An Interview With Houston’s Jokaman
Houston rap gets its due 2K5, whoop-dee-whookid. What I’ve been waiting for now, some chump Rossdale in an air-conditioned office and free wireless everywhere I blog off, is the new voice of Southern hip-hop. Late last week, I received my answer in the form of a piece of paper with words on it: “Let Houston introduce you to its number one son, Jokaman.” Holy living f.
Needless to say, Riff Raff rotarized northside immediately, and today brings you an exclusive interview with Mr. Jokes himself.
Is it Joke-aman or Jock-aman?
Or are you a jock, and it’s a joke.
Nah. It’s Jokaman, that’s it.
How’d you come up with that.
Well, when I was in school, most of the times I was just out there making people laugh.
Do you have a lot of jokes?
Yeah. I don’t tell no jokes when people ask for them.
That’s sort of a jock thing to say though, right?
It’s fine. I do have some knock-knock jokes prepared for you a little bit later. We can get to those. Why don’t you walk me through what you’ve done here so far.
The music, I did mix CDs, I did my own mix CDs, I did a couple of CDs with different artists around here.
I did some with some artists from Swishahouse. And I got on a Slim Thug mixtape. Right now I’m in progress working on an intro for the Swishahouse.
And which guys from Swishahouse?
Right now, I don’t do nothing with the artists, I’m just working with the DJ.
Why don’t you tell me a little bit about your record Live and Learn.
It’s not all hard rap, some of it’s more commercial. Then you got some speaking about the world and reality, so I’m trying to get to every culture.
That sounds ambitious. What do you see the role of the joke here?
You know what? That name just came to me by people, and I kept it. But what I do is I like to make people look at it this way: You can’t use my name to describe me, really. Because people might think that’s how I rap like, but when they hear me they’re gonna hear something totally different.
Well that’s hilarious, that’s a great joke.
Yeah! It’s just something to throw people off. Jokaman, but the music’s not a joke.
Right, the music’s not a joke. I think a lot of people are really trying to make you out to be Houston’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard, when really it’s like, you’re Houston’s New Dirty Bastard.
What’s your relationship with Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Bun, the rest.
Paul, my relationship with Paul was when I was younger, and Paul was still with the Swishahouse and he used to always DJ this skating rink I went to. And every time I go to the skating rink, they have an open mic night, and Paul used to always call me out of everybody in the skating rink, he called me up to do it. To this day me and him still speak. Even with Mike Jones, he and I are talking friends. Slim Thug, I know him, seen him in music stores and stuff. I speak to him. We was on a couple compilations together. We didn’t do a song yet, but that’s in the making.
And at this roller skating rink, did Paul call you up to rap, or to tell jokes?
My name stops after a certain point.
Since Houston’s getting a lot of press this year, why don’t you tell me something about Houston that you think people just don’t know.
It can be in the form of a riddle, if that’s easier.
Houston, Texas, what can I say? Houston, Texas. I don’t know, I don’t got no riddle for it.
Jokaman’s debut Live and Learn LP is set for a Fall 2005 release on Triad Entertainment.