Interview: Thirstin Howl “Love & Loyalty”

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Return Of The Real: Interview with Thirstin Howl The III
Holding it down since 1988, Thirstin Howl from the legendary crew, “Lo-Life” continues to deliver nothing but the “real” to you. For those who may not know who the Lo-Lifes are or who Thirstin Howl is, now is your chance to gain some street credibility. Lo-Life is a group of individuals that came together for survival on the streets of Brooklyn. “Lo” is the second syllable in the word “Polo”and was also attached to the end of their name. They are mostly known for styling the clothing brand Polo and making their mark where ever they went. Thirstin Howl is a big part of their legacy.To this day he still represents Lo-Life and has now taken that energy to his career in the music industry.

JGM
Introduce Yourself

Thirstin Howl
I’m known as Thirstin Howl the third, the Polo-Rican, the Lo-Life General, the Skillionaire, the Serial Skiller, Brother Lo, there’s a thousand different names for me.

JGM
Where did the name Thirstin Howl come from?

Thirstin Howl
When I first started rhyming I was battling everybody. If I’m driving and I see a rapper walking, I’m busting a u-turn to go battle.Dudes used to be like,”damn man you thirsty to battle”. So that’s how the name “Thirstin” came about. I first started rhyming in 1996 in Brownsville Brooklyn.

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What is your affiliation with Lo-Life? Are you the original founder?

Thirstin Howl
I’m one of the founders.There are many founders. I’m the originator of the name “Lo-Life” as far as founding the name. When it started it was many of us that made it.

JGM
Can you break down quickly how you got established with them?

Thirstin Howl
Lo-Life’s comes from two sections in Brooklyn. Crown Heights, the streets St. Johns and Utica, Brownsville, and Brooklyn Marcus Garvey Village projects.Two boosting posses came together in 1988 and formed Lo-Life.

JGM
There’s a lot of kids today that mimic you all calling themselves Lo-Lifes .What does it mean to you to be a Lo-Life?

Thirstin Howl
It was family, it wasn’t what it is now. These are my people, this is my clique, this is the family I had. That’s what it meant from the beginning of it. It’s a brotherhood. It wasn’t all about wearing Polo because there was a lot of people that didn’t wear Polo. It goes beyond that. It was about us being together and representing the flag. Something we stood for that represented in so many ways, on style, fashion, and clothes. Then we represented for survival, defending one another, getting women, and earning funds.

JGM
What is the difference between the two terms, “Lo-head” and “Lo-Life”?

Thirstin Howl
A “Lo head” back in the day was usually someone who just wore Polo and was about it. But that didn’t make you a Lo-Life. Even when Lo-Life started there was a lot of people wearing Polo in Brooklyn. Even today just because you wear Polo it doesn’t make you a Lo Life. This is real street sh**.We went through trials and tribulations just to make it what it is right now. I’ve been incarcerated several times through affiliations with Lo- Life. Not that I’m proud of it. I’ve matured since then and definitely suffered a lot of consequences in life through all of those experiences.It definitely made me a lot wiser. I’m a responsible man. I have family, I have children. I make sure my children don’t grow up how I grew up or they don’t have to or want to steal and things of that nature. I’m on a professional path now.Music has opened my mind clearly.It has opened my mind to the world entirely, not just in music.thirstinhowl

JGM
What were some of your best and worst memories being affiliated with them?

Thirstin Howl
I am a Lo-life for life and I’m a Lo-Life now. It’s not like its something of the past. I can say some of my best memories are how it all started and all of these thieves and gangsters trusted each other. They say there’s no honor amongst thieves and that’s not true. There was a lot of honor amongst us. Being young kids, doing crazy shit, but then everybody was really there for each other. Some of my worst memories were seeing a lot of them go to the coffin.Even today Lo-Life’s are still dying from all kinds of dumb shit. Some people still live the life they have to live.Just because I made the positive transition, some people live that Lo-Life lifestyle.That’s what made them. That’s what pays their bills.

JGM
Who were you influenced by musically coming up in Brooklyn?

Thirstin Howl
I grew up when hip hop started so I got to see everybody. There are too many people to name.

JGM
What label are you signed to?

Thirstin Howl
Skillionaire Enterprises that’s my label. Some of the people that I am working with are Hurricane G, Fi-Lo, Big Cousin. I Just did an album with Hurricane G it’s called,Mami and Papi.It’s in spanglish.The album is hardcore hip-hop all in Spanglish. You can buy it on my website Thirstinhowlthe3rd.com. I also have a movie out with it called, “The Polo Rican Movie”. I’m one hundred percent independent, manufactured and distributed. I produce and I’m an engineer. I also direct and edit. I’m looking for a bigger outlet at this point. My consistency is crazy. I have a lot of projects that I’m going to release next year. Videos, movies, and a cooking show. I’m working with new artists as well as old artists. I’m working on my Natural Born Skiller album. My homeboy Fi-lo’s, Keep Out of Reach of Children album. I’m also doing an album with Sadat X right now called, Gods and Generals. I’m also working with Sean Price. I grew up with him. Sean Price, Helta Skelta, Smooth The Hustler, The Rose family. I grew up with a lot of these real artists in Brownsville.

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What is your cooking show about?

Thirstin Howl
It’s a real cooking show. I shot a whole season of it already. It comes from real recipes I really made in prison. I learned how to make them in there. In prison everything is real inventive and you have to use what you have to survive. You learn how to make some delicious shit. A lot of people always hear about it. I saw other comedy shows try to touch on it slightly but nobody really went in depth because it’s not a joke. It’s a funny show but it’s a real cooking show. It’s called Jail Recipes.You can go to jailrecipes.com and check it out.The trailer is on Youtube.

JGM
Who do you listen to and respect in the game right now?

Thirstin Howl
I respect Raekwon real hard for coming with a straight hard album. I went out and bought it and I would tell everybody to cop it ’cause this is our first chance to really bring it back. The attention the album is getting and the quality of it. He didn’t do anything commercial, he did what he does. The more it makes people see, the more it helps all of us rappers to try and bring real music back. I also listen to salsa. I’m studying it, learning a lot of it, and putting it in what I do. I listen to a lot of J love cd’s too. He puts out all the classic music.

JGM
How do you feel about radio Hip-Hop?

Thirstin Howl
I don’t listen to the radio. The radio gets me angry when I listen to it. If I listen to the radio I listen to 98.7 Kiss FM. If I listen to Hot 97 I just get angry. I’m not mad at nobody though. Let them do them. I’m gonna do me, that’s all I’m gonna concern myself with. I’m gonna be original and creative. Because artistically ain’t nobody messing with a n***a right now.

JGM
Do you plan on being apart of bringing real music back?

Thirstin Howl
I remember back in the day all rappers used to talk about the crossover and selling out everybody. I plan to be a big part of the whole change. I can cover the English ground. I’m coming bi-lingual, the way I do it can’t nobody do it. I know I’m going to have a big advantage with that. According to the census in this country,Spanish people are becoming a big majority. I’m gonna keep it one hundred percent hip hop and do what I do. Every song is different.You can never predict what my next song is gonna be about.

JGM
To wrap things up, you wanna get any last words in?

Thirstin Howl
Look out for my new movie coming its called Cousins Payback. Look out for Skillionaire Enterprises, my movie company Skillusion Films, the Fi-Lo album Keep Out Of Reach Of Children. Look out for my cooking show, my new album with Hurricane G called Mami and Papi all in 2010. I’m gonna flood the game. I’m gonna bring this shit back. Big shout out to Raekwon.He’s bringing it back.Somebody else needs to drop right behind him. Like imagine if Dr. Dre dropped Detox right behind him.

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  • Thank you so much, this was very interesting. I was actually born in Madrid (I’m not telling when though!) but was moved around europe and lastly settled in Britain when I was 7. I dont remember an awful lot of the few years I was in spain, but the smell of spanish food always seems to get me going or something. It’s weird how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I even found a whole internet site dedicated to spanish recipe, which gave me great delight and thought I really should to share. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my son to add your cast to my rss app…

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