How have you guys grown in the past few years?
CI: I’m not living in a different state. The Cool Kids is like this hobby for me. I love rapping, but [I'm] also a musician and I would love to show range. So that’s what I did with the solo record. I learned a lot. So now when I’m stressed out or mastering a solo record or going through a session where a lot of different instrumental players [are involved], you want a break, and you want to do something that reminds you of why this shit is fun. And we set it up so we always have an outlet with The Cool Kids. If you’re a fan now you should be excited because we’re having the most fun now recording new shit than we ever had.
SMR: We’re still us, but we just had a lot of time and different opportunities to better ourselves, work on our music, get better at being stars and rappers and producers. It’s not going to be the exact same; that would be a disservice. When you try to create the same thing twice it’s never the same. The world doesn’t allow you to remain the exact same. We are not the same people as when we first emerged, so it won’t be the same, it would be better. We’re more focused as artists and as men. But we’ll always maintain the same integrity and passion and love for this as we first did and probably even more.
What can we expect from Shark Week?
CI: The title is a tongue in cheek title. It’s called Shark Week because we’ve been bit the most. Everything that we did seemed to catch on, so we’re just making a record saying we still are the originators, we still had the idea to bring this level or this sound or keep this look that people tried. But you can’t reinvent the wheel. It’s something we came up with probably in 2010 and we didn’t get the chance to finish it. We just had to let the ideas build back up, so once that happened it was all good.
SMR: Shark Week is underway, we got about four tracks so far. But with us, especially with our solo stuff we did, we had a lot of practice to write. So we’re way quicker now. When we were working on solo stuff when you have to write a whole song by yourself, writing one verse and having your partner write the other verse is like baby food. This album will be done pretty quickly. We’re just waiting for the right opportunities to record. Were not like rap slaves who lock themselves in the studio for like 38 weeks and just never leave and it’s dark and you’re recording 10 songs a day. We do our own shit, we make our own terms. We like to record in good situations and when the timing is right. It’s all about timing. Next time we record we want to be on the beach somewhere and record more of this shit. And it won’t take us long, probably like two weeks to do this album, max, then we mix and master it. Basically we’re just waiting for a different opportunity to record together and record on our own terms. When we feel it’s right.