Before relaunching our website and brand back in February, we had dedicated a lot of resources towards getting things completed and ready to share with our viewers. As a result, various projects and releases we would have showcased, didn’t get the love and attention they deserved.
But we kept a list and hope to get as many into our archive as possible.
One project in particular is the M.O.T.H. or Memoirs of a Hustler album by Edmonton recording artist and producer, Deuce Fantastick.
The 18-track debut was released in May 2017, and features a small handful of guests including (in order of appearance) Jae Maze, K Riz, Dizzy, K Blitz, Mac Million, and Young Tox.
Deuce released solo projects before – like Fantastic For A Reason in 2013, or a couple of projects as a member of a group earlier on in his career – but M.O.T.H. marked Deuce’s official solo debut.
In August 2017, Deuce would connect with director Jeff Eckert to add visual support to the album’s single, “See You Later.” It’s the only video to be released off the project to date, but more could be on the way.
And nobody would question Deuce’s desire to keep promotions for M.O.T.H. going, as it’s certainly his best body of work to date. It showcases his immense skill set, his infectious energy and his versatile approach to creating a record. It’s rare to find an artist who seems to mesh so well with other entities while maintaining their own unique brand and flavour. Deuce’s chemistry with the guests on his album really speaks to that.
M.O.T.H. is presented as a memoir, and if you listen to it from start to finish you might just feel like you’ve known Deuce since his Peep Game days as a teen. A lot has changed since then, but it’s the root of his creativity and the foundation that M.O.T.H. was built off of.
We were curious about Mr. Fantastick’s plans for 2018 – relating to M.O.T.H. or otherwise – and reached out to the him with some questions.
You can check his answers out below,m along with the album and “See You Later” video. M.O.T.H. is available on various digital platforms.
Q&A: DEUCE FANTASTICK
HipHopCanada: Do you have plans to release any more visuals in support of M.O.T.H.?
Deuce Fantastick: Hell yeah, I most definitely plan on releasing at least two more visuals for the project. I feel like it’s my best work to date so I plan on pushing it as long as possible.
HipHopCanada: Which songs on the project have gotten you the best feedback?
Deuce Fantastick: Everyone that I’ve asked has had a different response which I feel speaks volumes on the project as a whole… but a few that keep coming up are “See you later,” “City of Champs,” “Money right,” “The Oath,” and “Double Homicide.”
HipHopCanada: How do you approach writing a new song? Is there a particular method you employ from one tune to the next?
Deuce Fantastick: I don’t really have one way that I approach writing a track… every song that I write comes out in its own unique way. I try to stay open to the fact that I intend to create music and let life inspire the rest… with that being said, a lot of my best ideas come to me while I’m driving. I almost never physically write anymore, a lot of my work is done in my head.
HipHopCanada: How does being a solo artist compare to being a member of a group?
Deuce Fantastick: Being in a group was a super dope experience, but I prefer creating songs on my solo tip. It gives me full creative control and the ability to be 100% true to the message that I want to get across and express.
HipHopCanada: How do you feel the Edmonton scene has fared over the last few years? Who’s really putting on for the city these days in your opinion (aside from yourself, of course)?
Deuce Fantastick: I feel like the Edmonton scene is in the best shape it’s ever been in. As a city, I truly feel we have the talent to compete with any major city in Canada and a select few of us have the ability to take the shit to the international level! I’m proud of the steps my city has taken to grow and continues to take to build up! We are far from where we need to be, but I think we are heading in the right direction. Shout out everyone in E-Town that takes this shit seriously and is working to put yourselves and the city on the map. I see you and I got love for you!
HipHopCanada: You’ve been involved with some big tours over the years. Any plans to hit the road again soon?
Deuce Fantastick: I’ve definitely done my fair share of tours from cross Canada with The Outlawz to cross Europe with Az, and the late great Sean Price. RIP! Both were amazing experiences… I took some time off the road to raise my son and build my beautiful family. Now that my boy is a little older, I intend to get back on the road and build up my brand. I’ve stepped up my live performance game, I now perform with a live band and feel really good about what we are doing. Definitely ready for the world to hear our sound.
HipHopCanada: What’s next for you in 2018?
Deuce Fantastick: In 2018, I wanna keep pushing my album #MOTH but also I will be releasing two EPs for my fans, so look out for those. Last but not least, I’ll be releasing monthly remixes and verses in a compilation of music that I am calling ‘Audio Cardio.’ I just wanna flood the streets with that Fantastick sound… plus staying busy with mad shows!
Lastly, I wanna give a shout to my people… Vylintz… Mac… Xian. These cats have some of the best production in the world, as far as I’m concerned, and I’m blessed to have ’em on my team. I wanna give a huge shout to all the rappers on M.O.T.H.. Thank you all, y’all murdered your verses like I knew you would! Wanna give a huge shout out to my band Cory and Joel! Y’all are amazing musicians. And lastly, I want to say thank you to my family for always believing in me and my dreams, and my beautiful wife for always pushing me to be the best version of myself as possible. Blessings and guidance.
Interview conducted by Jesse Plunkett for HipHopCanada
Check out the official site DeuceFantastick.com.