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With Rhymes Like These: Exclusive with Jo Thrillz [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – Edmontonian MC Joel Vaillancourt—more commonly known by his stage name Jo Thrillz—recently released the video for his previously unreleased track “Rhymes Like These” as a follow-up to his successful October mixtape Just Another Weekend. Vaillancourt teamed up with producer Ill Tall, mix master Jeff Eckert, director Kavan the Kid and fellow rapper and hook-writer, Alex Lambert, for a cheeky track with obscure rhymes and catchy riffs. “I wanted to maintain the boom bap-old school feel it already had—but at the same time, do it with modern lyrics,” said Vaillancourt.

HipHopCanada caught up with Jo Thrillz to find out about his favourite rhymes, turquoise bicycle, and California video-shooting experience. Check out the interview after the jump.

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Jo Thrillz: Q&A

Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

HipHopCanada: What is the best rhyme you have ever heard or made?

Jo Thrillz: That’s a tough one. I’m not sure about my best rhyme of “all-time” but in this track it’s definitely the last one: “Twelve-inch subs goin’ ham, so big that Jared won’t try it, my style offends the Quran.” Best rhyme I’ve ever heard? That’s also a really tough one. Especially because I’m answering this on a flight while I’m many drinks deep. I’m [going to] pass. If I answer now I’ll probably regret my rhyme of choice.

HipHopCanada: What was it like to work with Alex [Lambert]?

Jo Thrillz: It’s funny because I went over to Jeff Eckert’s to record this track and I only had verses and wasn’t even sure [what] I would do [for] a hook. Alex just happened to be over and I asked him to try and think of a possible hook. Within minutes, he wrote the same one used in the song. We both layered our vocals and messed around with the pitching until [it] sounded really weird and dope.

HipHopCanada: How was shooting in California?

Jo Thrillz: Los Angeles was awesome. I was originally just [going to] go for a night after Coachella. But Nova Rockafeller offered me her couch, so I ended up staying for a couple more days. I met Kavan though Nova and we shot two videos while I was down there. The other one should be out in June sometime.

HipHopCanada: Tell us a bit about your turquoise bike from the video?

Jo Thrillz: I rented that for a couple bucks for an hour. It was insanely fun.

HipHopCanada: You’re a bit of a hipster hip-hopper – rocking your Ray Bans, and cuffed cut-offs.

Jo Thrillz: “I am whatever you say I am” – Eminem

HipHopCanada: You’re playing Boonstock this year.

Jo Thrillz: Goonstock is going to be ultra-goony. I was really excited to see Limp Bizkit but they recently took another show. So now Slash is coming in their place, which will be dope as well. It’s a really crazy festival—kind of like District 9 throwing a rager for a weekend before all the aliens go back to their own planet. I’m performing [on the] main stage this year on Saturday with my DJ, a drummer, and possibly some intoxicated hype-men. Just be there.

HipHopCanada: What’s next for Jo Thrillz?

Jo Thrillz: More videos. An EP. And shows outside of Edmonton.

HipHopCanada: Sounds dope. Any last words for the HipHopCanada readers?

Jo Thrillz: I’m opening up for Kyle (K.I.D.) on May 29 at Union Hall in Edmonton. See my Facebook page for more info. Stay Goony.

Click here to watch “Rhymes Likes These” now.

Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

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Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also an A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @IHeartTART

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