How did the two of you link up originally?
Majin: You want to give your version first? Because there’s the truth, then there’s the spice. The spice is—I was clout chasing. That’s the spice (laughs). He said ‘clout for hire’ and I came over the next day and that was it. February 22, when we met.
Cash: The rest was history.
What would you say is the inspiration for your creativity?
Cash: We get a lot of inspiration from the 90s bad boys stuff, a bunch of Hov shit, Drake shit, some Future and Kendrick stuff. There’s a lot of hip-hop. We’re always talking about the golden parts of hip-hop. I think we get a lot of influence from 2011 hip-hop, that’s what we talk about a lot—how music was and how it kind of jumped into another paradigm during that year. Of course Quentin Tarantino for film. Just dope shit. Dope shit that other people don’t say is dope but we all know it is in fact, dope.
Majin: I’m inspired by anybody who wants to be better than anybody. That’s it. Like Kanye West said, “I know these niggas can’t be that much better than me.” When I heard that in Touch The Sky it just made me think, go out and just do shit. I’m not like “oh, I’m a creative ass person” and I’ve never looked at myself like that. I just want to be somebody that when I die, you know that I lived.
Cash: 10 beats a day for 3 summers—you have to put the fucking work in.
Majin: Those people inspire me. When you have the work ethic, people like that. When you hear them rap, you may not think that’s the best rapper ever but you know who the fuck he is. That’s my inspiration. Just doing shit and being remembered.
Can you talk about Rinse? What’s the song about?
Cash: Rinse is a small “template” on how to rotate money. Each scene shows a different aspect of urban culture, what we’re going through as a youth and new money gainers. The first scene is in the kitchen, counting the money up. The second scene is in the studio, a lot of people in our generation are making leeway from creative efforts than jobs and physical product. The third scene, you see the crypto currency stuff is just investing and our generation is starting to learn about things that people tried to hide 10 years ago. Then the last scene is the gambling spot scene with the police coming through and engaging. It’s just showing the fluctuation of money and the circulation of money—how it works in a certain lane, not for everybody.
And Jams, you shot the video?
Majin: Yeah, I shot it but I didn’t do shit (laughs). I was there just capturing everything artistically. It was just like put me in there, song is playing, listen to the song a few times and I just know that I have to capture whatever the fuck he has in mind. So when I say that I didn’t do anything, I was just a spectator so those scenes you see, the jumping around, I’m just interacting with the actual song. Just going along with it as if someone was watching the video, that’s how I shoot. He called me an hour before we started shooting, like “yo, we’re getting everyone together and shooting Rinse today.” I hadn’t even heard the record yet. I listened to the song while we were waiting for everyone to get to the spot.
Did it turn out the way you thought it would?
Majin: I didn’t think anything (laughs).
Cash: No one knew what was going on because we made the song on 4/19, listened to it all day and dropped that shit on 4/20. People were fucking with it on Instagram. The next day, I found the last scene with the basement wash room and I just thought, oh shit, I have to shoot this video. I had this grungy basement washroom and I needed that aesthetic. Everybody was able to come through. I could imagine the whole thing, where I wanted people to stand and all that and we were able to capture it.
When people see your work what do you want them to take away from it?
Majin: That nigga is nice.