Dope.gng is creating the future for AI-music

A Bi-Lingual Interview with Dope.gng by Samuel Granholm


Long time Profet friend/fiend Samuel Granholm, made famous by drug rock duo Love Rebel Gang, interviews Canadian Franglais rappers Zilla and Yabock, collectively known as Dope.gng, in a bi-lingual article combined with a video conversation created through a mistake. Enjoy!

Samuel Granholm (right) interviewing Dope.gng

För några veckor sedan fick jag ett infall att jag skulle bli musikjournalist. Jag tog direkt kontakt med Profets Chefsideolog Filip Lindström och frågade om jag fick skriva om något. Han gick med på en intervju i utbyte mot att jag ritade en bild av artisten. Jag gick motstridigt med på att rita en bild.
        Mina vänner i Dope.gng kändes som ett bra alternativ för intervju. Jag har följt deras resa sedan dag ett. De finns i Montréal, Kanada och blandar Trap och Punk. Montréal har en spännande hip hop-scen där många artister rappar på både franska och engelska vilket jag tror kallas franglais (française + anglais). Franska är sexigt och det är engelska med. Det blir dubbelt så sexigt. När jag lyssnar på deras senaste singel, »Flowers«, transporteras jag rakt ner i en rökfylld underjord där slitna jeans möter bar hud som vibrerar av bas. Det är det där livet man drömmer om att leva när man traskar genom natten och önskar att man var full på ett dansgolv nära stängning då agnarna har skiljts från vetet. Bara vi som fattar är kvar.

Samuel Granholm skapar en illustration länkat till intervjun, för att han måste

Dope.gng gick med på att göra en videointervju och vi bestämde oss för att spela in den så jag kunde renskriva den sen. Det gick åt helvete. Det slutade i att vi hade en video på 45 minuter utan ljud. Jag fick be dem svara på frågorna med sina fingrar och till min stora glädje gick de med på det också. För att inte detta härliga videomaterial skulle vara helt bortkastat så har jag löst det med lite TECH-MAGIC och ni kan således titta på och lyssna till videon nedan.
        Jag är gäst här på Profet och när man är gäst får man fan städa upp efter sig så eventuella klagomål kan ni skicka rakt in i min inkorg på samuel.granholm@gmail.com . Jag tar fullt ansvar men kommer också försvara mig med näbb och klo. Med det sagt så kan ni njuta av videointervjun eller läsa den här nedan.

Why are you doing this instead of something else? I mean there’s a lot of other things you could do. Just saying..
Zilla: I mean it’s something I think we’re good at… I think.
Yabock: Why do something else though?

Is this like a hobby or do you actually Make any money? How much Are you making?
Z: Well it isn’t a hobby but we aren’t making money. It’s like investing you know? Spending money now to maybe make some later.
Y: Like the stock market.
Z: Yeah exactly.

Do you have a back up plan? I mean statistically you're fucked.
Z: Hahahahahahaha.
Y: The back up plan is not having a back up plan!
Z: My back up plan is disappointing my parents. In new creative ways.

Do you feel like what you’re doing is meaningful? And why? I mean imagine being a doctor.
Y: I think it is, in a way. Creating paths to artistic expression with the crowd and fans, starting a conversation where us and the listener can relate and maybe heal through it.
Z: Yeah what he said.
Y: So we’re like doctors. With a lot more bass.

Do you ever feel shame or guilt when getting on stage? I know I would.
Z: I don’t really feel that way… Unless my parents are in the room. I mean our music is pretty explicit about drug use and my mom is pretty much against that. Otherwise I’d say it’s alright.
Y: No guilt ever when we rock the fucking stage.

Do you feel like what you’re doing is meaningful? And why? I mean imagine being a doctor.
Y: I think it is, in a way. Creating paths to artistic expression with the crowd and fans, starting a conversation where us and the listener can relate and maybe heal through it.
Z: Yeah what he said.
Y: So we’re like doctors. With a lot more bass.

I find it distasteful to perform shirtless - what do you think?
Z: Have you ever been so hot that you had to remove your shirt? I mean it gets pretty reckless up there.
Y: A dope.gng show is like a beach party.
Z:We should buy water guns for the next one.

Name one song you wish you wouldn’t have released. My pick is your latest single.
Z: Asshole.
Y: I’d have to say »TMH« on our old mixtape »dark days«. The beat was bangin’ but maybe the lyrics about oral sex were...
Z: A little too much? I mean it’s alright to talk and sing about sex but we might have went overboard with that one.
Y: It also featured David Campana. Shoutout to him, check out his new record! We’re on one of his songs, not talking about sloppy toppy.

How are you handling the balance between work and love life? Are you thinking of having kids? I mean you’re not getting any younger.
Y: I mean pretty good I think. My girlfriend and my music are my two top priorities so I don’t have a choice but to find balance. Quarantine helps a little bit I think, oddly, because I’m spending more time with her on a daily basis and choosing time slots to work on the band.
Z: Yeah it’s not bad, I’m not particularly fond of passing on my genetics, other people can populate the planet for me.

How do you feel about working with music that will soon be consigned to the dark recesses of history when machine learning and AI takes over the music business. Does this worry you? I’d be worried sick.
Y: Not worried at all. I think, in fact, that the AI will be basing their learning on our songs. So, technically, we are creating the future of music!

When you sell out - will it be for fame or money?
Z: Hahahahaha. I don’t think we’ll sell out. I mean if we do it’ll be gradually but even then I think that we’re pretty versatile performers so everything that we do still has our sauce on it.
Y: Fame. Though the goal is to achieve that without selling out too much hahahaha. I think the best case scenario would be to get recognition amongst the underground and be able to tour for a long time. Longevity over one hit wonder-ism.

Is it better to be poor and happy like you guys than to be rich and famous like Asap Rocky?
Z: Is A$AP Rocky sad?
Y: Look at the fucking guy.
Z: He seems like he’s living his best life. I’ll go with rich and famous, thank you.

Whats your inspirations and What makes you feel all giggly and ready to Put down some lines today? Music, culture, art?
Z: The thing that gives me goosebumps every time is seeing thousands of people at, like, outdoor shows just going crazy. It’s crazy seeing all these people share the same energy at the same time. That’s why I keep making music. To one day move people like that.
Y: Great answer. It’s dope.gng baby, R.I.P Pop Smoke.

28 Maj 2020