Beats, rhymes and life are three of the corners where hip hop intersects. Few other TV shows have been able to cover all of these angles in-depth and authentically quite like REVOLT TV’s “Drink Champs,” which thrives on its candid conversations with the biggest and most influential figures in the game. In honor of such a one-of-a-kind show, REVOLT will be recapping each weekly “Drink Champs” episode, so you can always catch the gems that are dropped in each lit interview.
For the sixth episode of “Drink Champs’,” Quarantine Champs series, rapper turned media personality Gillie Da Kid hops on the stream. Riding high off of his newly inked partnership between Barstool Sports and his “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast, Gillie from Philly gives the scoop on the good, the bad, and the ugly of his foray, and shares stories from his days as one of rap’s prized prospects. In addition to the MC, DJ D-Nice takes a break from rocking his own parties to crash this one, as he breaks down his history with Boogie Down Productions, as well as his reinvention as one of the more renowned spinsters in the world today.
To help give fans a recap of the conversation, REVOLT compiled a list of nine things we learned from the sixth Quarantine Champs edition of “Drink Champs.” Take a look at them below.
1. What Inspired Gillie Da Kid To Launch A Podcast
As podcasts continue to become a force within entertainment, Gillie has launched his own. “Well, since I started giving out a ‘Million Dollaz Worth of Game’ back in 2012 and shit, on Instagram, even before Wallo came home, people always used to be like, ‘You need a podcast, Gillie,’” he says. “All the time, but I didn’t know what that shit was. And then I did yours, but I still didn’t understand how you get money from this s**t. And then a post came across my page that said, ‘Spotify allocates $421 million towards podcasts last year’ and I was like, ‘N**ga what?’ That’s all I needed to break them f**king mics out, right now. Let’s get this s**t popping. And within months, we had a deal.”
2. Gillie Da Kid Breaks Down Devin Wade’s Role In “Million Dollaz Worth of Game”
In the wake of news that “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” had inked a big deal with Barstool Sports, friction between Gillie and former co-host Devin Wade rose to the surface. “This guy had a facility that he shot podcasts out of,” he explains. “So we came in, basically, [like] ‘How much [do] you want a month to shoot the podcast here?’ Gave us a number, okay. We pay him. He was doing our sound... And [by] about episode five, maybe, the camera man came in and sat a microphone in front of him. Me and Wallo looked at each other, but from time to time, we’d say, ‘Yes or no, Dev,’ and he’d say, ‘I’d have to agree with Gillie,’ but he’d be off camera. Me and Wallo looked [again], and then we let it live.”
3. Gillie Da Kid On His Heated Exchange With “The Joe Budden Podcast”
In addition to his clash with Devin, Gillie also got into a back and forth with “The Joe Budden Podcast” team after the co-hosts speculated on the future of “Million Dollaz Worth of Game.” “At the end of the day, what they were saying wasn’t even what Dev was saying. A lot of this s**t was just out of left-field. So, I’m like, damn, if you’re gonna talk about a person’s situation, at least try to get some facts. And Rory started it off like, ‘If I’m saying something wrong...’ Well, if you’re saying something wrong, then you’re not supposed to be saying nothing at all because you don’t know. But, I talked to Mal, I talked to Rory, shout out to both of ‘em. I respect the fact they reached out to me like men because at the end of the day, we’re grown men...”
4. Gillie Da Kid On His Partnership With Barstool Sports
When asked what led to the partnership, Gillie points to the analytics. “Well, a lot of companies were approaching us. We had all the numbers,” he explains. “We chart every week on Apple [Music], we got the numbers as far as YouTube. So, people were coming in, but Barstool [closed the deal]. And shout out to Dave [Portnoy] and Erica [Nardini] because since we’ve been there, they ain’t been nothing but good to us, man.”
5. Gillie Da Kid On The Impact of Meek Mill and Beanie Sigel’s Beef On Philly Hip Hop
In 2016, news of a rift between Philly rappers Meek Mill and Beanie Sigel grew legs after video of an alleged member of Meek’s entourage knocking Sigel unconscious emerged on social media. When N.O.R.E. inquires on the impact that beef caused in the Philly hip hop community, Gillie says, “I don’t really think it really divided the city because, really, the people in Philly gonna rock with who they’re gonna rock with. I just think it was if you were from the outside looking in, you would’ve looked at it as a bad look for Philly. But, if you were around, you know a little bit more...”
6. Gillie Da Kid On Briefly Attending College
One gem that was unearthed during Gillie’s sit down with “Drink Champs” was the fact that he once had hoop dreams and even attended college on a basketball scholarship. “I played ball in college, [I] was pretty nice with it. And then, unfortunately, I got caught up in some street s**t and got kicked out, and that’s when I started rapping.”
7. DJ D-Nice On Becoming A Member Of Boogie Down Productions
Before rocking virtual parties as a DJ, D-Nice was the youngest member of rap collective Boogie Down Productions. “Boogie Down Productions was me, KRS-One, and Scott La Rock,” he explains on the show. “Really, Scott La Rock, KRS-One and myself. So, they had it before I was involved. And KRS lived in the men’s shelter in The Bronx and Scott worked there, and my cousin was a security guard. So, I brought my cousin some food and he was like, ‘Yo, I want to introduce you to somebody,’ and then he took me to Scott’s office and introduced me to Scott. And then, Scott eventually introduced me to KRS, who lived there, and literally in that moment, that’s how I got down with the group.”
8. DJ D-Nice On His Friendship With Flavor Unit
Having gotten his start in the music industry as a teenager during rap’s first golden era, D-Nice has been able to rub shoulders with countless stars, but built one of his strongest relationships with rapper Queen Latifah and head of Flavor Unit, Shakim Compere. “When I got my first real crib in [New] Jersey, me, Sha and Queen Latifah lived in the same building in Jersey City,” the BDP member recalls. “Like, if one of us were out doing shows, the other person would pay the other person’s rent and just pay ‘em back when we see ‘em. So, when I started my management company back when I was still rapping, my offices were in the Flavor Unit offices. So, Shakim is just my guy. We’re talking three decades of friendship and never had an argument. He’s a solid dude, and so is Latifah.”
9. DJ D-Nice On How “Club Quarantine” Blew Up
One of the upsides of quarantine in light of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has allowed creatives to get more innovative when touching the people through their art. “It was a little under 200 [people],” D-Nice says of the turnout for his first Club Quarantine. “The second night, it was like 2,000. The third day; it hit like 8,000. And then, Friday; it hit 25,000 people in there, and then it was that Saturday when it went crazy. Even though it showed, like 100,000 people consistently in there; as you know, nobody is holding their phone for hours like that. So, when they did the numbers, it was, like, millions of people that were in there during that entire time and that was the first time that anything like that had ever happened.”