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Author: 3D
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
3D gets the skinny on hip hop Swedish-style from Supreme of the Looptroop Rockers, whose new album Good Things contains precisely that.
 
How much hip hop were you guys exposed to growing up in Sweden-
Like most people, I got introduced through a friend who had some tapes. Back then, you appreciated anything that was even close to hip hop. My first vinyl album was Grandmaster Flash, but I had tapes with Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J and so on.

What's it like representing hip hop from Europe-
Well we've been doing it for a long time, so it's just natural. Embee and Promoe started making songs together in '91 and I joined the group in '95, so it's like 17 years, depending on how you see it.

So your fourth album Good Things is in stores, how are you feeling about it- What's the reaction been like so far-
I'm very happy with this album. I feel like it's our best album so far and I'm proud of it. I'm also very happy with the reaction and how people received it.  There are always people who will criticise you for developing the sound and trying to do 'new' songs, but it was way less then I expected!

Can you tell us how you connected with the collaborators on Good Things-
Some people are very close friends like Timbuktu, and others, like Rakka from Dilated Peoples, are people we met on tour during the years and finally got the chance to hook up with in the studio.

You've covered Bon Jovi's Living On A Prayer on the record. Why did you choose that song-

We wanted to get a little 'warmed up' in the studio when we started to record for the album; Embee said, 'let's make a cover, just to get the creative juices flowing.' We started thinking about what song to do, flipping through somebody's iPod and I think it was Cosmic who came up with the idea for Living On A Prayer. We never intended to put it on the album, but thought it stuck out and was fun.

What sort of things inspire you guys musically-
Life of course! Everything-  travelling, meeting people. anything that we feel strongly about. That can be family, love, death, politics, friendship or a piece of music.

Your hit Long Arm Of The Law is critical of the Swedish Police Force. What particular events led you to writing it-
I think it was more the feeling of being an 'outsider' and feeling like the cops always fucked with us. For me as a skateboarder, and even more for Promoe and our other friends who were active writers. Some of our friends got beat up by police; we saw how they treated us and other kids.

Why did you change the name from Looptroop to Looptroop Rockers-
We used that name for like 10 years in songs and on T-shirts and such, so it wasn't a change for us, we just decided to put it on the cover and make it 'official' with this album. Maybe it was a way to make it clear, even more, that this was like a new start for us.

You dropped your first album in 2000, now we're in 2008. What's changed for Looptroop since then- And what's changed for hip hop since-

Well, we're older and much better at what we do! Of course life changes you. We've done a lot of travelling, started our label David Vs. Goliath, and celebrate our 10-year anniversary this year! Hip hop, too, changes all the time.

Has Looptroop ever toured Australia before- Are you coming out to tour this album-
Yes, we've done two tours in Australia. It's a great place to perform!  We really hope to go back this year, and I think we will.

WHO: Looptroop Rockers
WHAT: Good Things out now through Shogun
MORE: myspace.com/looptrooprockers
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