Nardwuar, “On Da Spot” (Originally Published July/August 2011)
Jay-Z 2008: Just that it happened was amazing. After I talked to Pharrell, I hadn’t heard anything, so I figured it wasn’t happening. But I got an e-mail confirmation the day of a music festival Jay-Z was playing in Pemberton. It was only about two hours away from me, but the highway was backed up, and it took six hours to get there. But I got there, and we did it. Jay-Z couldn’t believe it. He was like, “Pharrell has been calling me to do an interview. Who calls people to do an interview?”
Lil B 2011: This was set up through Twitter. He was like, “Come to my gig at South by Southwest.” But his phone died, so I just had to wait outside the gate of the Fader Fort, in the dust. I waited a long time and saw Puff Daddy leaving in an SUV convoy. Finally, the gates opened, and Lil B’s car pulled out. He actually got out of the car when he saw me and said he would do the interview right there, in the dark. [In the video,] you can see the car’s headlights shining on us.
Vanilla Ice 2003: I interviewed him in the parking lot behind this tiny little venue in Vancouver, and he danced for me. I said, “Could you do the Transformer dance?” And he did it. He’s still got it. Did you know he’s indirectly responsible for Snoop Doggy Dogg? The money that was made off of him helped finance Snoop Doggy Dogg. He’s also the guy who brought the word extreme into the mainstream.
Nas 2009: All I remember is that, afterward, I wanted to stick around and have some Caribbean food, since there was a woman there serving some nice Caribbean food. But I thought I should just get the hell out of there. When somebody says it’s over, you leave. I respect that. But remember also that, at one point in the interview, he says, “I like you.” So I was quite happy how everything went.