You’ve got strong hip hop roots – being born in Brooklyn and having been possessed by your late friend Del – can you tell us your top three hip hop artists?
That’s like trying to pick my top three funny cat videos. Just not possible. Let’s lose the hierarchy, there’s enough of it out there already. But I’ll give you three, in no order… If we’re talking BK, I’ve got to say Biggie. Who else? Then I’d pick MF Doom. Underground legend. Born over here but spent most of his life stateside, the opposite of my deal. And for someone new, check out that kid Earl Sweatshirt. Great name, fresh sound.
If you could be inhabited again by another famous rapper, who would you choose?
Makes it sound like I enjoy getting possessed. You try being used as an inter-dimensional glove puppet. It’s not something I actually ask for. Ever eaten some seriously spicy food? Yeah, seems fun at the time, but you’re sure as hell glad when it’s out of you. But, if I had to choose, let me go for… the ghost of ODB.
You’re known for your love of trainers and slick style, do you have any sartorial advice to share with our readers?
Check out Filling Pieces, and also Casbia. These small European sneaker labels making high quality kicks. And you won’t see a single logo on them. Who wants to be a walking billboard? Free yourself from logos, man, don’t let them brand your ass like corporate cattle.
You’ve led an eventful life, dealing with demonic possession and being inhabited by your dead friends souls, how do you cope with the constant changes? Do you have any ways you cope with these stresses – like yoga or meditation?
Zumba. I zumba the pain away. Nah only kidding. Meditation is cool, the problem I have is if my mind gets too relaxed, that’s when the demons get in. It opens a big old door to them. So I’ve got to stay vigilant, switched on. But that’s no bad thing, helps me stay alert in a world that’s trying to dumb me down every second of the day.
How do you feel about being replaced with a drum machine on Plastic Beach?
It’s kind of prophetic, right? We’re all slowly getting replaced by machines. It’s happening. Maybe it’s already happened and we don’t even know. I mean, you could be a cyborg. How would you know?
How would you describe the other members of Gorillaz in one sentence?
Oh changing the subject are you, smart move. Just like a CYBORG.
Noodle’s an old soul in a young body, a deep-thinker, and super-cool, you know, without even trying. 2D just wants everyone to get along, he’s always optimistic despite the bad stuff that happens to him. Murdoc is the bad stuff that happens to him, who kind of feeds off other people’s pain, but I mean the fact is, the darkness inside Murdoc does create some great sounds (just don’t tell him I said that).