“Music and a portmanteau.”
I’m in and out the studio at the moment recording with RBB and working on the live version of BLSF’s new EP so I’ve been a little lax with updates, forgive me. Caught a late showing of Prometheus on Tuesday, not a bad flick if you try and distance yourself from the idea of an Alien prequel, I felt the third act was a bit of a fan service but, at the same time I would of complained if there wasn’t a call back to the original Alien so there’s no pleasing me. -Onwards.
Vexposé #3 features an all Detroit line up this month. I’ve been listening to Detroit Hip-Hop since I heard Esham kicking acidic shit, although I was born at least ten years too late to cop the cassette. I thought Royce’s “Death is Certain” was one of the best hip-hop albums of 2004; I have unreleased Slum Village bootlegs on wax and Guilty Simpson has one of the nicest flows I’ve heard on wax and is hella’ fun to smoke with. In short I got love for the Motor City and I’m putting my Redwings sweater on for this one. This months featured artist is 18 year old MC Zelooperz who dropped the Coon in the Room Mixtape earlier this year and is slowly generating buzz alongside ‘big brothers’ the Bruiser Brigade. The video for “CartiAIDS” has gotten some traction, picked up on by the likes of Fader magazine and Potholes in my Blog. He’s definitely one to watch, I’d like to see him mature and find his style regardless of how confident he is in himself already, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Dudes tall too, like… really tall.
Featured Artist: Zelooperz
V3xation: Who is Zelooperz and what’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
Zelooperz: Zelooperz is an 18 year old C.O.O.N from ‘Detwa that makes the musical genre called “Coonism” and I had a dream about Superman ice cream last night so I guess I’m going with that.
V3: Krypton and Raisin?
ZE: ‘Naw [laughs]
V3: Detwa? Where’s abouts in MI is that for those without Google Maps?
ZE: Oh, I just spell it like that, Detroit. It’s French, so yeah.
V3: Classy, where about in Detroit?
ZE: WESTSIDEEEEEE west Warren area.
V3: I interviewed SKYWLKR back in Vexposé #2, what’s your relationship with him?
ZE: I just talked to Sky earlier today and yeah that’s the homie, s’pose to work on some shit tomorrow.
V3: Oh yeah?
ZE: Yeah mane, its gonna be firey.
V3: Dope dope, are you working with the Bruiser Brigade much?
ZE: Yeah I got a couple things in the works, they all been lookin’ out for me those are like my big bros really.
V3: If your rap style was a Superhero which one would it be?
ZE: The Riddler mixed with Black Panther.
V3: That’s quite a combination.
ZE: Haha, yeah mane.
V3: I’d imagine Black Panthers probably got a verse stashed away.
ZE: Haha yeah. I start writing funny raps like I did a remix to T-Pain’s ‘Buy U A Drank’ in middle school its was called ‘Buy U A Perm’
V3: Is there video evidence of this?
ZE: I just started writing funny raps but I got serious in 10th (grade) started doing cyphers and shit.
V3: What kind of comedians do you like?
ZE: Kevin Hart, that’s a funny ass coon and you know Sanford & Son, that shit was funny when I was younger.
V3: I’ve heard of Samford and Son, thanks to the Simpsons I love the theme song.
ZE: Yeah his dad was always snappin’ on his ass.
V3: Which artists initially influenced your style, who did you want to rap like? -Besides T-Pain
ZE: Haha! I never wanted to rap like T-Pain, I don’t want to rap like anyone, I like people like E-40, Missy Elliot, Kanye West, etc.
V3: Are they influences? Is there any music out at the moment that when you hear it you think “I want to write something like this” or “This inspires me to write something better”
ZE: -I rarely think like that but I’ve been listening to QUEEN lately but I really try to be better than myself like my old music
V3: I was kidding about T-Pain. Heh.
V3: Right, so you kind of prefer to self reflect on your previous work and try and emulate something new?
ZE: Yeah, basically
V3: What do you like to write about? How do you write, do you prefer to write a verse or conceptualize a track?
ZE: …”Conceptualize” -Yeah I do a lot of that shit, writing about fucking nigga’s bitches in real life, being broke, having it and not spending it on bitches [laughs] and I save hooks in my head then write verses to go along with them.
V3: It’s a big word I know… Without taking a timer to it, how long does it take you to write a verse?
ZE: 15-30 mins maybe smoking weed half that time but it depends on what mood I’m in.
V3: Yeah for sure, I heard Ghostface writes rhymes like the Flash.
ZE: [laughing] That’s fast.
V3: Do you produce your own stuff or are you strictly a recording artist?
ZE: I started producing, this last couple of months. I gotta’ couple things I’ve worked on.
V3: What’s your setup, what kind of equipment are you rocking?
ZE: Just messing around right now on Garage Band, I haven’t gotten on a keyboard or anything yet.
V3: What are you producing, your own beats?
Ze: Yeah, I might not give anything out, I’m selfish as fuck and most of the stuff I make I wanna keep and if I don’t keep it, its trash.
V3: Good ethos.
V3: Do you listen to any British acts or artists?
ZE: Not really but this one dude, I can’t tell you his name but he must be really be popular, Danny put me up on him.
V3: The guy Danny worked with, Darq E Freaker?
ZE: “POPPIN’ DEEZ PILLZ AND SNIFFIN’ COCAINE” -Yeah, dude’s nice but its another dude.
V3: Yeah I checked that video the other week, I didn’t even know Danny was over here.
ZE: I like that song, the remixes on the song were crazy too.
V3: Would you rather have your favourite MC guest on a track with you or get a beat produced by your favourite Producer?
ZE: ‘Daaaam! That’s a hard ass question but I’d rather get the beat if it’s my song and if it’s not my song I’d rather be on the track, you feel me?
V3: Yeah, how about if you had your cake and could eat it… who would you get to produce the song with your favourite MC?
ZE: E40 or Missy, I don’t know, I can’t really choose.
V3: Who’d make the beat?
ZE: My bruh Rickie, [laughs]
V3: haha, keep it in the family.
ZE: That’s one of the coldest dudes I know.
V3: How long did it take to make ‘Coon N The Room: Eating Ramen Noodles While Watching Roots on Bootleg’?
ZE: A month or two.
V3: Was it all original material or were these tracks that you’d wrote over a period of time?
ZE: It was over a period of time, all original material except for one track. It was the beat V-Nasty freestyled on Farewell to Welfare, I didn’t know until it was too late but I still kept it on the album.
V3: Why take on the pseudonym C.O.O.N?
ZE: It stands for creators of our nation and I try to make rebellious music with a spin on life, people try to build up fake images and I ain’t down with that shit. I’m the leader of course but if you down with ramen noodle eating tree smoking, non trickin’ on hoes… you cool with me. COONS come from nothing and make the best out of it.
V3: I’ve never seen Roots, you rate it?
ZE: Good ass movie bruh.
V3: I’ve seen the chapelle version, “fucker pissed on me…”
V3: Who were the producers you hooked up with on C’NTR, explain how you hooked up briefly with a few of them?
ZE: I went to school with Rickie, the producer who made the first song I put out White Faces, the rest of them I met along the way, downtown and was tight with them.
V3: How often do you play live, what’s the live scene like in Detroit?
ZE: I got a show tonight at the Shelter, ’bout to shut it down. I get like maybe 2 shows a month now.
V3: At the shelter, legendary venue. I heard about them trying to shut down St. Andrews Hall too.
ZE: I ain’t heard about that
V3: It was quite a while ago
V3: Any funny stories about playing a show or supporting an act?
ZE: Yeah, this one show I was so high I took off my shoes that was the hypest shit.
V3: Have you played outside of Detroit much?
ZE: Ann Arbor, once.
ZE: I was happy as fuck, I told people it was going to happen.
V3: It’s got a backwoods feel to it, was that a conscious decision to film around the concept of the hook, I mean when I hear the title ‘CartiAIDS’ I don’t immediately think of a guy rapping in the woods? How did you come up with the video?
ZE: That’s the point, if you’re not from Detroit you wont know what the songs about really so “No wood butch, yo bitch wish she could” came up quick. I want to give a artsy feel for all my vids so just really go with the flow after i get the basic concepts down
V3: It’s a dope beat too, have you collaborated with Nolan The Ninja before?
ZE: ‘Naw this was the first time, that’s the homie though we well have some more shit soon.
V3: You put out C’NTR back in December last year, what have you been doing since then?
ZE: Working on my next album.
V3: Who are you working with?
ZE: Ricky. Skywlkr. Peezie. Vinny, Ovah Dohz, Myke Murder and a couple others, I’m basically following the same format just beefing shit up and changing the style up a little, finding my self really… [pauses] scratch that I found myself.
V3: When do you plan to release it and do you have anything else in the works for 2012?
ZE: This winter, maybe?
V3: Anything else you want to say or promote?
ZE: “HACOONAMATATA: BITCH I’M AT COONEY ISLAND WITH KONY FUCKIN’ HOES WITH TIMBOS AND TUBESOCKS ON” Coming soon.
V3: Confirmed title? …Please be confirmed title
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Also check out the interview I did with SKYWLKR back in Vexposé #2 here.