We were fortunate enough to talk ish with go’s own, Impolite Society. In case you’re unaware, Impolite Society is a group of 5 extremely talented hip hop artists.who have been doing great things around the city of Chicago. They have a classic, authentic hip hop sound and are sure to do major things in the future.
3 Voices: Please introduce yourselves individually for those who don’t know.
ELEE X of Impolite Society: Peace, my name is ELEE X, triple OG of ImSo, I’m an emcee, the de facto manager, marketing muhfugga and I generally connect loose ends and experiment w/ shit.
Then there’s Fess Grandiose (DJ, MC, Producer), Sidewalk Kal aka Kal the God (MC, Producer), Khalfani (MC, Producer, misc.) and Westley aka Blakkass Westley (Engineer, MC).
Impolite Society is what I call a “freeform collective,” meaning we move as we please, collectively, individually, we experiment with different sounds and styles, there’s no prototype or protocol that we follow…just a group of ill muhfuggaz doing it.
3 Voices: How did Impolite Society come together? How did you all come up with the name Impolite Society?
ELEE X of Impolite Society: Well shit, I had the concept in mind circa ‘07 while I was still in high school. I had hella ideas, I was a kid. The name is simply a play on polite society, obviously, and what that shit represents. I was born broke, I’m broke now and I don’t give a fuck about money really nor those who praise it. It’s a cool tool, but shit, it’s what you make it. So yea, Impolite Society is just like fuck everything. I skate, paint, hoop, etc. in my Yeezy’s and Wally’s, nahmean! I like fly shit, but I don’t care about it.
I met Wes out there our senior year, ‘08, and we were like 2 of 5 cool black people in the whole damn school so we linked like immediately. Well not immediately, I thought he was one of the weird ass West African immigrants because of his style and shit; dude’s dark as hell and he was rocking Zumies, Hot Topic-esque shit and he’s loquacious, -unlike myself who was fresh from out south, (Markham/Harvey) and just wasn’t on that there. But I digress, yea eventually we met because like I said, it was so few of us. We spoke, discussed interests and shit and we had mad shit in common so it was like “word, that’s my mans.”
We met Fess at the show series called Concart in ‘09, he fucked w/ our performance and he fucked w/ ours so we were like “yo, let’s work.” We came through to Kimball House and he played us some joints and the shit was right up our alley, so we did those joints and just built a bond. He started DJing for us and I started hyping for him, boom.
We met Kal via SRG Management in ‘11, they were tryna manage us and he was over there interning. I found out he was a spitter and I checked some shit of his on YouTube, it was weird as fuck, but tight — my kinda shit. I hit cuz on Facebook some time after like “lets work,” he was back in Jersey for summer break, but when he came back we got to work and I think the first joint we did was what would become “The World.” That joint wasn’t even gonna come out, but more on that later. So yea, we kept at it and mugs’ broke bread, like literally, we used to have these jam sessions and eat( s/o to the lovely and immensely talented Via Rosa!) and eventually he too just became apart of the clan.
Now, I shoulda met Khalfani a couple of times prior to our official introduction. Dude’s from where I’m from, Harvey, and we just got mad shit in common so I guess we just missed each other. He also was studying at Columbia College and stayed on campus, at the same time, same place as Wes in ‘09, and I’d be all up in the dorms like I lived there. Back then Khali was on some ghetto-gothic weirdo shit and I had never seen cuz speak. Like we had mutual friends and shit but I had never seen him speak! Dude just walked around in all black w/ dark shades, emotionless and shit. One of mutual homies mentioned he was from Harvey and after that he was really on my radar, yet we didn’t meet for like another two years. I don’t even recall exactly how it happened, we were out somewhere , but shit I’m glad it did happen, that’s my brother for life!
3 Voices: What is the Impolite Society movement about?
ELEE X of Impolite Society: Just making good music, challenging ourselves and the masses to be better, more considerate.. It’s about not doing what they do. It’s about being original, unique–and how do you do that? By being yo-goddamn-self. But then again we take a lot from our culture and forefathers in the form of sampling, style of dress, language, etc. Everything has that duality. Shit, we’re a collective and we do plenty of individual shit. We were all doing our own shit before we knew each and always will. We’re about expansion, it might be a thousand of us in the future.
3 Voices: You have a more traditional hip hop sound, is that what you’re going for or is that just the music you all tend to make?
ELEE X of Impolite Society: Ha! Soon you shall witness the diversity in our sound! We have a ton of unreleased material, all of it’s very versatile. I’m definitely a head, but when I create shit I’m definitely not consciously tryna make some quintessential Hip-Hop. I don’t think my brothers do either; our influences are vast as shit. Actually, muhfuggaz be cringing when somebody hit us with the, “y’all like the new Wu-Tang” or whatever, it’s like we appreciate the compliment, but we ain’t tryna do what’s been done so it’s kinda challenging.
3 Voices: Individually, who are some of your biggest music influences?
ELEE X of Impolite Society: Maaaaan, too many list. Muhfuggaz listen to like mad music, hella genres. We live some pretty ill lives yo, we come in contact w/ a lotta stimuli. I can say we all love the genius of DOOM, Madlib, Dilla, Sun Ra, Dungeon Family, Native Tongues, Duckdown, Stonesthrow, Rap-A-Lot, Slum Village, Big L, Ishmael Butler, 3-6, Soulquarians, Devin the Dude, Suga Free, DJ Quik, Wu, Sean Price, Al Green, Death Grips, Pac, Herbie Hancock, Bruiser Brigade, the Coltranes, Lupe, Gonjasufi, Bump J, Kanye, CWAL, Cool Kids, NWA, Steely Dan, Gil Scott Heron, BDP, early Rocafella, Mac Dre, Bad Brains…I need to not start naming mugs, ha.
3 Voices: What is something that you want people to get from listening to your music?
ELEE X of Impolite Society:
Be you, treat people good, treat yourself better. You can be honest and still win! I love listening to some shit and doing my due diligence and shit and coming across mad other ill shit. That’s what I want mugs to get from us.
3 Voices: You alls single “The World” is some deep ish, like forreal, forreal. How did that song really come about and what you want people to get from that single?
ELEE X of Impolite Society: Yo, as aforementioned, that joint wasn’t even gonna come out! That was the first joint I did w/ Kal, I believe. I had the concept in mind already, I was sitting on it for a hot minute. Kal came through, we probably went through hella jawns and then came across that one. I’m like “yo, what you think about this,” played the beat and spit my verse and part of the hook. He was like, “cool.” He wrote his shit mad fast and bodied it, I was like “what the fuck,” he laced it perfectly. I was happy as fuck because I wanted that joint to be heard, but I didn’t want to add another verse myself because I felt like my verse was kinda preachy and everything else I wrote was, as well. He saved it.
With that joint I want mugs to just slow down and peep their environment and be conscious of the subconscious actions and thoughts we have. Just question shit, yo.
3 Voices: How can the people get in touch with Impolite Society through the social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.)?
ELEE X of Impolite Society: Everything is ImpoliteSociety. Either backslash it or search it, muhfuggaz is omnipresent. Every so-called social network you’re on, we are as well. ImpoliteSociety, no space, probably, ha. Peep KimballHouseProductions.com for the whole shit, ImpoliteSociety.bandpage.com is pretty fresh, too.
If you wanna follow mugs, @FessGrandiose, @BlakkassWestley, @Khalfani_, @Kal_the_God, and of course, @ImpoliteSociety.
There you have it. Please check out this for compilation from the fellas
And below is the video for their song The World