The Wolfpack Comes to Town [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. – With the recently released single “Ghetto Love” – featuring Kardinal Offishall – becoming the most heard Canadian single this week, Karl Wolf has plenty to smile about. In the middle of his cross-Canada club tour, Karl sat down with HipHopCanada to discuss just why he deserves this accomplishment. With a ton of charm and a laid-back attitude, Wolf let us in on his future plans, including a groundbreaking hit with Shawn Desman, his new reality show, and of course, world domination.
HipHopCanada: You’ve been tweeting about a reality show you’re currently filming – can you tell us a little more about that and who’s in it?
Karl Wolf: Yeah, “Wolfpack”. Everybody around me is in it, the whole team, the band. It’s being filmed while I’m doing this West Coast tour. My manager’s in it as well. I mean, everybody’s a character, it’s not just about me. It shows the dynamics between the whole group. They’re really cool and funny. It’s just crazy on tour; you know how it is… backstage, the girls, craziness, the fights, the clubs! All that stuff.
HipHopCanada: When is it coming out?
Karl Wolf: We’re thinking early next year. It could be the end of this year, but we still haven’t finished shooting. We’re in the process.
HipHopCanada: Your fourth album’s first single is “Ghetto Love”, featuring Kardinal, what was it like working with him?
Karl Wolf: Kardi, and I, we’ve been trying to work together for the past three or four years, since my first single with Choclair, “Desensitize”. He’s been obviously super busy since then, you know with Akon and his own singles, so we’ve never had a chance to sit together and work. When I finally came up with “Ghetto Love”, I was like “Yo, you gotta hear this”. And it was a done deal. We chopped it up and then we went to Jamaica to film the video with Little X. The rest is history. It’s the number one most heard Canadian song this week.
HipHopCanada: Did he give you any advice or tips as a Canadian artist?
Karl Wolf: Yeah, we had dinner and we partied it up a little bit in Jamaica. We just understand each other. I’ve been in the business for 12 years, so he talks to me like a veteran, on the same level.
HipHopCanada: So the new album features a ton of Canadian heavy hitter features like Boi 1da and the rising star Reema Major, who are you hoping to work with next on the Canadian scene?
Karl Wolf: Shawn Desman and I are doing something actually. No one knows this, we just spoke yesterday about it. We’ll do something. We talked on the phone yesterday and I said “look, we got to do something”. We’ve been friends for a long time, we toured together long time ago, we were even writing songs for other people together. So we’re going to write together on one song and do something crazy for Canada. It’s going to be interesting. I respect him I think he’s a great artist.
HipHopCanada: So with other Canadian R&B artists like Shawn Desman, and Danny Fernandes, what differentiates Karl Wolf?
Karl Wolf: I just do it differently. I’m Lebanese so I always bring some of my culture with me. I love dancehall, so dancehall is kind of my staple. I love the eighties too so I’m bringing the eighties into my music, you know what I mean? I write all my music, I produce it all too. Those guys are great and they got their own sound. They’re dancers, I’m not a dancer; I’m a vibe guy. I mix all my music. I’m just having fun man; it’s music at the end of the day. I’m inspiring people to be happy and party it up.
HipHopCanada: This tour will be keeping you busy until mid October, what upcoming projects can we expect after it’s over?
Karl Wolf: Well the album just dropped in Japan, and its already top ten there. We’re releasing it here November first but I gotta add three or more more songs on this record. I don’t know when I’m going to have time to go in the studio because my label needs the record by October third. And I’m touring. I’ll figure it out. I’ll find a way. So I’m doing that and the Wolfpack reality show is taking most of our time of course. I’m going to be getting into some movies too, and a whole bunch of stuff. I’ll be touring the world, we got the U.S. next. “Ghetto Love” is number 83 on the top 100 in the U.S. and it just got released 3 weeks ago. When you break in the U.S. you break in the world.
Interview conducted by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada