Interview with Green 2Th
C: A little history of you. Where do you live, in which way have you been touched by hiphop etc etc
I didn’t own my first pair of shoes till I was 7 years old. I didn’t learn to tie them till I was 12. I was born in the Cook Islands, east of New Zealand, and ate lunch in a tree above a trash pit. Good times. I’m half pacific islander and half white. I’ve spent the last 20 years in Los Angeles. Im not comfortable telling you where hip hop touched me, its embarrasing, but I’ll point at the doll where it touched me.
C: A little discography
"Dark Side of the Magnet EP" 06
"Covert Operation Presents, mix tape v.1" 07
"The Psychia Tree" releases may-july 09
"Covert Operation presents the Open Mic mix tape" june 09
C: Tell me something about hip-hop and black music in your city.
The underground hip hop scene in L.A. has a cult following. There’s constantly shows to go to throughout the week and they’re cheap to get into. Compared to commercial rap tickets, they can be up to 100 dollars. And for what, so that you can stand in a stadium, leave with a headache and a dumb t-shirt, possibly get into a fight with a local gang member?
C: Do you know something about hip-hop and black music in Italy?
I haven’t had a chance to hear any italian hip hop yet. The only kind of imported music we get in the U.S. is from Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Australia ruffly. Recomend me some artists, I’ll like the beats that come out of other country’s, all the different sounds connecting.
C: What do you think about mp3?
I used to hate mp3s passionatly. Then the drummer from Metallica made a big hissy-fit about it, then I realized what a fag I was being. mp3s create a following, and can be a slap in the face to an ego.
C: And about women in hip-hop and black music?
Im currently working with my first female artist (Brevi). Its a whole different approach of making music. In the underground scene, they’re hard to find but they are talented. The ones in commercial rap are a dime a dozen and cant write they’re own songs.
C: Have you performed live?
Performing live is the most fun ever. Getting paid to yell at people, its like screaming at the bottom of a swimming pool. It feels real good to finish my set and get peoples real opinion. You’d be suprised at what kind of people listen to you music. Alcoholics and old people like me for some reason.
C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
Growing up, my favorite artist was and still is Aceyalone of the Freestyle Fellowship. That crew was the first to freestyle. Also GWAR for there stage performance and huge mosh pits. Not to forget Bill Cosby for those kick ass sweaters.
C: Do you think that hip-hop and black music videos represent the real hip-hop?
The underground video’s are usually found on YouTube. Its rare to see one on television, but there traditional, to the point. Commercial on the other hand is all smoke and mirrors, stunner shades and spinners, and back ground dancers squatting on crystal bottles.
C: In which way you live hip-hop?
I wake up in my hip hop bed, go and brush my hip hop teeth, take a refreshing hip hop shower, then Im off on my hip hop day. I’ve got a backpack full of hip hop CD’s and hip hop recording equipment at all times. I am hip hop. And I have a boom box with a tape deck.
C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
Its hard work booking new venues in underground because the main stream artists gave us a bad reputation with gang violence. Theres only one radio station out here that plays hip hop and its only one day a week for 3 or 4 hours. Then theres the obvious pop rap that has 5 stations and plays the same songs all day.
C: Future projects
my future plans? focusing more as a producer. Im producing 6 different projects right now, and its tough. Im going to buy some shampoo, practice on my unicycle, Stop drinking beer and focus on the Jin and Whiskey. Im figuring out how to juggle with 2 people. Im also going to invent a sandwich with every kind of bacon. I need to stop talking to myself in 3rd person. Im trying to make a mix drink out of cough syrup and terpintine. Its not working out so well. My final plan is to superman that ho.
C: Thanks and hello to
I want to say thanks to the Covert Operation family first of all. DeeCee and Mente One of the Coast Guards, and Samson. The Sophisticats, Jenerus, Xololanxinxo, dj Hint and dj Handprint, Big B, Josh Rynew, my drinking buddy Tyme, Francisco, and the whole Original Glass crew.
Shoutouts to The Wizard, Zimbawb, Oliver Kelly, Rosenbaum, Benicio Del Toro, The Amazing Spider Man, Boston, Glendora, and Santa Clause (the real one).
C: For contacts?