By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
From YouTube star and social media phenom to rapper, Fat Nick is doing what he loves and staying unapologetically true to himself at all times.
Fresh off the release of his highly-anticipated debut project, Generation Numb, Fat Nick shuts down another night at The Echoplex in Los Angeles.
AllHipHop caught up with Fat Nick backstage prior to the show to discuss his recent online altercations with Russ.
AllHipHop: For those who don’t know, who is Fat Nick?
Fat Nick: The most lit, beautiful, everything musician of all time.
AllHipHop: How would you describe your sound?
Fat Nick: Awesome and lit.
AllHipHop: How difficult or easy was it transitioning from Youtube star to rapper?
Fat Nick: Um... s**t. It was kind of the same thing cause it’s all the same world kind of. Not really, but it is. It was easy. it was tight.
AllHipHop: What was the hardest part about transitioning?
Fat Nick: I don’t even know to be G, everything is easy. If you look good, you sound, good, it’s lit. And that’s me.
AllHipHop: What’s the best part of being a rapper?
Fat Nick: The best thing, at least in my position, is helping all the kids and stuff. Like when kids come up to me and thank me for certain stuff. that’s the best thing. All that other s**t is cool — money, jewelry, blase — it’s cool. But when you make kids happy, that’s the best thing for me.
AllHipHop: You recently released your Generation Numb project. What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Fat Nick: That it’s okay to be yourself and if you struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety and all these other mental illnesses, you can talk about it. You ain’t gotta bottle it up anymore. No one will judge you, and if they do, they’re literally just assholes. F**k them.
AllHipHop: How has music been a form of therapy for you?
Fat Nick: ‘Cause I can write my s**t out. If I get real heartbroken, I can write it. Or if I’m real happy, I can write it. It’s like an open diary for the world to listen to.
AllHipHop: Who is in your Top 5?
Fat Nick: S**t. I know I’m gonna miss someone later and be pissed later. But definitely Chief Keef, Peep, Thugger, Kid Cudi is a legend... as of right now? Probably Shoreline Mafia. I love them, awesome people.
AllHipHop: Any music with them?
Fat Nick: I have a song with Ohgeesy. And then I got an unreleased song, it’s me, Fenix, and Ohgeesy.
AllHipHop: You have a song with Lil Peep called “PS F**k You Cunt.” What’s the greatest memory you share with him?
Fat Nick: A lot. One of my first tours was me, Lil Peep, and Smokepurpp. So all of that, just a bunch of memories. Everything is timeless and awesome. I could sit here for another 20 hours. If I say something, I might regret it later. Like, “Nah, this one was better, or this one was better.”
AllHipHop: I saw you tweet you were stressed, what were you stressed about?
Fat Nick: I’m stressed every goddamn day. [snaps] But it just comes and goes. I’m just a diva. Like even if I wake up and have no ice, I’m stressed. On a daily, I need cups, I need ice, clean socks, clean underwear and air conditioning. 68 degrees all day.
AllHipHop: Who’s your dream collab?
Fat Nick: Damn, that’s crazy. I got a lot, you feel me? Wayne, shoutout Wayne. Cudi, Chief Keef. Chief Keef is the why I started making music. That’s like all-time. It would gotta be Chief Keef, 100%.
AllHipHop: Last question…. how are things with Russ?
Fat Nick: Ok. I’ma keep it buck with you, no one knows. Me and Russ FaceTimed a week ago. Pouya put us in contact Some s**t happened and I called him. We’re talking and I’m like, “Alright, look. I didn’t like you because right when Peep passed, you said this. You might have not directed it to him but you saying it right when he passed, it looks like you did.” And he told me, “Nah bro, it wasn’t,” blase blase.
We just talked back and forth about his thoughts and my thoughts, and we just came to the conclusion like real men. Like, “Cool, you didn’t mean it, I didn’t mean it. Cool, it was a misunderstanding.” So it’s like neutral. It’s not like “you’re my dog,” it’s just like cool. [claps hand] Your disagreements, our disagreements, you didn’t mean it, I didn’t mean it, alright cool. It’s neutral. There’s like no bad blood in the air.