What better way to prep for tomorrow’s release of Vibe’s new mixtape, Hakuna Matata, than with a thorough introduction to the duo in the form of an interview. You may remember our past posts about these two, but, if not, I’ll let them do the talking.
Preview: Vibe Interview Spoiler
NSK: Welcome to the NSK Hot Seat! Please introduce Vibe to the readers.
VIBE: Chris Young The Rapper and Rossy are Vibe. Vibe by definition means; “A distinctive emotional atmosphere; sensed intuitively”. When we make music, we affect your emotional atmosphere with meaningful lyrics and addictive melodies.
NSK: What is your goal with your new mixtape, Hakuna Matata?
Rossy: To spread Good Vibes across the globe and most of all save people from the noise that we hear on the radio today. We want people of all cultures, all generations and all backgrounds to smile when they first hear us, that’s the ultimate goal.
Chris Young The Rapper: To increase the good vibes and spread the overall message that artistic originality is still alive.
NSK: Good vibes all day. Speaking of Hakuna Matata, who is your favorite Lion King character, and why?
Rossy: Rafiki…he was like the spiritual guide for Simba…and he lived in a dope tree house
Chris Young: Rafiki. He was obviously a vibey wise ass monkey stoner.
“Read more” below for the rest of our interview with Vibe, covering topics from their favorite halloween costumes, their workflow, and even their thoughts on the Occupy movements across the globe.
NSK: Rossy, what is one thing that people should know about Chris Young the Rapper?
Rossy: If God put one person on earth for a purpose, it would be Chris Young The Rapper…His philosophy has rubbed off on me for the last two years and quite frankly it has made me a better person. I thank him for that…
NSK: Chris, what is one thing that people should know about Rossy?
Chris Young: He’s one of the most hospitable people I know. Rossy is the type of friend that’s always there with some good advice, good cooking and he’s a great wingman. He’s truly a one of a kind ridiculously talented legit ass dude.
NSK: Good to know! What are your favorite Youtube videos?
Rossy: There are SO many…probably “Drummer at wrong gig.” But ever since “Music” Television died, I watch music videos on Youtube now…I do my own TRL every Friday in my apartment.
Chris Young: It’s between “The Unforgivable” series or Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain.” Me and Leo from “The Meteorites” (our Management/Visionary team) met Tay in LA, that’s on youtube, too haha.
NSK: All classics, gotta love ‘em! Describe your workflow when making a song?
Rossy: Well considering that we live in two different cities (San Diego and Tucson), the workflow consists of sharing song ideas via garageband/gmail. This summer when we were writing for the Hakuna Matata mixtape, I was in my hometown (Lake Oswego, Oregon) and I would write/record all of the songs with my acoustic guitar, add the beat on Reason and record it on garageband. I would then email the song over to cyoung with the verses open so he could record his part; there you have the demo process. The workflow is more like preparation for the studio, which we record all of our final shit in Tucson, AZ with our engineer Tyler Fenton at Upstairs Recordings.
Chris Young: Hey Rossy, whatcha humming over there? Oh a song about making your dreams a reality? I like that. I’ll freestyle about that then take the best lines from this freestyle and put them into a song. Dude we just made a classic in 20min. Damn.
NSK: Hakuna Matata comes out on Halloween. What have been your best Halloween costumes and/or favorite Halloween memories?
Rossy: A hobo…when I was like 5…not much has changed. Also, I loved to trick or treat at the houses with king sized kit-kats, it was game over!
Chris Young: I was 3 years old and my mom had me dressed up in a box as a birthday present. She just put a bow on me and viola I was set. I’ve also celebrated halloween in Santa Barbara. They rage pretty hard out there.
NSK: You two have very different styles, but they mesh perfectly when on a track. Which artists would you say have influenced your styles the most?
Rossy: As far as songwriting goes, I am influenced greatly by Bob Marley and The Beatles…I think they mastered that craft flawlessly. As far as singers are concerned, I dig the Marley flow, Jason Mraz, John Legend and Chris Martin of Coldplay. I also produce everything you hear from VIBE, so I definetly look up to producers like “40,”(Drakes Producer), “The Neptunes” (Pharrel and N.E.R.D) and Kanye as well.
Chris Young: I’m highly influenced by Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Tupac Shakur and One Be Lo from Binary Star. The list always changes but that’s what I’ll say for now. I grew up listening to a lot of gospel music as well so I always carry a spiritual essence to my style.
NSK: I can definitely hear a lot those influences, all great artists. What do you guys think about the Occupy Wall Street movement going on right now?
Rossy: From the music industry perspective, the musicians are the 99% and the 1% are the ones putting the music on the radio. Unfortunately that 1% has a huge monopoly over the industry because of wealth and greed, so I think these protests are necessary to put things into perspective on all levels, not just Wall Street. Free speech is powerful, man and it can drastically change the way a democracy is run.
Chris Young: The power is in the people. Always has been and will forever be.
NSK: Why are you Not Some Kid?
Preview: Vibe is Not Some Kid
Why am I Not Some Kid? I think it comes to me as a choice. I’ve chosen to be who I am, which is Not Some Kid. Life is about choices. You can choose to be mediocre or you can choose to be amazing, it’s up to you. And you just gotta live up to your choice. Keep it real, keep it nasty, I’m out.
I am Not Some Kid, because I poop with the door open.
There you have it, folks! If you want to rep the Not Some Kid movement, too, be sure to pick up our new “Not Some Kid” shirts HERE.
Special thanks to Rossy and Chris Young the Rapper for the interview.ShareThis