Just in time for your holiday reading, is another fun-filled, Five Minutes Of Funk interview. This time we sit down and chop it up with SoCal hip-hop group Potluck. With their new CD Straight Outta Humboldt in stores. The Humbold Country based rappers are on a …ummm.. break from touring. Read on below for more info on UnderRated and 1Ton, check their sites and tell them Q sent you!
What is your background? How did you start your career?
UnderRated: I’m just a white hippy kid that grew up in Humboldt County, California, the weed capital of the world. I fell in love with rap when I was about 13 and have been addicted to it ever since. I went from DJing first, to making beats to rapping and making songs.
1Ton: I am Black man who grew up in San Diego, Ca. but has spent the past 10 plus years in Humboldt County, Ca. I have listened to hip-hop my whole life and just like UnderRated I went from DJing first, to making beats to rapping and making songs.
What are your songs about?
We are from Humboldt County so we naturally have songs about smoking but our main focus is simply making songs about real life issues. We are just people that go through the same situations and emotions as everybody else so we want to make music that everybody can relate to.
UnderRated: Falling off stage and braking my ankle about two weeks ago at a show in Palm Springs… That was very unexpected so now we are gonna spend a lot of time in the studio making new beats and songs for a couple months.
1 Ton: UnderRated falling off stage and breaking his ankle. That meant cancelling our performances on the rest of the KMK tour and the upcoming Tech N9ne tour until then we had went six straight years without ever missing a show but oh well shit happens.
Who is your fan/customer?
Our fans are people that like good hip hop music made by real people. We also cater to a lot of weed heads since we make songs about smoking real big. I think our fans support us so much because they can relate to us as normal people by listening to our music. We are very grateful for the fans we have and appreciate the support to the fullest.
How do you describe your music to people? (This is not a short answer. Discuss it.)
Our music is a variety of all different types of hip hop. We have artists like E-40, Tech N9ne, Twiztid, KMK, Jurrasic 5 and the Luniz on our newest CD ‘Straight Outta Humboldt.’ We love all types of hip hop as long as its good including gangster, backpack, mainstream, or underground. We take a little from each genre and make it into our own style.
Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far.
UnderRated: Since the beginning I always really loved seeing people feel our music. I would sit in my bedroom and make beats that I would like but I absolutely loved seeing other people feel it by bobbing their head or smiling and giving me props. Also, a lot of people lately have been telling us that our music is affecting their lives in a positive way and that is what making music is all about to me.
1 Ton: Being able to tour the nation and meet all of the different people. It has been great to see the way that people live their life on a everyday basis. It lets me know the more we think we are all different the more we are really the same.
Where you at and what are you up to? (Any upcoming shows, releases, projects you want to plug)
I’m fresh off braking my ankle so we are gonna be in the studio a lot making new songs. We just had to pass on the Tech N9ne tour coming up because of my ankle but we’ll be all over the internet promoting as usual. Hit us up at www.myspace.com/potluck Its really us, come say what up.
Who are your musical influences? Who is your favorite music artist(s) and why?
UnderRated: I always liked music when I was a kid and my dad listened to a lot of Reggae. Then I got into hip hop real strong at the age of 13. I grew up on the west coast so I naturally grew up on Dre, Snoop, DJ Quik etc. I started DJing when I was 17 so I got into everything that hit the club. I love all types of hip hop and I’ve been influenced a little from each genre.
1 Ton: I am influenced by everybody in life that I meet. Weather it is a homeless person on the street in Cleveland, Ohio or a rich music lawyer in LA. It goes the same for other rappers I like Jurrasic 5 just as much as I like Young Jeezy and Tech N9ne. I was raised to have an open mind that is why I appreciate all types of music. All that being said I think Tupac is the best to ever do it because he was able to speak on all of the emotions a person goes through and do it with pride. Most artist today stay stuck in just one emotion either to hard or dance in the club it gets repetitive.
What song/CD(s) are you listening to now?
The new CDs we’ve been bumping are the new Obie Trice, Tech N9ne, Snoop, Game, Eminem Re-up, Akon, Mitchy Slick, and Fat Joe.
If you could pick three people to be in a band with you, who would you pick?
UnderRated: Dr. Dre, Snoop, and 1 Ton.
1 Ton: Dr. Dre, Tupac and UnderRated
What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
We don’t read many books (smiles).
Where would you be if you could be anywhere in the world? Favorite travel spot?
UnderRated: Although I’ve never been, I wanna be in Hawaii from just what I’ve heard about it. I wanna finish writing tons of songs and beats and then go relax in Hawaii with Jessica Alba for a week or so.
1 Ton: In Miami for this years Super Bowl watching the San Diego Chargers take home their first ever Championship.
Any last words, or anything you wanna plug, shout out or say?
Thanks to everyone behind the scenes at Sub Noize and Team Potluck that helped us put out this record, and thanks to all the fans that keep us going.
LL couldn’t live without his radio. What gadget or pro audio piece is your must have item? What’s your favorite electronic item?
UnderRated: I could not live without the MPC drum machine when I make a beat… I just couldn’t do it! It makes the drums bigger and hit harder.
1 Ton: The Mic enough said.