Styles P, Jadakiss, and Philly’s own Gillie Da Kid and Spade-O hit the TLA stage Friday to turn Philly up a notch or ten .I had a moment to catch up with Kiss and Styles before the show started and see where they’re at in life.
And I want every single one of you to pat me on the back for maintaining my cool [aka “my G”…in wannabe-thug terms] as I interviewed two artists who fueled my love for hip-hop growing up. My mom probably would have slapped me twice, one for each of them, had she heard their lyrics though.
Anywho, before we jump into the interview just a quick note: Kiss has already confirmed Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown and Rick Ross for his new “Top 5, Dead or Alive” album.
JK: Top 5, Dead or Alive album almost finished. The new Lox album quarter of the way finished. You know just work. Juicebar: Juices For Life. Website: SoRaspy.com. [Looks at Styles] What’s your website?[Styles stops to think about it.]
JK: Yeah, you know. We hustling, we out here!
Career Thus Far…
SP: We’ve had great longevity so we’re at the point where we just appreciate
doing what we love. We appreciate people appreciating us. This is what we do! We MC’s.
JK: We just keep it true to what we do. Keep going. They’re getting a real piece of authenticity. Authentic shit.
State of hip-hop…
SP: I think the game is alright. Everything goes through changes. There is a lot of bubblegum stuff, like you said, but there’s also a lot of MC’s…like J. Cole just dropped, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, Meek…it’s a bunch of young dudes spitting. So it’s definitely a lot of bubblegum shit that you hear out on the radio, but if you hip-hop, if you live hip-hop, it’s what you live, it ain’t what you hear on the radio all the time or what’s mainstream. You search out for the real shit; find it, support it, love it.
Currently listening to…
JK: Beats. We’re listening to beats right now.
SS: So are you looking for people to submit beats?
SP: Um, I hope God takes care of him.
JK: [Makes sounds: ‘blicka-blicka-blickaaahhhh’] to Zimmerman.
Number one lesson learned thus far…
SP: Stay humble to be humbled.
JK: Do a lot of praying.
Philly Love…JK: They’re real lyrical in Philly so they appreciate artists such as us.
You can stay up with the latest updates on their projects–and lives in general–by following the duo on social networks and via their websites:
– Sincerely Syreeta