Der Pate des Mafioso Rap trifft auf den Paten des Death Rap: Das langerwartete Album Once Upon A Crime der Godfathers aka Necro und Kool G Rap steht seit heute in den Läden. Kool G Rap hat so ziemlich jeden Rapper in den 90ern beeinflusst, der irgendwas mit Sex, Drogen und Knarren am Hut hatte, und auch Necro hat nie einen Hehl daraus gemacht, dass KGR zu seinen größten Einflüssen zählt. Nun treffen beide auf diesem komplett von Necro produzierten Werk aufeinander, das als eines der heißesten Untergrund-Eisen des Jahres gehandelt wird. Im Interview mit The Golden Era erzählt Necro ein paar Takte über das neue Album, die gute alte Zeit und Hooklines von Katy Perry.
The Godfathers LP Once Upon A Crime has just hit the stores. How would you describe the working process behind this record? What was a typical day in the studio like?
Necro: We both own our own studios, so a lot of stuff we did separate. But then when we mixed, we booked Quad studios in NYC for 3 days and mixed down the entire record together and we filmed it. So we were very much in tune with each other, and on the phone constantly and we got the record to be very organic… it’s the future, so you don’t have to be in the same room with the artist, feel me?
Both Kool G Rap and you are very competitive MCs. Would you say that makes it harder to work together on a record?
Necro: This record was very hard for me because I did not want to disappoint KGR or come any level below my best ability. So of course it wasn’t easy, but KGR is very cool and humble and supportive and he showed me a lot of love on this project. Not one verse I dropped did he say “no, go back”, or anything negative, he approved everything.
It was rough coming up cuz so many people were doubters in the underground, I really earned my way into this game with hard work and originality.Necro
Kool G Rap had a major influence on you as an artist. When you put out your first record Get On Your Knees/Underground, did you ever think you would work with him one day?
Necro: Honestly, I was not thinking about Kool G Rap back then because I was just getting on, and to just get props for myself as an artist was the goal. Working with KGR was not something I even thought I would or could do, I was a fan, that’s for sure, but I definitely wasn’t delusional to think that I could work with him yet. I had to pay dues and come up in the game, and I knew I needed to grind and put in work. Sure, if someone would have introduced me to him, and it was done respectfully, then I would have worked with him, but I wasn’t expecting shit from anyone, just support for my 12” at the time. It was rough coming up ‚cause so many people were doubters in the underground, I really earned my way into this game with hard work and originality.
You’ve been producing beats for more than two decades now. You must be sitting on a huge amount of beats. The one that Raekwon picked for his Gihad joint on OB4CL2 was 13 years old at the time. What about Once Upon A Crime? Did you produce the tracks exclusively for that release or did you and G Rap pick beats from your stash?
Necro: I produced the entire album from scratch. I didn’t want to use anything old or dated, not that those beats are bad because noone knows how old a beat is, just whether it’s good or not. But for this I wanted to taylor make the beats like I did for [Ill] Bill on his debut, and like I do for my Necro solo albums.
In 1986 you and your brother Ill Bill formed the Death Metal band Injustice. You played with bands like Sepultura and Obituary at a very young age. What made you choose to give up Death Metal for Hip Hop?
Necro: We couldn’t get a record deal. We had made 3 demos and a lot of labels were fronting, so I guess we got our feelings hurt and it felt like we were getting dissed. Same time we were rapping and feeling good about that ‚cause there was no white boys, back then it was very rare to see a white kid that could spit like we did. I was very popular in high school with the blacks and latino kids in the lunchroom, my nickname was the white Kool G Rap.
What were some of the first Hip Hop artists you used to listen to?
Necro: I guess Run DMC, Melle Mel, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, maybe Beasties, those were the first things I heard, Afrika Bambaataa.
I think it was The Source that once called you the “Master of the Macabre”. Other than that, the Hip Hop media didn’t really show you love during your career. What do you think are the reasons for that?
Necro: I don’t know… I am too extreme maybe, maybe I didn’t ass kiss or play the social nightlife game… a lot of reasons, its hard to pinpoint the reason why. Maybe ‚cause I’m white and everyone was so on Eminem’s dick, they feel there can only be one white guy every 15 years.
I remember that Cockroaches and Non Phixions I Shot Reagan got reviewed on a German Hip-Hop-TV-Show called Wordcup when they came out. Did you know back then that you already gained worldwide recognition for your beats and lyrics?
Necro: Yes, Fatbeats were really good with getting our releases into the European market and getting us press, so I have to give props to Fatbeats for that. Back then, it wasn’t a normal thing to be like us. We were still rare, so we got a lot of love for being original… as much as I got fronted on, it’s so those days and that love that got me the fanbase I have now that loved me for the last 15 years.
Kool G Rap is the godfather of Mafioso Rap, you are the godfather of Death Rap. Obviously, I got to ask you about your favorite gore flicks… which ones did you enjoy the most?
Necro: I love Blood Sucking Freaks, that’s my favorite of all time. Then there is movies like Maniac, High Tension, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, so many man, I could list for hours ‚cause you have Giallo flicks too that are awesome… and then the popular ones like Nightmare on Elm Street, then the low budget ones like Last House on the Left… I love the whole genre.
I relate to hunger and striving and promoting, I don’t relate to skinny jeans, pro homo shit, and disrespecting ya elders, the legends.Necro
You came up in an era when it was a lot harder to get exposure – no internet, no YouTube to spread the word. Can you in any way relate to young rappers coming up today?
Necro: I relate to hunger and striving and promoting, I don’t relate to skinny jeans, pro homo shit, and disrespecting ya elders, the legends. So some of it I relate to and some I don’t, it depends the detail we are discussing
Are you glad you came up in the 90s Hip Hop era? What’s the main difference between then and now in your opinion?
Necro: Music was 10 times better then so the bar was raised higher. So to get the Necro dopeness the fans got then, from 1999 ‘til now, it was because of the amazing shit that dropped from 1986 to 1999 that inspired me.
Your radio freestyles are legendary. I read that Fatal brought you up on the Stretch & Bobbito Show. You were talking about Joe Fatal (Live At The Barbeque – Main Source), right? What was the connection with him?
Necro: Yeah, he was friends with KGR and was in a lot of those early videos. He was managing my brother, so he brought us up to Bobbito. I had told him that Bob was fronting not letting me up and he said “fuck that, we going up tonight” (laughs) and Bob was like a ghost in shock when he seen I was up there after he said no I couldn’t come up (laughs).
You and Ill Bill were wilding out in the Who’s Got The Props by Black Moon, and Buckshot mentioned something about you tearing down the stage at a Coney Island club called The Shelter… what’s the story behind that?
Necro: Yeah, we were in the first Black Moon video, and online you can see me and Bill rapping on stage at a club called The Under Acme too. This was 1992, Evil Dee and 5 ft were there on stage, Buck wasn’t there that night, and they are all losing it, we bodied it, check YouTube. As for the other show, I don’t think it was filmed, but I almost got into beef with this huge crew that night (laughs) and Evil D held me down, they literally stood behind me like in the Michael Jackson Bad video (laughs), and the other crew backed down or else I would have gotten fucked up probably (laughs). I was so young then, not even Necro yet, I was still Mad Mooney, just figuring myself out, kinda like Rza as Prince Rakeem before he became Rza.
Besides doing music, you shot some independent movies and directed a porn flick a few years back. Do you plan on doing something like that again or is it Rap exclusively for now?
Necro: For now I wanna focus mainly on Hip Hop, but, I am shooting all my videos now and some have cinematic shots, so I am still using a camera and filming just for music videos. There is a lot that I want to do so it’s a day by day thing, whatever motivates me or inspires me I do. I am a true artist that lives for art.
I would do a DefJam one off, and I would create a classic, and use all the resources I got to make it fire… with all lyricism, maybe some hooks from Katy Perry, but for some porn shit.Necro
You put out every one of your records on your own, with no major label support. That means you can do whatever you want. Could you imagine being on a label at this point, or do you think it would automatically take away some of your artistic freedom?
Necro: It depends, I would do a DefJam one off, and I would create a classic, and use all the resources I got to make it fire… with all lyricism, maybe some hooks from Katy Perry, but for some porn shit (laughs). I think anything I do is gonna be Necro ‚cause it’s my personality.
Now that The Godfathers album is finally done, what’s the next move? Will you be touring for the LP? Are there future projects you want to let the people know about?
Necro: Maybe we will tour next year, but next up is Death Rap 2, Sexorcist 2, and Thug Album, all three need to drop in 2014!!!
Thanks for the interview!
Necro: Thank you.
Das neue Album The Godfathers – Once Upon A Crime könnt Ihr in diversen limitierten Editionen auf necrohiphop.com direkt bestellen oder auf CD bei hhv.de ordern. Als Vorgeschmack ist hier nochmal die erste Single vom Album: Heart Attack – mein Favorit unter den diversen Vorab-Tracks.