Saimme haastatteluun Stockton-veteraani Ren Da Heatmonstan Doja Clikistä.
What’s up, G? Let’s start at the beginning. Where did you grew up?
I grew up in Stockton Cali, East Side.
Tell us a bit about how your connection to rap started. Who has influenced you the most back in the days and do you have any musical background?
To be honest, it was Run-DMC that influenced me to do hip hop, and Prince as far as musical. At a young age I was forced to take piano lessons, haha, not knowing it would of benefited me later.
How did you get the name Ren Da Heatmonsta?
My original name was Young Ren and Heatmonsta was my production name. Time went on and I wasn’t gettin any younger, so I combined it and took off the “young”.
When did you officially decide to go all-in on your rap career?
After the first album “Hard On Da Grind” did well as far as sales and fans go, it basically blew up and then I knew it was serious business.
What do you think of the hip hop scene in Stockton?
We have a lot of talent, but the market were in doesn’t allow us to grow, it’s like the nfl, were a small market area so no one is looking this way, but they should, cause we have dope artists here.
Are there any artists in the game right now that you look up to?
I wouldn’t say look up to, but I respect a few. I like Kendrick and a few others.
What’s your writing process like? Do you write with a pen and paper?
I used to write that way, but now I use my iPhone to write my raps.
How do you get inspiration to make your music?
Life and haters, haha, and good music, when I hear dope I wanna create dope.
When you went on stage the first time performing – where was it and how did it go down?
Probably when I did a talent show at school. I lip synced Run-DMC’s “Raising Hell” and that feeling being in front of a crowd made me wanna do it for reals.
What’s the weirdest interaction you’ve ever had with a fan?
When I was doing a video shoot and some haters stabbed some homies and I was in the mix of kickin heads in and this fan was wanting me to spit a rap from “Speed Kills”, right during the scuffles, lol, I’m like do you see what’s going on? He wanted to pay me on the spot as I’m trying to funk with ppl.
Let’s talk about your and Brotha Lynch Hung’s new “Premeditated” album. How did you guys meet?
We meet at Chicken Hill. We worked on some music and I whooped him on madden a few times and we became good friends and the rest is history.
What does this team-up mean to you?
Means a lot, cause we’re both legends and that’s Brotha fucking Lynch Hung, haha, not many get to do a whole album with Brotha Lynch like that, so it’s special.
How long did it take for you guys to put this album together?
Give or take 6-8 months. It was a dope process, cause we got to do it together in the studio, that’s rare now a days.
How did the recording go? Were there any disagreements during the recording?
Nah, it was smooth. I basically came up with most the songs, he came up with ID channel.
What do you do to unwind?
Smokin on that Doja mane, listening to good music and maybe take a drive to the bay.
What are you working on right now? Anything we should be looking out for?
“Chicken Hill Project 2” I’m all over that and I’m re-releasing Doja Clik’s “Speed Kills” 20th anniversary remastered. Then I got “Heatrocks EP” and then “Mudvillain” in 2018.
Thanks for your time! Any last words to our readers?
Keep it Doja and add my social media’s
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