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Kutmasta Kurt - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The Funky Redneck

March 2005

MVRemix: There was some tension between you and Keith there for a while. What happened? How was it solved?

Kutmasta Kurt: I needed a break from him to focus more on farming, and that hurt his feelings. So, he lashed out at me like Jason with a chainsaw. It’s ok now. I told him that I needed to take a break and do some other things for a while. Wow! Sounds like some weird soap opera, eh? Anyway, things have never been the same since, but we both know that we work well (creatively) together so we’ll still work together from time to time, like on The Diesel Truckers album. Just when people thought we wouldn’t do something together again…BAM!

MVRemix: What hurdles or problems have you encountered being white?

Kutmasta Kurt: Lot’s of reverse racism back in the day. That’s why I made a joke out of it by calling myself The Funky Redneck. Now, rap is dominated by white guys. Eminem is the modern day Elvis, but he can’t sing as good.

MVRemix: What equipment do you use?

Kutmasta Kurt: The Casio td3 4xp. They only made a few of them. I wired to my Commodore 64. It makes ill tracks! Also use the Jew’s Harp a bit too, synced with an old tractor muffler.

MVRemix: Which instruments are your favorites?

Kutmasta Kurt: The oboe, gutbucket, and ukulele. Oh, and Jew’s harp.

MVRemix: When did you first begin making music? What was it like?

Kutmasta Kurt: I played around with my dads DMX drum machine and Yamaha DX 7 Keyboard. Then, I made some retarded sounding track and recorded it to the Tascam cassette four track. From there, I even laid probably the worst rap you’ve ever heard in your life, but heck, I was 13 at the time in 1984. I dropped out of school at 6th grade. Hey, I can spell pretty good though.

MVRemix: How were you making a living before or outside music?

Kutmasta Kurt: I used to deliver pizza for Dominoes and DJ frat party’s. Once, I worked at 7-Eleven but got fired after a week for drinking on the job. I drank the nacho cheese straight from the dispenser! That was in between working on the family farm. We grew corn but hid green plants in there too!

MVRemix: How has your live show evolved? What is your favorite part of your live show?

Kutmasta Kurt: I like making the crowd yell ‘Yeeeeehhaaawwww’. That’s the best. Evolved, well I guess it’s just a natural thing really. It’s kind of like when you leave food out too long. It just grows on it’s own. That is unless the pig eats it, they eat anything.

MVRemix: What is your favorite way to smoke weed? Blunts, bongs, etc?

Kutmasta Kurt: Mixed with opium, but I had to quit that a while back. Now I just smoke catnip. For real, you ever try it? It’s kind of harsh, but great!

MVRemix: Favorite kind of weed?

Kutmasta Kurt: Orange Purple Crab Grass.

MVRemix: What is it like living in California?

Kutmasta Kurt: Mostly warm and sunny. Sometimes, it rains or gets chilly but then, I turn on the TV and laugh at all the dummies back in my hometown of Kansastucky. Other then that, I prefer to call it by its original name Atzlan. You know California was originally part of Mexico. I like to go and dig for records, eat at Pinks on Fairfaix, and try to avoid the nasty traffic we have here. People are so rude when I drive my tractor in Hollywood! Oh, the smog kind of bites, but it’s much better since they started putting more chemicals in the gas. But that makes our gas a little more expensive here too.

MVRemix: Who are your biggest influences?

Kutmasta Kurt: Mike Tyson for sports. Bill Clinton for Presidents. DJ EZ Rock for DJ’s. He was Rob Base’s DJ. Timbaland for Music production and Mase for rapping.

MVRemix: Abortion. Pro-life or pro-choice?

Kutmasta Kurt: Pro Bowling.

MVRemix: Death penalty. For or against?

Kutmasta Kurt: Death Row Records.

MVRemix: Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you deal with it? How has it affected the music industry?

Kutmasta Kurt: I was watching TV in my underwear. It was f*cked up because I was supposed to go to CMJ for a gig, and it got cancelled. It made everyone in music scared to speak out on the wackness, but now it’s starting to wear off.

MVRemix: How do you feel about the US involvement in the Middle East?

Kutmasta Kurt: It’s Imperialism at it’s finest. Only problem is that all empires eventually crumble. They say that one day, the US Dollar will equal the Indian Rupee. Right now, it’s 46 rupees to 1 dollar. I wonder if it’ll be the dollar that crashes or the rupee that jumps. Either way, the US is slowly turning into a 3rd world country. Glad I got my shot guns!

MVRemix: Word association. I am going to say the name of a group or artist or person and you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said ‘Public Enemy’, you may say ‘Revolution’ or ‘Fight The Power’. If I said ‘The Beatles’, you may say ‘Revolver’ or ‘Yoko Ono’. Okay?

MVRemix: Jurassic 5.

Kutmasta Kurt: Park.

MVRemix: 50 Cent.

Kutmasta Kurt: Taco.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Kutmasta Kurt: Great white hope.

MVRemix: Jay-Z.

Kutmasta Kurt: Hawaiian Sophie.

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Kutmasta Kurt: Kurt Cobain of rap.

MVRemix: Dead Prez.

Kutmasta Kurt: I wish he was.

MVRemix: Pharycde.

Kutmasta Kurt: Cali comm. 2001.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Kutmasta Kurt: Him asking me at the subway station, ‘Hey man I like your shirt, where can I get one?’

MVRemix: Jamiroqaui.

Kutmasta Kurt: White Stevie Wonder.

MVRemix: Gil-Scott Heron.

Kutmasta Kurt: Loves heroin?

MVRemix: George Bush.

Kutmasta Kurt: We are so stupid!

MVRemix: What artists would you like to work with in the future who you haven’t worked with yet?

Kutmasta Kurt: Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, The Pet Shop Boys, The Human League, Bananarama, C&C Music Factory, and Dolly Parton, of course.

MVRemix: What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career?

Kutmasta Kurt: Not working with Linkin Park on their demos when they were called Hybrid Theory. Doh!

MVRemix: What advice would you give to an up and coming hip-hop producer?

Kutmasta Kurt: Quit now!

MVRemix: What do you think hip-hop needs these days? What is it lacking?

Kutmasta Kurt: Head Cheese.

MVRemix: What remix are you most proud of?

Kutmasta Kurt: The Butthole Surfers remix that never came out, but gets mentioned. My publicist has it on my bio in almost every article! How can you talk about something no one’s ever heard?

MVRemix: What CDs or LPs have been in your CD player or on your turntable recently?

Kutmasta Kurt: Alchemist’s ‘1st Infantry’, The new Edan album and The Deep Throat Soundtrack Re-Issue.

MVRemix: Favorite movies?

Kutmasta Kurt: They only wear black sk39.

MVRemix: If you could remake any classic hip-hop song, what would it be?

Kutmasta Kurt: ’Can’t Touch This’.

MVRemix: What do you do when you are incredibly stressed out?

Kutmasta Kurt: Take a Xanax, cut it up, and snort it! Yeeehhaaawww!

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions that people have of you?

Kutmasta Kurt: ’Hey that’s the guy who works with Kool Keith.’

MVRemix: How do you think that you have matured, evolved, or changed?

Kutmasta Kurt: I haven’t matured much but I’ve manure’d bat guano actually. It grows great crops.

MVRemix: In hip-hop, what kind of styles of production do you see coming in the future?

Kutmasta Kurt: The Foreign styles expanding. I’d like to hear Uzbekistan Rap over Eskimo Music.

MVRemix: What is in the future for Kutmasta Kurt or Threshold Records? Collaborations? Tours?

Kutmasta Kurt: The Threshold tour this fall feat James Brown, Pat Benatar, and Kurt Cobain. We’re going to dig him up! Also, all the groups on the label too.

MVRemix: Any final words for the people who will be reading this?

Kutmasta Kurt: Don’t try this at home!

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"I like making the crowd yell ‘Yeeeeehhaaawwww’. That’s the best. Evolved, well I guess it’s just a natural thing really. It’s kind of like when you leave food out too long. It just grows on it’s own. That is unless the pig eats it, they eat anything. "