have you been lately?
been good man. I'm playing the position of C.E.O. now, taking care of
all the business.
have things changed since Smurf went away?
man, a lot of things slowed up and whatnot. I had to really learn how
to do a lot of the business things on my own. Now, my schedule is jam-packed.
do you and Smurf work together?
work together beautifully. He's the eye, I'm the glasses. It's perfect,
we make it work perfectly. Everything is good on that side. I know how
to rap and put words together, and he has a vision and a lot of the connects.
he doing now?
doing real good. You can't do but so good in a situation like that, but
he's doing real good. He has everything he needs, everything he wants.
get this question out of the way
how tired are you of people still
asking about 50 Cent?
tired of it man! I hate it! I got music! I don't like to be focused on
that. Everybody's asking me "is the album a 'Fuck 50 album?'"
No, it's not a "Fuck 50 album." It's self-explanatory, "God
Giveth, God Taketh Away." You could have a million now and be broke
next week. Never take anything for granted.
do you apply that title to yourself?
my everyday life. They took Smurf away, but in turn they gave us a label
deal. We have something that can possibly benefit our families in the
future. You have to always remember, He sees everything you do, so it'll
come back to you somehow.
do you want to give Hip Hop fans with this album?
want to bring them a message and bring New York back. That's what I want
to do. I want to give them a taste of everything. It's ok to cry, to be
a gangsta, to love your mother. Those are things that make up a person.
One ingredient doesn't make a meal, and I have a lot of ingredients. And
this is going to show people that Domination can make songs. I'm depending
on this album more than life right now. If I die tomorrow, I would just
want people to hear "God Giveth, God Taketh Away."
it going to take to bring New York back?
Everybody has to really unite, and it's going to take getting rid of the
egos. Once everybody gets rid of their egos, New York will be back. Until
that, we're still going to be stuck in the twilight zone.
does "God Giveth, God Taketh Away" say about Domination as a
album says that I'm not just an artist, I'm a person, I'm real. I feel
what everybody else does, and I'm not afraid to express it. A lot of people
want to be gangsta 24-7, but that's not everybody. You're not trying to
kill everybody. You have somebody that you love, your mother, father,
this album expresses that, that I'm basically a real person.
long did it take you to record the album?
a songwriter. It don't take long for me to record at all. Most of the
songs I already had before I was signed to Koch. It didn't take long at
all. The process of getting it out takes long, but the actual album didn't
your favorite track off the album?
favorite song is "On My Side" because it goes into politics
and the police in New York. It's just a good song.
was it working with Kurupt on the single?
with Kurupt is great man. We went out to the West Coast. We went out to
Mark Sparks studio out in the valley. They smoked some weed, drank some
Hennessey, and we got to working. They played the beat. As soon as I heard
the beat, I was like "this beat is magic, let's do it."
always been rumors about you being associated with Tha Row, is there anything
going on with that today?
love Death Row, but we're ourselves. We're "Gangster Flip Records."
We have our own record label, our own distribution deal. We're not going
to Tha Row. We love Tha Row, but we're not going to Tha Row.
other artists are on the label?
have an artist named Young Dice and some other artists I'm working on.
does the deal with Koch entail?
60/40 split. It's crazy. It's real good. And they're going to release
our future releases. We want that independent money.
it going to take to make Domination a household name?
and promotions! Sites like HipHopGame.com. I check the audio page every
day, and I read the comments, and I'm impressed with the comments. I actually
print the comments out and mail them to Smurf. The comments are great.
is Smurf helping you today?
helping me in spirit. He believes in me more than anyone else, and that
keeps me motivated. When you have somebody that believes in you that much,
you can't fail.
gets out in '07, what do you hope to build by the time he gets out?
hope to build an empire by the time he gets out. I want to have a house
with a bathroom in every room like the Holiday Inn!
next for you?
Entrepreneurship. Go check out my Gangster Flip rims on gfrecords.com.
I have a trees wraps company, that's something to wrap your blunt up in.
I'm also getting into real estate.
important is it to be both an artist and businessman?
if you're an artist, you're going to be broke. If you're a businessman,
you're going to get paid and stay paid.
do you want to say to everyone out there reading this?
Smurf! "God Giveth, God Taketh Away," go pick it up, September
20th, it's the most powerful album of the century. If you don't believe
it, go listen to the snippets at gfrecords.com, go buy it, and if you
don't like it, I'll refund your money.