This past year has been an absolute whirlwind. As I continue to provide the world with its daily dose of awkward, I have experienced some truly unforgettable experiences. Once again, I had the chance to sit down with some of the most exciting names in music to conduct timeless interviews, some of my proudest work to date.
While I am truly grateful for every opportunity bestowed upon me, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge a few particular favorites. Given this, here are the Top 10 Mr. Wavvy Interviews of 2015.
5. Kidd Kidd
Despite a number of years in the Rap game, it seems as if Kidd Kidd is still the underdog to some extent. Being a member of the beast that is G-Unit, it isn’t difficult to be thrown in the shadow when rapping alongside the likes of Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and of course, 50 Cent.
Nevertheless, the New Orleans wordsmith always delivers, constantly looking for the opportunity to display his hunger with some relentless bars. When I caught up with the rapper prior to his debut performance in Montreal this past February, that is exactly what he did.
Aside from giving updates on new projects (including his steller Fuk Da Fame mixtape), Kidd Kidd did something that no other rapper has dared to do during one of my interviews: drop a freestyle, and a mean one at that! Over the now-classic beat of boss man 50 Cent’s “Straight to the Bank”, Kidd Kidd proves to the world why he deserves a spot in one of Rap’s top collectives, not to mention a spot on this year’s XXL Freshman Class cover.
I first fell in love with Yelawolf’s music upon hearing him on Big Boi’s “You Ain’t No DJ”. Listening to that song in the summer of 2010, a 13-year-old without a care to give, never did I think I would be sitting down Yela for an extensive conversation a mere 5 years later.
Filmed just under a month shy of the release of his second album, Love Story, the Shady Records signee discusses the new LP, working with Eminem, inspiration from Johnny Cash and more, not to my gifting of an über-rare Shady Limited unreleased tee.
There is actually a part 3 of this interview which I ultimately decided not to release…keep your eyes perched, I may have to change my mind about keeping that in the vault…
3. Charles Hamilton
There are many reasons as to why sitting down with Charles Hamilton was a special moment in my life. For starters, I have been a fan of his since the fifth grade, his music always having a special place in my heart.
However second reason even more meaningful. 2015 marked the year Charles made a return in full, following many turbulent times, a dark period that even found the emcee checking himself into a mental institution at his worst. But Charles prevailed. With the help of medication, a better state of mind and a fresh new management team behind the rapper, he came back to the music scene, triumphantly at that.
Subsequently after opening up for Erykah Badu at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Charles took the time to sit down with me for an extensive chat. This involved opening up about some of his troubled past, as well as looking forward to a brighter future.
I was adamant about wanting to schedule something with Charles in order to help inspire those who may be down on their luck. With this interview, it was important for me to have Charles touch on some of those difficult topics to show that there is in fact a light at the end of the tunnel for those facing struggle, that life does get better.
2. Mac DeMarco
Upon starting MrWavvy.com in the spring of 2014, the first e-mail I sent was to Mac DeMarco’s publicists requesting an interview. Unfortunately, his schedule was packed at the time and was unable to participate. Well, let this interview be a testament to great thing taking time because over a year later, I finally had the chance to sit down with the Another One singer, and it was truly one for the books.
Knowing Mac is always one to appreciate a little bit of insanity, I decided to throw away my typical interview format and instead take a different approach: Fucking around! From confusing him with Dr. Dre at the start (it happens!) to the sweet, tender concluding kiss (lowkey, Mac has softer lips than most girls I’ve been with.), sitting down with Mac was truly seven minutes in heaven.
1. Tech N9ne
Ever since we first linked up in September of last year, it was clear that Tech N9ne and I bring out the best in each other. This remained the same when I caught up with the rapper in October when he returned to Montreal for his “Special Effects Tour”.
While of course we discussed the usual talk of album updates and label happenings, Tech took this ride a whole level deeper by opening up about his past struggles with addictions, detailing a vivid and compelling story of what made him quit hard substances for good.
In the two times that we have crossed paths, Tech has been nothing but a gentleman and an OG, always providing us with thoughtful, timeless and entertaining interviews, always resulting in their classic status.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank all of the fans and followers who have constantly shown their love and support. Please know that all of it means the world to me. Although 2016 has yet to begin, I am already hard at work to make sure that it is yet another exciting year for content on the site. I look forward to continuing my goal of allowing fans to feel an even deeper connection with their favorite artists, allowing them to explore the mind of music’s most eclectic.
Happy New Year to you all…Stay Wavvy!