This week's guest is emcee and entrepreneur Willie the Kid. Long respected as one of Hip-Hop's most skilled lyricists, he is currently enjoying some widespread acclaim for his most recent effort Capital Gains. Here he talks about the process of creating the album during a pandemic while balancing it with his numerous business endeavors.
1:10 - We jump right into talking about his new album "Capital Gains." While it is dropping at a time where lyricism is making a comeback, he feels he's always been on that "island" for the better part of the last decade. We also talk about how it was writing and recording the album during the pandemic. 8:30
- "Capital Gains" has 10 tracks with nine producers. Willie talks about the decision to make a concise album and work with so many producers and have a number of features as well. He also talks about the overall aesthetic of the sound and look of the project including the cover art and videos. 13:30
- Willie has been quite busy outside of music. Here he gives a rundown of some of his business endeavors that include his spirits company Motu Viget, nightclub Ambiance, being a board member with Midwest Tech and being an investor in the app Radi8er. 22:45
- Willie is a co-executive producer on an upcoming Langston Hughes documentary. Here he talks about his role of bridging the gap between the Harlem Renaissance and Hip Hop and making sure it doesn't only come off as old Black history. 27:30
- Willie has been dropping new albums at least once a year for a while now. Here he talks about the pros and cons of being so prolific as an independent artist. He also lets it be known that he feels he is "a father" of the current trend of one producer/one MC rap albums.
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