EXCLUSIVE! Chiddy Bang interview!
The boys of Chiddy Bang are on a mission – to reaffirm the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And with ‘Breakfast’ being the title of their brand new album, it comes as no surprise that the American hip-hop duo are dead set on spreading the musical sustenance far and wide!
Last week, MTV.com.au caught up with MC Chidera ‘Chiddy’ Anamege to talk epic freestyle vibes in the studio, how Aussie fans are always “down to have a good time,” and his mission to clap eyes on a kangaroo when he hits our shores for Movement Festival this April!
MTV: Hey Chiddy! So, ‘Breakfast’ is one of the most up-beat and colourful albums we’ve heard in a long time – can you tell us about your inspiration for this record?
Chiddy: Our inspiration was from our travels over the past couple of years. You know, we were on the road a lot, spending time going from New York to London to L.A, even going down to Australia for the first Parklife we did. It’s been a crazy trip, it’s been a crazy ride and inspiration is just our travels basically! We see a lot of different things and it’s just great to be able to take your time and make a record in many different places and take in some of the cities where you recorded.
What we wanted to accomplish with it was we wanted to not only stick to the formula we do with sampling stuff but also come up with some original work too and I think ‘Breakfast’ succeeded in accomplishing that because there are several records on there that are like completely original compositions which is great!
MTV: Were there lots of tracks that hit the cutting-room floor? And if so, how did the decision-making process go for dropping them from the final album?
Chiddy: Yeah there was a few joint that didn’t go on the album. We basically just recorded for a year and a half, two years, and then we listened to all of them, one after the other, and just basically had a voting process between me, Xaphoon and our manager. Of course, at times it gets difficult because ... there were a couple of records that me and Xaph were like, ‘Yo! This is the best sh*t ever!’ and then we’d send it to the label and they were like, ‘Nah this sucks,’ so you know, you’ve always got to deal with the label. But ultimately, we’re definitely happy with the way everything played out. Breakfast is the first meal of the day, the most important meal of the day and you know, it’s important to also move on from that to the other meals and continue to get your sustenance throughout your day.
MTV: You’ve become pretty well-known for your epic freestyling ability – do you often freestyle in the recording studio or do you have all the lyrics locked down before you go in to record?
Chiddy: When I’m in the studio I definitely like to get a freestyle vibe going, nine times out of 10 it just helps my process work way better. Freestyling is a part of hip-hop culture and it’s something that I’ve gravitated to since I started rapping and I’m just going to continue to do it. Like a couple of records on ‘Breakfast’ was just freestyles so it’s dope when you can just spontaneously come up with something and catch magic and catch a vibe in the studio. Because a lot of times when we’re coming up with the beats, like if we’re creating it right there, and it’s spontaneous then it’s a special moment. It’s like the beat is just made up right there on the spot and then you know, you just come up with ideas and freestyle stuff back and forth and then suddenly you have a song – that’s always pretty special. We always strive to get that moment.
MTV: By sampling MGMT in ‘Opposite of Adults,’ you really heightened their appeal in the mainstream – is there anything on this album that you think will have a similar kind of effect?
Chiddy: There’s a couple of records on there, but I’ll say the song that’s on the album that I’m most excited for and proud of and really really love is ‘Talking to Myself.’ That’s always been a song on the album that I really feel strongly about just because it’s an original composition. Like Xaph used these crazy strings coming in on it, the chorus is just really epic and emotional and that represents growth, I feel like, for the whole sound of the situation.
Y’all support that joint because you know, that’s just like personally our song ... and everyone can really relate, you know? Everybody’s got that person that they end up pondering hard over, just trying to win back, or just trying to let go. Like if you have to move on, you have to move on. But everybody’s got that person that they just look at from a distance and think about.
MTV: Thinking back to your last Australian tour, what do you remember most about the fans Down Under?
Chiddy: I just remember y’all are down to have a good time and really, the festival scene is just a beautiful thing. When you guys come out to see some shows, y’all really try to get hyped and get involved and the crowds are pretty much responsive and receptive to whatever energy you want to bring. So, I’mma just try and bring the noise, kick a couple of freestyles, get the people jumping, play some sh*t that could make them really really move and get into the music and hope for the best!
MTV: Was there anything that you didn’t get to do last time you were here that’s on your list for this time around?
Chiddy: I still have really never seen a kangaroo in my life, so maybe I’ll go to a park or something where I can do that. Or like go to the Outback or something – do some touristy sh*t. I remember I ate a kangaroo! I think it was like some kangaroo steak or something that I had had, but I’ve never actually seen one so that’s my mission.
MTV: Thanks Chiddy! We can’t wait to see you in April at Movement Festival!
Chiddy: Can’t wait to see you too, it’s going to be a hell of a good time! Thank you for having me, shout out to MTV, Chiddy in the building, Team Swell. I’m out!
Live Nation and Niche Productions regret to advise that it has become necessary to cancel the inaugural Movement Festival, which was scheduled to take place in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth next week.
For further information on ticket refunds please visit the Movement Festival Facebook page.
Written by Lucy Slight