Gettin Mad Personal With Wildchild

  • Josh Smith
  • Vapors
  • June 30, 2003

What does Secondary Protocol refer to? That's more or less just a military term for like plan B, you know what I'm sayin'? When mission one is completed and you got up with another mission, but we're tryin to catch cats off guard 'cause everyone's expecting a Lootpack album right now. That's why I had to come and give my missionary statement. It's basically a continuation of the same effort that Lootpack was puffin' into it, but it's the secondary mission.

So what's a day in the life of Wildchild like right now with the release of the album?
I'm real humble, so I don't really be in the limelight too much. Just basically trying to maintain, just takin' care of my family, my little girl.

Kianna, right?
Yeah. Other than that, just chillin'.

When you were a kid were you starting fights, or were you more passive?
I was always the mediator, breaking the fights up. I was cool with everybody. That's why I never really had much beef. And then for music, there's always automatic beef, but that's how hip-hop is, you know?

Yeah, I know in the Likwit Crew department there's been some crazy shit going on in the last few months. I know J-Ro put out the Xzibit diss.
Yeah that kinda caught me off guard too. I knew something was up but we're not in L.A. all the time so there's only so much we hear.

When was the last time you caught up with those guys?
I'm supposed to be hooking up with 'em right now. Today. We're hooking up J-Ro's new album. We still keep in touch, it's just that a lot of people don't really see it 'cause we haven't worked on a track since the Lootpack album. (Yells) Are you guys leaving? You're not leaving? Sorry man.

That's ok. You trying to park?
Yeah.

What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
R&B. I was listening to Cameo, Funkadelic, Steve Arrington. My uncle got me into hip-hop, actually. I didn't really get into hip-hop until he took me out back in the days to buy like Kurtis Blow, Sugar Hill Gang.

What was the first hip-hop album you ever purchased?
Kryptic Krew's Jazzy Sensation.

What hip hop albums that came out in the last year or two have you been feeling?
Not too much to tell you the truth. I like different stuff but if I buy an album I wanna make sure I'll be able to listen to it through and through and through. Honestly I don't buy too much.

If you had to pick your favorite hip-hop album of all time, what would it be?
Favorite album? Daily Operation. Definitely.

Is there anything in the works as far as a new Lootpack album goes?
We're trying to put out a twelve inch hopefully by the end of the year. Other than that though, we're gonna be doing different projects. Madlib's gonna be doing his Madlib Invasion album. That'll probably be the newest Lootpack track that we'll be doing on that.

So what do you like to do when you're not making music?
I can't help it, man, I be shopping for shoes and hats. That's what I'm doing as we speak, dude. I'm a fanatic. Mad cats be into video games, but I be trying to get the hats and shoes. Dodging my wifey so I can get out into the... you know what I'm saying...

Out into the retail world?
Something like that.

So what's the Wildchild shoe collection up to right now, numbers-wise?
I probably got about eighty pairs of shoes. I had more, but over time you scuff some of 'em up. The hats though, that's the collection right there.

How many hats do you have?
Maaaan... probably like two hundred. Other than (shopping) I'm just trying to build on some editing equipment too, man. I'm trying to get into video editing too.

So that's kinda your pastime at the moment?
That'd be dope if I could, man, but I doubt it'll happen any time soon. I wanna get the right shit.

What are some of your favorite father- daughter activities?
I don't know, we always be chillin', you know what I'm sayin'? We either go to Magic Mountain, movies... Otherwise we just stay at home. She listens to music almost as much as I do, man.

How old is Kianna?
She's 8.

What's she listening to right now?
She likes Nas, but she'll go from like Nas to Justin Timberlake to Janet Jackson. I just let spread her wings, man. There's only so much you can try to guide her into doing.

What was the last movie you went and saw together?
Bulletproof Monk. We always be watching classics. That's another thing I collect: classic Jet Li flicks.

You a big Jet Li fan?
Oh, you don't even wanna go there.

How many Jet Li movies you got?
Every one. Every one he ever been in.

If you could recommend one book to read, what would it be?
Shoot man, I haven't read a book since school. Lemme think... Probably Malcolm X.

The Autobiography of Malcom X?
Yeah.

Are there any items that you never leave home for a tour without?
A portable DVD player.

And hella hats and shoes, right?
Yup.

What is the top priority in your life right now?
Contracts. You gotta have a contract. That's basically what it boils down to. I'm just trying to make it further and further down the road in this game so I can make sure the paper's right. There's only so much you can do relying on other people because what you put into it is basically what you get out of it.

In closing, can you give some words of wisdom?
Man. Just live this life you livin' positive, you know what I'm sayin'? I'm not the one to be a crazy role model, but when it comes to all the stuff I see nowadays, especially having a little girl, that's the only thing I can say. When it comes to 805 cats-LP's, Wildchild, Medaphoar, Oh No, Can Kick, Madlib-just keep your ears open 'cause we tryin' to change this game. We ain't tryin' to change it, we tryin' to add a whole different side of the game. Put it that way.

You got any shouts?
Shout outs to the whole West coast, East coast centralization. Everyone that listens to good music. Peace. The protocol's coming.

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