Welcome to Los Angeles. Indie rap champ/battle rap vet MC/Hellfyre Club founding father Nocando (for the thousands of you that are familiar) and I have history. Back in the day, while a new wave of Hip Hop artists were scrambling across the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area in an attempt to secure a foothold on the city before the Internet ruined everything, our path crossed one night at a makeshift rap battleground. Long story short, I lost, but I wasn’t a battle rapper. MC Nocando was — still is, but he’s left that scene to venture forward. After all, evolution is what makes a good artist a great one, no?
Since then, Nocando has gone on to drop critically acclaimed albums, co-host the most awesome podcast on the West Coast, and further pioneer his legacy with the building of his Hellfyre Club empire.
I linked with No Can one afternoon at a quaint hipster heath food spot called Sachi Bowl on Slauson Avenue. Not too far from Nipsey Hussle’s haberdashery hut and fast food restaurant, actually. 2 totally different world’s a mere few thousand yards apart. We sat in my wife’s car and chopped game about the West Coast, Jeff Weiss, family, where he’s been, and where he’s going in between bites of $100 salad and anti-gravity water.
This interview is actually 2 years old. I thought it was lost in a mass transfer of files, but lo’ and behold, here it is. Enjoy.
Words by Tony Grands
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