Meyhem Lauren's Got The Fever TV: Korn
Mey’s new series Got The Fever TV features another side of this MC and his city, showcasing rare footage and one-on-ones with some of graffiti’s most iconic and notorious personalities.
No one reps New York quite like Meyhem Lauren. And Queens’ own concrete ambassador is everywhere these days, touring the world with Action Bronson while serving up his savory new Fool’s Gold release, Piatto D’Oro. But Mey’s new series Got The Fever TV features another side of this MC and his city, showcasing rare footage and one-on-ones with some of graffiti’s most iconic and notorious personalities. The late Jeffrey “KORN” Gamblero (from Meyhem’s SMART Crew) kicks off this inaugural episode, and pieces on Jakee, Zexor and more will follow. As the man himself puts it, “Got The Fever TV about to hit y’all in the head... real shit, real interviews, real life graf."
Juxtapoz: What came first, rapping or writing? Did your interest in graffiti and hip hop develop together?
Meyhem Lauren: In terms of me pursuing a craft, writing came first. I never thought I'd be a rapper but I definitely knew at young age that I wanted to write on things that I wasn't supposed to.
What's the idea behind Got the Fever TV? Will it mainly focus on graffiti, or will you expand it?
The idea behind GTFTV is to give shine and recognition to street legends. A lot of crossover artists and muralist get praised in the public eye but I'm trying to give the streets some shine right now. The episodes are mainly based on graffiti but each episode will be different so who knows what else will be included.
Korn passed in 2014, have you been meaning to publish this footage for a while?
I definitely meant to publish this material a while ago but between touring, recording, and filming Fuck That's Delicious, plans got a little off course. When I did this Korn episode it was actually kind of funny interviewing a personal friend, I never would have thought that it would be his last interview. As soon as I mentioned the idea of GTFTV to him he was super supportive and volunteered to be the first episode, that's just the kind of guy that he was.
Who are some (visual) artists you're into at the moment?
Post Vsop #POSTAOW. He's very next level with is art right now.