Last year, emcees Hasan Salaam and Rugged N Raw came together to form the group Mohammad Dangerfield and they put out their debut album a few months ago. Both emcees have been in the game for a minute, but if you’re not up on the duo hit the jump to get to know the guys…
Where you reppin:
Hasan Salaam: Jersey City and Teaneck NJ.
Rugged N Raw: New York City Originally from Washington Heights
Hasan Salaam and Rugged N Raw aka Mohammad Dangerfield
Where did the name Mohammad Dangerfield come from?
We wanted to have the toughest name for airport security to let through. Going though Newark Airport with thousands of stickers that say MO DANGER! Is always hilarious.
We actually came up with the Dangerfield part first. Despite our accomplishments in this, sometimes we don’t get our due credit and are often misunderstood. The Mohammad part comes in large part from Muhammad Ali, he was willing to die for what he believed in. It’s a contrast between getting overlooked and all the respect. You gotta be willing to fight for it.
Main musical inspirations:
Hasan Salaam: John Coltrane, Curtis Mayfield, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye & Rakim.
Rugged N Raw: Wu-Tang Clan, Redman, Edwin Starr, Four Tops
When did you fall in love with hip hop?
Hasan Salaam: when I was about 10 yrs old. Been faithful ever since.
Rugged N Raw: Redman’s “Blow Your Mind” video shifted my tastes from sing song hip hop to hardcore hip hop.
Current projects we should be looking out for:
Mohammad Dangerfield our new album on Viper Records
Previous work that we should know about:
Hasan Salaam: My albums Children Of God and Paradise Lost at HasanSalaamMusic.com and my video blogs on youtube for my next album Life In Black & White.
Rugged N Raw: My albums Truth Serum and Another Level as well as a production CD with DJ Static called Stroll Through Memory Lane.
If you had to pick one song that defines your career to date, what song would that be?
Hasan Salaam: My song “Prayer Of A Sinner” is my life on a record. It’s who I am and what I’m about.
Rugged N Raw: “I’m Broke And Proud”. It was one of my most well written records & a lot of people were able to relate to it.
If you weren’t doing music, what would your occupation be?
Hasan Salaam: I’d be an adult film star, ask your girl. Hasan Salaam aka Bustin Beaver.
Rugged N Raw: I would be doing people’s taxes. I’m good with numbers and I would do anything I can to make the government give people money!!
Why should our readers give you a shot and listen to your music from here on out?
Hasan Salaam: Cuz they deserve better than all that safe ass watered down repetitive bullshit that’s being pushed all the time.
Rugged N Raw: Because it’s extremely well written, each song will definitely make you form some kind of opinion and it’s got unique character. You don’t hear song topics go as in-depth as ours, whether solo or as a duo. For us, the principle is never not being wack, rather chasing perfection while achieving excellence.
If you could only take one record on a deserted island with you, what album would that be?
Hasan Salaam: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane.
Rugged N Raw: Wu-Tang Forever. It’s my favorite group and it’s a double album. More music!
Tell us one thing that very few people may know about you.
Hasan Salaam: That I’m that dude in the kitchen. I wanna own my own restaurant one day.
Rugged N Raw: I’m the illest Scrabble player ever. I’m virtually unbeatable. Watson the computer from Jeopardy has nothing on me.
What’s next for you?
Hasan Salaam: My next solo album, Life In Black & White.
Rugged N Raw: My new album, currently untitled, but I got a lot written for it.
Any shout outs or last words?
Hasan Salaam: PEACE to everyone that’s supported the music and the movement. Walk On Water.
Rugged N Raw: If you are reading a Mohammad Dangerfield interview, you are awesome. Pat yourself on the back and get yourself another glass of sparkling cider.