Last week, during the Toronto stop of the What Dreams May Come Tour, Bas sat down with the lovely Tia Gordon of Hip Hop Canada. Bas discusses a variety of topics along with some funny (and fiended) stories and audio clips. Check out an excerpt below:
HipHopCanada: Let’s talk about about May 27th, 2010.
Bas: May 27th, 2010. That was a great day.
HipHopCanada: That was your birthday – a great day that also got you into rapping. So, what happened?
Bas: Yeah! I used to DJ a lot of parties in the city. Mostly for these two guys [pointing to his friends]. They went to NYU, so they brought me in on their party scene – DJ’ing, shit like that, hanging out. That same night, I DJ’ed my own birthday party and we got back to the crib in West Village, probably like, 5AM, and we broke out a bottle of Svedka and uh, [laughing] some other…intoxicants and we just made it a night! We just kept going, probably until 7 in the morning, we were just getting fucked up and he was like “Yo man, let’s put on the Macbook and rap!” I was like “Nigga, I ain’t no fucking rapper! I ain’t doing that shit!” But I was bodied – it didn’t take much convincing. I was like, “Alright, cool.” I think the first beat we got on was Kanye [West]’s “Breathe In Breathe Out” on College Dropout, the joint with Luda [Ludacris]. We got on that beat, it was cool.
We didn’t think nothing of it. We played it the next day, just smoking, getting high and we were like “Yo, let’s do another one!” So, we just went on Hipstrumentals [hipstrumentals.com] and pulled up “O Let’s Do It” Waka’s [Waka Flocka Flame] joint and we rapped on that. Then, it just so happened to be that the month of Ramadan was starting next week and I had good intentions that year to really do it right because I had a really crazy summer. So I was like “I’m gonna try to no drugs, no alcohol for a month and do it like how I’m supposed to do it.” I did! That whole month, I had nothing to do so I was just writing. First of all, you’re fasting, so you’re pretty hungry and you’re not doing any drugs. After the first week, you have a crazy mental clarity.
Bas: You know how they say homies go on hunger strikes and shit and they’re all up here? It’s kind of the same thing, I was just so clearheaded. I did a whole project that month that we never released. It was actually the original Quarter Water Raised Me. It had the title track and everything, but I felt like I got so much better in the next year that I just scrapped the whole project.
HipHopCanada: What was your most surreal celebrity encounter?
See the full interview exclusively at HipHopCanada.com: Fiends In Toronto
Thanks again to Tia Gordon, Hip Hop Canada, and all the #Fiends in Toronto that should us one of the bet fucking times.
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