The 87 Stick Up Kids - Sound In The Signals Interview

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First off thanks for the interview

Aw, man. Thank you. Sound In The Signals has always looked out for us. We’re happy to do it.

You guys are releasing your new album Car Keys and Rabbit’s Feet early next year. For fans of the group what can they expect from the album?

Out 4 Fame was a group of guys making music as The ’87 Stick Up Kids. This time around it’s The ’87 Stick Up Kids making songs. We’ve grown into ourselves and we think this album is a reflection of that. There’s still lots of 808s and rowdy energy, but there’s also more song writing and thematic elements.

I know you guys have also filmed some stuff for upcoming music videos from the album. When do you think we will see the first music video for the album? What was the process like for that video and who came up with the concept?

The video for “Lights, Camera” will be dropping in the second week of December. We sent advanced copies of CK&RF to all the directors who had wanted to work with us and let them pick the songs that they were fucking with. In the case of “Lights, Camera” the homie, Tyler King (Dolphin Gang 143), heard the track and said he wanted to do something really Public Enemy meets Project Mayhem. You know we were down for that.

I watched an interview recently were you discussed the tone of the video being different than people might expect. I was wondering if you could let out readers know what you meant by that?

Born To Role is a fun, bouncy song and the video reflects that vibe. It’s also very “day in the life of…” Lights, Camera is way more aggressive and darker in tone. The video reflects that. We’re in an abandoned warehouse. Everyone is dressed in all black. Born To Role it ain’t.

This year has been a crazy year for hip hop with a ton of releases. What have been some of your favorites this year? Is there anything you thought you were really going to dig but where kind of let down by?

Kanye’s album and all the releases surrounding it have been great for Hip Hop. Big Boi’s album was really dope. Definitely happy that he put out a really solid project. Nash was on that Ricky Rozay super tough. Black Milk had one of the greatest singles of the year, but the album was only pretty good. Alexander Spit and Dom Kennedy both had really solid releases and are two of the bes doing it in LA. Aside from that the Odd Future releases have been the most promising thing to happen in Hip Hop for a minute. Oh, and NERDs record is really boring. We still love you though. Lil’ B. Red Flame. Swag Bill Clinton.

We’ve talked a lot about hip hop and you seem to really have your head wrapped around good music. What do you think about the current state of hip hop both the positives and the negatives?

Well, the best part of it that things are really diverse again. You have a new crop of younger rappers who are making music for their friends and in doing so have put their various cities on their backs. Also, it’s really good to see veterans continuing to stay relevant and releasing music that is bridging the gap between the past and the present. There’s always gone be wack shit so we’re not even going to address that. Keep it moving.

What in your opinion makes a classic hip hop album? If you had to pick a couple classic albums who would you pick and why?
A classic Hip Hop album is when the rapper and the producer(s) are operating in unison to create a singular vision: Illmatic, Death Certificate, Atliens, All Eyes On Me, The Infamous, Dah Shinin’, Blowout Comb, Supreme Clientele, ect. The list goes on…

Thanks again for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have any closing comments you’d like to make?

Fads come and go, but pussy and cocaine will always be in style. GTTTN!

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