I had the good fortune to sit down with rapper/emcee “Henny.201” who was recently featured on a mixtape hosted by the one & only “Jadakiss” Who Really Got Bars Part 2
This is the interview in it’s entirety.. I’m featuring him this week on “Art & Skillz” for the simple fact to show that hard work, grinding, & perseverance most definitely pays off
“Henny” stays dropping verses daily on Instagram. Lo & behold “Jadakiss” himself came across one of them & gave it his stamp of approval, then a week later @Henny.201 is being featured on a mixtape hosted by The Legend -Jadakiss- himself.
So with no further ado here’s the video of our one on one interview
Here’s the link to “Henny.201’s” track on the
Who Really Got Bars Vol 2 mixtape
Presented By JADA KISS
The day we conducted this interview the animal crackers were going to do a show at Porta Lounge w/quite an interesting caveat,they would be performing virtually from the roof of this establishment; as The performance itself would be broadcasted live on Facebook.. Actually Sour D. was already there mic checking & getting a lay of the land, when he actually doubled back and met C. Rich & I At the rendezvous spot where we’d be conducting the interview.
I just really wanna thank the guys for taking the time to chop it up w/me on behalf of hip-hop has soul dot com, & though we didn’t heavily touch upon the new album and all of its facets; I know for a fact that creators young & old will benefit from the words that were spoken on that day. True artistry is rarely found that is why you know it when you see it, this is why you feel it when you experience it; & at the end of the day -this is why I took the time to make sure the AnimalCrackas were properly featured in the Art & Skills section of h3soul -Salute to y’all both Kings UN3 fo’ life
Style & Process
How would you describe your style?
C.Rich I call us The YING & The YANG. We have our own styles, but together as the Animal Crackas Sour D.we’re just like dualism in its purest form; interconnected contrary forces that are actually complementary to each other.
(they pretty much both answered)
What’s your process when starting a new piece of work?
Animal Crackas: Our process has pretty much changed throughout the years with many facets of our life being the catalyst to how we create music (this was a very nuanced answer they gave to this question-I recommend you watch the interview.. link below )
Opinions & Advice
Coming up or at least being influenced by the golden era of hip-hop (90’s HipHop)
What’s your take on the rap world today?
are there aspects U like dislike do U hate it all out of the gate?
Sour D. I like it. I listen to a lot of new stuff, & not only because some of it is dope; but because I like to keep a pulse on what’s poppin’
We create music therefore it would benefit us to know what we’re going up against.
C. Rich: I can’t say I listen to any new rap/hip hop music.. Truthfully I’m always thinking about producing beats, so I’ll much rather spend my time putting on some old Jazz & building something NEW from there.
Do u have advice for any entrepreneuring young artists out there?
Sour D. Don’t be negative towards other artists, you gain nothing by shitting on other people especially if the end result is them getting hurt; for simply trying to create something that they thought it was dope.
C. Rich be original stay true to yourself and instead of trying to copy whatever is hot right now dare to be different
The Animal Crackas Interview
for their new album 2020
Where did y’all grow up? During what era?
Jersey City , NJ
Where does the name of your group derive from?
Does it signify deeper meaning than the obvious?
Growing up the other peoples vernacular would always be “what’s up my n*gga” to each other & so we flipped on its head when talking to each other being on some “what’s up Cracka” Plus The fact that we are beastly on the microphone (almost Animalistic) the group name pretty much was born out the ether
Influences & Inspiration
Who are your top three influences?
Sour D. “Look at most peoples top five lists and my top three are in there easily.” -as for genres of music I’ve got to say some deep blues puts me in the mood to rock a microphone quick
C. Rich Being the youngest of three brothers & being influenced by my mom & pop, both loving all types of different music I listen to reggae, rock, blues, jazz; it would be hard for me to pinpoint.. you can definitely hear the influence of my favorites in our music.
Did u have a mentor?
Both Sour D & C Rich
Not in the traditional sense, but a lot of the emcees we’ve met along our career, especially those we’ve befriended, we’ve looked too for strength support and inspiration