aaahh: 2011 will see the release of Falling & Flying your sophomore full length album. What else is in store?
360: Take over Australia and the world on the musical tip. Also battle some of the worlds best and to sleep with Jenny Hendrix. With Falling & Flying I’ve got Styalz Fuego all over that shit, and a contribution from M-Phazes. Dropping first half 2011. Already a few sneak previews on http://www.facebook.com/3ree6ixty
aahh: The title for your next album ‘Falling and Flying’ was adapted from a previous lyric, what made you develop this idea in to a full album concept?
360: I really loved this lyric “even when im falling im flying” and I love that whole outlook on life, even when you fall you can fly too. My track “Miracle In A Costume” off Falling And Flying describes exactly what I mean by that concept. It’s just me making honest music I guess. I dig pretty deep on some issues also have some fuck around fun shit as well, but most of it is pretty serious and real. I can’t wait to get it out.
aahh: You just mentioned the few sneak previews out off ‘Falling and Flying’. ‘Just Got Started’ featuring good mate Pez is one of those, and has already received a massive response on radio play and from the heads. How would you describe the working relationship between you and Pez?
360: Me and Pez have a great chemistry when we write together, we always bring out the best in each other lyrically. If I have any trouble with anything he will usually have an idea or vice versa. We work really well. Glad ‘Just Got Started’ is having such a good response, it’s just a party feel good kinda track.
aahh: Will we see a Forthwrite follow-up? I’m guessing Pez is working hard on his LP as we speak?
360: Yeah Pez is going hard on his next record, but we definitely have plans to do a Forthwrite album. It’s all about timing though, we want that shit to be epic as fuck.
aahh: The track ‘Boys Like You’ another preview from ‘Falling and Flying’ has been described by yourself as one of the most personal tracks you’ve done on the album and in general. How does it sit with you being so open on a track?
360: I think when I write personal and honest music that when I shine, and that’s the angle I’ve taken with this new album. It’s all real. It’s a bit tough being so personal and so open in my music, cos people will judge (rightfully so) me before meeting me etc. If I’m being honest though, I don’t know what else I can do.
aahh: Styalz Fuego has produced majority of the new album, was Styalz the perfect producer in your mind for this ‘Falling and Flying’?
360: Yeah he’s great, he has had a lot of style changes over the years. He is at a stage now where he does almost anything and everything, from pop records, to RnB, to house, electro, dubstep, hip hop, whatever, he does it all. Stylaz is killer at making a lot of dubstep or electro shit, which I love as well as some really great hip hop tracks too. He can write melody’s really well also.
aahh: Rappertag, give us your thoughts?
360: I think rappertag is one of the most positives things to happen to the Australian Hip Hop scene period. It sounds kind of corny to describe it like this, but its sort of unified the scene and brought everyone together. It wasnt about one particular style of rapper sticking to their own, it was whoever. It’s been great we’ve had all extremes. I love it.
aahh: One of the main criticisms we’ve heard regarding your first release ‘What You See Is What You Get’, was that your singing wasn’t at the level it could have been. Have you worked on this aspect further for ‘Falling And Flying’?
360: Yeah I have, I think I know when I sound good singing and when I don’t. I still push it a little on this album but I think it sounds dope. I aint trying to sing like Daniel Merriweather or anything like that. I wish I could but I have my limits vocally haha.
aahh: You’ve been given a lot of praise for your battling skills and originality in this area. Will you continue to battle in the future or will you concentrate your efforts more in the studio?
360: Yeah I love battling, it’s a lot of fun and it’s amazing exposure. I wouldn’t have the fans I have today if it wasnt for battling, the Keynote battle especially. I have no plans to stop, I guess as the profile raises I will be extra picky about who I battle. I’m an easy as fuck target in the battle scene. It’s easy to get personal on someone you know a lot about but its hard for me to go at someone I really know nothing about, all I have to go by is their physical appearance. So it will be mainly international battles or some extra special shit. I have no intentions of stopping though.
aahh: Greeley V 360: A battle a lot of people have been looking forward to. What was your take on the events of the night?
360: I thought the battle was great. One of the best in the country no doubt, Greelz has been putting in major work, battling constantly. I think the decision will always be disputed. The events of the night were sick. Ilyak vs Jaylegend was another classic. Crazy bars.
aahh: Greeley referred to an earlier Hilltop Hoods diss in that battle. Did you want to tell us what that was all about?
360: When I was younger I was a little egotistical smart ass. I ran my mouth about A LOT of people in the scene. I jumped up at a gig once and spat a line about The Hoods, copped a lot of shit from it also. I was just your typical dumb cunt with tall poppy syndrome. It’s been squashed now and all is good. I’ve learnt very well from it.
aahh: 2010 has been a big year for yourself, there’s been numerous tours, go-kart accidents, rappertag and also mixtape releases. What’s was your personal highlight from 2010?
360: My highlight of the year was probably the Illy tour and playing to a packed out Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne, the shit was epic. I fiend for a loose, big crowd and we got it. That tour was crazy fun.
aahh: Hip Hop in Australia is ever evolving and changing, how do you see hip hop in Australia at the moment?
360: Hip Hop in Australia is at a really pivotal stage. It’s got artists coming through now who are easily good enough to have massive international success. I love it, everyone’s upping their game big time. I predict the next 4-5 years to be huge for Australian Hip Hop. I think it’ll be the number 1 genre in the country and I reckon we’ll see some massive success in Europe and the United States.
aahh: It was announced recently that you will be flying over to Los Angeles to battle emcee Rone on Grindtime Feb 5th. How will you prepare for this battle?
360: I’m under the pump hard as at the moment, in the studio all day everyday, so I am slowly getting my shit together. It’s gonna be one of those last-minute things, but I think it will be classic. Dude is a beast and we both have similar senses of humour. It’ll be funny as.