Just a week before his upcoming performance at Reggies Rock Club (March 27th) 20-something-year old rapper Legit, born and raised in Chicago, stops by Columbia Chicago to share a few words on his buzzworthy music video “N*gger in Northface”. A song about his belief that everyone is racists to different degrees. With his body language laid-back and energy well poised, Legit sits against a wall shifting gears from his more serious side to his fascination with Danny Ocean and Kidz These Dayz. Oh and his ego! See more after the jump.
Isis: So you said that you used to rap under this different name and ‘when I had this other name I would rap stereotypically like a lot of my favorite artists…’
Legit: At that time.
Isis: And you said you were rapping as a listener.
Legit: Mhmmm. Well, I was making the type of music that I was listening too and not necessarily the type of music that reflected me. And I guess it’s nothing wrong with that but me personally, I wanted to make music that I could relate to because I felt like there weren’t a lot of people making that type of music at the time.
Isis: What was it at the time, was it the snap music?
Legit: Uh uh! It was before the snap music. It was like 50 Cent, the gangster music. 50 Cent was my favorite rapper when I first started rapping. I don’t like 50 cent at all now, but back then that was…
Isis: So you were doing it earlier!
Legit: Yeah like 2004, 2003-ish
Isis: And what are you most known for now?
Legit: (Laughs) The “N*gger in Northface” video.
Isis: We’ll get to that! And what are you unknown for?
Legit: Oh man I don’t know. What am I not known for? My ego I guess. I keep my ego concealed. I try to at least.
Isis: And your trillest adventure?
Legit: (Laughs) My trillest adventures! As it relates in music or in life?
Isis: In life! It could be either or.
Legit: Man I had some trill adventures a couple days go. St. Patrick’s Day was crazy.
Isis: St. Patrick’s Day was crazy! Do you have any favorite blogs that you go to?
Legit: Oh yeah I have couple like Fake Shore Drive, 2dopeboyz, Ruby Hornet.
Isis: Please say illroots
Legit: Ill…oh of course! I mean it’s very difficult to get on illroots. I got on there once.
Isis: I saw. That’s how I searched you and saw “N*gger in Northface”.
Legit: The thing with illroots is they’re based in Chicago but they don’t focus on Chicago Hip-Hop. They focus on the bigger artists but they just happen to be in Chicago so I think that’s why it’s a little harder to get on there.
Isis: Right I totally understand. I been trying to get Darnell to put one of my friends on for the longest, it’s so hard! But I really do, I like them a lot.
Legit: Yeah they shoot videos too.
Isis: Yes I know. They had like their launch party here in February did you get to go to it?
Legit: No. I didn’t hear about it until like the night of.
Isis: Oh yeah they were announcing it the day of which I think can work but I don’t know how it works in Chicago.
Legit: If you’re big enough it’s perfect. If you announce it too far ahead it may be too many people that you might not necessarily want there.
Isis: So what inspired you to explore racial issues with the “N*gger In Northface” one?
Legit: Basically my freshman year of college I was at Loyola University up north and it’s predominately Caucasian as most universities are. I on the phone with a friend of mine I was like 'yeah I'mma marry a white girl all these white girls up here' just joking. Then I went nah let me quit playing, my mom would kill you. And then my friend was like ‘nigga my mom would kill you if you brought a white girl home.’ So we were laughing and shit when I started thinking about that mindset right there, which was something I don’t think is portrayed as much. That everybody is racist. The fact that my mother would get offended if I brought a white girl home, I think that’s racist. I felt like exploring this belief that I have that everybody is racists just to different degrees. In the first verse my mother is super adamant, like she doesn’t like it at all, then we go to the second verse and her dad is the same way about me then we got her mom who is okay but she still feels a little weird, so it’s like just these different degrees on how racists people can be.
Isis Nicole: What’s “Danny Ocean” about?
Legit: The video tells a story but the song itself is based on one of my favorite movies, the Ocean Eleven series, and Danny Ocean is the main character who was like the smoothest guy ever and just cool as fuck. I thought it would be really dope to make a song that reflected that side of myself.
Isis: Is this under The (Post) Graduation Tape?
Legit: Coloring Outside The Line….(pauses)
Isis: What were you going to say?
Legit: I don’t really have any music to be found…
Isis: From the past?
Legit: I mean, I do but it’s like really hard to find.
Isis: Now this is like a challenge. You’re challenging me!
Legit: It’s actually not that hard to find, it’s on my website. I need to take it off!
Isis: I’ll try to look that up.
Legit: You better hurry up!
Isis: No fair! So you have a show coming up on the 27th at Reggie’s?
Legit: Yes mamn. Digital Freshness, Ruby Hornet and Jugrnaut put it together and threw me on the bill.
Isis: And what was your collaborations with Harmonius Dynasty about?
Legit: Basically, I really like live instrumentation a lot.
Isis: That helps rappers so much.
Legit: It’s so underrated! Have you heard of Kidz These Days?
Isis: Yeah I’ve seen them live too.
Legit: I love Kidz These Days for the live instrumentation. So my manger linked me up with HD and we practiced an extended version of a song that I made, and it came out pretty dope. I was really happy with it and I love performing with a band.
Isis: Do you have any favorite shows that you’ve done that stands out the most?
Legit: I think my most memorable was the Big Mouth that I did in October. We had a really good response.
Isis: How would you describe your sound?
Legit: At its core, it’s really Hip-Hop as cliche as that may seem.
Isis: But I understand what you’re saying.
Legit: And I want to take that to other sounds. Being really lyrical on a radio friendly record, you don’t see that often. You really don’t see that at all and that’s something I try to do. I won’t say that I’ve done it but that’s something that I try to do.