I saw Hieroglyphics in Indianapolis a year ago, but you weren't there...what exactly is your involvement with them?
I'm basically like the kid who you don't see all the time, but when you see me it's all love. I gotta lotta surprises, usually. If you know me, it's not really that surprising, though.
I read somewhere that you were related to Ice Cube. Please describe your relationship with him over the years.
Okay, well...basically, it's my cuz on my mom's side. We basically grew up around each other; he always was like a sort of mentor to me. That's about it -- ain't changed.
It seems like you two have quite different musical styles. What do you think about that?
Not really, really. Actually, we are more similar than most think; that's why we got along a lot. He actually hipped me to more of the deeper P-Funk.
But I mean him with his gangsta-ism...
He was never a gangsta rapper, though. That's the thing. Now, gangstas felt him cause of his commentary, 'cause it was all real shit, but I was not shocked, nor was Plee or Tajai, by none of what he was saying; we from East Oakland. It was just hip-hop of our own personal experience and not NYC.
I listened to Deltron 3030 earlier today...what was it like working with Dan the Automator?
Great, groovyworld. He know music, so do I, so we always would build on the direction hip-hop could take, on a scientifical level.
Y'all also worked together on Gorillaz. As a matter of fact, Gorillaz was how I first heard of you. How was that?
Well, we were actually finishing 3030, and he was simultaneously doing the Gorillaz thang, so he needed a replacement for this song, the song "Clint Eastwood." Peace to Clint, actually, while I'm there. He whooped a lot of fools in movies I seen growing up, excellent! But it was an accident, me ending up being at the forefront of that. Dan knew I could deliver at the final hour, he needed new lyrics.
I'm from Houston, and the H-Town rap scene has gotten really popular lately. What are your opinions on that scene?
Yo, my pops is from Houston, so the South is all love. You know the hyphy movement out here. A lot of us up here got family in the South.
Who are some of your favorite H-Town rappers?
Is UGK from there? Bun B and Pimp C? That's UGK, Underground Kingz. They my favorite. My folks T.I. I hella enjoy too; he from ATL, I think, though. [I] also love OutKast and Joi.
Y'ever listen to Nappy Roots? They're from Kentucky, of all places.
Yeah! Back in the day. I tend to gravitate to more street stuff, though, honestly.
What do you do for fun when you're not making music?
That's what I do for fun.
Well, then, you've got it made -- doing what you love for both pay and play.
Yes, sir. Otherwise, I couldn't stand it.
You got any cool stuff coming up that we should look out for?
11th Hour, the DVD, uh, instrumental albums, Deltron second event. [I] always try to collab; trying to do some shit with Ladybug Mecca and Joi, specifically...I try to compose a lot.
Well, Del, I'm all outta questions. Do you have anything else to tell before we end this?
Yeah! Everybody support Hiero, 'cause we try to make quality stuff for y'all, y'all make it possible for real.
Well, thanks so much for this opportunity. It was a pleasure chatting with you.
No prob, thank you! Peace. END