I'm just running around Southside Queens right now trying to find an antennae
for my car.
you been up to lately?
in the cut working real close with Kool G. Rap on his upcoming projects.
I'm about to start working with Ras Kass on his next installment of Institutionalized.
I'm managing a couple of producers, Realson from Germany and Frank Dukes.
I was working with Rugged Intellect from Canada. I'm watching the industry
closely trying to see what's going to happen next.
Yeah. I don't
know how much worse it could get, but it is what it is.
G's new music sounding?
new music is fucking bananas. Two words: fucking bananas. G hit them in
the head with his Whoo Kid mix-cd and he has another mix-cd coming out
with Green Lantern and then his street album, he's just going to bombard
people and they're just going to feel blessed the godfather Kool G. Rap
a studio session with him?
He does a lot of recording by himself, but when we do get up, it's beautiful.
It's great working with Ma Barker, his wife, as well. She holds it down
too and a lot of things happen for G. Rap because of her.
heard G. Rap's new album?
two producers I manage have mad shit on his album. I got one track on
the album so far. I'm pretty sure I'll get more. I've just been concentrating
on pushing these producers I have right now. I don't want to say I've
been there and done that because I'm not a millionaire, but I've worked
with a lot of people. G. Rap only fucks with heat. If you got heat, hit
Ras Kass' new music sounding?
He just approached
me and asked me to help on his new Institutionalized project, but I know
he has a few things done already. I was actually supposed to get with
him today, but we're still in the baby stages. It's not me producing it,
so don't get it twisted. It's not me producing it. I'm helping him put
it together. I'm trying to do more stuff like that. A lot of these labels
fronted on me when I applied for these A&R jobs. I applied for a job
at Atlantic. I don't want to mention any names, but they told me I was
overqualified. How am I overqualified? I can see under-qualified, but
how can you be overqualified? It's all good because I understand the politics
of the game. So much for Atlantic Records and all their hit records.
wouldn't even want to be there.
I probably wouldn't because they told me I was overqualified. Do you know
how crazy it is to be told you're overqualified? I thought a label was
finally going to give me a shot because I've always wanted to do A&R
work, even if it's for an independent label I've been in the game for
fifteen years. I must know something.
be successful as an A&R?
I'd do a better job than a lot of these motherfuckers out here. A lot
of these A&R's don't know how to sign and develop acts anymore. There's
more than just signing someone who's doing something. It's all about the
mighty dollar, which is cool. At the end of the day, everyone wants to
make money and feed their family. I know some real talented cats but they're
not getting on because they're not selling records out the trunk of their
car. I'm not knocking people who do that, and there should be more of
that, but labels only look for if you're selling shit. Now all the talent
is getting overlooked. That's why this game is so fucked up.
the last song you've hated on the radio?
to 1010 News all the time. I couldn't even tell you. I don't even remember
the last time I listened to the radio. I couldn't even tell you what "Laffy
Taffy" sounds like. I've heard about it.
want me to sing it for you?
some funny shit. I'd need to record that. But I can't front, there's some
down south shit that's banging. The reason why they're winning is because
they support each other. People in New York are more worried about who
has more diamonds in their shit. I agree with Ghostface Killah 100%. Fuck
New York. We're not doing shit. We were at the forefront of this shit
and now we're the followers. Now everyone has to get a crunk beat. Do
you, but there's no support in New York anymore. There damn sure isn't
any support on Hot97.
Ghost have gotten someone from New York on his "Back Like That"
remix instead of Kanye?
Ghost sounds. If he did a down south track, he would still sound like
Ghost. Everyone's rhyming like everyone else. 50 Cent put out mixtapes.
Now, I could walk up to any artist and they're working on their mix-cd.
Nobody's a leader anymore, everyone's a follower. And I'm not disgruntled
at the game, so don't get it fucked up. I know I probably sound like the
mad producer, but I'm not, believe me.
game really that much better in '94?
valid point and a valid argument because I'm a '90's-era producer. I don't
have a problem with that. I know I came up in the '90's and the times
change and music changes. I can accept change. Was it better back then?
Yeah. I could listen to Rakim and Big Daddy Kane all day. I can't listen
to music like that these days. Now everyone's trying to sound like Jay-Z
and they lost their identity. It's crazy. The game is like a jigsaw puzzle
broken into a million pieces.
see it getting better anytime soon?
I have to give Premier love for what he's doing right now. Preem is doing
his thing and I'm doing my thing. All the other producers I know from
that "era" are still here. We're still here. A lot of these
new producers need to look around and watch and learn. You can't be a
producer by buying equipment. Hopefully the game gets better.
going on with the new Big Pun album you're working on?
I don't know
the details yet, but I got a call telling me the Pun album was being put
together and they wanted me to be a part of it. I have no idea where it's
going, but I'm happy to be a part of it. There's nothing like hearing
Pun again on some unreleased songs. Hopefully it will be hot. I know there's
some heavy hitters on there as far as artists and producers. People would
love to hear Pun one last time.
the game be different if Pun were still alive?
be a lot different. He was a very lyrical emcee and he put it down for
the Latin people. I wish he still was alive. He was a pretty nice guy.
you done more work with Fat Joe and Remy?
don't have an answer for that, but I have approached Joe this past year
about doing some work. I sent him some beats, but I was never down with
them. I got love for Armageddon, but I don't really know Tony Sunshine.
I really can't explain why we haven't worked together. I guess they just
went another way. I'm just going to stay doing what I do.
get the respect you deserve?
sometimes I feel I do, but most of the time, people really don't know
what I've done. They don't know I did "Dream Shatterer" or "Homicide"
for Tony Yayo. I've never cared to be honest with you. I never came into
the game for fame. I came into it for the love. I just realize I have
to make moves. It is what it is. All you have to do is look at the discography,
the website, whatever. Then you'll recognize that this nigga had some
shit. It's all good. Ain't no crybabies here, kid.
up with the reggaeton instrumental LP you did?
I did that
for Avatar Records out in California. They asked me to do it, I did it,
and it's out there. Whether or not it's selling, I don't know. We're in
the process of getting artists to be put on the tracks. I did a joint
with Capicu from the Bronx. It's not a project I'm going to be pushing
and pushing, but it's out there.
you feel about the critics who say reggaeton is bubble-gum music?
What a lot
of those critics don't know is that reggaeton's been around for years.
It's just getting recognized now. Back in the day I worked with Daddy
Yankee, Mexicano, Nicky Jam, and Maestro Guatauva. I produced for them.
It's been around for ten years, but they're just getting a hold of it
now. They could say whatever they want. They're going to say something
about it anyway. It's a movement that corporate America is just catching
on to. You have to give it its respect. I guarantee you artists will come
out doing reggaeton records because they want to sell in that market.
be doing more reggaeton?
really my style. I'll leave that to the Looney Toons and Echo in Puerto
Rico. I've dabbled in it, but it's not my forte. I've got a team, 210
Inc, which is my man Ricky Peso and Beatqueen. That's my reggaeton team.
I have that if I need it, but I'm hip-hop, dog.
next for Domingo?
look for the G. Rap stuff and the Ras Kass stuff. I'm looking to blow
up a few producers. I'm working on managing these producers and doing
you want to say to everyone?
Nah, thank you to everyone who supported me and to everyone who hits me
up on MySpace. I never knew I had so many supporters. I'm not even going
to mention names, thank you to everyone who always supported me, especially
you for always checking in with me and seeing what's good. If anyone wants
to get at Kool G. Rap for beats, you can hit me up.