Some weeks ago, I told you about a CD release for KAIL’s latest brainchild: the SMASHOUT. A CD! That’s insane. Today, the project is being released on Bandcamp with an extra remix and a video, and I thought this would be a great time to hear a little more from the man himself. The person you hear on the record is really only a fraction of who KAIL is as a person, only a stark reminder that you cannot take ANYONE for granted. Kick in a couple dollars for the record, check out KAIL’s Real Raps Episode below and look out for a full EP with Ratbastard. Hop on that TRAMPoline.
Gnou: Who is Boulevard Bill?
KAIL: That’s all me… a nickname. I live in traffic and find peace on a trek. I put in the miles.
Gnou: On True Hollywood Squares you had a new character per track, whereas The Smashout is all done in the voice of Bill The Butcher, did you just feel especially comfortable with him?
KAIL: All me. This project was meant to strip down a lot of the theatrics of a true ALBUM and just jump straight to the short story. This is me acting as the recession-buster. But, using the moniker “Blvd. Bill” for this particular project was a symbol of PUSH. But, in reality, I play every character so very well because they exist as part of me. That’s how I win as a regiment.
Gnou: The songs on this EP are a lot less wordy than your previous projects, did you seek to extract as much juice as you could from everything you said on this record?
KAIL: Precisely. I said a lot more, even with fewer tracks.
Gnou: So what’s the relationship between KAIL and all these characters?
KAIL: Those muthafuckaz are just bastard children of the psyche… they’re like an incredible consultation firm that works pro bono. I don’t make this shit up. It’s pretty fuckin special.
Gnou: Was The Smashout entirely produced by DJ Hannjahb? What his relationship with KAIL?
KAIL: DJ Hannjahb died in a hand-grenade accident in 2009. I do the producing now. Fuck that guy!
Gnou: I know you are a true family man; you had Ratbastard as the only guest on this record, but how do you feel about the growing Hellfyre family?
KAIL: It’s good as long as it doesn’t turn into Lord of the Flies. It’s like any family; a little structure and cooperation go a very long way.
Gnou: If NoCan is Prometheus, the God of Hellfyre, does that make your Hyperion, the Titan of the East?
KAIL: Nope. I’m William Redd Thedford IV, God of right-fucking-here/right-fucking-now
Gnou: And are thuggy white women Pandora?
KAIL: Pandora’s box… now, there’s some wordplay for you muthafuckaz!
Gnou: Is it fair to say that you are Rapgenius.com’ Rapgenius.com?
KAIL: Don’t get the question, but I’m am the rap genius… THE rap genius.- Gnou