Nelly: Hip Hop in America is Different

Siang itu bertepatan dengan hari pertama L.A. Light Java Soulnation 2011, dan aku masih sibuk merapikan perlengkapan untuk liputan sore harinya. Tiba-tiba, hiphopindo.net telepon dan meminta aku untuk live interview Nelly di salah satu hotel di daerah Senayan. Dalam waktu satu jam, aku harus sudah stand by di lokasi. Panik. Tanpa pikir panjang, aku langsung berangkat dari Depok menuju Senayan. Berhubung naik kendaraan umum sangat beresiko untuk terlambat, maka aku memutuskan untuk mengendarai kendaraan sendiri. Ngebut tanpa rem, kecuali pas lampu merah sambil ditemani panas matahari yang terik. Nggak peduli meskipun sampai venue pasti sudah kucel, yang penting bisa sampai tepat waktu untuk wawancara rapper top asal St. Louis, Missouri, Amerika Serikat itu.

Sesampainya di lokasi, teman-teman wartawan dari berbagai media cetak maupun online, dan beberapa penyiar dari radio terkemuka di Jakarta sedang menunggu giliran. Ternyata, interview-nya dibatasi untuk lima orang dengan durasi lima belas menit. Setelah satu jam menunggu, akhirnya namaku dipanggil. Karena sudah terlalu sore, waktu obrolan pun dibatasi hanya 10 menit. Aku pun nggak menyia-nyiakan kesempatan, dan langsung menyapa rapper kulit hitam itu begitu masuk ke media room.

Dalam artikel ini sudah aku rangkum obrolan singkatku dengan Nelly. Semoga bermanfaat untuk teman-teman hiphopindo.net. Now, let we read!

Nelly saat membaca teks untuk menyapa para pendengar salah satu radio swasta

Hi Nelly, my name is Allin. I am from Hiphopindo.net, Indonesian Hip Hop Online Magazine. Nice to meet you!

Hi Allin, nice to meet you too.

Is this your first time coming to Indonesia?

Yeah, this is my first time.

What do you think about Indonesia?

Great. Indonesia has many friendly peoples, and I like it.

So, what do you think about freestyle in Hip Hop?

Freestyle in Hip Hop it’s like being able to improve a musical that was originally standard to be a different style. I think freestyle is  good thing, but every rappers has not have to do it. During this time, many rappers think that being a rapper should be able to do breakdance and beatbox, for example. I think it is not just a freestyle in Hip Hop. Freestyle is like you have to give what you can and what you have to do to the people.

How is Hip Hop in America nowadays?

Hip Hop in America, I think it’s been through many changes and different. If you like Hip Hop is worth Hip Hop, then you have to maintain a natural and self-control you. The important thing you have to work together in Hip Hop.

Have you heard Indonesian Hip Hop songs?

No, I have not.

I suggest, you should open hiphopindo.net :)

Oh, I will open it later. Ha ha ha. Thank you.

How many times you go to the gym in a week?

Go to the gym is like something I must to do. I was able to visit the gym five times in a week.

Amazing. But, I already see the results  without you telling me the answer :)

Ha ha ha … (laughing)

About your single “Just A Dream”, Is it be inspired by someone who has a broken heart?

Umm…probably. Ha ha ha. Actually not like that, I just do the music. That is about the feelings, about the situation, and about anything that can be used as the music.

Last question, will you come back to Indonesia someday?

If there is a chance, I would definitely come to Indonesia.

Selesai mengobrol, aku dan teman-teman wartawan yang lain menyempatkan diri untuk berfoto bersama sebelum keluar dari media room. Benar saja, malam harinya, ruangan indoor Istora dipenuhi padatnya penggemar-penggemar rapper yang sudah memulai karier sejak tahun 2000-an ini. Lagu Hot In Here yang dibawakannya pun semakin menambah suasana hot hati penontonnya.

Sesi foto bersama Nelly

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