LOUIS LOGIC - Interview

A few weeks after the release of its successful Loud Mouth single, and just when his album Music to Drink by is released, Louis Logic tells us about his career, his vision of hip-hop, the next Jedi Mind Tricks album and many others things. Meeting with a nice rapper.

First, is your real name Louis or Louie (this is a bit confusing for me)?

It's actually Louis, but before I was adopted it was Luis pronounced Louie, people call me both.

What made me interested in Louis Logic and discover Music to Drink by was first your fellowship with the Jedi Mind Tricks (one of my top favorite underground acts), and then your collaboration with J-Treds and L-Fudge ? How and when did you start working with all this underground big names ? How did you join the Superegular family?

I met L-Fudge through a friend who hosted a college radio show, and we did a song together about a month after we first spoke. When the material was finished I began shopping it around to find someone to press it, and one of the places I was coming to a lot was Philadelphia to go to Open Mic nights at Bobbito's Footwork store. I met Ikon of JMT there, and we soon became good friends. He was watching me shop my first 12" around with L-Fudge on it, and he asked if I wanted to consider putting it out on Superegular, which I eventually did. I met J-Treds through a mutual friend from Queens named Wiseguy. I called Guy because he knew everyone, and I was working on a second 12", so I thought I would look Treds up since I liked his stuff so much. Wiseguy introduced Treds and I over the phone, and J and I became pretty good friends over the course of the next year. It was in that time we did General Principle for the second 12".

What was your past and history before joining the hip hop world?

I was a pro skater for about a year after about nine years of skateboarding. I rode for a little company out of Long Island, New York called Number Nine, who actuall makes the blanks for Zoo York now. Other than that I have been a fan of just about every kind of music imaginable, but I always had a passion for hip hop.

What other connections (many I guess) do you have with the hip hop underground?

I am good friend with a lot of folks. The Boston Kids, 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Virtuoso, Skitzophreniks, Insight. I also very cool with Bahamadia, and I used to live with Chops of the Mountain Brothers. He actually recorded the first song I ever wrote. It wasn't very good though. I'm cool with the Molemen from Chicago and Celph Titled and Apathy. I know most of the more respected people in some way, but that's pretty much my family.

I’ve requested an interview to J-Zone as well. I read on tha-real.com that you would really like working with him. That would be great (you are my two favorites of the moment). Have we any chance to see it happen?

I've been talking to him about it,but I don't think he likes my stuff or something because I gave some shit to check out and have e-mailed him and talked to him in person on a few occasions, and he's not made any great effort to make it happen or even get back at me. Oh well, I still like his stuff.

There is a huge discussion about illegal MP3 at the moment, especially with the Napster closure. Indie hip hop fans have very different opinions about it. Some think it spoils newcomer’s careers, some others consider it makes underground artists more accessible. You chose an original solution by letting a well-known MP3 site proposing your CD for free, under the condition that 3 unrelased tracks remain unavailable? Do you consider this as a good solution?

Sure, I mean at the time there wasn't really much else I could do about it. I figured the CD would end up on there anyway, so I figured if I contacted them first and simply requested that they keep the exclusives from the post, everyone would get what they wanted. Plus I am aware that some kids have no other means for getting the music, so I wanted to try to look out for those kids without screwing myself out of potential CD sales.

You’ll participate to the new Jedi Mind Tricks album (one of the most anticipated hip hop albums this year) to be released in a few weeks. What will this track look like and be about?

I'm on two tracks on the Jedi album which probably won't see the stores until late September or October. The first song I'm on is Trinity from the b-side of the Heavenly Divine single with myself and L-Fudge. The other song is with myself, Ikon, Jus Allah new comer B.A. Barrakis, and El Dorado aka Diamondback from Tommy Boy artists, Deadly Snakes. It's pretty much a battle rhyme song and the production is outstanding.

Let’s finish with the 3 standard questions French interviewers always ask to US HH artists. First, do you plan visiting Europe? Do we have any chance to see you and the Superegular family here, in a short or middle term?

I have every intention of getting to Europe this fall. I don't know if I'll be flying solo for that venture or if the Superegular squad will be accompanying me.

Most of our compatriots do not understand English lyrics : do you consider they cannot appreciate your music just as Americans do?

That is a good question, I don't think that is necessarily true, that they are unable to appreciate the music to the same extent as English speaking listeners. One can still detect the intricacy of rhyming words, patterns and flows. Then there is the voice and of course the beat which is often the winner anyway.

Third and last question : do you know French HH ? My own opinion is that it is not as good as some people say, but let’s speak frankly?

You know what, in all honesty I don't really know much about French hip hop, and what I do know of, I assumed was the pop rap artists who most underground fans probably don't like. Considering those artists, I've never actually heard someone I was all that impressed by, but that means very little since I haven't heard the cream of the French hip hop crop. It would be one thing if I had heard an artist that everyone agrees is one of the premier French artists and I thought they stunk, but I don't even know anyone other than like Mc Solaar.

Any special message or statement to end this interview?

Sure,.. hip hop heads should read more...check out Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, Dostoevsky, Camus..etc. And also I would like to add that people should keep in mind that the music is for entertainment purposes, hence when I say, "I practice peer pressure and promote unsafe sex" on the Loudmouth single for example, it is just a joke for entertainment purposes. People take these things too literally and even approach me to ask if I am really like my songs say I am. If you mean, am I really an obnoxious immature guy who drinks too much and watches a lot of porn, then the answer is yes, am I crazy? Probably not, but I'll leave that for the shrinks to decide.

Thanks for your time and interest. Bon soir France.

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