For this week’s installment of The Whole 9, we chop it up with North Carolina’s Precyce Politix, who has roots in Brooklyn. He recently dropped a video for his cut Shells & Lasers, off his Last Son of Brooklyn project, out now. To read the interview, check it out below and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
the9elements: As far as Hip Hop names go, each artist has their own story to tell when it comes to the origins of their name. Where does the story of where you gave yourself the name Precyce Politix originate?
Precyce Politix: I wish that I had a crazy interesting story about how my stage name was the last words of a friend who died in my arms in the middle of a shoot out in the hood, but in reality it came from a freestyle in the hallway. My friends and I were having fun in my building just laughing and chilling, and my man E-Smoove started beatboxing. We were all horrible, so that made it even better. I said a line off the top using my horrible rap name that I had back in the day: “[Awful Rap Name here] for president kicking precise politics” and everybody was like OOOHHHHHHHHHH, and then I think I said something about mozzarella sticks and killed the vibe.
After we split up and went home, my man Eric was like “Yo bro, that precise line? That would be a dope tag name bro for real,” and the rest is history. I’ve always wanted a name that made people go “Who?” or “Huh?” because if you get that response, MOST of the time you’ll get’em interested enough to see or hear what you are about. I like weird names.
T9E: You recently released your latest project Last Son of Brooklyn. Now you grew up in Brooklyn, but now reside in North Carolina. With the title of your project being what it is, how much does Brooklyn still play in your life?
PP: Brooklyn will always be in my heart. Doesn’t matter if it has changed. Doesn’t matter where I am at the moment. I will always have love for my city and borough. It is such a huge part of who I am as a man, not just as an artist. This doesn’t necessarily mean Timbs and Hoodies 24/7. Brooklyn is a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of survival. It’s not just hand gestures and attitudes. I see situations developing before they have a chance to arrive at the point of no return. I see angles that others don’t. I have memories that others will never be able to cherish like I do. I have experienced things that some people may never experience in their lifetime, and I believe that I have learned lessons that could only be taught on the streets of Brooklyn. The streets of New York to keep it funky with you.
Don’t get me wrong, I was never a big time drug dealer or super gangsta or anything of the sort. I was just a kid with great parents that still took a few wrong turns here and there, a kid that still made a few bad choices for respect, honor and money, when really I should have just been myself all along. God looks after Children and Fools. I am living proof.
It was crazy coming up like that, but the experience taught me everything that I know now and it made me the man that I am today. Things have changed back home. So much. The era that I grew up in, music wise, street wise, it’s all gone. It’s all different. Now I know how my man felt when his home planet exploded, to an extent. I still carry those Brooklyn ways in my heart. I am the Last Son Of Brooklyn. I tried to make my project sound like a Brooklyn album with a sick twist.
T9E: Speaking of tracks off the album, you recently dropped a video for a standout cut Shells & Lasers. How did those visuals come together?
PP: I’ve always had the concept of Frankie Needlzz to play around with. Everybody has his or her darker side. That’s what Frankie represents. I needed my first visual to show duality. I needed people to see a story that shows the smooth all business side of Precyce and the crazy enforcer side known as Frankie Needlzz. I researched and sort out Dan Lewin who is a director from Virginia. Roanoke to be exact. Has camera, will travel. He is an awesome director and he did a great job of taking all of my sick twisted fantasies and turning them into dope visuals. We spoke for about a week straight brainstorming ideas and fine tuning my concept before we even met up to shoot. Very Professional dude.
Everyone I am about to mention now is actually IN the visual with me. We had a ball shooting this one! One of my best friends Cassio Logic came through and helped on the acting tip. He is an actor and director himself. He let us tie him up, chase him and beat him up. Good times. My partner-in-rhyme and mentor [NC Recording Artist] K-Hill encouraged me to “stick to my guns” with my artistry, and my “queen” Lena Jackson gave me the courage to do so. She played such a great part in the video. Behind every great man is a woman that is sick of his shit, but believes in him enough to be his strength and the push he needs to achieve greatness. Hey listen could you maybe print that for me please? I’ll need this next time I do or say something stupid.
T9E: Let’s talk about your emceeing. What made you want to start rapping? When did you first realize that this is something you can do?
PP: As far back as I could remember, my aunt Joyce use to sing to me. She had the most beautiful voice. Soulful and strong, yet soft when needed. The way she would use her voice as an instrument would amaze me. I figured that if somebody so close to my heart could move people with her voice, so could I. Singing was never really my thing, but I promised her that I would do SOMETHING with music, using my voice, and you know what she said to me? She said, “as long as you use your voice to say YOUR words, you understand?” That was too deep for my young mind to comprehend at that moment, but now I see the importance of what she said.
I have always been a writer. In school, I’ve always written the best stories and on the low I had a mean poetry game too. I had to be nice with the poetry, because I wasn’t bagging females off of my looks. Not the ones worth bragging about anyway. I have always loved music, and my older brothers introduced me to hip hop when I was 12 years old. I wrote my first verse to the B Side instrumental of “Next Level” by Showbiz and AG. It was awful, but we all have to start somewhere. Then my voice dropped. Good looking out puberty. I needed that. Had a rap group back in Brooklyn called “Iron Mics Unlimited” but then life happened and [Brooklyn Producer] and best friend Trblmkr and I were the only ones still doing it. He encouraged me to be myself and not be a carbon copy of whatever was hot.
Make my own lane and cruise. Rap about what is dope to ME and not about things that I don’t do or will NEVER do. Be authentic. I salute him for that. He taught me that there is nothing wrong with being Cyce. Cyce is dope. Came down to NC and linked up with K-Hill who challenged me even more. He told me that I was dope, but don’t just be satisfied with being “dope.” Try to be an actual ARTIST and not just another “rappity-rap” dude.
T9E: Even though you’re from Brooklyn, like I said before, you now live in North Carolina. Describe the Hip Hop scene where you’re at right now?
PP: Competitive. The reason why is because there are SO MANY DOPE emcees out here! I honestly had no idea. So many different styles. So many different walks of life and everybody steps differently. It is actually quite refreshing. Hip Hop is far from dead. It is alive and waiting to be discovered over and over again.
T9E: Name your Top 5 Brooklyn emcees.
PP: AZ, Skyzoo, Big Daddy Kane, Sean Price, Joell Ortiz. No particular order.
T9E: What else can we expect going forward from you?
PP: With The “Kryptonian Thought Patterns” EP out and in the books and “Last Son Of Brooklyn” out and still circulating, I am already working on another EP and another album at the same time. Been doing a lot of features that I hope come out sometime soon, and lately my show schedule has been filling up. Cyphers, more visuals and more merch to move. I’m just trying to keep my name popping up like good news out here. With Dope blogs like these and interviews, I hope that I say SOMETHING that will make someone say, “Okay, let me check this dude out and see what he is about”
Look me up. You will not be disappointed. Whisper at me!
Thank you to all of my friends and enemies. You have all made me stronger in your own way. Stay Kryptonian Metropolis.