Part 2 of our Knux interview gives you a look at the group’s background and the wild goigns on that happened on their recent House Party tour. Booze, pizza and police? Read on.
Planet Ill: Tell me the wildest thing that ever happened at one of your house party concerts?
PR Party Pooper: Let’s not say anything too compromising guys
Planet Ill: You can’t be the Knux and skip that question
Krispy: I’ll tell you the truth we did 12 dates on the House Party Tour. Man a lot of my guys was getting arrested and shit. It was just like really raw man and lot of them shits was getting shut down, poice arrested us at a lot of them. Really dog, we love our fans so much man one party the arrested like five fo the cats who had the house. Man we bonded them dudes out the same night! And I can get you the guys on the phone to cosign that. We bond them dudes out because for one, we were guests in they house and two, we love our fans. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be afforded the life that we live. I love doing this shit dog. I can’t really go into detail about things that happened dog on the House Party Tour because them shits was kinda crazy dog. Another level crazy. I wouldn’t even be comfortable putting names to shit that would compromise ourselves.
All I’m saying is that we had a good time on the House Party Tour and on this tour, it’s going to be the same shit. Good time, 110% every night. When you come, come looking for The Knux. Don’t come looking for who else is at the show. Just come see the show because it’s going to be 110%; we’re going to give you what you paid for and if you feel like you’re unsatisfied, come up to me after the show and tell me. Come to my road manager. Come to my fucking drivers or something. Tell them, “I really didn’t have a good time, I didn’t rock.” And we’ll give you your fucking money back. Literally. Because I want you to feel satisfied after. You work hard for your money. Times is hard, you could be sp[ending your money on a motherfucking meal. You’re going to spend twenty bucks to come see us? However much money you spent at the bar. I’mma be aight just come tell me you didn’t like the show, we’ll give you your money back. That’s how serious we are about this shit.
Last night we did a show in El Paso. The sound kept going out but the people didn’t care; the fans ain’t care. They were still there, 400peopel just standing there. They didn’t care they were just happy that we finally came to El Paso and we didn’t’ skip them and go straight to fucking Dallas. They were just standing there man, they stood there for a good fifteen minutes man while the sound was fucked up and the sound kept fucking up. I went and told the promoter man you better give these people they money back. You better give these people they money back. And I’m going to perform for them. We gave all the people their money back, they lined up at the show we gave them all their money back plus we performed an hour and a half for them.
Planet Ill: What happens when the checks get bigger and there’s more on the line? What happens when the stakes get higher? Are you going to pull back, or go forward?
Krispy: Go forward man, you just keep pushing. At a young age, bruh writing songs, just ghost writing early on and being one of the staff writers at Atlantic Records ad working with Mike Herring and being a hook writer; being inside that team with Bruno and Philip Lawrence and all those guys really starting together. Honestly moneywise, money ain’t never been a thing to us. We really don’t care about that. As long as we can eat every day and pay our bills, that’s all we really care about. I know it sound like something dog, but we been through traumatic things in real life. I think the reason we wnet through Katrina is to realize that material things they come and go and they’re really no worth nothing. Ihad people that died in that shit People I grew up with. I lost memories that I will never be able to get back. It’s like I was baptized and washed up fresh; washed clean after Katrina. We chose to live our life a certain way. And not that we don’t like money, everybody likes money, but the point we’re making is we don’t live for that shit. It’s not our whole existence. And that’s why we will never be like them other guys.
Planet Ill: There’s a lot of talent that starting to get recognized form that area not for the same traditional things. You got Curren$y, who’s doing his live music thing
Krispy: Shout out to Spitta, that’s me and Joey’s guy . We grew up with Spitta that’s our guy. I was just with him two days ago in L.A.
Planet Ill: What is it about that area that’s starting to bring out the hunger form some of these artists?
Krispy: And the funny thing about it is we all from New Orleans Eat. One specific spot, one specific neighborhood. That’s the funny shit about it. We all went to Averson High School, me, Curren$y, Wayne, the whole Young Money crew, all the dudes that’s from New Orleans. We all grew up together. And for us, honestly it’s amazing because we know what shit we had to go through. In our city.
The funny thing about it through Katrina, we were the least respected part of our city. But after Katrina, if you go to the city now, the biggest promoters in the city are cats that I grew up with. Our part of the city really had out own wavelength. Really open-minded guys grew up with. To me its not wow, I’m more wow that we all got out. For the majority of us, we all got out and there’s still more motherfuckers that’s coming. You look at Frank Ocean who moved from my hood to L.A. and did what he did. SO if you look what he did I’m just surprised that everyone got out and are getting their dreams out. I’m proud of everybody man. Every last one of them. Even Jay Electronica. I’m proud of everybody man.
Planet Ill: If there was one thing you could change, about music what would it be?
Joey: Radio. I would change radio because it’s misleading for artists. I’ll use Jay-Z as an example. Being that Jay-Z is so big now, he doesn’t have to do songs for the radio. He can do albums like Watch The Throne and make songs like “Death of Autotune,” which is fucking incredible. But I wish everybody had that kind of freedom to make the kind of songs that they were making before they were signed. Jay-Z is back to making the kind of music he was making in ’96. And that’s incredible to see Jay-Z not have to put a fucking weird single out that doesn’t match with the songs that’s on the album. To me that’s liberating. And I’m proud of Jay-Z for doing that because a lot of guys, they get to that point in their career and they say, “Fuck it, I’mma keep doing the same thing, over and over. I’m don’t have to do these song’s they will play my shit anyway, I’m Jay-Z. If it don’t’ go number one on the radio, fuck it. I’m rich anyway. I’mma go do a tour and make half a million dollars a night.”
I’m proud of him for doing that. Because a lot of other artists at his level are still making bullshit music. They still making them weird ass singles that don’t match with the songs on they album, that sound like somebody crafted them in a writing session. Now there’s nothing wrong with that; I started in the writing world doing those singles. But they still doing that type of shit you know what I mean? And Jay has elevated from that and gone back to the roots of why we like Jay-Z. He’s still oen of my favorite rappers and he pushed himself back into the top three for me.
Planet Ill: So where do we go from here?
Krispy: Keep thrashing; keep making the kind of music that we make. Keep pleasing our fans and gaining fans one by one. We don’t look at it like I’m trying to gain 100 fans today. I’m talking one new fan a day. That one person bring ten. Them ten people can bring 100. That 100 bring a 1000.
Planet Ill: Any last words?
Krispy: I hope everybody get a chance to see us live. If not, we hitting ya’ll in the head again with the second part of the Eraser Tour next year. We starting in February So this is a 90 day thing for us. We taking a break for the holidays for Christmas and shit, and coming right back at ya’ll heads. Then, we hitting them with another House Party Tour in early spring. Then we hitting them with our summer shit; the festivals. It’s constant, the whole year. And then our next album singles are coming out in the summer but that’s another thing for another day. We got videos for all the songs on our album so be expecting content.