BY: GABY MORENO
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Reyes aka KILLcRey (kill-see-ray) and pick his brain a bit about his music, Platform Collection and our common love for sci-fi and horror movies! It was a dope interview that I really enjoyed! Chris has a lot of knowledge and insight about the music business, internet platforms and Podcasting. I met Chris when I started going to HipHopWeds at the AC Lounge. He is a very humble dude and intelligent. He is multi-talented. He not only runs Platform Collection, but is also a rapper, photographer, Producer, etc. Please join me and read the interview below on this dope talented individual known as KILLcRey!
Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are?
My name is Chris Reyes I go by KILLcRey. I’m a rapper, Producer, Photographer, Director, Podcast host, PlatformCollection.com and one of the partners at SD Loves PR.
I just got put on to your music. How long have you been rapping? How did you get into the SD Hip Hop scene? Are you Originally from San Diego?
Yeah, I’m from San Diego so I was born here in Logan Heights and so I got into the Hip Hop scene just kind of naturally. By living here. I started going to shows. I watched a lot of the San Diego Hip Hop kind of develop you know going as a younger person to a lot of those events. I think just during that time I got into a kind of place of like I was just making music. Everybody was making music so we you know this is kind of what we did.
Rapping since a kid, but literally like all my life. Professionally I’d say like within the last 7 or 8 years. I really started to like push it to the level ,that’s the thing, I’ve done some weird, we have had really dope opportunities. We’re a really blessed group of people that have had really good opportunities in life. For instance I went to Hawaii with Xzibit and opened up for Xzibit and that was before I would even consider myself a Professional. The reason I say now, now I’m in a place where I understand the business everything that I need to do.
You run the Platform Collection. Please tell us more about that. What is it? How did you get started? How do you juggle that and your other creative outlets?
I think with Platform Collection the way it started was we had a Podcast or I still have a Podcast, “Crappy Awesome”, at that time it was hosted by myself and one of my creative partners at the time Arash and we both did it for close to 4 or 5 years. The Podcast started and then we met JDS from the Cypher Effect and we started filming for the Cypher Effect. Me and Arash had been filmmakers as well for a while so he asked us to come and help with the filming and then we kind of agreed to that as long as we could bring the Cypher Effect to San Diego. We were like we will shoot it, we’ll revamp it, and we changed it to like multi-camera. The Cypher Effect was just one camera at first. Then it was multi camera and we brought it to San Diego. We were actually the second people who tried to bring it. The first people, there were some cats up in North County, Steez, like a bunch of those cats, tried to bring it and it just didn’t stick. We were working with Cypher Effect for about a year and a half. That’s how we kinda met everybody in the Industry. You know we were shooting in LA a lot in fact Platform Collection was more or less founded in LA first cuz those were the artists that were around us.
We always had the goal of, we need to put Platform Collection on to a level that can actually help San Diego artists you know what I mean? There’s like a big difference, you know, we could have started here, but then we’re all in a place trying to get to a certain level so we got to that level and then brought it back. So Cypher Effect just decided to go into a different direction that we weren’t like really interested in going in. We really wanted to concentrate on Independent artists that are home grown from different areas. We had started a relationship in the I.E. wih Noa James and just through talking to a lot of our mentors they said we should really try to do this on our own, really get out there. We had a lot ideas about shows and the direction we wanted to take Platform Collection in.
Just like you, we just jumped in and we had already built a lot of relationships so getting access to the artists was what we kind of made our name on. We have really personal relationships with a lot of the artists that have grown with us like Reverie and Self Provoked. All these are people we have grown with because we were in two scenes at one time.
Now Platform Collection is kind of more of, the website is an entity right? That’s kind of more where we put the stuff that we’re just into. We are tryna’ be real honest with what we put on there. We don’t put anything we don’t like, so we don’t ever put bad reviews. That’s just not what we want to do. I have strong opinions about judging people’s music. I think it’s different for everybody so it’s hard to just say what’s good and what’s not.
With this website we just put what we like and this is what’s going on in our world. If you go to Platform Collection you see all the artist that we fuck with that are here and abroad. Not just in San Diego there’s even artist from Europe that have gotten to know artists here through Platform Collection. Now it’s like Platform Collection is also a production company. We’re partners with THOPFest and yeah. It’s kind of in a building phase right now. You’re the first one that I’ll tell. We’re launching the label later this year. Some of artists from San Diego will be the first artists signed to that label.
With the idea that we have finally gathered everything we need to break an artist on a National level. So we want to be able to do that with artists that we really believe in, you know? In this day and time we don’t have to worry about a label and get money from other places, you know? There are different ways to make money now. Which is really dope for people like us. We’ve always kind of made money like that, so I think right now Platform Collection is kinda in a transition phase.
Platform Collection has about 8 Podcasts on there. I believe there’s like 4 or 5 that are active constantly. Cookbook and Murs they’re on the network, 2Mex is on the network. Our podcast Crappy Awesome, there’s a bunch. 60 East.
When we started Crappy Awesome, like literally, that’s not bullshit, nobody was doing a Podcast! We actually thought we might be making a big mistake cuz we were doing live streaming radio. In fact Breal.TV now, is what we kinda used to do. We used to do something very similar to what Breal.TV is and we would stream live and have Dj’s live. People could get into the chat room. It got a really big name, just doing that out of my bedroom. We went on a crazy run that got a lot of attention. We interviewed everybody from like members of N.W.A., Keith Murray, KRS-One, like everybody that was poppin’ and you know the OG’s.
We walked away from that because I had heard a Podcast, which was the The Nerdist. At the time it was this Podcast by this dude named Chris Hardwick. That got me interested in Marc Maron and I started listening to other Podcasts and it blew my mind. I was like, this is next! What we were doing was super dope and it was ahead of its time and we could have probably rode it out and made more money off of it, but to me, I just wanted to be in front of the curve. When we started the Podcast everybody we would interview, the first year, we would have to explain to them what the fuck it was. That it wasn’t live and that nobody is listening to it right now. They can’t call in. They would be putting it out on Twitter like, “aye I’m about to be on this Podcast call in!” Cuz nobody knew what it was! We had some amazing early podcasts. Where we had artists cry, we’ve had artists talk about death and losing people. Like they’re their first interviews. We had Gavlyn and Reverie’s first Podcast interviews.
Everybody does kind of start off as…that was our idea of like, how do we get in? Alright, let’s interview people and then we’ll talk to those people and then you’ll become friends. Legitimately that is what happens.
We got into the business and we started to realize that is what everybody does. It is the only way to do it. You have to kind of assert yourself. We knew that we had value. We looked at the the landscape of Hip Hop here and in LA and if there was anything lacking it was organization.
There was a lot of artists like Reverie and we also met Open Mike Eagle very early on. These artists were putting in really hard work, but for the most part a lot of the artists thought they were working hard. They didn’t know the output they were doing was not gonna let them compete on a National level. Cuz there was a million people doing two times the work they’re doing. You just don’t know right? There is nobody that tells you. There’s like no Handbook how to get into the industry.
But we knew that we filmed, we wrote, we did Podcasts, we knew how to film shows, we were already filming our original content. We actually have a show on Platform Collection called Prose, which was actually like Mic Check on the Cypher Effect. We started that show first and then we went to Platform Collection. So we were already filming original content. A lot of artists we met, they were missing all the chunks that we had. We were like, “we gotta do something with this right?” At the very least we knew we could help A LOT of people. We decided to go into it with that mindset. We don’t know what’s gonna happen, but I bet this will help a bunch of people.
[With the podcast,] we we’re like, we are going to open the curtain to let people talk about exactly how they got on. Exactly what they did and the stuff behind the curtain that we don’t see. We were filming in people’s bedrooms, we were filming in people’s front lawns. It got really personal for Platform Collection. That’s kind of how that became what we are known for.
The umbrella part came simply because the artists that fuck with us we’re using our energy and our stuff to fill in things that they needed. We went with that same formula and we were like yo, SDlovesPR we love what they’re fuckin’ doing! Nate [CEO, SDLovesHIPHOP] is an amazing dude he has a great business mind. But he is in San Diego. Nate deserves to be around the world! So we can take what he’s doing and put it on to a National level and all of a sudden it changes everything for everybody, right?
That’s always been our approach for Platform Collection. Even our partnerships, like Bars Weekly, Kahlee and I had that conversation about the creation of Bars Weekly and HipHopWeds years ago. Kahlee was talking about HipHopWeds, the concept of what it is now 100% clearly exactly what it is right now. He was already talking about that like 2 years ago, but it’s because we were able to give each other access to things that we wouldn’t normally have.
That’s something I really, really learned through Platform Collection and starting a business. Timing is everything! But you can make the time, you can manipulate it. You have to be conscious of that.
It’s like opening up a coffee shop right in front a coffee shop it makes no sense. So the answer has to be, at least in my heart, in my mind from what I’ve learned, after 300 plus episodes of interviews, is, literally the answer is to be as different as the person next to you, as possible! You have to! You just gotta find a way to show people and that’s the challenge.
What do you want your brand to stand for or it means to you? Both you as an emcee or Platform Collection?
Music wise is just about freedom! That is everything to me. Everybody I know that is doing what I’m doing or pursuing the paths that I am pursuing on all levels, levels above us, below us, like wherever you are on your journey, everybody’s really just trying to get more time to enjoy the things they want, right? So my music that’s all that it represents.
I feel like in this time, right now, people are super confused, right? I feel like people are just confused and angry and sad. There’s a lot of it going around. The internet didn’t make us worse, right? It just exposed us for everything that we really are and what we really think. We were not ready for that. I don’t think as a people… we weren’t ready for that much information at that much time!
So through my music, I try, it’s super important for me, to be clear, to be concise. I want people to hear what the fuck I’m saying! I want to say the most profound things in the simplest ways. I’ve always loved artist like that. I love artists who could just say this really simple thing that you might hear every day, but the way they say it, its like, fuck, that just changed my life! I’ve always been partial to that kind of music. But I also love, like in my crew, The Fresh State, I think we have some of the dopest lyricists around. So I really respect high level lyricism. It’s just not what I do.
One, I am not at a point in my life where I want to recite my diary to somebody. I’ve already kind of done that. I’ve processed a lot of that shit. My journeys been, you know, it’s been a journey. So now I’m in a place where I kind of just want to share energy with people, and there’s an art to it. I see people who do it at a high level, you know? Like Miki Vale is in our crew and it’s a spiritual experience to watch Miki Vale. That’s what I shoot for! I shoot for that kind of thing. You just can’t do that with just normal hip hop a lot of the times. You know? You have to push the boundaries. That’s a hard thing to do as an MC though. Because talking less is so counterintuitive for us. It’s been a discipline thing for me! Like you don’t need to! Shut up! You don’t need to say everything in your rap. Like, just let [the audience] feel good for a minute.
For Platform Collection? I think it’s about information for me. I want it to stand for healthy thorough information. I have a really good friend Curtiss King. We were just talking about, how on YouTube, one of the biggest problems with the “informative videos”, and thank god for people like Curtiss, who doesn’t do this…and you know this because you are a consumer of this too, you’re a part of this community….Most [“informative videos”] are just to get you to watch another video. If I told you, “Yo, Gaby this is how you get on a tour” and I was just like, “you got to meet people and then, you know, you gotta send your music in”. Well how the fuck? You know? That shit. But you wanna know! Like really though! What the truth is. The truth is, you have to build a relationship with an artist because touring is more about being comfortable than it is how dope you are and that’s the sad, but real truth. Because people want to travel with people that they like. It has nothing to do with your fuckin’ music and it’s a heartbreaking for a lot of artist to hear that. But that’s what you need to hear. I have a lot of opinions about thinking in the minority and poor communities. We have to get more educated on these things because we’re too talented not to be able to prosper off of our natural talents. It’s literally just missing content. Its just missing [honest] information!
Why are we still like doing the same shit?! We have to do something different. It’s why I love what you’re doing! The horror, hip hop? You can tell somebody to throw that on the table for a 100 people and 99 of them might not take that idea that’s why they don’t win! That is why people don’t win! You have to be unafraid!
What’s the meaning behind your moniker Kill C Rey, what does it mean?
C Rey was always kind of what my friends called me. There was a close friend of mine named Chris Gomez and we kinda went to school together all through our lives. So we kinda had the same circles. Do they would call him Gomez/C Gom and they called me C Rey.
Then I had a bunch of rap names. When I came up with KILL c Rey, I kinda wanted to… because one of the things I do in my music, at least I try to, is there’s always a visual component. So the art that I make during the time that I’m recording certain songs, it’s all kind of the same. That is just the vibe I’m on, like 360. I try to be on the vibe. Photos, video and even videos I make for other people at a certain time, have a feel. KILL c Rey, I was thinking, you know what would be dope? Like a band name! Even though it is not a band, it’s just me.
Inevitably, it was literally such a dumb idea. For a year it was like, “Killcray”. But that kinda meant something to me. Cuz it started to become…you know… l smoke weed. I’ll sit there and I’ll ponder shit. So, I was like… what’s dope about “KILL c Rey”, to me, when I was thinking of the band name, I liked it because it meant… like C Rey is my ego. So it meant, kill my ego! That’s everything I’m trying to do. Trying to kill that ego! Then people inevitably killed it [for me], by fucking up the name! They were killing my ego! So like, I know I manifested that shit!
[Manifestation] never looks like the way I want it to look [exactly]. It never does! For a year I had to stop people and go, “No! It’s Kill. C. Rey. Then that would inevitably end up in different conversations that have been really dope! So it turned out to be a blessing. But, that is what it meant…kill ego.
You just put out a single, “For The Record”. I am going to paraphrase, “I’m going to lose my mind just for the record”. I interpreted it as people try to make music to cater to others that can cause you not to be yourself and you might end up sacrificing your sanity to satisfy others. What do you mean by that line? Any upcoming music?
That’s a dope thought. That you said that. I mean, yeah, that’s it!
It’s two things right? Real shit. I never told anybody that. It is exactly what you just said. My art gives me a chance to…cuz I’m normally, like, I don’t like going out. I’m not into that shit! I’m super focused on what I do, and plus, I really, really have fun doing what I do. So I don’t really try to look for fun. I haven’t looked for fun in years, you know?
I feel super blessed by that. So I’m also super careful and conscious that I don’t wanna lose that! So that’s what I do a lot and through my music. Sometimes it’s a break for me. I don’t write. Everything on Spotify are all songs that I didn’t write. I just recorded em’. I have a recording process and I’ll just start freestylin’ and really try to feel where it takes me.
For me, it really is like a dump. I dump everything on the songs. To make a record I get to do that. But, also, for the record, there is stuff that I said, specifically, on the record, where I just wanted it to be known. Because I feel, you know… I mean, that’s the rap side of me. I’m an MC. You know what I mean?
For those who have not listened to your music. What are some songs you think are slept on or should be listened to?
For The Record and the song that drops next!!!(laughs)
Yeah, you know, what I wrote an article on this too. You could probably find it still if you search for it I think it comes up on Medium.com. I wrote an article on me dealing with depression and thoughts of suicide. Like early, like maybe 2 years ago. I went through it for almost a whole year. I’ve never been that type of person. I had just never been someone, like I didn’t even think it was real. I didn’t think depression was real.
I wrote an article about that. What started the healing process was a song called, “Failing Forward”, which is on Spotify and a lot of people, once they know that that songs about me taking DMT, they go back and they listen to it. They can see it in a different light as it was the first time that I did DMT. I immediately went and wrote that song that’s what came out. I shot the video that night too. I shot the video on my own and then I picked up some scenes later on. So check out “Failing Forward” if you haven’t.
Any upcoming Events you want to promote?
We’re in talks right now with Noa James for a tour in July with The Fresh State. Then I’ll be touring with The Fresh State and then solo. Actually on another tour with some of cats from The Fresh State later this year.
You said you are a horror and sci-fi fan as well. What are some of your favorite movies in those genres? Why?
Oh man, that makes me the most nervous cuz I know, your like a veteran on this shit! I’m a sucker for sci-fi movies. I watch a bunch of shit. You know what? Okay here’s something special for sci-fi. I am absolutely obsessed with the YouTube channel “Dust”, that you should watch. It’s young independent filmmakers that are really making high level sci-fi short films. I’ll literally put on a playlist and watch them all. It’s always about the future or, you know, it’s very pertinent to a lot of the stuff we talk about [currently].
Then for horror, I love Insidious. Insidious is probably one of them. Okay, I got a new one, which I did not think was gonna be… or I didn’t think it was going to affect me like it did. There is a movie called Brightburn. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but the way they present it? I think the concept is out there. It is basically: what if Superman was evil? But seeing the movie and the thoughts they put in your head is horrifying! Like, if that truly existed? A [super] being really wanted to do whatever it wanted to do? There would be, literally, no hope for anything! I’m wondering… I heard stuff leaked recently, within the last two days. People that are saying it is actually a “Man Of Steel” movie. It is about Bizarro Superman. That would be pretty dope!
But yeah, Insidious for me, one, as a filmmaker, I loved Insidious. I think the way they filmed that and their use of camera. There’s a scene in Insidious.. don’t know exactly what happens. There’s a scene where you can see one of the apparitions just standing in the background. The camera just goes by and they never reference it! They never talk about it again! It never comes back up! That kind of shit is so dope, to me! For me, even with my music, I really believe in my audience. I think a lot of people talk to their audience like they’re dumb. I know I’m into [deeper] shit, so I know there’s other people that are into [deeper] stuff. That’s why [movies like Insidious] inspire me to make my shit layered.
What made you fall in love with the Sci- fi and horror genre? Do you incorporate any references in your lyrics?
Oh, have I? I feel like the way I think is “sci-fi”! Anyways, you know what I mean. I talk a lot about, like Kahlee told me this, that I talk a lot about flying and crying, what else did he say? He said some other shit (laughs). I heard this from Mike Eagle. He said he likes things that are whimsical and that kind of made sense to me. I kinda do too. I always like the magic in shit. I think I’ve always had that. When I was a kid, instead of skateboarding, I was building a satellite dish out of, like a garbage can. I really, literally, doing that shit.
So I’ve always been into the sci-fi part. Then the horror thing? I’ve always been into the [horror] films. But when I really got into them… I just recently talked to somebody about this… was the first time I did DMT. I don’t know why. I think one of the things is because when you do DMT, it’s definitely my experience anyways, and I know I shared this experience with a lot of people… there is an entity present! But it’s not like you can explain it really. But it’s not you. Then the idea of what spirits are, what ghosts are, what apparitions, demons, all this stuff… I just feel.. I have a very strong feeling that science will explain it all at some point. Then we are gonna feel like, wow, that really made sense, right?
Me and Ric Scales were talking about what we thought ghosts were, right? [I think] what ghosts are, are like a stain on a time. You are watching a stain in a loop right. It is such energy… and usually isn’t that always a story about ghost? It was a tragic thing? Really it’s just like a release of energy during that time! During a very…either stressful time or happy time or tragic time.. I feel like it can just stain a place.
I know that, from when I was a little kid, I used to go to Mexico. When we would go to the pyramids? One of my earliest memories of going to pyramids was being a little kid and picking up a rock and this old man slapping the rock out of my hand. He explained to me that you don’t take stuff from [the area] because you don’t know where the energy is from. He told me that at 12. So I’ve always kind of been open to at least that idea. Now when I watch horror films, I’m just trying to look at directors… like giving me clues on what do they think it is. [Are ghosts] even scary? Like is it really scary?! Like, horror is a part of our essence, you know? It is in all of us.
[The Movie] Get Out, right? Smashed it! I think the reason that movie is so influential is because in some way all horror movies are about everyday things that we should or should not even call horror. It shouldn’t be horror and that is horrifying.
What is your writing process like? Who or what influences your music lyrics?
I find a lot of inspiration outside of hip hop. I think it’s kind of obvious in my music. I use a lot of different sounds that other people probably find are not “traditional”. From every level of my life, I’ve always had a really diverse group of friends. Even though I grew up here in Logan Heights (predominantly Latino), somehow I would always just find these really different people.
I’d always kind of just thought music wasn’t a thing that you chose. I just never really looked at it like that. I thought of it… it’s like breathing! There is a bunch of music out there. You can’t just get into only one cuz you’ll get malnourished. If all I did was listen to hip hop, then how can I get better at hip hop? I can tell you this, when I’m writing or I’m working on something, I’m not listening to anything. I don’t listen to anybody else’s stuff cuz I really want to try to shoot for… even just different pockets… or like frequencies in the beats that nobody’s using. I feel like if I’m listening to [other people’s music] subconsciously, sometimes, you just fall into that.
Any favorite horror soundtracks or horror-core albums?
The Gravediggaz album. It is an amazing album. That’s an old school album, everybody should get up on that. Anything by the Gravediggaz, they pretty much invented the [horror] genre in Hip Hop.
The Insidious soundtrack is amazing. It’s not like I would just sit down and bump that. That would be weird. I mean, I might (laughs). You know what was a really good soundtrack, in an all right movie? I mean, I really don’t like it, that movie “Mother”. It’s really interesting. It’s more of a horror religious type thing. I love when the music speaks for… like body movement… like somebody moves and you can hear the violin go with it.
I love that because that’s kind of like how I feel, like, a lot of artist just see the world. They see the world in sounds and colors. So when that’s in movies I feel really natural watching it like that.
What would you say your sound is in Hip Hop? What sub-genre would you categorize yourself in?
One thing that my friend Arash always used to say when he would co-host on Crappy Awesome was that Hip Hop needs more sub-genre’s and we need to be OK with it. That’s a huge, huge thing. Like Nemy sounds nothing like Ric Scales! Nothing like him! But they’re both fucken’ amazing! How could you be… like ..well I only want to listen to one of them? That doesn’t make any sense! But, that is a very hip hop thing.
I honestly feel things… like what Kahlee (@hiphopweds) is doing? With HipHopWeds? It’s starting to break that [mentality] down because he consciously books acts that are not like each other… all the time! He does try to expose the hardcore hip-hop heads to what the young cats are doing. I think that’s super important! But I’ve heard like.. I’m kinda Hip-Hop alternative music? Here’s the other thing though. It is super important for me that people know that… you guys haven’t heard anything yet! So much shit you haven’t heard yet! It’s gonna kind always evolve, but I’m definitely always gonna fuck with other types of music! Just cuz that’s what I already do!
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or in your personal life?
You know, in The Fresh State we talk about that a lot! This last time we were on tour we had a long conversation, on a drive, about legacy. I know for me, I’ve had visions of myself… and I kind of feel like I know what I’m supposed to do, right? I’ve envisioned myself in places that have a lot of need… and just helping [people]. I know that at some point, in my layered life, that’s probably what I’ma end up doing.
I also know that the path that we’re on, with our art, can get me to that point in a more comfortable situation…and it’ll give me an ability to help way more people quicker than I could ever do without [pursing art]. For me my art has become a blessing for me… to be able to live the rest of my life how I want to live it! My legacy has always kind of been… I want people to understand that it’s okay to define hip-hop for you!
I would have never been into hip-hop, if hip-hop could only be one way. Cuz I had a bunch of friends that were doing a bunch of shit and I wasn’t willing to leave my friends for [a certain music], you know what I mean? Why couldn’t they enjoy it too? In their own way.
So for me, it’s always just been about being able to define yourself, you know? I want people to, if they take away anything from my shows or whatever, I want them to have an experience where they feel good! I haven’t always felt good and I know other people don’t always feel good! Man there is a lot of negativity right now. I hope that my legacy is definitely spreading positivity.
Any advice or words of encouragement for anyone entering the creative arena? Either an emcee or running a podcast?
From what I’ve seen in this business, it seems like, with everything… all that shit our parents tell us when we’re growing up? [Your career], it’s what you put into it! That shit sounds super simple, but it’s not.
It’s super complicated! The reality of the entertainment business is that it’s a people game. It isn’t a talent game, it’s not art game, it’s a people game! If you wanna just make art though, and art makes you happy… do that for free! If money is not an issue? You don’t care about it? You don’t want to get into that? Cuz understand, the moment that you inject money into your art it is slightly tainted. There’s a way to do that without losing your soul though.
That’s big for us in The Fresh State! We kind of made our name off of not doing anything we don’t want to really do. If something’s not the way we want it we will just not do that. It’s more important for artists to know themselves… be okay with who you are, understand that people are people and give them credit enough to know you might be growing! They might be okay with it. Dude, I’m telling you right now, a genre of hip hop that I really like, which is not an actual genre, but I kinda made it a genre, is developing rappers.
I fuckin’ love watching that shit! I love watching it because I like to watch things grow and wonder… what does this still need? I learn from it. I look at it right? This still needs a little polishing here, maybe more stage presence there… but they’re doing it!
That’s the hardest part. Because I have yet to meet anybody who’s [ignored or] walked away from their passion and remained 100% happy. They might find a life and be cool, but they always go in the room play music, you know, or write and some shit. Why people think that has to happen is mind blowing to me.
There are NO rules! Why are you following rules that literally don’t exist at all! You don’t have to do all the cookie cutter shit that people tell you you need to do.
You can make a living out of all this art, but you gotta understand like it’s all in! Some of your favorite rappers, some of all of our favorite rappers… I’ve seen behind the curtains… and even they’re not working to their highest potential! So think about that. If you really wanna do this? It is work, you know? You don’t do this to NOT have a job… IT IS A JOB!
What is your favorite hip hop album and song of all time? Why? Who are some of your favorite emcees or rappers? Why?
Album, maybe anything by Organized Konfusion. I really love Open Mike Eagle, not just as a friend, but I love his music. I love his fearlessness. I love artists that are fearless! Illmatic is an amazing album! I don’t know that one is tough. Favorite rappers? Like right now? You know what man? Honestly, I’m super happy, that right now, all my favorite rappers are people that I actually know! People need to check out Nemy of course. I think he’s super special. Every once in a while people come around that are just kind of like…Nemy’s that dude.. he better make it! Cuz you know what? I mean, cuz you don’t want Nemy on the streets you want him making music. (laughs). I think Nemy is that guy, I think it’s really special what he is doing. Plus the fact that his heart is so into it! It is almost to like an athlete perspective! He hits it like an athlete hits it.
I obviously like everyone in my crew, but I think, like 18scales, is probably one of the most complete acts out there right now! Thank God they’re finally getting their just do! They did THOPfest (@thopfest) this year. They are gonna be on some big tours. They got some really big things coming this year. People are going to be really excited what 18scales has. Then out of the city I love Noa James, Endz, I love everything East of the River is doing. We’ve known them from the beginning and it is super exciting for them. Odessa Kane always been one of my favorites. Yeah man, like I said I’m super happy! At one time it would have been a lot of artist I never really knew. Now I really am a fan of the people I know. Oh, Parker Edison! Dre Cat! I love what Dre Cat is doing right now!
Any shout outs to any platforms?
Of course shout out, first and foremost to The Fresh State. Shout out to Platform Collection, you know, the collective. Shout out all the various scenes that we are in. Shout out to Ventura, the IE, LA, San Diego, the Bay area. We have a lot of friends and family in all those cities. So shout out to all of them. I also think it’s super dope that all of them are starting to work with each other now.
I think the end of 2019 is gonna be amazing! I already know the stuff that we are gonna do, and I started hearing rumors of stuff other people are gonna do and it’s gonna be amazing! It’s gonna be a huge year specially for San Diego. Right now I am willing to bet, I’ll put money on it right now that San Diego is in its best time ever cuz I’ve seen most of the other times! This is… if not the most talented… the most focused and organized I’ve ever seen a big group of people!
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