Before this year, Felipe Camarillo (aka DJ Richie Daggers of hip-hop group DCM) had never been to the Iowa State Fair. The 29-year-old was also interested in seeing the Ying Yang Twins perform at said fair, so I grabbed a few Dinky Wheats pre-show at the Iowa Craft Beer Tent with the fair virgin.
Q: So what are your thoughts and impressions so far?
You can get fried anything. I’ve never seen anything like that. Fried butter? It’s just crazy.
Q: If things go well tonight and you enjoy the Ying Yang Twins, would you come back?
Only to try some fried butter. This is cool though, I’m glad they brought hip-hop out here. I’m hoping to see how the public takes hold of it.
Q: These shows (Coolio in 2009, Vanilla Ice in 2010) have probably been some of the largest crowds hip-hop has had in Des Moines.
That’s true, but what I’m noticing is a lot of little kids in the crowd. These guys, I would say, are a little raunchy.
Q: You don’t think the kids will like “The Whisper Song?”
I think that’s comedy. I’m glad I’m about to see “The Whisper Song” right now. I can’t really see (we were near the back of the crowd), but I’m not a big fan of going up front anyways. I’ve never been a big fan of that.
Q: Walking through the midway, had you ever seen something like that before?
I have. It’s called Walmart at any given time of day. But it’s cool to see something different than what I’m used to all the time.
Q: Do you have a favorite Ying Yang Twins song?
It’s called “Say I Yi Yi.” In the video they’re driving go-karts for no reason. It’s very, very ridiculous. I play it when I DJ at the PBR Bar.
Q: I saw on Facebook that Young Tripp (of DCM) seemed a little, I don’t know, upset that these guys were at the fair?
No, no, no, completely opposite. The reason he was upset was he thought that they booked the most offensive hip-hop there was to say “they’re too offensive,” so that they don’t have an urban presence at the fair anymore. That they might be the scapegoat. That’s what he was about.
Q: What other hip hop act would you like to see come to the fair?
I’m cycling through my hip-hop Rolodex. It would have to be ridiculous, everyone would have to like it. It couldn’t be underground, it couldn’t be brand new. Kind of old and played out. Maybe 2 Live Crew?
Q: I wonder if they do a G-rated show?
Yeah, right. I saw them at a strip club one time and it was awful.