American-swiss Rap-Duo NEFEW consists of Da-Double and Polemikk. They recently released their sophomore album entitled “Rise of The Antihero” (ROTAH) this November (2014). The album is much like listening to a story with simple dialogues between tracks. Come to think of it, it very much reflects a rotting Gotham city, where they are the struggling hero attempting to get their people out of their rut. The theme of the dialogues relate to tough but common day-to-day struggles we all face.
ROTAH is dedicated to “People who go through life, knowing that something just isn’t right but they don’t have the courage to change it”; it’s raw, clean and real! So get out of that haze of polluted thoughts and emotions and take chance by listening to NEFEW; they might pout things back into perspective for ya.
Below, a portion of NEFEW’s interview on our 13th issue of Artnois Magazine.
Rise of the Antihero is definitely a breath of fresh air! The conversations between tracks convey emotions, perceptions, and insecure thoughts of everyday life. How long did it take you to develop these transitional dialogues between tracks?
Polemikk: Actually our manager Sara came up with the idea. It was very important to us that listeners were able to make out the golden thread of the album and get the underlying theme. I’m not sure if you had a chance to listen to the prequel “Antihero Begins”, but we used that same technique back in 2011. We had the dialogue written pretty fast, a lot of it is inspired by the movie “Fight Club”, which I think carries a very similar message. It probably took us 3 weeks to write the dialogue and approximately 2 hours to record the whole thing.
You have quite a few collaborations, BJ the Chicago Kid, Jared Evans, STS Gold, Jason Caeser, and John Turrell just to name a few. Was there anyone on the album you were looking forward to working with? If so, who and why?
PA-Double: To be honest with you, I think we managed to pick the right features for this album, we’re very careful when it comes to selecting features as every guest has to make sense and fit the song. But, I know that Polemikk would’ve loved to get Pusha-T on a song because he’s such a huge fan of his. But we need to be realistic, we financed the whole project ourselves, including the release, we just couldn’t afford additional expenses. There’s tons of artists we’d like to work with because we deeply admire them but at the same time I feel we’re not there yet, but we will, one day I’m sure (laughs).
NEFEW is an acronym for New Education From Every Word; tell us a bit on how you came up with this name and what it represents to you as devoted MCs?
Polemikk: As I mentioned earlier, it was always very important to as to have a message in our songs, and we have this incredible old school appreciation for acronyms. One day I was just writing down sentences and I came up with a couple of lines: New Enlightenment From Every Word, New Energy From Every Word etc…It was mere chance really, I liked the sound of Nefew, it’s simple and catchy. Plus Snoop uses it all the time, I wonder if we could get some sort of payment from him (laughs).
Read the full interview on our 13th issue of Artnois Magazine here.