This week, in preparation for this Saturday's Larimer Block Party, we sat down to chop it up with Colorado's own Catch Lungs, aka John Morse. This dude has been making waves in the Denver hip hop scene, and it's easy to see why; the guy has had hip hop on the brain since a very early age. We also touched on some of his experiences collaborating with other artists (some of Detroit's finest), and his goals for this weekend and beyond. Check it, Cultureheads.
Colorado Culture: What's your favorite thing to do when you're not making music?
Catch Lungs: Getting money. You know, music is a hard world to crack with actually getting money as an artist, but I like to invest in creating things for my future, so I give a lot of free downloads….basically encourage people to steal my music.
CC: Does that help with your promo?
CL: It does, but I've also been fortunate to make some good money by doing shows too.
CC: What hip hop albums did you listen to growing up?
CL: Well, I was born in '89, and I'm 26 now….I was probably about four or five years old listening toThe Chronic and Nas' Illmatic, and I used to be able to (still can now) recite "Dre Day" and "Nothin But a 'G' Thang". So Dre was really my first hip hop. The first CD I actually bought then was Skee-Low, and then the "Space Jam" soundtrack. You like "Space Jam"?
CC: Yup. That whole soundtrack was dope. How has the culture in Colorado influenced your music?
CL: Weed, weed, weed, weed, weed. Hahaha.
CC: A lot of that 420-related stuff?
CL: Haha nah. I rap about a lot of stuff; really whatever I'm feeling at the moment. But Colorado's culture is dope: I've lived in places like L.A. and Atlanta before, and I love those places in their own way and for their own personality, but the vibes here and the people are just different than in big cities. I choose to be here because I love it.
CL: It could just be the people that I know here, but I feel like there is a lot more genuine people who follow through with stuff.
CC: Any big collaborations coming up?
CL: Just shows mostly. I'm definitely looking at a few different people to potentially work with in the future, but I'm mainly focused on myself and making myself the main thing. I've definitely been hit up to do some features with some good people, but we'll see.
CC: Got any features out right now?
CL: I have a feature out with Danny Brown that's pretty cool, did one with Elzhi from Slum Village -he's one of my favorite rappers of all time-, Guilty Simpson from Detroit, went on tour with One.Be.Lo and Binary Star. So kind of doing more underground stuff, and evolving into a new artist. And that all comes from the same place: I'm trying to push myself to explore and become the artist that I want to be.