Interview by Matthew J (@IamJamesMatthew)
What's your story, man? Apart from your MOOK LIFE membership; who exactly is Killah-Ef, as an individual, and why should people respect the name?
My name's Killa-EF. Yeah I said it motherfucker, it’s Killa cuz I simply kill shit and my style straight murda! My chilling is HardBody and Visions are HD. My approach to life cannot be fucked with. I’m a certified OG Mook, All-City chilleur and a International Alcoholic. I been pulling stunts. I rep the Mook-Life to the fullest cuz that's what I live. I’m against softness and I don’t fuck with fake shit. Motherfuckers respect my name and my game cuz they know I keep it real at pretty much anything I do. My favorite rappers are Raekwon the Chef, Killah Priest, Styles P, Sean Price, Thirstin Howl the Third and Kool G. Rap.
This takes us to our second question, what is MOOK LIFE? Tell me who is down with the group, what is it all about and how did it start?
Mook-Life is basically the strongest movement of inappropriate behaviour in North America, right now. The subject matters are presented on the website differently than any other website out there. We touch and clutch many different topics. It’s not a graffiti website, it’s a fucked up lifestyle blog. We gave Mooks an official title.
It all started with the HD visions that my man Hard-to-Offend had, he came up with the idea of the blog and wrote the official Mook definition. He teamed up with Society’s Disease and they both made it happen. They started releasing posts that right away blew everyone’s mind due to its explicit content. I had the same visions and I had Mooked out pics for years so I quickly joined in and started writing my own posts. I personally have 35 HardBody posts under my belt, I mostly specialize in the abusive posts. Real talk, I gotta give it up to HTO and Society’s Disease, cuz they be putting blood, sweat and tears into Mook-Life. It’s really cuz of these motherfuckers that the website is rolling real hard.
Our website has no form of publicity what so ever. On the strength our website is pretty much the opposite of graff sites like BombingScience or 12ozProphet. I’m saying that in the sense that we ain’t trying to catch your attention to sell you something. We post shit for the love of it and for all the fans out there. Not one penny was made so far. We spend a lot of money to make some of these posts. The approach is not at all lucrative, as a matter of fact, the website could never be lucrative with the type of material we display. We are basically scarifying a lucrative project in order to feed the hardcore fans with what they really love and want to see. We invest our own time and money to make this shit happen. We volunteers, but we aint looser volunteers working at a library, we official Mooks. Everything is about money nowadays, so I think that’s why the people love the blog so much, we are giving something that was never given on the internet before.
What's your definition of a Mook and what makes somebody a qualified to be one?
The official definition of a Mook that my man HTO wrote is: 'A common state of being which leads individuals to behave in impulsive and instinctual manners. The strong character of a Mook will transcend loudly in any environment and will display the set opinions, morals and ways of life which the person chose to live by. The opposite of a conservative, socially self conscious, uptight bourgeois elitist, the Mook is an open minded individual which lives in the moment and allows himself to indulge in the things he enjoys the most out of life. The common trait amongst Mooks is that they refuse to compromise to anything outside of what they feel is truly right.' So with that being said, it’s really different from an individual to another. I guess It’s all about doing whatever you feel is right to do according to your own personal values. It has nothing to do with drugs and being ghetto and shit. It’s all about not giving a fuck and doing the hell you want regardless of people’s opinions. A business man coming home after work who’s pissing on a cop car is just as Mooked out as a street punk who just got a tattoo on his forehead.
4) What makes Montreal such an official "Mook city"?
We’re the drinking in public Capital of North America. The Montreal streets are flooded with drugs…all kinds! We don’t sleep at night and we’re a fucked up society. We 3 million people in Montreal so you can only imagine the Mookness going on over here. We’re a bilingual city with many different cultures which makes our city hella vibrant.
Without mentioning any government name, what story best exhibits Mook Life to the highest degree?
I couldn’t name one event in particular cuz we many soldiers and we all done the worst of things. We are not normal people, we fuck shit up and we always get into trouble. We live a lifestyle that many choose to avoid. Everyday we Mook it out and on weekends when we roll deep in them Montreal streets, we always happy if we don’t end up in jail.
I think some people reading this may need some time to recoup from all this Mook logic, so let's take a quick breather, for a second. Since BombingScience is a graffiti-based site, it's only fair that one question is related to graffiti. You are well-known for your art and have established a solid rep as a writer; so tell me what does graffiti means to Killah-Ef? What's the connection?
Man, I love graffiti. It's a great habit and will never vanish from my soul. I do it cuz I love it – bottom line. My status is legendary and I am now part of graffiti history forever. I do take very seriously though. I cut my line and work my letters until they're perfect, or almost. I apply as much 3D effects as I can; my visions are always HD so it's only normal that I make my graffiti look as HD as possible. My shit is hard and boy do I hate "street art". I'ma let it be known, GRAFFITI IS NOT STREET ART, but most people don't understand that. I hate it when I talk to some folks on some shit like, "Yeah, I love graffiti" and they're like, "Oh, do you know Bansky?" I want to strangle these people to death when they talk shit like that. I represent real graffiti from its purest form. I don't do characters and fancy stuff like that, I only fuck with letters. I love handstyles; it's the basic element of all graffiti. I personally believe that no matter how good you are at piecing, if you can't rock a proper tag, you's a toy, no doubt.
Who would you say is your favorite writer in Montreal? Who is servicing the city properly?
Writers come and go I've seen thousands of writers kill shit and quickly fade away. But on the strength, Montreal's best writer without a doubt, would be no one else but Stare Nme-Kg. You can check out his graffiti here: http://www.mook-life.com/kebek-gold-crew-montreals-graffiti-elite/
Your team is constantly putting new images and article online. What is the process that goes into differentiating your Tumblr and official website from others pages online? How do you keep up with the heavy rate content?
We got some ill pics and shit, but I mean, there’s zillions of photography blogs out there. What really makes www.Mook-Life.com the best blog on the internet right now is the style of writing we use. No blogs out there can fuck with our style of writing paragraphs. The slang is rich and the talk is real as fuck. We try to make it as funny as possible. We say things that many are afraid to say but at the same time, it’s what most of the people love to ear.
We had to come up with something different, nowadays all the blogs are super gay. Writers turning hipsters and shit, you know? Street art done turned a lot of people into faggets you know what I’m saying? Me and my team, we ain’t down. We have to diss them. We call em out.
'All City Chilleur', what is that?
It’s a Mook who chills everywhere he stomps grounds. Its basically the opposite of someone that never leaves his apartment or his neighbourhood. It’s not just about chilling in every hood of your city, it’s about chilling whenever but especially wherever. If I drive 3 hours away from Montreal to eat shrooms in the woods, I’m indeed outside the city but I’m still performing some All-city Chilling. You can be All-City Chilling in any city of the world as a matter of fact, as long as it’s far away from home sweet home, ya figgadeal thunn thunn?
Take me through a typical day in the life of Killah-Ef. What do you normally do from sun-up to sundown?
I’m not a normal human being. A typical day in the life of Killah-EF starts with a hangover which is easy to handle. When I don’t work, I like to drink a Corona before breakfast. When I eat breakfast, I usually eat Salmon. When I do work, I make sure to jerk off before going to work. When I go painting, I don’t need to select colors cuz they selected in advance, I’m an organized motherfucker! When I take a shit, my favorite magazine to read is National Geographic. When I have the chance, I like to take a tab of acid and watch the Discovery channel in HD. I don’t play any sports and watch the games on TV, I just smoke trees and bump classics by Raekwon the Chef all day.
Tell me about the Mook-phenomenon known as "bum bombing". How did it start and apart from the obvious meaning attached to the name, what is the concept?
The bum bombing phenomenon is more than a discipline, it’s an extreme sport. I gotta give it up to my man Nesar tho cuz he’s the real original Montreal Bum Tagging King. He’s got more tagged bums under his belt than anyone out there. He is also my main influence and inspiration when it comes to this craft. Out here in Montreal we have a great selection of bums which allows us to get up on them easily. There’s lots of bums to tag in Montreal. Last week my SDK fam came out here and I made sure that we could tag a bum to show them how we gets down over here. But on the real it ain’t always all gravy as it looks cuz you might ask the bum if it’s cool and shit, and a few seconds later you got the bum flippin out ready to bite your neck and shit. You can read all about it here: http://www.mook-life.com/bum-bombing-the-art-of-human-advertisement/
Going with online content: Your site posts loads of pictures featuring half-naked women who seem to be down with your movement. I want to know, who are these girls and where do you meet them? I think I'm missing out on something. Is Montreal the place to be when looking for a "ride-or-die chick"?
Montreal is indeed a heaven for bird watching. Lots of ride-or-die birds to found out here. My favorite Montreal intersection to meet birds is St-Catherine and St-Laurent. We got all types of chicken heads over here, lots of immigrant flavor as well. Lots of groupies be down with our movement and shit. Lots of shorties wanna be Mooks, too now, tho most of them will never be some. I mean, you don’t just turn a Mook overnight. When you’s a Mook, you been a Mook, you’s a Mook for life. On the real, I can’t blame them tho, our lifestyle is way too cool and it’s only normal that people wanna follow.
For the love of a city: Toronto has the reputation and Vancouver has a huge artist community, but I feel as if Montreal is the graffiti capital of Canada. There is something about the city; an overall vibe which separates it from every city in this country. What is it about your city that makes it such a great place for the culture to flourish. Is it the people? Is it the history? The mixture of language and culture? I want your opinion on what makes Montreal so vital to the art and culture.
No question, Montreal is the graffiti capital of Canada. Pretty much any Canadian writer will agree with that statement. We got some sick ass writers over here. There’s indeed a lot of competition, we got thousands of starving writers that just wanna shine and crush shit. Our scene is rich and diverse; we got all kinds of styles out here. We got east coast flavors, west coast flavors and some shitty euro flavor as well. Sadly, there is also some art faggets dropping some hipster nonsense. Toronto is sick but the only problem in Toronto is that 85% of the city rocks that standard New York style. Vancouver is sick too but the buffing is a serious issue. Montreal doesn’t get buffed that much, it does, but definitely not as much as other Canadian cities. Anyways, I know the science of my city but on the strength, I feels that we don’t get enough recognition worldwide considering that we got one of the sickest scenes out there. HOWAREYOU!
Videos? Travelling? Clothing? What's next for you and the Mook Life crew?
We're going to make bigger and better moves. We gon keep on Mooking it out; it's our time to shine and we go eat. There will be many more posts, videos, and gear, yeah. We got an appetite for destruction, so trips will always be on the menu regardless of where we at. Whether it be Canada or all the way to Papua New Guinea; we gon stomp grounds across the globe and Mook it worldwide.
Before we end this piece, is there anybody out there whom you'd like to shout-out and acknowledge?
I wanna shout out everyone who takes the time to read the Mook-Life articles. I know people check the flicks and shit, but not enough people read all the paragraphs. Do the knowledge Motherfuckers! One love to the whole Mook-Life staff. Much respect to everyone I know and gets down with. Big ups to all the degenerates and the trouble makers out there. Much love to all the cop killers worldwide. Oh yeah and Free Last!