mickey.jpgAfter releasing a number of mixtapes and song leaks Mickey Factz has begun his quest to become a household name. He’s worked with everyone from Kanye West to Lil Wayne to Fall Out Boy and is a darling of the hip hop blog world. But with all that’s gone well for Mickey, he still seems to have a steady stream of pessimists. While preparing for the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Mickey voiced his thoughts on some of the critiques being thrown his way.

Filthy: Some people love what you do and others seem to dislike it so much that they can’t even ignore it, they have to express it. How do you feel about the divide that seems to exist with you and your music?
Mickey: At this point a lot of people that are online, cause I read everything — I read forums — I read every single thing, weren’t accustomed to the music and then when they heard it they were like “oh this kid is actually OK.” They’re not even hating on the music anymore, they’re hating on how I dress. They’re hating on the thesis that I put together. Some of the artist that they say they’re listening to I listen to those same artists and I’m like “are you kidding me? They’re nowhere on my level.” I studied Hip Hop all my life, I know Hip Hop like the back of my hand. So I know what’s hot and what’s not hot. I wouldn’t put out something that’s garbage or bullshit. I put out music that I’m trying to change the world with. So I’m actually doing it for both sides of the door. I’m doing it for those that love my music and I’m doing it for the haters so I can hopefully turn them into die hard fans.

Filthy: Well — if you really are reading all these forums then you must have a sense of humor cause it would drive most folk crazy.
Mickey: Oh I love it. I look at it and laugh.

Filthy: You love it? So how did you feel at XXL poking fun at your name in their latest issue (July 2008 issue)?
Mickey: Oh that’s dope! They hit me up talking about they want to get me in the Show and Prove section. Yo it’s just funny how things work out, they put me in 5 wackest names and just before they sent it out they apologized to me, “we’re sorry, could you be in the Show and Prove section?” That’s how you know you’re doing something good. I look at it as any promotion is good promotion. People are talking about me and I love it.

Filthy: Were you afraid that by doing a mixtape like Flashback, Vol 1, which is full of classic hip-hop beats, your versions would draw heavy comparisons to the originals?
Mickey: I’m a fan of music, so basically what I did was, you know, I knew that there would be backlash from some people. But I didn’t care. Like I said this is what I’m going to do for me. I grew up on this music. I’m a fan of this music. From the jump, you know. And I’m going to interpret it in my own way. It’s an interpretation. So that’s why I asked Precise, that’s my producer, he did some of the beats over and made em a little hotter, yahmean. Well, I wouldn’t say a little hotter but he gave them his own interpretation. He added a synth to a great vinyl record. If ghostface had done it everyone would have loved it. So its like, it depends on who you are.

Because I’m a newcomer and I’m doing these things and I’m making proclaims like I’m the new age Rakim and stuff like that. People are gonna be like “oh this guys is just crazy, he’s nuts!” but if you don’t aim high then it’s like what the hell are you aiming for?

Filthy: How do you feel about the association of Mickey Factz and the term “hipster rap”?
Mickey: I mean, I’ve been doing music all my life. I play instruments. I can read music. I’ve battled artists, I’ve battled rappers, I’ve done graffiti. Only thing I haven’t done is break dance. I don’t know what the hell a hipster rapper is. I don’t know what the hell it is. What is it? People just want to place things in a specific category.

Filthy: So do you think there’s any truth in someone saying that with no hipster scene there would be no Mickey Factz buzz?
Mickey: Nah that’s not true. I’ve had so many things in the works before all that hipster rap. I was gonna do a record with Travis (of Gym Class Heroes), I was on the original remix to Arms Race with Lil Wayne & Kanye, two of the biggest artist in the game right now. Like I was on the remix with Fall Out Boy, Travis, Kanye and Lil Wayne. It just doesn’t make sense to me. So on a couple of my next releases I’ll be separating myself from the whole hipster genre.

Filthy: Do you think that going an unconventional route with your music selection for Heavens Fallout fed the “hipster rap” talks?
Mickey: I mean yeah some of that has to do with it. When I did In Search Of The N.E.R.D. I rapped over a traditional N.E.R.D. record. Those N.E.R.D. records were amazing you know. Then I did Flashback and in Flashback we created some of the music so it was a preview of what we were going to do in Heaven’s Fallout. I just had to separate myself from everybody. I could not continue to rap over regular music. Like if I do that I’ll be a crab in a barrel, when I honestly want to be a needle in a haystack. It’s a totally different thing. I don’t want to be compared to anyone else. I want to be different, and different meaning hot. I don’t consider myself to be cool. I mean I’m like on fire at this point cause I’m just doing what the hell I want to do.

Filthy: Well what’s inspiring you now? What are you listening to?
Mickey: Right now I’m really listening to a lot of my own music. I’ve been listening to (Lupe Fiasco’s) The Cool a lot lately. I wasn’t a Lupe fan before but now I kinda like his shit. I’m also listening to Kanye’s Graduation a lot still. I’m kinda skeptical on if I really wanna listen to Lil Wayne’s album or not. The N.E.R.D. album is dope, I like that a lot. I’m looking forward to Janelle Monae’s project, I’m looking forward to Chester French’s project.

Filthy: So what’s the album and label situation looking like?
Mickey: The album is gonna be release next year. The EP is coming out later this year. I have a couple of situations from labels that are interested in the product; it’s just a matter of how I go about it. I’m trying to make sure the marketing is correct. I’m also trying to make sure the packaging is a little different. I just want it to be a total experience. I’m trying to co-brand. I just want to make it an experience for all my fans because honestly that’s what means more to me than anything else.

{Photo Credit: Rahan Cotterel}

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