Interview: Roosh Williams
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:38:23
Houston counts everybody from Beyoncé to Bun B amongst its hometown legends. You can add another one to the list. Roosh Williams represents H-town with a fierce, fiery, and focused flow that instantly turns heads. In between those tight bars, he also delivers hooks worthy of humming. He makes Texas even bigger...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Roosh Williams talks "Deep End" and so much more.
What's the story behind "Deep End?"
It's a song about people misusing your trust in life in general and more specifically in the industry when it comes to the rap game. I talk about sharks in the water, and that's what I'm referring to. There are sharks in the water. They're ready to chomp you to bits when they get the chance. That's what it's all about. It's pretty awesome to have Scarface on there elaborating on it all.
How did you get hooked up with Scarface?
I had some producers who were working with someone who used to work with Scarface that initially tried to make the link. In a roundabout way, it ended up happening because I have a relationship with Scarface's engineer, Steve O. He's actually one of the first people I started working with a few years ago before he was Scarface's engineer. Steve O is one of the most respected on the underground level here.
Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
It is! I appreciate you bringing that up. It's all imagery. I want to create something that the listener can interpret and create his or her own picture from. They'll see it how they see it. Someone can say something, and you or I will both take it differently. We're both right because it's up to our individual interpretations. You put the image down and let the listener fill in the blanks. I put a canvas up there and let them go.
Where else does inspiration come from?
I just draw it out of my head. It's all based on emotion and how I'm feeling. The records I write come from there. If I'm feeling good, it's going to come through in the song. If I'm pissed off, it'll come through in the song. It's how I see things, and I try to narrate it appropriately.
Where did "Staring At Me" come from?
Did you ever walk into a place and just want to be alone? You don't want anyone bothering you. People are looking at you and downgrading you with their eyes. It's all about that. I'm talking about how I don't like that. Sometimes, when you walk into a place, you just want to be left alone.
What artists shaped you?
A wide variety of artists have influenced my style—artists like Eminem, OutKast, Ludacris, DMX, Busta Rhymes, and Atmosphere to name a few. Any artist that makes you feel different and gives a special kind of energy when you listen to their music...those are artists that have helped shape me.
If your album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
This is probably one of the best questions I've ever been asked. Let's say it's a mix of Jumanji because it's a unique perspective of what the game is like from a kid like me and Office Space because a lot of the time I spent creating this project was done while I was working a job I absolutely hated.
What's next for you?
I look forward to pushing the new album as far as I can. I have some cool ideas for videos that I want to shoot to really bring the album to life. SXSW is around the corner, which is always a dope time of year. I want to take some chances outside of my comfort zone both physically and artistically. I want to try some new stuff in the studio musically, and I plan to make some outta town trips to keep things moving along and get it to as many ears as I can.
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