Malfunction – Same N***a [Video]
Toronto, ON – Torontonian MC Malcolm “Malfunction” Haye has just dropped a new video for the track “Same N***a” off of his upcoming mixtape Good Look, which is scheduled for release this summer. The video was directed by Mateo Lee and the beat for the track was made by Saskatchewan producer Johnny Keys. “[Keys] said he had some fire for me. When he linked it [to me], I think I got heat stroke,” said Haye. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Malfunction recently made the move to Toronto as the next step following five successful mixtape releases. He has opened for numerous touring acts including Big Sean, Andre Nickatina, Mistah F.A.B. and more, while consistently pushing his own boundaries through collaborations with his former Saskatchewan boys from the crew C.J.E. Check out the video after the jump.
In addition to the release of Good Look, Malfunction is currently working on releasing an EP with Torontonian producer, Joe Davola. According to Malfunction, the EP will be slightly different than the mixtape. with more jazz influences. “I’m the type of person who would listen to Donald Byrd, then throw on some Shorty K. I try to be as versatile as possible,” he said.
Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: Tell us about the first time you fell in love with hip-hop.
Malfunction: It was probably sometime between ’97 and ’98. It was Christmas and I got some kind of Canadian dance music tape and it had “Money Or Love” by Saukrates and “Dissin’ Us” by 2 Rude [with] Jully Black and I was sold. I’m pretty sure from then on I was watching [MuchMusic's] RapCity every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
HipHopCanada: You’re originally from Saskatchewan. What prompted you to make the move to the big T.O.?
Malfunction: I came out here for two reasons, really. One was school. The other was [that] I just really wanted to come out here and connect. The scene in Saskatchewan is a fairly small one. Aside from my crew C.J.E. and a handful of other artists, there isn’t really much of a scene. I needed something different– it’s country [music] out there.
HipHopCanada: Are you the “same nigga”?
Malfunction: I’m that same nigga. New clothes. Same ol’ nigga with new hoes. I be that same ol’ nigga that you chose to pass on. What it [could've] been? Who knows?
HipHopCanada: How can people avoid becoming the “same nigga”?
Malfunction: I don’t think you can avoid being the same nigga people went from hating to [the one they] love. That’s what the hook is about. I’m that same nigga most chose to pass on. What it could have been if they paid attention and showed me love from the get go? Who knows?
HipHopCanada: You have a beautiful afro.
Malfunction: I’ve gotten enough compliments about my exotic hair. It’s usually braided up but I like it tied back.
HipHopCanada: Why are you hiding your ‘fro in every shot throughout the video?
Malfunction: Only a chosen few get to experience [or] play, if you will, with my voluptuous hair.
HipHopCanada: You should start a V.I.P list for some hopeful ‘fro-touching ladies. You’re rocking a Vancouver Grizzlies snapback in the video. You must be a major fan.
Malfunction: Actually it’s a fitted. Vancouver is where my heart is. Before coming to school [in Toronto], I was originally planning on taking an audio engineering course in North Vancouver. It didn’t work out as I planned. So I had to go back to Saskatchewan and start from square one. But from Lonsdale Avenue to Burrard Street, I got so much love for that city.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada readers?
Malfunction: Be on the lookout for my next video I [am] dropping around the beginning of June entitled “Talk Up,” shot by my dude Fremo from Saskatoon. Shout out to the whole of Saskatchewan and the mega city. You already know.
Photography courtesy of Malfunction