Haastattelussa legendaarisesta South Park Coalition -räppikollektiivista tuttu Houston-veteraani PSK-13.
- What’s up, PSK-13? How are you today?
Blessed and enjoying my blessings.
- Have you lived in Houston your whole life?
Yes, for the most part. I have lived in other states when I played ball in college or made moves in life. Michigan, Georgia to name a couple.
- What was life like growing up?
I had a decent childhood. Moved from the so called “hood” to the other side (suburbs) during middle school and it was sort of a culture shock but I welcomed it. Made me realize that there are other aspects of living and other parameters that needed to explored. I loved every bit of my childhood. Heavy into sports and reading. I always was into something. Boy scouts, summer camps, any sports, church trips, you name it. My mother and father kept us busy to avoid rhe distractions.
- Did you have a particular artist that inspired you to take the path of a music career?
Of course, there are a few. In no particular order: LL Cool, KRS-One, MC Shan, Rakim, Chuck D, Scarface, Ice Cube.
- In what ways do you think growing up in Houston shaped your musical style?
In every way. I AM HOUSTON. There is a certain swag that comes with being a Houstonian and its obvious in our music.
- How did you choose the name PSK-13?
My first rap name was J-Flex, then as I became a bit more conscious and chose the path I wanted to take so I chose Proud Son of Kingz – 13. 13 is a transitioning number and together it sounded like PG-13 a warning to tender ears. So I stuck with it.
- Who would say are your all time favorite rappers?
K-Rino, Point Blank, Klondike Kat, Ganxsta NIP, Ice Lord, Ice Cube, MC Shan, Tupac, Scarface.
- How do you feel about the current state of music?
I have nonparticular feelings. Music changes, culture changes. We as OGs have to be open to change and the flow of the culture but still br there to guide, lead and teach so that the history remains in tact.
- What inspires you to create music today?
My family and the younger generations. Seems they have it harder and have to overcome more so I like teaching through my music now.
- Tell me about the recording process for your debut album ‘No Ordinary Aggin’?
Actually most of that EP was my demo tape so the recording process went really smooth. Most of the songs were written already and I was fairly used to the studio so me and .38 (Point Blank’s brother) went in and knocked it out. He did alot of background vocals and adlibs in order to get some studio reps. His album was supposed to be next.
- What was your experience working with Ice-T?
Once in a lifetime. Lessons that I havent heard before or since. He is the consummate professional and about the bag and the culture. Takes care of himself in every aspect of life and is willing to share any and all information to anyone who asks. He took the time out to meet everyone in my family, he knew their names and all. We had a hellava time while he was here.
- Can you share your fondest memory of Pimp C?
My fondest memory of Pimp C was when I first signed with the label. We were on the road, I forget which city. I was a new artist so I didnt really think Pimp listened to my music or even knew who I was. I caught him coming out of his hotel room, he stopped me and asked what does PSK-13 stand for. After I told him, he said, “Thats dope, you can rap your ass off boy.” That was a special moment for me because it was just he and I. The next memory was of us going to Atlanta to record the “Trill Azz Niggaz” album. It never came out but the times were priceless. Thats when we first got wind of Jay-Z calling for them to do a song and Pimp said, “No, thats like mixing oil and water.” He bursted out laughing when he said it.
- What music are you working on right now?
I’m always working on something. As we speak the SPC is working on a new album that will feature songs from nearly every member of the click. Should be a classic!
- What’s an average day like for you?
Just like anyone else. Trying to be better than yesterday. Make moves that help me progress, learn teach and build. I’m just like the next cat out here, just tryna be somebody and make a positive footprint while I’m here.
- Any last words to our readers and your fans?
- Thank you!
No sir, thank you!
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