In honor of the legacy of San Francisco rap legend Cougnut and just in time for tonight's (Sept 13, 2014) heartfelt 13th anniversary memorial concert at Brick & Mortar Music Hall - with Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, TC, Equipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, and more - today I uncovered a radio interview I conducted with the late great SF rapper 19 years ago. It aired back on November 18th 1995 on several pirate stations I was on when the beloved SF hip-hop artist, who died on September 4th 2001 in a car crash while returning from a fishing trip, was readying for the then upcoming release of I.M.P.'s Ill Mannered Playas which would be released in early 1996 on In-A-Minute Records.
In the interview Cougnut talks about such things as the production and guests on the 13 track album focusing on tracks such as "Shinin' Star" (one of a few he personally produced on that LP) and the ever-engaging album track "Public Execution" which he relayed was the "story of when I was locked down and my celly who is never getting out....He's on life with no parole....on death row in San Quentin" and the life story that person shared with Cougnut while both were incarcerated together. He also talks about UNLV who contribute to several of the album's tracks including "The Bay Way" - the song that Cougnut stressed that he really wanted people to listen to out of all the ones featuring UNLV on that 1996 I.M.P. album. Coincidentally UNLV's Baldhead Rick is the person presenting tonight's highly recommended show at Brick & Mortar at 1710 Mission Street in San Francisco. Saturday September 13th, 2014. 9pm show. 18+ $10 More info.