Slayer - "South of Heaven"
“South of Heaven” is a continuation of “Angel of Death,” because it’s the record that came after that. They’re talking about Hell, which obviously is a part of death. It’s a heavy track that makes you feel dark. It lets you release your demons. It’s hard to explain, but if you have demons in you and you’re listening to “South of Heaven,” your demons will step up and talk to you. Your demons will say, “Just play Slayer for me once a week, and I’ll back off.”
I have a picture that I took with Kerry King, at Metal Hammer in England. He was very cool. I met Jeff Hanneman. He wasn’t the coolest when I met him, but rest in peace, he was still a legend. I met Tom Araya, the lead singer. I didn’t want to bother him, because I know that people don’t want to get bothered. When he walked past me I just said “Reign in Blood,” which is one of their most legendary albums, and he turned around and smiled at me. That’s my way of saluting him. It lets him know that I’m a real Slayer fan.
Some metal legends have reached out to me before I ever reached out to them. One of the first people to reach out to me is Sid Wilson from Slipknot. He e-mailed me in 2001 to come to Jones Beach and hang with him on stage while they were playing, because he was a Necro fan. I couldn’t even believe that. He showed me a lot of love. One of my favorite bands ever, Sepultura, also reached out to me. Igor Cavalera, the drummer, hit me up on Myspace in 2005, saying that he was a fan. And then another time, Mark Morton from Lamb of God, invited me to hang out, and he went on to play on my album.
I’d say that metal legends are pretty cool to me. It’s just the metal fans that are more close-minded because I’m hip-hop. Metal heads in the bands love hip-hop, because they’re the cream of the crop and can be open-minded. It’s the same thing in hip-hop. A lot of hip-hop fans don’t like metal, but then you’ll find a guy like Scarface who loves Pink Floyd, and Suicidal Tendencies.