you been lately?
all right, Mobb Deep signing to G-Unit, Alchemist and Eminem
the mixtape doing for you?
cool. I'm getting the responses I wanted. People like it.
you go about putting this tape together?
I had never
done a mixtape. A lot of these big mixtape dudes were fronting a lot.
Al told me to do a mixtape and I did it in two weeks. P came through,
Hav came through, Agallah came through, they blessed me. Ag's my boy from
back in the days
it working with Alchemist?
He fucks with me, he'll start yelling "do you want to be a rapper,
are you ready?!?" I take long in the booth.
album dropped last year, what have you been up to since then?
year, I've been working on my solo album. We did a nice little tour off
"Blood's Thicker than Water." That was nice.
the solo project coming?
good. We got Evidence, Alchemist, Havoc, I'm getting one from Premier
right now. It's gonna be hard. It's going to be that shit.
the difference between you being solo and in IM3?
is that I have to put more work in. Instead of just kicking a verse or
a hook, now I have to do three verses (laughs).
Infamous Mobb up to?
on our albums. We're working on an IM3 album too. Right now, we're about
to be the spokesperson for this videogame that's like the PSP. We're going
to be the spokesmen for that, we're going to be on the commercial and
all that. I couldn't believe that. They said they wanted underground artists
and they chose us.
feel like IM3 gets the respect it deserves?
Not in the
states. If I got the respect here that I get overseas, it'd be crazy.
The biggest response I get is overseas. I'm like God out there. I was
on a tour with Mobb Deep and Alchemist, and I did a 25-minute set, and
their response was crazy. I couldn't believe it.
IM3's label situation?
we're on hold with everything. We're going to chill right now. We're going
to try to put these mixtapes out independently out first. Our peoples
is down, so we'll just see what comes out of the different situations.
We're just going to keep our name hot in the streets.
things changed since the Mobb Deep and G-Unit ish?
crazy right now. You know how shit gets when you get down with certain
Deep was on Jive and you guys never came out, how did that feel?
situation was never as good as people say it was. Right now, they have
the opportunity of a lifetime to do what they got to do and put us on.
We'll sit down and talk about what we're going to do.
course. You never heard us talking about them. I'm with P right now, he's
right here, we smoking weed!
going to happen to Infamous Mobb once Mobb Deep gets popping with G-Unit?
come out through Infamous.
that be out through G-Unit Records?
Mobb Deep album comes out on G-Unit, will you be on it?
That's already done already.
have some G-Unit collaborations?
yeah. Probably in the future.
has DJ Muggs been to your career?
He gave me
my first check. That's the first time I realized I could make money like
that. He gave us 6 G's for "Soul Assassins 2," that's 2 G's
apiece. That's when we took it serious.
led to other things
Shit. I'm a money person. I like money. Whereever's the money at, I'm
of money, what did your experience at Virgin teach you?
definitely have to do your research on labels before you sign to them
because they may not be ready for your music. They weren't ready for our
the next label have to have for you?
Let me do
my own music and how I want to do it. And the paper has to be right. It
has to be my way or no way, that's the only way we do it.
to hustle with Littles and Hav, what were those early days like for you?
It was all
right. I could say it was fun, because I was young and I was hustling.
But it was kind of stressful too. Looking back I would definitely change
it, I wasted a lot of time being in jail. But you know, I was young and
we were making a lot of money. It was all right though. It was definitely
fun. And it taught me a lot. It got me on point.
you apply your other hustle to rap?
you're on the block and there's ten niggas hustling, and you see one crack
head coming through and no money's coming in the whole day, you have to
literally run over to the crack head. And in the game, you've got to chase
the check. It's all the same shit, chasing the bread.
time did you spend in jail?
you learn in jail?
trust nobody, because niggas is grimy. And shit, I got high like a motherfucker,
I smoked weed the whole time. It really taught me how to protect myself.
Niggas taught me how to spit out razors
and it taught me not to sell
at your time spent in jail, does it make you mad when rappers glorify
jail, especially when they've never been?
Oh nah, it
doesn't make me mad. But they might be jinxing themselves and end up in
did you learn from your brother?
passed away in '96. That fucked me up for awhile. I had to really, really
focus because I was about to flip out
but shit like that happens
all the time, I know a lot of my friends went through that shit too. He's
my brother and my friend. You've got to move on, some people can't do
a normal day like for you?
I live in
Jersey City right now. I'll get up in the morning, go to the studio, work
for a couple hours, go over to my people's crib, drink and get high for
the night, that's my whole day. But I always get up in the morning and
work on my music, every single day we do that.
is your voice as far as making you stand out?
to keep it real. If it wasn't for my voice, I probably wouldn't be rhyming.
I ain't the illest rapper, but I can kick some hard shit. That helped
me out a lot, that's my whole shit right there.
you want to say to everyone reading this?
the support, y'all people that got love for me. And any shorties, holler
at me! (laughs) And we're going to bring Queensbridge back. That's what