Los Angeles rapper AC Killer presents the King G-directed music video for “You F–ked Up”, his new Heinz On Tha Track-produced single from The Unholy Trinity, his forthcoming album featuring Tech N9ne, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Brotha Lynch Hung. Institutionalized in a mental hospital at age ten for fighting back against the daily abuse he suffered from his mother’s then-boyfriend, AC dropped out of high school to form his crew The Criminal Nation (CNO). AC was jailed after anti-police sentiments broadcasted on his public access program “The CNO Show” as well as his website criminalnation.org resulted in a raid on his home. After release he met producer Heinz, who quickly became his closest collaborator. Five albums later he bonded with Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, resulting in a series of collaborations (watch the music video for “Warriors” featuring Krayzie Bone), all released under the CNO imprint. “This video gives people a look in my twisted-ass mind,” AC says. I been crazy, and now after over a decade in this business the rest of the world can finally join me in my insanity.” The Battle Of Armageddon, AC’s collaboration album with Bizzie Bone, drops late 2014.
Do you have much experience in Sacramento?
I’ve done some shows up there while touring with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and have been a character on a local talk radio program up there called “John London’s Inferno” on the now defunct 106.9 FREE FM, but other than that I’m a SoCal kinda guy, always got love for the north though!
What do you think about the rap scene here?
To be completely honest I don’t listen to rap. It’s dope because it keeps what I do very unique. I listen to mostly talk radio like Howard Stern and smooth jazz music, and of course the stuff out of my camp for quality control.
What do you feel are the advantages and drawbacks of being a California artist?
I have a lot of hookups being located where I am that I feel that most people who are located elsewhere would really have to struggle to get. It’s a big advantage. But coming from a city as large as Los Angeles has its drawbacks too. Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY is a damn rapper. Shit gets annoying. So I just tell people that I hold office in Congress when they ask me what I do.
How did you develop such strong ties to Midwest artists like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Tech-N9ne?
Ever since day one when I met Bizzy we were close like brothers, then when he introduced me to the rest of the fellas we all just clicked. Bone is my dudes, I’ll always love them. As far as Tech goes, we don’t have much of a relationship at all. I love his work and respect him as an artist, but we have never had the personal relationship that I’ve had with Bone.
What do you think is the one thing keeping you from fame?
You’re always gonna find people who both love and hate your music, even the Beatles – the most successful musicians ever – have people who really aren’t feeling their shit. It’s about getting what you’re doing to the right ears. I’ve been blessed to have done that to an extent and built a strong fanbase. Now it’s just about expanding that to those who have never heard what it is that I do – getting the music to the ears and the videos to the eyes.
What has been your most effective method for drawing new listeners?
It’s all equal. For me personally, you gotta have it all: Internet, social media, live touring, word of mouth, local shows,. It all spreads the word of what I’m doing with The CNO movement and so much more. The day before Thanksgiving I’ll be performing with DJ Quik, Too $hort, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound and more. That should be a good way to draw new listeners and more importantly viewers – because my videos are where it’s at.