible show August 27th with Mad Lion in Oceanside,
California. Other dates have not yet been booked. Be on the
lookout for new videos from Birdz of Prey on YouTube and
Thanks, how can fans keep up to date with you, your
group and movement?
Fans can follow us on
Last words, shout outs etc?
Peace to the entire Nation of Gods and Earths, all the
Kemetic orders on the planet, the whole universal family,
the Wu-Tang Clan, Wu-Tang Killa Bíz and affiliates. The
whole Hip Hop world. Wu-Tang International for this
interview. And all the real Hip Hop supporters across the
planet. Rest in peace to all the fallen soldiers in Hip-Hop.
ODB, Doc Doom, and Poetic from the Gravediggas. And all that
I did not mention know that you live on through us. Hip Hop
is alive. P.E.A.C.E. Positive Energy Always Corrects Error.
Signing off, Kilo, Alpha, Iron, Feathers. B.O.P. or nothing.
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