What Inspires PackFM & Tonedeff (Interview)
From Brooklyn, New York, PackFM has set stages ablaze in the New York battleground and beyond for over to a decade. From battling classmates to writing graffiti at night, PackFM took his passion to Brooklyn College and hosted a radio show. The first song released by PackFM, called “Hit List”, was submitted to Hot 97’s Home Jams show and added into rotation. In 2000, he met Tonedeff at the 2000 Fat Beats Battle. The two battled for the first and last time at The Source Unsigned Hype battle that same year, and QN5 Music was born. PackFM is a Braggin’ Rites and 24 Hour MC battle champion. He has also been featured in XXL Magazine and MTV’s Hip Hop Week. In 2006, his debut album, whutduzFMstand4? was released, and was awarded UGHH.com’s Album Of The Year. PackFM was nominated Best Lyricist at the 2009 Underground Music Awards, and his song, “Click Clack & Spray”, was selected for Marc Ecko’s video game, Getting Up. In 2010, he released the album, I F*cking Hate Rappers.
From Queens, New York, Tonedeff is an emcee, producer, singer, songwriter, designer, and founder of QN5 Music. In his early days as an emcee, he won multiple battle competitions, including the Braggin’ Rites MC Battle and NYC’s Da Cypha battles. In 2000, Tonedeff released a series of albums including the enhanced Hyphen EP, Happy F*ck You Songs with Extended F@mm, the 12″ single, “Clear Em Out”, with KRS-One, and countless guest spots for artists such as Masta Ace, DJ JS-1, CunninLynguists, and Immortal Technique. In 2003, Tonedeff was featured in The Source Magazine, a commercial for MTV’s Hip Hop Week, and also released Underscore EP. In 2005, Tonedeff released his critically acclaimed album, Archetype, which further cemented his place as one of hip hop’s visionaries. In 2006, he took the grand prize out of 2,000 bands of all genres from around the world, in Lollapalooza’s Last Band Standing competition.