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Friday, May 22, 2015

[New Interviews] Tank Washington || Blue The Misfit

Tank Washington



Most recently, you've worked with emcees like Killa Kyleon, Dee-1 & GLC but a lot of people don't know that you and your brother Kydd were signed to 33rd St Records which was part of Tower Records back in the day. What was that like?

Man, I was young and it was a lot of fun but also definitely a learning experience. Big shoutout to Checkmate and Above All for putting us in a position like that at the age of seventeen.

As someone who grew up in the projects of South and East Austin, what are some of the craziest things you saw as a kid growing up? What are some of the differences between old Austin and new Austin to you?

One of the craziest things I seen? Some family stuff I won't mention, but I guess also seeing the drug game up close and just witnessing how things have changed. Now everybody's recording everything and you got Instagram and YouTube and all that. There's way more dry snitching and senseless bragging nowadays haha.



Many consider you the most street or hardcore style rapper in LNS Crew. Why do you think that is?

Cause I don't give a fuck about art. I just rap and say what I feel. I don't care about being the best... Not to take away from my brothers but I listen to a lot of stuff that they don't. I feel like musically I can do it all, but a lot of my friends are still in the streets and that's where I came up so I talk about that so people like me and them can understand it.

A lot of people hadn't heard a whole project from you until 2013's "6 Shots EP." You've been heavily featured on both the LNS Crew mixtapes, what have you got cooking up next?

Right now I'm knocking out this mixtape with DJ Knowledge that I wanna drop soon. I also got another EP that I'm working on too, that's in the rough stages. You know us, we stay cookin nigga!

You can follow Tank at twitter.com/Pacboitank and instagram.com/Pacboitank.

Blue The Misfit



You've worked with a lot of emcees in your career: obviously Top Dawg Entertainment and Snow Tha Product come to mind. Who are some of the rappers in Texas that you're digging and think have the potential to be as big as those artists?

Tough call... I've noticed the movements that Maxo Kream & The Sauce Twins have been creating in Houston which is impressive, A.Dd+ (Dallas) has all the tools at their disposal, they just need a well rounded album to drop. Crit Life (Fort Worth) has a crazy social media presence that has started generating some buzz already, and finally Sam Lao (Dallas) is a wild card with her wide range of abilities and image.

As a producer, DJ, and emcee, you're always out on the Dallas scene. Out of all the rappers that also produced AND can DJ or DJed frequently, who is your favorite?

I can only think of 2 other people that's done all 3 and that's Q-tip and Jermaine Dupri. However, I saw Just Blaze DJ at SXSW and he murdered it. Erykah Badu's sets have been legit too.




You've really hit the ground running to promote your new album, doing FunFunFun Fest, Red Bull Sound Select gigs left and right, and you're on the upcoming ScoreMore JMBLYA festival too. Yet one might say that outside of Dallas, you've been undermentioned. Do you feel that there is a tendency for the mainstream media to overlook Dallas rap artists in favor of Houston artists when mentioning Texas?

Possibly. Houston does have a more glorified past and they also get to benefit from their OGs from time to time which is a luxury that we Dallas artists don't have. I think the media is still trying to figure out what the hell is going on here. We have a eclectic bunch of talent; the main acts here all have different styles and sounds that are worth checking out but can seem overwhelming from the outside looking in. I think they just expect one act to blow up before they give the rest of us any notice, which is unfortunate.

You've been extremely active in your solo career but people who have been following you for a while remember you from Brain Gang and Sore Losers. Given your music and style have changed so much since your early days, where do you see yourself going with your musical career having already accomplished so much?

I just want to keep evolving. My aim isn't to become somebody super rich and famous. I just want to keep pushing my form of art to its limits. I want to make records that are ahead of their time, make shit that MY fans will enjoy, and whatever path that takes me down is what I'm looking forward to.

You can follow Blue at twitter.com/bluethemisfit and instagram.com/bluethemisfit.

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