30 Seconds with Wo Fat's Kent Stump
From the bowels of the bayou comes Wo Fat, rock and roll that oozes, pulses and frankly makes me want to storm a compound. Good, good stuff if you're in the mood to hunt Bigfoot in the Big Thicket. I braved the rage of singer Kent Stump to see what I could learn about him in 30 seconds.
Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world?
Kent Stump: Well, this could apply to any number of mainstream rap and R&B "artists," but let me just single out Lil Wayne and say anything he has ever done is the worst song in the world. Reason being, he, along with the current wave of rappers and so called R&B "artists," have managed to destroy black music by completely taking any funkiness out of it.
Wo Fat plays heavy-ass rock and roll, which comes from heavy-ass blues, which is inherently deeply funky, and R&B (which stands for rhythm and blues, btw) also comes from that same place and should also be deeply, if not even more deeply, funk[ier] than rock and roll.
There was a time when rap definitely had the funk, but today's rap and R&B is so devoid of the funk and unaware of its roots that The Carpenters groove harder than Lil Wayne.
RO: What is the best lyric in the world?
KS: What comes to mind first is the lyrics from the Sleep song "From Beyond" from their masterpiece album, Holy Mountain. The lyric is "Stoner Caravan from deep space arrives..."
I mean, how much more metal can you get than that? It's drug-induced, sci-fi/fantasy genius where the stoner caravan arrives to save the world from certain doom. Sleep took what Sabbath, who started heavy metal, did and turned it up to 11.
RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?
KS: Throw it back and proceed to rock harder.
RO: Without worrying about space, time or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play?
KS: That's a really tough question. One of the coolest gigs to play would probably be to play a club gig with Black Sabbath in 1969 before their first album hit, before anybody knew the heaviness that was about to change the face of rock and roll. I think it would've been cool to experience that in the moment.