Long time Philly MC, Vas, has recently dropped his new project, V For Vigoda. Vas’ lyrics are a blend of clever wordplay, combined with smart, witty humor. He more than holds his own lyrically, while also maintaining his glorious sex symbol status as the world’s only known jean shorts model. The album is produced entirely by Ill Clinton (US Natives) and has been several years in the making. V For Vigoda is available now at https://usnatives.bandcamp.com/album/v-for-vigoda
I highly recommend giving it a listen.
Spek27: Who are you?
Vas: My name is Vas (real name, no gimmicks), and I am an MC. I am the son of immigrants (Greek), born in Astoria Queens NY, but raised in Northeast Philly on the wrong side of the Boulevard.
Spek27: Tell us about this project and why it took so long to come out
Vas: At first, it was just my perfectionist tendencies. However, about two years ago I was robbed and shot execution style at point blank range. Luckily, my bodily injuries were mostly cosmetic. That being said, it has taken some time for me to put myself back together mentally, so to speak.
Spek27: What advice would you give to someone for their first time at the Chinese buffet?
Vas: Go for the Gold! If they are serving crab legs, do not pile your plate with filler. Remember, you are trying to maximize your value. Fried rice is a no-no at the buffet. Entrees and up people!
Spek27: Finish this sentence. “I rap better than…”
Vas: The “white guy” in NWA’s posse. (Note: Krazy D is actually Mexican)
Spek27: In your opinion, what would be the best technique for capturing gypsy tears?
Vas: Gypsy babies are the key. The Thinner curse that will be placed by said baby’s parents better be worth it. The gypsy tears come in handy, but they also come at a price. Just ask the White Man from Town.
Spek27: Give us 3 reasons why people should check out this Vigoda project.
Vas: 1. It’s an honest piece of a 25-year-old Stranger in Strange Land. Honesty and rap don’t always go hand and in hand, and it should be refreshing.
2. It’s hard. Nails. They don’t make shit like this anymore. Ill Clinton painted a perfect industrial booming soundscape for me to curse the world with.
3. I talk so much shit. SO MUCH FLAGRANT SHIT. And I do it with a style all my own. I have progressed technically, but the evolution of my style was like a Mexican Boxer…always moving forward and smashing everything in sight.
Spek27: Pick any living person to eat a meal with, and why?
Vas: This one is tough. Noam Chomsky. Don’t know much about him other than he is intelligent and really cares about the planet and its people.
Spek27: The entire Vigoda album was produced by Ill Clinton (of Us Natives). How would you describe his music?
Vas: He calls one of his styles AM BAP (i.e. ambient boom bap). He provides that grimey, heavy drum feel to a lot of his sound, which made us quick musical friends. He knows how to get my blood boiling within 2 bars.
Spek27: In 10 words or less, what’s the meaning of life?
Vas: “Life is what you make it.” – Nas. Also watch this video, it always helps me understand. Eric Idle Breaks it down.
Spek27: Last words?
Vas: Outside of, “When I Die Bury Me with the Lo On”? Hmm…ok… No good deed goes unpunished. You want to help this world, you have to carry the weight.