Artist of the Week: Six Questions With B L A C K I E
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Marc Brubaker
This is unprecendented. We've had people end up in the Artist of the Week column as parts of two separate bands before, but never has one individual done it. Until Michael LaCour indirectly decided he wanted to.
Approximately 70 weeks ago, B L A C K I E, a riot rap thunderstorm of liberty and justice, was Artist of the Week. We thought we were done with him. But then he released True Spirit and Not Giving a Fuck last month. And it was brilliant; all aggression and apocalyptic menace and fury. One of the core tenets of the album: fuck the rules, do what you want.
So here we are again. B L A C K I E before, ready to talk about yet another tour, the rainforest and virgins. Protect yo' neck.
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Rocks Off: You've been kind of on a Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death kick lately. Why? What's up? Some sort of injustice?
B L A C K I E: I realized the only reason I started making music as B L A C K I E was to spread freedom across Houston.
RO: The tape you released recently, I heard that it was responsible for the destruction of several acres of rainforest in the Amazon. True or false?
B: False, True Spirit And Not Giving A Fuck was responsible for the destruction of several police stations, office buildings, broadcast towers and financial sectors.
RO: The tour, how many virgins do you intend on sacrificing?
B: Probably won't be sacrificing any virgins but definitely will be sacrificing the unrighteous and all authority.
RO: Also, a bit of details about the tour please: When, where, for how long, so on.
B: I am having a tour kick off show on November 18 at Notsuoh (314 main) with LIMB, Daphne and Fucks. The tour continues west from there. Going to Oakland and back for a total of 10 days. Three of the California dates are with Death Grips.
RO: Your name has grown considerably these last two years. Do you feel like maybe you might be inching towards something pretty substantial?
B: It is cool watching it grow and its cool watching it subside too. I don't want it to change. It is the same for me every time.
RO: Making music that you make, you sort of have to know that you'll likely always be relegated to the underground, right? Is that okay?
B: That's what I thought; actually, that's what I wanted. I don't want to be on MTV. I hate that shit.
RO: Say one thing that people do not know about B L A C K I E:
B: The only reason why I do B L A C K I E is to spread true freedom across this planet.
Be back here next week when we interview B L A C K I E again. Follow B L A C K I E on Twitter at @B_L_A_C_K_I_E.
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