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“Recorded and completed in a hotel room during SXSW this year, Respect the Fly Shit from Meyhem Lauren is a gathering of some of the biggest names in underground hip-hop. The marathon session features contributions from the likes of Action Bronson, AG Da Coroner, Heems of Das Racist, Despot, Riff Raff and produced completely by Tommy Mas and Harry Fraud. The “unexpected birth” may be a treat that no one saw coming, but rest assured, it’s coming soon. Labeled “organized chaos,” some of the key people behind the mixtape talk about the varying factors that went into 24-hours of respecting the fly shit.”
Meyhem Laurenovitch stops by HipHopGame to talk about his Buckwild project, how an album with DJ Muggs came about, his relationship with Action Bronson, and more in this exclusive interview.
Our last interview was over a year ago. You released two dope free projects and took on a variety of other projects in that time. What’s this past year been like for you?
The past year, it’s kind of been hectic. It’s been a lot of work. I’m working on multiple projects right now, just staying busy. I’m doing a lot more shows and a lot more solo shows and a lot more shows with [Action] Bronson. It’s been crazy.
Did you expect to blow up like this or has the love been an unexpected surprise?
I always expected the both of us to surprise. I didn’t think it would happen as quick as it did, but I always expected it to happen.
I’ve always appreciated that you dropped consistently good music. What do you attribute your success to?
I think it’s what you just said. If you consistently put out quality, you can’t be denied. If you’re just always there, dropping something new that’s fire, and keep hitting ‘em, how could you front on someone like that?
What’s your creation process like?
I rarely ever scrap a record or a verse or anything, for that matter. Occasionally sometihng won’t fit and I’ll hold it back, but it all depends on the project. You already said, I’m not like a one-hit wonder guy. Maybe I won’t even be the hit guy. We’ll see what happens down the line. I try to place things on the right project. I don’t think about making the perfect song. I think about making the perfect project. I knock music out and then try to decide where to place it. It’ll all make sense later.
You’re probably recording more songs than you ever have, especially with the variety of projects you’re working on. Has your writing process changed at all?
It really has to do with the production, to be honest. I let the production tell me what to do. Sometimes I hear a beat and I’ll be like, ‘All right, this is just go right from your head to the paper.’ Other beats are a story beat or a beat that you kind of want to explain something on or a party beat. It’s really all about the production.
Is there anything you listen for in a beat that makes you decide what you rock over and what you pass on?
Yeah, there is, but I can’t really explain what it is. It’s just like a certain feeling. I’ll know after ten sconds of hearing a beat whether it’s a keeper or not. That’s how it goes, really.
You’ve taken on a variety of projects. The one you’ve been working on for a while is the Buckwild LP. How’s that coming?
It’s good. It’s pretty much done. We might have to do two or three more records, but the Buckwild project is pretty much a wrap. We have a situation for it and it should be coming out very shortly.
What was it like working with Buckwild?
Buck is dope. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to. At the end of the day, I’m a fan. I’m a fan that just happens to rap and make a career off of it. I’m working with a dude I grew up listening to and I’m able to get feedback from him. It’s a good thing.
What did you take away from working with Buckwild?
One thing I can say about Buck is that he’s kind of like a perfectionist. And that’s good because I try to be as sharp as possible whenever I lay down a song, but Buck is really like, ‘Yo, Mey, you can do that better’ and, ‘Do that over.’ I appreciate that. It might annoy some artists, but if Buck is saying to do it over, I think that is going to make our project perfect.
And you know what? Since I worked with Buck, I’m even more of a perfectionist on my other projects now ‘cause I know I can make this sharper, I can make this better. I’m just focused on the finished product more than I was. Working with Buck just changed my career in general.
You’re also working on an EP with J-Love, someone you go way, way back with. How’s that project coming?
It’s dope. He’s the first person I ever worked with. Doing something with him is just natural. In the past few years, I’ve worked with a bunch of other producers and artists in general, but it’s always good to come back to your roots and rocking with J-Love is always good. His beats are a perfect fit for my music. It’s dope. We actually want to do an LP. We’re putting out the EP first to make some noise with it and try to get somebody behind the LP. That’s what the whole reasoning is with doing the EP. There’s a hundred J-Love beats that I want to rhyme on. We’re going to do the best six or seven and then work on the LP down the line.
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Video for Meyhem Lauren “Special Effects” feat. Action Bronson and Heems:
Room 426 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Texas might not be up there with the great rap recording studios, but for two days earlier this year it was transformed into an impromptu hip-hop spot by Meyhem Lauren. While he was there, the Queens resident and long-time Action Bronson associate cut a new mixtape, which is now released today via Das Racist’s Greedhead label. Titled Respect The Fly Shit, the project showcases Lauren’s weighty way with words, and has been preceded by a video for “Special Effects” that co-stars Heems wearing a very silly hat.
With Meyhem Lauren’s profile looking to receive its biggest boost yet, we checked in with him to talk about going way back with Das Racist, his obsession with Ralph Lauren’s Polo clothing line, and why he’s convinced the Wu-Tang Clan are the greatest ever rap group in the world.
How does Respect The Fly Shit differ from projects you’ve released before?
I would say there was less thought put into it, as far as the concepts concerned, which I think created better music. We did the majority of this project in two days in a hotel room in Texas, so the vibe was like we were on vacation, in a different element, doing so many shows, and in a hyper environment—which is the feeling I wanted the album to have.
What was the hotel room like?
The hotel room was crazy! There was a lot of room service, a lot of barbecue, a lot of smoking, a lot of drinking. It was at South by South-West. It was a crazy environment—I honestly don’t know how they didn’t kick us out! We had a mic on top of the ice bucket, you know, we just set up shop and turned the hotel into a recording studio.
What was the most over-the-top thing you ordered from room service?
I believe Action [Bronson] ordered like 26 crab cakes! That was just to do it. Then he ordered everyone ice cream sundaes too. They were smoking so much they out some sort of machine outside of our room, like a high-tech vaporizer that looked like a proton pack from Ghostbusters. If we didn’t order so much room service I’m convinced they would have kicked us out.
Did you give the hotel room turned recording studio a name?
Nah. I think it was room 426 though. Embassy Suites, we love you!
The mixtape’s being released via Greedhead. How did you hook up with Das Racist?
I’ve actually been friends with them for a while. We had mutual friends; we met before they blew up. We’ve been cool for a while. When I met them, I was kinda not doing music—I was in a down period—then when I started again they were like, “Let’s work ’cause we’re already cool.”
Were you surprised that they were making music themselves?
Nah. They told me they had a plan and they made it happen. I think they might be surprised at how far they’ve got, but I’m glad for them.
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