January 24, 2022

Read the full interview on Flaunt.com!

Kid Capri needs no introduction, and you can’t have a conversation about DJs in the rap game without mentioning his name. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, real name David Anthony Love Jr. is deemed one of the most well-respected DJs to ever do it, a true pioneer when it comes to DJ culture. Being one of the prominent leaders of the mixtape era, even dubbed The Guru of Mixtapes, Capri was quickly recognized for his talents not only on the turntables, but what he could do on the mic.

Capri’s ability to turn up any crowd or performance is unmatched, and he’s always making sure he’s spreading the love of hip-hop in the most positive light. Fast forward to 2021, things have not slowed down one bit for the rap icon. In addition to having his own show on Sirius XM called Kid Capri’s Block Party, Capri has been in the lab perfecting his craft as a rapper, perfecting his forthcoming album titled THE LOVE.

Slated to arrive on his birthday on February 7th, the project is spearheaded by lead single “Slap Key,” which accumulated over 1.7 million views on Youtube alone, and “Uptown” with his daughter Vina Love. Flaunt caught up with Kid Capri via Instagram Live, who had just recovered after testing positive for Covid. Read below as we discuss the forthcoming album, making a song with his daughter, why it’s been so long since his last project, the inspiration behind “Slap Key,” his Block Party radio show on SiriusXM, shutting down any and every live performance, and more!

How are you feeling? I know you had Covid.

Yeah I’m 100 now. Got past it, everything is good now. You know, it’s not something that’s a joke. It’s something to be taken really serious.

Being the icon that you are, how does it feel to still be making music today?

It’s a part of my life. It’s something I’m always going to do, something I’ve always done. I got this new album coming out on my birthday, February 7th, looking forward to that right now. A bunch of other things that’s happening so gotta stay in it, keep your ear in it. Don’t let nobody tell you when to come and go. Always be hot, always be right, and you’ll be okay.

I had the pleasure of interviewing your daughter Vina Love. How’s it feel to make music with your daughter? I know you’re dropping “Uptown.”

It’s a dope thing. We’ve been working doing other stuff but this record right here, it’s going to be an anthem. It’s saluting Harlem. It’s saluting Uptown, the Uptown light. Besides that, so many things are coming after that on this album. It’s a lot man and to have my daughter Vina Love with me on it, is amazing. I don’t even really have no guests on this album. I don’t have no features, just her and a R&B artist. That’s it.

What R&B artist?

This guy named LoVel. A dope R&B singer from Harlem.

Why are you calling your album, THE LOVE?

My family is the Love: Vina Love, I’m David Love, my moms. It’s about the love of what we’re doing and what I’ve been doing, for the love of what I got. Just grateful for everything I’m doing. Overall, that’s what we need around this time right now. There’s a lot going on right now. Somebody has to level it out a little bit, so that’s what I’m trying to do with this album. The work I put in on this album is going to show colors. It’s not one-sided, it’s a well-rounded album. There’s something for everybody. I put it together really good, we gon’ see how the world loves it.

THE LOVE is your first album release in 34 years. Why so long?

My last album was 1998, Soundtrack to the Streets, because making records has never been my bread and butter. I’ve made plenty of records, I’m a Grammy award-winning producer. I’ve made hit records with other people, but it’s never been my bread and butter. What I do is what I do, and that’s been taking care of me, my family and other people. Creating opportunities for other people as well for many years.

Making records is another thing that’s under my umbrella, I decided to do it because I felt like doing it. With me seeing a few other things around that inspired me to do it, but I just felt like it. I felt like making something. Producing the whole thing, writing the whole thing, performing the whole thing. I didn’t ask nobody for no help on it, just doing my thing with it. I’m hoping people like it. It’s something for everybody. I didn’t ask no help from anybody on it. I wanted to do it myself, get it out there and see what the people think. So February 7th for my birthday, we dropping it.

What does it mean to drop on your birthday?

Yeah, that’s crazy right? Also my oldest daughter Kiara, her birthday is on the same day as mine. We both share February 7th and Vina’s birthday is October 7th, so we’re all 7’s.

I just interviewed NLE Choppa, he said he’s going to name his forthcoming newborn son Seven because it’s his life path number.

That’s the lucky number. That’s the God number right there. Luckily to all of us fall on that day, then me and my daughter on the same day, what are the odds of that? There’s a beautiful luck in that.

Love your new single “Slap Key,” what inspired this record?

“Slap Key” was the first song I wrote when I started this album. I’ve almost completed 4 albums right now, but “Slap Key” was the first song I started. It was like God had put a glove on me and said, “yo Kid, keep going.” I kept going and kept doing it. When I wrote “Slap Key,” I wanted to talk to people. If you look at the video, you’ll see there’s nobody in the video. You see it’s just me in the video, no distractions. I wanted to talk to people because I’m not known for Rhymin. On my first album, I rhymed on the whole album. Other records I rhymed on, but I wanted people to get reacquainted with me rhyming again and see how serious they were going to take it. I could come with all the party stuff and all that, but I wanted to do something different. I’ve been doing that for so many years. I’m about to come out with a party joint now, but I wanted people to take my skill of how I write and make records my pen game is seriously.

Once I seen how people took that, then that gave me the okay to know it’d be alright for people to accept it, because it could’ve gone either way. It could’ve gone a way where “Nah Kid, this ain’t hot.” What I did was I made sure I played it for a lot of different Platinum artists that made Platinum records before. That would tell me, “yo Kid, nope. Don’t do it.” And everybody I played it for all said the same thing: “this is amazing.” So I continued doing my album, finished doing that. After I dropped the “Slap Key,” two days later I dropped the “Free 2 Style” out. That’s not even on my album. I put that out two days after we did VERZUZ, after I dropped “Slap Key” the night of VERZUZ. When you listen to “Slap Key” and you listen to “Free 2 Style,” you’d think I’m coming with a boom bap album. This album’s gonna surprise a lot of people. [laughs]

What kind of sounds can we expect?

Some things. There’s going to be some other things on there, going to be some things. I don’t want to give it away. I want y’all to hear it, enjoy it and absorb it. Listen to it and see what y’all like. It’ll be something there for somebody, I know that.

The originator starred in the popular HBO series Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam and Def Comedy Jam’s 25th Anniversary Netflix special.

What are your fondest memories from the Def Comedy Jam days?

Just hanging with all the comedians, having fun with them being on stage laughing my ass off. Being on the road with them. Incredible dudes man, they still big today. Def Comedy Jam was a door opener for them so that was dope.

How does it feel to be in the HBO series Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam and Def Comedy Jam’s 25th Anniversary Netflix special?

That was dope. That was big. We came back with that, that was real nice. Them checks was incredible too. [laughs] They need to bring that back at some point because it meant so much to so many people. I’m doing something new. I’m doing something with Bob Summer that got the comedians from Def Comedy Jam. We got a new comedy show we’re working on. I got the Sirius XM joint that be jumping crazy for 5 years, really doing good. I play a lot of music on there, old and new.

The Block Party?

The Block Party, definitely. Crazy radio show, really dope. I wasn’t going back to radio because if I can’t do it the way I want it or the way I see radio being done, then it doesn’t make no sense for me. They gave me my lane to let me do it the way I want to do it. That show really is groundbreaking because you get everything. You get everything that you wouldn’t get on a regular radio show. That’s not a diss, I understand the politics of how it goes with radio, but I’m not into the politics so that’s why it fits for me.

Who are some of your favorite guests you’ve had on?

Alicia Keys. The Lox. I interviewed Bill Bellamy. Everlast. En Vogue. So many people came through. I haven’t been doing a lot of interviews lately because the COVID. I do my show from home anyway, but we about to get back into it. As soon as everything calms down, we getting back into it. I’m going to start doing some new interviews and getting with some people.

Right now, my focus is this album right now. Once I get through that, I have other groups I got coming out. The Hoodies, I have my man Fooks working with these guys. They’re incredible artists, I’ve been working with them. Just doing my thing. I got the Top Tier album I did with all the battle rappers. That was the first album I did, but I didn’t put it out. I held it so I’m putting this album out first, then I’m putting Top Tier out a little bit later. Top Tier is incredible too. Shout out to all the battle rappers too, shout out to Smack.

Everyone is saying you killed it last night. What was last night?

Oh yeah, I did a concert in Atlantic City. I did a concert in the Boardwalk Hall joint with all the legends out there. It was real crazy. KRS-One, Slick Rick, it was a very big show. Came in there and tried to mingle the building like I always try to do. That’s my incentive to come in there: make people have a good time and feel better than they did before they got there. I’m always thinking that way.

What is your favorite song to drop in a set nowadays?

I don’t have a favorite song. I drop what people like. There’s a lot of things, we’ll be sitting here all day talking about that. It’s so much.

You don’t have a favorite record of yours right now?

Not really. There’s too many records to have a favorite record. Too much. You have to remember: I’m not the person that’s listening, I’m the one that’s playing it. I know so much. It’s hard to say. It’s like saying who’s your favorite rapper? Too many rappers to say who’s the favorite. Top 5 and all that. You know how many dope rappers there are out there, that aren’t known? You know how many dope battle rappers that could crush a regular rapper? You like who we like man. I don’t care who’s the best, I care about what’s good. I don’t care about who’s popular, I care about who gets the job done.

Some people get caught up in what’s popular. Nah, what’s popular doesn’t necessarily get the job done. Sometimes you may get the popular rapper that comes on stage, does two songs and got a billion people on stage, and his performance sucks. He’s rhyming over his song, ad libbing his record, and you paid all this money for that. Then you get somebody else that ain’t that popula,r come and smash the whole building down. You’re paying him half of what you’re paying this dude and he’s there longer: 2 hours, 3 hours. It’s not always about the popular, it’s about who gets the job done for me.

That’s how I feel about concerts nowadays. I feel like a lot of rappers rap over their own lyrics.

Listen, I’m not knockin’ that. I know things change, people change the way they do, but that’s not really for me. Sometimes you may have to rhyme over your joint if you don’t have the instrumental, or depending on the situation. But to see your whole show, you’re rhyming over every record, you running up and down the stage, ad libbing your record — every group behind you is doing the same thing?. I don’t see why people want to pay for that. I’m not dissing it, I’m just saying. I see a different level of performance when you get on that stage.

When you get on that stage, that’s the time to let people know how great you are. Not to be out, just because you want to be out. When you’re on that stage, really make your money. I wouldn’t want to pay, as a consumer, to see somebody rhyming over their whole record, and they really ad libbing their record. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong. From the era I come from, that was a no-no. Jadakiss said it too in VERZUZ. He made it clear: y’all rhyming over y’all joint. How’s that work? Maybe I’m out of touch with that part but that right there, maybe that’s the way it is now.

What did it mean to do a VERZUZ? What did that mean for hip hop?

I’ve been asked quite a few times and I turned them down, just didn’t feel it was the right time. I don’t do things because the opportunity is there, I do things because it’s the right thing to do at the right time. Certain people that had asked me, it wouldn’t be right for me to do it. It’d look like I was there to be there and I don’t ever want to look like that. When I did it with KRS and Kane, it looked like I should’ve been there. It made sense. Even though I turned that down too, at first.


Yeah, because I didn’t want to be in a battle type of situation. I wanted to enjoy it or either play for both of them, but I didn’t want to be in a battle situation. Plus, I have relationships with both of them. My relationship with them two is very deep so that’s how I was looking at it. But it was a celebration about them so I’m glad I did it. I’ve been asked other times. Sometimes, you gotta do things when it’s the right time to do it.

What was the highlight of the evening?

There were a lot of highlights if you ask me. [laughs] The highlight for me was seeing them two get their due. Seeing them up there celebrating their work. It was all about them, it wasn’t about me. It was about them. That was the most for me, to see KRS and Kane got their respect. It started there and it ended there for me. I was asked to do a job, an assignment, and that’s what I did.

Advice for up and coming DJs?

Don’t be Kid Capri, be yourself. I know the influence I put on DJs and I see there’s a lot of Kid Capri’s out there. It’s a respect thing. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a beautiful thing. But within that, be yourself. Find your lane and make people follow you. Don’t live through nobody else, try to be innovative and do your thing. You get influenced by what you get influenced by, but try to make it special. Always want to contribute, because when you contribute to culture, you become a legend. You become a legend because you did something to change people’s lives. Even if it’s a little bit, you become a legend. Always look to try to innovate or do something that’ll make people say, “wow, I want to do that! I might want to do it the way he does it exactly, but I want to something like that.” Find your lane, and that’s it. I been blessed with this, to be a part of that.

Anything else you want to let us know?

Listen to SirusXM Fly, the Kid Capri Block Party every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 10pm. My show’s been playing, but I’ve been off for a little while because I’ve been sick. I took off but now I’m back. Now y’all good, check that. I’ll be playing some of the songs on the show around the time of my birthday. The song with me and Vina Love is dropping on the 28th. I’m in the Proud Family cartoon, I’m a character on the Proud Family that’s coming out. I did another cartoon on my dog Pipsqueak, we’re working on that right now. Couple of movies we did, the Mr. Every Era movie and I’m working on another one. A Harlem movie. Got some things going on, but right now the focus is the album. Let’s focus on that. I want to get focused on that album, THE LOVE is coming!

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