Dom Pachino of Killarmy
in the Trenches
3/10/06 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
Considered by many as an
underrated artist, Dom Pachino aka the P.R. Terrorist made his
mark as part of the Wu-Tang affiliated group Killarmy, formed
by best friend and younger Brother of Rza, 9th Prince. Dom
would move over half a million CDs with Killarmy, including a
top ten Billboard spot for their debut.
Born in uptown Manhattan
and later moving to Shaolin's Stapleton Projects, Pachino
would eventually become the first member of the group to drop
a solo album.
Also featured on other Wu albums, Pachino established an indie
label in 2002 entitled Napalm Recordings. We speak with the
first Latino Wu-Tang affiliate in this exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: Your last album dropped end of last year,
are you doing anything new solo or with Killarmy?
Well right now I'm working on a solo joint slated to drop
mid-June, Puerto Rican parade, called "Rice and Beans."
Who's doing the production?
I got a whole bunch of cats, some who did work on the last
Killarmy CD. Fallin Down, some of my in-house producers, Dub
Sonata, did something for Nature, Bone Thugs, he did maybe
most of the album so far. Couple of up and coming cats, 4th
Disciple on there.
Have you been doing shows to promote your music?
Yeah, I just got back from Chicago. Wherever they take me, I
just did Brazil, couple other spots, Chile, international
tour. I go overseas and s**t like that. I aint touch Europe
yet, I'm trying to get out to Europe.
Youíve been one of the only, if not the only, Latino Wu
Affiliate for a long time. What do you think about the
creation of the new Wu Latino label?
Well, I mean, I like the fact that Wu is opening the doors for
Latinos. I'm not sure I agree with everything they doing, they
didnít come to me with an offer being the first Latino, being
that I wrapped a lot of the Latino market, ya feel me? I kinda
don't respect it on that level, but I donít know, I didn't
hear nothing hot that really caught my ear, know what I mean.
I'm not really like, what you call, promoting the whole thing
over there 'cause they didnít really holler at me. I donít got
love for nothing that donít got love to me. No Wu Latino
without Dom Pachino, I'm on that campaign right now.
For those unfamiliar with them, tell the readers a bit about
Team Napalm is like a group of cats, my production team, and
lyricists. A couple of fans of mine that got at me, fans
around the way. Couple of them been in contact with me for a
while, always submitting music and wanting to get on. I gave a
couple cats a shot, then Crunch Lo been around the block, with
Cappadonna, the only cat with Napalm that was more like a
peer, know what I'm saying. Team Napalm is a group of
producers and lyricists, basically what it is, just the
Barber, Crunch Lo, Nails, Dub Sonata and Chapel. We growin'
every day, I'm signing more and more producers.
You were signed at age nine, how exactly did you become a
member of Killarmy?
I wasnít signed at nine, I had a couple of little deals with
old school cats, DJs and stuf like that making noise back in
the day, I didnít have a deal. You know the Real Roxanne?
I know who that is
I was trying to get signed with Chubb Rock and then back in
the days, and I lived a block from Real Roxanne, they were
trying to sign me up as one of those young Bow Wow type of
dudes, but that didnít work out. But as far as the Wu Tang
goes, Rza lives across the street from me, I was best friends
with his lil' brother, Wu Tang came through and did their
thing, we came up aspiring to be like them and shit, knamean,
lyrics got tight when we got old enough, Rza and them was like
'lets put these cats on, the young generation,' thatís how
You have a label, Napalm Recordings, are you out seeking new
artists or just putting out CDs from people on the roster?
As of now, I'm not really looking for nothing, I'm looking for
that start quality right now. If it happens to pop up my way
I'll roll with someone heavy, but right now, its more than
just rap. My cats aint gotta be the illest rappers, but they
talented and work hard, that means a lot more to me. When I
say I put a couple of fans on, its real, they carry boxes,
they bring equipment to the studio. Dedicated, I'd rather put
someone dedicated on than someone else. In front of the crowd,
getting them hyped, instead of taking someone's lyrics. As far
as the Napalm imprint, if I find something real talented, imma
snatch that up and run with it. Right now I'm with R&B,
looking for more or less that, a hot Latin bilingual Jennifer
Lopez, but something slick like that. I'm trying to get some
pop money. I'm about to do the straight executive behind the
scenes thing soon.
Youíve stuck with the military theme throughout your career,
how do you feel the music industry relates to warfare?
Man thatís a weird one. Public Enemy came through, militant
approach. Onyx came through, been a lot of military stuff.
Dead Prez, I guess it gets embraced but from afar. They donít
really let it in because its revolutionary, but its more than
just that. A lot of cats around the hood wear camouflage and
are like little military units, I think itís a street thing
too. They see it in a different light. Its not really meant to
be commercial. I'm trying to take it so that I can still rock
the camouflage inside my suit. I may have to go chameleon and
have a nice reggaeton track, and have women with camouflage
thongs on, but I'm still sneaking it in there (laughs). But I
gotta twist it to take it to that level, but thatís a question
for the industry right now. Like I tell you what, I'm repping
that militant fly gangsta s**t to the fullest.
Youíre referred to as the PR Terrorist, do you get any
negative feedback from people in the industry or parents of
those who bump your music?
Nah, I haven't yet, I'm not gonna lie, but I lightened up on
that based on the whole 9/11 thing because I didnít wanna
affect sales, or retail, I didnít want people to get it
twisted. I terrorize anything for the Puerto Rican population,
on that kind of note, ya feel me? But people twist it around
and can blackball you, but I had to lighten up on it a little
bit. But on the album I had aka P.R. terrorist, and a lot of
Latin retails stores were buying my stuff , embracing it based
on the Puerto Rican thing. It helps also, its weird, but you
gotta think on a larger scale.
As far as politics goes, have you ever been involved with
ongoing protests like those involving Vieques?
Nah, I didnít do no protests or nothing like that, it wasnít
part of life back then. But if that was the case, I would have
done whatever I had to do, some benefit stuff like that. We
been trying to do something for the people at 9/11, a militant
tour at the army bases. We were trying to hook up a tour, it
was a coincidence that the album dropped on 9/11.
Outside of the MC game, youíve caught the acting bug, correct?
Yeah man, I'm trying to really get into the thing. Right now
we shooting a little independent, its in the pre stages of
production, but we shooting right now. I'm trying to touch
that screen on a different note, but not like I gotta be on
the West Coast playing an ese, I wanna go more like a romantic
joint, drama, something touchy. I like what Mos Def is doing
right now, ya feel me. Not just gangsta roles, ya feel me, I'm
trying to get roles like, 'oh s**t, this dude can really do
it,' but whatever works right now. You might catch me in a
couple of gangster roles before I get the role I wanna get. I
been doing music so long, the acting is my second love, I like
the whole direction, productions, I be reading credits, I'm
into all that, a lot of talented brothers.
What have you appeared in?
I did a couple of skits, Gary Shandling show, I did Comedy
Central, Jon Stewart show, Bobby Digital movie, I was one of
the henchman in that. That was actually a nice little flick,
I'm pretty sure you heard of it, it just never came out. He [Rza]
dropped Domestic Violence as a short, and dropped Bobby
Digital, I'm not sure what he's doing with that. I just did
CSI New York, little part in there, little things.
Do you ever have Latinos showing you love for being Puerto
Yeah, I get a lot of love and lot of support. Sometimes I be
in the trenches a lot, and I come out and go to a little
event, I donít be popping up at ever Wu event. I kinda pulled
myself away 'cause I'm building my own thing. But when I do
make an appearance, its like 50 Cent walked in the building,
the fans been waiting to see, but its definitely a lot of
support, a lot of love. And back to the Wu Latino thing, I
created that love, you feel me? I opened a lot of Latino eyes,
people seeing a Latino repping Wu. For me not to be like hey,
given a position up there, I didnít really take a liking to
that. Basically I'm not really like supporting that movement,
I'm not trying to shut them down, but same time aint no Wu
Latino without Dom Pachino. A couple of cats I bumped into the
streets, they burying the W with it. I donít think they would
be saying that if I opened it up for them, but because they
doing reggaeton, I think that might be the situation.
Any last message you'd like to add?
Let them know rice and beans is coming soon, mid June, late
June, it will be in stores everywhere. And keep a lookout,
check out dompachino.com, napalamrecordings.com, I promised
the fans I was gonna keep them fed on Dirty Weaponry, I drop
something all day. Rice and Beans, everything else was just a
project, this was the actual first project, my freshman album.
I wanna say peace to all my Latino fans, and peace to
LatinRapper.com, ya feel me, thanks for the interview.
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