CanTeen Album Project Manager Rachel Pietracatella talks to the young Perth Rapper about the clip, how Hunter got him involved along with numerous burning questions.
Smiley is a member of WA’s 32 Crew: has been rapping for around six years and released his debut album The Suspended Sentence in mid 2010.
Rachel: Hi Smiley, thanks for chatting with me today. How did you get involved with the CanTeen project?
Smiley: Hunter was on tour with us in Geraldton, after the show that night he explained the project to me and asked if I would be keen to include a song. It was a no brainer for me, I jumped at the invitation!
Rachel: Did Hunter ask for anything specific track wise for the album?
Smiley: Yeah he did. “Keep the swearing to a minimum Smiley” I heard CanTeen were strict on what they would agree to and it made sense what with it being for a children’s charity. But do you know how hard it is to rap and not swear!? Seriously..
Rachel: You are the second artist to make a film clip for their album track along with Canberra’s BRB for Hard Times do you think any others will follow suit?
Smiley: I hope so! It’s a great cause to be promoting but I know time is always short in this industry so some may not be able to.
Rachel: Where did you shoot the film clip? I see you have some Perth Headz in there, care to drop any names?
Smiley: The clip was shot by Linney from Burd Cage Productions in Perth. We had cameo’s from Dazastah, Anto from The Long March, Porsah Laine, Marley Hunter.. Actually we had too many to list but those in the know will spot em A big thanks to everyone who helped put the song and clip together!
Rachel: What is your favourite track on the album?
Smiley: When We Were Kids by Hunter, Dazastah & Drapht. But there’s heaps I’m diggin’, like Self Destruct By L.S.D. & the Missus, Roll by Daz and Porsah, Colours, Handmade, Nothing To Lose… I have to stop don’t I…?
Rachel: Haha yes…Why do you think the Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen Album has been so successful?
Smiley: Because it’s genuine. It’s great music for all the right reasons. The people have gotten behind it because they believe in Hunter’s vision.
Rachel: There is a documentary being made about Hunter, what do you know about that?
Smiley: I know I want to see it the second it’s done but some parts are going to be tough to watch. I believe they’re in the editing process at the moment.
Rachel: If you had $50 grand to donate to a charity, which one would it, be?
Smiley: CanTeen of course.
Rachel: Do you think that there will ever be another hip hop charity compilation? Do you think this brought the hip hop community closer together?
Smiley: I really hope so but there’s only a handful of people that could make it happen. This album brought back that support Australian hip hop, big family vibe. It took a lot of work behind the scenes to organize, finalize, release and promote this compilation. People with that kind of dedication are a rare breed.
Rachel: What is next for Smiley?
Smiley: I’m hoping to have another album written this year and released in 2013 but I’m in no rush this time around. Also I have some limited vinyl to be released later this year.. Stay tuned for details