you been Desi?
good man. I've been good. I've been busy trying to get the word out about
this Asamov album and doing the at-home stuff with the kids and wife
you want to start your label, 6-Hole Records?
a Hip Hop Head since day one. It got to the point where listening to music
wasn't good enough. I had the finances to get it going, and these guys
needed an outlet. They needed someone that had the capability of putting
them out there. They needed the label and I wanted to put out some quality
Hip Hop. Hip Hop today needs an injection of freshness, and this is my
part in giving back to the Hip Hop community.
you want to work with Asamov?
them for a long time. I've known them since they were all solo artists
and they were all on the scene down here, whatever scene there is. They
were all down here doing their thing. We're all like-minded in the types
of music we like. We stayed in touch. If they ever dropped anything, I'd
cop it. Me and Therapy are really good friends, I know him better than
I know the rest of the group. They needed a way to get their music out,
somebody who believed in them. I was the catalyst in getting their music
being a Major League shortstop compare to running a record label?
is something that I've been doing my whole life. Sometimes playing baseball
in the big leagues is a little easier. Batting in the Major Leagues, you
have to deal with failure a lot. You have to know how to make adjustments
on the fly. You have to be tough and determined in whatever field you're
in. You have to work hard. I take my baseball attitude to the office and
just go at it.
you balance your time during the season?
season, I dedicate a few hours to 6-Hole. It's usually not too hectic.
I dedicate a few hours before I go to the park to handle some of the day-to-day
things. I have people that work for me. I wouldn't be able to do this
on my own. I do what I can. Obviously I'm a lot more hands-on during the
album you put out was Big Pooh's "Sleepers," why did you want
to work with the J.U.S.T.U.S. League?
an upstart label, I want to be here for awhile and I want to be known
as that label that Rawkus was known for a few years back. Cats would buy
anything on Rawkus because they knew it would be dope. That's the type
of label I'm trying to build. I had the opportunity to get 9th Wonder's
compilation. He's close to blowing. I had the opportunity to sign those
guys and I jumped on it. I felt like signing those guys would help brand
the label as far as what 6-Hole puts out and what to expect from us. It
was a business and personal decision, because I won't put out anything
that I don't like.
9th Wonder's compilation coming?
As of right
now, it looks like it's going to be pretty dope with some of the names
he has on it. I can't wait for it. It was supposed to come out around
this time. Things are taking longer than expected, plus he wanted to take
his time on it. There's a lot of 9th Wonder out there, so it's not a bad
idea to take some time and come out with it next year.
projects are you looking to put out on 6-Hole?
we're really concentrating on this Asamov and the 9th Wonder album. We
haven't made all our decisions yet. Both Therapy and Willie Evans, Jr.
(both members of Asamov) have solo albums ready to go. I don't know. We
have some decisions to make and some different options. We haven't decided
what we want to do.
you want people to think of when they think of 6-Hole Records?
I don't know.
I want to be known for putting out dope, creative Hip Hop. I want to be
known for not compromising anything. I want my artists on the label to
have free reign and creative freedom. I can't just let anything go, but
for the most part, I sign artists to 6-Hole because I like what they do
and the releases speak for themselves.
were you in the Asamov "And Now
I was fairly
involved. They turned in a couple of different albums before this one
and we tweaked them around. The first one they sent in, we didn't even
use it. It was a whole different group of songs. We're happy with the
one we decided on. Their songs in the past have been hot. I don't think
they've done too many songs that I didn't like. "And Now
came together. It has a cohesive sound. This sounds like they matured
a lot. They sound much more polished and much more ready to be introduced
to the music world.
feel like athletes in the past have made it hard to be taken seriously
in the music world?
In the most
part, in our society, athletes are looked at as only athletes that can
do nothing else than play their respective sport. That's the way a lot
of people think. It's the "dumb jock" stereotype. A lot of guys
get out there for the wrong reasons, for the money and the fame. For me,
I just want to put out really good music. I was upset with the state of
Hip Hop and how it's perceived on a mainstream level. If you ask nine
out of 10 people on the street about Hip Hop, the majority of their statements
will have a negative connotation. That's not what Hip Hop is about. The
Hip Hop that everyone sees is only a small percentage of what Hip Hop
is about. I felt that I acted as a Hip Hop activist to show the world
what Hip Hop's about. It can open up some eyes and change some minds.
did you grow up listening to in Georgia?
Flash, Kurtis Blow
it's weird with me being from down there to have
an affinity for the more underground and East Coast-sounding stuff. I
like Hip Hop as a culture. I like the art forms
the guys in Asamov
are graf artists, they DJ, they breakdance
and that's how we approach
it. We're performing our art. As far as athletes, this is what it is for
me. It's an art form to me, and I feel like I can make a statement with
the music I put out. We're doing it for reasons other than the obvious
reasons of getting a gold or platinum plaque. It'd be great to sell a
lot of records and make some money off of it, but that's not the prime
your plans for baseball right now being a free agent?
start talking to people soon. Right now, I'm not a baseball player. I'm
trying to sell some records. Baseball, that's the job that pays the bills
and the first love of my life. I feel like I have a few years left. I
want to play about four more years and shut it down. Then I can start
teaching my boys how to play.
you want to say to everyone out there?
Just be open
to the music you listen to. Be open. Don't let anyone tell you what's
hot and what's not hot. Choose your own path in the music you listen to
and really check for anything that 6-Hole drops, from Big Pooh to Asamov.
We're really dedicated to putting out real, creative Hip Hop, and we want
everybody to enjoy it, so listen up.