This week we have a very special #ReUpThursdays feature with Richmond Virginia's finest McChicken! enjoy.
How decide your name?
McChicken came up in the grease. In high school my bandmates and I would traditionally hit up Mickey D's after band practices and gigs. Being a lover of McChickens, I often made it a personal challenge to see how many I could eat in one sitting. My record is 7. One time I counted my McChickens before they hatched and I ended up with one extra, so I saved it in my pocket. Later that day, we were deciding on our band nicknames, and when it got to me, I coincidentally pulled the extra McChicken out of my pocket. So I was knighted McChicken and the name stuck.
What kind of music do you make?
I make dirty chicken trap music. It's southern, greasy, sassy, and frightening. My mom hates it. I incorporate as many R&B and Jazz elements as I can to try to keep it harmonically fresh, but in the end it's all really hip hop. That's the music I came up with and that's what I'm dedicating myself to.
What's your reasoning behind making music?
I love to sing and rap, but I love playing keys with a band just as much. I think that although hip-hop production is one of the mystifying compositional art forms of our time, there's also the possibility of performing with an ensemble instead of just one DJ. In my case, it allows me to make more intricate arrangements and bring the energy of 7 extra people on stage. My band's name is McChicken and the Nuggets.
I think hip-hop music, and trap music in particular are so special because of it's ability to convey tangible, simple ideas through rhythm. I may never trap out a bando, but thanks to Gucci Mane, I have an expanded idea of what it's like to whip up dope and make hundreds of thousands dollars committing crimes. The best rappers give us a crystal clear window into their lives, and the best part is that you don't have to morally agree with everything they say to enjoy it because their spectacular musicians with flows of gold either way. Listening to a great rapper makes me feel like an anthropologist immersed in a brand new culture. Since I don't have the same life as trappers, I don't rap about the same things that they do, but I've done a good deal of work to learn the musical devices they use to communicate their ideas and use them to communicate mine.
I just want the best parts about rap music and the best parts about instrumental Funk, R&B, and Jazz to come together and make people excited and inspired.
Young Thug, Young Scooter, Gucci Mane, Migos, and Future are my favorites right now. Herbie Hancock is my main inspiration on the keys. Also got to give DJ Harrison from RVA the shout out.
What makes your music different from all the other up and coming artists trying to break through these days?
I have the stankiest, greasiest, sweatiest, grossest verses but I'm aiming for soul, not shock value. All the musicians I play with are well trained, knowledgeable, and familiar, the musical tradition leading up to hip hop, so we have a very rich melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic vocabulary. We're turnin up forreal. We're lighting the shit up so we haven't quit grinding on this shit since we started. The energy you can bring with a 10 piece band is so ridiculous and I don't think the majority of the hip-hop fan base has seen a rap show with an ensemble this hot. Watch me I'm bouta fix the economy right quick. SCRAW!!
The endless mosh pits, blaring rock music, and impromptu devil worship monikers that usually shape Van’s Warped Tour have become a tradition for the cult following in attendance. A few weeks ago I got the chance to be a part of the legendary DMV based fairgrounds, Merriweather Post Pavilion show for my second time, enjoying all of the sights and sounds that Vans Warped tour has to offer. This year was a little different because the standout artist at the event was Riff Raff, a personal favorite of mine, so I set out to embrace a day of heavy metal and screamo music, until he graced Warped Tour with his presence. This years event, just like every year, was filled with mud, mosh pits, and endless amounts of crowd surfing, as fans blatantly disregarded the signs on the stage explaining that if someone crowd surfs and fall’s Warped Tour gets sued.
After finally making our way to the Pavilion's mainstage dubbed “Left Foot” and “Right Foot” with a pretty weird split stage set up where two bands could perform at the same time, Riff Raff was about to perform. Prior to the Neon Icon taking the stage, a smaller rock band put on a high energy show that required me and my friend to spend most of our time lifting up endless amounts of fans across the pit to the front due to the popularity of crowd surfing. But seriously I mean at least two fans at a time every few minutes, it was pretty insane.
Jody Highroller took his time to storm on to the stage, looking more jacked than ever before (as his Hulk Holgan prepped WWE position entailed). Riff Raff had the mostly rock based crowd jumping out of their seats and head banging like they were at a Metalocalypse concert which really blew me away. I also noticed that most of the fans truly knew the words to his songs as they pledged their allegiance to Jody Highroller in full. As Riff Raff closed out the show with his stand out track off the Neon Icon album “Dolce & Gabbana” the crowd went wild just like they should for a new school legend such as himself.
Look out for Riff Raff's next two projects - Peach Panther x Purple Panther coming soon!
Drake just came through with a prime diss following Meek Mill's current outreach towards his writing abilities, feel free to listen and download "Charged Up" x "Right Hand" x Cha Cha (a remix of the break out track created by Va's Gabe Niles x D.R.A.M) above!
Louie Lastic, yet another dope piece of talent coming from the famed DMV (Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area, just came through with a dope new White Label feature that dropped on Soulection that you can check out and enjoy below!