Huey, I know you got the second album titled Strictly Business, and the single called “PaYow”. How did that come about with you and Bobby?
We were in the A, and we both had a session. It’s crazy because the same night I had a session, that particular night, Bobby had one in the studio. So we ended up going through some tracks, and we got to that one. Bobby did his thing, I did my thing, and we came out with a smash hit.
I was listening to the “PaYow” track, and I was laughing because of the responses. A lot of people are unsure about what “PaYow” actually means. So to clear the confusion, can you break down what “PaYow” is?
(Laughs) It’s that unbelievable shit.
Yeah, man. I had people saying things like “Yo, he’s talking about a dude’s package. He’s talking about some crazy sex.”
Of course man. You listen to the lyrics. It’s about sex. It got punchlines behind it to make you think, you know? If you actually listen to the words, then it should be common sense you know? (Laughs)
When we did do it, Wayne was on it. Some things did happen on his end, so it didn’t work. We were able to get Juelz for it too. But, like I said, it’s easy to figure it out man. It’s about sex. So for all those women with that Ashanti “Good, Good”, we come right back at them with that PaYow ya dig? (Laughs)
I know you had success with “Pop, Lock & Drop It”. Why did you decide to go differently in terms of the sound musically this time around with “PaYow”?
I don’t, man. I think just as time goes by, things change. Of course, I’m coming out on a different type of level. My lyrics and music are always going to get better. “Pop, Lock & Drop It” damn sure was a smash hit, but this album got that “PaYow”. (Laughs)So everybody better be ready. Fuck that, we’re going to jump on their ass ya dig?
I dig. I know the record is in autotune. Recently, Jay had that “Death Of Autotune record”. Normally when Jay puts his foot down, fans abide. Do you think that record will have any impact on the success of yours?
No. Absolutely not.
So how do you feel when people try to stereotype to you as a dude only capable of making ringtone singles, especially with the success of “Pop, Lock & Drop It”?
Shit, I don’t give damn. (Laughs) Niggas could stereotype me all they want. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, making my money. They could keep flapping their gums. That shit don’t move me. They could say Huey is the “Pop, Lock, & Drop It”-ass nigga, but guess what, this the same nigga that’s been at Six Flags the past two and half years on that roller coaster. I haven’t gotten off yet nigga. (Laughs)
Man as far as the Autotune record, Mel Gipp is the one who spoke to me. He’s the one who gave me the idea for Autotune in the first place. We made a statement on a mixtape man. “If people are out there eating, don’t stop them from getting their motherfucking food man. We pit bulls out here man. We loose out here man. Beware of Dogs. (Laughs)
I mean according to your track record, you did the 24/7-365 joint with Maino. You have the “When I Hustle” for the ladies, and “Pop, Lock” for the clubs. How important is it for you to market yourself to different sets of people?
It’s important. You gotta make music for everybody. You gotta make certain amount of records for certain amount of people. You gotta hit them from all angles. It’s like a boxing match. You can’t keep jabbing. You gotta hit them with the counter punch. (Laughs) You know, I’ma go ladies, I’ma go pop, I’ma go street, I’ma go thug, man I’ma come with everything. Whatever beat I grab, that’s gonna tell me how to hop on it. If the beat tells me to do this, I’m going to do it. Best believe we got more hot shit coming too. I got Jim Jones and Tydis on a song together called “Celebrate”. It’s stupid. Ridiculous. I got Wayne on a song called “Another Planet”; He’s damn near sure on another planet. (Laughs) I mean we out here grinding, and moving. We got have a few videos coming, and a couple promos. We got Pleasure P on the album. Of course I have Juelz Santana, with also Maino and Glasses Malone. It’s sick man.
You what’s interesting? I was reading something and it mentioned how you were the combination of Ludacris, Chingy and Nelly all in one. You think that’s a valid statement?
I never even heard that. I mean somebody did tell me this before. I don’t think I sound like one of them, and if I do, let’s just call that multi-task because of that talent. (Laughs)
Matter of fact, I remember when you first came out, how you had a beef with Nelly. Do you feel like the veteran cats in game feel themselves too much in terms of not providing a hand to young rappers?
You know it is what it is. It just be talks. You know people just talk it out. Me and Nelly ain’t like that. That’s the past. That’s done. We got these button-ups, ties on, and we’re acting like grown men. We going to get this money.
I’ma keep it real though. You know Nelly flopped on the last joint, as well as Chingy, so with that said; St. Louis is pretty quiet in terms of music. Do you think it’s safe to say that with your album Strictly Business, the throne is yours for the taking?
I know, I know. (Laughs) Seriously though, I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I think most definitely I will.
Nah, I’m real confident. I’m jamming, When I say this album jams, this album jams.
Ok. Well I know you were 19 when you first came out. Do you feel people underestimated your talent because you were so young?
Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t know why or how. Just know I have some tricks up my sleeve you dig? I’m about to be everywhere everybody else is at. They gon’ hear me. We gon’ make some noise out here ya dig? We waiting for the tornado to come out. (Laughs)
It’s funny because when Wayne first came out, a lot of people had their share of doubts. Then when he turned 23, 24, 25, people began seeing star quality. Do you think the same effect will happen to you?
Like I said, it’s always going to increase. Once you increase in age, your talent is going to be cracking. You always have to move forward. You can’t go backwards; you always have to move forwards. You go backwards, and that’s going to be the end of you.
A lot of veterans have a tendency of questioning a young rapper’s intentions in terms of entering the game. Some do it for the art, others for the money. Which category do you fall in?
I’m not gon’ sit here and lie like all these motherfucker, but first of all, rap to me was a hobby. It was just something that I was doing. I was making beats at first before I even started rapping. Then, I started rapping to my own beats. After I came to a train of sense with my man, I realized I really had a gift. I was let me try this shit. Then I ended up getting a major label deal, and of course, I ain’t gon say, “Yo, I ain’t do it for the money” because, nigga, the money is good. (Laughs) This is good money. They say all money ain’t good money. So hell yeah, I do it for the money. This shit is not hard. This is not a job to me. This is just easy shit.
That’s funny. I know you’re 21 now. What do you do for fun?
Man, I like bowling. I like chilling on the porch sipping Remy. I like hanging with my daughter. I’m just a regular dude.