Today we are sharing the exclusive interview with Chunjay from Royal Ruckus. So, here we go;
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Q: We would like to welcome you again.
A: Thanks, man. It’s great to be back with you. It was awesome that you featured us last year!
Q; How are you doing?
A; Man, things are great. Still riding off last year’s The Summer of the Cicadas album, performing and promoting that and having fun, but starting to push the new album alongside it!
Q: Today we want to talk about your album. What is the mystery behind the name of your album that is ‘World’s Okayest Rapper’?
A: Haha! So, you know how rappers are always talking about how they are the best? Well, I got to thinking about how that’s completely impossible, and not everyone can be the best. If everyone is the best, no one is the best. But if something is “Okay,” then it’s not the best, but it’s not the worst either, it’s just “fairly good.” So, we thought it would be funny if I was the “Okayest” rapper—not terrible, not the best, but the best of the middle. We even have a fake music awards show on the cover and at the end of the first song!
Q: Please let us know how much efforts you had to put in this album?
A: I had a very specific idea of what I wanted this short album to be, that it was easier than a lot of the albums in the writing process. I spent about 4-6 months writing the 7 songs on the project, but lyrics for three of the songs were written in a single day! I wrote most of the project while I was on the road touring my music.
We recorded the vocals in a few days, and then the mixing and promotion of the record only lasted a few days.
Q: Before making this album what was your thinking that which type of the songs you want to put in album, etc.?
A: The last album, The Summer of the Cicadas, had a lot of symbolism and emotion on the project alongside our usual humor. Sometimes after too much seriousness, I need a laugh though, you know? So it seemed like this album should be focused more on humor and just having a good time.
That said, too much humor can also squash a project. So I thought it would be good to have a few songs that are more on the serious side, so I think the album is really well balanced. Three songs are straight up humor, two songs are very serious, one song is sort of in between funny and serious, and one song is just a good party jam.
I don’t know about you, but my life needs more balance. Might as well start with my music!
Q: Another song from your album ‘The Ghosts of Women Past’ driving us curious, please let your fans know what’s it all about?
A: Oh, this was a fun song to do. It is truly an autobiographical story of all the major romantic relationships I’ve been in with women, from my first kiss to my last break-up. I’m not saying everything in it is 100% true, but there’s something like 8 or 9 women described in the song, so I had to get creative with how to pack that much life experience in 3-1/2 minutes!
Ultimately, I hope people that when people listen to the song they will hear their own experiences in it.
Q: Should your fans expect a music video from your end?
A: Oh yeah, our first video is dropping Friday, June 1, 2018 for the song ‘This White Life’, and then I will drop one video each month for the next few months. I’ll keep you posted!
Q: Any message for your fans regarding this album?…
A: Yeah, if you like what you hear, please share it with your friends on social media, snapchat it, whatever it is that you do. We need your help to go around the gatekeepers of the music industry, and we want to reach your friends directly. It may not seem like much, but a quick share on social media is sometimes all it takes to make someone’s day, and introduce them to the sound of the Ruckus!