The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: Will Lean
This Week's Subject(s): Working with one's wife; the state of the SUC; anti-drug rappers
Ask A Rapper: First up, we suppose you should let everyone know where you've been lately. It's been a while.
Will Lean: I been busy with my fam, just got married and had a newborn, but at the same time still working on my music.
AAR: This is the most pressing question we have: What's it like working with your wife? We mean, let's say she churns out a verse or something that stinks pretty terrible. How do you handle that? One time our wife made arroz con pollo, but when we ate it we told her it tasted like arroz con caca. She didn't cook for, like, at least ten days.
WL: We criticize each other because I wouldn't let her put music out that would be just awful, and vice versa. But our relationship as artists, we both are supportive and honest with each other about our music.
AAR: We put the word out that we were interviewing you and received a few emails from readers with the same question: Where'd the SUC go? It's like, okay, we're all aware of the role that death played in the unraveling of the SUC, but what about the rest of the guys? There are still a few really talented rappers in it. Will the SUC ever rise back to power?
WL: We haven't went nowhere. We all have families to take care of. I just threw a DJ Screw 10-year anniversary tribute last Thursday, November 18, to honor and show respect to our mentor DJ Screw. With that being said, SUC is still here as the biggest movement out of H-Town. SUC 4 LIFE!!
AAR: There was a rumor going around --we think it sprung up on Twitter - that you and Flip were at odds with another. Any truth to that? If so, why, what happened? If not, why not? You should totally start shit with a bunch of local guys, just stir the pot a bit, yaknow?
WL: You know, at the end of the day we are both men. Every family or friend has differences, but in any situation time eases wounds. But for the record, we good.
AAR: New music: When and where can we get it?
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WL: First quarter of the year I'm dropping my new album, Botany Boy, plus I'm releasing a mixtape called Texas to Cali Connect next month, a collaboration with Hoodstar radio, a station based out of L.A. Also, me and my wife have an album complete, Married To the Game, which we going to release in the Spring.
AAR: FYI, we're thinking about starting up our own rap career. We want to go by the name "Won't-Lean." We think we'll be an anti-drug rapper. Can we get your blessing?
WL: They say the phrase "Cant nobody do you better than you," so do you, fam [laughs].
Follow Will Lean on Twitter at @willeansuc and see him debuts new Houston artists every Thursday at Isis downtown.