As promised, below is a followup interview with TeamDAR compatriot True God. In this interview (Ed. Note: Here are parts one and two), we'll discuss what's been going on in True's world in the past year-plus, his thoughts on music, and more. The always outspoken--sometimes controversial--True God delivers with some hard-hitting answers to some hard-hitting questions. In other words, just because we work together doesn't mean we pull punches. That's weaseling, and just plain fake.
Anyhow, let's begin.
|::Tells True to get another picture. But, one that isn't "for the ladies," because I'm not about that life::|
SpeedontheBeat: So, True, I'm going to ask this bluntly because I'm sure that a lot of your fans and followers have been wondering this in the almost year since DOA dropped--what in the fuck happened?
SOTB: Have your experiences made a new True God? Should we expect music completely different now?
SOTB: I see. Now that your daughter, one of the influences on DOA, is close to turning one, have you changed anything about the True God approach to life?
SOTB: I see that you've a new wrestling show. What exactly happened in that situation, if you can talk about it?
The other radio show seemingly made that mistake and I'm not the "following" type. I need to be in a leadership position. We can all be bosses. I just need equal or somewhat equal power if we have a vision together if its a team thing. So, once that fell apart, and things changed, the new brand Wrestling Heels came about and we've been rolling ever since. It's amazing the stride we've made in 2 months (as of June 2013). I'm proud of the hard work our team exhibits.
SOTB: Have you reevaluated your stance on "cooperating" with non-DAR-affiliated individuals?
SOTB: What is your stance on stripper rap? That is, music that is specifically crafted in a way that caters to adult entertainers to dance to--and music that celebrates strippers?
That form of entertainment isn't for everybody, but when used properly, it can be effective. Most of it is trash, but hey, Uncle Luke made tons of trash. Sir Mix-A -Lot has a classic song about big asses, but the song itself is trash. Young MC had a trash song, but it's a classic. That type of music invokes the necessary reaction from women and of course, men get to enjoy the benefits of that. So I can't complain(laughs).
SOTB: Who are some artists that you're checking out these days? Why?
I've grown accustomed to hearing the new Wayne and Drake songs so much, so if they put out something, I might listen or check it out. Of course, cats like Nu The Mayor, Slash, Steve Omari, Mo The General, etc., are dope too, but those are the homies, you know?
Outside of hip hop, I check for artists like Antoine Dunn and Luke James, who are both talented singers. Eric Benet is actually dope too. I heard Miguel's album and was actually pleasantly surprised. Its not a classic but its got some good moments on it. The underground is also full of talent, I just don't know their names (laughs) but I hear the music.
SOTB: Piggybacking on the last question, and you know I have to ask this every time that we talk: what is your stance on hip-hop in general these days?
TG: I don't really have a stance on hip-hop. There's a lack of identity in hip-hop today, which causes me to not invest as much as energy into it as I used to. People get so hyped about the Kendrick Lamars, the Drakes, etc. When I see Kendrick, I think of Blu. Blu is just amazing as an artist, and not to take anything away from Kendrick, 'cause he's dope, but I feel like his spot should've went to Blu. A lot of cats don't even know Blu or how much of a genius he is.Then when you see Drake, and he's singing and rapping, I automatically think Phonte, who so many cats got they style from. Drake admitted it himself. So, its hard for me to be as happy-go-lucky about hip-hop today because the artists who people are head-over-heels for just seem like lesser versions of artists I've been fans of for a while myself.
I can appreciate Kendrick's album, some of Drake's music, Cole's music and all the guys popping on the mainstream level, but I would love to see these underground cats get that type of look, you know? If you compare hip hop of today to 5 years ago, it probably seems better. Compare it to 10 years ago, and it doesn't compare. 15 years ago? No way. So, that's where we need to make some stride as far as longevity, artists with staying power and actual enlightening content. There's nothing wrong with the artists of today--most of them, at least. I just believe the fans have to be open-minded for their growth, if these artists choose to grow.
SOTB: When can we expect a new True God album? I know you've got your hands full with a lot of different things.
SOTB: Shots fired at the interviewer, I see (laughs). But, will we see any additional True God mixtapes?
SOTB: Are there any other things you've got your hands in that you want the world to know?