An Interview With Benn Grim Of The Hip Hop Crew Cardboard Metropolis
The Benn Grim Interview
TIS: I really like the YouTube movie of you freestyling with Converge. Was that prepared or spur of the minute?
BG: Spur of the instant, but it was 50 % a freestyle, and fifty percent an previous verse I by no means put on a keep track of. It was many years in the past and I was extra than likely superior out of my head. You can inform by the lengthy hair and “stop snitching’ shirt I was carrying. I love those men and no 1 will at any time do that with them yet again!
TIS: So we have been in a band jointly for a although, and we ended up both truly into our medications and what not…now we’re both not into medicines anymore, and even now doing the audio issue. I would like for you to discuss a little bit about the big difference of creating/performing sober vs. crafting/executing anything but sober.
BG: Really don’t get me mistaken, if it weren’t for challenging medication, my dad and mom report selection wouldn’t be fifty percent as huge as it is. Nevertheless in my scenario, you can say, “yo, I smoked the best weed and wrote this dope music”, but for me, obtaining a amount and distinct head will help me be extra innovative than any drug could ever make me.
TIS: Can you convey to me about 1 of your craziest encounters from again in your working with days? Not to glorify it, but alternatively to display people today how far you’ve got appear.
BG: I made use of to cop dope mainly on Madison or Jefferson, correct off park road in the south conclusion of Hartford, I utilized to usually go to the same dude for at the very least 2 many years, his identify was cupcake, or cake for shorter. He had the most effective shit. I acquired in quite excellent with this male and I made use of to choose him up at his house and convey him to the block and what not. He Normally had a gun on him, he experienced a good friend on the block in excess of to him, they referred to him as “retarded holmes”. A single day some a single bought shot, and the cops ended up all in excess of the spot. No one was answering mobile phone calls and they had been too frightened to occur out of there properties. I went straight to cupcakes other home and he obtained mad that I just confirmed up, but for some odd rationale he allow me in. They seemed me up and down and mentioned, “yo Ben, want to do us a favor, we are going to strike u off if you do.” So I obliged, they gave me a doubled up end and store bag and explained to me to stroll right more than to retarded holmes residence and give him the bag, never glimpse at anyone, don’t speak to any one. I begun out the doorway and 1 of them explained, “yo Ben, put this on beneath your hoodie” it was a bullet evidence vest. Alright men, what is in the bag I believed to myself, but I knew specifically what it was. I trembled my way to retarded holmes property and he was waiting around at the doorway, I stroll in, take off the vest, and hand him the bag, plenty of bundles of heroin. They gave me 50 % of one for transporting a package deal that could have landed me 20 yrs in jail. Hahahah, but I was a junkie and I was ready to do anything to get significant.
TIS: What are you doing the job on at this time?
BG: I just wrapped up a compilation CD I’m contacting Benn Grim’s Blah Sides, it really is a collection of primarily more mature tracks I have never made use of for just about anything, Blended and mastered by my musical daily life coach F.Sean Martin. Should be pressed in a couple months. Im also doing work on my extended awaited “Novocaine Mixtape”, that is scooting along steadily and will have a lot of particular guests. I am doing work on an EP with my Close friend ADAM BOMB out of New Orleans, possibly gonna be 6 tracks or so, and I am also operating on an EP with producer Sammy Marion out of Philly, that will also be 5 or 6 tunes. The Mizery Crew, (Timmy Wiggins, Metalheart, and myself) is at present in the studio performing on our freshman launch as a team, and Timmy Wiggins and Metalheart are performing on their prospective solo shit, which is gonna truly shake points up!!!
TIS: What influences the lyrical content in most in your tunes?
BG: Daily life, enjoy, regret? Hahahaah, no, I am the male that takes past activities and can make them authentic. I talk about shitting on unworthy rappers primarily. I’ve been explained to I can inform a quite very good tale also. You give me the defeat, and you are constantly gonna get a little something distinct.
TIS: Who would you like to collaborate with on foreseeable future projects, and are you going to make it come about?
BG: I’d love to do a observe with Aesop Rock, he’s my buddy, so which is not a much stretch, but as for dudes I never know? I want to do a keep track of exactly where Brandon Flowers from the killers to sing the hook, or get on a conquer that The XX built. That would be epic!
TIS: Who’s killing it in the underground proper now (hip hop, hardcore, whoever)?
BG: HMMMM as for underground cats? Fuck! I am likely with my gentleman! The just one and only, YAK BALLZ! Almost nothing cooler than a bunch of young children chanting your title prior to you appear out on stage. His followers love him, (and so do I) and it demonstrates. As considerably as new and up and coming hardcore? Loathe Your Guts, cruel hand, black breath, backtrack, and poor seed, all dope HC bands accomplishing their matter now.
TIS: Who’s specifically not killing it in the underground suitable now (let’s start off a beef)?
BG: Hahahaha, he’s not even underground anymore, but I would say WALE. He is a homophobe with a shitty name, chill WHALE!!! Hahaha.
TIS: What is new with Carboard City?
BG: Each individual human body is doing work on their respective shit, but all I gotta say is enjoy out for that new Glassjaw album. I have already read a few unreleased tracks and I’m blown away.
TIS: I am a bit out of the loop but was wanting to know if the Huge Aire/Cage/El-P beef was squashed nonetheless?
BG: Hmmm, I did not even know there was a beef? Hahaha.
TIS: How did Shia LaBeouf hook up with Carboard Metropolis?
BG: Shia achieved cage a few yrs again, the relaxation is heritage.
TIS: Any information on the film about Cage that Shia would like to do?
BG: They are looking for a director is the previous news I listened to. I are not able to wait for that shit.
TIS: Final Shia question, was it epic for you men to see him throw up the Cardboard City sign at the end of hosting Saturday Evening Dwell a few of many years ago?
BG: It gave me chills, and however does. It will make me really feel great to be a section of a little something so magnificent. Everyone go see the new Wall Road film, my man kills it with Michael Douglas! Hahahaha.
TIS: Okay, time for some compulsory shout outs…go forward.
BG: My cardboard metropolis fam, Daryl Palumbo, Fsean Martin, my mizery crew, all my friends in NYC, Miami, San Fran you know who you are, my brother, Chauncey, the Hartford party starters union, Corey Scoolidge, and all people at Brass Town Tattoo.
TIS: Nearly anything in closing?
BG: Encompass oneself with excellent and remarkable people today, and practically nothing but fantastic and thrilling items will take place to you.