Felony: It Would Be a Crime Not to Listen
Every Friday, Rocks Off will beam hip-hop artists into our demented, imaginary, incredibly witty, fantasy world of pretend scenarios. We predict it'll soon be known as a feared interrogation of hip-hop artists, revealing their innermost thoughts and desires. In reality, it's just a fucking cool Q&A.
If you are going to rap over a Drake track, you better come with it. Northside rapper, 24-year-old Kenneth Young, better known as Felony, did just that. So did he come with it? Do you think we'd be wasting our time writing this if he didn't come with it? If you follow us religiously, then you saw in Monday's Mix Bag a video of Felony spitting fire on Drake's beat from "Forever." We're not huge fans of hearing people rap on other people's beats, but history has shown it can be done well. Coast, Stunta and Lucky Luciano did it all over NAWF 2 and Felony was able to get us to listen to his version of "Forever" all the way through. So we had to get his 6'5" ass in The Hot Seat. That's right, he's 6'5". He stands tall and so does his music. Rocks Off: God comes down to earth one day and says to you "Felony, you can no longer rap, but I will make you a star, but you have to choose between country music and being a violinist." What do you do? Felony: Mayne, I'm gonna have to go with country music. It sells more than hip-hop. I can hit that boot-scootin' boogie all day on their ass and [sing] about punching my wife in the eye. Violins give me nightmares anyway.
RO: MTV calls you one day and says you were chosen to battle Eminem on national television, today - not five years from now. If you decline, they won't make anything public and move on to another artist. What do you do? And who would win? F: OK, number one, I back down from nobody. Number two, I always win; even if I do lose in the battle, he still has to walk to the car. This ain't 8 Mile. That would've ended differently. You know what, I'd just rather not battle Eminem. I still want to make music with that boy. RO: Why did you pick the name Felony? Why not Misdemeanor? F: Because that's a minor crime. I like to think of myself as a major crime to hip-hop. I was given the name by a relative, saying what I do on this mike is a felony, saying I go [federal] and what not. It stuck with me. It used to be Young Felony. I used [Young] because that's my real last name, but many people just used it because it sounds cool so I took it off. RO: Why should this saturated Houston hip-hop scene pay attention to Felony? F: It's saturated with a lot of lame and untruthful people. It needs a new breath of fresh air. I'm not one of these people who complain about the way hip-hop is, but if you don't get with the times and make hit music, you'll find yourself 40 years old and still complaining. It doesn't matter what you don't like. Get money and be comfortable with who you are and what you do. I do, every day. Fuck with the real and I'm as real as they come. People see my tall black ass coming a mile away, as you should, because in music, I'm coming. All I need is my daughter, a microphone and the circle of real niggas I'm around. I'll shit on any other artists who stand in my way. You won't mention that top five artists and MCs or entertainers, in general, without mentioning my fuckin' name. Felony.
RO: Which album was better? Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die or Tupac's Makaveli? Felony: I'm gonna go with B.I.G.'s Ready 2 Die. I related to him more on that album. That Tupac album was dope, but you should have said All Eyez On Me album. Then that would have been a hard ass decision. B.I.G.'s "Juicy" and Tupac's "I Ain't Mad At Cha" were both classics. RO: Why do you love hip-hop? F: Because you got artists like Lil Wayne who could kiss another man and still sell one million albums in a week. Not saying he ain't real or nothin' but he makes it easy for real niggas like us to come out and sell two million albums in a week. RO: If you could fight any celebrity in the world, who would you fight? Tell me why. F: I'd fight Bill Gates in a bare fist boxing match. Winner takes all. He's got a lot to lose and I ain't got shit to lose so throw some hands. Man, that would be some bull shit if that boy knocked me out in the first round. Damn, I don't wanna be known as the rapper who got knocked out by Bill Gate's old ass. Wack. RO: Do you think MySpace has helped hip-hop or hurt it? Why? F: Honestly, it's both because it let a lot of industry heads come to Web sites looking for artists and it put a lot of people on, which led to YouTube and other [Web sites]. Then again, it let a lot of mislead people think that in order to be a rapper and R&B artist all you need is a MySpace, some songs, a few pictures and you are a certified artist, which is fucked up because they are making it hard for real artists who give blood, sweat and tears just to be known out here. RO: If you were abducted by aliens and they took you to their planet and they asked you about hip-hop, what's the first song you'd teach them? F: Erik B and Rakim's "Paid in Full." Hell that's what started it for me. I'd wanna' start it of right for them too. The second song would be Felony's "Workn." RO: If you got to put together a 4x100 meter dash relay team of rappers and you got to anchor, who would be your first, second and third legs? F: OK, first I gotta go with Lucky Luciano. Second, the boy, J-Dawg, can take that hoe. Third, he can pass it to that boy Slim Thug and I'll bring it in for the win screamin' "Nawfside!" RO: Damn, we once ran track for the University of Houston. Can we be an alternate on the relay? Hello? Are you still there? Follow Felony on MySpace. Rolando Rodriguez is the managing editor of www.redbrownandblue.com. Follow him on MySpace and Twitter.
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