Cipha Sounds Explains Disinterest In Presidential Election: "It's All Nonsense"
November 8, 2016 - 2:45 pm
VIBE: So we are starting off your residency here at the 40/40. What made it the perfect time?
Cipha Sounds: The 40/40 is obviously connected to Roc Nation in many different ways and I think they wanted to give it a new spark and do something fun. Also because of “OG” Juan [Perez] and Desiree Perez. This is her club, her baby. I think she got so big at Roc Nation with all her stuff and looked over and said, “Hey what’s going on with the club. Let’s get it right where it needs to be.” I did the Tidal concert and she said “Okay that’s the guy. That’s the guy to do it.” I don’t have a home in New York. So I just wanted to have a steadier club to rock at.
Today is the “Get Out The Vote” after party. What are your thoughts on the election?
You are not gonna wanna hear this but I don’t give a s**t. To me, it’s all nonsense. It’s probably the worst day to say this but honestly, I feel like the world is gonna go on fine after Tuesday. This is all I can say. As far as who runs the country, I would rather someone with a little more experience. If you are going to have someone with a big job, you rather someone who’s done a similar job before. I was talking to Trevor Noah from the Daily Show and he’s South African. He was telling me 'You Americans say the slick s***t like ‘F*** it, let Trump win and see what happens’ and he’s like ‘Nah in my country you can’t see what happens, it’s murder in the streets. Like you guys got it too good over here.’
Do you think it is important for people to vote?
Yes. I do feel it’s important. In New York it usually goes a certain way so there is not really much to worry about so when you scream all that s**t in New York, it's kind of okay. But where Jay did the concert like in Ohio and all of the swing states, that’s where it counts. [As for me,] I just pay my taxes and lay low, that’s my theory.
I know you are Puerto Rican. How do you feel about Puerto Ricans not being able to vote?
It’s weird because they can vote for the primaries, but can’t vote for presidents. They're like a stepchild because Puerto Rico is part of America, but they have their own Olympic teams. They have to make up their mind. I don’t know if it’s a good leash or a bad leash. I know Lin-Manuel Miranda did a nice rap for them to get out of the bankruptcy. That was pretty cool.
What else can we expect from the comedic side of you?
I have a show on Tidal. It’s called “No Small Talk” and that’s a stand-up show. I’ve [also] been on the road with Dave Chappelle.
How do you feel about him hosting SNL?
It’s great. It’s gonna be incredible because he’s gonna have Tribe [Called Quest] performing. He was telling me about the Tribe album weeks ago. When we went to the Alicia Keys concert in 42nd and he announced new music coming up, the crowd loved that.
The night before, Dave had this party in his town in Ohio. It’s called the “Juke Joint” and it’s in a barn.
In a barn?
In a barn and Q-Tip was there. There were members of Prince’s band, Stevie Wonder's band, DJ D-Nice, DJ Trauma, myself, Talib Kweli and Kardinal Offishall. A bunch of people performed but the next day he left to go do that Alicia Keys show.
You are the first comedian signed to Roc Nation and you are working on a show with Alicia Keys. Can you tell us more about that?
I do an improv show every Friday and in the TV version of it, Alicia Keys is my partner. This Hollywood stuff takes forever. Every deal takes weeks and it drives me crazy because I’m with the “New York Hustle” so I’m like, ‘lets go lets go,’ but these agents take long. Then I have another show where Pitbull is my partner so both those shows are being shopped. Very funny comedy shows.