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Obey the Crooks delivers the Care Package [Interview]

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Calgary, AB – On Sept. 8, Obey the Crooks (OTC) launches their most recent Care Package mixtape. The five-track tape showcases the duo’s rapper-vocalist brand of indie-electronic hip-hop with spacey tunes and killer production. Care Package features local MCs MAXJULLIAN and A.Y.E., as well as solo work by OTC rapper Monski and vocalist Beach Season, respectively. The Crooks originally planned the project as Mixtape Vol. 3. But as summer 2013 progressed, they decided to compile their favorite tracks into a “small package.”

So what would OTC put in a care package for HipHopCanada? The Crooks told us they would send us: a 2 Live Crew bootleg Greatest Hits CD, one of the official OTC tank tops, a bowl of Donda West’s famous chicken soup and a sprinkle of keef to top it off. That sounds like a dope little swag. This week, we caught up with the Crooks to find out more about the new tape, Steve Jobs’ music taste, and more. Check it out after the jump.

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Obey the Crooks: Q&A

Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

HipHopCanada: So tell us how Obey the Crooks came to be.

Beach Season: We met when we were about 12 years old in middle school. Simon was the one who introduced me to hip-hop and helped broaden my musical taste. Later in high school we had formed a small indie band with two other friends. That didn’t really work out so we split off and did a bit of a 180 with our respective hip hop [and] electronic influences.

HipHopCanada: So many duos out there consist of a rapper and a producer. But you guys switch things up a bit. Monski provides the raps. Beach Season does the vocals. And you both produce. Do you ever get into production squabbles?

Monski: Typically we make our beats separately. I find that our different tastes are apparent in our production. And that gives us a sort of range of genre. If I make a dope beat, I’ll send it to Beach. And if he digs it we’ll get down to work, and vice versa. If the track doesn’t click with the homie, then we either shelf it or use it for solo work.

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HipHopCanada: So let’s talk about that dope track, “Third Eye” (with MAXJULLIAN and A.Y.E.) that you dropped the video for last week. What’s the official OTC definition of being on some “third eye shit.”

Beach Season: Allowing yourself to be open to outside influences. And more specifically, [creating] songs that are a true reflection of yourself and your life experiences. It’s all about seeing a higher enlightenment and connecting your mind, body and spirit.

Monski: Gettin’ trippy.

HipHopCanada: Monski, you did a little joint on the album called “Steve Jobs.” If Steve Jobs came back from the dead and listened to OTC, which tracks do you think he’d be bumping?

Monski: Honestly I don’t [think] Steve dabbled with the hip-hop genre. He’s probably vibing to some Celine Dion or U2 upstairs. But if he did listen to OTC I’d have to say he’d feel a connection to “All You Need,” which is about the idea of college as a necessary institute for success (considering he dropped out after six months).

HipHopCanada: Beach Season, your track “Roleplay” remixes Ciara’s popular “1, 2 Step” track. What was your vision for that?

Beach Season: It was the weirdest moment when i decided to use that hook because I had been listening to that song on repeat all week. Then I just started singing her hook over the loop I made and it just worked so naturally. I had to pitch shift it a bit and tweak the speed, though. I didn’t really have a vision for it, per se. I just wanted to make a dance-ish, beat-oriented track.

HipHopCanada: So can you actually 1, 2 step?

Beach Season: Only after a couple drinks in a dark room where no one can see me.

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Photography courtesy of Obey the Crooks
Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

Obey the Crooks in Concert

Catch OTC opening for Joey Bada$$ at the Alibi Room on Sept. 12. Then the guys head to Quebec for POP Montreal on Sept. 28. And keep it locked on the next OTC project. It’s a full-blown collaboration with A.Y.E. We can’t wait to see what they cook up for us.


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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah was born-and-raised in Calgary, AB. She is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a 2013 graduate from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism program. She writes about hip-hop and fashion (and sometimes a combination of the two). She also manages a vintage clothing boutique on-the-side. Sarah has written for The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in Jan. 2013 as Canadian Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview some pretty cool cats, including Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Twitter: @IHeartTART

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