good. I can't complain. It could always be worse.
album American Hunger is dropping in a few days. What are your feelings
overdue. I hope the people enjoy it. I put a lot into it and I just hope
they enjoy it. If they don't, fuck it, I tried.
you put a lot of work into this.
It was not just me alone. A lot of producers sacrificed and a lot of people
put their heart and soul into this project, even if it was just support.
Now it's about to happen.
happy with how the final product came out?
question. I'm satisfied with how it came out. It took a lot to get it
where it is. I'm happy with it.
you giving people with American Hunger?
to show every perspective of myself and show that as an artist, I'm creative
and I'm not just trapped in a box. I'm touching every avenue possible.
Love, war, hate, confusion, anger, happiness, I'm trying to touch everything.
Every emotion I'm capable of conquering, I'm trying to bring out. Hopefully
there's something on this album for everyone. There's sixty songs on this
album, and I'm hoping people like one of them. I know that's low expectations,
but it's about what can that one song do for the individual? I'm very
creative and that's a blessing. I'm able to do something a lot of people
would love to do, and that's be a recording artist, a musician, a rapper,
or whatever you want to call me. I'm just happy to get it done.
to the promo, you're definitely dropping a lot of jewels on there.
I appreciate that. I don't know if everything I'm saying is accurate because
I don't know everything and I make mistakes. I'm a human being. That shit
is not written in stone, but I know I have flaws. I'm just like everybody
else trying to figure out the way.
way becoming clearer to you as you get older?
it is. I'm willing to do it now. It's not about being the best artist
or being the toughest, or who's battling this guy
I got all of that
out of my system. I'm really doing this for myself now. I want to get
away from everything else, these so-called stereotypes of being in this
music. I want to represent to the next level. I know everyone says "next
level," but I'm talking about my next level. I feel American Hunger
will represent that appropriately.
discs and sixty songs, how do you want people to listen to the album?
real good question. Personally, I wouldn't try to listen to three CD's
in one day. I would listen to one CD a day. Let it marinate. Just sit
back and listen to one CD, and then the next day listen to another. There's
a lot of music on there and I understand that. I would take it that way.
dropped an album in awhile. Why not drop one album a year instead of three
all of a sudden?
CD's at once, as far as I'm concerned, has never been done on an independent
hip-hop level. I feel the triple-CD is really where it's at. It's about
being a part of history and creating history. It's too easy to just do
ten or twelve songs and put it out. I know people hear I have sixty songs
and they probably think I have five good songs. I love that challenge.
They're going to have to find out how many good songs are on there. I
also have to separate myself from my competition. Everybody's an artist,
everybody's a rapper, and I have to separate myself from that. I feel
I have to do a triple-CD to do that.
the title American Hunger mean to you?
Hunger stands, to me, for the fact that America will eat its own. To stay
ahead of the game, if you're destroying your future, you will never become
your past. I get those feelings from America. It also programs us to act
how the program is treating us. Instead of nurturing each other, we destroy
each other, and we think that's ok because others are doing it. We're
thinking it's ok to destroy each other and that's the way. If you're not
stomping on somebody, you're not successful.
pretty similar to hip-hop right now.
the way of the world from the beginning of time. I don't see it being
different than anything else. It's publicized more and advertised more
as being hip-hop related, and I think that's because of the urban background.
There's always going to be politics. It is what it is.
have been a lot of violent incidents in hip-hop lately. How do you feel
To be honest,
those are artists that are more well-known. Violence has been going on
since the beginning. It's just something that goes on. I have no real
explanation for why, all of a sudden, this is in the forefront or this
brother passed away. It's life. I can easily say hip-hop is getting bad
and this and that. The violence is magnified because of the magnitude
of the people. For every negative act, there's ten positive acts that
don't get any publicity. I don't know how to answer that because I don't
know everyone's circumstances that cause the violence. It's a good question,
I just don't know the answer to it.
started AmericanHunger.com. How's the site doing?
It keeps me occupied. It's fun because I also get to discuss whatever
I want. That's my own magazine. It's fun. I can display new talent, we
have a comic section, it's just fun. It's fun making it. Hopefully I can
continue to do it. It originated for the album, but it seems like it's
not going to want to go away because so many people contact us about it.
We're probably going to end up keeping it going.
a diss track to MF Doom. Do you want to comment on that?
been out for awhile. Why don't you want to talk about it?
on me, to be honest. That's really what it is. I'm just focusing on me.
by Day, not only are you putting out guys like Block McCloud, but you're
also taking on some young dudes like Dynamix and Hasan Salaam. How important
is it to do that?
good. It does feel good to be able to help someone and help make their
dream come true. It may be a little biased with Dynamix since they help
run the company. This is about putting music out. We're not Universal,
but we try and we're really a family, so that's what really, really counts.
We got rid of the negative aspects of the people who don't see eye-to-eye
with us and we work with people who treat us how we deserve to be treated.
do you see Day by Day standing against other indie hip-hop labels?
I see us
standing with them. I think that's the problem. Of course it's a competitive
business, but not too many come together and work together and build.
For instance, me and Ill Bill hooked up and I've really been messing with
the cats at Uncle Howie a lot. Day by Day and Uncle Howie have been working
together. I think other companies should hook up and build. I put us with
everyone else. I don't feel we're greater and I don't feel we're less
than them. I feel we're all equal.
your goals for Day by Day?
Actually, we're branching into film and book publishing. That's our concentration
at the moment. That's the future of Day by Day to be honest. There will
also be more concentration on rock at Day by Day. We have a group called
The Kin. I'm putting all my focus and energy into The Kin.
question is what does hip-hop artist GM Grimm know about rock music?
I don't know that much about rock music. I know what I like. I think it
would be an insult for me to sit here and act like I'm some rock professor.
I know what I like and I have a great ear for music as far as I'm concerned.
David Patterson runs the company with me. Little Richard and Chuck Berry
are rock. I can't sit up here and pretend like I'm a rock expert. I know
what I like. I also have two jazz groups on Day by Day. We have an electronica
group named Mudville. I'm not an expert in that music, but I love good
music. It's great when you're able to put out music you enjoy and make
ever find it hard balancing your responsibilities to Day by Day with your
responsibilities to yourself as an artist?
Yes. It can
be very difficult, to be honest with you. Now I need to put myself before
others. Normally, I'm known and prone to putting others before myself
and I just can't do that all the time anymore. It's not fair to the artist
and his work. Right now, it's about Grimm. I'm sorry to say that and sound
selfish. It's something that's hard for me to do, but I have to do it.
If it was up to me, I probably wouldn't even do any albums, but I have
a few coming.
happy with how the Block McCloud album did?
Man, I love
Block McCloud. I'm real happy with that. I'm more excited about Spittin'
Image than American Hunger. To be around him and see how humble he is
and how great a family man he is, that's great.
going on with the Monster Island Czars today?
thirty-five to forty songs done already. They're trying to pick out the
top songs. They're coming out after American Hunger. We're scheduled for
an October release date.
you compare American Hunger to The Downfall of Ibliys?
even a comparison to me. It's a different chapter. I don't want to say
one is greater than the other, because they all mean something to me,
but this is my life now. I definitely want to be fair to all my children.
happy with how The Downfall of Ibliys did?
served its purpose. It definitely served its purpose. I'm not mad at it.
It did great.
you feel hearing Kurious' A Constipated Monkey today?
good, man. Kurious' music is positive. It's crazy. He's all over the new
album. People will get that old feeling again like the days we were rocking
back then. He definitely hooked it up and blessed my album. He's my brother.
be another Kurious album?
You're definitely going to get another Kurious album. He's putting an
album coming out on Day by Day.
is coming out on Day by Day?
on an independent horror film in Australia called When Evil Reigns. We're
dropping that over here in the states. My focus right now is on The Kin
you want to say to everyone?
for your time out for reading this. I'm just here and I'm trying to do
something. That's about it.