Welcome back to yet another informative episode of WIB Meets. On this special day, we were afforded the chance to sit with emcee/producer Vice Souletric. The homie just dropped his latest EP aptly titled “Vice for President“. Vice Souletric takes charge on said project producing the bulk of it while spitting as well. definitely something y’all should give a listen. In the interim, we were able to get the man to enlighten us about his music and then some.
For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past few years…who on earth are you?
My name’s Vice Souletric. Over the last few years, though who do know me recognize me for producing a lot of dope music for my homie G. Huff. If not that for my artistic [graphic design] talents. Those who REALLY know, me recognize me as one half of the Hip-Hop group’a Play Havoc, where I emcee along my homie HiJinks. Vice is short for ill Advice.
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I got started in music by simply wanting to create one song, and have one tape for me to listen to. Nothing more than that! Once I did that, I couldn’t stop. Most artists would agree creating is almost like a drug, and you have to meet that fix. It’s your duty as an artist.
Do you remember the first beat you ever made? How did you go about it?
I honestly can’t remember the first beat, but I can remember the first DOPE beat. It was called Labrynth because it had about three or four different flips in the beat. First time I played that in the studio, about 4 ciphers broke out all at once! I made that on a little beat machine called the Electribe ES-1. Ha!
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?
I definitely would have to include the time I got a phone call from Scarface. Yeah, the real Scarface. I had sent hime some beats on the humbug and he actually hit me right back that same night and picked one. Still hoping that one makes his album! There’s also the time me and Jinks took over a college radio show, and the campus police caught us because they had tuned in. Ha! Great times.
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
I am an illustrator and graphic designer as well. I have created album covers for a few of your favorite artists including Pete Rock and Rapper Big Pooh. I drew the cover, 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s 2.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
The greatest thing about the music industry is there is no set formula on making a hit or making it big. Its simply about working hard and living your dream. No rules, except work hard! Only thing I would change is not wasting so much time early on trying to cut corners with presenting my music the right way.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
Marrying my beautiful wife, having my kids, giving my life to Christ. After that everything else falls into place.
What have been the biggest highlights?
My first show in front of a big crowd in Cleveland,OH. We opened for the Beatnuts. The host forced me to kick a freestyle at the end I pulled it off flawlessly! Another highlight would be being on the Sway In The Morning Show last year with G.Huff. Sway is the coolest cat in the game and treated me and Huff like we were Kanye and Jay-Z. And that’s real.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge has been trying to make a name for myself being from a small town in Ohio. I overcame it by getting my ass on the road to NYC and ATL as often as possible to perform in beat battles, do shows, and to just network in general.
Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?
My musical heroes are Jay-Z, Kanye, and Dr. Dre. I look up to those guys because they truly made themselves into what they are today and wasn’t handed anything. Thats the same road I’m going to have to go to make it where I want to be. I have many tricks up my sleeve moving toward the future.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
Sway definitely is at the top of the list because of how humble of a person he is. My close friends, Jinks, Huff and El-One all have been a big influence on how I move as well.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
I will smile knowing I made that one song I wanted to make from the beginning, along with several others. Great thing about art is that if no else appreciates it, you will always love it, because it is an extension of your soul.
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
The first time me and G.Huff performed in NYC was definitely my most memorable. It was at Tammany Hall, right after Pete Rock had a show there. Police had raided Pete’s show the week before for some reason, so it was a question whether or not our show would take place. Well, it did. And we murdered it!
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
My strangest celebrity encounter was when I met 9th Wonder at A3C. I was standing next to him and Big Pooh. When I turned around it looked like paparazzi! I didn’t realize it was one of the first times in a while that the wo had even been seen together talking, and there I was in the pic…ha ha!
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
My ideal dinner guest would be Beyonce, and I would serve her whatever she wanted.
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
• Album: Michael Jackson – Thriller
• Book: Misery, by Stephen King
• Movie: Star Wars (the entire series)
• TV Show – The Cosby Show
• Website: Okayplayer.com
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
Most people don’t know I have the power to see through bullshit. So please don’t try to fight me with that, Ha!
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
Thanks for this opportunity! I just want to give real heads the music I think they are looking for. I’m playing with house money so what I bring is 100% authentic.