Brotha Lynch Hung Exclusive Interview (July)
After stepping off the bus from his first nationwide tour in a decade, Brotha Lynch Hung has had time for some much-deserved rest and reflection on his plans for the future. We sat down with him to discuss what his plans are for his next album, his label, and his guest appearance on Kutt Calhoun’s latest record, Raw and Un-Kutt.
Strange Music Blog: Okay so you just got done with the Strange Days Tour which was a huge success. How have you spent your time since you got off the bus?
Brotha Lynch Hung: I got a couple of days rest when I got home and then immediately started handling my own Madesicc label stuff. I learned a lot and Travis didn’t hate and Dave Weiner doesn’t hate. They actually help me with my label. I learned a lot during those two months with them so I’m trying to apply it to my company. I’m about to get ready to start working on my Coathanga Strangla album for Strange now. I should be receiving beats soon from that and then I’ll be back out in KC in September.
SMB: Nice. How does it feel to be working with someone like Travis O’Guin who doesn’t mind that you have your own label going on, and even gives you advice towards running it?
Lynch: It’s pure G. It’s straight up G. He’s confident that he’s always going to make his money so he doesn’t want to step on anybody else’s toes. I love that about him.
SMB: How have you felt during your tenure at Strange? Is this a place you can call home?
Lynch: I already call it home. It’s unbelievable. They did what they said they were going to do, exactly–you know, get my name out there and they’ve done just that, and they got me a whole bunch of newer, younger fans just like they said they were going to do. It’s working out swell.
SMB: How does this compare with the Priority days during your so-called “peak”?
Lynch: It feels the same, exactly, except for a little more structure and more focus on the artists themselves. I think Priority had too many things going on to focus on me as an artist but I had Dave Weiner behind me so that helped me out. We don’t have a lot of artists on the Strange label so they’re able to focus more. That’s the only thing that’s different. Everything else is the same.
SMB: So you like that structure then.
Lynch: Oh definitely. Everything. Everything that’s going on there is perfect. How he runs his shit fits pretty nice.
SMB: I asked you about the tour before, are you looking forward to the next one?
Lynch: Ah, it’s a little early. I mean I didn’t want that one to end. But now that I’m home I do want to relax for a second, but if that one could’ve went on a little longer it would’ve been good. It makes me a little nervous, because I know it’s not going to be with Tech N9ne so I’m going to have to hold it down on my own, but I’ve done it before in the 90s so it shouldn’t be a problem once it gets here.
SMB: I know you were nervous going into it, did you get a boost of confidence back from going on that tour?
Lynch: Oh yeah, definitely. I know now what I want to do with my Coathanga album as far as fan reaction and stuff like that. I learned a whole lot of things that I could do to upgrade this next album versus Dinner.
SMB: What are some of the plans you have for Coathanga Strangla as opposed to Dinner and a Movie?
Lynch: I’m going to keep the story going on. The most important thing about the Coathanga album is what happens at the beginning because of what happened at the end of Dinner and a Movie. As long as I can get that intro made correctly, all the rest has already been in my head, as far as what I need to do to complete the Coathanga Strangla album. I want to have way different beats than anything that Dinner had on it. If I’m able to accomplish that…it’s going to be crazy.
SMB: When you’re talking about the beginning, do you plan on seamlessly linking the end of Dinner and the beginning of Coathanga?
Lynch: No, I don’t think you’ll be able to do that. It’s like when you go to a movie and see it and then you go to part two, you might see a familiar face but it just kind of moves on–more of that type of thing. I mean, he definitely got away at the end of Dinner and a Movie and he’s on to his next, that’s what you’re going to get.
SMB: Definitely. Are you planning on using different producers? How are you going to go about getting that new musical feel for the album?
Lynch: Well I’m going to try a lot of the same producers, to get them to send me out some beats and if they’re not different enough I have to have it within my heart to say “I’m sorry.” You know. I’m going to use a couple of different producers. Trav is going to hook me up with a couple of different producers that Tech has been messing with recently so hopefully they’ll be able to get me a different feel. I also produce myself too. I’ve been getting into more production. I produced my only gold album, Season of da Siccness, all the way through. I handled all the production on that. So I’m going to get into some of it myself because obviously I know what I want, but I still want to get mostly outside producers. I didn’t want to produce my whole album again until Mannibal Lecter when I’ll have time and money to get new sounds and stuff like that.
SMB: So you’re pretty decent on the piano then.
Lynch: Oh yeah, definitely. I’m pretty good. I’m no virtuoso but I’m pretty good.
SMB: What are some of the producers that Trav is going to hook you up with?
Lynch: I’m hoping this guy CoCo. This guy has Caesar beats. I would even like to get a couple beats from Eminem if possible and I know we’re trying to connect the dots with that.
SMB: Any guest appearances you might want on this next album?
Lynch: The major two that I would love–I don’t know if they’re going to happen–is I would of course love Eminem and I want Avril Lavigne, but I don’t know what she’s going to charge. I would love to have her on there.
SMB: Avril Lavigne, that would be crazy.
Lynch: Yeah, I love her.
SMB: I don’t think anyone would see that coming.
Lynch: Man, that’s the type of albums that I like to make. I want shock value on every album that I drop.
SMB: Your collaboration on Kutt’s latest album, “Dark Knights”, it’s a very menacing sort of cut. What kind of mood were you in and trying to convey in this song?
Lynch: Well I just had met Kutt. I was basically in the mood of “I hope I impress this guy.” I just basically wanted to impress him. I’m already a dark person so that part came easy and I think that’s probably why he got me on that song.
SMB: It’s interesting to me that you say you wanted to impress him. Do you still retain a lot of humility despite being a legend in a lot of people’s eyes?
Lynch: Yeah. They say I’m a very humble dude. I want Strange and I to be a family so I just wanted to impress him and it’s the same with Krizz Kaliko, I just got on his new album. I just want to impress those guys. I want those guys to embrace me because I’m very talented and once I feel like I have a home and a family I’m going to go crazy.
SMB: Once all the bullshit is set aside you can just focus on your art.
Lynch: Yeah, and that’s the point I’m trying to get at Strange.
SMB: The flow on the track is reminiscent of some of your older cuts. It’s a little faster than a lot of stuff on Dinner and a Movie, at least in my opinion. Do you feel like you’re able to let loose a little more when you don’t have to focus on making a cohesive album?
Lynch: Exactly. I mean it’s always been easier for me on features because I can really let loose, pattern wise, and pretty much do anything I want, because I love doing different patterns. When I get back to doing my album it’s so much pressure. What’s funny is that most of my features are tighter rhymes sometimes than I do even on my own albums, and I have to get that together before Coathanga.
SMB: The chorus to me is really cool the way you spit it so fast. It reminds me of C-Lim’s little blurb on the chorus for “Colostomy Bag”. I’ve always wondered, do those rhythms come to you first or is it the words?
Lynch: Well I don’t have a style so the music will bring out how I’m going to flow on a certain beat. It makes it easier for me. I listen to a lot of the instruments and kind of make my patterns from there. Like you know some rappers, even though they’re doing it good, they do the same patterns almost for every song. I don’t want to be known for that, period.
SMB: How do you like the song?
Lynch: I like the whole record. I have problems listening to me after I’m done but I love the whole record. Sometimes I skip past that song though only because I’m on it, but I love the song, don’t get me wrong.
SMB: Do you have any favorite tracks on Raw and Un-Kutt?
Lynch: Yeah I like the laughing song, ["Laughing Stock"] and the last song on the record ["Calling My Name"]. Kutt already knows this. I ran out every time he performed it on this last tour, every night, just to watch him. The one featuring Krizz Kaliko’s mother–I’m not a title guy–but I love that song. He knows it, he knows it already.
SMB: Back on the tour tip, were there any favorite moments on the tour and what did you get the most from it?
Lynch: My favorite moments were the meet and greets, when people would come up to me with like seven of my album covers. There were people out there waiting for me and I didn’t know how I was going to get to them again until I signed with Strange. That was kind of the uplifting part about everything.
SMB: It’s like you’re revisiting a lot of fans that you might not have been in contact with for a long time.
Lynch: Or ever.
SMB: Did it feel good to actually meet all these hardcore fans you have out there?
Lynch: Oh yeah and it was uplifting because I thought everyone had given up on me. Apparently they’re still behind me so I’m going to go all full-heartedly.
SMB: Do you think you know when Coathanga is going to come out?
Lynch: I’m hoping to hit March. If producers come through with the stuff that I need and I can get my features done on time I’m hoping to hit March of every year with all three albums.
SMB: Do you already have a vision for all three albums in your head?
Lynch: Yeah, I’ve had it for the last five years.
SMB: The story and everything?
Lynch: Yeah I already know what’s going to happen to the Coathanga Strangla and everything.
SMB: Anything you want to say before peacing out?
Lynch: Again I want to thank Strange Music for what they’ve done for me, look out for these next two albums, and look out for my Madesicc label. We’re allied companies so there’s no reason for anyone to start rumors about Strange and Madesicc. If you notice they both have the M and the S. We’re allied companies.