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This is the best interview ever

2017-06-16 10:18:44 | 日記
KELLEY: This is the best interview ever. MUHAMMAD: Just sayin'. Cause you make as equally a groundbreaking mayor representative of the city of Toronto. I mean, like, you had Chaos in the ranks. I mean you make some real special material. What's going on? I'm sure doors are knocking down, or people tryin' to knock down the doors to get on your radar to help give them some life from Toronto. What's happening in Toronto? It's always been full of creative people. What's going on now? MCKINNEY: I mean there's so much. I have to say, you know, I think what Drake was able to do was, at one time, seemed impossible. You know even though Toronto has a long history of hip-hop; you know, , . I mean the first time I saw Michie Mee was in Word Up magazine in St. Paul, Minn. I was like, "Damn. She is bad." I hadn't even heard the music. Like, she's amazing. And then after talking to Monie Love many years later, talking about how thorough Michie was, and then — I think this was about 10 years ago — her coming by my house to work on something. We did something for this television show and she came by two days in a row with Chuck D. I mean, Public Enemy's — I don't know, I would have to say Top 5, definitely Top 10, Top 5 for me — of any genre of music. Extremely influential. What they were able to do was, I mean — they had a song that says, "Farrakhan's a prophet LED Filament Bulb and I think you ought to listen to what he can say to you," right? With Anthrax in the background, with a sea of white kids singing these lyrics. Like, I don't know if that's ever been done since. That was, to me, incredible.
Whatever you think about Farrakhan or The Nation of Islam, that's on you; but for him to put that out there and then do with a massive metal group, and then it being sung to a stadium of predominately white kids. Yeah. Top — man, that may be Top 5 now I think about it. That was a real moment for me. But anyways, so it's always had a long history in Toronto and when I first met Michie, I was like, "Wow. This is incredible." So it's always been there; I just feel like what's interesting is they had to find their thing and kind of carve out their own thing and I feel like just because 90% of Canada is within an hour of the U.S., there's a lot of trying to sound like people. I was in Toronto when everybody was trying to be Mobb Deep, you know, and you go, "They're not trying to hear the Canadian Mobb Deep." As good as some of it was, it definitely needed to be something that was clearly Canadian; which I feel like Drake was able to do and still continues to make even the Toronto-specific lingo, like, global. It's crazy that the way my kids talk is setting the tempo for everybody else around the world. "Whose mans is this?
A wasteman still." To me it's baffling. I remember a time where everybody was afraid to sound like they're from Toronto. So, yeah, there's a ton of talent and obviously, you know, now everybody hits me up like — well, it went from everybody hitting me up, like, "Who's new here?" to people from across the globe telling me who's new in Toronto. Right? I mean it's definitely a huge time in Canada and Toronto, specifically. There's tons of new music. I mean, I could list a bunch of artists, but I don't want to miss anybody. KELLEY: Do you have any Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis stories? MCKINNEY: Absolutely. Did you know this? KELLEY: What do you mean? MCKINNEY: About my Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis story? KELLEY: No, I didn't know. That's why I'm asking. MCKINNEY: Oh, that's why I'm in Toronto, because of them. Shout out to Jimmy and Terry. Yeah, I went out; friends of mine from Mint Condition got me an interview with them to be an assistant to , who is their engineer at Flyte Tyme, and, man, I didn't get the gig. It was also, too, the guy who I interviewed with, he had this spiral screensaver — so like how Ali's sitting there with the computer behind him — it was a spiral screensaver. And I couldn't stop frowning. Not to mention I went to the mall — KELLEY: Cause you were, like, unhappy with the screensaver?
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