Hip-Hop Wired: What was the mission statement for Preacher’$ $on?
TUT: The main message was to give a little insight of my personal life and my family. But it’s also a story of me trying to find good while in a battle between good and evil. I know that there a lot of people my age, from teenagers to people in their late 20s, who can relate.
HHW: Was it difficult to bring listeners into the world of a Preacher’$ $on, where the line between hypocrisy and appearing to be perfect are a constant battle?
TUT: It’s not difficult at all, because it’s something that I’ve lived. I’m not a writer; I don’t write lyrics down, I kind of just go for it. When a certain producer is making something, and I’m feeling it, I think on it for a minute and go for it. Sometimes I may say things in an animated way, but it’s all a true story.
HHW: Was there a moment of clarity when you went from a boy raised in the church to an aware adolescent?
TUT: Honestly, I always believed in God, but I just didn’t want to be a pastor. Even as a kid, my mom used to ask, “Do you want to be a preacher when you grow up?,” and I’d say “No!” I didn’t know if that was my calling after seeing all of the stress my family went through. I didn’t know if I wanted to put that kind of stress on myself, and things of that nature.
But I was always into music as a kid; I played drums in the church. When I got older, and started to hang around certain ni**as, I got more intrigued with rap. And my pops, even though he was a pastor, he’d play OGs like Pac and Biggie, and Nappy Roots. I went to my first studio at 14, and around 14 or 15 I built my own studio with equipment. Then I ran into Ktoven in high school, and we’ve been rocking ever since.
HHW: Do you think you’re giving away too much of your story too early?
TUT: You can’t worry about that. We just want to create good music for the most part. Me and K, we’re always working in the studio and recording. If you make good music, the people will support you. That is, if music is what you’re supposed to be doing. A lot of ni**as go into this music sh*t, and they just don’t be cut out for it. It takes a certain kind of ni**a to actually say something.