After watching Feeki’s new video for “Same Ole,” I just couldn’t pass up a chance on an interview with him. With this year’s presidential election being a wild ride so far and Feeki’s new video is a metaphor that represents just that. Although Donald Trump hasn’t thrown a baby and Hillary Clinton doesn’t do cocaine, the idea doesn’t seem too far off. Learn more about one of hip-hops best kept secrets and be sure to check out the video below as well.
Ryan: Introduce yourself? Who are you and where are you from?
Feeki : Yo! My name is Feeki. I’m a 24 year old dude from Reno, NV.
Ryan: How did you get started with music and when did you know it was what you wanted to pursue it as a career?
Feeki: I started doing hip hop at 19 years old. After I found out I enjoyed it, I started pursuing it more heavily and over the last 5 years, it has turned into what it is now for me. It has always been about progressing towards the end goal.
Ryan: What artists do you draw inspiration from?
Feeki: I try not to be ‘too inspired’ by single artists. If you want to be just like someone else, it won’t work because they already did it. When I write, I just try to do my own thing to avoid that. There will always be comparisons. I am a lover of all music and draw inspiration from many people and genres. Sometimes, you can hear a good rapper rip through a verse and be inspired, or you can hear the hook on a turn up song and get different inspiration. It can come from anywhere.
Ryan: With that being said. What artists would you want to work with? One being someone that’s more old school, the other being someone today?
Feeki: I would work with anyone from Eminem to Future to Florida Georgia Line. I think its dope to be diverse and every artist that has made it is doing their thing in their own lane. I want to be someone that definitely has their own sound, but is able to be featured on a pop or country or turn up song as well.
Ryan: Let’s talk about this “Same Ole” video a little bit… What sparked the idea for the song/video?
Feeki: Allen Lewis (he produced Same Ole and Way Up) suggested we should do a video involving politics. We are trying to get away from the standard rap stuff and do funny/viral/awesome stuff instead, while also focusing on good music. The idea was good because that’s what everyone is talking about. I took it from there and decided we should do a Trump Vs Hillary debate, came up with the format, characters, etc. The video really has nothing to do with the song, but its a good song and the video is funny as hell.
Ryan: “Same Ole” might be the most creative and unique video I’ve seen since Lil Dicky’s “$ave Dat Money” What’s one thing that you can share with us that the average viewer might not know about this song/video?
Feeki: Thanks! LD is rad. He’s a genius. There are so many little things that went on in the video its hard to just name a few. Coke Head Hillary is played by my DJ (Thee Trash Wizard), Trump is played by GayJeff (featured often on my snapchat), we borrowed the lambo from a fan who emailed me and said we could use any car out of his collection to shoot with, JP (my videographer) plays the funny dude with the backwards hat that starts the riot at the end. I had to film his parts in the video. VICE was at the video shoot doing behind the scenes stuff (and for 2 weeks after) because we are going to be on a TV show called PayDay on the new Viceland tv channel. Russell, the VICE camera man, actually did the color correction on the video for us because he liked it so much.
Ryan: How long did it take to make the song? What about film it all?
Feeki: The song took quite a while. Probably like 2 months. When we work on these singles, we take our time and do it right. Due to conflicting schedules and the holidays, we probably met like 5 times to complete the song over those two months. From just the beat structure, to recording, to mixing, etc. I work on music with Allen Lewis and Garrett Raff. They aren’t hip hop guys and I like that. Way Up was the first hip hop track Allen ever produced. He keeps the beats weird and more pop-ish, which is what we are going for. Garrett is a dope song writer and engineer. These dudes know more about music than me. I can rap good, but I can learn a lot from them every time we meet about music, mixing, the music business etc. I will bring them a hook how I would sing it and they will come up with a better melody for it, without changing the lyrics that I wrote. They keep me in check too. They will tell me if a couple bars of the verses are weak, so I can re write them and make the track as good as it can sound.
We filmed the whole thing in less than 3 hours. But it was probably a month’s work on my end. From running around booking the room, buying props/costumes/supplies, writing the script, organizing everything, etc. With almost 50 people there as extras in the debate, I made sure everything was ready to go so we could just bust it out and keep everyone happy.
Ryan: How long does it typically take for you to make songs?
Feeki: It really varies. Like I said, when we are doing singles like Way Up or Same Ole, we take our time for sure. If I’m just making another song or the live video verses, sometimes I can do them in a few hours. Sometimes I will have to revisit it 5 times. When I’m feeling it and in the zone, it just comes out. I wish I felt like that every day but I don’t. Sometimes it takes a while.
Ryan: Who do you think would sound dope on a “Same Ole” Remix?
Feeki: Honestly, it would be awesome to hear anyone that has a big name on it! It would definitely fit the style of someone with a good fast flow. I won’t even begin to name them because there are so many and I will forget most!
Ryan: What’s next for you that you can share with us?
Feeki: I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing for now. Maybe an EP soon. We will see. As of today, I have management for the first time, I got my first booking agent about a month ago. So we have some US and Canada dates coming up as well but they are not fully locked in yet. I got invited to do Team Back Pack in NYC this year, I will probably do that. Hopefully these new team members will be able to keep me on track and guide me towards my first bit of success and beyond.
Ryan: That about wraps it up, is there anything you’d like to add or say to the fans?
Feeki: I just want to say THANK YOU to anyone who’s rocking with us right now. I know some of you have been here for 4 or 5 years and a lot more have only been here for 3 months to a year. Either way, Thank you. Without you guys, we can’t do anything. Oh yeah, don’t listen to anyone. Do what you want to do in life.