Interview Series Crosscheck returns this week with Rich Quick and Reef The Lost Cauze. Both emcees hailing from Philadelphia have a quick chat stemming from their collaboration on Travelin Man off of Rich Quick’s forthcoming EP Sad Songz, slated for release on August 20th.
The two of them together represent a meeting of the ‘old guard’ style of underground emcee and the new school rapper. Check a slice of life look at what happens when two emcees converse on life and everything in between.
Rich: How has having a son impacted your views on the evolution of today’s hip-hop?
Reef: I’ve always felt like this art form is youth culture but since I’m 31, I can’t relate to too much of the new stuff. By the time my son is old enough to really understand the music, I’m sure I will be even further from it. All I can do is try to guide him and show him some of the classics. But he’s the future ya know? So he will be showing me what’s cool one day. Ha! Can’t wait for that!
Rich: You have worked with so many artists and producers over the years, what has been your favorite collab and why?
Reef: Being a “white” rapper, stigma or blessing in 2013?
Rich: There has always been a stimga about white emcees. But the stigma helps when people expect a Vanilla Ice and get a real emcee. Now, there’s a whole mess of ill white boys to compare to! I think it’s dope because it shows how accepting hip-hop can be. At the same time, I guess I still miss the days when I was the only “white rapper” in the cypher.
Reef: Favorite non-hiphop album and why?
Rich: Songs in the Key of Life: Volume 1 by Stevie Wonder is my favorite album of all time. It waz soo funky, but still orchestral with some of the greatest story telling ever. Flowed together through highs and lows from start to finish.
Reef: Heat or Spurs? And don’t say Spurs. Ok you can, but you’d be wrong.
Rich: I guess if Reef the Lost Cauze says I’m a Heat fan, then I’m a Heat fan. But I would be no different than all these other Heat fans who hopped on that bandwagon haha. The real answer is I don’t follow sports, but I hope everyone plays their best game.
Rich Quick was dope enough to drop another upcoming joint in our laps from his forthcoming album. Peep the old and new school meeting of the beats and rhymes on Happy I’m Here.
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