It was an extreme please to be able to link up with Mickey Factz during a pitstop from his The Red or Blue Pill Tour and hear his story on the rap game and his music. He has already had mainstream success with being featured on the XXL The 10 Freshmen Class 2009, featuring Wale, B.O.B., Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, and more. He was also notorious for touring and rocking stages with Lupe Fiasco.
When I first met Mickey at Tropicalia in DC on U St., at The Red or Blue Pill Tour, featuring Lyriqs Da Lyraciss and DJ Strategy, where my homie Talley of The DMV Followers invited me to come and check out the show. I had no idea there would be a more in-depth opportunity to learn more about one of the illest lyricist on the east coast. I bumped into Mickey at the bar where he introduced himself and remained respectful and personable which is rare for artist of his stature these days.
We managed to strike a brief conversation and the next morning Stereo got the call and linked up with the homie on H St. to chop it up about his upcoming album Y3, his perspective on the current state of Hip Hop, and also to get some insights to some of his dopiest tracks. Check out the interview below and show Mickey some love when you see him in the streets.
Stereo: So who is Mickey Factz and what does your name mean?
Mickey: I am the overthinking emotional artistic fashionable artist. I love the people as much as they love me and I try to give as much inspiration as I possibly can. Mickey Factz comes from two different things, Mickey derives from Natural Born Killers and his love for mallory and I compare mallory to Hip Hop and Factz is all I try to talk about. The “Z” at the end is for stylish points.
S: Did going to the same high school (Adlai E. Stevenson) as Afrika Bambatta influence you at all?
M: He didn’t really influence me that much but as I got closer and closer to being where I was and where I am now I recognize his influences inadvertently in my work. But I guess that was more of a kismet experience because I didn’t study his work or anything. But when people started telling me that I was reminding them of him. I had to give him his props inadvertently.
S: Hearing, “I’m Sean” what was your mindset behind the song?
M: Well Sean Bell had got murked 50 shots were sent at him by police officers because he was unarmed and at the time there were a lot of NY Rappers that were putting out songs about Sean Bell and but it seemed like it was more so for publicity to get on the radio and I wanted to take a bigger stance on it by putting myself in his shoes and really explaining what happened that night with all the facts. What was going on after he died and what would happen to him afterwards. Now everything from that particular song has come true now like Al Sharpton is no longer around with Mrs. Bell, his daughter has to grow up alone, things of that nature, I wanted to really attack the human psyche in that regard.
S: Was Mickey Mause a project you felt closer to? Why didn’t your label back you?
M: Mickey Mause to me, that was my baby. I worked really, really hard on that project and a lot of people felt like it should’ve been the album. Swizz Beatz wanted to Executive Produce the album after hearing Mickey Mause and Lupe wanted to Executive Produce it, after hearing it. They all called the label, to try to get the samples cleared with Danger Mouse and DeadMau5 was the issue. It just cost too much money and because of that they couldn’t clear it and I just put it out the way it was suppose to put it out. If it was up to me I would’ve done everything in my power to put it out that way.
S: So you did a lot of research for Mickey Mause. What exactly were you in search of?
M: The story is based from 1980 to about 1988-89 and I wanted to focus on everything that happened in the 80s that meant something from art to pop-culture to sports and video game references. I wanted to make sure that I encompassed everything but, more importantly the artist scene that Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol were apart of in the early 80s. So when I do the sequel, the sequel will take us from 89 to about 1996.
S: The Achievement, when can the people expect it?
M: I’m signing a deal next week for The Achievement, I’m hoping February or March it should be out.
S: So with the song, “I’m better than you”, were you calling out other artist or just trying to make better music?
M: When I first made I’m better than you it was suppose to go at everybody that was on the Freshmen cover, on all of the covers. In saying that I’m better than ya’ll. Management felt that would really put me in a crazy looking position so I decided to remove myself from that and look at it in a more introspective manner and saying that I’m better than myself everyday, I try to be better than myself and that mantra kind of stuck, that mantra worked better than what I initially wanted.
S: What do you feel Hip Hop is missing?
M: Hip Hop is missing diversity. On the radio and in the mainstream now there’s only one type of sound and one type of stature for Hip Hop, there’s no diversity going on right now. There should be an equal opportunist mantra in radio and mainstream for Hip Hop and that seems to not be the case. So right now, the dillusion of whats being played on the radio is hypnotizing everyone. In order to get on the radio it seems like an artist has to conform their beliefs and their artistic sound in order to be apart of the norm.
M: I didnt get it cleared I just put it out, it was suppose to get cleared Lupe was suppose to actually be on the record. Due to some politics dealing with publishing and things like that we weren’t able to make it happen the way we wanted it to happen. So I just put it out on my Love Lust Lost II project and we just went forward like that. It was suppose to be an official track kind of like my version of the Janet Jackson, Drake, and Kendrick record.
S: What would you like people to know about what you have coming up?
M: Please be on the look out for my Detroit Red video which is an autobiography on the life of a young Malcolm X. Be on the lookout for my 13th Disciple video which is off 740 Park Avenue. Also you can download 740 Park Avenue off DatPiff.com, and you can also download Love Lust Lost II on DatPiff.com which is the last mixtape I put out, of all love songs. There will be a mixtape Y3 dropping as well as the album next year.
Trailer for his new single Detroit Red.