Killa time with Pimpton [Interview]
Regina, SK – Pimpton is doing big things for Saskatchewan right now. The 22-year-old MC dropped his latest mixtape, Killa Call Me Killa Vol. 1, via DatPiff on Aug. 15. That was yesterday, by the way. But this latest 17-track tape is just the tipping point for what Pimpton has in store for us. HipHopCanada caught up with Pimpton this week and found out that he actually got Madchild on board for a feature. But the track was cut from the mixtape because Pimpton had exceeded his song-limit quota. But Pimpton plans to drop the track on his upcoming studio album.
We also got some insight into Pimpton’s excessive use of the word “killa,” learned about various marijuana strains, and found out how Pimpton got the legendary Mistah F.A.B. to sing for him. Check out our exclusive interview after the jump.
Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: “Killa” has become your word. I feel like it should be copyrighted or something. Where did you pick that up?
Pimpton: Saying “killa” ain’t really an original quote of mine. I remember hearing Killa Cam drop it in his adlibs back in the Dipset days. The word has definitely taken a part in shaping my mind-state and developing my image. Within my circle, the word is used to describe strains of cannabis that are more potent than triple-As. The trips generally range between 17 and 22 per cent THC per gram. “Killaz” or “quads” are everything beyond 22 per cent. I only smoke killaz. So naturally, my peers call me killa. Hence, Killa Call Me Killa Vol. 1.
HipHopCanada: That’s some pretty technical stuff. So when’s the most appropriate time to use the word “killa”?
Pimpton: The most appropriate time to use the word “killa” is probably when you find yourself in my presence. But if that’s a long shot, probaby at any given moment of excitement caused by high-grade cheeba.
HipHopCanada: Killa. So the mixtape’s namesake track, “Killa Call Me Killa” is a remix of a Timbaland’s “Break Ya Back.” Let’s talk Timbaland love.
Pimpton: Timbaland has always been one of my favourite producers. So when my homie Merky Waters (a local producer with whom I am deeply affiliated) suggested I use the beat to Timbo’s hit song, “Break Ya Back”, there was no hesitation. I’ve always been a huge fan of Timbaland’s work. Especially all the bangers he made with Missy Elliot. Everything from the sequencing, down to how I attacked the beat, was based on a loose interpretation I have of how it would be to actually work with the man, himself.
HipHopCanada: Right on. And you worked with Miss Behaven for the track, too.
Pimpton: Miss Behaven is actually one of my childhood friends. We been kickin’ it for a minute, now. So to say the least, it was fun and easy. She knows me and my music fairly well. So not much instruction was needed. And she smokes killaz. That’s my homie.
HipHopCanada: You always create very extensive mixtapes. This one has 17 tracks on it.
Pimpton: I’m a very long-winded person. I just have so much to say. I actually had to cut five tracks off this mixtape, including a special track that features a certain Battleaxe “Lawn Mower Man” Warrior which will be held off for my next studio album. I actually only have four remixes on this mixtape. All 13 other tracks are original pieces. I’m writing all day and night, so putting out a new tape is no struggle at all. I just bust down some dutch and scribble out my thoughts.
HipHopCanada: Sounds like you’re going to be seeing some Battleaxe Warrior love soon. So Mistah F.A.B. was featured on “Where People Don’t Make It.” But he wasn’t rapping. He was singing. How’d you manage that?
Pimpton: When I was down in the Bay Area, we hit the studio and F.A.B. just started freestyling into the mic. And dude was just droppin’ gems. Eventually he just sang that shit and I was like, “Dope. Let me lace it up.” And thats how that went down.
HipHopCanada: That is so ill. So what’s been good in Regina this summer?
Pimpton: Regina, for me, has been very busy this summer. I’m deep in the lab life—writing flows and booking shows. I try to spend most of my waking hours looking for new ways to improve myself and keep my mind sharp.
HipHopCanada: How has the Pimpton managed to stay pimpin’?
Pimpton: I only smoke killa. Pimpton.
HipHopCanada: You always show so much love for Saskatchewan and the C.J.E. crew. What’s the best thing about Saskatchewan’s hip-hop scene?
Pimpton: Continuous growth. More and more artists are coming to Saskatchewan to throw shows, which is making hip-hop more socially-appreciated and respected. It also feels like since the scene is still so young, people like myself have a golden opportunity to set the bar and forge the sound of Saskatchewan hip-hop as a whole.
HipHopCanada: Word. So do you have any last words for the HipHopCanada readers?
Pimpton: Download my mixtape, Killa Call Me Killa Vol. 1. ASAP. And send it to all your friends. Also follow me on Instagram, SoundCloud and Twitter. And one more thing: Be on the lookout for upcoming 2013 projects from my partners in CJE: Blacktop, Ursa Maja and Malfunction. Pimpton, killa. Peace and love.
Photography courtesy of Pimpton