Bay Area rap trio The Mighty Underdogs were in town last week at the Cabooze and we got to kick it with them (Gift Of Gab, Lateef The Truth Speaker & Headnodic) before they shoved off for another tour stop to promote their new Def Jux album, Droppin' Science Fiction. We present to you: 5 Questions with the Mighties.
GN: On your new album, Droppin' Science Fiction, you have a song called "Laughing At You," clownin' on whack rappers and lame dudes. When was a time you were the one being laughed at?
Gift of Gab: (Laughs) How do I say this and save face? I got laughed at while on tour somewhere in the Midwest. Not knowing my mic was out, I ran out on stage forcefully like I was Superman about to take over the whole crowd and the mic was off. It was embarrassing and only a couple of people chuckled.
Headnodic: During the filming of the "Science Fiction" video, (which is coming out soon) I was asked by the director to run for my life in front of the green screen. About 50 people were hanging around and apparently I run like a sissy. He told me to tone it down, and bring it down from a 10 to a 7, more like a 6 1/2. Everyone quietly chuckled. It was embarrassing but fun nonetheless.
GN: The Bay Area is known for some pretty breezy rap. Who would you consider the most chilled out group member?
Headnodic: I would say I am the most pleasant. No, no. I can't take all the pleasant points. But really, we are all really chill folks. I would say (Gift Of) Gab is probably the chillest.
Gift of Gab: Well, I think that Headnodic is the most level-headed of the group. He is a real chill dude.
GN: Over the years of collaborating, what has been the most memorable moment in the studio?
Gift of Gab: I would have to say being in the studio with George Clinton recording for The Craft and Gil Scott-Heron for Blazing Arrow.
Headnodic: The earlier session where the most memorable. We would blow through 5 joints in one days. It was quick and fun.
GN: You often tell stories in your music, what you have called 'Slick Rick style.' Tell us a story.
Headnodic: The story of being thrown into an Australian immigration prison: Myself and The Crown City Rockers flew 16 hours to Australia with the wrong work visas. The next flight out was a few days from then, so they had to put us in prison with a bunch of people with a whole mess of stories. Exiles from the Middle East, possible terrorists. Some were sweet, some were scary. Oh, and there's a story about my friend Scott getting drunk and pissing on my drum set, but that story is for another day.
GN: When is the next Latryx album coming out?
Lateef the Truthspeaker: Ask Tom (Lyrics Born).