You’re All Ears is the brazen debut album from Melbourne’s Maggot Mouf. Part of the Broken Tooth Entertainment collective, the MC presents an earnest, grimey 16-track opus. There are fleeting offerings of humour interspersed throughout the prevailing degree of lyrical intensity. The standard of production is impressive, consistently maintaining interest. Maggot Mouf is a a talented MC with stories for days coupled with a strong desire to pen verses.
How did you originally link up with the Hospice Crew?
I’ve been mates with Diem since way back we went to college together we’d alway’s be blazing or skating around the canteen area. I meet the rest of the fellas through him, Canberra has a small hip hop scene so when you’re in it you’ll pretty much know everyone else involved in the scene.
What other releases could we have heard a verse of your’s on?
I got verses on a bunch of different releases, check my discography on myspace. The first verse that got released was on Hospice Crew’s Visiting Hours with Read ‘Em And Weep. I was cheering when Ciec got at me and ask me to spit on that album, that was a crazy release.
What was the inspiration for the album title You’re All Ears?
Weed is my biggest inspiration for writing songs, once I get blazed my imagination goes into overdrive. On this album every track has a different theme but I guess it all ties in to how I see the world, I always enjoy solo releases from rappers when they get deep on past experiences that I relate to, so I wanted that same approach. Either the listener relates or doesn’t.
I started writing new songs as soon as Maggots Anonymous came out so about 2 years but the last song on the album Over I recorded probably about 4 years ago with Ciecers. I think I recorded that song just after Visiting Hours came out.
The filmclip for What U Looking At doesn’t appear to be a huge deviation from what you’d expect Maggot Mouf et al. to be partaking in. Is this the case?
The way the clip went down was pretty much a typical weekend for our crew. It does get that rowdy sometimes the only thing different was there was a camera. If only the camera was there after the filming, thats when it got rukus! Some good stories came out of that day/night that’s for sure.
…if that’s your thing then go ahead listen to songs about festivala and love hearts and happy go-lucky living. I can’t really rap about that sort of thing as it doesn’t appeal to me, every rapper raps about what they know…
Tell me more about the concept behind Mr Swarv.
As soon as I heard the beat at Ciecmate’s I had this image of a drunken lout that thinks he’s pretty smooth but only when he’s drunk, most of my mates can relate. So I got 1/6 around just to do the hook but after a few blazes and watching the lady’s man we stayed up until 3am and did the whole song in one night.
Like most people I have those nights where I get so maggot I dont know what happened the night before. When I wake, then I’ll hear stories about what I did and who I upset and all that, when that happens more often then not I cant beat my self up over it or i’d be depressed all the time. It’s a reflection on the pissed side of my actions, when I’m sober I’m more apathetic, I’m not an asshole all the time.
You’re style evidently errs to the grimier side of things. Do you think there are too many pandering to a Triple J-type audience in this country?
Yeah for sure, if that’s your thing then go ahead listen to songs about festivala and love hearts and happy go-lucky living. I can’t really rap about that sort of thing as it doesn’t appeal to me, every rapper raps about what they know.
How much does choof and writing go hand in hand for you? Does it induce creativity in your case?
For sure. Devil’s lettuce always gets me keen to write, but it’s not like I need it to write a rap it just helps.
What is on the agenda for Maggot Mouf in the subsequent few months?
I got a few projects underway. Dekoda and me have been working on an album together called Maggodatron 20/20, we’re aiming for 10 tracks x 20 bars each for each track we’ve got 7 down so 3 to go and it’s sorted. I’m really keen to get that out, it’s different thats for sure. Also sammy scissors and me are going to do my next solo, we’ve got a few ideas floating around and a few tracks done. I alway’s try to keep busy writing, I can’t not.
When can we expect to see you on some interstate shows?
We’re in the middle of putting that together. So far we got Tasmania, Brisbane and Sydney sorted, just need Adelaide Perth and Canberra and it’s all good. It’s funny when it come to Melbourne its probably the hardest place for BTE artist to perform, fair enough our fans are rowdy and they trash the place but shit it’s hip hop! Venues need to stop getting pussy bouncers that can’t handle that shit.
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