JD Riggz Interview with Elite Muzik [Part 1]
Last Monday I got a chance to chop it up with my homie JD Riggz, who I’ve been a fan of for sometime now time, no idea why it took so long for this interview to happen but like they say it’s better than late than never, in Part 1 of the interview we spoke on how he 1st got involved with music, the inspiration behind some of his deepest tracks and more
1.How Did You First Get Involved in Music?
I 1st get into music when I was around 7 or 8, my dad used to dj so we had a whole lot of records around, a lot of soul music Chaka Kahn, Parliament Funkadelic, Prince, I grew up around a lot of soul music that’s kinda why a lot of my music has soul edge to it, but as far hip-hop goes my brother got me into that, I used to read comic book a lot when I was younger, I used to like karate and Kong Fu, i remember seeing wu-tang clan when i was around 8 or 9 on tv, they had a lot karate sounds in the background and I like whoa wtf is that, and my bro was like that’s wu-tang clan your late, that was the 1st album I ever bought and ever since than ive been hooked.
2.What was the inspiration/Process behind your 1st project Replay Value?
When I Made Replay Value I was going through a lot, at that time period I just felt like I was being slept on, before I dropped History two years prior to that in 2008, I met Skyzoo, Chaundon, News from Blok Gang, but I was going through a whole bunch of shit, I was like I’m spending all this money, I’m doing all of this running around like a chicken with its head cut-off trying to get on, and niggas were sleeping on me, and then I was like you know what ima make Replay Value, it 1st started off as a mix tape what would have has freestyle on there, but I decided to switch it and use all original content and production
3.So you pretty much decided to change it to album instead of the basic mix tape project
Yea I was like I’m wasting my good rhymes on other people’s beats, I felt like freestyling would get no where, so i just made songs, I’m a good songwriter, so that’s pretty much how that album came about. the album was pretty much a family affair, like Phene that’s my dude since day one, he was one of the few cats that always had faith in me, Dramills, and all other dude’s ive been working with since day one.
4.You think You and Phene will ever make a project?
Idk man, the people want us to do it, we’ve been talking through email, but I just have to get up with him and see what happens.
5.Moving on your new project â€œGodâ€™s Giftâ€, you have a lot of thought-provoking records on there, one of my favorite is â€œMan In The Mirrorâ€, what were thoughts behind the track?
Listen To â€œMan In The Mirrorâ€
Yea that record is really deep, it’s more personal than people realize, I’m one of those rappers where you might have to read the lyrics, when I 1st made the beat it was memorial day, and I was having a tough time, arguing with my ex-girlfriend the day before, my money situation wasn’t good at the time, I was ready to just quit this whole charade called life, but I was around family listening to Outkast and Mainstream is one of my favorite records, ATLiens is one of my favorite albums period, so I listened to the track and thought, dam it would be really dope to add some drums, so i chopped up James Brown’s Funky Drummer, and I up’d the pitch just a little bit on there, and I just laid it down, it only took me 10 mins to write that record cuz it was so perfect.
6.Getting back to talking collabs we already spoke about Phene, but are there any other artist that you would like to work with?
Yea Definitely, I’m currently working on God’s Gift II, I don’t wanna speak to much on the guest appearances as of now, but as far as future collabs go, I really wanna work with Schoolboy Q I think he’s very dope and underrated, a lot of people just see him as the turn-up guy in TDE but i think he’s very talented, I would like to work with the whole TDE to be honest, but getting back to the album I wanna get Cart Thomas, Teedra Moses, Action Bronson I’m really digging him, there’s a lot of cats, there’s a lot stuff that’s gonna happen in the future, I’m currently in the talks with a lot of people so you’ll see.
7.Taking it back to when your naming some of favorite emcees, you said wu-tang clan were what inspired you to get in the hip-hop game, but other than wu-tang who would you say are your other favorite emcees?
I Would have to say Buckshot inspired me a lot , that’s where I get the mnemonics stuff from most of my hooks, 2Pac, BIG, Canibus, I used to listen to a lot of Clue tapes back in the day, like Canibus and DMX freestyles, CNN’s War Report, the whole New York Scene popping’, Nas, Mobb Deep, The Pharcyde’s Labcabincalifornia project is the 2nd album I ever bought it’s definitely one of my favorites, Tash from the Tha Alkaholiks, Ras Kass is very nice, very underrated, back in the Day he is what Kendrick Lamar is today, The Firm, Jay-Z, but early Jay-Z Though.
8.Being that you already did a lot of production on a few of the projects/albums that you released, have you ever thought about taking time off from rapping and going full in on production for a while?
Well I produce a beat a day at least, but it’s mainly for local artist that’s why people don’t really hear to much of my production, but yea i thought about going full with it, i’ma tell you something that people don’t know, I did the production for 50 cent’s “I Get Money” record,
Wow Are You Serious fam?
Yup, but I never received my royalties check from it, I co-produced it with Apex, I added the hook on there, and I never listen to that joint in its entirety until today, I hit them up asking about my money but they pretty much just ignored me.
Dam that was pretty foul, so everyone got taken care and they couldn’t even give you your money?
Yea i was like cash me out or at least give me my credit, because at the end of the day it wasn’t even about the money it was more about giving me my credit, something like that really could have jump started my career. but it is what it is that’s apart of the game it happens to everybody. but that’s why I kinda stepped away from doing full production
9.But Your pretty mean with that production though homie, have you ever though about just doing a collaborative project with another artist but just on the production end though?
Yea i was supposed to do that with my homie INF but that times just changed, i told emp that it would just be better if he did his solo work, id still do production for him but we really needed to just focus on solo projects, it’s about timing with certain projects, we’ll eventually do it but like i said it’s all about the timing.
10.Jumping to On stage performances, how would say your 1st show ever went ?
The 1st show I ever did went really bad I was about 17 or 18, I put everything together did the promo for it but went bad, I’m doing a lot better now since I generate buzz out here so its good now, but back in the day I did a show with my homie etho shout out to him, but the show just went terrible, no one came out it there were only two people in the crowd, it was terrible fights almost broke-out it was just a terrible night, get into a fight with my homie Bruce backstage, it was one of those nights but it was fun though, one of those nights you don’t forget.