Friday, August 30

Discussing Hip-Hop With Rich Quick

Out today, get it on iTunes
All you got to do to know that Rich Quick is an interesting guy is read the first paragraph of his bio. "Learning to play piano by ear, mimicking riffs and bass lines he heard on the radio and television; this was the beginning of Rich Quick’s music career. At the age of 7 he obtained a copy of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”. The CD had another track on it, the instrumental which sampled Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” from Songs In The Key Of Life Vol. 1. Quick spent hours penning rhymes to the instrumental as a child not knowing this was the start of a life long passion."

From bar driven appearances in cyphers to reflective & insightful tracks, his music pretty much runs the gamut. He's definitely knowledgeable about music outside of Rap. I've come to respect his opinion and  how he incorporates multigenre elements into his work frequently. With that in mind I thought it'd be interesting to have a discussion with him about his music, artistry, attention to detail, and issues pertinent to today's Hip-Hop climate.

 What is true skool?

So, if 'old school' is old, and 'new school' is new, I feel that 'true school' is what you get when you have classic, current hip-hop.  It's fresh, yet familiar.  True to the culture.

 Is it hard to balance musical experimentation and musical integrity?

Absolutely!  I struggle with this.  There is all types of music I'd like 2 make, but there is always a thought in the back of my mind that I'm going to lose a demographic or a fan base, or offend someone's musical taste.  When really I'm just tryin to be my full-self!  Not that I let that stop me...but it does tend to make me second guess myself as an artist.