seen any mixtapes from you in a minute. What have you been up to?
on tour with the Clipse for the past two and a half months. When I knew
I was going on the road, I dropped six or seven mixtapes at once so I
could keep it going. That's why I haven't dropped in a minute.
the road treating you?
me good. I'm meeting a lot of dudes and getting some good contacts. I'm
meeting a lot of new artists I think are hot and I'm making some good
hot right now?
I'm hot right
now. Who's as hot as me? My squad, the Heatholders, the Major Figgas up
in Philly, my man Omar Cruz in LA, my man Curtains in Brooklyn, and that's
it really. That's the only people whose music I'm feeling right now.
you working on now?
I have a
mixtape dropping now. That's where my focus has been and where my focus
is now, until we get our point across with the mixtape.
the point you're trying to get across?
more here in Virginia. It's not just Skateboard P and it's just not the
Clipse. There are people who still need to be heard, such as myself and
Fam Lay's on his way. He has a new record. There are two sides to everything.
slept on right now?
always has been.
you think that is?
I don't know,
man. People that are always in the middle seem to get picked on. We're
in the middle of everything. We're not north and we're not necessarily
the south. I don't know if people don't think we got it, but we're definitely
the Clipse's album coming?
promoting right now and getting it out there.
Me Too" the right single for the Clipse?
is. It's going to be proven if it hasn't been proven already. Everybody's
a Mr. Me Too if they're not their own person. If you don't know who you
are, you're a Mr. Me Too.
mainly know you as DJ Noe Dout, but you're also rhyming as Dout Gotcha.
me in the public as DJ Noe Dout because that's what I did to get to where
I'm at right now. Dout Gotcha has always been there before the parties.
I've always been rapping and I never stopped rapping. I'm just trying
to let people know what I'm doing.
it been going as Dout Gotcha?
smoother than I thought it would because the music speaks for itself and
my talent speaks for itself. I don't have to portray somebody I'm not
or be somebody I'm not or ride the bandwagon because I'm down with the
Clipse. My lyrics show I can go with the best of them.
going to be hard for fans to take you seriously since you're really known
as a DJ now?
No. The music
speaks for itself. You can hear it in my lyrics. I know what I'm talking
about. I'm not starting to rap because my peoples are rapping. I've been
rapping since I was ten years-old.
the mixtape coming?
Sucker Free and the whole meaning behind the mixtape is a sucker, who
is easily deceived or cheated, and I want to free myself from anybody
who's like that. I don't want to be around anyone who's like that. The
whole concept is sucker free. I don't need people in the industry to get
on my mixtape or someone to do this or that. I have my family on this
mixtape. And for the record, this isn't my first mixtape. I had one called
Get It Poppin' with Major Figgas, Roscoe P. Coldchain, Fam Lay, and the
Clipse. That one had a whole lot of collabs. My first one was Lay 'Em
Down. That one had everyone on there with drops from Young Buck from G-Unit,
the Clipse, and there was just a list of people calling me and leaving
drops. This one here is really like my third mixtape with me rapping.
it working with the Clipse as an MC instead of as a DJ?
We have a
personal relationship and they know that I'm an artist, so it's really
focus going to be on rapping or DJ'ing?
is on music. I'm not going to stop rapping and I'm not going to stop dropping
mixtapes, but my focus is on my music right now.
your album dropping?
I don't have
a date for the album. I'm just working in the studio doing tracks and
setting up meetings and trying to see what people are talking about as
far as a situation. That's what I really need right now to get my point
you pursue rapping if you had to cut back on DJ'ing?
My goal is
to be an artist because that's where my heart is. I'm not saying it's
not in DJ'ing because it's gotten me this far, but if an opportunity or
situation came in my way, I'm going for it. I'm putting everything on
be touring with the Clipse in the future?
I will steady
be on the road with the Clipse. That's not going to stop unless a situation
appears. I might go with the situation if it's essential to me. Until
then, I'm on the road with the Clipse and promoting me and doing what
you get down with the Clipse and Fam Lay initially?
the same hood. Both of our families' houses are five minutes away from
each other. They're older than me, but we used to bump heads in the streets.
They saw me doing my thing and I saw them doing their thing. I was 16
and I was doing a homecoming party down in North Carolina. I saw Malice
in the mall and asked him if he could come down. That was when "Funeral"
was out. I wanted to put their music out more in the streets and I had
this big homecoming party I knew would benefit the both of us. They came
out and performed at the college and we've just been cool ever since.
consider yourself VA's top DJ?
I would. Why not? I didn't just start doing this. I've been doing mixtapes
since they were tapes and you had to buy cassettes. I'm 24 and when I
was making mixtapes, there were no kids around me thinking about putting
out mixtapes. I've been doing this a long time.
always been a melting pot of the north and south. How would you describe
the VA sound?
is a military city and you have people from everywhere. You have all different
nationalities. If you are truly from Virginia, you know what Virginia
sounds like. You know our words, how we talk, how we dress...you know
it. There are a lot of kids down here who don't know who they are. They
live in Virginia Beach and talk like they're from Brooklyn. The people
who are from here know who they are. Our styles have been jacked so many
times. There was no one wearing Ice Creams before us. I was wearing Bape's
in 2002. We have our own identity that hasn't been put out besides the
Clipse. When Fam Lay comes out, you're going to see how he does it in
Norfolk. There are seven cities out here. Virginia Beach has their identity,
Norfolk has their identity, Chesapeake has their identity...there are
seven identities, but we're all one.
Virginia need to do to get the props it deserves?
just needs to go hard. That's the only thing I could say. Virginia needs
to stop the hate. If it's hot, it's hot. You can't stop it if it's hot.
The labels are coming to Virignia because we're the next spot to do it,
and I'm going to prove that. It has to come back to the east coast sometime.
Fam Lay been up to?
He has a
new record out with Pharrell. They're going to shoot the video sometime
in July. It's a hot record. I just talked to him. He's excited and people
at Interscope are excited. Also look out for our mixtape coming out sometime
held Fam Lay back all these years?
that opportunity and getting someone to give him a push. Any assumptions
or anything anybody has to say about him should be answered sometime in
July with his mixtape and video.
your focus now?
is getting my "Dopeman" record out. I'm trying to get it out
to anybody who likes it, who likes hip-hop and who likes hard beats. I
want to send it to any DJ who wants it. I'm just hustling and grinding
for me right now. I need to get my voice out there and I need to promote
so I'm going to be working all summer promoting.
you want to say to everyone reading the interview?
for "Dopeman" featuring the Clipse. It's that uncut, raw street
banger that's about to surface and tie the scene up. Keep supporting me
and look out for me. If you don't know me, get to know me. I'm going to
be here and just keep me on your mind because I'm not going anywhere.