AbsoluteVenus: In addition to your solo projects, any current/new Polyrythm Addicts or other collabos (lyricists, producers, etc.) on the horizon?
Mr. Complex: I started recording a brand new album about 2-3 years ago. It's called "Forever New". My best work I ever did. I've been on hiatus from recording, just from music in general since the Poly album. I was let down with the way the project came out. So, I was like eff music. It was too many people fighting over crumbs. I sacrafice my life for this, for real. Separate from that, my family went homeless for a bit. Sleeping at friends, while working on sets with millionaire people that love my work. So, it was difficult for me to handle. But, I started the new album after a close friend - my first producer, Andre Kyle, passed away from cancer. I worked with him in the late 80's, early 90's. We had mutual friends from high school. One guy from Andre's crew learned how to flip beats through him. He approached and insisted I check out his music. We got up and began. He's pretty much undiscovered. I have been recording with him for the whole project, dedicated to Andre. The new producer's name is Mortal. AbsoluteVenus: Love what I saw of your film "Fanatic". Any plans to continue filming that feature?
Mr. Complex: That film is done. I just came back from Martha's Vineyard AA Film Fest last week.
AbsoluteVenus: Do you have other cinematic projects in the works?
Mr. Complex: I have several scripts written. I don't stop writing. I have two projects in the works "The Funny Thing About Making Sex". I co-wrote with D-Stroy, and I'm directing. Hopefully, I can shoot in October. Another joint is a movie called "Nobody's Home" about a young kid filming a documentary while looking for his mother, that he feels left him to become a singer.
AbsoluteVenus: Any cast/crew/artists you would like to mention who you are working with on those pieces?
Mr. Complex: I have a ton of famous friends, actors and musicians...It's all about the timing so I don't wanna mention names.
AbsoluteVenus: When you're creating art, what inspires you?
Mr. Complex: Life, everyday life.
AbsoluteVenus: What are your favorite artist(s) out right now?
Mr. Complex: Right now? I'm old school if I may say. I appreciate my dudes that been roching for 20 years plus. Extra P, Q Tip, G Rap, Pharoahe, Masta Ace, Roots, De La.
AbsoluteVenus: Are there other things you got cooking that you would like to mention?
Mr. Complex: My book, "Underground Up"
AbsoluteVenus: What's your official web/social media site(s)?
Attention hip hop fans...I had the pleasure of connecting with NC 's own Scottie Flippen to hear more about his latest project. What I've heard of the album thus far lives up to its name! Keep bouncing.
Scottie Flippen rockin' the stage.
What is the album entitled? Why?
I decided to call
this project “You Bouncin With Scott (Volume 1)” about two years ago when I
first started the process. I didn’t want to get too specific with a title or
concept for the entire tape because I felt like it might limit me artistically.
On the other hand, one thing I did know is that I’m always going to bring that
bounce…hence the title, “You Bouncin With Scott.” It has stuck with me over
time, and I’ll be looking to release other projects in the future to continue
Is there an overall message/theme for the album?
music that makes sense, something the listener can actually live and feel. I
want the audience to be able to relate to the music I make, so I don’t talk
about superficial shit like cars, watches, chains, etc. I still think all that
shit’s cool, but there’s more to life than the brand of shoes you wear or the
car you drive. It’s tough times out there; people have real problems and issues
not only financially, but personally too. I sound like a politician right now,
fuck that, I’m not running for office. I just understand where “real” people
are coming from. 2 Chainz, we think it’s great that you have 2 chains, or 7 or
8 or however many fucking chains you’re wearing. But, that’s all bullshit.
People can’t relate to that; they’re worried about how they’re going to pay the
rent and feed their kids, not how their chain looks in the lighting on stage. I’m
a grown up, I don’t listen to that bullshit; my 15 year old sister does though.
The chorus for the closing track of my album sums up the overall theme/message
best. It says, “I don’t talk about my chain or how my wrists glistening/ but if
I did there’d be a million dumb fucks listening.” And that’s real folks.
How is this project different from ones that you have done in
It’s the absolute
best of Scott Flippen. It’s not a mixtape or an EP; I put years into finding
the right group of songs to introduce myself and my music to the world with.
I’m finally comfortable saying that I’ve done that.
What specifically inspired you to do this album?
Basically, just my
love for hip-hop, songwriting & music in general. I can turn on a beat, add
words to it and make it come to life. I don’t need any more inspiration than
that. It’s the first of many, so I’m personally happy to have this project
behind me and begin to explore future endeavors in the industry.
Are there any collabs (lyricists, producers, etc.) you
would like to mention?
A large portion of
the project was produced as well as engineered, mixed & mastered by my boys
Mike Machete & Conbud aka Turn 2 Productions. I won’t say none of this
would be possible without them, but the quality wouldn’t be near the same
level. I value their opinions and ears for music more than anything else; even more
than my own at times. Both of those guys put in a tremendous amount of work and
effort behind the scenes to make this project possible, and they are family to
me. I think the project will also be another outlet for them to showcase their
skills as producers.
Kelsey Lu & Scottie Flippen
I also have some good
features from other artists on the project as well. Everyone knows Kelsey Lu
will be featured on a few tracks. She’s an unbelievably talented vocalist and
cellist, and it’s worth mentioning that we’ll be working on her first solo EP
this fall…we’re all pumped about that. Kelsey and I teamed up with Kon Sci from
MindsOne for one of those records. I’ve also got features from some of my other
favorite regional emcees like Chedda Chapp, Azon Blaze, Poe Mack, Sef from 2nd
Revolution, Don Digiorgio and Dirt Digg. I do have other production beyond Turn
2 as well. I ventured a little outside of my box and brought the All-European
production team in for a few tracks. I’ve got a couple tracks produced by Dr. G
& Pro P from England in addition to a joint from Skeksta out of Poland. CJ
Beatz also dropped a dope piano beat on the record for my collab with Poe Mack.
Solid top to bottom.
What are your favorite record(s) right now own the
I wish I could pick a
couple records out from the bunch, but that’s really impossible for me; I like
them all. One of the main focuses of this project was to put together a
collection of quality songs that can all stand up on their own. I didn’t want
filler tracks that the listener would just skip through. There’s no skits or
any of that bullshit, just 13 records to break ya neck.
When is the album scheduled to be released?
I want to give you
the exact date, but I promised my good friends at CarolinaAllDay.com that we’d
be making the announcement via their website. We’ll be publicizing that when it
comes out, so stay tuned. I know the exact date of the release, so I’ll just
tell you it’s mid-September. Beyond that, you’ll have to check out CarolinaAllDay.com
within the next week or two.
Where can hip hop heads buy the album? What formats (i.e.
MP3, CD, vinyl)
The album will be
available online in all the right places like iTunes, amazon, etc. I also have a release party planned
that we’ll be announcing in conjunction with the date. There will be several
record stores carrying the physical copies and we’re currently in talks about
distribution with a few different companies as we speak.
Any upcoming concerts/performances?
With a mid-September
release date, I’ll be doing a small handful of shows throughout the course of
the fall. The first to announce that people need to check out is Saturday,
October 6th with Bubba Sparxxx at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh, NC.
We’ll be posting links to buy tickets on all of our social media outlets in the
What other projects that you are working on that
you would like to mention?
I’ll continue to
write music as always, but I don’t have any immediate plans; I want to enjoy
this release first. Putting this behind me, I’m really excited to get started
working on Kelsey Lu’s EP this fall. We’re on the same page with everything,
and as bad as I want the world to hear my music, I want the same for her. She’s
a sister to me, and I’ll do anything I can to help her succeed in this
business. I know Mike Machete & Conbud feel the same way. She’ll be back
here in NC performing with me for the Bubba Sparxxx show, and we plan on
setting that week aside to start working on her EP. It’s all family for us.
What's your official web/social media site(s)?
There are a ton of free
downloads as well as videos, interviews, tour schedule, etc. at www.scottieflippen.com. You can follow me on twitter
@scottieflippen or add me on facebook by the same name.
I also want to take
quick minute to shout out my homie Andy Nichols aka Mr. Neva Dedd . He’s the
man behind the scenes for me that makes all of this possible from the interviews
to the shows to my day to day collection of bullshit. It’s great to work with
people that you consider “family,” and I’m very blessed to have him on my team.
I also want to thank Andrea for taking the time to share this interview. You’ll
always be an honorary member of the AYP Team! Take care and remember…YOU
BOUNCIN WITH SCOTT!!!