Skewby Interview 1/29/11
Recently, The Broken Record caught up with artist Skewby out of Memphis as he stopped through ATL for his Meet & Greet. He is currently promoting his new project, More or Less. It was a pleasure that he took time away from his Twitter peeps to chat with us. Check out just how cool and shall I say…unique, Skewby really is.
BR: So what was the 1st thing that made you wanna do music?
Skewby: I was 12 years old, my parents had divorced, and before that I wanted to play basketball but I always rapped. I been rapping since the third grade but I never took it serious. When they divorced I didn’t have any friends. I didn’t have the same passion to go outside and pick up a ball. I didn’t have the same passion for it, so I started writing music. I started writing about how I felt, how I was angry, and da da da. How that related to me? It felt better than a person related to me like having an actual friend. Like rap was my best friend and at that moment that’s when I knew I wanted to do it forever. So that was it.
BR: Who would you say is your biggest inspiration for your music?
Skewby: I mean, as I was growing up it was Jay-Z cause that was like the 1st rapper with lyrics that I really started listening to. But as I get older I relate to people like Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest. Like I really love what he does; I listen to him a lot. Uh Common is one of my favorite rappers. And of course 8Ball, MJG, UGK.
BR: Memphis. LOL
Skewby: Yea you know Memphis. The south. And really Pimp C too. I loved his honesty. It’s certain things about certain people that I take and kinda put into my arsenal of rhymes or whatever. Pimp’s honesty, Phife Dawg’s confidence, Jay-Z’s consistency, and Common’s way that he displays honesty in his music.
BR: As far as something unusual, what’s something that not even your fans know about you?
Skewby: I don’t watch television.
BR: At all?
Skewby: I don’t watch any television, at all. I only read books, magazines, articles, NY Times. My favorite author’s Seth Garden. I love black history. That’s one of my favorite things to read about. I only watch comedies and romances. I don’t watch negative images at all. I don’t watch fights, don’t watch WorldStar, don’t like guns. Im just positive energy that’s really what I represent. Its real. But I kinda sneak it into my music cuz I don’t wanna come off super positive. But it’s a secret message that I’m putting into people’s brains cuz I know I have that power as a rapper. That’s my responsibility that I wanna have. That’s pretty much it…I don’t watch television.
BR: Whats your favorite car?
Skewby: A 1997 Corvette.
BR: What’s your favorite old school car?
Skewby: Well 97’s kinda old, but yea that’s not old school. LOL Because I don’t know any I’m gonna say the ‘64 Impala cuz that’s always the acceptable car in all the videos. And I’m a gangsta. Not a bad gangsta, a good gangsta…if there is such a thing. I mean, you can make whatever up it’s 2011 man. If you’re creative, you’re a gangsta. (laughs)
BR: Do you feel you’ve already “made it” and if so, what was that I made it point?
Skewby: I haven’t already made it. I’m so far away from making it in my mind. I can tell you how I know I haven’t made it because I woulda had 300 people here at New Era tonight. Not sayin I’m disappointed cuz I’m a realist. I know 20 people from Atlanta follow me on Twitter, so I expected 20 people to come here shaking my hand. But I think being real and looking in the mirror makes me proud of every accomplishment I’ve done. I’ve proud of what I haven’t accomplished. I’m proud of those things too. When I make it I’ll be pretty happy. I don’t want the whole world. I don’t wanna be #1. I wanna be able to do music and support my family.
BR: What keeps you so humble?
Skewby: A great family. My mom she’s my best friend. I love the simple things. And like really tho, being in the industry I’ve gotten the chance to meet people that I’ve looked up to and they let me down when I met em. Seeing how materialistic they were and seeing how they judge people. I’ve never been into that. I’ve never been into judging people by how many followers they got on Twitter, what purse they got, or what kinda shoes you got on. I wasn’t always fresh and I wanted people to talk to me. I just appreciate real life and real people. People like my grandfather, like my mother, like my sister. We real people so that’s what I like being around.
BR: Last question, what is 1 thing you would like the world to know from Skewby? Whatever’s on your mind.
Skewby: Well I read the Willie Lynch pamphlet today. They should go read that. It’s pretty crazy. I just can’t believe somebody said those words.
BR: Tell us what it’s about.
Skewby: It is the pamphlet that a white man wrote on how to control slaves and how to make black people mentally go against each other. In it he said that it’ll work 300 years from now and obviously it’s been way over 300 years. It’s crazy. They should go download “More or Less” if they haven’t already. They should go get “Midnight Marauders,” the Tribe Called Quest album. And love everybody even the people that hate you. That’s real love just misguided love.