By The Minister of Information JR Valrey
For those not aware, the Bay Area is going through a Hip Hop renaissance right now, and Frisco in particular is on fire, like never before. Rhyme slangers like Lil’ Kayla, Larry June, Young Quinn, Prezi, Stunna, and others have been keeping it lit for the City; and collaborations like what Hunter’s Point rapper Footz the Beast has just dropped with Livewire’s J. Stalin, “Covid41510” is adding fuel to the fire, and going to be the soundtrack for the streets of northern Cali, this summer. Released on May 1st, the Frisco-Oakland duo has cooked up some new audio-dope for the Hip Hop fiends, especially those who can identify with the Bay Area sound and lifestyle.
With the passing of major Hip Hop legends, last month, like Mahasen of Hobo Junction, Shock G of Digital Underground, Black Rob, and DMX, there is a virtual changing of the guard taking place in Hip Hop in general, and the Bay Area is not excluded from the process. As the elders transition into being ancestors, it is time for the new royal families to take the Bay Area Hip Hop thrones to new heights.
Check out what Footz the Beast has to say about creating his latest project, “COVID41510”, as well as working with legendary rapper, Livewire label owner, and serial Hip Hop entrepreneur J. Stalin.
M.O.I. JR: How long have you been rapping? Who inspired you the most?
Footz the Beast: I used to just tap in for fun, with the homies on the block. But everyone was like you should get serious about this rap game, cause you’re dope. So almost 6 years now.
M.O.I. JR: How has the Frisco neighborhood of Hunter’s Point influenced your music?
Footz the Beast: Everything about my neighborhood influences my music. It starts with the way I was raised, in one of San Francisco’s last Black neighborhoods. I’m talking about the struggles of all the young Black males coming from a city, that’s being gentrified.
M.O.I JR: How did you meet Oakland rapper and Livewire label owner J. Stalin? What made you want to partner with the Livewire camp?
Footz the Beast: I met the J Stalin when I first opened up for Philthy Rich, on the “NOT ENOUGH REAL NIGGAZ LEFT” Tour. I ended up doing a couple of songs with J Stalin and Stevie Joe, and the rest is history. I’ve been locked in every since. J Stalin made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, and he gave me a platform to share my music with the world, plus it doesn’t hurt that they are one of the hottest labels in the Bay Area.
M.O.I. JR: Where did you record this album at? Can you explain how the creative process went, with you and J. Stalin working together? Did you record with both of you in the studio?
Footz the Beast: We basically recorded the whole project at The Grill Studios in the Town, and Jonathan “J. Moe” Moe did all the mixing and mastering at Secret Studios in the City. Let me make this very clear, J Stalin is a very hard worker and super competitive; he goes in the booth and knocks verses out without ever writing one word. So it’s always a pleasure to work with a professional. That guy is a genius.
M.O.I. JR: How long did it take to record the album from concept to finished product?
Footz the Beast: We were both in the studio, and knocked it out in less than 4 hours, not including mixing and mastering. So all together about 2-3 weeks, including the artwork and everything else.
M.O.I. JR: Can you explain why Frisco Hip Hop has been on fire recently? What is pumping this surge of creativity and good music in the City?
Footz the Beast: The City’s been on fire lately because every neighborhood has its on representative that’s basically gassing the mic. Salute to every rapper from the City chasing a bag. There are also several different styles coming out of the City right now, from harmonizing to political rap.
M.O.I. JR: You have recently been on top of your marketing. In the last 10 days, I have run into you twice in Oakland, once at the FootzXCBE event at Soundwaves in West Oakland, then at the J. Stalin verzus Lil Blood Bandsforiches live taping, at D’Wayne Wiggins’ from Tony Toni Tone’s Compound in East Oakland, what’s your plan for marketing this album?
Footz the Beast: So Empire Distribution rolled out the project May 1st, and since this COVID-19 is almost over, we’re looking to go on tour, so we can socialize with the fans
M.O.I. JR: Besides this album, what else do you have up as a rapper? Are you involved in cooking up anything else?
Footz the Beast: I have 5 projects dropping this year. And they’re all done. So right now, I’m just working and creating greatness. I have also teamed up with Carter Block Ent. and were talking about doing a few thing for the hood, like food and toy drives, but until then be on the lookout for “Covid41510”, “King Footz”, “Blood Brothers”, “Golden State of Mind” and “Tina’s Son”.
M.O.I. JR: How can people stay in touch with you online?
Footz the Beast: You can hit me on Ig
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