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B.O.B Sits Down With Aussie Hip Hop Star Seth Sentry To Talk Gutter Rap And Potential Haiku Poems For Jennifer Lawrence

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B.O.B: In 1979, Sylvia Robinson and the ‘Sugar Hill Gang’ illegally sampled the bass line from ‘Good Times’ by Chic. ‘Rappers Delight’ was the first rap song to break into the top 40 charts. Do you think this set a precedent for the use of sampling in hip-hop and is this applicable to the current Australian scene?

 

SETH SENTRY: Absolutely it did, although you have to be way more careful with sample clearance these days of course. Most of the beats that I rap on now a days still contain samples. I just make sure I get that shit cleared way in advance. I got stung pretty hard on my last album. Lesson learned.

 

B.O.B: How have you managed to navigate your career clear of the criminal stigma associated with hip-hop and what do you think of self-proclaimed gutter rappers like Fortay, Skeaz Lauren and NTER?

 

SETH SENTRY: Man I used to have a way more aggressive style as a kid, especially when I was still involved in a bunch of stuff. Thing is as my life changed, my music inevitably changed with it. I find it way more easier to just write about what i’m going through at the time, it’s been a while since I sold a fifty bag.

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B.O.B: If you had to write a haiku to Jennifer Lawrence, what would it say?
 

SETH SENTRY: If you were mystique

I’d want you to always be

Jennifer Lawrence

 

 

B.O.B: What inspired you to write ‘Strange Lot?’ Was it an accumulation of your own opinions over time, or was there a specific moment that motivated you too put pen to pad?

 

SETH SENTRY: I wrote most of it in between train rides back and forth to where I was working at the time. I was living in quite an affluent suburb in the southside of Melbourne at the time. Full of wealthy old people with botoxed faces who walked rodents on leashes & looked down on you with wrinkle free disgust. I absolutely hated it. (northside for life)

The lyric “flock of dirty pigeons fighting over water fountain sips” was written as i was literally watching pigeons fighting in a water fountain.

 

B.O.B: What has been the most memorable part of your music career to date?

 

SETH SENTRY: Oh man, that’s pretty tough. Playing Triple J’s one night stand to 20,000 kids was a pretty tremendous feeling? Maybe playing The Jimmy Kimmel show?

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B.O.B:If you had to listen to the same six tracks on repeat for a week, what would they be?

 

SETH SENTRY: Well I guess this would change on a day to day basis so this very second maybe.

 

Nas – nas is like

New big sean/drake/kanye – blessings

Mos, Pharoahe, Nate Dogg – Oh No,

Chance the Rapper – Cocoa Butter Kisses,

El-P – Stay Down

Run The Jewels – Lie, Cheat, Steal

That new Vic Mensa “drive me crazy” joint is cool too

 

B.O.B: Do you think Pirate Bay and other torrent websites are having a negative impact on musicians and the music they create and distribute?

 

SETH SENTRY:  I guess it’s a double edged sword, on one side unknown artists can be shared easier than ever but on the other it obviously makes it way harder for a professional musician to make a living of album sales. Thankfully they haven’t figured out a way to pirate the experience of being at a live show. Yet.

 

B.O.B: Your favorite hip-hop album – one that you can listen to from start to finish and appreciate as a whole?

 

SETH SENTRY:  Shiiiiiiit, that’s tough. I mean, Illmatic is probably the first album that comes to mind. Deltron 3030 is another. Ready to die? Soundbombing 2? Pass.

 

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B.O.B: Do you ever write any of your own instrumentals; how much influence do you have in the studio outside of your own lyrics?

 

SETH SENTRY: I pretty much get the bare bones instrumental from a producer then spend a bunch of time writing the hook and verses, then come back in to the studio and work on it with them from that point on.

I love being involved in everything after I lay my verse on it  but the actual beat making side of it I find far too frustrating.

I’m impatient & I wanna hear what I can hear in my head straight away & so because I lack the technical know-how it just pisses me off.

 

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B.O.B: Who has been a stand out emcee in the Australian scene that has never gained as much recognition as you expected?

 

SETH SENTRY: Sesta from The Funkoars. That dudes rhythm & crazy off kilter flow patterns are incredible to me.

 

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