Pro Era's CJ Fly Isn't Interested in a Gun-less Bruce Willis
Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.
CJ Fly via his Instagram
CJ Fly is an integral part of the Brooklyn-based Pro Era rap movement. Following in the footsteps of Joey Bada$$ and the sadly departed Capital STEEZ, the self-proclaimed Flyest in the Era has released his own solo project, Thee Way Eye See It. While you cop that, here's CJ explaining his Twitter timeline references to Bruce Willis movies, getting hit with parking tickets, and revealing exactly how he persuaded Phife to step back into the booth and guest on the song "Seek Well."
How has the reaction to the mixtape been?
I've been getting nothing but positive feedback on it. I haven't had one bit of negative feedback yet, honestly! People have been praising it and speaking positively about it.
How did you get Phife on a song?
Ha, when I was in California shooting the "Tug-At-War" video I was hanging out with a good friend of mine who works with Q-Tip. I ended up talking to Tip's manager and mentioned I was making this project and that it would be great to have him on it. Phife followed up on his word and we connected.
Were you surprised that Phife agreed to get on the song?
Not surprised 'cause I believe in manifesting anything you want to do. There's no limit stopping you. It was just like an example of showing me how that can come true.
So I'm guessing you're a big fan of A Tribe Called Quest?
Of course, man. I used to think they lived on my block back in the day! I used to be on Linden Boulevard so I was like, "Oh, that's just right down the street!"
When did you first hear Tribe?
Back in junior high school. I didn't grow up on hip-hop--I grew up on reggae--so I only started exploring Tribe in like seventh grade. I remember seeing their videos as a kid even though I never really understood who they were. That one video where they're standing on top of the cleaners?
"Check The Rhime"?
Yeah, I remember seeing that as a kid and thinking these guys were ill! I'm a big fan of the white album [The Love Movement].
Are there likely to be any more collaborations between you and Phife?
Oh yeah, he hit me the other day and told me he was sending me another joint he wants to do together. That's all I'm going to say for now...