Naeem Juwan, better known as Spank Rock, was referencing Miami Bass and B-more club, and making heavy-hitting, booty-shaking music while Kanye West still wearing a backpack. My first memories of him are from when we were both still teenagers, and he was throwing house parties in West Philly. Spank Rock has come a long way since, releasing two critically acclaimed albums and cementing himself as a darker, more thoughtful alternative to mainstream hip-hop. We chatted with the sweats-clad musician while he took a quick break from his hectic SXSW schedule.
What is the oldest possession that you are carrying with you?
Everything’s probably like a week old. My chapstick’s probably the oldest thing. My chapstick is older than my phone.
What is your most important piece of equipment?
I don’t use equipment.
Describe the last sunrise you saw?
This one, I don’t know if I actually saw it though. I was just in the back of the cab like, Somebody get me in the house.
What is the first piece of visual art that pops into your head?
Alex Dacorte. He does paintings out of shampoo.
Who was your hero at 5 years old?
What were your obsessions at 17? And what are your obsessions now?
My obsession at age 17 was I guess dancing in the clubs in Baltimore and now, I think films.
What was the last film you watched?
I think Festen (The Celebration), which is the shit.