He’s the legendary Kid Capri. The Bronx DJ whose work on the 1s and 2s have helped pave a way for other DJs chopped it up with GIANTLife.com on the red carpet at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop awards. Although we only had six minutes, Capri dropped some gems on us. Read about his persistent female fans, the advice Jam Master Jay gave him and he who deems the original creator of hip-hop.
Everyone take out your pens and pencils, class is in session!
What did you do with your first big check?
I gave it to my mother.
Really? Okay, so what did you do with your second big check?
I bought a car. I bought some clothes. Now that I think about it, my first check I gave most of the money to my mother. The second check, that’s when I got a little creative.
What is the best piece of advice anyone in the industry has given you?
Stay real. Stay yourself. Stay how you are. Don’t change for anybody and that’s how I’ve been for my whole career. A lot of people told me that but Jam Master Jay was definitely one of them, as well as my dad.
What’s your craziest groupie story?
I remember one time I was asleep in my hotel. It was about 5:30 in the morning and my phone rang and a chick said ‘Kid Capri?’ I said yeah. Then she said ‘I called every hotel in the city asking if this was Kid Capri’s hotel until I found you.’ She stalked me all day and called every hotel in the city until she found out which hotel I was staying in. From that day on I decided I was going to use my real name when checking into a hotels, not Kid Capri. That’s just one story, I could tell you some nasty sh*t!
If you found out you were going to die and you could go to one last concert, the performer could be dead or alive, who would you see?
He’s the reason we have a job. He’s the reason for hip-hop music. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be here. You have to understand what this man stood for. He’s the reason there’s a downbeat. Before him, there was a Motown sound. Then he came and he created hip-hop. So years later on when we went and sampled his music and did it the way he did it, we created a whole other genre of music off of something he did. So without him a whole nation of hip-hop people wouldn’t have a job.