An Interview With Benn Grim Of The Hip Hop Crew Cardboard City

The Benn Grim Interview

TIS: I like the YouTube video of you freestyling with Converge. Was that deliberate or spur of the second?

BG: Spur of the second, however it was half a freestyle, and half an previous verse I by no means placed on a observe. It was years in the past and I used to be greater than probably excessive out of my thoughts. You’ll be able to inform by the lengthy hair and “cease snitching’ shirt I used to be carrying. I like these guys and nobody will ever try this with them once more!

TIS: So we had been in a band collectively for some time, and we had been each actually into our medication and what not…now we’re each not into medication anymore, and nonetheless doing the music factor. I might like so that you can discuss a bit in regards to the distinction of writing/performing sober vs. writing/performing something however sober.

BG: Do not get me mistaken, if it weren’t for exhausting medication, my mother and father document assortment would not be half as large as it’s. Although in my case, you’ll be able to say, “yo, I smoked the most effective weed and wrote this dope tune”, however for me, having a degree and clear head helps me be extra artistic than any drug might ever make me.

TIS: Are you able to inform me about one among your craziest experiences from again in your utilizing days? To not glorify it, however fairly to indicate folks how far you have come.

BG: I used to cop dope totally on Madison or Jefferson, proper off park avenue within the south finish of Hartford, I used to at all times go to the identical man for not less than 2 years, his identify was cupcake, or cake for brief. He had the most effective shit. I acquired in fairly good with this man and I used to choose him up at his home and produce him to the block and what not. He ALWAYS had a gun on him, he had a pal on the block over to him, they referred to him as “retarded holmes”. Sooner or later some one acquired shot, and the cops had been far and wide. Nobody was answering telephone calls and so they had been too scared to come back out of there homes. I went straight to cupcakes different home and he acquired mad that I simply confirmed up, however for some odd purpose he let me in. They regarded me up and down and stated, “yo Ben, wish to do us a favor, we’ll hit u off should you do.” So I obliged, they gave me a doubled up cease and store bag and instructed me to stroll immediately over to retarded holmes home and provides him the bag, do not take a look at anybody, do not discuss to anybody. I began out the door and one among them stated, “yo Ben, put this on underneath your hoodie” it was a bullet proof vest. OK guys, what’s within the bag I believed to myself, however I knew precisely what it was. I trembled my strategy to retarded holmes home and he was ready on the door, I stroll in, take off the vest, and hand him the bag, numerous bundles of heroin. They gave me half of 1 for transporting a package deal that would have landed me 20 yrs in jail. Hahahah, however I used to be a junkie and I used to be keen to do something to get excessive.

TIS: What are you engaged on presently?

BG: I simply wrapped up a compilation CD I am calling Benn Grim’s Blah Sides, it is a assortment of principally older tracks I’ve by no means used for something, Blended and mastered by my musical life coach F.Sean Martin. Needs to be pressed in a pair weeks. Im additionally engaged on my lengthy awaited “Novocaine Mixtape”, that is scooting alongside steadily and may have a whole lot of particular company. I am engaged on an EP with my Pal ADAM BOMB out of New Orleans, most likely gonna be 6 songs or so, and I am additionally engaged on an EP with producer Sammy Marion out of Philly, that may also be 5 or 6 songs. The Mizery Crew, (Timmy Wiggins, Metalheart, and myself) is presently within the studio engaged on our freshman launch as a gaggle, and Timmy Wiggins and Metalheart are engaged on their potential solo shit, which is gonna actually shake issues up!!!

TIS: What influences the lyrical content material in most in your songs?

BG: Life, love, remorse? Hahahaah, no, I am the man that takes previous experiences and makes them actual. I discuss shitting on unworthy rappers principally. I have been instructed I can inform a reasonably good story too. You give me the beat, and also you’re at all times gonna get one thing totally different.

TIS: Who would you prefer to collaborate with on future tasks, and are you going to make it occur?

BG: I might like to do a observe with Aesop Rock, he is my buddy, in order that’s not a far stretch, however as for dudes I do not know? I wish to do a observe the place Brandon Flowers from the killers to sing the hook, or get on a beat that The XX made. That might be epic!

TIS: Who’s killing it within the underground proper now (hip hop, hardcore, whoever)?

BG: HMMMM as for underground cats? Fuck! I am going with my man! The one and solely, YAK BALLZ! Nothing cooler than a bunch of children chanting your identify earlier than you come out on stage. His followers love him, (and so do I) and it exhibits. So far as new and up and coming hardcore? Hate Your Guts, merciless hand, black breath, backtrack, and dangerous seed, all dope HC bands doing their factor now.

TIS: Who’s particularly not killing it within the underground proper now (let’s begin a beef)?

BG: Hahahaha, he isn’t even underground anymore, however I might say WALE. He is a homophobe with a shitty identify, chill WHALE!!! Hahaha.

TIS: What’s new with Carboard Metropolis?

BG: Each physique is engaged on their respective shit, however all I gotta say is be careful for that new Glassjaw album. I’ve already heard a number of unreleased tracks and I am blown away.

TIS: I am a bit out of the loop however was questioning if the Huge Aire/Cage/El-P beef was squashed but?

BG: Hmmm, I did not even know there was a beef? Hahaha.

TIS: How did Shia LaBeouf hook up with Carboard Metropolis?

BG: Shia met cage a pair years again, the remainder is historical past.

TIS: Any information on the film about Cage that Shia needs to do?

BG: They’re in search of a director is the final information I heard. I can not anticipate that shit.

TIS: Final Shia query, was it epic for you guys to see him throw up the Cardboard Metropolis signal on the finish of internet hosting Saturday Night time Stay a few years in the past?

BG: It gave me chills, and nonetheless does. It makes me really feel good to be part of one thing so superior. EVERYBODY go see the brand new Wall Road film, my man kills it with Michael Douglas! Hahahaha.

TIS: Okay, time for some compulsory shout outs…go forward.

BG: My cardboard metropolis fam, Daryl Palumbo, Fsean Martin, my mizery crew, all my associates in NYC, Miami, San Fran you already know who you’re, my brother, Chauncey, the Hartford get together starters union, Corey Scoolidge, and all people at Brass Metropolis Tattoo.

TIS: Something in closing?

BG: Encompass your self with good and thrilling folks, and nothing however good and thrilling issues will occur to you.

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