Rel McCoy is a dope award winning Emcee, Producer, D.J., Engineer and singer/songwriter hailing from Toronto, Canada. Rel is known as a veteran in Canada’s hip hop scene and a likable kind of dude. This Thursday he will be headlining for The Hustle at The Drake Hotel to celebrate the release of his latest album “Gas Money” — which drops May 27th but you can pick it up early at the show.
Here’s Rel McCoy with Fresh Kils … live!
Check out my interview with Rel McCoy below!
OG: So, what have you been up to lately?
On a personal tip, I’ve been binge watching mad Netflix, trying to get my kill/death ratio up on COD 3, besides relentlessly scheming on next moves for total world domination. I’m a Young and Restless guy you know? One life to live cause these are the Days of our Lives.
OG: General inspirations for how you live your life?
Tao chicken is dope. So “be dope like General Tao chicken.” Sweet and sort of sour, but not too saucy.
OG: How much time per day do you spend on music?
Not so much as I wish. Funny how that works… you start doing music full-time, only to find out that being an indy artist requires 90 percent of your time doing a ton of other shit that isn’t creative. I don’t have an annoying boss tho, so I guess that’s kinda dope.
OG: Can you tell us about your artistic process please. Pot? Patting cats? Pacing?
Pacing is a big one. I shut everyone and everything out for a day or two at a time when I’m working creatively. I hate being distracted. Silence is golden. A couple king cans helps also.
OG: Any advice for someone who would like to do something creative for a living?
Of course. DO IT! Don’t wait. Do it now, don’t try to get to a point where it’s gonna be easier, or more comfortable. You gonna be old as hell talking about “ I wish this.. and I wish I did that..” nope, not for me. Get yours. No one cares about your art nearly as much as you do, and if you find someone who you think cares at all, keep them close and support their dream like they do yours.
OG: How do you feel about Cannabis?
OG: How do you feel about edibles?
OG: How much coffee is too much coffee?
Tim Hortons. Tim Hortons, you are too much coffee. Iced tea rules. With vodka.
OG: What hip hop tracks come to mind when you think about drugs?
Kurious – the album “Constipated Monkey” check that out. Real dope.
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising. My dude says “ all they gonna find is mad empty bags of weed” … I always thought that line was funny.
The Pharcyde – Quinton’s on the way. Great record.
Take 2 and Pass – Gangstarr. I always loved Guru. This song meant a lot to me..
OG: What’s a groupie?
The girl in Calgary who wouldn’t pay me any mind until I sang a cheap version of one of John Legend’s songs… then she bought me beers and showed me her ass. I sold her some merch and then broke the fuck out.
OG: How do you feel about Feminism?
Great. I love the fairer sex, and I admire how strong they can be in the face of adversity. Women are amazing, but ladies are better.
(Let the record show Onya Ganja refuses to act like a lady.)
OG: What do you think the secrets to happiness are?
Risk = reward. Cry sometimes. Don’t be a wuss. Do you.
OG: When do you think humans should be really brave?
When using public restrooms.
OG: How important are beauty, money and fashion?
Beauty, you behold it. Cash you can hold it, every day new fashions fade and get folded. Here today gone tomorrow. It’s whatever.
OG: Anyone you’d love to work on a project with?
I really dig Apollo Brown’s stuff, and 14KT.
OG: Women you think are amazing?
OG: What advice would you give to your 19-year-old self?
Hey self, stop making hip hop so important. Drugs should be an experience, not a habit. You are an extremist, try a little balance for once. And just to confirm, Rakim is still dope but in 2016, Black Thought is the illest. Don’t idolize people.
OG: How many cats are too many cats, for one human to live with?
If you own any significant amount of vinyl… the answer is one.
(Let the record show Onya Ganja knows some dudes with huge vinyl collections AND cats.)
OG: Where do you think Stoner Heaven is?
Next door to Catholic heaven. Both groups love to think they’re the only ones going.
OG: Where should stoners visit in your city?
The Library. Weird al Yankovic works there dressed as Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan.
OG: What do you want in return for dedicating your life to music?
Eternal life, and eternal Tao chicken.
OG: What’s next for you?
This mean ass plate of general Tao chicken and rice, and then catching up with the next season of Better Call Saul. Check out my new album! Ha! Respect.
Thanks for your time Rel McCoy! Stay dope and break a leg this Thursday!
You can find Rel McCoy this Thursday at The Drake in Toronto or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!