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LAist Interview: Buck 65

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Buck 65 is a Rapper, a Turntablist, and MC who is from good ole Canada. His trademark lyrical presentation and rhyme phrasing keep him on the cutting edge of cool-ness, and makes converts out of traditionally non-hiphop-oriented individuals. The conundrum of categorizing music leaves Buck 65 in a genre vortex. He could be put into Blues, Folk, Country, Rock, all laced with hiphop styles. It's a refreshing sound that leaves you jonesin' for more. Regardless of all that nonsense, Buck 65 agreed to be interviewed by LAist, and here's what'cha get:

Whats the best and the worst thing about being Buck 65?
The best thing is getting to see the world and the worst thing is that it's pretty much impossible for me to have a girlfriend.

Where are your favorite cities to do shows, and where does LA rank?
LA ranks very highly actually. Vancouver is always amazing. Brighton is very good. Glasgow. Melbourne. Seattle. It would be hard to pick a number one.

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What happened with you and Anticon? Are you still tight with those homies?
I'm tighter with Anticon than most people realize. Those guys are still good friends and I'm sure there will be more work in the future.

What non-hiphop influences do you draw upon?
My main non-hip hop influence is film. Especially French film. Musically I could throw around a few names like Woody Guthrie, Howlin' Wolf, Leonard Cohen, Erik Satie... And old-time music in general.

How did you get the name Buck 65 anyways?
My dad gave me the name, but when I ask him why, he won't tell me...

Which artists would you like to collaborate with (besides The obvious choice: Nelly Furtado)
I met Nelly a few times and thought she was sweet. I can think of literally hundreds of people I'd like to work with. I have a few very interesting collaborations in the works right now. But at the top of the wish list would probably be... hmmm... Zooey Deschanel. Can you help me get word to her on that?

Sure, we'll tell her.

So what do you typically order from Tim Horton's?
I don't drink coffee, but I like Boston Cream donuts.How is your new album different from your earlier releases?
You mean the one I'm working on now? It's way more stripped down. Also, I worked my ass off on the raps. That's the main point.

What new projects can we expect to see from Buck 65?
This year a few films will be coming out for which I provided the score. One of them is called Big Rig and it's directed by Doug Pray whose previous films include Scratch and Hype! This one is a documentary about truckin'.

What final words would you like to tell's readers?
I always try to tell people to not let anyone tell them what to do, so I guess I'll take my own advice and just say thanks.