What follows is word for word of what was discussed during the interview of Second Family by Juice Radio Music Director, D-Money, for their Fresh Coast Faceoff win over Sol. To hear full audio go to Juice Radio’s youtube account at http://youtube.com/gojuiceradio. In the interview Second Family explained the need to branch out with new types of material following their first album, that the group is here to stay, along with some sidesplitting humour from NoQuezt.
D-Money: What’s goin down? It’s your boy D-Money here with the latest winners in our Fresh Coast Faceoff at Juice Radio, Second Family when they won over Sol for their song “Too Many” featuring Grynch & Knuckles. This group made up of Element and NoQuezt has got people talking in the Southend, especially Tacoma, and they’ve only just released their second album, “Gateway Drug,” which is available for free on their website secondfamilyfirst.com. Today I’ve got them both here for my first dual interview so let’s get started. How y’all doin?
Element: What’s goin on?
NoQuezt: Yup just over here focused maintaining.
D: Like I mentioned before you guys recently released your 2ndalbum Gateway Drug. If you guys want to get more familiar I reviewed it on my column on joltleft.com couple weeks back. But I’m more interested on getting the perspective right from the artist’s tongue. What’s this album really all about and how you feel about how it was received?
El: This album for us was a transition with the “Caskets and Funeral Homes,” we dropped that a couple years ago and kinda got pigeonholed in this gangsta rap box. It’s really just about showing people we’re universal and accessing a bigger fanbase; making our music more universal and appealing to a broader audience.
No: We was just really trying to show fans and the Northwest in general, pretty much the world, that we can do it all. We got it all.
D: And like you guys alluded to back in 2009 your first album “Caskets and Funeral Homes” had you pigeonholed but how have you guys both progressed both individually and together since then?
El: We’ve gotten more into branching out concept wise, making storytelling tracks, things like that, club tracks, radio, whatever, but I don’t think really, there’s two years of progression if you go from then to now and those songs on there are known from ’08 so it’s actually three years. I just think we’ve progressed as writers and we have a better understanding for the music; we’re older, we’re more grown, a few years older and it is a bigger mindset now that we’re dealing with real life **** and we’re trying to make this career.
No: “Gateway Drug” is more money motivated and grown up so we were just trying to branch out and achieve different types of fans so we can get this money.
D: Lately it cannot be ignored that Element you have been getting your guest features on other records with Logics, Neema, Dice, Jay Barz just to name a few. Why just you in these features and is there a solo effort from you in the works?
El: No, no solo effort, it’s all about Second Family, but I’ve had relationships with these cats for years and it’s more on a personal level as far a friendship, not really preference, so it’s something like that.
D: NoQuezt we haven’t really heard from any features from you. Is there reason for this or do have things in the future going?
No: I’m always willing to work but I have nothing in the works right now. I guess I’m kind of slept on maybe, I feel, but I’m just focus on Second Family trying to get that name out first and foremost.
D: Who in the area would you be guys be interested in working with in the future?
El: My dude Jay Barz, we got the “About a Swag” joint which was a big song for us and definitely need to get back in the lab with him, my Island Trybe ******, they like family so we definetly need to get in the lab with them and cook some **** up, Leezy Soprano, he was on the “Sleep Deprivation,” that’s my guy; shout out to the whole Y Lyfe Movement, we definitely wanna get in the lab with him and bang out some original ****, I can’t forget my Committee Click ******, they with the 25thand 3rdMovement, they working on their project now so you’ll be hearing a lot from us together as well.
No: I wanna work with a lot of Seattle cats such as Spac3man, Fatal Lucciauno got some heat, I wanna focus on some **** with Macklemore, and that’s the way we do it.
D: How about your guys’ motivations? Is it more an ‘F’ as in fame, fortune, family, philanthropy or is it just the love to do it?
El: It starts as a love but then this **** turns into a job, into a grind, and a work. We ain’t getting anywhere without that so we aren’t doing this **** just to get a thumbs up, we’re trying to feed off our families eventually. The fame **** is cool, it’s nice to be respected, it’s good to be loved, but I’d rather be able to make sure my family is straight before that.
No: Family, of course, plays probably the biggest role, make sure they’re paid and taken care of. Maybe some revenge, I wouldn’t mind getting reasons to slap *****es in the face with stacks of money (laughs).
D: Get em NoQuezt! Let’s hear about how Second Family was formed, the early days. How did you guys get together?
El: We were both in two separate groups but we had a mutual member, we were all more or less friends, mutual friends, that type of ****, and when the other situations kinda fizzled out me and NoQuezt clicked up and Second Family was born off the rebirth of that ****, us being close in that situation, clicking up afterwards.
D: We can’t hear you nodding (laughs). What’s next for you guys?
El: Next, it’s just keep grinding, getting back in the lab, “Substance Abuse” is the next project we’re working on, y’all should be having that soon, getting on these shows, we got a show coming up here in Boise, shout out to Movement Music, it’s just a grind. I don’t know how else to put it, we working out here.
No: We out here making moves trying to put that good food on the table and all that extra ****, but “Substance Abuse” coming.
D: Let’s talk about the internet. Where can these guys go to keep up to you and what you guys’ are doing?
El: You can go to our main site at www.secondfamilyfirst.com, it’s all letters no numbers, everything spelled out. You can find us on facebook, @SecondFamily on twitter, reverbantion, pretty much any site you can think of it’s /SecondFamily except for Facebook, they gave us a weird *** ****ing link, so just search for us on Facebook.
D: I’d like to thank you guys for coming through. Much love and success to you in the future.
El: No doubt, appreciate you having me.
No: Appreciate your time.
D: Appreciate yours.
Second Family earned this interview by winning the latest Fresh Coast Faceoff at Juice Radio. If you know of a Northwest urban local artist that has both a current single and an extensive fanbase, please email D-Money at [email protected] and we will both play the track on the radio along with entering it into our weekly competition. If the artist wins over his/her/their competition than you will be seeing their interview with D-Money right here for your reading pleasure!