Back in November, Big Sean's Finally Famous tour rolled through Seattle, and as you know, I interviewed Shawn Chrystopher (see: Trill Talk with Shawn Chrystopher). As you know now, I also interviewed CyHi The Prynce, who happened to be sharing a dressing room with Mr. Chrystopher. I'm still upset with myself for not asking him about my favorite song of 2011, none other than "Ray Ban Vision." Nonetheless, after CyHi sang a remixed version of "Tha Block is Hot" catered toward my blog, we chatted about some trill topics like books, "A Thousand Pounds," Kanye and Akon's influence, and if he feels like he's Finally Famous, before going to catch Big Sean's set. Julie: Thank you for sitting down with me! CyHi The Prynce: Absolutely! J: You were great on stage. C: Thank you. J: Is this your first time in Seattle? C: Yeap--no, the second. I came to meet the plug one time. I’m just playing. Both: J: What? C: Meet the plug... You know...it’s irrelevant. Naw I’m just playing. Both: J: Sorry the weather is so shitty here, but it does rain a lot...how has the tour been going for you? C: It’s been going really good, we’ve been having a good time, all the shows have been sold out, a lot of traveling through the mountains... J: Kinda scary? C: Yeah kinda scary, I don’t really like that. But other than that, it’s been cool. J: You had great energy up there, I was dancing around back stage... C: Haaaaaaaaay. J: I have to ask this, even though it’s corny, and I might sound like an asshole, but do you feel Finally Famous? C: Uhhh, not yet, not quite. J: Yeah? C: I feel like, I don’t know, whatever. J: Yeah? Cool. So your ...
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Shawn Chrystopher is currently on the I Am Finally Famous tour with Big Sean and CyHi The Prynce--read that review--and I was able to chat with him when they were in Seattle. Million dollar question: does Shawn Chrys feel Finally Famous? Well, you'll just have to keep reading to find out because I'm not going to give that away in the introduction paragraph! We also talked about the 2012 presidential candidates, the Occupy Wall Street movement, going college, his favorite horror movie, who he would love to collaborate with (that one surprised me!), Law & Order: SVU since Stabler's departure, and The-Dream's "Fancy" vs. "Nikki" part 1 and 2, among many subjects. Shoutout to Shawn, Randy, Ashley and everyone else in Honour Role Music! Julie: 'K it’s rolling. So, first of all, do you remember me from iChat? Shawn: Yeah, I do. J: Let the record show that Shawn Chrystopher is hella cool because he iChats his fans! Both: S: That was a while ago. J: I know! A really long time ago. It’s been cool to kind of follow your career. I remember when I heard you the first time, it was “Like A Kid Again,” which is one of my favorite songs by you, and it must have been on Shade 45, and they didn’t say who it was, so I just went home and plugged in all the applicable words until I figured it out! Then I downloaded it. So when I was doing my research, I saw that you went from kindergarten to second grade, and then graduated early. I was kind of wondering, did that contribute at all to “Like A Kid Again?” S: Yeah, I mean, you know, I had to always ...
Well, this interview comes straight out of the vault (aka it's from a couple months ago). While Bun B was hosting the Red Bull EmSee Battle in Seattle back in late July, Crooked I was one of the judges alongside Too $hort and Casual. I could have put 'Both: ' after almost every line, because we were laughing almost the entire time. Crook is a funny dude! We talked about a lot of things while standing in the back alley behind The Crocodile in Belltown, which is far less sketchy during the day than it is on any given night. We chopped it up on an array of topics, including a possible third installment to the Block Obama series, his solo album The Million Dollar Story as well as Slaughterhouse's album, being the originator of the weekly release--yeah he was doing that way before Kanye's G.O.O.D. Fridays and Swizz Beatz's Monster Mondays--and the layers of hiphop, which is purposely vague to entice you to read it, so...read away! Julie: Thank you for standing in this back alley for this interview! Crooked I: You know, kinda shifty, sketchy back here, but you know... J: Imagine it at nighttime! Both: J: 2012 is next year--will there be a third installment of The Block Obama? C: Wooooow. Ummmmm.....it might be. J: Yeah? C: Depending on if, you know, he wins the presidency. Nobody wants to name something after a loser. Both: J: I know! C: What would I name it? Romney? Nah I won’t. The Block Romney. That might not do too well. J: I noticed that one of your lines was you likening the unity of Obama to you being like the New West unifier between like backpack rappers, gangsta rappers, and stuff. C: Right. J: So, do you feel like today, hiphop is more unified than a few years ago? C: Yep, I do. Because if ...
I know this is a terrible hook (what up, English Professors), but man, I interviewed Evidence. EVIDENCE! He's one of my favorite rappers, and I'm sure that it's evident how excited I was and um...sorry about that pun. Anyhow, I caught up with him last week when he was in Seattle with Atmosphere, Blueprint, DJ Babu, and Prof for the Family Vacation Tour. The interview was super trill, the trillest of the trill in fact, and you can peep what I wrote about it for the fine folks of Members Only here. Mr. Slow Flow and I talked about a ton of stuff, including but not limited to: Fashawn and their song "Same Folks," Evidence's production and graffiti, and how they intertwine; Instagram; his album Cats & Dogs, and cats and dogs; his favorite books; "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (spoiler alert: not related to Hemingway), and how he linked up with Roc Marciano. Slug from Atmosphere makes a cameo in our interview, too! Plus, Evidence was kind enough to give me some Cats & Dogs posters to give away, so stay tuned! Basically, I just need to get my act together. Julie: Say what’s up. Evidence: Hello. J: Hi. Julie. Both: E: Hi, Mike. J: Nice to meet you, Mike. I’m not sure if you remember, but last time you were in town with Fashawn, I met you, and you were rapping to me in the parking lot after the show... E: It all comes back to me now... J: Seriously? E: Holy shit...I feel stupid... J: Why? E: Because I don’t remember. It was like a major event! I should remember. J: It’s ok! E: A lot of weed on that tour. J: Understandable. So I guess that was a good tour for you? E: It was a great tour for me. I was more excited about it ...
Generally, my interviews take forever to transcribe, and JoeyMC recommended slowing the audio down even though it makes the interviewer and interviewee sound demonic. It helped, but it still took me forever to transcribe. I wanted to note this, however, because I felt like it was especially appropriate, chopping and screwing (well, kind of) the audio of my interview with Bun B, as Texas is both his home state and where the chopping and screwing phenomenon started. Anyhow, a few weeks back, the Red Bull EmSee Battle went down in Seattle at The Crocodile with host Bun B, and judges Crooked I, Casual, and Too $hort. The chosen eight--how they were chosen I'm still not sure--hailed from Seattle to Portland to Eugene and in between (I'm trying to be poetic). Portlander Illmaculate defeated 9dm, K.R.U.E., Mic Phenom, Billy the Fridge, Bishop I, Justis, and KI Design to go on to the finals in Atlanta. I have to say that this one on of the more trill events I've been to this year, if not the trillest, and this interview is worthy of the "Trill Talk" name (thanks Will for thinking of that title name). Before the battle went down, while everything was being set up, I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Bun B. We talked about many cool things, such as how he linked up with Red Bull, his involvement of the explosion of the Texas rap scene, his teaching at Rice University, and his favorite book, among other things. Afterward, he told me those questions were great, and then I almost cried on the inside, so you should probably read this interview. Julie: Thank you so much for sitting down with me! What made you want to be involved with the Red Bull EmSee Battle? Bun B: Well Red Bull does a lot ...
I wrote about my interview with Stalley over at Members Only yesterday. As is apparent if you choose to read the interview, which I obviously encourage, I was incredibly delighted to not only be interviewing an artist as exciting as Stalley, but the fact that he studied English Lit and applied what he learned to his rapping geeked my inner geek out beyond belief. We had a short but sweet convo about English Literature, his favorite books, and the ever elusive American Dream. Special thanks for Stalley, Dan, & Will for making this happen! Julie: Thank you so much for sitting down with me and... Stalley: Thank you. Julie: When I was doing research, I was really excited to find out that you studied English Literature, because I studied that as well! Hit the jump to keep reading. Stalley: Oh amazing, where at? Julie: University of Portland. Stalley: Oh nice, that’s nice. Julie: Yeah. Stalley: We just came from Portland. Julie: How was that? Stalley: It was amazing. Julie: Yeah? Stalley: Yeah yeah. It was nice, yeah. Julie: Whenever I’m in Portland, I always have funny stories, run-ins with the homeless people. Stalley: Well, we didn’t really move around, we went--where did we go? The Nike Employee Store... Julie: Nice! Stalley: Yeahhhh...we, it was crazy! I was overwhelmed! It was crazy! Julie: I bet! Stalley: I got so much stuff I had to have it shipped home. I couldn’t carry it all. But, we went there, and then we went to eat at Pot Pot, do you know what I’m talking about? An Indian chicken place. Julie: I should look into that, because I love food. Stalley: Yeah it’s supposed to be one of the best fried chicken places in the country. We went there, and yeah that was pretty much it, so yeah. It was crazy at the hotel though. We stayed at The Jupiter. It was crazy. Julie: Yeah! Stalley: Yeah.. Julie: Were you like ...
I was really nervous about interviewing Pac Div not because they’re one of my favorite groups, but because there are three of them, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to identify them on print after the fact. All’s well that ends well, and it turned out fine...except for some unidentified people near the end that I labeled as such. We started the interview talking about how the West is on fire right now, and it looks like MTV had the same idea as me with their new series titled “The New West,” and we also talked about the tour life among other things. As usual, I'm just going to make you read it! Julie: So right now, the West Coast music scene is really exploding. How does it feel to be a part of it? Mibbs: Great. Julie: Oh, can you guys introduce yourselves? Mibbs: This is Mibbs right here. It’s great to be a part of the booming West Coast scene. I think it’s long over due and the world didn’t really pay attention, but now they’re starting to pay attention and it’s just going to roll and get bigger, so we’re totally excited, it’s like, ‘Damn! It’s at home now! We at home!’ Julie: Do you feel any pressure between the rest of the artists coming from the West? Mibbs: As long as we continue to be ourselves, like we always are, ain’t no pressure. Julie: Yeah. So you two are brothers, and met BeYoung while hooping. Do you feel like there are any parallels between the rap game and basketball? BeYoung: Julie: I see you smiling! BeYoung: It teaches you teamwork. It’s BeYoung. Mibbs: Yeah, we was just hoopin’ today, we was out there killing it, man. It felt like we was in the studio! Julie: One thing I’ve noticed ...
Two Sundays ago, I was lucky enough to sit down with Donnis after his final performance of the Sergeant Schleppers Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour after its finale in Seattle. Let me also give a big shoutout to Donnis for the fun interview, and to Dan for putting up with my relentless string of emails! So the interview begins like mid-thought, basically, with me saying why I like to do print interviews instead of audio or video ones. Yeah, oops, my secret is out, dear readers. We also talk about his Southern Lights mixtape that drops tomorrow, which I'm very excited about (how can you not be based off the material that's been released from it?!) in addition to what it's like being back in Atlanta, where he sees himself after rap, and his favorite movies. Of course, there was more, but you're just going to have to read it to see what else we talked about! Julie: yeah I do print interviews because I don’t like to sound like an idiot on video or whatever... Donnis: Oh so you’re going to make me sound stupid... Julie; No! I’ll make you sound good too! Julie: First of all, I want to say thank you for serving our country... Donnis: Thank youuuu Julie: And I was wondering, being in the air force, did that kind give you a different perspective on lyrics and music in general? Donnis: Oh, not really. I mean, I’ve worked on basically what would be now two albums. The first album was really based on a lot of that, a lot of my military service, and the second one is just based on where I’m at now. It’s been so much time since I did serve, its been almost four years now. Julie: Yeah. Donnis: So it’s like my life is in such a totally ...
After The Higher Learning Tour stop in Seattle last week, I was able to catch up with Curt@!n$ for a few minutes. We tried to find somewhere quiet, which ended up being this empty, back parking lot (he's done worse, he assured me) and we chatted for a few minutes in the rain. Naturally, as soon as I spotted the "Fashion Genius," I had to tell him that that his blog influenced my wardrobe decisions for that fine evening. He told me that he had noticed my jacket, and that he liked it! Yeah, in case you couldn't tell, I'm still pretty geeked about that. You can read my review of the concert here, but let me just reiterate how impressed I was with the confidence and energy of his live set. Between his music, energy, and fashion, Curt@!n$ is just a hella interesting dude and I still think he's cool even though he doesn't like cats. He was a good sport talking to me while being under the weather, both literally and figuratively, and we had a good convo. We talked about how fashion affects his music, how he got into rap, and books...among other things. As usual, you'll just have to click the link to keep reading! Julie: So how did it feel, when Kanye called you a “Fashion Genius?” Curt@!n$: It felt good and bad at the same time. It was good in a sense that, you know, sometimes when you do things out of the sheer love and passion for what you’re doing, like I just genuinely love style and clothing, fashion, etcetera etcetera, so me just doing me and being in my own little zone and creating my own little style, is just something that I love to do. The bad aspect is that it puts this spotlight on you, and ...
On the last Sunday of February, I walked into the Westin looking like a hot mess (nothing new there) after braving one of the coldest, rainiest, and windiest nights I've been out in Seattle in a while so I could meet up with California emcee Fashawn. While on the road for The Higher Learning Tour, they decided to spend one of their rare days off in Seattle. This is Fashawn's first headlining tour, and after seeing him in concert (read my review here), I can confidently say that it won't be his last. Even before I met Fashawn, I assumed he must be pretty cool if he was willing to chop it up with me on one of his days off. My suspicions were further strengthened as he burst into spontaneous rap while we walked into the lobby. We sat down at the table, and then he tried to tell me that he was really shy. Me, being gullible, was like "oh, ok," so he quickly explained that he actually has a really dry sense of humor. Finally, someone who is on my level, and understands me, and speaks my language! We chatted about his day off in Seattle, his latest mixtape, the Simpsons, and you know I had to ask what his favorite book is. You better read on to see what else we talked about, though! Julie: So have you enjoyed your time in Seattle today? Fashawn: Definitely, I had one of the most interesting days. Julie: Homeless encounters? Fashawn: No, no. It started off, I woke up here because we did a show in Boise, Idaho so we didn’t even sleep there, we just did the show and proceeded to move..and I woke up and I was in Seattle and we walked in, as soon as we walked in, a guy at the front was ...
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