Go Funk Yourself
By Japhy Grant
And now you�ve released your first new album, on your own label. How would you describe it?
It comes from a soulful place. It comes from a place of passion. I definitely wanted to do a soul record. There�s a bit of rock, too, though not so raw and gritty as some of my old stuff. I�m really comfortable with mixing styles.
It seemed to have a lot of hip-hop influence. Are you a fan? Who do you listen to?
Oh, definitely. When I was younger, especially. I like Public Enemy, Run DMC, Jay-Z. I really love Kanye West.
It seems like there are a lot of neo-soul folks out there now, like Robin Thicke and Amy Winehouse. Do you think there�s any chance of a neo-soul Lollapalooza?
I�ve written with Robin Thicke. I�m not sure it�s a movement. The collective conscious of the world is starting to feel like it needs this music. It needs to get out there and it needs to be heard -- and then it won�t be seen just as this niche thing anymore. I don�t think we all have to be under one umbrella for it to be felt.
What do you think of California�s Proposition 8?
I think it�s retarded. People should be able to do what they want. It�s infuriating to me. Who cares? Let people love each other. It�s just some religious bullshit masked as government.