A glimpse at ABGOHARD’s social media activities shows a person who does not think twice before publically displaying his views about sex, women, drugs, and other areas of life. “Eating pu**y with a little bit of hair on it feels so natural, and fun,” writes the young rapper. His beliefs might be of concern to mothers who may want to keep their children away from his thoughts. Although he doesn’t label himself “Pornocore”, he has no fear of erotic expression. In fact, his music, too, is inundated with sexually charged lyrics. And he extends his obsession of erotica in promotional artwork, as well. Respectfully, he doesn’t want to be compared to Kool Keith, but admits a fascination with Japanese porn. Surprisingly, ABGOHARD is a quiet man whose kinky lyrics come to him either while he is recording or writing. The creative flow seems to arrive unintentionally for him, so he releases material at the speed of lightening. The truth, ABGOHARD is kind of like two people in one body.
You don’t seem afraid to use sexually explicit imagery in both your lyricism and your promotional artwork. Since Kool Keith is known as the originator of “Pornocore” Hip Hop, were you influenced by him? Do you consider your music “Pornocore”?
ABGOHARD: Actually, I never ever even listened to Kool Keith. I never even knew who he was until people said I reminded them of him. And then I checked him out. He’s cool as hell. He was a part of history. He’s a legend and sh*t. My sh*t has nothing to do with his sh*t or anything. I’m more influenced by Biggie and Jay-Z
Do you write your lyrics, or do the lyrics come to you while you are recording?
ABGOHARD: It’s a mix. I’ll go and freestyle a song and go back on a song and [craft it] into an actual song. Use actual words.
Do you feel the media has created misconceptions about you?
ABGOHARD: The media? No, not really. I mean it is what it is.
So you feel like the goal that you were aiming for in your music is being conveyed?
ABGOHARD: Yeah, for the most part. I haven’t really sunk my teeth into all the points I am ready to touch yet. But, everything I’ve given, so far, I feel has been received well.
“Cerulean City” is a 15 minute song released as if it were a full length project. How did that happen?
ABGOHARD: That was basically just a bunch of old demos and unfinished bars and features I just never finished. I kind of just put together a music project with them because I really liked those songs. They are all completely separate. I just put them all together.
Was there a certain thought process you put yourself in when unifying the pieces?
ABGOHARD: A lot of the songs had something to do with heartbreak and dealing with females in a different light than I usually deal with females [in my music]. So it kind of all worked. It all seemed to come together unintentionally.
The other day you released a promotional single “GTA” which was off your Rich Yung Pimp mix-tape, and then you chose to drop the mix-tape only a few hours after the promo single. You have also released many projects in a short span of time, why do you choose to release music so rapidly rather than stretch it out?
ABGOHARD: Man, I don’t know how to answer that one. I just like making music. I worked on [Rich Yung Pimp] with Slater, and he took control over the release of that [particular] project. It wasn’t really my [job].
So, it was Slater who was driving the Rich Yung Pimp project?
ABGOHARD: Yeah, he released it. I didn’t really release it. I only released the [GTA] single. That was mostly his project than mine.
Are you and Slater a sub-group of Inner City Kids?
ABGOHARD: No. Me and Slater are just good friends. He’s actually not [a member of] Inner City Kids. He lives in L.A. actually. It was just a coast-to-coast project we did. I flew out there a couple of times and recorded some videos.
Do you think YPD is your best project thus far?
ABGOHARD: It depends on your taste as a listener. As far as the most complete project—yeah—I would definitely consider YPD to be up there in my catalogue.
What should we expect from YPD?
ABGOHARD: It’s just a different sound. I don’t want to always be considered a f*ckin’ boom bap wanna-be ‘90’s rapper. I want to try different sounds—different song structures. It’s definitely experimental like that.
You appear to be fascinated with Japanese culture. What draws you to it?
ABGOHARD: They are fly. They love fashion. They love porn. Japanese girls are cute. That’s probably my main reason. Their porn is wild. They make the wildest porn. Their obsession level is higher than America. They go all out on their sh*t. Their anime. The Japanese culture is f*ckin’ crazy. They are obsessed with lifestyles. They just go all out. Definitely over the top.
There aren’t too many rappers or celebrities who choose to follow a lot of people on Twitter. Lil B, of course, is known for this. Why is it that you choose to follow so many people on Twitter?
ABGOHARD: You really gotta get a feel—if you want to be a creative person, and you want to touch the public—you gotta get a feel about what the public is thinking, and what they care about. If you want people to care about you. I just like to stay in touch with all the sh*t that’s going on. Like not necessarily—I don’t really care about Macklemore winning a Grammy or Miley Cyrus’s ass or anything stupid like that. But, I like to see that other people actually do care about it.
The cover of YPD is an image of you as the Vitruvian Man—an image which is associated with perfection. How did that come about?
ABGOHARD: I worked with a friend of mine—a graffiti artist who lives in New York. She’s young. She just started out doing her graffiti sh*t. She wanted to do the cover. We talked about it. And we wanted to show the purple d*ck, but we didn’t want to just put a purple d*ck on the cover because that would just be ridiculous. So, we searched and we came up with this concept of putting me in that situation [as the Vitruvian Man] and putting the purple d*ck, but not blatantly putting the purple d*ck there. It’s blurred. And it came out f*ckin’ awesome.
Where do you see your career in the next 5 years?
ABGOHARD: I just want to continue making music. Put an album out there soon. An in-store album.
Do you consider YPD to be a mix-tape?
ABGOHARD: No. I don’t consider any of my work actual mix-tapes because there’s original production. Original songs. And I’ve actually thought of ideas. But I’m not selling [my music] so I don’t consider them “official official albums” either. I’d eventually like to sell a hard copy [of an official album].
Since you began rapping, who are some people you have enjoyed collaborating with and meeting?
ABGOHARD: Aaron Cohen of course. He’s my homie. I love making songs with him. With him, it’s just f*ckin’ easy. He’s got a crazy work ethic. And Slater. We live on two different coasts, and we know exactly what the music is going to be about. Also, Lil Pain. He’s one of the most creative mother*ckers I’ve ever worked with. Every time I hear a song by him, he blows me away.
I’m noticing that you give off a very calm and relaxed vibe. Yet while you’re rapping, you are very animated. Are you surprised that you are able to be so dynamic while creating music, but off-stage you give us a different you?
ABGOHARD: Not really. If anybody knows me—yeah—I’m a really quiet person, but at the same time I can turn up, or be a crazy motherf*cker if I have to. It’s just that where I’m raised and where I come from, we are the type of people who just are laid back and chill and smoke weed.
Whom would you like to meet and collaborate with that you haven’t already?
ABGOHARD: I really want to work with Currency and Kitty Pryde.
You posted up some very racy sexual fan-art on Facebook. A lot of people were saying the girl in the picture was Kitty Pryde.
ABGOHARD: [Laughs] My friend wanted to draw that. He likes me as an artist. He likes Kitty Pryde as an artist. So, he just wanted to show his appreciation [as a fan]. But, I didn’t know it was her. I asked him to change a few things because I didn’t want [Kitty Pryde] to think that I did it for her—that I didn’t make that [artwork] or tell a person to make it. But, yeah, it definitely resembles her.
To you, which music projects are important?
ABGOHARD: Probably Dedication 2 by Lil Wayne. Thug Motivation 101 by Young Jeezy. Both are very important to my life that I’ve appreciated. I grew up on Biggie, 2pac, 50 Cent, Outkast, Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton. I listen to everyone. Nowadays I listen to Little Dragon and a lot of producers.
After YPD, what’s next?
ABGOHARD: After YPD, I’ll be working on Rich Yung Pimp 2. Me and Slater will be working on that. We’ll be working on an Inner City Kids mix-tape also. We have a few songs, and we’ll put it all together.