With the way 2016 f*cked everyone up, it made sense that before the year ended, the entire internet rejoiced in unison when this video of a guy rapping while giving his cat a bath went viral to the tune of 1.8 million views; a second cat-bathing freestyle clip is sitting at damn near five million views. There was so much genuine love for the cat, as well as a pretty dope freestyle about cat love, that you couldn't be angry at the clip.
The rapper in that video is Moshow The Cat Rapper, a Portland-based, Baltimore-born artist who's been rocking the mic since he was a teenager. He's set to drop his five-track EP Cat Love on April 6, so my Keeping Up With The Kattarshians-loving editress got me to hop on the phone to talk to Moshow about his infatuation with felines, how a Baltimore-raised rapper finds himself in Portland, Oregon, and how long he's been spitting cat bars; first, though, he schools me on cat hygiene.
As a person who has four cats myself, I've never actually given a cat a bath before while I was in the bath. So I think off top, can you break down what exactly Ravioli's situation is and why you have to take that extra care with Ravioli?
Well, all four of my cats are really, really special. What you're actually seeing, when you see me in the tub with Ravioli, all four— I call them my kids— all four of my kids are getting a bath at the same time. They are from the sphynx descent; Sushi, Tali and MegaMam they don't have fur, they have have skin just like we do. With that comes how we get dirty, so if you don't give them a bath, with them using their litter, just day after day, dirt builds up, it builds up oil on the skin. You have to give them baths as if they were human.
Ravioli's a German Rex and he still has that sphynx's descent, he only has his first two layers of fur to his [directum] which is why he's so curly. If you see him over the course of two or three weeks, his hair starts knotting up and gets real tangly, so he has to get baths once every two and a half weeks or so.
Switching lanes, I read that you actually weren't an animal lover when you were growing up?
No, I [wouldn't say I] was not an animal lover, I just didn't grow up with any animals, so I didn't know.
Where did that love of cats grow?
Oh, my girlfriend, I've known her for over 10 years. We met in college and I used to go over her house and study. She had a black cat named Queenie; she was already a cat lady, she had six cats at home. Queenie would stare at me all night when I would study, over the course of months she got closer and closer, the next thing I know she's sitting on my lap, and then I fell in love with Queenie.
You moved from Baltimore to Portland. Was there any cat-related reason why you guys moved to Portland?
No, no. I was born and raised in Baltimore and the projects. I was always different; I was that dude in the hood that was into Daft Punk, you know? I managed to make it out and I was going to college at York College in Pennsylvania, that's where I met my lady.
I don't have to do anything. I walk in the house, they jump on me, they climb, they go on my hat, I go out and walk, I rap with them in my backpack on my bike. We're just a family. This is our life.