King L recently sat down with XXL to talk about what it was like going to Paris to record with Kanye and how it's affected him. I grabbed a few quotes from the interview, but you can really tell that it was a humbling experience for King L and he appreciated the opportunity.
"I believe two or three months ago [John Monopoly] broke the news to me that I was going to be working with ‘Ye on the album and going to Paris and everything. I was like, ‘Get the fuck out of here.’ Before I knew it though I was going to get my passport, and then I was boarding the flight, and then seven hours later I was in Paris. This was my first time being out the country, so it was, like, an accomplishment for me that way as well."
"From seeing him on TV and shit, they’ll make you think he’s just a monster, arrogant motherfucker. But when I met him, he makes you feel like you guys are cool. He from Chicago so that bond, and knowing how people from Chicago is…I don’t know, we was cool."
"Working on this, it was good for my craft and for me. It made me work harder and believe in myself. Now I believe in myself way more. I just went there to work, and what was chosen out of my work is what you hear on the album."
Then unexpectedly he briefly talked about how Future and Ma$e were both in Paris at the studio while he was there.
"I wasn’t really, like, nervous or anything. And then the songs that he heard that I did, he was feeling the shit. Ma$e was there, I was out there writing with him. Future was there. All of these people who I’ve seen on TV, and now I’m in the studio working with these people. It gives you a whole new look on life."
For me the thought of Ye and Future doing a song together has endless possibilities, that I hope one day come to life.
Shout out to XXL, and for the entire interview click here.
"I do it for the ratchets, for the ratchets, for the ratchets."
DJ V-Dub brings in King Louie and Hood Geekz to produce a banger for the summer in 4 The Ratchets. This definitely has potential to become a drill classic, the beat is hard and bass heavy, and the lyrics are oh so Chicago. Turn up!!! #4TheRatchets
BET released a documentary today titled Murder To Excellence: Life & Hip-Hop In Chicago that shed light on the connection between Hip-Hop and the violence that is taking place in Chicago. The documentary features Chicago rappers King Louie, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Sasha Go Hard, Katie Got Bandz, and more. It also feature community activsit Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Father Michael Pfleger, and others. Overall the idea behind the documentary was great. The fact that BET felt that what was going on here in Chicago needs to be brought to a brighter light I greatly appreciate because it is very true. Unfortunately the people in the video that have the most influence didn't offer any words of encourage or improvement for the streets of Chicago. I respect Rhymefest for giving the truth about what's going on in the streets then offering ways to combat it. To me it seemed that most of the artist gave an impression that this is normal and simply labled it as being "real". This to me only continues the violent cycle that we are in now. Don't get me wrong I don't expect these artist to clean the streets themselves, but they do carry enough clout in the streets to make a difference, which I think they dropped the ball on in this documentary. I commend Rhymefest, Father Pfleger, Cathy Cohen, TJ Crawford, & Monica Haslip for their work in the community in trying to break this vicious cycle of violence in Chicago. To the artist I just wished on top of telling the truth about what's going on in Chicago they then spoke to the youth about being better than this.
Overall I was happy with the documentary because it starts the conversation about making the necessary changes in Chicago to make this a better and safer place for us all. I just hope that the people with the loudest voice join in on the conversation, but if they don't we as the smaller voices still need to have this conversation and talk about this until its loud enough to be unavoidable.