The Dulcet Melodies of Spider Da God

Spider Da God

I generally conceive conceptions of authenticity as impediments to progress. Those on the periphery of any field tend to be relegated to the sidelines precisely because they don’t do things in the traditional manner. Accordingly, they threaten the status quo. But, while they have the potential to lead us away from common practices they also have the potential to evolve those practices, reinventing what once was.

The current progression in question is the meteoric rise of trap. Now I’ve never wanted to see lyric-laden songs disappear altogether, but I also don’t really mind if they fall out of favor. And to a certain degree, I wonder if they ever really were all that in favor in the first place. After all, hip hop has been commercialized ever since “Rapper’s Delight” debuted.

While trap has certainly had an evolutionary impact, I say that with a traditional definition of evolution in mind. This definition acknowledges that early incarnations are in no sense inferior to subsequent evolutions. Instead, these later manifestations are merely better adapted to their environment. To compare the hip hop of the 90’s to the hip hop of today makes little to no sense.

The saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” does not apply here because, despite what many think, trap and boom bap are not at war with one another. Trap does not claim to be boom bap revised or amended. The two run parallel, derived from a shared ancestry.

But some acknowledge trap as a threat to more than just the hip hop that came before it. Spider Da God is one such person. He makes a strong point when he clarifies that he would have no problem with these so called “mumbled rappers” if they were only influencing each other. Where he takes issue with them is their tendency to influence the youth listening to them, creating an entire culture of codeine connoisseurs.

To that, I would argue that rap has always led the young astray. And Spider acknowledges this with little push back, standing by his belief that rappers have no responsibility to uphold good virtues. All he demands of his fellow artists is that they represent their reality. This is the second qualm he holds against mumble rappers. Not only are they promoting life-threatening lifestyles, they do so without actually leading such lives themselves.

Often, the debate between trap and boom bap is presented as clear cut, with those on either side thinking the other errs. In reality, it’s much murkier than that. Acknowledging that they trap is a divergence rather than a replacement clears things up a bit. But the questions of morality remains unanswered. I went into this interview thinking I would be talking with someone who merely felt threatened by change. Instead, what I met was someone making persuasive arguments based on rather nuanced distinctions. This is something I can appreciate and respect.

Ian

Who are your all time top 5 hip hoppers?

SpiderdaGod

Oh boy that’s a tough one for me
I like a lot of the legends I think different individuals brought different things. Nas, BIG, Jay-Z, Eminem and DMX all kinda had something different for me and seemed to be at the top of their game in their respective lanes.

Ian

What genre do you consider yourself to be in?

SpiderdaGod

East coast hip-hop, I don’t like to box myself in with subject matter, but the influences for me.. being the styles that I associate with being hip hop, have always been very east coast to me.

Ian

and what characterized east coast hip hop?
characterizes*

SpiderdaGod

I’ve always been a fan of boom bap, the quality use of sampling, the pacing of the flow.. etc

Ian

What about today’s hip hop made it clear to you that it’s time for lyrical boom bap to make its return?

SpiderdaGod

An overabundance of “that thing”.. back in the day.. we’d have “that thing” come around once in a blue.. that inexplicable song that was basic.. terrible lyrically with a super simple but catchy beat.. but now? It’s 90% of the market now.

Ian

what about artists like JCole and Ab Soul? They just released lyrical projects which are doing quite well

SpiderdaGod

They fall in my 10% but it’s like the mc hammers and vanilla ices have flipped from the minority to the majority
Hopefully I can help inspire new artists to be themselves.
No major backing, no major money, just pure passion.

Ian

When you say “new n—gas” who specifically are you addressing?

SpiderdaGod

A combination of everything wrong with this generation, starting with these rappers.
They pull a cheap gimmick to stand out.. and these kids follow them.
This culture used to have rules, you don’t fake an image, and you don’t sell out.. this is why..
Rappers act dumb, dye their hair, rap as simple as possible.. and that becomes the trend.
I’m not opposed to doing what you gotta do to survive, but you do it with integrity..
The lil boats, desiigners etc.. they just say whatever will keep em relevant
Which would be their issue.. but the amount of kids that take that to heart makes it an issue for me.
I just want the kids to aspire to be great.. not just rich by any means necessary.

Ian

What would you say in response to this quote by Vince Staples then: “you might be a fake ass n–ga, if you a fake ass motherfucker you not keeping it real by being real. But what’s real?”

SpiderdaGod

Real is being you.. simple as that to me.. a lot of people are caught up on 1 aspect of who they are.. if you broke.. be broke brah.. as long as you honest about what you are you real to me..
The realest people I know go to work and struggle.. but they know who they are..
And it’s not an action it’s a lifestyle.

Ian

Is there such a thing as “real hip hop”? What is it?

SpiderdaGod

Content Box Content…
That’s a tough one.. because some people really feel what they’re saying.. that’s real hip hop, even if it’s a dumb party track..
I think hip hop was always a competition..
If you make a song.. and it truly captures what you had to say.. that’s real, if you make a song that you think other people are gonna like, but doesn’t capture you.. that’s the bs.
Rappers making songs about drugs they don’t even do.. shit like that
Cuz you inspiring some other kid to do shit you ain’t even willing to do yourself.

Ian

Yeah, I definitely agree that that’s fake. You shouldn’t rap about another person’s reality. The epitome of that in my mind is Slim Jesus

SpiderdaGod

He don’t even exist to me.

Ian

haha as he shouldn’t

SpiderdaGod

I respect the artists that accept their content will never make them a household name but they know they can only evolve in their lane.

Ian

Do you think rappers have a responsibility to society to promote positive values?

SpiderdaGod

Nah. You promote your reality.
I’m not non violent, I know there’s a place for it.
Shooting niggas for a name, or over a female.. etc..
Young boys are emotional.. but at the same time.. they listen to niggas that’s saying shoot for no reason. They tryna get a name out of it.

Ian

what type of situations justify violence then?

SpiderdaGod

You threaten my peace, my family or my livelihood, then we might have to set up a date to settle that.
Never emotions

Ian

What do you make of the largely nonexistent upstate New York hip hop scene? Do you plan to leave it eventually or try and build it up?

SpiderdaGod

I can’t really do that.. you got Westside and Conway on fire right now.
Quadir just put his deal together with ruff rydaz
Everything I do is independent of that.

Ian

so you want to make a name for yourself apart from those before you?

SpiderdaGod

Absolutely.

Ian

But you still fuck with them in terms of features?

SpiderdaGod

Yea I already had Conway on a track..
He rocked out on that boy good

Ian

who has been your favorite rapper to collab with?

SpiderdaGod

Me and Ness Lee go way back its always a contest when we link up.

Ian

Tell me more about your upcoming debut album.

SpiderdaGod

It’s been a long time coming.. just trying to put sonnet work together and kinda tell a story with the works
It’s called The Dead King
It really talks about my transition in name, I used to go by King nicholis but then everybody started attaching king to their name.
So it’s kind of a shakespearian tell
Tale*

Ian

Shakespearian in what sense?

SpiderdaGod

Well it has a parallel story attached to it about a king losing leverage in his kingdom to would be rulers and kinda disappearing to reinvent himself in order to return to his rightful place.

Ian

When is it set to drop?

SpiderdaGod

It’s still pending for a release date.
Trust, you’ll be first to know

Ian

haha alright, sounds good!
that’s all the questions I had. Did I miss anything?

SpiderdaGod

Sounds good, make sure the people know about the new single.. “New” featuring ChinoXL and PaceWon prod by E.Smitty.. it’s cooking right now.
Appreciate you taking the time out to talk with me. The Dead King Cometh.

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Ian Lunn

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