Meet Ilja Karilampi. Artist and rap connoisseur. We met and talked a lot about Rick Ross, fashion, fuccbois as a genre and a bunch of other stuff. It kind of turned into an episode of Cribs, but after hanging out with him I wouldn't have expected anything less.
What’s that Trick Daddy thing you mentioned earlier?
Oh yeah, thug.com. Looks like it’s been changed to the site for his record label, but you can google search the old image.
The site looks very R&B. There’s Rick Ross. Maybe he’s signed to it?
Doesn’t Rick Ross have his own label called Maybach music?
Don’t even get me started. I did a lecture in Helsinki about signature sounds in rap music like Arab Music, Ma-Ma-Ma Maybach Music. Eventually they just started doing the Ma-Ma-Ma because it started to become so recognizable.
I thought it would’ve been Aston Martin Music because, you know Rick Ross has that one song.
That’s my ringtone actually. Aston Martin Music is my ringtone.
Its so good. I love that song!
Yeah, that track has a great Drake verse as well.
[Plays Aston Martin Music]
It does. My favorite genre of music is music I can listen to in a convertible.
That is Aston Martin Music.
When pulling out of your drive-way Aston Martin Music is definitely more an experience than it is anything else.
Yeah, I feel the same when I pull out with my bike.
So why were you doing a lecture on Rick Ross?
An institute in Helsinki invited me to do a lecture on sound. I wanted it to be about signature sounds like Maybach Music, Gangsta Grills...
There’s a really popular one that’s like ‘Holiday Seaaason’...
Yeah! Holiday Seaaason. Exactly. That’s a good one. ‘DJ Drama’, as well.
What is this that you’re listening to?
It’s Yung Lean. Live from the VFILES headquarters. They just did a US tour.
Not sure if I like Yung Lean, but I don’t hate him.
Thats good to hear from an American perspective. Sure he speaks good English but compare it to US rap. It’s a different ballgame. I like his producers a lot. The people behind the artist are good and thats good. Its more progressive.
Pretty good for a group of Fuccbois.
Aren’t Fuccbois just a bunch of Soho Kids?
I could imagine. No one else can afford to constantly be buying Hood By Air, which is like three hundred dollars a shirt. It’s an intense lifestyle to keep up with. It kind of reminds me of when Rocawear and Ecko were really big and there were those kids who always had the new Baby Phat phone or whatever. Being an outsider of that culture was really nice because you’re able to watch it change and transform into different things. When you’re too in it, then it becomes really hard to identify.
Yeah, when you’re living that Rocawear life its hard to see anything else. I do think there is a pride in not buying really expensive things all the time. If you see someone with nice clothes it isn’t necessarily that they have good taste. Its more so that they just happen to buy Prada everything. So yeah, there’s a pride in being a little more inventive.
That’s very true, but I love streetwear. Stuff that can be worn with commonsensical purpose.
There are also very good men’s fashion clothes that take up the workwear aesthetic.
Which is why Germany is so cool. I love seeing people in their working pants and painting overalls.
I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was a kid. There was this show that came on called ‘Fashion Report’. I used to watch it and dream of making clothes.
You could’ve been Raf Simons! I just think It’s really amazing to have great knowledge about how clothes are constructed. You can do so much from that.
It’s about structure and shapes. You learn that it isn’t so shallow... that it’s about construction and the building of something, but I still like clothes. They’re really nice to look at.