Milwaukee hip hop has come a long way, and local producer Mammyth is part of the reason. As part of a trio called RapLords, Mammyth along with lyricists Dana Coppafeel and SPEAK Easy, dropped their first project together, #RapLords on Uni-Fi Records this week. The album, which features guests like Skyzoo, Guilty Simpson, Open Mike Eagle to name a few is one in a long line of impressive hip hop releases to come out of Milwaukee lately. Below the three artists converse exclusively for URB about making the album, J Dilla, and how an article on Vice can improve your sex life. The album can be heard below.
SPEAK: What makes being part of RapLords different from your other work? You’re responsible for almost every hit record out of Milwaukee.
Mammyth: Working with RapLords is different because I have to get in the booth and record all your guys damn raps myself. Then I just use the Coppa and Speak Easy plugins to emulate your voices. It’s hard work on my end. For real though. Working with you guys is great. I’m way more involved in the creative process than I am with other artists. You guys give me a lot of freedom which is appreciated.
SPEAK: Coppa – not only have you stood the test of time, you’re arguably the most significant hip hop artist ever from Milwaukee. What does that mean to you?
Dana: Damn, that’s some big drawers to fill. I’ll take it though, and yes arguably! It’s dope to have that OG status and at the same time, I’m still carving out my own lane. It keeps me young and ready to re-invent myself at any given moment. At the same time can’t let that go to my head. We still have a ways to go. I’m trapping until the cops come.
Mammyth: We all know that I’m an extremely attractive young man. Does it bother you that my good looks take attention away from your lyrics at our shows?
Dana: Yes, it even distracts me from time-to-time. I mean noisy and good looks. It got all the good stuff God offers.
Mammyth: If you could do a song with any artist dead or alive, who would that be?
Dana: The beat god himself J Dilla. Hands down.
Dana: So SPEAK, now that you’ve been living in Atlanta, how many times have you been you the strip club and are you going to Freaknik this year?
SPEAK: I actually work in human resources at various establishments that you’ve mentioned. I have to make sure all of the company’s needs are taken care of [laughs].