For­get the Queen – the rap leg­end gives us his take on 2017 and what the fu­ture holds

Metal Hammer (UK) - - CONTENTS -

“At the be­gin­ning of the year, I didn’t feel very op­ti­mistic. I didn’t trust or be­lieve that our Pres­i­dent was gonna do any­thing he said he was gonna do. He still hasn’t shown any­body his taxes, he hasn’t put one brick in the wall he claimed he was gonna build, so, I mean, he’s a fully fledged glob­al­level con artist. He can twist and turn con­ver­sa­tions. He’s amaz­ing, to say the least. He’s good at what he does, we’ll split that. That’s not be­ing pres­i­dent. But he’s good at what he does.

“Body Count’s al­bum Blood­lust was cre­ated dur­ing our Pri­mary out here [in Cal­i­for­nia], and you could pretty much see it was a shit­show. Also, we had all the po­lice shoot­ings. So there’s so many things that are hap­pen­ing at the time. That just turned out to be why my song­writ­ing went in that di­rec­tion. It would be nice if peo­ple could say, ‘Ah, he’s just bull­shit­ting, it’s not that bad’, ha ha! But the world kind of like gave us a lot of shit to talk about.

“I think that al­bum’s done its job. The peo­ple that wanted to hear it at least un­der­stand our band and our mes­sage and what we’re about. We’re about so­cial is­sues as well as fun – just do­ing some rock shit to get your blood rush­ing. It’s not 100% po­lit­i­cal, like Prophets Of Rage. We’re about 50% po­lit­i­cal and then just bull­shit that runs through my mind.

“This year, we were ba­si­cally tee­ter­ing on world war – deal­ing with the Korean sit­u­a­tion and all th­ese other is­sues world­wide. I don’t think we’ve ever been as close to a po­ten­tial nu­clear sit­u­a­tion since I’ve been alive. It’s pretty scary. And I hate to say this, but I’ve grown numb to ter­ror­ism now. We just had an­other ter­ror at­tack in New York, with some­body driv­ing a truck over eight peo­ple, and ev­ery week there’s a gun­man. But I’ve had high points in my own life – my daugh­ter, Chanel, is my per­pet­ual high point. No mat­ter what the fuck goes wrong, watch­ing her grow up and watch­ing her smile, I al­ways have some­thing to ref­er­ence as good. So she’s nec­es­sary.

“To change the world for the bet­ter in 2018, as far as the

United States goes, I think al­ter­na­tive ways of get­ting en­ergy is im­por­tant. Be­cause at the end of the day, most of the wars we fight are for re­li­gion or money. But I think some type of re­new­able en­ergy, clean en­ergy, would be the best thing we could really aim the world at, look­ing to the fu­ture. Not maybe our im­me­di­ate fu­ture, but for our kids. Be­cause I do be­lieve in global warm­ing and I do be­lieve we’re de­stroy­ing the planet. I’m not one of those su­per-peo­ple about re­cy­cling – I’m prob­a­bly one of the worst peo­ple – but at the end of the day, I know we can’t con­tinue to dam­age the planet. It won’t last for­ever.”

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