TSS: The bulk of your rhymes on the album consist of chicks, kicks and detention: which one did you get the most of back in high school?
Von Pea: [Laughs!!!] Kicks. [Laughs] Definitely kicks. That was one thing that I really wanted to be accurate with. That’s what you thought about back then, that’s what your life is, so I wanted to be accurate about those selfish things.
TSS: Well same here. I know it’s already come up a couple of times and you’re a certified sneakerhead, but what do you think about everything we had back in the day coming back out?
Von Pea: It helps me out because I can get what I couldn’t get back then. You know you’d get one pair in high school and you’d have to wear those and you might get some for Christmas, maybe some for Easter. Then something else would come out like a month later that you wish you had. So now as an adult you sit here and get some this week, then maybe something comes out you want next week and if you want it you can do it too. I’m cool with them coming out. I know they’re coming back out with the Jordan III’s, the white joints, I’m waiting on those. I couldn’t get them back in the day, so that works.
TSS: Me too, I’m waiting on them. So what was your favorite shoe from your childhood?
Von Pea: The Jordan XIII’s, the white joints. Those are my favorites and the thing about it is they’re hard to keep clean. There are a lot of bad things about them: the soles turn yellow, the toe box creases, the straps start hangin’ after awhile if you don’t strap them up and there were a lot of reasons not to like them. But just based on the design and the first week with them, they were my favorite joints. I still have the black pair that I wear once in a blue.
TSS: You had then on in the “Bang & Boogie” video right?
Von Pea: [Laughs] Oh yeah, I still got the white ones too. I can’t wear them, but I keep them ‘cause they’re my favorites just to have them.
TSS: What shoe that hasn’t come back out do you want them to pull out the vaults?
Von Pea: I gotta think about this one. There were these kicks that I don’t even know what they call them or how popular they were. They were Flights and Hurraches at the same time. It said Hurrache on the tongue, flight on the back and they were like a Scottie Pippen color. Some dude in Japan had them on in his blog like current day. And I was mad. I’m not sure if Air Flight Hurrache is the name or not, but I want them joints to come back out. And some Barcelona Flights, they might’ve been Barkley’s high top. They always bring back the Jordan’s, so I know whatever I want of those will be back eventually. I’m more into looking for the one’s that weren’t as popular. I’d love to find a store that was full of deadstock joints that nobody’s got. I know they got to be out there since they weren’t very popular, somewhere I’m gonna run into a mom and pop that’ll have them. I’m waiting on those III’s though, I might be done for the year on that note.
TSS: I keep going back & forth on the Cool Grey XI’s. The blue sole bothers me depending on the day.
Von Pea: What I don’t like is there will be a line to get them.
TSS: Alright, back to the music, again [Laughs]. On “The Yorker,” I know you mention that the king is S. Dot. Was that a past or present tense reference?
Von Pea: Yeah, everything I’m saying on the record is me as teen today. I felt that years ago, but it was just fresh on my mind, the whole argument of “I’m the new King of New York” or “I’m gonna bring New York back.” That talk seemed like it was up in the air out of the new New York artists and nobody should say that. You look at Jay-Z and the things that he’s done, you can’t take that away because you have this new buzz. You just got a deal, how could you really say you’re that guy? I’m not even talking about anyone specifically, that goes for everybody. I feel like it’s undeniable, no matter how you feel that he’s the King of New York. Its people that love to say that “Well, If Biggie was here…,” but you can’t do that. Unfortunately he’s not. So I feel the king is S. Dot.
TSS: So do you thing the King of New York title is even still relevant now?
Von Pea: It’s not really something that most people care about. It’s more of a local thing and I don’t even hear that kind of talk anymore. But when I did the song back like two, three years ago it was something that was still around. I probably wrote that joint around the time Kingdom Come came out, so I’m not sure if people felt like it was up in the air or up for grabs.
TSS: There was definitely an air of vulnerability at that time.
Von Pea: It just shows to show you that loyalties are weird. Someone’s been doing it for so long, so hard and as soon as they slip up it’s like “Aight, get outta here , we don’t like you anymore bye.” He always said “I held you down six summers, seven summers or whatever” and one album made people start to forget. It was just a quick declaration I had to make part of the song. So until you’ve done this, you don’t compare. Even if I wasn’t a fan of dude, I felt it would be based on facts and stats.
TSS: Aight, so your song “Good Life,” I know that it was your perception back when you were 16 as to how your Rap career now. How close did you come to achieving that? You got those security guards flanking you now?
Von Pea: Yeah, yeah, yeah…[Laughs]. That’s what started this whole thing. I read that I said “This is funny, I need to do something with this.” I was so serious about that, like I really thought that I was gonna do it. I’m pretty much the same artist the whole time and the people I looked up too weren’t as successful as I figured them out to be, so why did I think that I would be? Why did I think I’m gonna make up a beat with a chopped up sample, talking about Hip-Hop and I’m gonna break out? But when you’re young, and I’m not old now, you really don’t know. You think you’re invincible and can do anything mind state. My music is gonna be like Tribe and Wu-Tang, but I’m gonna be on tour with Ma$e. You know at the time I thought that.
TSS: Couple more questions here. I know Donwill has Don Cusack In High Fidelity and you did Pea’s Gotta Have it, so should we be expecting a movie title play on words solo joint from Illyas before a new Tanya Morgan comes out?
Von Pea: Um…me & Ill, are working on a project for him and actually he’s doing a group with another emcee named Juice Lee outta Cincinnati.
TSS: Well, that pretty much wraps it up for me. Is there anything else you’d like to mention before we sign off?
Von Pea: Yeah, the album is out. If you get it on iTunes don’t get thrown off because it says clean. It’s supposed to be edited. People been having issues with that, like they were getting the Walmart version.
TSS: Now can we get a physical copy of it if anywhere or is it strictly digital?
Von Pea: Yeah, it should be in Best Buy. I don’t know where in NYC because all the music stores are closing. They just closed Fat Beats. I know there’s Best Buy, Amazon is selling physical copies & tanyamorgan.net has it. But if you want to get a physical copy from online, I’m gonna say you go with Amazon.
TSS: So they didn’t ban you or anything like that?
Von Pea: Oh, nah, no Kanye. [Laughs]
Von Pea’s lastest album Pea’s Gotta Have It is available NOW on iTunes and obviously Amazon. For more information, hit him on the Black hand side on Twitter @VonPea and visit his page at Audible Treats.