We here at DatPizz were recently made aware of New Jersey-based rapper/producer Blunt Prophet, after he sent us a track on twitter. After being bribed with free merch, we slid into his DMs and held a catastrophe of an interview that we had prepared absolutely nothing for.
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Hey, Blunt Prophet. Thank you for doing this interview with us. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.
Okay sure, so I’m Blunt Prophet, I’m from Northern New Jersey. I rap and produce and chronicle my dealings as a corrupt politician. If you’re unfamiliar with New Jersey’s political landscape, it’s a shit show of backroom dealings, no-show jobs, and power plays. It’s endlessly fascinating to me and I thought it would be fun to inhibit that character. I’m a native new Jerseyian and love the state, so everything kind of fell into place with the art and context. I’ve also really used the web to kind of augment the character, making videos, doing recaps of political shit – stuff like that.
Day-to-day I am a video editor for a market research firm in NYC, so I go to work and if works slow i’ll fuck around in Ableton or write. I try to make as many beats as i can during the week and then i’ll usually smoke and write at night and record on the weekends in the morning. I have a home studio though, I record whenever the moment really strikes me. I’ve always got a mic set up and everything.
Whats is your favorite thing about living in Jersey?
I really like that I can be in the city in ten minutes one way, and deep in the forest 25 minutes the other way. The drinks and Ubers are much cheaper in Jersey too, and i really like that. I can make 40 dollars last in jersey twice as long as i can in NYC.
You say on your song Daytime Drama “Keep my day job yo this shit is just for fun.” By that you mean rapping, right?
Yeah rapping is totally for fun, it started initially as something to do when i lived with my parents after college.
What did you major in during college, was it music related or was it more related to your job?
I majored in film and minored in music, but the music minor would be more accurately described as theory and history rather than writing or recording. Although, in a lot of ways college extracurricular kind of got me where i am now. I worked on the radio in college and met some of my future collaborators there – and played in a stoner punk band for a while.
What was your recording process like on Fillabluntsir Vol. 3?
It was nice, I recorded the whole thing in my bedroom. So I made a bunch of beats earlier in the year, wrote to em, laid down demos, and got some beats from BabyHands, Odd Thomas and TaskForceForver. After that it was a lot of time spent pouring over the demos, fixing inflections and delivery of lines, re-writing lines until everything sounded right. Then I probably spent three weeks mixing and mastering it. It was a long process. I started recording in earnest in April and finished in August.
What are your favorite tracks, both — to record/end result?
I think my favorite end result is probably “Cookin’ Up the Books,” because I love that beat and I feel like, if I had to pick one song that could serve as a primer for the project, it would probably be that. Plus im really proud of the mixing. Recording, I think probably “Fentanyl.” When I came up with that beat switch, it was like a euruka moment sonically. I spent a lot of time figuring out how to make my voice sound good over it, which resulted in the pitchdown, and im happy with how it came out. It was a good experience in terms of, like, workshopping and getting rid of shit that just wasnt working.
Have you always been into rap? Who are some of your influences for the tape or in general?
Yeah, I’ve been into rap for quite a while. I remember, like, downloading em off LimeWire way back, haha, but then I got really into it in highschool and college. I always loved punk as well. Influences would be Das Racist, for sure; Roc Marciano, Ghostface Killah, Da$h and RetcH, Ice Cube, Redman, Cousin Stizz (production and cadence wise especially), and iLoveMakonnen.
Okay, last question. Who do you think really comes out on the tape influence wise?
Probably Stizz. I think that kind of made me okay with slowing my flow down to match the vibe of the production. Earlier stuff I did was a little more boom bap rappity rapping because I felt I had a lot to say, but Stizz has me figuring out how to say the same stuff truncated and in tune with the beat. Ice Cube probably for the more narrative driven tracks like Donna 3.
Is there anything you’d like to say before we wrap this up?
Word, yeah, I’d just like to shout out Flannel Frat and say I have a collaborative tape with Odd Thomas coming out early next year under the group name Uncanny Valley – so watch out for that! That’s just like bars and bars, and it’s done, we just gotta mix it. Oh and also requisite
Alright, thank you! We’ll keep an eye out for that!