By: Carrick Wenke
Okkkkkk so usually I start out “Underground Hype” columns mentioning how the artist I interviewed is one of my favorites atm, which is true, but one of my long running fave’s of the past few month’s has been without a doubt PreacherNicky. The first time I ever saw Nicky on anything was when BBE dropped their team album 4716 a number of months back, and saw him listed as “P.Nicky”. It was a few weeks later when I saw a Soundcloud repost of one of the songs from his now dissapeared album King Of The World (specifically the song “Silly Goose Man”) that got me interested. I found it interesting that I had never met Nicky because at this point I had been around the BBE guys quite a bit, soon to discover that he was actually an Ohio native and he had also dropped a new single off his up coming project, “Show Money”. This track became one of the most songs on my Soundcloud feed, yielding lines such as “pull up wearing pink, lookin’ dirty, yeah we stink”. If you’re curious as to wanting to know what you’re getting yourself into prior to listening to his music, his Soundcloud bio exclaims “Hate Your Dad, Skate, Get Rich”. I think that pretty much sums it up.
Who are you? What do you wanna tell the world about yourself?
I’m PreacherNicky, and I mainly just wanna shit on all the kids that I used to go to school with because they were mean to me. There’s not much more to it.
What/Who are your main inspirations for making music?
I wanted to be in a band forever ago and no one would be in a band with me, so as a joke I started rapping and I didn’t even listen to rap at the time. So I’d have to say Odd Future, because that what was going on at the time and I just started getting into it. That’s the extent of that. A Lot Like Birds and Dance Gavin Dance are probably my favorite bands.
Who are some producers you work with?
Crimewave is the only relevant one, and MIDNIGHTSNVCK.
Are you affiliated with any artists or crews?
I was with BBE when BBE first started when it was just me, Yung Fern, Ghoul, Crimewave and Jackson, and like two other people, and now it’s like, I don’t know. It’s a mess, I don’t even know who’s in it anymore. I’m just Scareboys, I guess now.
Who are some artists you wish to work with in the future?
Is your bitch bad or boujee?
She’s a fuckin’ bitch.
Where does the name “PreacherNicky” originate?
Ok so this is a great story, so Childish Gambino was definitely my white inspiration for rap. Childish Gambino got his name through a rap generator and I went to that exact rap generator and typed in “Nicky” and it generated a whole name: “Preacher Nicky R Douglas”, so that’s my full rap name technically but I just stuck with PreacherNicky. My old rap name used to be 6 Figure Kush, it was horrible.
How did you first link up with the BBE guys since they’re all Seattle based and you’re from Ohio?
Me and my friend Collin found them on a REDDIT post, and I just posted them on my Instagram like “Everyone go listen to this, this shit’s crazy!”. At the time underground shit wasn’t poppin’ poppin’, this was late 2014 early 2015, so it was kinda cool. They saw it and then Fern asked me to get on a song with him, and that’s what got me and Collin in BBE when it first started.
You have a couple projects with MIDNIGHTSNVCK called MidnightNicky, how did the two of you start working together?
I’ve been producing for like 7 years, but I used to make dubstep and so did he, but he’s been producing for 8 years. I met him through my brother and I was just making shitty goofy rap in 2013, recording over that one song, (sings M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”) I was doing shit like that. He was like “lemme make a beat for you”, and it was some wack ass beat and we started yellingover our beats and now here we are.
When Can we expect your next project to drop?
You know, I’m really not sure. As I’ve been viewing it, if you’re not poppin’, putting all that time into a project is kinda useless. Unless it’s like Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap, if you’re not popular your plays are gonna fall off after the first two songs and it’s just wasted work. Dropping singles is your best bet when you’re not popular.
Tell people to fuck off on telling me to puke, I have a fucking disease and I’m dying.