SpaceGhostPurrp Recorded With Joey Bada$$, Working on Some “Real Purrp Shit”
SpaceGhostPurrp in Paris, May 2012. Photo: David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns

SpaceGhostPurrp in Paris, May 2012. Photo: David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns

With his devilishly brooding brogue and talent for mustering up eerie beats, SpaceGhostPurrp broke through in 2012 thanks to his debut studio album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles Of SpaceGhostPurrp, and the B.M.W. EP he dropped back in December. Since then, the Miami-based rapper and producer has been enjoying a low-key start to 2013. He just reemerged, as he kicked off a month-long US tour last week.  So having just stepped out of the shower — “He’s on his pretty boy shit these days,” as his manager put it — Hive called up Purrp to find out what he’s working on, the “celebrities” who are pestering him for beats and a forthcoming collaboration with a certain Pro-Era rapper.

What music are you working on at the moment?

I’m just making beats right now. You know how that goes. It’s refining me and my sound. I usually make dark stuff, but also some weird and crazy shit, some turnt up shit.

Are these beats for your own projects or for other rappers?

Yeah, for other rappers.

Can you tell us which artists you’re producing for?

Yeah, I have some celebrities who want beats that I didn’t tell nobody about yet. People will find out soon. [Pauses.] They make good music for the people, that’s all I’ll say. It’s hip-hop; I’m only making [beats] for hip-hop artists.

You released your debut studio album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles Of SpaceGhostPurrp, last year. If you could go back would you change anything about it?

Yeah, I would definitely go back and go harder. ‘Cause I made the album and it was my first time making an album in a studio, so I was used to some underground shit. The label was like, “Oh, you got to rap it like this and make it sound clear.” So I did that. But to me it came out sounding watered-down. If I could go back I’d go and make it more raw and how it’s supposed to sound. It wasn’t hungry enough — I sounded like I’d already started making millions! If I had a chance I’d go back and make it like a graveyard vibe, that’s what I’d do.

Are you working on your next studio album at the moment?

Yeah, but the thing about me is that nobody ever knows when it will come out. I mean, a lot of people like to watch me like I’m about to drop some shit and try and guess how it’s gonna sound, but there’s no point ’cause it’s up to me and no one else. You know how I do, man, I just come out with some shit if I decide to do that at the dinner table. As soon as you wake up, Purrp will drop some shit. I can’t even explain at this point: I just know that it’s going to be out there and it’s going to be some real Purrp shit for real.

Do you have a title in mind for the next album?

No, no titles yet.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your music?

First of all, that it’s not lyrical, but it’s not about being lyrical. People are like, “Oh, Purrp has no bars, Purrp is not lyrical,” but I just look at people like they’re ignorant as fuck. I mean, honestly, I feel like if they had common sense they would know that he’s intentionally not trying to be lyrical. It’s true that he has bars. It don’t take a rocket scientist to know that. The thing about me is I’m all about the sound and the flow and the shit that I say will eventually connect together. My words are meant to go with the music. That’s why I feel rappers fuck up at: They’re so busy focusing on bars and lyrics and trying to be better than every fuckin’ rapper on the planet instead of focusing on their creativity. Then they wonder why n****s like Chief Keef is on top right now. He’s not trying to prove that he’s got bars, but his creativity and his flows and how he makes his shit sound is so fuckin’ different to the point where you get fucked up and you listen to that shit and his whole thing is on another level. I’m not knocking lyrical rappers — ’cause my homie is Joey Bada$$, that’s my little homie right there — but I feel like there’s different elements to rap. You got lyrical rap, you got that gangsta rap, you got that trap rap, you know what I’m saying? It’s just different elements. I put a few elements to mind and it’s not just lyrical rap.

You mentioned Joey Bada$$. Does that mean you’re recorded a song with him?

Yeah, hell yeah. I didn’t want to spill it out and tell everybody, but of course.

What’s the vibe of the song with Joey Bada$$ like?

It’s regular Joey and me, it’s like everyday. He’s someone I’d just walk to the store with and some shit like that. When I’m in New York I hang in Brooklyn, and you know Joey makes it easier to vibe with ’cause he’s from Brooklyn and shit. His energy is already felt.

You also mentioned Chief Keef. What would a SpaceGhostPurrp and Chief Keef collaboration come out like?

Damn, the sound would be like something to take his career to another level. He has Fredo [Santana] and Young Chop already giving him beats so I know what’s good, and I know we both see eye-to-eye right now.

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