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Nesby Phips

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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"[Feature] Nesby Phips – Life With Options"

When it comes to humble, Nesby Phips is the definition of it. It could be that is next offering to the world of music, Life With Options, will put him in the forefront where he needs to be. While every other artist is rushing for stardom, Nesby knows that he’ll meet with it face to face in due time. Mr. Phips talks to us about being a producer, his relationship with Curren$y, and having a great life with options.

Being from New Orleans how has that helped shaped you as a multi talented artist?

Coming from New Orleans, I learned early to do it all with confidence and a great sense of audacity or don’t do it at all. You fooling yourself and wasting the audience’s time. Whether production or performing or anything you touch.

The first time I heard you was on Wiz Khalifa’s Supply and then again on Curren$y’s Mazaltov. Would you say those songs helped you reach out further to the hip hop community?

Definitely it happened just how it was supposed to. I produced and rhymed on both of those songs so it was the perfect introduction of my capabilities as a musical hybrid. Even more so, that they both were on the rise in their careers. It received the much attention; timing is a muh fugga ya know. “Divine intervention, I was put here to change shit.”

Obviously being from the same city as Curren$y, how did your relationship build to the point that you were consistently working together and eventually touring with him?

We went to high school together. It happened naturally as far as our working relationship went. We sort of came from the same place with our approach on many levels. Our sound grew with time; I made the transition from behind the boards to the mic in the process. To proceed as we have been was a no brainer.

Being an emcee/producer which do you lean towards more or which supports the other?

They co-exist. I’ve been a writer since I could remember. I penned my 1st “rap” when I was 10. I grew up in a musical household; playing freehand keys on an upright and a sax my father owned, as well as my mother’s flute & piccolo. Finally I began “producing” at 17. I can’t do one without the other. I write from a producer’s aspect and produce from a writer’s aspect. The ideas grow simultaneously in my head and come out like that.

What has been the most important production you’ve put together to date and why?

I’d say all of it. They all add layers to the foundation of my career. The Wiz and Spitta (those being the more popular) songs are just as important as the Chip Da Ripper songs and the Tabi Bonney joints and GLC collab. They all brought attention to my sound. People really dig it and hold on to it ya know.

For your upcoming album, Life With Options, will that be released through your label and anyone else or just your own efforts?

It will definitely be released through my label, Bakadahouse Music. There are a few options in the mix with whom I may partner up with. I’d advise you to stay tuned.

What’s the feel of the project and what message are you trying to convey with it?

Well, “Life With Options” will be prefaced by a collection of songs that fell off the album. It’ll be titled “The Lock Out”. How I still exist outside of the game and I’m at the top of the sport on many levels. Coupled with the current climate in sports, I’m going to use the platform to shine a different light on the subject. And naturally after a “The Lock Out” one may want to consider exploring a “Life With Options”. It’s a title that describes the life I lead as whole. I’m sort of the Renaissance Man of our time. At any given moment I can be found engineering a session in New York, scoring a film for Creative Control co-founder Chike Ozah, training with athletes for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, or directing videos. The list kind of goes on with me. So this project will be what was inspired by all those experiences.

What is it that you believe you need to make happen to take you to the next level and that you‘ll be fully comfortable with your career?

Really just keep living and creating. Everything I do shows growth on a personal level as well as with my artistry. Right now I’m sort of a phantom in the game. Lots of people know my name or my sound but haven’t figured out exactly where I reside in it, and the truth is I been in the shadows and behind the scenes adding to the careers of those you know to be stars (Wiz, Spitta, Mack Maine, Smoke Dza, Tabi Bonney etc). Just like James Ingram, Leon Ware, Nick Ashford, it’s only a matter of time that I make my way to the forefront. By the time the world see what’s what, they’ll have a lot of back tracking to do. I’m basically having a career before a career, if that makes sense to you. With a true artist you kind of have to sit back and watch the masterpiece come together. You don’t want to short change the experience by standing to close and passing judgment. So consider “L.W.O.” the next scene in the full feature film which can be referenced as “The Career of Nesby Phips”. BOOM!

Check out his past projects at www.nesbyphips.com - Jenisis Magazine


"Nesby Phips"

Meet the emcee endorsed by Curren$y, DJ Toomp, Ski Beatz and others as he explains reworking Miles Davis classics, and being a Pete Rock fanatic.

Sometimes it feels like there are a million cloned rappers in Diamond Supply Company shirts and retro kicks peddling their street albums (read: glorified mixtapes) at any given moment. You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t pick any of them out of a lineup. Just don’t lump Nesby Phips in with the rest. Incidentally, you may also catch him rocking a shirt with the Diamond logo and a fresh pair of Bo Jackson's. Oh, and he also has a few mixtapes (Phipstape and B-Side) out too. But he's also down to talk at length about Andy Warhol and being an '80s baby who's a certified audiophile in an MP3 era.

If Phips doesn’t register yet as a household name, take note of the household names he’s endorsed by: DJ Toomp, Dame Dash, Ski Beatz, KLC and Curren$y, among others. In between reworking Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew with Ski, Nesby is working on a video channel with Creative Control, painting, and this music thing. All of which means in the not-too-distant future, his biggest problem may not be recognition but having enough time to complete all of the projects he’s working on. May we suggest grabbing a clone?

On To The Next Ones: “It’s not to say the cats before us were any less intelligent, but we have a more intellectual approach. Look at the wordplay and you’ll see it’s not about gangsterism with us. It’s about lyricism, persona and maintaining who you are, because we’re just some cold niggas. All of the rappers you know about—me, Curren$y, Lil Wayne, Mack Maine—we were all gifted students."


“We didn’t change anything; we just brought other stuff to the forefront. You have to remember that before Bounce, before Rap, and anything else, we were the birthplace of Jazz. New Orleans goes deep, and there’s a certain timing that all musicians have whether you’re a vocalist or an instrumentalist. We’ve got this swing, and it’s our own timing. That’s on top of having our own dialect, subculture and heritage. New Orleans is the most un-American American city. There are so many layers to the city, and we’re just another one being peeled back and revealed for the rest of the world.”

Large In Any Medium: “I’m a visual artist as well, and when I became an adult I really got into painting and wood-carving. I’m a very hands-on kind of dude, and I even do contractor work on houses. I’m a big sponge, so I try to draw inspiration from everything and always look for new approaches. With art, it’s all about preference, so I like to pay attention to even the smallest things. One thing can inspire another, no matter what medium it’s in—painting, beats, you name it.”

Connecting Japanese Beer And Bo Jacksons: “I heard Ski playing this beat when I walked past the room to get my bag and leave. Zoe Kravitz had this performance at the gallery, and I was about to go, because I was drunk from drinking Japanese beers all night. So I’m just freestyling on my way out the door, and after about two or three lines, Ski was like, ‘Man, fuck that. Write that down nigga!’"

“My buzz was coming on so fast that I was writing big as fuck. I could only fit two lines on a whole page. I would’ve been flipping pages forever trying to read that. We have this huge screen with a moving board in front of it, so I got my lovely assistant to help me. I made this board with a page tacked on to each section—eight pages with two bars apiece. And I got all 16 bars in front of me just spitting like that. It was the most fun verse I’ve ever written, and it came out how it came out.”

It's Gotta Be The Shoes: “I lost all my shit in a freak accident, and those Bo Jackson’s were the first pair of shoes I ended up copping. In conversation with someone, I was making a point, and to emphasize it, I said, ‘Word to these Bo Jacksons.’ It was like putting something on everything I own, and at that time, those were all I owned.

“It all came together. Bo Jackson played two sports just like me, because I’m an emcee and a producer. When I say, ‘Check mic one, two, three, four’ with the emphasis on three, four—34 was Bo Jackson’s number. Me, Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA went to Santos one night, and K.R.I.T. had on the Deion Sanders’. Bo and Deion were the only two niggas to play two sports like that; in real life K.R.I.T. was a baseball nigga, and I was on football. We both rhyme and produce, playing these two sports, so I want to get us to do a Deion Sanders versus Bo Jackson tape.”

From Analog To Digital And Back Again: “I prefer to sample vinyl, so [my father’s] records are near and dear to me. I never knew, as a kid when I was scratching those motherfuckers up, that I would later make a career using those albums. [Before Hurricane Katrina] the collection was upstairs in my man’s crib, because I was in-between cribs. They were on the second floor and made it through the flood, but there was mad looting afterwards. Someone stole my [Ensoniq] ASR-10 and my Roland Fantom keyboard too. Everything happens for a reason, because that threw me into the Digital Age with all of these different programs.

“What I’m most proud of is that I converted DJ Toomp from [Propellerhead] Reason to [Apple] Logic. Whenever he gets a new program, he buys a whole new laptop just for that program. So he ended up getting a Logic laptop about a week after we met, and that’s my personal little badge of honor that I wear. My man DJ Maxmillion also showed me a lot about the history of Hip Hop culture, my showmanship and sampling. Once I was done with B-Side, I sent it to him, and he dropped it on a four-track tape. It put a fatness on it with a little hissing, and I ended up converting it back to digital about an hour before releasing it on the Internet.”

Three Kings: “'Toughpills' was originally a Sheek Louch beat by Pete Rock that I just had to have. Mecca & The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & CL Smooth was the first Rap tape I ever owned. Everything else prior to that was dubbed cassette copies. So I’m a big appreciator of Pete Rock. I don’t want to say a fan, because I really appreciate what the nigga does."

“Toomp and I instantly hit it off due to me showing his artist, Re some things about how to approach being an artist. There’s a big age difference between them, so I kind of bridged the gap. My first meeting with Toomp probably lasted about six hours, and very little of it was about music or business—we just kicked it. Toomp used to be a barber too, so we were sharing trade secrets. He was telling me how to roll my joints tighter, the best way to shave your head bald…that type of stuff.

“KLC [of No Limit/Medicine Men] was a natural relationship that came through Calico the Champ. That developed through us having a mutual respect for each other as artists, so look for our Fat Tuesday project to come out under Adderall Records. We’ve been in talks with Pharrell, among other people. Jive [Records] is a possibility too, because Mystikal is in the studio hearing our work all the time.” - HipHop DX


Discography

Singles:

Changes
Prioritize (Beeper Bill) - Currensy f. Nesby Phips
Supply - Wiz Khalifa f. Nesby Phips
Word To These Bo Jacksons
Blue & Green

Other Releases:

The Phipstape
Phipstape: The B Side
The CatchUp
Phipstape: The 3rd Side
Phipstape: The Lock Out
Jet World Order
Jetstrumentals

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Bio

Nesby Phips, is an Emcee/Producer from New Orleans. In his 11yr strech as a musical hybrid he’s worked with artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Chip the Ripper, Stalley, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz, Re, Fiend, Lil Wayne, and Mack Maine.

Known for his affiliation with underground phenom, and childhood friend, Curren$y & the Jets movement, Nesby has helped craft underground hits like “Mazaltov Cocktail” and “Beeper Bill (Prioritze).” While known to many as a producer, Nesby introduced his emcee side to the world via a series of tapes called The Phipstape. With these releases, listeners learned that the dope producer was also no joke on the mic.

Always eager to hit the stage, Nesby has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, taking part in the Jet Life Tour and Local Cool Spot Tour. Nesby kept the music flowing in 2011 with releases like The Catch Up, 3rd Side and The Lock Out. 2012 will prove to be no different. Nesby has kicked off the year with his #PayDayPhips campaign, promising to offer fans something new on the 1st and 15th of every month.