Interview with Daffy & Flipperachi
With their video “Ee Laa” currently hitting 4 million views, Daffy and Flipperachi were known in the music scene for combining their Middle Eastern roots with their love for hip hop. This was an opportunity that I was really looking forward to as I am a huge fan of their work, their collaborations and their music. During the interview I began to understand how they see and listen to music. The way they understood and broke down music is very inspiring, I really felt their appreciation for music came from somewhere that is far from passion. For you all to understand just how innate music is to them the simplest daily experiences produce songs and lyrics that allowed them to connect with their fans on a personal level. Just listening to them speak about what inspired them, the industry and creation of music I knew and felt that I was sitting with people who truly understand the art of creating music.
What hip-hop albums did you grow up listening to?
How do you separate yourself from other rappers/singers?
Who influenced your style?
Have you collaborated with other artists?
Do you write your own lyrics?
Are your lyrics based on your life or general topics?
Do you think music is enjoyed more for the beat or for the words, and why?
Have you performed in other countries?
Where would you most like to perform?
Who would you most like to open for?
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?
What hidden talents do you have?
What do you think of the current hip-hop scene?
What advice would you give upcoming hip-hop artists?
You have a new album out “#9arat” by Outlaw Productions, how was it working with with each other? What can you tell us about this album?
Daffy: Working with Flipp and Outlaw is a piece of cake. We’ve known each other for almost 12 years and we are like family. We understand each other. If I have an idea, they’ll listen. Even if it was crazy. For example, when I came up with “Samboosa,” Outlaw was like, “Really?” They go with the flow and always support me with the ideas I have.
The album is basically the real us. The jokes, being silly, being goofy and having fun. It’s commercial and it’s what people want to hear, but the other part of the album is more personal. It’s about who we are and what we went through. Like love, breakups and life in general. We tried to make the album like an autobiography of Flipperachi and Daffy by welcoming people into our lives just using the name “#9arat” (its happening). We chose that because we say it a lot. It represents us and “it’s” happening because we don’t have a lot of music like this in the region. With my band, Army of One, we opened the door for a lot of music because we were the first boy band in the Middle East. There were a lot of underground rappers but we were the first to come out through a record label in a hip-hop level. It’s cool to have that standard and build on it. What I learned in the past with Army of One I’m still using today. Adding more elements to it to make it more popular. When I was in Army of One, the music had a few Arabic elements to it but when we went on interviews they would ask us “could you add more Arabic or sing an Arabic song?” Our minds were focused on reaching the international audiences and just stuck on what we do. You come to a time when you realize that people are not going to recognize you as much if you want to be like an international artist. For example, if you want to sound like Usher, people wouldn’t recognize the difference and would rather listen to the real Usher. If you sound like Usher but with a twist, people would say “this is OUR Usher.” Making you unique in the region. I tried it and it worked. That is what we are aiming for now.