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Pimpton climbs the MuchMusic charts with “Little Darrell” [Interview]

Regina, SK – Regina’s own Pimpton is climbing the MuchMusic R&B charts this week with his Andre Nickatina-assisted video for “Little Darrell.” The track comes off of Pimpton’s February 2013 mixtape, The Deal Breaker Manifest Destiny (his latest project, Killa Call Me Killa Vol. 1, dropped this summer).

When we caught up with Pimpton earlier on this year, he told us that he’d driven 26 hours from Regina to San Francisco to shoot the visuals with Nickatina. And he approximated that the pair of them smoked around 15 blunts and reefers over the duration of the filming.

This week we caught up with Pimpton (who just got home from the A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta, GA) to chat a bit about Nickatina’s new album, Rihanna’s sassy visuals for “Pour It Up,” and more. Check it out after the jump, and make sure you head over to MuchMusic to peep “Little Darrell” on the charts.

Pimpton climbs the MuchMusic charts with

It’s still a bit surreal for me so I’m just really trying to take time to appreciate where I am, and live in these moments.” – Pimpton

Pimpton: Q&A

Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

HipHopCanada: You’ve been climbing the MuchMusic charts with Andre Nickatina for the video for “Little Darrell.” Do you feel kind of famous now?

Pimpton: I wouldn’t go so far as to say I feel famous. But I definitely feel a lot more accomplished. It’s great to see so many years of hard work paying off in these various ways. I’ve always dreamt of seeing myself on TV doing what I love, so I’m excited to see what I do next.

HipHopCanada: Andre Nickatina ended up featuring “Little Darrell” (as a bonus track) on his recently released self-titled album.

Pimpton: That track being featured on King Nicky’s new album (which is a straight banger) is definitely a major move, in my eyes. Honestly it’s still a bit surreal for me so I’m just really trying to take time to appreciate where I am, and live in these moments.

HipHopCanada: What’s the best compliment you’ve received on that Nickatina collabo, so far?

Pimpton: The best compliments I’ve received so far either have to be a fan telling me that they consider “Little Darrell” to be one of the top five songs on the album; the fact that it’s the fifth most purchased song on iTunes (of Nicky’s album); or when I was down in Atlanta for A3C, we hit up an after-hours spot where we had the DJ play the track. And the next morning one of the ladies working the door messaged me on Facebook explaining that she thought she was the only person in the dirty south who was a devoted fan of Andre, and was now a devoted fan of Pimpton.

HipHopCanada: That’s so dope. So what’s the most important thing Nickatina has taught you?

Pimpton: He taught me to trust in my abilities, and essentially, to flip them. In other words, take all my knowledge, skills and influence and use them to get paid.

HipHopCanada: What’s your favourite track off his new album (excluding yours, of course)?

Pimpton: I probably listen to the track “Jelly” and “The Banger” the most out of the other tracks. But it depends on my mood, [as to] which [track] I would call my fave. And another day, that’ll change.

HipHopCanada: You have a thing for collaborating with artists from the Bay.

Pimpton: I like collaborating with any artist or person who I vibe with. And it just so happens a number of artists from the Bay catch that same vibe.

HipHopCanada: Rihanna is currently sitting in the number one spot on the Much R&B video charts with her new visuals for “Pour It Up.” What did you think of the video?

Pimpton: She’s all good, in my books. As far as the video, yeah, it’s dope. Ri always has crazy production and good music going into her projects and it shows. Evidently that number one spot is a reflection of that.

HipHopCanada: And she definitely gets her twerk on all over the place. What’s the deal with twerking?

Pimpton: Never tried. Definitely a fan. Not everybody should engage in it. But if you got it, you got it.

HipHopCanada: Fair enough. So how can your fans help you continue climbing the charts?

Pimpton: I don’t think [MuchMusic] actually [plays] vids based on fan call-ins, or things of that such. To my understanding, it’s more based on the popularity of the vid on other outlets like blogs.

HipHopCanada: So it looks like the Pimpton fans will have to unleash a flurry of “Little Darrell” blog postings. Do you have any last thoughts to share with the HipHopCanada readers?

Pimpton: Stay tuned for more great music [and] some major collabs. And also be on the lookout for my patna Ursa Maja’s new album coming out Oct. 15.

Twitter: @ThePimpton | @andrenickatina | @IAmUrsaMaja

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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 a former 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: @ThisIsSarahJay

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