In a post this Sunday I admitted to not knowing very much about the group that I posted about. As much as I know about music and Milwaukee, there is a great amount of sound that I know nothing or next to nothing about. I’m guessing that it’s the same with you.
One of the best ways to get to know a little something about the artists is through their music. Another great way to learn info is to actually ask them questions, and that is what I did with said group.
Who/what is The Cranberry Show?
|You two have been kicking around the Milwaukee Hip-Hop scene for a few years now and it seems that your presence is growing. But before we get to the “now” tell me about the “then”. How did The Cranberry Show begin?
YOUNG FOCUS– Well I (young focus) was embarking on a solo hip-hop career and Arcane was my hype man. When one day a local producer by the name of 40Mil gave me an instrumental that was really hype and I wondered what Arcane would sound like on it. Well we did the song together and it came out so good we did more songs. After that I realized id rather make music with my longtime pal than do it alone and we formed the group
ARCANE – WELL SAID MY GOOD FRIEND, WELL SAID….LOL
The Cranberry Show is an interesting name for a Hip-Hop duo. What is the name a reflection of?
YOUNG FOCUS– The name is a reflection of what we wanna do in the music industry. We know we wanted to be known for our shows so “show” had to be somewhere in our name. Also because our lives are like a reality show cuz were always doing something extremely stupid or breaking something. Then we thought we should use “cranberry” because cranberries flush out your system and we think of hip-hop as a system that we wanna flush out with good music.
ARCANE: AND IT JUST STANDS OUT, IF U SEEN SOMETHING WITH A RANDOM NAME LIKE “ THE CRANBERRY SHOW” YOU DOUBLE LOOK LOL… SO ITS ONE OF THOSE NAMES YOU HEAR AND NEVER FORGET
Skating is an important thing to you and many of your fans. How has skateboarding allowed you to grow and mature, or has it done the opposite and given you an excuse to stay as young as possible as long as possible? Maybe a little of both in different respects of your lives?
ARCANE – well let me make something clear to the world… young focus does not skateboard lol I’m the skater of the crew, he loves skateboarding and the culture, but he kept hurting his self and just wasn’t good haha so he support me and still is involved in other ways. But I think it has made me mature in a sense. like a lot of stuff don’t stress me out, cuz I could bust my head open at any moment on my board so why would losing money stress me out? Lol
|When I first found out about you one of the things people said to me is that you were just another group trying to capitalize on the fan base the Cool Kids, and N.E.R.D. on a larger scale, had tapped into. Inevitably, we are all compared to somebody because that’s how people relate to one another when discussing music, movies, sports, etc. How do you feel about those comparisons?|
YOUNG FOCUS– Yea Milwaukee is pretty narrow minded so they just compared us to who they knew when we first arrived on the scene. But if the people saying that actually took time to discover music instead of what’s on mtv, they would of known we were more like acts such as “The Wierdos” or ” The astro kids”. Most of those people that categorized us just went off of how we dress and one song we had before hearing our music catalog. And honestly one big thing that has always set us apart from such groups as those is that our rap skills are actually way above average. But at the end of the day it doesnt bother me.
ARCANE – I personally use it to my advantage. Now a days people don’t listen to anything new, so they ask “o who this sound like, pharrell, the cool kids?” And I say, yeah, just so they at least attempt to listen. And when they do they see we different, A LOT different, they (pharrell, the cool kids) dope in they own lane, and we are too.
|I had a chance to talk to your producer 40 Mil last week and he couldn’t praise you guys enough and what the three of you are creating enough. How did you guys hook up with 40 Mil? Was it another connection made through the Miltown Beatdown or from other avenues? ARCANE : naw what happened was he gave me a card a couple years ago, and I gave him a call and met up with him, I kicked a freestyle and he hated it lol I sucked, it’s when I first started rapping. But me and him became friends then I knew focus rapped so I gave him the contact and then grind it out was made and we ran with it like slaves to freedom.
With a mixtape and an album coming, what are your honest hopes for these projects? Is music your chosen careers or are you just doing this in the here and now for kicks?
YOUNG FOCUS– I wouldn’t say music is my chosen career, nor would I call it a hobby. For me it’s a chance to retreat to a safe and creative cavity of my mind, and one day I decided to share what’s in that part of my mind with everybody else. But if something good comes of it I’m down for the ride.
ARCANE – YEAH I AGREE, RAP IS A GREAT WAY TO GO INTO DIFFERENT PATHS. IT GIVES YOU EARS, RESPECT, FANS AND A WAY TO TOUCH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH ONE SONG. THAT’S THE MOST POWERFUL WAY OF ADVERTISEMENT. SO I’M USING THIS TO GET WHAT I WANT…BUT I STILL LOVE RAP. I LOVE CREATING LINES AND STORYS THAT GO OVER PEOPLES HEADS
What has been the best and the worst experiences of your young music careers?
| YOUNG FOCUS– the best for me would be doing shows outside the city and different states. I like to see new things and the ladies are always “generous” to us. The worst might be the time I did a front flip off stage and no one caught me…lol.
ARCANE – UMM MY BEST IS PRETTY MUCH GOING TO DIFFERENT STATES AND GETTING THEM TO ACCEPT US LIKE WE THEY HOMETOWN HERO’S. I FEEL LIKE WE ROCKING A MILWAUKEE CROWD EVERYWHERE WE GO. AND WORST….PROLLY THE FACT THAT WE TRAVEL IN SMALL CARS AND YOUNG FOCUS FARTS…SMH…. SMELLS LIKE 3 DAY OLD KETCHUP +CORN DOGS+ SOUR CREAM AND GRALIC + HORSE RADISH+ STRAWBERRY MILK MIXED TOGETHER…………. NEED I SAY MORE? LOL
When you aren’t making music or riding skateboards, who are Arcane and Young Focus?
YOUNG FOCUS– I like to go to the outer depths of the universe with my cardinal space crew. Comprised of two amphibious warriors, a sexy Zithrona princess from planet Tark, and a billion troopers all under my command. We all go and try to slay the mighty dragon king Pikantyfa on planet Argon Bey with my trusty alkaline sword and pet tiger Gala. Or I just chill at home and sleep…lol.
ARCANE- YEEAHHH I JUST MAKE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWHICHS, WATCH XENA THE PRINCESS WARRIOR AND MASTERBATE WISHIN I WAS THE SWORD THAT HANGS FROM HER WAIST….(HANGS HEAD IN DISSAPPOINTMENT)
|I firmly believe that there is a lot of talent in the Milwaukee Hip-Hop scene. You have quality sounds from so many different artists that I feel it’s impossible to NOT find something to like. What are your feelings about MKE Hip-Hop?|
YOUNG FOCUS– I think its kinda segregated and each side does all the same kind of music so it gets old really fast. But there are some people who are really good, they just might wanna outsource.
ARCANE – SEE I LIKE A LOT OF MILWAUKEE CATS, THAT’S JUST ME THOUGH. I’M A DIFFERENT KINDA PERSON THEN YOUNG FOCUS IS…SOMETIMES I LIKE THAT THUG, STREET SHIT. I WOULD NEVER MAKE IT, BUT I RESPECT THEM AS LONG AS IT’S LISTENABLE AND BELIVEBLE.
Any shout outs?
YOUNG FOCUS– our team 40mil, Young Nov, AXTRA, David and all of Milwaukee that’s not killing people
ARCANE – SHOUTS OUT TO FOCUS’S MOMS VAGINA, THE GUY WHO MADE TETRIS, EVERYONE WHO EATS THEIR OWN TOE NAILS, THE OWNER OF THAT JJ’S FOOD AND LIQUOR WHO PROPH WAS TALKING ABOUT IN HIS ENTREPERNER SONG. AND EVERYONE THAT FOCUS MENTIONED!!!
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