C-Rayz Walz - conducted by Alex Goldberg  

C-Rayz Walz

August 2005

MVRemix: What do you see in the future for the Blizzard?

C-Rayz Walz: I can see him being a professional rapper. And a good MC, cause he really loves it. And that’s how he was able to learn something and come from where he’s at. They didn’t really show people a whole bunch of stuff on the MTV thing. Which is really great cause the whole world got to get a gist of it for real, it was real genuine without really knowing what they missed. I got this tape of this freestyle session of this kid going off that would have people shutting the fuck up, straight up b, that will have people shutting the fuck up, freestylin better than cats who freestyle who got records out b.

MVRemix: What do you think makes a true MC?

C-Rayz Walz: The truth. Telling the truth. And as far as the skills of being an MC, I think you have to be born, I don’t think MC’s are made, I don’t believe you can become an MC, if you weren’t always an MC, you can’t become one, I don’t believe that. I don’t believe it’s like a shogun or a ninja, you can become one. I don’t think you can become a point guard. I don’t think you can become a boxer. Anyone can become a rapper. Anyone can be a rapper, few MC’s are out there.

MVRemix: Has being a father changed your approach as an MC?

C-Rayz Walz: Being a father has changed my approach to life and being responsible about money. As far as music, my music has always been universal, where I made my music so my parents could listen to it, your parents listen to it, other people’s parents listen to it, teens listen to it, and my children listen to it.

MVRemix: Do you see Independent and mainstream corporate as existing in two different worlds or as being the same world?

C-Rayz Walz: Let’s keep it real. Everything that is associated with money is mainstream. It’s all about a little bit or a lot. If Jux start making mad money and selling mad records, we’re mainstream label. We have a distributor now, we have all the components that makes the music mainstream. What makes the music mainstream? The masses. What makes the music underground? The masses and the support or non support there of, based on the effects and the greed of corporate America and the artistic people that thrive in this great country?

MVRemix: What do you think of monogamy?

C-Rayz Walz: I think monogamy is a manmade choice. I think that monogamy that two people make with each other. I think it's a personal choice between people. What the fuck does that word mean? Mono means one. And gamy, what's gamy? Does gamy related to or pertaining to sex? I haven't looked it up, but reader, look it up. [I looked it up, and the etymology is from Greek monogamia, from monogamos "marrying only once"]. What is gamy? Is it orgasm? Basically it's a choice between two people, sexually. It's an agreement to have only one sexual partner. I know that love and sex are two different things that intertwine very closely. You can have one without the other, vice versa. Sex is a physical thing, love is way beyond physical. Love is a higher level of understanding between those who are focusing and trying to look and see the light.

MVRemix: On track ten of Year of The Beast, the content seems to be about HIV/AIDS. Has that been a recent fear for you?

C-Rayz Walz: It actually is about the whole thing about getting an AIDS test. I wanted to do a video for it. That's exactly what it's about. It's about being care free. About trying so hard to be care free, but you can't be care free. You have to care about it. There's a lot people trying to not stress it. And that's just not being responsible for your actions. And like I was saying, my condom broke three times in the last year before I got that test. That song was mad powerful. Cause there was this one girl I was dealing with, you know what I mean, I was with another girl, and I had sex with this other girl. And we had sex, and the condom broke. And I finished having sex with her, cause I was feeling that energy. And that was my choice. But the woman I had been with, was in a monogamous open relationship, so I had to tell her about that. Plus, you tell someone that shit off the top, you don't want to make anyone involuntarily have sex unprotected with one of your partners, cause that's what you're basically doing. That situation was crazy. That situation made me think about losing my girl. And it made me think about any other time that the condom might have popped. ‘Cause I never took the AIDS test. That was the first time I got the AIDS test. And the first time I took it, it was like a joke. The day I took it, I had called the girl, that the condom broke with, and I was like, “Yo, I got chlamydia." And she was like, "for real?" And I was like, "No, I'm fucking with you." Then she called me back three days later and said that she had chlamydia. And I was like, "You're bullshittin." But I didn't even have chlamydia. I didn't have nothing. Me and my girl got tested together, I didn't have nothing. I've been tested two times since then. The second time I got tested was because I had sex with the same girl and the condom broke again. And I was still with the other same girl, but Year of The Beast was coming out. You know? I listen to that song a lot. Keep you on point. You gotta be careful. You can act like you don't care, I know you're afraid, harder than "Mike's Lemonade." You know what I'm saying? When you hold your feelings in, that's how you get titties to form. But out of raw talent, my son was born. You caught that solid grapes of wrath, you get scratched, turned to wine, pressed for time, define smash, without an esoteric example of ass. You'll be stuck in the past? Get it? Yea, that's some shit yo, I'm talking about anal sex, like come on, cats are stupid, rating my albums, rate my dick. [We both laugh].

MVRemix: What's your favorite track?

C-Rayz Walz: I really don't have one, it changes. But really, I'm mad biased. I don't really make it past Paradise. I don't really get to hear the second half of that shit. Like, with "Fantastic Damage" [El-P's album] I always stopped on track 4, Deep Space 9, I used to stop at that shit, cause that's when I had my truck, and you know, that shit has the sirens in it, and I used to think police were chasing me and I'd be high listening to that shit, like, oh fuck you El. Cause I don't got no license, and if I'm high and I got weed and no license, I'm going to jail listening to Deep Space 9mm, yea that's the shit, fuck you El. And I didn't even know "Fantastic Damage" was a dope album until a year later. One day, I listened to the whole thing, and I was like, TOJ, that's my shit. El is a fuckhead though, fuck El, he's in the cut right now, on some bullshit, making a mastermind album, burning 20 tracks a day, throwing shit away. He's gonna come back and just murder shit. So I aint gonna worry, he can do his thing. But speaking of that Paradise shit, El blessed me with that track..

MVRemix: What are you listening to these days?

C-Rayz Walz: I can't even front. For the last two weeks I've been listening to Al Green like always, I've been listening to India Arie. I've been listening to Cage, I've been listening to Shape Shifters, these cats out of Australia, I did a track with them. That's really it right now. And some beats with Stronghold.

MVRemix: Would you ever consider acting in a movie?

C-Rayz Walz: I'm gonna direct a few movies. And I'm in a movie, two movies. I'm in this movie called, "My Brother's Keeper" with Vanessa Williams, it's coming out in a minute. I got all types of tricks up my sleeve this year. I'm gonna show them there's no difference between mainstream and underground. It's just real art. Or bullshit. Cause in a minute you could consider me mainstream. But how can you consider me mainstream when I'm at Scribble Jam? I'm at some local shit. Cause I'm still C-Rayz. I'm still raw.

MVRemix: What would be the best movie to be cast in?

C-Rayz Walz: Anything where I can show my Tom Hank skills. ‘Cause I’m the Tom Hanks of this rap shit. I can play any role, I'm ill.

MVRemix: Are you able to work with most producers?

C-Rayz Walz: I can work with anyone, I'm the illest.

MVRemix: When El-P does a track with you, does he ask you if he can drop a verse, or do you usually ask him?

C-Rayz Walz: Well it happens differently each time. For that beat, Paradise [His mood changes completely, and he goes into an angry joking tone]…he didn't fucking ask shit! He was a fucking bastard! I'm gonna tell you just how it fucking happened. I went to the crib with motherfuckin’ Pyramid, and I let him hear this shit that I had recorded, and there was this blank space afterwards, and I was like, "I'm gonna put Lif verse here, I'm gonna let Lif spit here." And then the other piece I came back on, "and this verse is the soundtrack to sickness, I give this for all y'all who think you can't get it." Got it? [He laughs]. He [El-P] was like, "yo that shit's crazy." He listened to that shit like two, three times. Then I think he just played the beat, and we were like watching cable and getting high with Keith Metro from SA Smash, just zoning. Then next thing I know, he [El-P] was just like listen to this, and he had a sixteen, and he was like, "Yo, let me drop that shit." And I was like, yo fuck it, go ahead. And he basically just ass bogarted it. I don't know what the fuck, he came through on the track, on some hip hop shit. And we were trying to get Lif on it, but Lif was mad busy, he ain’t never getting on it. Hopefully I can get him on the remix.

MVRemix: Who decides who goes on tour, and arranges the tour schedule?

C-Rayz Walz: My manager arranges all my tours. I have a booking agent.

MVRemix: And if it's a Def Jux tour…

C-Rayz Walz: If it's Def Jux, we just handle business, C-Rayz and Def Jux. And if we go out on a whole Def Jux tour, then Def Jux pays us.

MVRemix: And you just came back from a tour…

C-Rayz Walz: I just came back from a tour with Gza, Vast Aire, J-Live.

MVRemix: How did it go?

C-Rayz Walz: It was the best damn rap tour. We murdered it.

MVRemix: Any last comments or thoughts? Any words for your Canadian audience?

C-Rayz Walz: I think Canadian hip hop is dope. I think the whole world needs to open up, stop being so tight, just relax, flow through, you know what I'm sayin? You know, 4th Pyramid, and more good things are going to come out of that. You know in religion, what goes around comes around, do unto others what they do unto you, the first thought, it's the thought of God. So basically as for battles, when there's battles, I don't got time to write, I got nunchuck skills like Napoleon Dynamite.

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"I think monogamy is a manmade choice. I think that monogamy that two people make with each other. I think it's a personal choice between people. What the fuck does that word mean? Mono means one. And gamy, what's gamy?"