West Up. As a trusted source for all things West Coast, we love to showcase the impact and power California culture has across the world, especially when it comes to rap and hip-hop. One great example of that reach is a rapper by the name of Syndrome, who wasn’t only inspired by the golden era of West Coast rap, he actually ended up working with many of those very artists. He teamed up with legendary West Coast rapper and producer Daz Dillinger (of the Dogg Pound) for an album called “International Paperchaser” and talked to us about the album, his career and much more. You can check it out below.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Lets start off with some basics, how and why did you choose the name Syndrome Devious? When did you become interested in rapping?
Syndrome: The name Syndrome Devious comes from my high school homie James Lawrence. When I was 8 I was knocked down by a car, in a coma for 30 days, that lead to me getting a brain tumor and then a 12 hour operation to remove the tumor. They had to cut up the whole back of my head, after the operation and a year in recovery I couldn’t walk or talk proper. I had speech therapy to be able to communicate and had like 3 eye operations to correct my vision. I got into rhyming after I heard Rockbox by Run DMC and the homie James just dropped “Syndrome” on me coming from all the brain problems I had, but I am fully recovered from all that now.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Wow, that’s an amazing story and we’re glad it all worked out. What city and country do you represent?
Syndrome: I was born in the UK, moved to Canada for the brain tumor operation. Right after my car accident, I dropped my first album in Canada which got me nominated for the Mic Check Urban Music awards, that lead to me getting signed to Deemo Records in San Diego, California. I adopted the West Coast as my home as I’d been shown so much love there from the label I was with. It was with Deemo that I went to all the music conferences like Urban Network and I met Snoop Dog, Puff Daddy, Mase, Dogg Pound, Montell Jordan, Run DMC, Naughty By Nature, TLC, Destiny’s Child and anybody who was anybody in the 90s. I’ve lived in so much different countries and cities, I represent international even though all music I do is West Coast G-Funk.
WestCoastRydaz.com: What is the hip-hop scene like in your area?
Syndrome: Right now I’m back based in the UK and the UK hip-hop scene has been getting a lot of attention worldwide from acts like Tinie Tempah and Dizzie Rascal, but there is also a large Grime scene in the UK and a lot of UK Grime and hip-hop artists are teaming up wit Ibiza DJs, Going out doing shows in Ibiza. UK hip-hop artists have begun winning international awards like at the recent BET Awards, so I’m proud of the UK scene.
WestCoastRydaz.com: How proud are you to help push for hip-hop in your area?
Syndrome: All my music is West Coast G-Funk, European countries like Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Poland, Greece and Denmark still got a huge love for WEST COAST G-FUNK, I know this because I sold more hard copy CDs of my album Daz Dillinger Presents Syndrome (International Paperchaser) there than in the UK. Also the DJ and Radio support I’ve had from them countries has been amazing.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Your music obviously has a strong West Coast influence and you work with many California artists, how did you grow to love West Coast music so much?
Syndrome: I’d always listened to Ice T and NWA as a kid, but it was the whole Death Row and G-Funk era that got me hooked on West Coast music. I’d met a lot of West Coast artists from a radio show I used to work on in Canada CKLN 88.1 in Toronto with DJX, and also meeting with West Coast artists at music conferences, I was always networking.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Tell us about which artists you’ve been able to work with so far in your career and how the collaborations have happened.
Syndrome: I’ve collaborated on songs with Daz Dillinger, RBX, EDI from the Outlawz, Bo Roc from The Dove Shack, CMG from The Conscious Daughters, King T, Slip Capone, who was on Snoop Dogg’s Murder Was The Case Soundtrack. Big Wy from The Relatives, Bossolo, Turf Talk, Sabotawj, Fudgalino D Kapone, Adonis, J-Dub Luciano, The Legendary DJ Ron G, Sin2, Mo Dee, Khavel-X. DJ AK who has produced and done Talkbox hooks for just about every Rapper on the West Coast, I did 3 songs wit DJ AK. DJ Unik outta France one of the hottest G-Funk producers produced my last 2 singles (Goin The Distance and Independents Day) also Floww Master, Shady Ray, Coonz Dunn, the list goes on for dope MCs in the US who I’ve worked with.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Your album “International Paperchaser” is presented by Daz of the Dogg Pound, how did you guys connect?
Syndrome: I met Snoop and Dogg Pound in the 90s while signed to Deemo Records in California, but It wasn’t till I moved back to UK in the early 2000s during the Myspace era that I hooked up again wit Daz, RBX, Kurupt, Lady Of Rage and Warren G. Matter fact Kurupt, Rage and Warren G at one time was all gonna also be on my album wit Daz on a huge collaboration record but timing was all wrong, everybody was doing different things, but I’d been in contact with all 3 of them but that record never happened. But all the above rappers I mentioned in the previous question are all featured with me on my album.
WestCoastRydaz.com:How long have you worked with him?
Syndrome: I worked wit Daz for almost 5 years workin on Daz Dillinger Presents Syndrome (International Paperchaser) Album. I did 40-50 songs for that album, a lot of production also was done by Slap Up Mill on that album with Daz being on features with me.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Why did you choose the name “International Paperchaser”?
Syndrome: I’ve lived in so many different countries, traveled to so many countries, lived in different cities. I’ve worked with DJs, Producers, Singers, MCS, Promoters and radio stations from all over the world. That’s where the album name come from.
WestCoastRydaz.com: You also work with other West Coast and even former Death Row affiliated artists, how did those records happen and how did it feel to make music with them?
Syndrome: I’d already met wit a lot of former Death Row Records rappers back in the 90s, this album I wanted to release back in the 90s while they was still on Death Row but It just never happened then. It wasn’t until I moved back to the UK and social media that I was able to get in touch with them again and do it how I wanted to do.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Tell us about some of the artists you’ve worked with or gotten features from.
Syndrome: Daz Dillinger presented my album, the album intro one of the hottest beats you done ever heard, Daz introduced me, I dropped like a 100 bar verse, but from that Introduction I brought in some of the dopest collaborations on the album, rappers names I mentioned above few questions prior.
WestCoastRydaz.com: How many songs are on the album and where can fans listen to or buy it?
Syndrome: There 17 songs on the album, I brought in producers Slap Up Mill (UK), Khavel-X (Spain), Sin2 (Germany), DJ AK (France), DJ Unik (France), Floww Master (USA), Alexander Henkel (USA/Germany). The album is available for download wherever music is sold; iTunes, Amazon.For hard copies get at me email@example.com or on Facebook.
WestCoastRydaz.com: You’ve released several music videos, including some shot all over the world, how have those experiences been?
Syndrome: The first two music videos I released from “International Paperchaser” were cartoon animation videos created by The Los Angeles Video Animation Company. This year I dropped videos filmed in London, UK, California and New York and just last week I dropped “Independents Day” video filmed all over London, the UK, Paris France, California, New York and Toronto. It was a lot of traveling. You can check out all Syndrome videos on YouTube.
WestCoastRydaz.com: What else do you have in the works and what can your fans expect next?
Syndrome: Ive always wanted to travel to Japan, I sold a lot of hard copy CDs out there and have friends in Japan and a lot of DJs love that G-Funk sound out there. I would love to be able to do my next music video in Japan, but before I get a budget together and go do that I wanna be able to promote the music videos I have now.
WestCoastRydaz.com: What is your favorite experience so far in your career?
Syndrome: The best experience I’ve had is the day I held the hard copy and saw the iTunes/Amazon release of Daz Dillinger Presents Syndrome (International Paperchaser) album. I’ve been wanting to work on that album since 1995, but it just never happened then, so to finally have the music videos with Daz and the album out for purchase, hearing myself on songs wit RBX, Outlawz and more it was just a feeling I’d been waiting for.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Where can fans find out more about you online?
Syndrome: You can hear all Syndrome music online before purchase on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. Just google “Syndrome iTunes” or “Syndrome Devious.” You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check me out on the links below.
WestCoastRydaz.com: Let us know if there is anything else you would like to mention or add.
Syndrome:I wanna thank WestCoastRydaz, all the DJs that have been supporting my songs. S/O to the hottest producers I’ve ever worked with Deejay Unik, DJ AK, Khavel-X, Slap Up Mill, Sin2, Alexander Henkel, Floww Master. To everybody reading this thank you for taking the time and do support independent music and check out the videos I’ve mentioned above. SYNDROME