The Hot Seat: Lee-Coc, Richmond Revolutionary
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 most-inner thoughts and desires. In reality, it's just a fucking cool Q&A.
Lee-Coc and Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur
Some people take the hip-hop mike to one day be seen as great, to be admired, to fuck beautiful women, to be rich. Richmond's Lee-Coc just wants to save the world. He wants to save you from government conspiracies, from poison in water, from digital chips hidden in your flesh, from everything that's killing your body and your soul. He wants to wake you up from your sleep, but with the inaugural "Hot Seat," we probably woke him up at what we thought was 4 a.m., but it was actually 6 a.m. Friday morning. Something about alcohol must distort time. Good thing Lee picked up or you'd be learning about our mother, who would have saved our ass with some insights on the Tejano music genre. Anyway, meet Lee-Coc: Wolf in sheep's clothing. Rocks Off: Who is one artist in Houston you wish you could work with but have never spoken to or met?
Lee-Coc: I've met so many and I got respect for those who deserve it, but I really don't have one to be honest. I feel like, with me, and most Houston rappers, it's like comparing apples and oranges. I'm not dogging H-Town rappers but my job and reason for rhyme is clear. Honestly, I'm far from the nicest emcee but I'm on a whole other level. I'm not a rapper, more like an educator and a street philosopher, than a rapper. I just so happen to spit. I was called to music to wake my people up. I got mad love for all of H-Town's real O.G.'s doing it, but I'm gonna do me. And when I'm done with rap or hip-hop, my legacy will be left. Rocks Off's Inner Monologue: Damn it. That just might have been the best answer to a question that didn't answer the question. RO: If there was one track you could have jumped on in your entire life, which one would it be? LC: It would have been Pac's "Staring Through My Rearview" because, G, I been through a lot and I learned to sit back and watch the world from another level and elevate myself so that I'm always a step ahead and of them demons. I crushed a version of ["Staring"] you can hear on my upcoming mixtape, Wolf In Sheep's Clothing: Military Music Volume 1. RO: Who is a better rapper? Drake or Lil Wayne? Lee-Coc: No brainer. Weezy, baby. I mean he's been ghost writing for rappers since he was like 13. Neither are in my top five, but I would have to say Wayne because dude put in work. RO: In your opinion, what's the best hip-hop track in history? LC: Wow. Tough question. It would have to be a Pac song foe-show. "Fuck All Y'all" (laughs). Now that's a good record. RO: What was the first hip-hop track you ever heard and how did it make you feel? LC: It was Eric B and Rakim. "Paid in Full." And when I heard it, it made me want to double up the loot. RO: If Bun B and Pimp C - pretend he was still with us - came up to you and they both asked you do a mixtape with them, but you could only chose one, who would it be? LC: It would be Pimp of course. He was the heart and soul of UGK. Not taking nothing from Bun because you and I both know he goes hard, but I remember Bun saying Pimp would have song after song done and all he had to do was add his 16 [bars]. I mean, I respect Pimp's hustle and how he could sing, rap, write hooks and come up with concepts. Dude reminds me of myself. Put me in a lab and watch me go to work. RO: If a lawyer called you and told you your name violated a trademark and you had to change it, what would it be? And it couldn't be anything close to what you have now. No "Lee" and no "Coc." LC: Holder of the Light. But Lee-Coc is trademarked. Just because I'm from the streets doesn't mean I don't have a business-savvy state of mind so [that question] is irrelevant. You know me. I wasn't a rapper growing up and I still ain't one, but I do put the streets on beats and I can say I really get it how I live, G. I did my homework so I wouldn't have to worry about getting a phone call like that. And if I did I'd hang up on his ass. Fuck it. Sue me. I'll take any kind of exposure. RO: What's the biggest regret you have in your career? Something you wish you could do over. LC: No regrets. Everything had to go as planned, G. I mean, I'm the one and when I say that I'm not saying I'm the nicest but I grind hard. I have passion, real street credibility and the movement I stand for. Along with my creator and originality and my reason for rhyme, I won't be stopped. I'm rapping to save the world. Laugh if you want, and as corny as it sounds, it's the truth, G. RO: If you were washing your hands in a bathroom in New York and looked up and Jay-Z was staring at you in the mirror in the next sink, what would you do or say? LC: I would hand him a business card and tell him "I'm coming for your spot, G. So look out." RO: What does Houston have to do to get back on the map and be the center of the hip-hop spotlight again? LC: The H needs me, G. Since I'm smoking a blunt, I'm gonna be blunt. RO: If you signed a major label deal and they made you do a pop track featuring a non hip-hop artist, who would you pick to work with? And you can't pick Beyonce or Shakira. LC: That's a funny question because as far as someone one making me do something... good luck. I typically don't do records for radio but from a business point of view if I needed to drop something to allow exposure and my career depended on it, well, my first pick would have been the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, but since we lost a legend I would say Pink because I respect her realness. Women go through a lot and I respect her for doing her and staying away from plastic surgery and not selling out to the industry like most women do.
Lee-Coc and Aztek Escobar
RO: If you got into a street fight and you had to pick between Trae and Bushwick Bill to get your back, who would you pick? LC: Neither. I handle my own dirt. And I would never depend on or get another person involved in my own confrontation. But I know both O.G.s very well and Mike Jones knows Trae has a hard right and we all know Bushwick ain't scared to pull a trigger. RO: If God gave you a do-over on your life, what side of Houston would you pick to grow up in? It can't be Richmond or Rosenberg. LC: I don't believe in do-overs. I was born in the Rio Grande Valley and I moved to Houston at a young age. Many times I heard I wouldn't see 18 or make it to be anything but a hustler or end up in prison, so to be where I'm at and focused how I am, I'm blessed and I wouldn't change for nothing. RO: What's an old H-Town mixtape or album you still jam until this day? LC: UGK's Ridin' Dirty. RO: If you lost your voice forever, how would you stay involved in hip-hop? LC: I would write poetry, books, etc. and continue to educate my people with my pieces that may wake up the sheep. Hip-hop is just a stepping stone that helps me follow the path to politics. I'm about the movement, Raza and revolution. I was called to rap and to use the media in a positive way to help educate and lead my people to the light. I will overcome evil and save humanity. I plan to get into world affairs, politics, bettering communities and humanity, growing natural organic food. Educating people on real healthy eating and living and culture and so much more but, hey, I'm still learning every day and if I got to do it by a pen and a pad or my trusty phone so be it. You do what you have to do. You are either part of the problem or the solution. Shit, I'll learn sign language if I have to - no disrespect intended. RO: None taken. We intended to take you into our world of pretend scenarios, but you took us into yours of realness. Thanks. LC: I just flew into town. I'm exhausted. It's like six in the morning and my sweet is burning my finger tips. I'm gonna shut my eyes for an hour. My babies are gonna be up soon. One love for your support. Keep holding it down, carnal. Follow Lee-Coc on his Web site and Twitter. Rolando Rodriguez is the managing editor of www.redbrownandblue.com. Follow him on MySpace and Twitter.