Lex : Everytime i’ve played Wa$a body in a party the crowd has got pretty rowdy. What is it about your music that brings out the crazy in people?
Gento : I try to put my emotions, life and energy into my songs. I don’t try to make music for everyone else’s taste it’s really just for mine but when people like the song it creates a synergy and i guess that’s what brings out the crazy in people.
Lex: In the artwork for both Wa$a body & Murda there’s guns and a lot of references to crime. Is that just art or are you reflecting what you’ve seen and experienced in real life?
Gento: I’m not in a gang or into crime or any illegal stuff its just metaphoric. There are a lot of people claiming to be rappers and it’s a metaphor for taking out the competition. For example the track Murda is a play on a Korean word (뭘 더) that sounds similar and actually means ‘what more’.
Lex: How did you get your name Gento?
Gento : My hometown is Milan Italy. In Italian cento means 100 so i switched in the first letter of my name to make Gento. I was born in Italy and lived there until i was 12. There wasn’t much of a Korean community there when i was young but since Kpop and 2002 world cup but there’s been a lot of interest and it has a community spirit
Lex: How did you come to meet Young Cream?
Gento : I met him when they were teens and went high school. We were both in an online rapping club called ‘Genesis’ and then we met offline and due to our shared passion became pretty close.
Lex : What about G2, who you have an amazing track with?
Gento : I met G2 through a female rapper called Tem . She asked Gento for a feature and she thought it would be better if the track had more than one rapper on so she bought G2 along too. I saw G2 a few times before working together in the studio, he has a bright energy and always lights up the room.
Lex : What do you feel is your biggest musical achievement so far?
Gento : A few things but what stands out as one of the funnest is when last year August i was in a party which was held by a music video model ‘Skylar’ , she starred in Zico’s video Tough Cookie . I did a performance there and the reaction was so crazy. To make an impact like that in a room full of industry like that was pretty cool
Lex: Diss culture is becoming more standard in Korean Hip Hop. Have any rappers tried to cross that line with you and is there anyone you’d like to have a Drake Vs Meek Mills style back in forth with?
Gento : There hasn’t been anyone who has tried to diss me but if they do i know it’s my duty to defend myself. My boy Young Cream is a mean freestyler though.
Lex : Who’s your favorite Korean rapper right now?
Gento : There are a lot of rappers who are nice and have good songs and are dope but Masta Wu is the reason i started. He’s the bench mark i set myself against.
Lex: When are you releasing you an album / mixtape?
Gento : This Spring i’ll be dropping a mixtape with some 10 hot tracks including Wa$a Body.
Lex : What message have you got for fans of your music?
Gento : I want fans to enjoy my songs but whats more important is that i want people to know and learn hip hop culture and understand it and then enjoy the music after that. _________________________________________________________________
soundcloud.com/gentospit – Instagram
soundcloud.com/gento100/ – Soundcloud