EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DJ Whoo Kid On ‘White Trash’ Comment And Tech N9ne Fanbase
More than a month ago, well after the Bad Season mixtape had been announced and recording was underway, DJ Whoo Kid shook up the Strange Music web world with his off-handed comment that he was doing a mixtape with Tech N9ne, the ”The king of all the fucking white trash people out there that love him.” Many fans were angry at Whoo Kid, so responsive that Whoo Kid decided to cancel the mixtape out of respect for Tech N9ne, not wanting to put him in an awkward position of collaborating with someone who offended his fanbase. Luckily for fans of Tech and all of hip hop, the Bad Season mixtape is finished and set to be released Thursday, December 23. We conducted an extensive interview with the premier mixtape DJ and gave him a chance to clear up any air over what was said, and to let him explain the situation.
Have any other big names heard this? Have you played this mixtape for anyone else?
I’ve just been rocking it on radio. I played it for Hollywood cats. Some of them know him, some of them be dancing, some of them are like “who is this guy?” Basically I’m still on the 101 level but 102 starts immediately in January–I’ll just go full throttle.
What have been some of reactions so far in general?
The reaction is: it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anyone spit–like spazzing out on a track. Usually the only one who really kind of like spazzes out in his own swag way would probably be Lil Wayne. He’s usually very reckless with his lyrics–he’ll go nuts. So Lil Wayne is probably the only one who’s really crazy like that but him, he’s melodic, spazzing, he has energy. You don’t hear that on a lot of artists. The last person we heard like that was Busta Rhymes–and that’s early Busta Rhymes–and Busta Rhymes is on a whole different level but [Tech] is on some super-hardcore going in. And then he makes you listen to his lyrics, his lyrical content, that’s what I’m tuning into. The combination of understanding what he’s saying with a track…it’s just too crazy. Now I understand why his diehard fans really are into him. The rewind factor is ridiculous: me and my brother be in the car rewinding this shit like “Nah he didn’t just say that. Play that back again? Aw hell no!”
Speaking of their fans, I wanted to address the whole miniature-fiasco thing with the “white trash” comment. Personally I thought it was a throwaway joke but would you like to say anything to the fans that might have been offended?
Obviously I’d like to thank Tech N9ne giving me the opportunity to be known to his fans because his fans don’t know me: I’m a clown, I’m an idiot. You know that whole interview when I said the word “white trash” or whatever–I do corny racial jokes all the time on my radio show. If you’re a real fan of Whoo Kid–which a lot of his fans are like “Whoo Kid’s an idiot, Whoo Kid blah blah blah”–you know I used to say Eminem fans…he has white trash fans, he said it, so it’s like why is everyone pissed off when I say that? I’ve been saying that for like the last eight, ten years–everyone knows that I’m joking! I am nowhere near racial. I have not one racial bone in my body. It just doesn’t make any sense–like people really think I was taking that in a serious context. It’s just too much for me to explain because I’ve been on radio for like twenty years and I’m a fool, I act like an idiot, and I just got tired of explaining myself. If you’re offended by that I’ll apologize to people who just don’t know me, but people that know me know that I’m an idiot and that I was joking.
Why would I jeapordize Tech N9ne’s reputation by doing situations like that? It’s like everytime I heard the word “Tech N9ne” people would be like “Yeah, he’s got an ill fanbase, the crazy white trash.” I hear that all the time–like, everybody. I do my research and everybody tells me the same exact thing. So, in my mind, when I’m feeding a joke or going in, that’s the first thing that’s going to come up to my mind, because remember I didn’t know who Tech N9ne was. If you’ve got 15 or 20 people telling me the same answer about who his fanbase are, there’s no other explanation than what you guys told me! They never told me that they’re young, or “crazy white kids,” they always say the same thing: ”crazy white trash.” I never took it serious, even if they’re telling me that. Even if they’re telling me that “Oh, he has a white trash” fanbase, I never took it serious. I thought it was a joke! I didn’t even think about it once like “Oh, that’s fucked up.” I thought it was cool! People be saying “white trash” all the time! I dunno, I never thought it was really serious. We really stopped, a whole project, when you say a stupid joking comment. Some people can’t take a joke! What you want me to do about it? If you don’t know me, I apologize, but a good sixty-percent of his fans know who I am and they understand that I’m a dickhead and that I was joking and that it’s all good.
I’m just here to do a hot mixtape. Feed the masses: that’s all I’m here for. I’m not here to worry about racial stuff, I’m not political. I’m not into politics and all of this nonsense. I do radio and my radio is very funny: I’ve got comedians, Hollywood stars, we wild out, we cuss people out. I diss rappers all day on my show and that’s what I do! It’s a funny thing! It’s hard for me to even get like Diddy and all of these guys to get on my show because it just comes out of my mouth! It’s just a spontaneous reaction.
I don’t think I crossed any line here. I’m just here to work with an incredible artist, give people some good music, make his fans happy, and I’m on my way. I don’t really expect much. I don’t need no gratification. I don’t need no reward. I don’t need money. I don’t need nothin’. I just want you to know that Whoo Kid and Tech N9ne came together and put a hot mixtape together and if you guys are happy, I’ll be on my way. You don’t have to see me and big me up or whatever. This is what I do. Mixtapes are my whole persona–my whole aura. It’s part of my life, doing a mixtape. A lot of people don’t take mixtapes serious. Every mixtape that I do affects society in a certain way, especially when I do it with a big artist. My final mixtape is to finish it off with Dr. Dre, like a Dr. Whoo Kid/Dr. Dre mixtape. Then I’ll be done!
Then you’ll have done it all.
I’ll be like “Peace! I’ve done it all! Sayanora!” Let the next Whoo Kid or whoever–but there will never be another Whoo Kid. I just got pissed off from the ignorant people that didn’t know who I was so out of respect for Tech N9ne I called the manager and was like “You know what? These people out here just can’t take a joke, or they’re ignorant, or they don’t know who I am. Let’s cancel the mixtape.” I respect Tech N9ne. I don’t want Tech N9ne to look stupid if people think he doesn’t care about what I said. That’s one of the reasons why I cancelled it in the beginning because I didn’t want Tech N9ne to look fucked up. His fans are loyal. They’re not generic fans. They like him, his integrity, his music, they know him, they have a personal connection where it’s a difference from our rap people. We just like the music. We don’t have no personal connection really and I had to understand that, that there’s a difference between his fans and the 50 Cent and Jay-Z fans. Our fans, they don’t care about what we do. If we’re wack, we’re wack…there’s no support. We have to have a hot record, we have to keep giving them free shit, we have to keep doing hot stuff or they just won’t care. Like you’ll be wack this year and next year you’re hot then you’re wack, but his fans are loyal regardless of what he’s doing and I had to understand that. But, final comment: sorry. If you don’t know who I am I’m sorry for what I said but I was joking and uh, I mean, grow the hell up man! I’m almost 40 years old. What do you want to know what a 40-year-old is saying?
Well how did it get all cleared up then? Did you call Tech or did Tech call you?
Tech called me and he was like “Man, we got to try to fix this, this is crazy! I really want to work with you.” You know, he’s really loyal to his fans also. He was kind of like nervous about the decisions he was going to make after we spoke. He was like “Damn, what the hell should I do?” It had nothing to do with me getting pissed off because I assured him like “I’m nowhere near pissed. I understand fully about your fanbase. I understand everything and I do not want you to ruin your reputation off of some stupid shit that I said. You have a lot going here to fuck up just for me saying some stupid shit. You don’t want to go to into a fucking concert and all these people are hating or don’t show because you’re supporting me or we’re working together.” Like he was really fucked up off of that shit. So I was like “Yo, you know what? I don’t really care if the CD don’t come out but I’m still going to support your music.” What I did was, the music that I had, I said “I’m still going to support it, I’m still going to play it” because I really don’t give a damn what anybody think or say. If you think I’m a piece of shit you’re still going to hear it on my show. You’re still going to hear me bigging it up. If you don’t want the CD to come out. If you don’t want the CD to come out, I’m going to allow the fans to choose for the CD not to come out, and then once I tweeted it was cancelled I guess people went berserk, like “Nah, that’s fucked up.” At the end of the day, it wasn’t even about that, I was still going to support him, still was going to play his records, still going to big him up because you don’t meet guys like that all the time. I mean this guy’s like a special individual. Like you have one-in-a-mil out here. You just can’t fuck that relationship up because of some ignorant people. Once I leaked “Ego Trippin’” it just went berserk. People were like “Hell no, this CDs gotta come out. This is ridiculous. Whoo Kid’s a clown, he’s a comedian. I don’t know where his racism came from.” Who gives a fuck? At the end of the day who cares? Just get the CD out, the music out, and make your fans happy.
From what I’ve heard so far it’s great.
If we came out with whack shit people would’ve been like “This is garbage, who cares if Whoo Kid does it or not? This is bullshit. Thank God you’re not fucking with Whoo Kid,” but we had incredible music. So it would’ve been fucked up if it was cancelled.
Well we’re all glad it didn’t get cancelled.
Be on the lookout for the Bad Season mixtape on XXLmag.com on Thursday, December 23!