Louisiana’s Nilly, one the participants from VH1’s competition series Signed, is back with a new single titled “Badder Than Bad.” The DJ Fresh Prince-produced track is a collaboration with Maxo Kream, who is coming f the release his major label debut Brandon Banks.
“Not too many artists have the respect from the lyricists, the ladies and the streets all in one,” Nilly tells HipHopDX. “Maxo can cater to all crowds.”
He adds, “This is a song for the ladies to dance to. I want all women to feel like the baddest in the building when they hear this.”
Listen to Nilly’s “Badder Than Bad” featuring Maxo above or other streaming platforms here.
Guardian Digital Music has announced an exciting way to support Hip Hop and jump into the cryptocurrency craze. By streaming Mithril Order: The Mixtape, Vol. 1, listeners can generate crypto and take their money into their own hands.
Boasting contributions from Snoop Dogg, KXNG Crooked, Spice 1, Canibus, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Chino XL and Ras Kass, the 24-track effort highlights the crypto movement with the help several notable Hip Hop legends.
Mithril Ore token (or MORE token) can be held by both artists and fans ( www.coss.io exchange) and allows fans and artists to support one another. When listeners stream the project through commercial streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, they’ll be able generate cryptocurrency the advanced mining Mithril Ore token.
Guardian Digital Music has pledged to convert all its streaming royalties to Ethereum and donate them to the Ethereum backing Mithril Ore Token.
In addition to the mixtape, a 13-minute and 11-second massive megamix featuring 14 MCs called “Where The Coins At?” will arrive on October, a song that explores the existential question plaguing mankind since the dawn time: “where the coins at?”
In the meantime, check out the Mithril OReDER mixtape stream, cover art and tracklist below, and find more information on MORE here.
1. Computer Money f. Shoestring
2. More Coins f. Canibus & Pyrit
3. Mithril Money f. Ras Kass
4. 2021 – f. Canibus & Pyrit
5. Get out the Way f. G Battles & Snoop Dogg
6. Mith Lore f. Canibus
7. Thin Line f. Spice 1 & G Battles
8. Bankrupt – (feat. G Battles)
9. Get Tokens – (feat. Jamo Gang)
10. The Core – (feat. Larm Clock)
11. Nu Money – (feat. Suga-T & B-Legit)
12. Mithrilvania – (feat. Chino XL & Vherbal)
13. Digital Money – (feat. Shoestring)
14. Mith Money – (feat. Consequence)
15. Coinz-n-My Piggy Bank – (feat. Family Bvsiness)
16. Moredore Muzik – (feat. Chino XL & Vherbal)
17. More – (feat. Kxng Crooked)
18. Bought a Cadillac – (feat. Kxng Crooked & Rappin’ 4-Tay)
19. Millions People – (feat. Chino XL, Rappin’ 4-Tay & Vherbal)
20. Menace – (feat. Chino XL)
21. Easy Come Easy Go – (feat. Chino XL & Rappin’ 4-Tay)
22. Wreck – (feat. Canibus & Pyrit)
23. The Ally – (feat. G Battles)
24. Mith Real Ore – (feat. Shoestring)
Murs is waiting for his wife to go into labor on her due date, August 11, when he picks up the phone. The irony isn’t lost on the veteran MC that August 11 also marks Hip Hop’s birthday. “How cliché would that be?” he says with a chuckle.
It’s good to hear Murs laugh considering he’s just come through one the most challenging periods his life, something he was brutally honest about on 2018’s A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable, his last album for Strange Music, Inc.
As part the highly personal project, the Living Legends MC rapped about his still-born child, divorce, paralyzing grief and the pain he experienced as a result. With those dark times in his rearview, Murs is not only awaiting the birth his third child but also celebrating the release his new album, The Iliad Is Dead and the Odyssey Is Over.
Produced by 9th Wonder and The Soul Council, the project reunites the Hip Hop super duo, resulting in the magic chemistry that was present on 2004’s Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition.
In Part 1 HipHopDX’s interview, Murs explains why making A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable was necessary, his views on women, stance on the n-word and why he’s got mad love for his English teachers.
HipHopDX: So baby coming any minute, huh?
Murs: Yeah. It’s a whole thing. Honestly, it’s a bittersweet thing. It’s a triggering experience for us. One success and one failure, so there’s two feelings, you know? It’s just hard to battle.
HipHopDX: I was going through your catalog and I was thinking about your last record, A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable, specifically the song “Melancholy.” I was thinking about everything that you’ve had to go through to get to this point. Now that you’ve kind purged that out your system, did you feel a different vibe when you recorded this new one?
Murs: Yeah, definitely. I was in a different place. I was able to just make music again and be fantastic, not in the modern sense the word, but in the literal sense the word — just make shit up, tell stories and be in the moment with the music. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without making that last record. I’m sorry to fans if it feels like I forced that mood on them. It’s just what comes out and that was right on top whatever theme was going to come out.
HipHopDX: I think that record was right on time, and I think it’s something you definitely needed to do. I love hearing more about the personal side in what you’ve experienced. There’s definitely things on there I relate to and I also think it can help make people a little bit more courageous when it comes to maybe talking about their own shit.
Murs: Right. Yeah, that is super important.
HipHopDX: How does it feel to have the album out there and back with 9th Wonder again? That must’ve been quite the experience.
Murs: It always feels good to put it out. It’s getting a great reception. It’s the best reception I’ve had for a record in years. And I probably spent less money than the last couple records. I’m glad it’s resonating. It felt good to hook up with 9th Wonder again. Everything’s changed for us. We stayed the same, but we’re still solid.
HipHopDX: Yeah, that chemistry is there. As soon as you get back together, it’s like, “Oh, yeah. This feels good.”
Murs: Yeah, yeah. I guess it’s really when you know your family and that’s how we’ve always approached it. I think that’s why, you know? To me, I trip out on it because I am able to record where someone has seen so much success and is, to me, one the greatest producers my generation. It’s a blessing and something I didn’t take lightly, so I was definitely trying to rap my ass f.
HipHopDX: You did, yeah.
Murs: See, 9th only did three beats on the whole thing.
HipHopDX: Oh, he only did three beats?
Murs: Yeah, he only did three. The rest was The Soul Council. Eric G did two, Kash did two, Khrysis did two, Nottz did two and 9th’s daughter, JDEAFBEATS, did one.
HipHopDX: Yeah, that’s right. And she’s 15 years old, right?
Murs: Yeah. So sweet. She smashed it. I’ve known her since she was born. So it’s ill to have someone you’ve known as a baby making a beat for your record. But she suffers from pround hearing loss. She’s just like 9th]. She loves basketball and music, and she found a way to be great at both. She’s an amazing basketball player and her dad sponsors her team. It’s called Carolina Dream. She’s an amazing young woman.
HipHopDX: So there’s a few songs on here that really stand out to me – “My Hero,” “Night Shift,” “High Noon” with Rapsody and “Give Me a Reason.” I’ve wanted to talk to you about this for awhile. On one hand, I feel like you have this immense gratitude, respect and love for women. Then, a song like “Unicorn Glitter” totally throws me f. Is it the two sides Murs? Is it simply the complexities the human condition? What is it?
Murs: I think it’s … I mean, it was all Tupac because Tupac could make “I Get Around” and “Keep Ya Head Up” on the same record. Nobody’s view anything is 100 percent. I think there’s a lot social justice warriors that want to pretend it is and they can’t. To me, that’s when it erupts in something and you find out, “Oh, such and such activist has sex with all the girls at the protest,” you know what I mean? When you try to be this person that no man is … It’s different with men God, but even the men God I’ve talked to, they admit they have lustful thoughts, you know? I don’t feel like I’ve ever, in any those songs, maybe used the word bitch more than once.
Murs: Especially with something like “Unicorn Glitter” or “Freak These Tales” where I guess I’ll say I’m condoning these stories womanizing or whatever it’s called. To me, it’s about balance. I’ve made lots “Love and Appreciates.” I’ve made “Dark Skinned White Girls.” So, it’s just doing the whole spectrum. And even in “Unicorn Glitter,” I’m really being educational, and it was maybe a metaphor for women who think they’re better than other women because I see a lot powerful things happening. No woman is better than any other woman. There’s so many things going on that I feel like are really great for women. But some women are so preoccupied with hating on all other women.
HipHopDX: What does your wife think?
Murs: She’s a very in-tune woman. She really knows her body. I’ve dated other women who just … I’ve had to tell girls, “Your bra is too tight, you probably haven’t tried a new bra size since high school. You probably should do that, it’s not good for you.” You know, breast cancer. Because I grew up with a mom who was very open about it — cramps, her menstrual cycle and everything that was going on with her body. So when I went on a date, I was more familiar.
A lot people’s mothers don’t feel empowered, so they don’t tell their daughters certain things about their bodies. If a girl has a lot sex, that doesn’t mean her pussy is loose. These are myths, but a lot women believe these things. Men talk about pussy so much, why not say something that could be helpful to women?
HipHopDX: Right. But do you think that the young women really want to hear about it? I don’t, personally. You can’t think all women talk that way. It makes me cringe when you said that.
Murs: I think it’s a personal thing. I don’t like the word Peter. I was dying to have sex with a girl for at least a year and a half, and she finally was about to have sex with me and she said, “Oh, your Peter is so whatever.” I literally got out the bed and walked out the house and never tried to have sex with her again. So I did that. I don’t think it’s a one-way street, you know what I mean?
HipHopDX: Yeah, that’s a good point.
Murs: 9th listened to that song and was like, “Whatever,” but then one my hardcore fans from New Mexico — she’s a young lady who’s been coming to my shows since she was 16 — she DM’d me and said, “This is my favorite song.”
I’ve had women say, “This fended me,” and I’m like, “Well, you know what? I’ve performed this around women. I’ve had women tell me they love these songs.” So, I can’t base what I do f the opinion making one woman uncomfortable because I know I make music that resonates with women and there are not many rappers that can say that.
HipHopDX: Right, totally. I listened to “My Hero” and then it’s like, whoa, I get a totally different feeling from that one. I love how you approached the topic though. I thought it was beautifully done.
Murs: I make real music for women who are, in a way, like me. I like backpack rap, but that’s not who I am. I love gangsta rap. I grew up in the inner city. I’m an inner city kid that appreciates those rappers as well, but they don’t speak my truth. Atmosphere doesn’t speak my truth, but I love Atmosphere. But DJ Quik speaks more to my life experience, but I love them both. And I think that that’s kind what you can … You know how I said that women who listen to and love “My Hero” and “Unicorn Glitter,” and that’s who I speak to. And I think the best part about it is, for someone like you who doesn’t care for that song, we don’t have CDs or tapes anymore, so you don’t have listen to it laughs].
HipHopDX: That’s smart, yeah. I’m not saying it’s not well done, it’s just I couldn’t get through the whole thing.
Murs: I mean, I think it’s for the women who can … what’s the band? Oh God, the Russian group.
HipHopDX: Pussy Riot.
Murs: Yeah, Pussy Riot. I feel like that’s … like a unilateral thing like the n-word, I’m like, “Alright, I don’t want to say it anymore.”
HipHopDX: What is your stance on the n-word?
Murs: I think I use it way too much on this record.
HipHopDX: Yeah? Did you listen back and you were like, “Damn, oops?”
Murs: I listened to it and I listened to it with my son. I let my son curse. My son’s seven. I curse at my kids and I let my kids curse around me — not at me. I’m not ashamed playing music for my kids, but the n-word does make me cringe. I’m like, “You can’t say that word.” And it’s the only word that I say that I don’t let my kids say.
HipHopDX: It’s become such a part this generation’s lexicon. It’s crazy to me that word has been normalized and I’ll admit, it can make me uncomfortable.
Murs: Yeah, it doesn’t make me uncomfortable to say it or to listen to it. But to me, it makes me uncomfortable around my children. It’s the only word that if they say it back to me, I’m like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.” So my wife is always like, “Don’t say that,” and I try. That is something that’s going to change. I can do it more in my music than I can in my real life.
I’m the same way with saying ‘cuh’ in my songs. That’s a term that’s only used by Crips, and I’ve never been a gang banger in my whole life, but I’ve grown up around Crips my whole life. It’s almost a cultural thing. And I’m like, “Yo, I’ve got to stop saying it.” The n-word, I can turn it f and on when I’m in the right settings. The same thing with saying ‘cuh.’ Even I say it to dudes that are Bloods. I was around rappers the other day doing the Eric Andre Show and there was a Blood rapper there and I kept saying it. I had to step aside and say, “Hey, bro. If you feel some kind way, I’m sorry.”
When the camera is on or I’m at a job interview, I could turn it f. But if you catch me at home with my brother or talking to my kids, I’m going to say it. Cuh and nigga is like, “blah, blah.” Cuh, part it represents genocide, but it also represents brotherhood and the positive aspects tribalism.
HipHopDX: I just premiered a track from Black Ink Crew’s Phor. He actually wrote this song called “Whole Lotta” and he made it clear, “This isn’t just about gang life, it’s just about the brotherhood that comes from it.” For some people, that’s their only family.
Murs: Yeah, it’s a code. I don’t want to let it go, but at the same time, I actually have friends that are real Crips that are like, “Don’t say that to me if you’re not a gang banger” or “I’m cool with you saying cuh, but you’re not even in a gang.” I’ve had to deal with all the fallout it. Those are just two words that I’m really working on desperately.
HipHopDX: That’s cool you to even recognize that in yourself. I think that shows a lot maturity and that you want to grow as a person. I think that’s all we can really do as people. What was your upbringing like? I know you grew up in Los Angeles, but I don’t really know too much about the real Nick Carter].
Murs: I definitely talked parts the truth here and there. In my eyes, I come from a good family, but it depends on who you ask. I grew up in mid-city L.A. for the most part. I lived in Lynwood, which is near Compton and Watts. Then we moved to the Valley. I came up in Los Angeles at the beginning gang banging. There was always gangs, but I came up in the crack era, where it was really bad. Colors was about my neighborhood type shit. I didn’t see Colors until I was 20 years old. It came out when I was 8 or 9, but my mom didn’t let us see it because we were living it. She married not the best guy to help be able to move us out that type environment. And so I got to live in the Valley with white kids for three years. Then she got divorced and I had to move back to L.A.
That three or four years kind changed my life because I learned how to relate to white people and learned that there’s something outside my neighborhood. And then I went to a really great high school. One my English teachers just hit me on IG and commented on my album because I named it The Iliad is Dead and the Odyssey is Over.
HipHopDX: Yeah, I’m sure they assigned both those books.
Murs: They’re like, “What a title, Nick!”
HipHopDX: That’s so cool. My English teacher actually showed up to my mom’s memorial event in June, and she was the one who really encouraged me to write.
Murs: Oh, wow.
HipHopDX: Yeah, she showed up and she sent me a card, and I was like, “Oh, my God. You don’t understand how you impacted my life. You changed the entire course my life.” My English teacher man, shout out.
Murs: Shout out to English teachers, man.
HipHopDX: For real laughs].
Murs: Man. Yeah, he put me onto so much. I think I’m going to DM him and tell him. He assigned a book by Thomas Pynchon called Gravity’s Rainbow. I read it and it was super confusing, but he helped me understand it. And based on that book is how I made a connection with El-P because he’s into Thomas Pynchon. I took an IQ tested in elementary school and it was on the high end. I skipped a grade and got to be in the Magnet program. I had AP English with Dr. Smolin, a Grateful] Deadhead who sat on top the desk. And that was my 12th grade AP English teacher. He was amazing.
I thought about the day when he did that and I was like, you know what I hated most about school? — and this is the opposite for a typical kid — I hated the kids. I loved my teachers and I hated the kids. Because I was like, “Man, I should probably give a shout out to the few teachers that were awesome.” And I started thinking my teachers. Every single teacher I’ve had, I fucking loved them.
HipHopDX: In 3rd grade, I transferred from public to catholic school. I didn’t fit in really, but I loved my teachers. I had a tough time with some my classmates.
Murs: Yeah, that sucks. I guess one thing where I’m stoked about being a parent is, hopefully, I can raise kids that are kind. Fuck language and fuck curse words, I just want to raise my kid to be kind.
In Part II the Murs interview, he pinpoints a moment in time that changed the course his entire life and more.
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****REVISED**** Here are the production credits for the album track by track. I will go more in-depth in days to come. I am extremely grateful to have been able to work with such amazing artists. 🙏🏾✌🏾 @thesoulcouncil @9thwonder @kashdontmakeme @khrysis_ @ericggg @nottzdaruler @jdeafbeats #theiliadisdeadandtheodysseyisover
After partying it up at 50 Cent’s Tycoon Weekend, Jacquees shared a little inspiration on the ‘Gram.
The Georgia-Bred crooner posted a video himself and Neo-Soul star Anthony Hamilton singing Hamilton’s 2008 hit, “Cool,” reflecting that he once performed the song in a high school talent show.
“I performed “Cool” in the 9th grade by @anthonyhamiltonficial in the 9th grade and Won! Now I’m singing with him! Follow your dreams and believe!” Jacquees wrote on Instagram Tuesday (August 20).
Jacquees recently dropped f his single, “Hot For Me,” featuring Lil Keed and Lil Gotit.
His next album, Round 2, was due out July 19 but has since been delayed with no word on an ficial release date.
According to a press release from Motown and Blacksmith Recordings, The Vince Staples Show is an original episodic project directed by Vince himself and Calmatic, the man behind the “Old Town Road,” video.
The show aims to highlight, “Staples’ music and unfiltered personality in short videos set in some the wild situations Staples finds himself in,” and will feature a new original track as a stand-alone single each episode.
The first installment the series debuted on Thursday (August 22), features the track “So What?” along with limited-edition merchandise for sale available on the website here.
Watch the full video for “So What?” (Episode 01) above and stream the lyric video for the track below.
Ahead his forthcoming album, Joell Ortiz drops f a gritty black-and-white visual for his Hesami-produced single, “Before Hip Hop.” Inspired by Craig Mack’s classic “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” music video, the Devon Johnson-directed clip finds Ortiz looking straight into the camera while he spits candid bars.
“The ‘Before Hip Hop’ video is black and white by design. I didn’t want to dress it up. I wanted it to remain as cut and dry and honest as possible,” Ortiz said in a press release. “I wanted the camera in my face so the viewer could look in my eyes and see that it’s pure.”
While the song reflects on how Hip Hop changed Ortiz’s life, the video pays tribute to fallen childhood friends, as flashes their photos continue throughout the clip.
“Before Hip Hop, I was a different person. I grew up in a rough environment that made me behave, respond and live in a certain way,” he continued. “I lost childhood friends way before I could even fully comprehend death. Yet, I found ways to smile, have fun and enjoy the hood with the homies almost every day. A simple video for the simple truth a rapper from Cooper Park House in Brooklyn, NY. I’m just happy to be here.”
The ex-Slaughterhouse rapper’s 9th studio album, Monday, is expected to arrive August 30 and will feature vocals from Blakk Soul and vocals and production from Big K.R.I.T., as well as additional production by Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Heatmakerz and more.
Check out Ortiz’s video for “Before Hip Hop” above.
Press Play: ‘The Day Shall Come’ Brings Political Satire To Terrorism & Gugu Mbatha-Raw Co-Stars In New Mystery Movie
The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw of Beyond The Lights fame are taking on the mystery genre thanks to their upcoming movie Motherless Brooklyn.
The movie was written and directed by Edward Norton and includes an all-star cast of Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin and Norton himself. Set in 1950s New York, the movie follows a private detective with Tourette Syndrome, Lionel Essrog, who seeks to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Essrog’s investigation causes him to unravel secrets that lead him to the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem, to the rough slums of Brooklyn and finally, to the privileged halls of New York’s power brokers.
It definitely seems like it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. Check out the trailer above and you can mark your calendar for a November 29 release!
If you need a little bit of satire in your life, especially in these dark times of domestic and international terrorism, IFC Films just released the trailer for the satirical movie The Day Shall Come. The flick is helmed by comedian Chris Morris and stars newcomer Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick and Daniele Brooks. The official description reads:
“Moses Al Shabaz (Marchánt Davis) is a small-time Miami street preacher whose far-fetched revolutionary ideas find unexpected legitimacy when a Middle Eastern terrorist organization offers to help fund his dream of overthrowing the US government. The problem? His backer is the US government and it’s all part of an elaborate scheme to entrap Moses and make his arrest the latest national security “win.” But when Moses doesn’t take the bait, FBI agent Kendra Glack (Anna Kendrick) must resort to increasingly outlandish—and risky—lengths to get her man.”
The flick is sure to be a riot with some pointed commentary. You can check out the comedic, action-packed trailer above and watch out for the movie when it hits certain theaters and VOD on September 27!
This weekend, the highly anticipated sixth and final season of Power will air on Starz. Like you, we can’t wait to tune in.
In case you missed it, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, 50 Cent, LaLa Anthony, and the rest of the cast and crew came to NYC this week for the world premiere of the first episode. It was a star-studded event, during which 50 Cent put on a whole concert. Snoop Dogg, YFN Lucci, Trey Songz, Fetty Wap, Davido, and more performed. It was a night to remember!
The final season will see Tommy and Ghost going head-to-head, as the longtime best friends have now become enemies. So, you’ll have to choose a side — and make sure you choose wisely because if the first episode is any indication, this season is going to be an all-out WAR.
Take the quiz below to find out where you really stand and catch Power on August 25 at 8 p.m. EST.
National Equal Pay Day was honored back in April — but there’s a much deeper issue at play specifically when it comes to equal pay for Black women.
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Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day, showing how far into 2019 black women must work to earn what white men made in 2018. That's 9 extra months! Even worse, the gap has widened since last year. Black women disproportionately are heads of households, they make up the largest group of minority women-owned businesses, and they're a key voting bloc with one of the biggest voter turnouts — when you lift up black women, you lift up entire communities. They are phenomenal, and they deserve equal pay! @phenomenal tee benefits the Black Futures Lab.
Did you know that in 2018, Black women have to work 20 months just to match what a white man makes in 12?!
Clearly, many factors contribute to the ridiculous wage gap. According to the National Women’s Law Center, this gap can begin to widen over the course of a black woman’s career, causing her to lose nearly $870,000 in potential earnings to the wage gap.
That’s not all. According to Fast Company:
Over a 40-year career, black women make $946,120 less than white men, according to the National Women’s Law Center. That loss of potential revenue has ripple effects, too, especially considering the fact that 80% of black women are their families’ primary or sole breadwinner.
This is very true. However, young queens, just know that there’s plenty more where Bey and Auntie O came from. Check out our list of the wealthy Black women other than the Queen of Music and the Queen of all media.
Directed by Whipola, Bronx native ImJaeHall is setting f his upcoming Dandelions EP f with a vibe thanks to the single “Backseat.”
The open road video is premiered by HipHopDX and let the falsetto singer tell it, the song’s origins goes further than the rear-view mirror.
“The ‘Backseat’ is all to familiar for me, after going through relationships that ended badly,” he tells HipHopDX.
“I ten remind myself about having all my stuff thrown out the crib and into the backseat my car. This is me venting on those experiences and Whipola helped me bring those emotions to life with this beautiful visual.”
Watch the “Backseat” video up above and follow @ImJaeHall on Instagram for more updates and music.
While we’re never enthused about the problematic Kardashian-Jenner clan, we can’t help but gush over the family’s next generation of entrepreneurs and entertainers.
Yesterday, Kim K. hit Instagram with a clip of Chicago West (little sister to North and Saint, big sister to Psalm), unbothered as she played with a snake that was hanging around her neck. You would think it was a puppy or a kitten, the way she wasn’t scared at all.
“My brave girl Chicago,” Kim captioned the moment of precious Chi. Check out 12 more cute Chi Chi moments below… she and her cousins are way too adorable.
Ice-T notoriously gives credit to Schoolly D for masterminding gangsta rap anytime he’s asked about his introduction to the culture.
The Body Count frontman’s 1987 classic “6 In The Morning” was directly inspired by Schoolly D’s “P.S.K.” track, which he’d released two years prior.
During a recent interview with the Murder Master Music Show, Schoolly D talked about what that moment was like when he realized he’d invented a whole new genre Hip Hop.
“After close to 40 years, when you said I created my own genre or sub-genre, I was like ‘Holy fuckin’ shit I did, didn’t I?’” he said. “I filled my own hole. It was conscious, but it wasn’t conscious. Just now, you saying that, I realized how big it was.
“For somebody to realize that for themselves … they can fill a hole, but it wasn’t directed. It was like, this is who I am and the hole was filled. The hole existed and it needed me. It needed Ice-T. It needed Chuck D. It needed the Beastie Boys, but we didn’t know that. We were just being ourselves and the hole was filled.”
“I had the track done and Ice-T said, ‘Send it to me and I will see if I can do something’ and later on that night, he sent back the lyrics and this muthafucka was stankin,” he explains. “When he sent me the lyrics, it was definitely magic and hard work. Then Chuck D heard that we did the song together. He called me and was like, Dude, what the fuck? I wanna be on the album.’
“When Chuck sent the introduction, it just became magic. It’s us talkin’ but us not talkin’ about the music made the music so much better. We needed to do something special. We wanted people to be like, ‘Goddamn that was worth 30 years to wait for! I’m happy that it happened.”
Pre-order the single here.