Smoke DZA didn’t become the Kushed God overnight. In fact, his first time smoking weed was at Harlem’s Grant Houses with his childhood friend James, which he attested to during our interview at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“It’s impressive you even knew [that],” acknowledged the “4 Loko” rapper, as we went on to discuss bumping into Ma$e at their local Footlocker when he was younger, the first cassette tape he ever purchased, and other, as he put it, “interesting fun facts.”
After conducting previously arranged interviews with Taylor Gang members Lola Monroe and Berner, as well as Rostrum Records’ latest signee Boaz, I was offered some unexpected camera time with Taylor Gang’s “raptoo artist” Tuki Carter while backstage at the “Under the Influence of Music” tour finale in Detroit.
Although I hadn’t necessarily prepared for it, I certainly wasn’t gonna let an opportunity like this slip by. So I took a moment to jot down some arbitrary topics of discussion, and pretty much winged it from there. Watch and see how it turned out!
Sidenote: Download Tuki Carter’s debut mixtape Atlantafornication at 3pm on DatPiff.com!
“Damn, where the f*** do you get these questions from?” inquired a baffled Big K.R.I.T., whom I interviewed during his “Live from the Underground” tour stop at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Joining him on his tour bus after the show, I asked the Mississippi MC about receiving pivotal advice from his English teacher, his ability to hit a 90-mph fastball, and battling upwards of 20 rappers at a house party back in the day. Young Krizzle also gave an update on his upcoming collaborative album with Yelawolf, Country Cousins.
While backstage at the “Under the Influence of Music” tour finale in Detroit, I caught up with Taylor Gang’s First Lady Lola Monroe and quizzed the femcee about her eating habits, selling weed in high school, and the story behind her neck tattoo. Queen Roe also spoke publicly for the first time about Wiz Khalifa declaring her “iller than any female artist [he's] ever heard.”