Welcome to a (sort of) new feature here at brokencool.com. I've always wondered why artists and celebrities should be the only ones getting interviewed...what about the fans of the music? Yes I realize artists are fans as well but no one ever shines the light on the people who actually pay to go to the concerts, buy the music and argue with their friends about why artist X is better than artist A. I said "sort of" new feature because brokencool originally launched this back in 2009...click here for the first "My Name Is...And I'm A Hip-Hop Fan" from May 18, 2009.
"My Name Is...And I'm A Hip-Hop Fan" is back and brokencool.com will be profiling your average Hip-Hop fan and getting inside their head, finding out what makes them tick and gauging their opinions on the current state of the music. If you want to be profiled email [email protected] Hit the jump for the first installment of the new generation featuring Kevin Yeoh.
brokencool: How old are you?
Kevin Yeoh: Turning the big 3-0 this September! Yowza!
bc: Where are you from?
KY: The sunny city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
bc: What's the coolest hangout spot in your town?
KY: Publika has to be the new hot spot to hangout in KL city right now. It’s away from the city, beautifully designed area/mall and is filled with awesome food. That alone is enough reason to call a spot in KL cool. Plus, it has a kick-ass grocer. No thrills and frills. Just a good-looking and hassle-free place to kick it with friends and families.
bc: When did you first start listening to Hip-Hop?
KY: One of my earliest memories was watching Warren G perform “This DJ” on Soul Train Awards 1995 on telly. I learned so much from watching random award shows shown on TV. Watching TV in the 90’s also introduced me to people like Snoop Dogg, Salt ‘N Pepa, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, 69 Boyz, Scarface… Good times.
bc: What was the first Hip-Hop album you bought and why that album?
KY: That would have to be Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu-Tang Forever because I heard so much about Wu-Tang and wasn’t familiar with their stuff, so when I saw the album at a second hand music store, I had to get it. Might I add that my first hip hop albums were The Fugees’ The Score and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s E.1999 Eternal I requested my uncle from the States to buy for me. It was all an experimental process to figure out what I like, and I loved it.
bc: Do you have an all-time favourite album, hip-hop or otherwise?
KY: I'd pick TLC's CrazySexyCool because that album introduced me to R&B, which led to hip hop right after. When I first heard "Creep" for the first time, I knew that was it. If I had to pick a favourite hip hop album, it would be The Fugees’ The Score for the nostalgia. It was love at first listen.
bc: What 5 rappers do you think are the dopest?
KY: The Notorious B.I.G., Warren G, Nas, Blu and Tyler, The Creator. Each of them possesses an individuality that is almost incomparable. There’s that sense of truth when I hear them rhyme. Yes, even Tyler. Those 5 names make me believe what they are spitting about.
bc: What 5 rappers do you think are the wackest?
KY: Eminem, Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, Lil Jon and Diddy. I can’t even…
bc: What are your favorite blogs and websites?
KY: I read my friend Joyce Wong’s KinkyBlueFairy.net because she's a good friend and that's the best way I can keep up with her life! Then there’s Potholes In My Blog http://potholesinmyblog.com/, Prefix http://www.prefixmag.com/ and Mostly Junk Food http://mostlyjunkfood.com/ for my daily dosage of music news simply because they are awesome.
bc: What sources (online or offline) do you use to listen to and discover music?
KY: The 3 websites I mentioned above and recently discovered We Are Hunted http://wearehunted.com/ and it’s amazing! It’s a beautiful looking website and it covers everything that I need in music. I’m learning so much from that website outside of my comfort zone that are R&B and hip hop.
bc: What is one thing you wish Hip-Hop artists would do more?
KY: Be less arrogant and stop abusing the word “swag”. Just stay true to their own art, basically.
bc: What's your favorite fast food restaurant?
KY: You had me at food. I want to pick Carl’s Jr for crazy big fat juicy burgers but because it’s slightly more expensive, I would go with Burger King for the Double Mushroom Swiss. Oh yes.
bc: What's your favorite alcoholic drink?
KY: Whiskey on the rocks would be perfection.
bc: What's your favorite movie of all-time?
KY: Amélie! One of the first DVDs I have ever purchased. It’s such a beautiful and clever movie. It makes me want to do nice crafty things.
bc: What are your favorite sports teams?
KY: None, unfortunately.
bc: Outside of Hip-Hop, who are some other artists you listen to?
KY: I actually listen to a lot of experimental/electronic hip hop materials lately such as Falcons, Mo Kolours, RAJA, XXYYXX and all those in between. I also dig stuff from Fiona Apple, Rustie, Santigold, Toro y Moi, Beyoncé, James Blake, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, Major Lazer, Erykah Badu and I love me some Mariah Carey. I must give shout outs to the talented artists from Malaysia- SonaOne, AraByrd, Mizz Nina, Joe Flizzow, Dayang Nurfaizah, Najwa and of course, Yuna, who just made her US debut featuring productions from the one and only Pharrell Williams!
bc: What are some of your favorite clothing brands?
KY: Not one for brands, but Lazy Oaf is dope! I love t-shirts of music acts I love and much love to Nike as well.
bc: If you were a rapper what would your MC name be?
KY: I have trying to come out with one since 1999, but have yet to think of one good one. My friends call me by my initials KY. Filthy much?
bc: How can other Hip-Hop fans connect with you? Do you have Twitter? Tumblr? etc.
KY: Hit me up on Twitter @Kevin_Yeoh. Be Nice.