I was in LA for a week and it was hard. I already have been there twice. It was for basic planned interview (first for Black Eyed Peas and then for Big Snoop Dogg) but now it was different. I had to bring material for at least 75% of the magazine. In April I was in ATL for the same thing (big up to Calvin from the Big Oomp Camp) and it went well so I had no pressure at all.
Like usual I had some serious contacts from Myspace (don't laugh most of your favourite producers or MC check their account or has someone dedicated to) and of course record companies. It can easily turn into a nightmare : if u only have 7 days in a city and most of ur contacts are delaying their interviews or don't answer their phone u don't feel good…Plus during that period Snoop was in Europe, Game was in NY, Cube was shooting a movie and a lot of artists were in Vegas for a fashion convention…
Finally, I've met some big dogs like the really down to earth DJ Muggs, Mopreme Shakur (yes the older brother of our hero) and also the super humble, intelligent and friendly QDIII. Check this guy resume he is the Truth!
I also had the chance to conversate (is that an English word?) with DJ Khalil, Focus and Bishop Lamont of the Aftermath "concentration camp"…been in 40 Glocc crib…went to a supa dupa backpacker show to talk with Evidence…Talked with the charming Yesi Ortiz a radio personality of Power 106 …ate some good burritos with DJ Felli Fell (he's a friendly dude : thanks to him I've made like 7 interviews the last day and he gave me the ctct of Too $hort ! ) …discovered Psycho Realm (Sic Jacken is the new B-Real …big up Tone Lopez!) …ate some Rosco Chicken & Waffles with Styliztik Jones…chilled late night in front of the Watts Tower with Young Bruh (an intelligent brother and by the way little brother of Kam) …started a business relationship with Damani of Dubb Union (more on that later I hope) … listened to Problem's snippets songs in his front yard in Compton…met Roscoe Umali (this Filipino brother is good), Hot Dollar and Krondon (check out the new Strong Arm Steady video) in a club…and recorded my last intw with DJ Warrior 2hours before leaving to LAX !
Anyway I really needed a big interview with an OG like DJ Quik, MC Eiht or WC but it's ok.
West west y'all!