Game sits down with KarmaloopTV’s Carissa Rossi to speak on his upcoming album, Jesus Piece, working with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, his kids on Instagram and the king, Kendrick Lamar.
The seventh episode features rising artist Ariez Onasis and producer J. Cardim. Both speak on their collaborative project The Heartbreak Kid, beats with crazy lasers, The Heartbreak Kid part two, and more. Things get a little heated when host Carissa Rossi asks J. Cardim about not being featured on Joe Budden’s upcoming project. Closing the video is a glimpse of episode eight featuring Game. Stay tuned for more of That Life coming soon.
You know the drill at this point. Usually the artists are a little shocked to realize that the items Nard brings to the interview are actually gifts. Not Premo, who eagerly jumps at any opportunity to get his hands on Nardwuar’s gifts.
Chicago based rapper Young Giftz has been generating buzz on a national level. As he gears up to release his next project, The Lake Effect 1.5 we had the chance to chop it up with him and learn a lot about where he’s come from. Consider this your introduction to an adroit rapper whose talents haven’t completely been unearthed.
What is your affiliation with F.O.C? How does working with them help you create music?
F.O.C. Is the group that I’m In…Those are my brothers, I’m just cooking right now with my solo music…be looking for a group mixtape to drop soon! Working with them helps me create music because of the bond I have with all of them. I’ve known everybody in the group for at least 10 years so the chemistry is there…the love is genuine and organic…Shoutout to Kon, Ace, Stash and As Always Free Freak!
How did you link up with TREE?
I’m a big fan of the Chicago music scene so I’ve been familiar with tree and his music for a while now…it just so happens we have a mutual friend which is also one of my managers Furious Stylez and he was really pushing for us to get in the lab together…Tree sent me the “Niño” beat and a couple days later we were in the studio knocking it out!
When did you first get into rapping?
Well Im 21 now…I’ve been writing since I was 12…I always knew I wanted to do something with it but I didn’t start taking it serious until I was about 17…I was heavily influenced by Cash money when I was younger…more so Lil Wayne than anybody…something about seeing somebody relatively close in age making that type of music motivated me to go hard…
Are there any rappers you look for inspiration from? Especially one’s from Chicago?
I’m always inspired by my peers and everybody that’s working in Chicago…I look at it as friendly competition, so when somebody from home drops a new song it definitely gets me hype and ready to record some new music
How do you feel about the response you got from “The Lake Effect”?
I feel like “The Lake Effect” was the best mixtape to drop in 2011. I released the mixtape in October and even though I got a good response from the fans, I believe it was slept on by the bloggers/tastemakers…
What can we expect on Lake Effect 1.5?
Lake Effect 1.5 is basically my team re-releasing The Lake Effect for those who are just now getting in tune with what we have going on…it features a few of the joints that we feel people slept on from the first release and also 6 or 7 songs that have yet to be released…hosted by the big homies Vic Lloyd and Sean Mac
What is your favorite environment to create music in?
I would have to say in the comfort of my own home…the writing process for me compared to others is kind of slow, so I like to sit in the crib and really vibe out to the beats without any distraction…I can definitely make it happen anywhere though
Tell us some things that the rap community doesn’t know about you.
I only drink dark liquor. Ha!
Out in Vancouver, BC Asher Roth gets schooled by the legend himself. Nardwuar continues to be the best interviewer in the game.
Introducing ANTHM, young MC from all over the globe. He seems to give off the intellectual vibe (Duke alum, former Wall Street banker) with a hard-nosed kick. As far as where he is in the rap game, well folks, be patient.
If you’ve watched previous Kendrick Lamar interviews, you’ve probably heard most of the stuff he says on here, but the most interesting part of this sit down are his thoughts on 2pac, as well as his plan to give back to his Compton community by building a YMCA and helping his people after reaching a certain level of success in the music industry. K. Dot has a plan to build up the community that has been terrorized by drug rings, crime and gangs for decades.
It’s about time we get back into something a little different than the hip-hop norm. The good folks over at Karmaloop introduced me to iPhonic, a jamming band from Cleveland that offers something a little bit different. iPhonic, a young, energetic and creative band from Cleveland has an original blueprint that could lead to some mainstream success. We took the opportunity to get to know them a little more personally.
1. How did you come about the name iPhonic and weather or not you think it’s had a positive effect on your growth as artists?
Gibson (Guitar/Keys)-iPhonic = ill party hip-hop over nasty instrumental concoctions.
Dave D (Vocals)-iLL Party Hip Hop Over Nasty Instrumental Concoctions….surprisingly enough most people dont really associate our name with the whole “i” generation. We never really intended on having anything to do with “iPhones” or “iPads” or any of the apple products it just kind of happened.
JQ (Vocals)-Ill. party. hip hop. over. nasty. instrumental. concoctions. The band has definitely had an effect on me as an artist, it has improved me as a song writer and a performer. The thing about being in a band is everyone has to do there job or the team won’t win. Its a different vibe from being a solo artist. U don’t really have the “I did it all myself” attitude cause u were with your dudes the whole trip, coming up together. That makes u step your shit up when your team is depending on u.
2. Talk a little bit about how the band came about. How were you able to find your sound as artists? What is the group dynamic like?
Gibson- Dave and I met while we were students at Ohio University, and we started playing in a classic rock cover band. dave and joe knew each other from high school. one day we just all ended up in a studio making hip-hop flavored rock music. then when ended up meeting ben when we went in to record with him at Spider Studios (Ohio) and he ended up joining the band. Our group dynamic is amazing… we just have fun with each other, everyone is truly friends
Dave D-The band was started out as a random collection of artists and mc’s going into a studio with no real direction. I (Dave D) had a few beats I brought to the table that were somewhat basic and we built the tracks up as we went, Gibson layed down guitar licks, JQ added verses, our old Drummer added live drums, and “Listen Hard” was the product. From there we kept evolving the sound and finding us, I think we really found ourselves while recording our latest album “Rock n Roll Vol. 1″
JQ-We all have very different styles. Over time we have found a way to blend them all together and really develop our sound. We embrace the fact that were a band and try 2 incorporate different elements of music into our songs.
3. The mixtape sounds a lot like a refined Blink-182. Would you say their genre of music is a general inspiration to the iPhonic sound?
Gibson-Thanks, thats a huge compliment, I was (and still am) a huge blink fan. As a big fan, it’s safe to say they have influenced our sound a bit. I know daves a big fan too. When i think about it, I guess we do have a lot in common with Blink 182… we are both groups of goofy dudes making fun music about stuff most kids can relate to.
Dave D-Thats funny you should mention that because Gibson and I basically grew up on Blink-182 they are still my favorite band to this day. So kudos to you for picking out that influence, but to eloborate yeah we definitely have that young fun care-free element that blink brought to the table. We have a couple heavier deeper tracks but for the most part we just wanna have fun and we want our fans to have fun, people have enough problems in their personal lives, we want to take them away from that whenever they come to a show or listen to the record.
JQ-Punk rock/classic rock/ rock n roll can definitely be seen in our swag. The mentality is there just as much as the music.
4. Krayzie Bone is a hip-hop/r&b legend, especially for those from Cleveland like yourself. What was it like working with him?
Gibson- Working with krayzie bone was very very cool. we were all just sipping on vodka while he layed down his verse. i remember he was in the vocal booth rapping and drinking a cup of vanilla vodka straight; no ice, no mixer lol. but hes a real down to earth guy and we could tell he was havin a good time during the scenes in the “Shut It Down” video.
Dave D- Working with Krayzie was an amazing experience. Like you said being from Cleveland, Krayzie is a fucking legend man I mean a real LEGEND. So it was a little intimidating at first to work with a grammy award winning platinum recording artist, but he was a cool ass down to earth dude. He showed up at our spot Spider Studios we immediately participated in some artistic enhancement supplements *wink* and he started writing right there on the spot, and in my opinion threw down one of the hardest Kray verses i’ve every heard. It is most definitely one of the those moments I’ll never forget, we are very blessed to have had that opportunity.
JQ-Working with krayzie was nuts. He listened to a CD I gave him then hit me up, came 2 the studio, partied with us and laid his verse. He drinks his vodka straight and still supports Cleveland music to this day. You could tell he was working with us cause he really felt our music and believed in it. That’s my dude right there.
5. Where do you see yourself in regards to the progression of Cleveland music?
Gibson-I’d like to think that we have definitely established ourselves as a powerful force in the music scene. Most kids in the area and people who follow music seem to be hip to us, which is great.
Dave D-Its kind of funny because we are a pretty humble bunch, but after three years i think we can finally comfortably say we are a big part of Cleveland music. The more travel the more we appreciate just how dope the “cleveland” music scene actually is, so its cool to be apart of a city that seems to be thriving as far as music goes.
JQ-I feel like the Cleveland music scene is off the chain right now. There is a lot of talent here and I’m happy that were playing such a big role.
6. What can we expect from iPhonic in the coming months and years?
Gibson-You can expect more videos, more shows, more music, more blackouts… just a whole lot more of iPhonic. We are gonna be goin hard all over the country this year, spread our music and gaining new fans; so get fuckin ready.
Dave D-Thats a good question, that honestly we dont even know, I just hope we all stick together, and keep having fun making music and playing shows, thats really all i can ask from this rowdy, fucked up, asshole, dysfunctional family that we call iPhonic.
JQ-U can expect iphonic to keep dropping the best and most original music in the fucking game. Were gonna keep putting on the rowdiest shows and having the most fun. And were gonna keep giving 5 year olds vodka in our videos and telling state liquor agencies to fuck off.
For more on Iphonic check out www.iphonic.com
Follow them on Twitter: @iPhonicMusic
Like them on Facebook.com/iPhonic