Let’s Make Cormega ESPN’s New Guest Tweeter For Knicks Games


In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

New York City rap veteran Cormega is currently readying up his latest album, the Large Professor-produced Mega Philosophy. During a quick bout of recording downtime, we got him to explain away his Twitter timeline references to the perils of kush brownies, the merits of allowing dogs to roam free in rap clubs, and why he should be ESPN’s designated tweeter during Knicks games.

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What’s the song with Roc Marciano production you tweeted about?
Yeah, yeah, me and Roc, you know, we talk a lot and we have a lot of ideas so I recently told him I wanted some tracks with no samples in them. I wanna try something different. He sent some tracks over and I decided I might as well end the year on a creative note. I’m not the type of guy who’s gonna go out and drink and such and such so that’s what that was.

Why did you want production without any samples?
This year I want to get my brand out more ’cause I have a few people that have soundtrack connections and they want me to start working on them, and when you do soundtracks they tend to want original music.

What sort of things did you write about in that last verse?
I’m just showcasing my skill, that’s all. It’s nothing like a concept.

How deep is your sneaker collection?
My sneaker collection is so deep that I’m bored! I have every single Air Jordan that had a number until they messed it up with number 28, but I have from the first one to 23. I have doubles of some. I have so many sneakers that I have a room that’s just sneakers. I’m feeling gluttonous! I give away sneakers all the time.

What’s the most valuable pair of sneakers in your collection?
My rarest pair isn’t even an athletic sneaker, it’s the very first Louis Vuitton sneaker. I think they introduced them in 1999, I might wanna say. I never wore them. I still have the receipt, the box and everything. They were $375 when I bought them. I know from my Louis Vuitton heads I can get a pretty penny for those! And my Cormega Pro-Keds, ha ha!

What’s the story behind the kush brownie incident?
The story behind that is, everybody that really knows me knows that I’m the opposite of a typical rapper: I don’t get high, I don’t drink like that, I will never ever do molly, I don’t go to strip clubs, I don’t care about what’s hot. So the weed brownies, to somebody that doesn’t know any better like me, I said, “Oh, this little thing ain’t going to do nothing to me.” So I ate one and somebody warned me; I was warned about them by Sean Price before. But it’s just a little brownie. I ate it and it was delicious. So I’m sitting there watching a movie and I eat another one. And the greedy part of me — like you’re not gonna eat just one Pringle — says I should eat just one more. But after that one more, let’s just say I will never do that again! I was so high, I felt terrible. I just wanted to go to sleep the next day. I couldn’t drive, I couldn’t talk, I could feel my blood circulating in my body like my senses were heightened like a vampire! I just wanted to go to sleep. The next day, I woke up high. I will never do that again.

How was featuring on a Public Enemy album?
I don’t even know the right word to look for! That was like a lifetime achievement for me. I never thought it would be possible. That was like getting an award for me.

Can you remember the very first time you heard Public Enemy?
I do. The very first Public Enemy song I heard was “Public Enemy No. 1” and it was so different ’cause of the track — that sound at the beginning — it was so different and so loud! When they came out, they made a bang. Their music used to be so loud and magnetic. I wanted to hear it again and again. I was hooked.

What happened with those dogs in the club?
I was in Italy and that was the craziest show I have ever done in my life. That was another place where my not being a typical rapper surprised people, ’cause I was offered every drug you could think of. They was doing it out in the open. And they was offering it to me. My biggest thing that night was not that I was going to have a bad performance but that the police was gonna come in there and raid the place! It was the funniest, craziest shit ever and there was dogs in there too!

Were the dogs on leashes?
They was walking around, they were next to people sniffing coke, they was laying down enjoying the show. They were crashed out by the stage, I guess by that point they’d had enough. And it was packed! It was too much going on in there, but it was fun.

What was the pizza like in Italy?
The pizza was incredible. I ate pizza every day and didn’t even get tired of it, put it like that.

Do you have a favorite pizza spot in New York?
There’s a spot in Williamsburg called Fornino. Williamsburg has some good pizza. I used to have a spot in Downtown Brooklyn area that I loved, but in Williamsburg there’s a pizza that I really enjoy — but the pizza in Italy kicked that pizza’s ass.

Some people have suggested ESPN should make you a guest tweeter for Knicks games.
I would love to do that! I’d just be myself. One thing I know is I’m very knowledgable with Knicks, I’m knowledgable with basketball, I’m a good writer and I have a wit about me that people like. Sometimes when I tweet stuff about sports it gets so many retweets and responses. Back in 2011, I used to do play-by-play commentary and people were like, “‘Mega’s commentary is better than the actual commentators!” People would encourage me to do that. I might even go to school for that.

Finally, how’s the new album coming along?
My next album, Mega Philosophy, is gonna be transcending and eye-opening, especially for my genre of lyricists and purists. When I made The Realness, I just made it, I didn’t make it so people would say it was a classic. But this album is getting such good responses from people: I let Saigon hear it and he said it might be the best album he’s heard from me, I let Chuck D hear it and he said the music is good, I let Roc Marciano hear it and he’s like it’s what people want from me, and J-Love, who’s a supreme critic, he told me I was getting better than ever. I got such comments about the album that I’m breaking my own rules; one rule we artists have is not letting people hear something unfinished. I’m using very little profanity, there’s no beef songs on there, no songs degrading women, no songs promoting the uses of drugs. It’s a different direction I’m going in and I’m trying to solidify myself as an artist with this one.

And is Large Professor producing it all?
He’s doing every song on the album. Working with Large Pro, he’s like a bar-tender: He won’t sit there and put a cup on it, he’ll let you drink hard. He’s super critical too. There’s no release date yet, and it’s not quite finished, but who am I to rush Large Professor?

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