man, getting my grind on and recording.
you been up to lately?
I've been concentrating on the "Blood Money" album and doing
radio promo for that.
Mobb Deep's album sounding?
cuz. That's that crack from back in the day. It's that real street crack.
Shit is fire.
you link up with Mobb Deep and get signed to Infamous/G-Unit?
the Mobb for years and I got up with 50 when I signed.
guys known each other for awhile?
mutual friends. We've known each other for a minute. We're all family.
Everybody keeps it 100 with each other. We're real niggas. That's how
we get down.
everyone see in you that made them want to sign you?
the music and they already fucked with me. My shit is 100, from my music
to me to my personality. They liked it. They've been fucking with me ever
been working with Mobb Deep a lot since signing?
working with everybody. The whole Unit, the whole Infamous, everybody.
Everybody's a team.
been learning a lot since the deal?
a whole lot. I've learnt that half of the motherfuckers around the motherfucking
world aren't known outside of an eight-block radius. Motherfuckers act
like they're doing big shit and they act like they're traveling but no
one knows them! I've been learning a lot of shit.
it like having P and Havoc as mentors?
is amazing. It's like some dream-come-true-type of shit. Just being able
to work with the Dr. Dre's and 50 Cent's. It's unexplainable. I can't
even explain it in words.
you feel your buzz is right now?
what I deserve. I'm happy about it. It feels real good. I'm real happy,
dog. I can't complain.
your album coming?
out good. I don't have a title for it yet. It's coming out fire. P and
Havoc are executive-producing it. Just fucking with the whole Unit is
a great experience. Everything is coming out dope. We're just going to
keep working until we have a date for the project. We just leaked "Where
Them Hammerz At?" with Rick Rock. It's got Sam Scarfo on it who's
also a part of Infamous. Sam is on Def Jam. P just had a meeting with
Jay-Z so they're doing their business on that. It's a lot of executive
shit going on.
it working with Rick Rock?
is a dope-ass producer. He's been getting slept on lately, but I was like,
"Fuck that! I have to give this nigga his due." It's a banger
and it's always a pleasure working with him.
your sessions with Dre?
with him in the past. You can't even explain it in words. If you looked
at my facial expressions, you'd be like, "He's happy." I'm smiling.
It's a good feeling.
you going to give people with this album?
to be that gully, raw, street shit. It's going to be reality, man. I'm
going to give them something amazing. I'm going to give them something
real new. It's going to be real street. It's not going to be just that
average shit. It's going to be a new perspective from a younger generation
coming up. It's not going to be that same-old gangster shit. I'm a gangster,
but I'm coming up in the new era. I'm giving you that new reality shit
of the struggle we're going through nowadays and how we're feeling coming
up in the game and the streets.
feel like everyone is stuck on the "Chronic" and "Doggystyle"
Definitely that. Everybody is still stuck on that shit and it's something
that they've got to get off of. Times change. The new, younger generation
that's coming up now, you have to think about these kids coming up now,
they're not even on that era of the Dogg Pound days. Eventually, after
it blows over, people will have to get over it and accept something new.
It's going to open that new door for everybody. It's hard for us to get
heard because everyone wants to hear that era of music.
to happen to change that?
to make your stamp on people. You have to make your mark. You have to
show them. You can't just run around telling them. You have to show them
why you're the shit. I'm showing them why I'm the shit and why I'm 40
Glocc and why I'm in the place I'm in. you can't just tell people all
the time. Then you just look like you're stuck on yourself. Nah. You watch
my moves and how I go through life and you'll see why you should pay attention
to 40 Glocc and why I'm the shit. The same goes for Ras Kass and Jayo
Felony. They're going to show you.
Ras Kass helped you?
me a lot as far as being an MC and writing songs, lyrically-wise. He's
a true homie. That's my homie. He's really good folk. It helps as an artist
and as a person when you have somebody you can talk to through your ups-and-downs.
It helps me and my career. It doesn't matter if he never helped me write
a song, he's helped me just by being my homie. He does everything with
me. That's my nigga. The same goes for Jayo Felony and Kurupt. All that
helps me, being a homie, period. It inspires me.
is that loyalty in the overall scheme of things?
a lot of loyalty in the game. There's loyalty and respect in G-Unit. That's
everything you want. It's 100. I love it.
you happy with how your previous album "The Jackal" did?
with what "The Jackal" did. It was all me. It was independent.
I got a fat check for it and I got the street buzz from it. I'm not disappointed
in no way in my life. That was like a stepping stone for me. I can't be
disappointed. Without that, who knows where I'd be now.
happy with how the West Coast is being represented right now?
with it, but I'm not happy with it because the videos that we see from
the West Coast, I'm not even going to lie, it's bullshit. The West Coast
is so street. Our streetlife is way different. If you walk down my street
you don't see nothing but gangbangers. I'm happy with the Bay movement
because that's how they are. As far as Southern California, when you walk
down the street, I don't care if you're walking to Hollywood, you're going
to see a gangbanger walking around. You're liable to get hit up going
to Hollywood. They just show the glamour and the bitches. I don't want
to see that. I want to see the streetlife and what we're going through.
When I walk outside in my hood, I see an entourage of gangbangers. I see
hood bitches with cigarette burns and bullet wounds. I don't see no model
bitches. There may be some chicks that look like models, but they're not
models. She's just a bad-ass hood bitch. I just want to see that. And
then you've got your gangbangers that aren't affiliated and they come
through stunting in a new whip. The Benzes, Hummers, all that shit. I
want to see that street shit. I want to see the block movement. I'm tired
of everything looking like car shows. I don't want to see no motherfucking
car shows. The West Coast is streets, gangbanging, jail cells, and other
shit. You can give them other aspects, but the element I want to see and
bring back is the reality, not the fabricated bullshit.
you feel about certain artists' "fabricated bullshit"?
I just look
at other niggas that never did anything like, "This motherfucker
is telling my story." It's like getting stabbed in the chest. It
really irks you. It pisses you off. The industry is like that and you
just have to deal with it. If you're going to do it, do it right. It's
like getting stabbed in the chest. You just look at niggas and know they're
not who they say they are and keep pushing.
is street credibility in Hip Hop today?
You can come
in and be who you are, but when you come in and you act like you're this
motherfucker in the street, that's when it becomes critical. If you don't
come in like that and let everyone know that you didn't bang but you're
not a punk, you can do that. You don't have to be a gangbanger. You can
just be a regular motherfucker that doesn't take no bullshit. Having street
credibility depends on how you're coming in. If you're coming in hard,
you better have some niggas in the streets that can vouch for you or you
can fuck up your career and have people knowing you're not who you say
you are. You're going to have to cover it up with a whole lot of money.
The streets see through a lot of bullshit.
is street credibility to G-Unit Records?
It is what
it is. It's important. It should be important to any label that's trying
to do something. Street credibility over here is 100, so it's all good.
your relationship with Game right now?
I don't fuck
with that nigga.
have problems before signing to G-Unit?
have no problems before, but when a nigga is talking about my niggas I
fuck with, I'm behind my niggas 100%. When you get to talking real slick
and what you're about, that's when your street credibility has to come
in. I've put in work. When you're talking about dragging P or Havoc up
C'mon man. You're not going to do shit to nobody. Nine
times out of ten I'm right there with them, and if you're going to do
it to them, you definitely better to it to me. You're not just coming
up doing nothing. That's my whole thing with dude. He has to watch his
mouth. He talks slick with his mouth. He's a good rapper, but don't talk
that gangster shit. My niggas fuck with me. They fuck with me like niggas
from my gang fuck with me, and they've got my back 100%. When you talk
like that, it's a problem. Back that shit up when you see us. Let's do
it. Let's go to work.
happen if you wanted to do a song with someone 50 Cent is not cool with?
I don't think
50 would disapprove if it was to happen, but the type of nigga I am, I
wouldn't do it. I'd be like, "Fuck that nigga too." That's how
I get down, man, especially with someone who is about loyalty and respect.
That's like somebody that you consider family. Everybody over here is
like family. It's not like you're just on the record label and they're
treating you like a regular artist. With G-Unit and Infamous, it's not
like that. They care if you're hungry and your stomach's not eating, like
family's supposed to. It's not like a regular record label where they
don't care and they'll tell you that you spent your last check and you
can starve. When you have a family like that and they're caring about
you, you give them your loyalty and respect. It's not just a friendship,
it's a marriage. I've got enough loyalty and respect for that. That's
regular street code anyway. I wouldn't even do shit just by me being a
real street nigga. I'm going to ride with my team until the wheels fall
next for you?
to keep hitting you in the head with that hot shit. Look out for the mixtape
shit. The Mobb Deep "Blood Money" album is coming out on May
2. Look out for Banks, Buck, Yayo, Spider Loc, Hot Rod, Nice, P, Havoc,
everybody's going to be hitting you in the head with some shit. Look out
for Sam Scarfo, he's a part of Infamous. We're all going to keep knocking
them in the head.
you want to say to everyone?
for everybody I just mentioned and look out for Gail Gotti. She's fire.
She's a part of the fam too. She's a raw bitch. When you hear her, you're
going to be like "40 knows what he's talking about." Keep supporting
40 Glocc, keep supporting Mobb Deep, and keep supporting G-Unit. We're
going on the road May 3, so look out for us and come check us out. I'll
see you on the road and in the streets.