The staff at Sing Sing are the “most unprofessional staff in the world and the rudest.” The chocolate milk at the Tombs is “chalky.” At Rikers, “If the roaches & rats don’t mess with you the CO’s [correctional officers] will.” Queens Central Booking is “run smoother than the other central bookings throughout the greater New York.”
Garland used to post music, anecdotes and commentary at The-Rezidue.com, so in tribute, this week I will post my interview with Garland in its entirety. In this first part, I asked him about his childhood in Decatur and the first rap music he remembered hearing (or stealing).
Maurice Garland used to ride with his cousin from Decatur to Atlanta, to OutKast’s debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik — an album that even residents had yet to embrace. “Cats were like, ‘You ain’t got Wu Tang? You ain’t got Snoop Dogg?’” he says.
Garland has since written for Rolling Out, Ozone, XXL and VIBE about why Southern hip-hop matters. More importantly, in his articles and on his blog, he focuses on local impact over record sales to explain why artists like UGK are vital voices. For instance, four years after he noted a rift developing between “new” and “old Atlanta,” Garland was tasked to write about #NewAtlanta, a slew of young artists eager to pick up where groups like Goodie Mob left off. As further testament to his grind, Killer Mike named his album R.A.P. Music after a term that Garland coined on Twitter.
Garland spoke with us about the Southern hip-hop coverage he’s observed and contributed recently.
Christina Lee thought I was interesting enough to sit down with and talk to over hot ass cups of coffee not to long ago. Here is the first part of our chat.