I feel all
right, man. The last couple of months have been hectic. The tape's been
getting some good reviews. I'm happy because I have two previous tapes
out, but it's not getting anywhere near the recognition this is. A lot
of people are starting to recognize. I'm a 'Rican coming from Staten Island.
A lot of people frown on the Island. They're scared of the Island. I already
have a battle at hand before I even release anything.
This is AC, seems to be doing well. Are you happy with how people are
responding to it?
happy. All the reviews have been positive. People seem to like my beat
selection. We kept it real street and hip-hop.
Truth About the Industry" is crazy. What was your inspiration for
I'm a Cam
fan and I'm a Jay-Z fan. As soon as Cam dropped the Jay diss, off the
bat I had four lines in my head that Cam had taken. You can't diss somebody
for something you're guilty of. That's hip-hop in general. I was like,
"You can't do that, especially with Jay being as close to Biggie
as he was." I was like, "Let me take it there." No one's
rocked How to Rob in awhile, so I wrote the song in twenty minutes, recorded
it, and sent out an email blast. I was talking about who was taking what
from other people. I took a page out of 50's book. I did it on a Wednesday,
and by Thursday it was on Power105. Spinbad and Khaled were playing it.
It got the name out there a lot more than it was.
afraid people would say this is another "How to Rob" or Big
no. I think the reason why 50 created a bigger buzz than Big Sty was because
50's concept was crazy. He was really talking about those dudes' chains.
Big Sty came out to diss everybody to get a name. I'm not knocking him
for it. When I was writing the track, I knew the concept was crazy and
it worked so well with what's going on in hip-hop right now. I took the
idea and ran with it. People can look in my catalog and see that I have
records. I have good songs. It's not something I did as a gimmick. I don't
do things for gimmicks. I write what I feel. I wasn't worried about that
based on how crazy the concept was.
get any negative feedback about the song?
hit me telling me he liked it because it wasn't a diss record. There's
a fine line between a diss record and a real record. People aren't going
to like it if you say their names, but if there's truth behind it, what
can you do? It's not like I'm not guilty of it. We all sample. I should
have made the hook, "It ain't that serious."
do you draw the line between borrowing and biting?
the line when you're taking someone's whole style. If you take someone's
lines and make it your own, that's something different. Hip-hop started
with borrowing. Look at the break-beats. If you're just taking someone's
style, that's biting. Snoop took Lil' Wayne's line "Drop it like
it's hot" and made it hot in his own way. He didn't take Wayne's
style to do it.
Me Hear Something" talks about how hard it is getting hometown support.
Why is it so hard?
hard question to answer. I think it's because the South market is how
it is and people are afraid of New York artists because a lot of people
are trying to be like someone else. People are looking for Southern artists
right now so it's a lot easier.
you say your buzz is right now?
I would say
it's decent, but it's not where it needs to be. I definitely need to get
the name out more. I'm in the studio 24/7 and I have Tapemasters, Inc.
backing me. It's important to have someone backing you and willing to
put your tape out so when people find you, they know where to relate your
name to. I have a lot of big people backing me. I'm a young dude. I'm
just trying to do what I do and stay on my grind.
you and Tapemasters get down with each other?
together. They started Tapemasters, Inc. when I started going at the mixtapes
heavy. We met at school. I'm about to graduate with a four-year degree.
They graduated two years ago. They started pushing me and my partner Slim.
Slim's in VA right now. We got good responses. They're one of the biggest
crews right now. They're known for quality tapes with dope covers and
no talking. I'm on every one of their tapes except their "best of's."
I'm even on their insturmetnal mixtapes because I produce.
your track with J.Dilla come about?
I have a
lot of J.Dilla beat-CD's. I have a good relationship with Skyzoo. He's
my peoples. He has a lot of J.Dilla beats. I rocked the beats and I believe
before Jay Dee passed, Rest in Peace, he heard it and was feeling it.
That track is real crazy. It has "hip-hop" written all over
he passed, were you considering not putting it out?
I was concerned about that. I didn't want people to think I was rocking
his beat based on his passing. That was a big concern of mine because
I never want to glorify somebody's death by putting out music on them.
It's crazy because I had that joint for a good six months before he passed
and we were just waiting to release the tape. After he passed, I knew
I had to get it out because people need to know what he was like. His
chop-game is crazy. His sample-game is crazy. He's one of the best to
have ever done it.
of beats do you make for yourself?
I make a
lot of Staten-based stuff, but it's mainstream too. It's pretty street.
I've been making beats for five years. My last three tapes have no production
from myself on it because I'm waiting. By the time I'm done making a beat,
I'm kind of sick of it and I just want to give it to somebody else. I
want to shop it to someone else. I don't rap on my own beats because I
just heard the beat for an hour. My best joints come when I write twenty
or thirty minutes within getting the beat.
partner Slim been up to lately?
Everything's cool with us. He's been down in VA. I'm just trying to hold
it down while he's in VA. He came out to my release party. There were
350 people there. We were always solo artists on some Red and Meth shit.
There's definitely no grudges between us. When we work together, we basically
cut the work in half. We don't have to write three verses for every song
when we work together.
your label situation right now?
deals come when your buzz is real crazy. Right now, we're shopping to
see if anything is on the horizon for the kid. It will happen when it
happens. I'm not in a rush to get on a major right now. I'm making some
money on this scene. There's really no rush, but if somebody wants to
holler, I'm definitely willing to talk.
you looking for?
comfortable. I don't want to worry about anything other than the music.
next for you?
to shop a little bit and see what people have to say about the project.
We'll see who wants to jump on the AC bandwagon. The mixtape is hitting
pretty hard. I'll probably drop the next tape in a couple months. I want
to put out my first production project. I'm hosting one of the Inc. Files.
This mixtape has been out for a few weeks so we're going to push that
What do you
want to say to everyone?
for everybody who sees me for what I am. I'm trying to hit you with the
witty shit. It's not sugar-coated. It's not watered-down. I'm saying what
I think. I love this culture and I'm just trying to do my thing in it.
For everybody that's supporting me, keep supporting me, and I'm going
to just keep dropping fire for everybody.
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