Give us your bio, Who are your top 5 influences, When are your new projects coming out? What helped you get into music? What is one thing you would tell your fans?What are your biggest goals for 2016?
1) Despite 16 years of neighbourhood street cred, Wildcat feels his career has largely been perceived as a joke gone to far, and remains hungry for respect in the game.
His next move is dropping his “Claw & Scramble” mixtape, tentatively scheduled for spring, 2016.
Wildcat has also completed a collection of inter-twined, semi-autobiographical short stories, “Wildcat Prowls the Urban Jungle,” currently being considered by a Toronto publisher.
Though no one can quite predict what Wildcat’s future holds, all signs point to one more wild ride.
To quote Wildcat’s producer, Star, “The Cat just….sometimes marches to his own off-rhythm drum, ya know?”
2) My three biggest influences growing up were Beastie Boys, Jay-Z and Eminem. Big Pun and Kool G Rap influenced me, too.
I always admired Beastie Boys for their raw, creative energy, and how they always seemed to be have so much fun with their music, and consistently killed it
but never seemed to be taking themselves too seriously.
I loved their diversity too, how they sort of evolved from rock to rap to and then kind of fused both, and even flipped more jazzy, instrumental shit later on. I liked how they always kept their style fresh from album to album, how no two of their albums sounded alike yet they were all classics, in their own unique ways.
And I admired Jay for his consistency, how he just kept dropping tight albums year after year for eight years straight, or whatever it was.
Lots of MCs seem to drop a classic first album then kind of fall off, and never recapture that magic that made them so dope in the first place. It’s hard to be consistently dope in this game, and Jigga just killed it year after year and made it look so easy.
I was also blown away by Em’s super technical lyricism, and always respected him for having the balls to speak his mind on any topic, all the time.
Whether you agree with his opinions or not, it takes huge balls to do that, and I feel that it’s actually an MCs responsibility to be provocative, to some degree.
In that regard, I have to say I feel MCs have gotten a little soft lately, and ain’t spitting as raw as they used to. Maybe cuz society’s become so hyper politically correct these days, I don’t know but I feel like MCs aren’t as boldly outspoken as they were in the 80s and 90s, so I see Em as one of the last of a dying breed, and you gotta give him props for that.
I loved everything about Pun too, especially how his flows always seemed so effortless, even while he’s dropping these crazy multi-syllable rhymes and making it all connect lyrically, and I feel he took pure lyricism to a next level, for his time. I felt he forced MCs to elevate their game, lyrically, but since he died so young that impact didn’t last too long, which is a shame.
And I always thought G Rap was the illest storyteller, how he just dropped crazy vivid details, and painted these sick pictures of grimy street shit all the time.
I always felt he never really got the credit he deserved as an MC, guess cuz he never really had no big commercial bangers, but I always considered him one of the greats.
3) I’m dropping a new mixtape called Claw and Scramble, early October. It’s eight new tracks and two re-mastered bangers from the vault, interspersed with audio clips from the Wildcat documentary, “Pullin’ More Than Pranks.”
My hope is this mixtape helps explain the whole Wildcat backstory to new fans,
while also showing my hardcore fans that I ain’t forgot where I came from, cuz I’m still spittin’ that wild fire for the streets, and doing me.
4) What helped me get into music was just that I needed an outlet, as I was a wild teenager who got into trouble alot, and needed to find a constructive way to express myself, to help cope with my frustration, and anger issues.
I started writing rhymes, just straight lyrics when I was 15, then recorded my first album with my boy Fry in his home studio at 17, never looked back since.
5) One message for my fans, especially those rapping/producing/contributing to the culture in any way themselves, is don’t measure success by money, despite what all these bling rappers and advertisements tell you.
Just produce content that feels real to you, don’t compromise your vision and stick to your guns all the way, and whatever happens in the end, is what happens.
Long as you always stay true to yourself and work hard towards your goals, you can hold your head up high and feel at peace with yourself, which is something that no one can ever take away from you. Unlike fame and money, which come and go.
6) As my style is a mix of rap and comedy, I feel I need to starting play both angles harder.
So my biggest goals for 2016 are to line up some comedy venue shows, as I feel I need a next lane other than the rap scene, which often results in me alienating a bunch of thugs who came to hear some gangster shit, and just view me as some white-boy weirdo making a mockery of rap.
I’m thinking a comedy audience though might be more receptive, and hopefully if some shows go over in that scene I can build up my fanbase, along with rap fans who understand what I’m doing and feel my style, of course. But this way I’m not purely relying on them, and have next lanes to explore.