For a song made for the sole purpose of flexing your lyrical muscles, there’s no better emcees to summon than CES Cru. That’s what Krizz Kaliko did when he put the two most dangerous emcees from Kansas City on “Reckless” from his album Son of Sam.
Ubiquitous’s gives his partner-in-rhyme Godemis and Krizz Kaliko a run for their money with his verse. Littered with pop culture references, double entendres and with a ferocious delivery to match, the verse definitely lives up to the title.
We talked to all-present half of CES Cru to get his perspective on the song, what went into his verse and asked him to explain some of his lyrics.
How were you approached by Krizz to be on this song?
Krizz called me with very little notice. He hit me up in the afternoon around noon and he sent me the beat and the beat was tight and we were like “oh shit, can we do this? yeah let’s do this right fuckin now”. We had to do it right before we left on the Independent Powerhouse Tour and we recorded it that week, so the whole thing happened in the course of like six hours.
What did you think of the production when you heard it, was Krizz’s part on there?
No, we just got the instrumental and Krizz just told me it was called “Reckless” and we were just like “ok let’s go”.
What did you intend to do with your verse? What did it inspire you to feel like?
I think Seven made a dope beat. I felt like it was kinda empty in the right ways, you could really showcase your lyrics. Â I don’t know what happened from there, but it ended up being a pop culture verse chalked full of references, my verse particularly at least.
You mentioned Mick Foley, and this isn’t the first time you’ve referenced wrestling, did you watch it growing up?
I did, I watched a little bit. ECW was my favorite, kind of not as well known, but yeah, ECW ended up birthing like a whole new era of wrestling, all kinds of superstars came from ECW that are still wrestling today currently, Rob Van Damne and guys like that. Mick Foley has been so many generations of wrestlers, he was Cactus Jack, he was Mankind he was Dude Love, so he’s dope. Legend.
Was he one of your favorites?
Yeah, he’s really dope. Especially in ECW he was kind of one of the ballsiest wrestlers he would do the craziest matches modeled after this hardcore Japanese style of wrestling: spider webs, barbed wire, shattered glass, fire branding, irons â€“ crazy shit.
Why do you think so many emcees reference pro wrestling, do you think there’s similarities in the two businesses?
Yes, certainly. You could draw comparisons between the two genres I think. It’s a performing art, it’s the entertainment business. We tour every night, we’re in different cities on stage in front of people, and that’s what wrestling is as well. It’s very theatrical. I have an extreme respect for the physical nature and the athleticism and the choreography, They’re super-talented individuals.
They also wear tight pants do they not?
They do, they do.
How do you like how the song came out?
I love the song, I think everyone did their thing, I think everyone did something different in their verses, the chorus tied it together really well. Krizz killed the chorus. It’s a dope song! The fans are buzzing about it on Twitter and calling for a video and all kinds of shit, and yup, I hope to get in that video. I spoke to Krizz Kaliko about it and there’s some ideas being tossed around so hopefully we’re going to shoot a video for that very soon.
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