Today we are chilling with Whiplash. On a cold frigid day in the New York area we reached to the land down under, Australia, to talk to the new internet sensation….
HipHopLEAD: What’s good Whiplash … everything good?
Whiplash: What’s up! Yeah trying to make everything all good but you know how it is up and down, trying to keep the ups up. Actually I helped save a woman from drowning today so it was an up and down experience, now feeling the up of it getting the rewards – big box of beer, champagne and a thank you card! Life’s a bitch and then you die.
HipHopLEAD: Wow … thats great to hear playa! How did you come up with your rap name?
Whiplash: I was called Whiplash as a teenager, my group of local homies called me that all the time, so when I became a rapper I used my nickname as my artist name to be closer to who I am. Something’s in my life were damaged or injured so it connected technically to the Whiplash injury. I was whiplashed mentally and I did have a lot of physical injuries like that too.
HipHopLEAD: Does Australia have a prominent hip hop scene?
Whiplash: Yeah there is a scene in the major cities but I am from the country so I am isolated to that. I live near a popular music town though, full of musicians more than rappers. It pisses me off though because it seems everyone is rapping now, whether they can do it well or not. It’s a real in thing right now. Rap is all over the radio here. The commercial side sucks because they play who pays, not who slays.
HipHopLEAD: Air it out homie….
Whiplash: I would like to say a big f u to the Australian promoters and labels that never gave me a chance. Whether that was a no to a show spot, radio plays or record deals. I have not been given any chance and I made big efforts. The best music is coming from the USA. I would like to say a big thank you to a company that I am partnered with in Australia but worldwide – Hook Line and Sync, this company believes in my music.
HipHopLEAD: Can you speak or rap in other languages?
Whiplash: That is something I wish I was born to do, in my next life I want to learn all languages and blow the world away rapping in all languages. Though when I think of it I think fuck that because English is the best most universal language for rhymes, syllables, metaphors, meanings, plus rapping in English is pretty much the only universal market.
I have some tracks on my laptop where Japanese rappers are rapping in Japanese and English, I envy that and at the same time it proves that English is the most popular language in music worldwide and anyone not speaking English fall out of that huge English rap market. When I was in France most of the music on the radio or in French people’s iPods was in English.
HipHopLEAD: Do you speak anything else?
Whiplash: I speak some Japanese because I have a Japanese girlfriend. I know all the please, thank you and what’s up in a few languages because I traveled around the world for 8 years on and off. I needed to say hey what’s up to the beautiful girls in those foreign countries you know. It’s amazing what you can achieve just saying a few words.
HipHopLEAD: What was it liked being ranked on the “cool list” of Cosmopolitan?
Whiplash: Well that was great at the time because I just starting recording and set up a site with one song on it and boom they featured my site with my profile name ext. A big thank you to whoever hooked that up? That was a random act of career kindness that lead to a few ups. Some girl I was friends with online told me about it, so I went and bought my first copy of Cosmopolitan magazine. I was like what the fuck? They put a pretty boy picture of me that I took myself and gave me praise so I am grateful for my 5 second fame hit.
HipHopLEAD: That’s big … What do you feel this is your best work to date?
Whiplash: I feel like I am not at my best yet and I am looking to improve. I want to get a lot better, get more beats and different beats. I feel the best rappers are peaking when they get older so I can look forward to getting stronger each year. I feel the best works I have done are the songs that have opened up doors. I feel the songs that make me make it will be my best works.
HipHopLEAD: We have seen you make alot of appearances on highly downloaded mixtapes, such as; Digital Dynasty and Coast 2 Coast … are you going to have any new mixtapes of just you coming in 2011?
That is something I am interested in doing if I can make it with my music. I know there are deals to do that independently but I am waiting to feel like I have a following and platform. No point doing it yet because I am not well known yet. I feel like putting all the songs that get featured on major mixtapes such as Digital Dynasty and Coast 2 Coast – all on a mixtape this year, that would be cool because these companies choose the best songs, I trust their opinions when it comes to selections. I will wait to see what songs are popular or not.
HipHopLEAD: Are you currently being affected by those crazy floods happening in Australia right now?
Whiplash: It was pissing rain for weeks and it seemed like there was never ever going to be sunny again but it finally pissed off. I live two hours away from the city that got flooded. I guess the local council of that city will be in a lot of shit now because city/area planners should make these places ready for any circumstances. Where I live we got hit with the same amount of rain but had no major drama due to how everything being constructed right when it comes to flood rising levels.
Anywhere near a major river is going to cop it though, the city that copped it has a big river crossing so its only natural that if they cop a significant amount of rain fall that it would over flow. It’s sad about people’s houses under water and 20 people dead.
HipHopLEAD: What is your favorite song you have ever done? And why?
Whiplash: I loved doing a bunch of songs over other artists’ famous hit songs. For example I did a song over 2Pacs music for Ghetto Gospel so that would be one of my favorites. I just created my own lyrics and singing melody over that dope beat/music composition; if only all of us artists had hit music before writing over the music. Some of the universal music is so good you almost don’t even need an artist on it; adding someone good to it just puts the icing on the cake. I love hit music and it makes writing a song even better because you love the beat/music.
HipHopLEAD: This year alone you appeared on several Digital Dynasty mixtapes, your internet presence has been full throttle. Is your goal to be an Indy artist or getting signed to a major label?
Whiplash: Thanks to Digital Dynasty and Coast 2 Coast – so far my shit was going nowhere until they accepted my submissions and songs.
I feel getting signed or not is good and bad like everything. Ideally I would rather have a major record deal and get hit beats/music given to me while getting paid to do it, do shows and make a name to make a living. It is better to be getting a piece of the pie rather than crumbs. At the moment I am not even getting the crumbs so I would cross over to a major label deal to have mass marketing and all.
HipHopLEAD: Who is the biggest hip hop artist’s from the majority of Australians?
Whiplash: Eminem first, and a bunch of Australian rappers, but I am not going to promote them. I respect the ones on their grind or up and coming. I am proud that rap is getting big in Australia, but the down side is people are losing the sense of what is a hot rapper, because rap is fairly new they think any of anyone is hot. The underground scene seems to know what’s hot. Most Australians favorite rappers seem to be American ones unless its in their closet.
HipHopLEAD: Who are your main American Inspirations and who are your Australian ones?
Whiplash: Man the rap artists coming from the USA are so good I don’t even listen to the Australian ones. I hear the Australian ones on the radio sometimes. Sometimes I like the Australian rappers lyrics and beats but it pisses me off how most think they need a chick on the hook every time. Respect to the Australian rappers doing well.
My favorite rappers are all the USA rappers who are established….they at least put out something hot or something hot eventually, they have the longevity and talent to do so or they would never make it in the first place. I love all rappers everyone seems to love, I love some underground rappers but they always get discovered so they don’t stay there very long. I enjoy kicking a few I have never heard.
I am loving a bunch of new artists and older artists that are currently hitting the mixtapes – Yelawolf, BoB, Eminem, 2Pac, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa,Twister, The Game, Quan, Kanye West, Slaughterhouse, Royce Da 5’9, D12, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, 50Cent, The Game, Ace Hood, Pusha T,Xzibit,Tech n9ne, Who Am, Curren$y and a lot more! Even a bunch where I don’t even know their names.
HipHopLEAD: What new projects are coming out? Any features?
Whiplash: I have released 6 Independent albums just so they are all out there for now and the future. I am working on a new album at the moment. I am now focusing on getting the best songs from all these releases released on mixtapes. I might even trash all my releases once it is all out on mixtapes. I was recently featured on Coast 2 Coast hosted by Snoop Dogg and he is one of my all time favorite artists and rapper.
HipHopLEAD: Any new music videos or shows coming soon?
Whiplash: To be honest I have never had a professional music video done. I can’t afford to pay for a good one. I don’t even know a person that can film one well enough to do it. I filmed a few myself a few years ago.
I have no shows coming up because no venues will book me in Australia; the venues are conservative about language ext. I need a booking agent or I need to know the right people to connect and get it. I did a few shows a while ago but I out performed the host and he didn’t book me again – politics living around me.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm. We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you.So lets get it cracking …. Who spits better Nas or Jay Z?
Whiplash: I am a fan of both of these artists but I would have to go with Nas.
HipHopLEAD: In your opinion what was the best year for hiphop?
Whiplash: 1999-2001 was dope; it was when people like me stood up and really listened to gangster rap and the birth of a lot of hot artists that still rip it now. I love where it’s going now 2010-2011, more money, more opportunities, new artists, older artists coming back, game looks fucking hot. I want to be part of this; I want to fuck it – it’s hot now.
HipHopLEAD: Do you think all these dead birds and fish around the world mean something?
Whiplash: I think it means every country is contributing to polluting the earth and oceans which affects all the life around it and in it. We pollute the oceans, the fish live and eat shit – birds eat the poisoned fish – the chain is polluted. Global warming an inconvenient truth.
HipHopLEAD: What were Whiplashes high school days like?
Whiplash: My song ‘If I Killed’ pretty much covers my answer. My life at school sucked. I had dick head friends and I never got laid at high school. Teachers always told me to shut up and send me out of class and people always talked shit. Everyone was a hater on me for reasons I have no idea. My favorite part of school was leaving.
HipHopLEAD: What is the illest diss song of all time?
Whiplash: Some of Eminem’s were killers, the underground ones with Eminem and D12 were sick. 2pac had some sick ones.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm…. Ok ..what song of yours should all people check out to get to know you better?
Whiplash: People should check out all my songs to come to a conclusion. Every song is a part of me in the past, moment or future.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever
Whiplash: Thanks a lot to Digital Dynasty – Tha Advocate – HipHop.org – HipHopLead.com – Hook Line & Sync – Beatsbymarkus.com – MakeYourHit.com – N8 Beats – CD Baby – Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes – Coast 2 Coast DJs – Lafamos – iTunes Exposure – Moore Success Inc – Select Media Pty Ltd – Paul Gomersall Mastering
A big fuck you to Q Magazine and SoundBlab.com from the UK for trashing me and my album/music/my producers – I will never forget the disrespect haters- and like Eminem said “You diss me I will slaughter you, put that on everything like everyone does with Auto-tune” – I want everyone to go to their sites and trash them forever for this – fuck the UK for not giving me shit and only giving me shit – My success will come back to bight you London; you cold son of a bitch. Yo Dasvibes Productions where’s that remix with Lil Wayne??
To the fans in the past, present or future – thank you. Love to yall and my family and friends. Peace (except with haters)