I can't complain,
just grinding hard.
you want to introduce yourself to the HipHopGame audience?
I just want
to have my music felt and get respect. You don't have to love it but you
have to respect it. I'm the first to kick open the door and my team is
going to get it.
your name mean?
is a breath of fresh air. The game is suffocating. I'm not a nigga that's
applying by the rules and following anybody's path. I don't apply by the
rules, I make my own steps.
says that you can "do it all." What does that mean?
If you want
that club joint, I have something for that. I have something for you if
you want to chill in your crib, I have something for your grandmoms
not one-dimensional. I can give you any flavor you want. That's the type
of dude I am.
by the Rules" is a dope song about doing your own thing. How important
is it to go against the grain?
major issue right there. The way that these niggas are spitting in the
game, I can't follow that path. I can't let the money get in the way of
everything. I'm going to make my own path. That's why I don't have any
song, you also spoke about not being the "most hardcore." Why
say that knowing what today's game is like?
I'm a fan
of hardcore music, but a lot of the niggas that are saying it aren't hard.
If you're hard, you don't have to say "I'm hard" a million times.
mention being "signed to the streets." How does that affect
what music you make?
dictate what's hot. The industry waters it down. The way I'm doing it
is the streets are embracing me. They know I'm a stand-up nigga and my
music is me. I'm going to give it to you raw and uncut.
a song called "NY Problem." What's your biggest problem with
New York Hip Hop?
that the South is taking over. 50's from New York. I don't know if anybody
sees that, but I know 50's on top right now. Where has New York gone?
Before 50, it was Jay-Z. New York dudes are disrespecting themselves.
You have to give respect when respect is due. Don't regionalize Hip Hop.
If you're nice, you're nice.
see a lot of jealousy in New York?
I see a whole bunch of that, but that's everywhere. People think Atlanta
sticks together. They don't really stick together. I've been there and
seen that. Jealousy is a part of life.
your solution for New York?
I am the
solution. Listen to me, get my music, get my team's music, and you'll
find the solution. I'm going to come in the game, bless you with my music,
and make sure that no New York dudes disrespect me. My focus is not to
beef for a buzz. My focus is to make music, and if I sell records, then
up with your crew Been Official?
that's my life. If you see me, you're going to see my crew and the company
I represent. We started a promotional campaign "Have You Been Official?"
I got stickers, spray paint, t-shirts
we have producers, engineers,
and singers. It's going down.
is it to have a strong team behind you?
Look at all
the teams in Hip Hop. Bad Boy, Rocafella, Terror Squad
if I'm strong
and my team is strong, there is no way we can lose.
you approach the game today?
I'm not going
to go to labels and kiss ass. If the streets are feeling me a lot, the
labels will come to me. If they see that I'm doing my thing, then they
will come. Somebody will call from somewhere. It's happened already. People
have already called, but they're bullshit people. I'm coming into the
game and separating the real from the fake. I'm bringing it back to '94
when there was real Hip Hop with no gimmicks.
a necessity for up-and-coming artists today?
call it a necessity but I would call it a strong thing. When you sit back
and think about it, it just depends what your gimmick is. The gimmick
is to only crack the door open, like "Laffy Taffy." I'm sure
those dudes aren't doing that all the time. They probably just did that
to get their spot. Whatever works for you, works for you. You have to
feed your family.
you've already dropped two mixtapes and are working on a third. How's
the new one coming?
Oh man! We're
going to have to do another interview after I drop this mixtape. It's
straight fire. All I can say is that when it drops, I'm going to make
sure you get it and everybody in the neighborhood gets it. It'll be out
at the end of February or the beginning of March. It's called "Have
You Been Official '06."
your goals for this year?
to develop a big buzz. I'm not even in a rush to get signed. If you're
in a rush to get signed, you're in a rush to get jerked. I'm going to
come through, get the buzz, make Been Official a household name, I got
the website coming
it's going to be a great year.
you want to say to everyone?
is the movement. Thank you for your support. Hate or love, it doesn't
matter. I'm setting up the pins and knocking them down.