5 Questions With… Ben Merlis
You’re a first-time author and you’ve just written the book, Goin’ Off: The Story of the Juice Crew & Cold Chillin’ Records. What made you decide to write a book and why focus on The Juice Crew and Cold Chillin’ Records?
We know the importance of Cold Chillin’ Records, the artists signed to them and their history. In presenting this book, what do you feel people should get out of purchasing the project and what do you think people will find out about this collective that they may not have known before releasing this?
People should know that every one of these MCs and DJs started down their respective paths out of the love of the music. In 2019 you might have people who think, “If I become a DJ maybe I can become rich and famous.” Marley Marl wasn’t thinking that in 1978 because that wasn’t a conceivable outcome. He did it because he loved and still loves music. People will learn a lot of things about the Juice Crew from the book. A great piece of folklore and I hate calling it that because it actually happened, was how Kool G Rap recorded a verse so long for “The Symphony” that the tape came off the reel. G Rap himself explains what exactly he was spitting when that happened. It was a real “Egad!” moment.
What did you learn by embarking on this mission to bring this story out?
Are there any other projects you are working on that you’d like to discuss or something you’d like to do and haven’t started on yet?
What’s the biggest lesson you learned while doing this book?
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