you know my usual self. That's real.
So you been here since this morning, how you like Boston?
I ain't new to Boston. BEANTOWN! My man Five been coming out here
been out here since '92 so shit, Cambridge
We been out here since
92 Is it one of your favorite cities? I don't have a favorite city to
be honest. Everyone asks me that question. I've been around the world.
Everywhere is good. Everyone is representing. Boston is like New York
they represent Hip Hop the way we like it. So, straight up and down hardcore
raw. They come out and show love at shows. That's the type of shit I like
people come out and show love.
your live show like?
People know we put out records, but when you come to our shows it's like
you hanging out with us. You know what I'm saying. It's like a different
vibe. When you come to our shows it's not like you pay to see Buckshot
or Boot Camp
It's like you're hanging out with us. People like hanging
out with us. It's a whole different vibe. They more or less paid to see
us perform, but it's really like paying to chill with us. They get real
intimate with us
we not like other artist who hide behind the stage
and not talk to folks.
Fans know who you are I know who you are but let people under your
radar know who you are
Buckshot Shorty, the BDI MC ,no one goes before me, the BDI thug, however
you call it. Just let them know who I am when I come through, because
I represent B dubble O that's Boot Camp. Boot Camp Click, "Who Got
the Props," "How many MC's Must Get Dissed," "I got
you open," Smiff N Wessun, "The Shining," Heltah Skeltah,
OGC, CrookLyn Dodgers, Masta Ace
That's a Hell of a resume dude. What was your last Album?
and it had "Stay Real" on there.
When did you put that out?
. Stay real was the single
below the radar to keep
I stay doing something. So now you got "Chemistry"
about to drop
How is it working with 9th Wonder?
Real good, 9th is a really good dude a humble dude. He's one of Evil Dee's
favorite producers. Which made it real good and easy to work with 9th.
It was a blessing because we went to North Carolina to work on the album.
And he blessed Sean Price with some fire. Blessed Smif & Wesson with
some fire. And then I just got some tracks from 9th on the humble.
What does he do that other producers don't?
Well, he's a sampler but at the same time, what makes 9th Wonder dope
is that he's a sampler in the year of today. Kanye got back with the samples,
9th came back, Just Blaze
And a few people got away from the samples.
That was good, I'm not mad at that, but at the same time I wasn't "great"
on it. I'm happy that Hip Hop is going back to the raw sounds it's kinda
going back to the raw sounds. 9th wonder is like Pete Rock and Da Beatminerz.
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow all rolled into one. Did the Jay-Z shit
too, Destiny's Child shit, and Buckshot shit.
How did this project come about?
Evil Dee was asked who his favorite producer was
He said 9th Wonder.
Evil Dee put me onto Little Brother. He put me onto 9th wonder and that
is what sparked me to hit up 9th. From there it was a rap. 9th produced
the remix for "Nightrider" with Aaliyah and it took off from
there. That's fam, the Justus League is family. The Away Team, Joe Scudda,
Comanche, Khrysis, they all family.
what made you do a whole album with him?
Well, we didn't start out doing a whole album we started out just doing
some songs. The reason why we called the album "Chemistry" was
because we did these songs together we did like 3 songs then four
we said why don't we do a whole album. Then once we did that we asked
ourselves what we gonna call our album we work so well together, we have
such a great "chemistry" we was like damn why don't we just
call it "Chemistry".
It don't make no sense trying to make things rocket science. Hip Hop is
not rocket science, let's not make it rocket science. If you're making
good beats...make a beat. If you rap, rap, and if you rap, rap to the
beat. If you make a beat have the rapper rap to the beat. it's not rocket
science. If you make it rocket science you will fucking lose.
So now that you worked with 9th, he's a heavy hitter on both the majors
and the underground circuit. Who do you look at as YOUR favorite producer?
Who would you like to work with that you haven't already?
There are producers that I would love to work with, and there are producers
I would love to work with but I know I can't work with because their sound
isn't necessarily a sound that fit's Buckshot, and that cool. But I love
their sound, like Battlecat. He's a producer that fits that mold. Battlecat
is the producer who did most of the Eastsiderz, Snoop shit, and a lot
of stuff for west coast cats. He is an incredible, incredible, God-gifted
phenomenal cat. But his sound is so west coast and so crazy that I don't
think cats would appreciate Buckshot on it politically. But personally,
I am a Battlecat fan man, to the fullest.
What do you feel about the state of Hip Hop?
Surprisingly, people are always shocked when I answer this question. The
state of Hip Hop is....IT IS WHAT IT IS. In some cases it could be better,
but it's good. You may look at it like "it ain't the way it used
to be. But that's like everyone else. But cats ain't looking at you here
interviewing me, I'm here answering your questions. And we here having
this opportunity to sit here together. Yeah, Hip Hop could be worse. Yeah,
it's not as great as it could be, but it could be worse. And that, I think,
is the bigger picture. Yea, it ain't great like back in the days. Rappers
don't get three verses on the radio no more. There isn't no "make
it or break it, pump it or dump it" where the audience does get to
choose what they can hear on the radio. But, we have to keep moving forward
to keep Hip Hop alive. Remember Disco used to be hip, what happened to
that? Bebop used to be hot, there was a lot of different styles that used
to be hot what happened to them. And if you don't think that could happen
to Hip Hop...are you in tune with Hip Hop? Or are you just around Hip
Hop now? You don't think that could happen to Hip Hop? You don't think
it could fade away like bebop? Once Hip Hop goes over your head and you
like just involved in it and it no longer excites you and it's no longer
the shit and it's over your head. I think it can fade away, people don't
think it could fade away, but I do. I think in order to stop that and
prevent that we have to keep our energy alive and all recognize the state
of Hip Hop can be better, but in reality let's make it what it is. Which
is the best that we can make it at the time.
you could be any super hero who would you be and why?
Green Lantern. I always admired him for some reason. I always loved green
lantern. Because he lives in outer-space and I always had a fascination
with being somewhere other than here. I don't wanna be the ordinary, I'm
the unseen. I only come around when i have to. At the same time green
lantern is versatile. I'm versatile his ring represents my character.
He can make his ring into anything, I CAN MAKE MY CHARACTER INTO ANYTHING.
I am a CEO of a label called Duckdown, I am a manager of a company, I
am a CEO of a marketing company, I'm a rapper, I'm a general of a squad,
I'm a hustle, a grinder I have so many different titles. I'm real good
with being versatile as a personality too. I can put on characters I can
be funny one time and not funny the next. That is his ring to me. He can
make a bat with his ring he can make a fucking hammer!
If you had a choice of doing what you doing now for free and working
a 9 to 5, or getting paid to do bubble gum rap for labels, what would
(silence) WOW, you left me NOOOO Room (Silence) (The answer has been stricken
from the record!! Secret Answer. Sorry folks he said it can't leave the
How do you feel about females in the game? From the producers, rappers,
DJs, label owners, managers...how do you feel. Now in a sense, you look
at TV shows and stuff, its majority population is men. Do you think females
should come harder??? Do you think they should stop? How do you feel?
Females in the rap game? There definitely should be more! Because I don't
see enough and I don't see enough representin'. Tired of saying Foxy and
Kim, like goddamn where all the female rappers at. I mean Jean Grae is
doing her thing, but where they at? I was mad when rage left the game.
WHERE THEY AT?? COME WIT IT!!! I wanna see more female rappers more females
in the game period. I ain't mad at it, I ain't no bitch hater! (laughing)
In your years of performing, what's the craziest thing you have seen
and the craziest thing that's ever happened to you?
I came from Canada, straight from Canada, and went straight to the stage.
And I did the show...it was jam-packed, it was hot in there. Came on stage
and I was performing, and someone was yelling in the crowd asking me to
do "Buck 'Em Down" I tried to ignore them. They kept yelling
it and I was doing other songs. So I stopped the show and yelled out "who
the fuck is that" and it was Biggie Smalls. Everyone in the crowd
stopped and turned to him and was like, "oh shit it's Biggie Smalls."
He said "Yeah motherfucker, you heard what the fuck I said nigga.
Do "Buck 'Em Down" nigga." I was like holy shit "yo
do "Buck 'Em Down" for my nigga, you heard what my nigga said...set
That's crazy! OK, as cliche as this might sound, what would you tell
aspiring artists and producers who wanna get in this game?
Know your position, know what you want out of this game. Because if you
don't know, you'll be in this business and you'll have no set pace and
no set direction and that will take you around and around with no direction.
If you wanna be a promoter be a promoter, if you wanna be a DJ, be a DJ.
If you wanna be a rapper, be a rapper. Even if you wanna do all of these
things set your pace, grow with it, take your time and don't quit. Don't
stop if it's something you wanna do, this is something I tell everybody,
watch the clock though watch the clock. Don't sleep on the clock, don't
waste your time. Don't be out there bullshitting with your homeboys and
homegirls and part-timing it. Do this for good or don't do this at all.
What would you tell people who wanna collaborate with you?
With me or anybody, first of all, not only have your shit together make
sure you mesh with them. Let it be a more natural thing. Don't collaborate
with artists politically, make it natural. That's why me and 9th's album
is called chemistry. Because me and 9th collaborated naturally. You don't
want it to be political and say "I wanna jump on a track with 'Buck'
because it think it's gonna help my project." That's not good. That's
what I would tell people. Get to know me as a person. We may do something
on the rap tip we may not. But, get to know me or whoever as a person.
I know you need to bounce and get to that show so plug what you need
Make sure you get that triple threat. Sean Price album is out in stores,
"Monkey Bars." Buck Shot Chemistry featuring Ninth Wonder all
tracks by ninth wonder. July 12th. Smiff and Wesson is coming, their album
is called "Reloaded." No more Cocoa Brovas, they got their name
back, Cocoa B's is dead! Tek and Steele, they're reloaded. It comes out
in the summer, August or early September. So make sure y'all check for
that. Basically for more information since ya'll in the dot com world....go
to www.duckdown.com or www.bucktownusa.com ,and it'll link
you to the Duckdown site. HipHopGame, 730 it's where it's at! HIPHOPGAME!!!