In 2015, rapper Jericho was named a Rapzilla Freshmen. Flashforward almost five years, and now he’s co-frontman of platinum-selling southern rock/rap band Rehab.
Rehab began in the late 90s as part of the booming rap/rock culture and was heavily immersed as a force that gained respect by rappers and rockstars alike. After a series of member changes and a six-year hiatus, Rehab is back, and with a more Christ-centric focus.
Obviously, Rehab was not always a Christian group. Maybe you guys aren’t now either, but Galaga has a lot of music pointing toward Christ. What happened?
Danny and myself are believers and I’m still in ministry. I wouldn’t say Rehab is a Christian band. We definitely leave it for people to decide what they get out of the music. We just wrote whatever was on our mind. We went to the studio and just came up with ideas and went at it. Rehab albums have always been a stage of life.
As Christians, does being associated with an explicit music group bother you at all? How do you navigate past music and fan expectations?
To be perfectly honest it’s a struggle sometimes. After a show I go to the RV and sit. I talk to the Lord and ask did I compromise today? I feel like if I’m not shedding light in the dark then what I’m doing is pointless. I’ve met some of the coolest people on the road and have had deep convos with bands. I have great countability with three different pastors.
Jericho, how did you come to be in Rehab and how has the fanbase taken to you?
Twitter. I reached out one night. I had no plan whatsoever to be in Rehab. Danny and myself became friends. I reached out for him to be on my first album. Then I was a Rapzilla Freshman. Danny got on the song with me for the freshman release “Fly Away.” We went to Nashville to record a demo under the name of The Sqrapez. A guy from Onerpm came over and heard the project and said let’s make this happen. So we decided to call it Rehab and got it going.
The fan base has been one extreme or the other. A few people got online and cursed me out. For the most part, it’s been all love. I challenge you to come see our live show.
Danny kept this group together over the years, especially after Steakknife was incarcerated and Brooks left. What drove him to stick with the band name even though you originally left sometime around 2002?
One thing I’ve learned is Rehab fans are the coolest down to Earth people. Of course, a lot still like old music, and I totally understand. That’s the thing about music. Each song touches someone different.
Steakknife is a believer also. We love that dude to death. The band took a 6-year break and I came back with Danny.
How has Rehab kept a fanbase for so long after switching members and ending multiple times?
It kinda blows my mind how loyal the (addicts) fans are. The cool thing is they are growing as well in different stages of life.
What would you say is the general direction the band is heading in now?
Not really for sure where we are headed besides trying to make Dope music. As far we go. We talk about real life issues and stories.
I just hope my life reflects the goodness of God. Through trials and tribulations
Galaga was such a musically mature album and ran the spectrum of multiple genres of music. Where does these knack from genre-bending music come from and how do you all come up with it?
Mike Hartnett produced this album. He’s produced: youngbloodz – “85,” Yelawolf, Fergie – “London Bridges,” Struggle Jennings, Big Krit, Etc.
We just went to the studio and had ideas and ran with it. Everything was done with live instruments from violin, keys, guitar, bass, trumpets, and sax.
A bunch of artists came through and hung out during these sessions. It was a relaxing feeling just to do what we wanted. Doc Watson even came through for a minute.
Rap/rock/nu-metal had its heyday in the early 2000s then died out. It’s made a comeback in a totally new and creative way, and you guys are hammering that in. Has it been difficult to remain relevant throughout the years?
The biggest Pet peeve. Is everyone says Rehab’s a country band. It’s not at all. We love Hip Hop, and we are a southern rock and hip hop band. We get the best of both worlds. This year we will be with Flo Rida, Puddle of Mudd, Tech 9, ICP, Gwar, Krs-One, Tokken, and Fozzy.
Metal did die out but however, I’ve never felt that was what we were or are. Rehab was nominated for CMT music video of the year. We charted in hip hop and rock. It’s kinda crazy. Rehab never really died we just adapted.
Jericho, are you done with making solo hip-hop?
No, I’m not as far as my solo album. I was in a record deal that was a nightmare. I’m free which is a blessing. I stepped away from solo for a minute. I’d love to have a conversation about CHH sometime. I feel like it was the most cliquish music genre I’ve ever seen. I still love and listen to CHH. A.i the Anomaly and Gemstones are my favorite right now. I’ve got some tracks all live instruments for a new album in my back pocket. I think I wanna make all my solo stuff free though. I just care about sharing the Lord with people. And I’ve been able to build some cool relationships. Now if we can get Rapzilla to post this (haha).
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Ed Boice contributed to this article as well.