So Word Is Bond Meets is back in full effect for another insightful one on one. In this episode, we hit up the big man himself, the one and only King Magnetic (who just dropped a solid project “Everything Happens 4 A Reason“) to talk about music, life and a whole lot of randoms. We also got a specially curated banging playlist from him for you to enjoy while reading the interview. Waste little time, hit the play button and get familiar.
For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past several
Years…Who on earth are you?
King magnetic. Biggest rapper alive. Shaq doesn’t count. Hahahaha. Lyrical guy from Army of the Pharaohs…doing my solo run. Allentown reppin!!!
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
Shout out to Eddie Van Halen and MJ…then Run DMC…then Three Times Dope, then the Golden Era…then Nas. This pays my bills now, I got a ton of kiddos and I’m still having fun. But to quote myself, “F*ck this rap sh*t p*ssy…”
Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?
Sure. You’ll never hear it tho…
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and
Stories would you share to make the movie cool?
All of them. My life has been epic so far. At least watching it. Ha. I’d say 30 year old Juice with a Ocean’s Eleven type juxx, all hosted by Dave Chappelle.
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
Not that I can say legally…
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you
Change if you had the opportunity?
It’s really dope being respected by many of my idols and doing what I love as a job. I’d take it back to the days when I had a 9-5 and rapped…
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
My children’s births and accomplishments, as well as being less of an a**hole in general. I also, don’t give a f*ck.
What have been the biggest highlights?
It was recording on KRS-One’s Stop the Violence Movement in 2008, on “Self-Construction.” Well that was until he condoned that child molestation sh*t with Bam. F*ck both of them. Period.
And I have fond mémoires of Sean P. Heltah Skeltah was one of my favorite groups growing up and ten years later I was sharing stages and doing songs with P. He was one of the first established artists showing me love—he was super nice with those bars. Huge loss on a lot of levels.
Touring Europe’s also been a big career highlight for me. The fans over there have so much love and energy for Hip-Hop. My first flight in my entire life was to Switzerland. Really dope experience. I had my 33rd birthday in France that same tour. It changed my outlook on a lot of things in life and music.
What has been your biggest challenge…And how did you overcome it?
I’ve always been fat, but I get mad box. Plus I learned how to rap better in jail…nahmean?!?
Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?
My stepdad—he never hit me, but was authoritative. My mom, for molding and teaching me (my good half), and Freddie Foxx cause I know when to slap people now.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how
Did they make an impact on your life?
Slug, Edo G, Wu-Tang, Reef. 9th Wonder. My baby moms. Sid from Slipknot, AeyOne, Arm 18, Kapec, Duckdown, Saigon, Gang Starr Foundation…humble and realistic. No smoke and mirrors with my man and them.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile
At being 97…You’re buggin’.
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Penn’s Landing back in 2006. I met many of my favorite emcees, and started my career in front of 4,500. Then France back in ’11—this was my first European Tour and people that could barely speak English knew all the words to my songs. o
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
William Cooper. Steak and potatoes with options…
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, tv shows, websites you’ve ever
Gotta go with 15 favorite albums from early on…
• Van Halen (self titled)
• Michael Jackson – Thriller
• Van Halen – Fair Warning
• Eric B & Rakim – Paid in Full
• Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
• Three Times Dope – Original Stylin’
• Nas – Illmatic
• Biggie – Ready to Die
• Group home – Livin Proof
• Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
• Big Pun – Capital Punishment
• Gang Starr – Moment of Truth
• System of a Down – Toxicity
• Big L – The Big Picture
• Saigon – Greatest Story Never Told
• The Source
• Anything Donald Goines
• The Art of War
• Behold a Pale Horse
• Ocean’s 11
• Step Brothers
• The Cosby Show
• Family Ties
• Yo! MTV Raps
• Video Music Box
• The Wonder Years
• The Simpsons
• Married with Children
• Chappelle’s Show
• Impractical Jokers
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or music player.
I’m a gangster. I don’t have an iPod…
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
I can change diapers for 15 years straight, and save $40 per trip grocery shopping…
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
Google King Magnetic, and find me here:
• Website: www.KingMagnetic.com
• Instagram: https://instagram.com/kingmagnetic
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kingmagnetic
• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/kingmagnetic
Any final thoughts?
Buy my album or die: http://smarturl.it/eH4AR
And as the last thing, possibly embed the Apple Music embed for Everything Happnes 4 A Reason:
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