Louis Logic conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The Roar Of The Drunken Dragon

August 2003

MVRemix: What emcee/group would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Louis Logic: I don't really want to collaborate with anybody, to tell you the truth. I like doing what I'm doing now. My friends, who I am close with and who understand what I am trying to accomplish, I like collaborating with them. We're close enough where they can take my criticism if they have to and I could take theirs. We work together to achieve a goal that we both foresee. I don't really like to collaborate with other people who I am not really tight with because I feel like it's hard to get on the same page. I'm real specific about the outcome I want. I'm so happy with the people that I work with. My label approached me and asked me who I wanted to collaborate with. They would even give me budget money. I don't want to pay somebody to pretend that we're cool with each other. Sometimes amazing songs come out of collaborations like that but I tend to write really detailed, professional material so, it's hard for me to do a collaboration with somebody who is not on the home team.

MVRemix: What is going on with you and J-Zone?

Louis Logic: We're actually working on a project together. It will be a J-Zone and Louis Logic project. At this point, itRapper Louis Logic Interview is an undisclosed light. I'm not exactly sure how far it will go. We have like 3 joints in the works already. I'm not sure how much we'll end up doing. We'll see.

MVRemix: J.J. Brown plays an important role in your career. Who is he and how did you meet?

Louis Logic: He probably plays the most important role. J.J. is a Penn Stater. When I was at Penn State University, we hooked up. I used to work at The Gap and my manager brought J.J. in and said, 'Louis, I know you rap. This kid is young. He's an awesome DJ and a great producer. He's going to be the #1 guy one day.' I was like, 'Yeah, right'. Low and behold, a few years after that day, J.J. and I recorded our first song together. That was it. It was over after that. I don't sound right sometimes over other people's stuff. J.J. and I just have a chemistry together. It works so I'm not trying to fix what is not broken.

MVRemix: One of the great things about 'Sin-A-Matic' is that it flows so well that you can listen to it in one sitting. Was that one of the intentions you had when you were recording it?

Louis Logic: We were real fortunate that we literally recorded 17 or 18 songs for the album. There was a point where I was trying to cut songs out. I almost cut out 'Freak Show' and 'Fair Weather Fan'.

MVRemix: The hidden track 'Let's Get This Started' is at the end. Why isn't it at the beginning of the LP?

Louis Logic: Like I said, that song was a replacement for a different song. People read into it what they want. They think that the end is just the beginning of something new. A lot of people ask me that 'Why didn't you put Get It Started at the beginning to get things started?' I answer, 'Hey. Why didn't I?'

MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you experienced?

Louis Logic: Oooh! Good question. It's been a long time actually. I got stopped by the cops because I was running into my car while I was doing laundry. They thought that I was stealing the car. They f*cked with me for a good half an hour. I was like 'Dude, this is my f*cking car! What the f*ck!?' I had the registration and they were still asking me all of these crazy questions. 'What the f*ck! I was just doing my laundry! I was just in a rush!' They were like 'Why are you running like that?'

MVRemix: I guess it is illegal for Black people to run.

Louis Logic: Yeah, I didn't know that. I thought I was light enough that I could still run. That was only a few months ago.

MVRemix: You had some incident of racism in college too?

Louis Logic: Yeah, before that, I had some hardcore sh*t happen though. I lived in a little country town in Pennsylvania for 2 years where my dad retired from the police force. He moved to this little town called Loganville, Pennsylvania. I went to school in a nearby small city called Lock Haven University. Apparently, they don't have diversity there. Those kids hated my guts. I got called a 'n*gger' every day. Motherf*ckers would beat me up and sh*t. It was hardcore, dude. It was real hardcore. We actually had a situation where we had a trial set in Harrisburg, PA. I got choked by a teacher. I was really young when all of this happened and when we went to the initial hearing, the school district's lawyer grilled the sh*t out of me. It was too much for me emotionally. I told my mom that I wanted out of it. They stopped and she said, 'You don't have to do it anymore if you don't want to.' That was the end of that. I had the old fashioned 'Mississippi Burning' style of racism, not just the follow you around the store even though you are going to buy sh*t anyway type of racism.

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

Louis Logic: I'm pro-not talking about it.

MVRemix: Death Penalty - For or against?

Louis Logic: Where did you get these questions? All that I'm going to say about the death penalty is that I can be as liberal as I want to but if a person killed someone in my family, I would want them dead. It wouldn't fix anything. It wouldn't bring anyone back. I'm not in that situation so I can't really speak on it. I don't want to hurt anybody. I'm not into that whole thing. I'll kill you on my records. That's more fun. I'd like to go around drinking and f*cking. T.JONES "Where were you on Sept. 11th (The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack)? How did you deal with it? How do you think it has affected music?

Louis Logic: I was in the Bronx. I walked all the way back to Greenpoint Brooklyn which is a f*cking further trek than when the first Native Americans crossed the land bridge from Asia into the North America. I drank a lot of beer when I got home and then discovered my car had been stolen. It was a shitty day, especially since my portfolio was in the trunk of the car. I'm not so sure what the overall effect it had on music. Some say the weaker record market going on is because of the impact of that sh*t and the war and this type of sh*t. Whatever, I don't like to talk about that sh*t.

MVRemix: The song 'The Ugly Truth' has various verses that talk about hate towards Black people, Jewish people, Asian people and homosexuals. Then, the narrator of the track is George Bush Jr. Have many people mis-interpreted this song or took it out of context?

Louis Logic: Most people get it. Some of them get it and they don't care. They get it and they say 'That's still wrong. You can't do that. It's still offensive to talk about those types of things.' My question is: Why is it so offensive? You obviously heard of these things before so, it's not like I'm the first person to explain this to you. It's not like I made them up either. That's just stuff that we all learn from childhood on up. So, why can't we talk about? I don't see what the big deal is?

MVRemix: The song 'The Ugly Truth' kind of reminds me of 'Clear Blue Skies' by The Juggaknots. What do you think of that song?

Louis Logic: Yeah, yeah. I like that song a lot. I like it when people are able to talk about those ugly things that no one wants to acknowledge.

MVRemix: Some critics have compared you to Eminem. There is even an Eminem comparison in your press release. How do you feel about that?

Louis Logic: I understand why people compare me to old school Eminem. We have a similar sense of humor. He wasn't really a big drinking person, or one to talk about that so much as he was about drugs or just being crazy. My bag is definitely not that I'm crazy or that I'm into hard drugs or hallucinogens and sh*t. It's pretty clear that my interests lie more in the wandering, f*cking, and drinking subjects. I'm probably more like Dean Moriarty from Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road' than I am like Eminem. I understand the Eminem comparison to that extent. I use multiple syllable rhymes like he does too. That's another reason why we're compared a lot. He doesn't have a license for that. It's really apples and oranges, dude. It's whatever. At this point, present day Eminem is on some totally other sh*t anyway. Why people bother to draw the comparison is beyond me. My publicist wrote an ill-fated little write up for a press release and made that comparison too. Mentioning me and Eminem in the same sentence is asking for people to start a pointless debate.

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