#TagTeam | Smoked out with Andre Nickatina [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – Rarely does Andre Nickatina give his time to the press. He claims to be more comfortable behind the scenes being “the loud mutherfucker that you don’t see”. So naturally we felt pretty privileged to steal a few minutes of his time on the first stop of his Where’s My Money? Canada Tour in Vancouver.
KassKills sat down with the razor sharp MC to talk about BootyDew’s, Franken-joints and what kinda bitch he doesn’t like. Nicky even gives us an exclusive on his upcoming project so check it out after the jump.
“I don’t really give these interviews so I haven’t told nobody shit!” – Andre Nickatina
HipHopCanada: You’re on your way through Western Canada on the Where’s My Money? Tour so we’d like to know what your thoughts are on Canadian cities? Any favorites?
Andre Nickatina: I don’t really have a favorite city; I just go with the flow of what’s going on. Any city that you could get to support and come to the show and have a good time, drink and smoke that’s always a good city. I’m cool like that.
HipHopCanada: Welcome back. We’re stoked to have you – and in a bigger venue as well.
Andre Nickatina: Except for the last show I haven’t been here since ’94 so it’s been a while. I can dig it.
HipHopCanada: I wanted to ask you a bit about your Twitter game. For those who don’t follow you and don’t know your game is on point, can you tell us what a “BootyDew” is?
Andre Nickatina: A “BootyDew” is when your stomach stick out more than your booty do.
HipHopCanada: [Laughing] That cracks me up. I may have used that a couple times.
Andre Nickatina: So, you bitin’ my shit?
HipHopCanada: I always give you credit. So, besides Dre Dog and Nicky are there any other nicknames you carry?
Andre Nickatina: Um, they call me that. I might say it in a rhyme or something but I don’t really run with an AKA like I’m this person or that person. If I go to jail then they all go to jail.
HipHopCanada: You’ve had success with consistently putting out music for over a decade and people are always hyped. What is your strategy for staying relevant or does that even matter to you?
Andre Nickatina: I just knock it out. I don’t really come to the table with who’s supposed to like it or why they’re supposed to like it, I just do it. I don’t really have no formula to how I do, I just listen to the beat and go from there.
HipHopCanada: Is there something that keeps you inspired or motivated?
Andre Nickatina: My son and money. That’s it. That keeps me grounded.
HipHopCanada: Obviously you like to smoke, what city has the best weed?
Andre Nickatina: When I roll up all the roaches at my house. Make a good mock joint, yeah. That’s the best city.
HipHopCanada: A Franken-joint?
Andre Nickatina: Straight up. That’s a good name for it. I like that.
HipHopCanada: Cool, I’ll take BootyDew and you can have Franken-joint. On the topic of drugs, are you still getting wild and partying?
Andre Nickatina: When it comes down to the subject of drugs, people just hear me say it; they don’t hear me say it like I used to do it. From me saying that I did it back then. Even when I say, “Ayo for yayo/ walkin’ round with yayo/ all in my nasal/ I musta been craze, yo” they still look at it like, that’s doing it and they not actually listening to the lyrics. Which is actually still cool as fuck with me, I don’t give a fuck! But…they not really listening to the lyrics, when I say cocaine in the sense of rapping, people still take it as that.
HipHopCanada: You come from The Bay area with a couple other great rappers, Too $hort, E-40 – how do you feel about what’s going on in the new generation for rap? Lil B, Kreayshawn both coming up out of The Bay, do you have an opinion on them?
Andre Nickatina: That’s a good thing. I don’t think anywhere on the planet people just stop doing it. There’s always gonna be a generation of somebody coming up next. I want everybody to have they own different style. Generation wise, you always come across somebody that’s dope whether they’re from The Bay, Detroit, New York. Like this little dude named Bei Maejor right now. Man, he got that song called “Trouble” and I don’t know where the fuck he’s from but I dig his tracks, you know what I’m sayin’. I think he a young R&B mutherfucker so, I just dig good shit.
HipHopCanada: What else are you into right now?
Andre Nickatina: I just like music. Everything. Amy Winehouse and Sade right now. Old R&B you know. Tommy Edwards, Four Tops, shit like that. I’m a mood person so, whatever suits the fuckin’ mood. Straight the fuck up.
HipHopCanada: You’re obviously multi-talented – music and film production, acting, directing and writing for film – do you have any hidden talents?
Andre Nickatina: I’m trying to make my behind the scene talents better. Yeah, I don’t really like being in front of the camera. I hate it. Her takin’ these pictures, I hate it. But I gotta do it. When I gotta do my job, I’ll do it but if I don’t have to be in front of the camera, I don’t. I’m starting to be more in the background. I’d rather be the loud mutherfucker that ya don’t know then the loud mutherfucker that ya do know. I think I’ve always been that way. I’d just rather be in the back, takin’ shit. Not about people, just in the back talkin’ shit.
HipHopCanada: So no hidden talents then?
Andre Nickatina: Hell fuckin’ no! Then I wouldn’t be a good rapper. Anybody who says they have a job and they do something else on the side is not making enough at that job. I’d rather make enough at this job and stay within my realms of what I’m doing.
HipHopCanada: Tell me about your lady style then. What does it take for a female to impress you?
Andre Nickatina: I guess somebody just being them, being they self. I mean as I get to know them gradually I hope they’re doing something that we can both impress each other with. I’m not really dealing with a 9 – 5 bitch. I’m good with a person who will wake up and challenge they self with they thinkin’ to get what they gottta get. We would understand each other a bit more. I couldn’t say what that is ‘cause it depends on what they doing or what their hustle is. I like to be around somebody who uses her brain to make sure that the money is always coming in. A 9 – 5 bitch, nah we gonna clash. I don’t wanna hear about your manager and how you hella mad at him and how your co-worker looked at your husband. I don’t wanna hear that shit bitch.
HipHopCanada: Can you give us an exclusive on what your next projects are?
Andre Nickatina: I don’t really give these interviews so I haven’t told nobody shit! But a new album is coming, possibly a movie and possibly a book of lyrics – all in one. I can’t say what it will look like cause we Frankenstein’in it up but it’s comin’ together.
HipHopCanada: When can we expect the new album?
Andre Nickatina: On my birthday, in March (March 11).
HipHopCanada: Thanks a lot!