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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