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Mace and Crown | May 20, 2018

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Meeting Big NyQuil: The Savior of Crunk

Richard Hertz
Contributing Writer

2006 suffered some heavy losses. The likes of Steve Irwin and Chris Penn were taken much too soon. Arguably, the most tragic loss of all was the art of crunk music. The rap genre that once reigned supreme in the clubs and basement parties of Atlanta gained confidence like Icarus, flying too close to the sun before crashing to its death in a fiery splendor. Names like Lil Jon, E-40 and the Ying Yang Twins suddenly became irrelevant, and crunk quietly vanished.

Enter Big NyQuil–a 45-year-old artist from the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake who is working day and night to bring crunk back from the grave, refusing to let the art form he loves become extraneous.

NyQuil, like mold, thrives in a dark, dank corner of a recording studio, where he shared plans of a new mixtape, “Tha RezErection,” slated to drop on April 20.

With bloodshot eyes hiding behind cheap sunglasses and half of his face covered in a bushy beard, the rapper discussed his admiration of his craft, saying in a raspy voice, “crunk is the music that has inspired many, many movements, one of which is mine. I’m pretty sure Tupac said that.”

NyQuil says that listeners can expect between five and eight tracks on his upcoming drop. Other tracks will be released as singles on SoundCloud.

It’s important to note that Big NyQuil is not safe for work. In true crunk fashion, the young artist taps into vulgarities and slurs that haven’t been heard in over a decade. While Ol’ Dirty Bastard may have said, “Wu-Tang is for the children,” Big NyQuil is certainly not.

“Tha RezErection’s” first track, “Work Release,” is an anthem bringing back familiar party sounds listeners haven’t heard since the days of Bubba Sparxx, with the opening lyrics, “y’all motherf—ers thought crunk was dead? Well, guess what? I married that b—-, and I brought that s— back!” The track is described by NyQuil as being a “direct response to that club s— Rae Sremmurd and Migos is making.”

Some of his lyrics take a darker tone, speaking of violence and disrespect, but NyQuil ensures critics, “It’s a joke!” Regardless of terrifying rhymes, the melodic keys and pulsing beat will have even the staunchest analysts tapping their feet.

While NyQuil might be an outsider when it comes to the type of rap he’s reviving, he’s certainly no stranger to the ways of the industry, with several other rappers he openly has a problem with.
“First off, I got beef with Kendrick Lamar, because he thinks he can lead a movement by himself, but that’s not what we need. Crunk is what we need. But my biggest beef, easily, is Chance The Rapper. Chance comes from a similar background, recording in his bedroom, even though my studio is way better. He whined about how ‘I want to go the Grammys,’ and like, oh cool, you did that, but mark my words, here is what I say in this room: I will bring world peace through crunk music. You will see me as the next president of the United States of America. Big NyQuil 2024, because Trump will have two terms.”

Big NyQuil was happy to dive deeper into political talk, saying that he sees the U.S. adopting a three-party system in the near future, with the third major party being the Crunk Party, of which he is determined to be the forefather.

“People always ask if I’m liberal or conservative. Am I a libertarian or a totalitarian? B—-, I exceed all of these isms. Crunk has the best fiscal and social politics.” NyQuil went on to say that “crunk will defeat ISIS.”

Not only a political trailblazer, NyQuil is starting new trends within rap, coining terms such as “run up” and “brush my toofies.” Describing E-40 and Aesop Rock as influences that are “walking thesauruses,” the rapper doesn’t shy away from declaring that he still has a stronger vocabulary than both combined. He is also changing the cultural aspects of the crunk genre.

“In the old days of crunk, people drank Hennessey and smoked sour diesel rolled in swishers. Now, we drinking piss-warm Jose Cuervo and smoking K2 spice out of bubblers.”

With all of these ambitions, NyQuil does know one thing for certain: “The RezErection” is coming. Around the time of the mixtape’s drop, NyQuil says a documentary is being produced about his journey, and to watch out for that as well.

Big NyQuil may have a ways to go, but he has his eyes set on the prize. “This is real life s— man. Ghetto ain’t hard, ghetto is hell. You can’t make this s— up. But I know one thing, and that’s that I won’t let crunk die. Crunk ain’t dead, it’s alive and thriving.”