man. Everything is lovely.
you been up to lately?
working hard and I got some stuff that's about to hit the streets. I got
the Encore DVD series. Imagine my mixtapes transformed to DVD format.
There's freestyles, up-and-coming artists
I'm also working on some
production and I've already done some production that you already know
of, like the Nas and Lauryn Hill "It Wasn't You." I'm working
with Alicia Keys' company. The first song I ever produced was the Run-DMC
song with Method Man and ever since then I've been going at it hard.
your radio situation right now?
I don't even want to talk about it. I don't want to put something out
there yet before I should. I've been featured on Shade45 "Rep Yo
Set" and the regular station. I'm in talks right now to do some other
stuff, but I can't really speak on it right now.
be better for you, New York radio or satellite radio?
If you could
have both, it would be great. New York is the greatest place to be on,
but at the same time when you're on XM or Sirius, those are up-and-coming
avenues for DJ's like myself to be heard. I would love both of them.
your relationship with Nas?
working with Nas in '98 for the "I Am" album. I did the intro
on that album. That was my introduction to working with him. I did some
tour dates with him as his DJ. I've been working on production for him.
It's a great situation with Ill Will Records and Def Jam. I felt like
the Nas "Living Legend" mixtape was heavy in the streets and
I worked very hard on that. That turned out to be a very tight project.
you go about putting "Living Legend" together?
It was a
case where he was in transition to doing a bunch of different things,
so it took a period of time to work on it. We had to sit down and figure
out how we wanted to represent. He did a couple of freestyles and we remixed
a lot of songs. That was a great project.
"It Wasn't You" with Lauryn Hill come about?
I had some
vocals and I was working with the vocals. They were from an earlier time.
I did the track and the rest is history.
recorded with Nas for his album?
keep that one up in the air for now.
heard anything off "Nasdaq"?
word on that one. I can definitely tell you there's some heat out there.
the best blend DJ in the mixtape game?
feel there are a lot of DJ's out there that may be more popular than me,
but I feel that when it comes to blending in the mixtape game, I'm definitely
more talented than a lot of dudes out there right now.
more important, the talent or the fame?
It's a combination
of the both, but I think the talent will always come through more than
the fame. Talent will always stay with you. That's why I put so much time
into my mixtapes so they have longevity. My tapes never sound dated. My
old tapes can still bang today where a lot of tapes from '94 sound dated
you do your blends?
thing I try to do is get into some mood music. The mixtapes are about
giving people your mind-state. That's why I'll play some Mobb Deep or
something like that to get into the mood. Then it's straight work. It's
crazy because sometimes you may have an accapella but no instrumental
for it, so you have to make your own instrumental. The people may not
always know where I get a beat from, but where I get my instrumentals
and accapellas has to stay a secret for now.
you put your tape together?
have at least two CD's worth of mixes and I try to get the best feel for
them when I ride around. When I ride around, I listen to two CD's of mixes
and weed out the ones that don't sound the strongest.
Phenomenon" featuring Biggie seemed to put you on the map nationally.
a classic. Both of the "Rap Phenomenon" mixtapes were instrumental
to me being recognized on a national level. Popularity is definitely important.
The awareness that there are still blend DJ's doing their thing brought
a lot of people and attention to what blend DJ's can actually do. The
tapes are a promotional tool and I wanted to show my talent and my skill
and market my product to get into more hands than it normally would. That
was the approach that we took on those CD's. That's the approach I take
on every tape I put out now.
get the respect you deserve?
Rest in peace to Justo. I'm the winner of two Justo awards. I definitely
receive a lot of respect in the game. I have no qualms about that.
up with your artist Dramills?
Boyz-affiliated and he's definitely incredible. You will hear him on all
my upcoming mixtapes. We've been getting a lot of support from radio.
He's the truth.
your goals for Dramills?
on the album right now. We're trying to get him some collaborations with
a couple different people and we're trying to get him heard as much as
working on a Dirty Harry album?
I would like
to. I've worked with Alicia Keys, Nas
It would be great for me to
put an album out one day.
you want to work with next on the production tip?
There a lot
of people I want to work with. I just did something with Papoose. There
are a lot of Down South artists that I want to work with. There are a
lot of people that are really putting it down. I want to work with anybody
that's doing Hip Hop and keeping it true to the game.
are R&B tapes to you?
most of the good samples and vibes come from. I put out "Dirty Luv"
and I'm on part four right now. I did the first one with Angie Martinez
and I did the last two with Alicia Keys. So many good Hip Hop songs came
from these R&B CD's. You have to follow your roots. Hip Hop has transformed
some of these songs. You have to take it back to where a lot of good Hip
Hop records came from.
next for you?
I want to
put out a project with a couple other DJ's. We're talking now. We want
to do some projects that would be big like "Rap Phenomenon."
I have a tape that's going to drop in a couple of weeks and I'm still
working on the beats.
you want to say to everyone?
out. I've been in the game for over ten years and I've really been putting
it down. Real recognize real. I've worked with a lot of different people
and I have a lot of different things to bring to the table. Whenever you're
checking for Dirty Harry, just remember that I'm going to bring it to