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Local hip-hop group Archetype discusses new album 'Bleed for Them'

Since arriving in Lawrence six years ago, Archetype has been among the most consistent purveyors of innovation and excellence in the local hip-hop scene. The group's sophomore album "Bleed for Them" is a deft 15-song collection of soulful beats, superior production and introspective lyrics that builds on the young-and-hungry appeal of 2002's "Freehand Formula." Producer/lyricist Jeremy "Nezbeat" Nesbitt and chief lyricist Isaac "ID" Diehl stopped by to discuss the new record, the art of self-producing records, the state of the Lawrence hip-hop scene and much more.

Do you ever stop in the middle of the production process and have a little revelation like, 'That's what this song is about...'?

Jeremy: (Isaac) is not that much of a conceptual writer as far as Archetype goes. He's more of a freeform writer. A lot of the time it's over my head, honestly.

Can you talk a little about how you would describe your style when it comes to being a lyricist?

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Archetype is producer/lyricist Jeremy "Nezbeat" Nesbitt, left, and chief lyricist Isaac "ID" Diehl.

Isaac: I wouldn't describe it, to tell you the truth. If you need some kind of description, it's just a bunch of crap. Pretty much I just write whatever comes into my head and I don't really think about it until then ... If you want to know what a song is about, you just have to listen to it, because I can't tell you.

When you listen to your favorite rappers, do you think you pay more attention to the content or the sound of the words, the rhymes, etc.?

Isaac: Depends on who it is. Some people I listen to what they're saying because they're the type of person that I want to hear what they're saying. Some other people, I know they don't usually say much, so I just want to hear how they're using the words.

What inspired you (Jeremy) to step up and take a larger share of the lyrical responsibility?

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Jeremy: Just from feedback from the first album - people thought it was better when we went back and forth on songs ... Next to Isaac, it's hard, because he's been a writer his whole life and I haven't. I just started writing like in the last five years ... He helped instill some confidence in me after the last one and people gave me good feedback from "Freehand Formula" - the one or two verses that I had on there.

What excites you these days in terms of the contemporary hip-hop scene?

Isaac: For me it's in a lot of instrumental music, really. One of the coolest albums I've heard recently is Blockhead's new album, which is just a lot of instrumental beats.

Jeremy: I would agree. I think instrumental hip-hop - right now for me anyways - is the most inspiring 'cause it's a lot more progressive. There's a lot of good lyricists out there too, but I guess there's only so much you can say. There's a lot more you can do with beats, I think.

Is that disconcerting at all for you, Isaac? The rise of hip-hop without lyricists?

Isaac: No. I don't really think about it like that, I guess. But now that you say that, that is true - maybe I should start worrying.

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