In this sites second interview with this artist, Matt Grant talks with him about his style, the rewards he gets from what he does, workload, motivations inspirations and the question no journalist will not mention to Necro, Eminem. This happened in June.
He's got his own label, an excellent reputation for beatmaking, a phat flow and lyrics that'll make you go weak at the knees. The Army of Darkness has a new leader – Matt Grant goes stateside to exchange a few words with him…
First of all, describe what you do and your style for all the UK heads who don't know…
Well, what I do is rap violently and I do porn rap as well. I also make beats and I run my own label. I do it all basically myself so I'm a one man army – but at the same time I got a clique of sicko's so I'm the leader of the platoon.
What's the most rewarding thing about been a rapper, producer and label owner?
Well, for now it's the hot pussy, so many hot girls love me so I enjoy that shit – and what else? Well, I mean, I haven't made it rich yet so that reward is due soon enough. I get respect but I have had respect for a long time already, and I felt respect was due before I was getting it, so you know that's one more thing. All in all, to be honest, I like the cash and the vagina's – and the rest is just the art I love which could have me in a rubber room and I would be happy.
How heavy is the workload of all these roles?
It's real heavy but if you want to be the man then you have got to deal with the pain. It's real rugged but to make one hundred million you will have to put in the work and I have been working for years – I always knew I was going to do this since I was eleven years old.
What motivates you to keep hip-hopping year in, year out?
I want a lot of things. For one, I want to create and drop numerous albums from me and my crew. I want to do that and I also want to get respect as an artist by at least 200,000 fans – I don't have that yet. I want to be a multi-millionaire and I know I can do that off my brand of hip-hop because there is a market for it. I also like the attention from cute girls that respect the kid for being Necro. There are many benefits but remember I come from the grain of this shit because I have been doing this since 1990 when I was nobody. So it's a whole process of the love I have for hip-hop and really I have not made hip-hop for masses. First of all, I make hip-hop for myself, then if you like it then that's cool – if not you can fuck your mother and suck her dick.
OK, what interests do you have outside of hip-hop?
I have a big money making interest. I love pornography and movies. I like keeping healthy and boxing. I love a lot of music that is not rap but really my life is hip-hop every fucking day and figuring out how to get my music out there in a business way because it's half music and half business. I wish it wasn't but it's like that so I work to find the the line between dope hip-hop and also making loot. I have dedicated my life to it – I sacrifice everything.
Is there anyone you personally draw inspiration from for your music and life in general?
Many people – as far as music not too many people recently but there has been many people in the last fifteen years. I mean, from the hip-hop greats like Rakim, Kool G Rap, KRS to metal groups like Metallica, Death, Slayer to Master P on the business tip to Russell to Damon Dash to Suge Knight to numerous other money makers. You see, I have had tremendous amount of resistance getting to where I am today. Understand that I have had huge resistance from people that either don't like Necro or hate on me or whatever and I have to be a business man and more than just a rapper or I will not be able to do what I love which is my rap and my steez – which is revolving around illness. I have to spend as much time on business as I spend on rhymes but it will pay off in the end because I dedicate everything to it. I fucking know, I know I'm just as ill as the best shit out there and as soon as the business is on point one hundred per cent, I will get where I want to get.
What kind of reaction do you get from the American media and public?
American media are fucking bitches. They show Necro little love and don't give me the reaction I expect – the English media have been more interested in me. Now, if you analyse the last five years I have had more US press but the US is very racist from a hip-hop standpoint. They don't want to see a white kid shine even though I'll bash them all in the face. They can't stand a strong white kid so fuck them and I will see them in hell. My albums are godly and worthy of respect. Some just can't get their mentality up to par to digest my style and some have the nerve to pass it off just as a joke but when they get cracked with a pipe in their skull they find out it's all real – no fucking games.
With regards to the September 11th attacks, do you think the climate of free expression has changed for outspoken rappers in America?
I think that hip-hop right now is gay. The people that are supposed to rep hip-hop have sold it out and there is no integrity anymore. I can drop something super brutal in the essence of a Brooklyn rapper and yet it will not get light because of my colour and subjects. That shows you that hip-hop is one-sided on a large level. I'm not talking about underground hip-hop, I'm talking the ninety per cent major world hip-hop where it's only about money now. I'm about money but not making my shit strictly for sale to people first. It's first about being dope – what I do first. I take what I like and try and sell it but hip-hop now is made to be sold like fruitloops. It's fucking disgusting and that's why they won't accept a Necro but I'm a god and I will strike them all with lightening bolts – in time you will see Satan surface.
Have you ever spat a rhyme that you later regretted?
No. I don't regret shit because I know out of one-hundred per cent I am always at least eighty per cent dope. Everyone does something that might not be the best but that's a part of the art. The question is does the kid have numerous banging pieces of art and yes the kid does. Fuck something weak, that is nothing to sweat.
Over here in the UK , I have heard criticism of your rapping style from cynical heads who reckon you're just spitting controversial lyrics to gain attention – what's your response to this?
Trust me, I don't rap the way I do for attention because my style gets me less attention than I want. Anybody that says that is a fag – I would say don't listen to people that don't do it. No rappers that actually do it have bad things to say about Necro. I am saluted by cats all over the world and these are the ones that rhyme for real and they respect me – so why respect the opinion of someone who doesn't do it? It makes no sense guy, my shit is the rugged realness and I rap from my heart. I do what I do for a reaction from myself first and my peeps. If I decide it's dope then I know the real sickos will love it. Fuck those that can't understand my shit – I'm next level anyway.
Do you think the success of Eminem has helped break through other white rappers in the US ? If so, is this a good thing or should they be breaking through on their own merit?
I don't think it has helped shit really. I mean maybe someone like Bubba Sparxxx but that didn't get help because of Eminem – it was helped because Timbaland backed it and it had a million dollar budget. You see, I was telling people before Em dropped that if Necro dropped I would snatch up the market, just like Em is doing now, because you see this is what people want all over the world. Whoever knows of Necro. from every ten people I would say five love me and I have never ever been heavily promoted. So once fifty million or a billion people hear about Necro I will be just as big. It's all about promotion and money, if you have got talent then the next step is to get CDs in the store and let the world know. I am working everyday to get myself to a point where I can promote myself on a large scale – money is the game kid.
Many people have speculated about your relationship with Eminem and Cage – can you clear things up for us?
I have met Em two times before and we have no beef – we both have respect for one another. I laced him with a beat tape before he dropped his first album and haven't spoken to him since. Cage and I speak to each other once in a while through e-mail and we have no beef either. Like for instance, on his new album he Is using the song 'Agent Orange' which I produced and therefore we had to speak business. Cage wanted to use beats from me for his new album but I told him I don't want my beats to be on an EC record because I feel Mighty Milo is a hater and a piece of shit snake. When me and Cage work together, if we ever do, it will not be on an EC project and being that Cage is signed to EC for three albums that day will be a long time from now. Anyway, like I said for years already, my concerns are my shit and my crew's shit. I don't think anything is fucking with what I do, Psycho+Logical-Records is in a class by itself.
There seems to be a great deal of beef in the American scene – what do you make of it all?
I couldn't care less, if someone fucks with me I'll beat them to death or verbally murder them. I don't care about these people's beefs – they all fight over dumb shit most of the time anyway.
How big a part do live emcee battles play in the American hip-hop scene?
They are pretty big but they have never impressed me. Back in the day when guys like KRS did them it was significant. Now every asshole with a punchline is a contender – it's gay and I stay away from all things gay. If I have to do a battle I will do my thing because I don't take shit from anybody, but to compete in a battle where the crowd decides if you win don't excite me. I get my rocks off on making dope beats and dropping ill verses – that's my thing.
What would you say is your favourite track to perform live?
I don't know. Maybe 'Headsplit' or 'Most sadistic'. The track that starts a mosh pit is my favourite and 'I'm sick of you' started a pit last time, but you know whatever gets the crowd hyped and seven of my tracks gets the crowd violent – I guess because they are catchy – but that's seven from the 'I need drugs' album. I haven't performed anything from 'Gory Days' yet – this summer I will begin touring.
Finally, can we in the UK look forward to any visits from you?
I will come to the UK I am planning on it very soon. I have heard UK rappers but don't really listen to much of anything – I'm bored with music these days. I listen to the original records I sample – that is all that excites me lately.
Shouts out to Necro for giving us an interview and for keeping US hip-hop raw…
This article has been resurrected from the terminated NoizeMagazine.com