The other day I hit up Jimmy Murton, Mac Miller’s friend for life and part of the Most Dope crew, and asked for an interview. He was chill enough to be down and answer a bunch of random, interesting questions about himself, the Most Dope crew, and Mac Miller‘s success. Check out the interview below:
D. Rehms: What is your real name, because I have friends who call you “Sweet James Most Dope”?
JM: Jimmy Murton. I got the nickname “SweetJames” from playing lacrosse.
DR: How are you affiliated with
Most Dope and Mac Miller? I know you guys have been friends for a minute, but how long?
JM: Since he was 6 and I was 8. I had a friend who lived next to him; we used to play pick up football and invite him. Then he moved closer to my crib and ended up going to the same grade school as me… and the rest is history.
DR: How did the name “Most Dope” come about?
JM: I think Q thought of the name; Mac loved it and ran with it. Just means like, live every day the best you can, be the happiest you can, and nobody is as dope as us (ha).
DR: What does the thumbs up signify?
JM: Mac thought of thumbs up late one night randomly. It just means stay positive.
DR: That’s sick , you dudes are definitely the most dope crew out right now, but what is the Daily Bread? You and the Most Dope crew always rock their clothes.
JM: Bill is our good homie and makes hella
dope gear so of course we wear it. Look out for my clothing line coming spring 2012: TOTL (Top of the Line)
DR: Oh word, so you got the clothing line coming in 2012 called TOTL, Tree Jay has his own weed affiliated
website, and Mac is clearly doing his thing musically- looks like the Most Dope crew is more successful than most people are at this age.
JM: We’re trying.
DR: How important was it for Most Dope to stay together when Mac really got big off the “Nikes On My Feet”
JM: At the time, I was at school in Florida at Lynn University, but I came home and dropped out – it seemed like the right thing to do. We’re all family; it’s only right to make the move together.
DR: Damn that is pretty wild, but for sure a good decision. So I noticed from Twitter and a lot of Most Dope pictures/videos- you stay with a 40 in your hand while you party… but can you smoke like TreeJay?
JM: TreeJay and I grew up smoking together, we were partners you know like every second of every day we chiefed together, no exaggeration, but eventually I hit a wall and stopped smoking. I’ve had like 11 concussions now, and so when I smoke it makes me weird and crazy haha. So I just drink now.
DR: I feel that. So I saw that picture of you, the Most Dope crew, and ASAP Rocky- how did you guys meet up? Are Mac and
ASAP possibly talking collaborations?
JM: We’re just similar dudes. Bill hit up Rocky like a month ago to see if he could drive up, give him some gear, and take pics. They did, and since then we just been fuckin with them. They are all real as hell and hella cool. As far as collaborations I can’t really speak on that but I would love to hear something from the both of them.
DR: Yeah I definitely would love to hear some music from them two. Love both Mac and ASAP, they’re saving the new age of hip hop.
Moving on, what was your favorite show on Mac’s tour last year, and why?
JM: Favorite show was Boston – there were 45,000 people there. It was just amazing to see that many people support him. It was a free show, but still…that shit was unreal.
DR: Wow that’s nuts, mad people. What is the road life like? How is your life different now then it was before?
JM: Tour life is hard as fuck. We were on a van last tour – this tour we have 2 buses – but it was so hard partying all night and then getting up after one hour of sleep, driving hours to the next spot in a car full of people. Then we’d go straight to the venue on no sleep and sell merchandise. We worked hard and played harder. Life is not different really; I drink more, hook up with more chicks, and get to meet a lot more cool people- thats all though haha. I’m pretty much the same old kid.
DR: Well that sounds awesome yet tiring at the same time. So what is your “job” for the Most Dope crew? Hypeman on stage? Merch dude?
JM: Both. But honestly Mac and I have just been best friends our whole lives; that’s why I’m there. It’s a blessing.
DR: Yeah, I wish my best friend was a dope ass rapper. Are you musically talented?
JM: No, hahaha. I’m an artist though. I customize clothes, draw, I’m just really good with my hands. Sculpting, fixing things etc. I designed two of the tattoos on my body. Check out my Tumblr I have some random art up on there. (Tumblr: imissmygrittycity.tumblr.com)
DR: Speaking of talent – who do you think is the most underrated artist in the industry right now?
JM: Mac. He’s lucky to have so many fans, but people in the industry underrate him. Everyone thinks he’s a fad and can’t understand his popularity
DR: You think hes underrated even after Donald Trump talked about him?! What did You think about that video when you first saw it?
JM: I thought Donald was a fuckin’ lame. And yeah, I think Mac is the most underrated, he blessed with a huge fan base that he really deserves but people in the industry underrate him. Everyone thinks he’s a fad and can’t understand his popularity.
DR: I don’t see him going out of style anytime soon.
JM: He won’t, wait until his album drops. You’ll see.
DR: Who do you think the most overrated artist is?
JM: To be honest the most overrated in my opinion is Tyler, the Creator. I believe Tyler is an amazing creative mind – a true artist with serious talent in marketing himself and directing videos – but as a rapper I believe he is the most overrated. The amount of love he is getting from the industry is ridiculous. The fact that he won best new artist over Wiz (someone who shouldn’t even be in that category) is stupid. But good for Tyler for real. I love all of the shit he does except for most of his music. And I like his attitude a lot, its similar to mine. He has a unique creativity.
DR: What music influenced the Most Dope crew and Mac Miller the most?
JM: Mac and I listened to everything growing up, but classic hip hop really took over. I fuck with trap rap and everything though; I fuck with it all.
DR: I remember seeing Mac tweet about his influences and named off some classic artists like Marley, and Hendrix as well.
JM: Yeah man – we listen to it all.
DR: Growing up, how has Mac evolved as an artist/ person (besides the name Easy Mac)?
JM: He used to play guitar in a band. He played piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Then one day he started freestyling and the rest is history.
DR: Has Mac ever laid down guitar on any of his own tracks?
JM: Yeah a bunch, you’ll hear some on the album.
DR: What do you think you’d be doing if you never were boys with Mac? Is that even possible to think about?
JM: I really don’t know, prolly playing college lacrosse or some extreme sport.
DR: What are your ambitions /future plans for work?
JM: Focusing more on clothing. Moving to New York. There isn’t enough going on [in Pittsburgh] for me. I have a lot of energy and need adventure. NYC is perfect for me.
DR: Thanks so much for granting SKOODMUSIC an interview.
JM: No doubt.