Sam Adams – The Come Up
On why he started rapping: I’ve been rapping since I was a tiny little dude, you know like nine, ten years old. It was just the neighborhood we grew up in, it was a pretty diverse area. We were always just freestyling and shit fucking around.
On his eclectic influences: Hip-hop wise, I remember probably the first shit I bumped was Clockwork and old Mr. Lif vinyl that my brother used to bring home. Company Flow, too. And then I started fucking with a bunch of other shit. I was in love with Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. I was a big Big L fan. Before that, I was listening to Grateful Dead, The Band, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin—just because my parents would always have that shit on blast. And then when rap started getting more commercial, I listened to Mase and obviously Puffy, all the popular trends. My musical lens had a vast majority.
On who he’d like to work with: So many people. We want to work with some big electronic dudes—I take their production very seriously. Among artists, Kanye, Cudi—their outlook on music is pretty dope. I had the pleasure of meeting both of them the other day and listening to all of Ye’s new shit with Hov. It was fucking crazy. Also, Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars; maybe Travis Barker. In terms of singers, I’d like to get Lady Gaga on a hook.
On his non-traditional hip-hop sound: I went to a DJ show [and] I thought electronic music was fucking G. Ever since, I’ve been obsessed. Like an ill scientist I’ve been trying to fuse ill electronic [beats] into hip-hop beats. [It helps] to just make our shit hit harder at our shows.
I think dubstep is going to big. I think there’s probably an avenue for it. The overall thing is just to make good popular music.
On his goals: To sort of just be comfortably consistent with the music, not only for the fans, but for myself. Just keep coming out with stuff that is consistent or better than the stuff before. To do well and have a great turnout on the album, possibly win some shit—who knows? A lot of opportunities have the chance to present themselves at this point, and we’re all just really excited to record the album and do shit again.