you doing man?
I'm all right.
Things are getting better and better each day.
real exposure to the mainstream was on "Hold You Down" with
Alchemist, but listeners didn't really get a full picture of you on that
song. Who is Illa Ghee?
is a general. I am the 9th God Allah. I am the incredible mathematics
of rap. I understand there are a lot of people that judge me off of "Hold
Me Down." I am the first person to tell you that I don't think I
really say anything on that song. However, there are a lot of people in
the street that like what I said. I am the future and the present. I'm
I'm a live nigga now. I'm not out there running around
now and I'm not portraying that. Just don't bother me. I'm a live nigga
that can rap. I'm a rapper's rapper. That's who Illa Ghee is.
you want to give people when you sat down to make "Closed Session?"
Session" was just to show people that I have my fam with me. Me and
P used to rhyme with each other, either on the phone or in the lunchroom.
We used to do a lot of songs together. Then one day everything clicked
and we did this. "Closed Session" is just to let you know that
I'm more than what you heard on "Hold You Down." This is just
a small sampler. Right now, I'm about to put out three CD's, and this
is so that everybody can hear me so they can constantly get into the world
of Illa Ghee.
Rain," you ask us to "follow you." Where do you want to
take the listener?
It's a slow
ride right now because a lot of people don't understand what they're doing.
I'm mixing street with Hip Hop. A lot of people don't understand that
what you do when you rhyme is ego-trippin'. I'm bringing the essence of
ego-trippin' combined with the essence of the streets. I'm not rapping
about hustling crack from a corner. I've done that and I'm not doing it
now. If I was doing it now, I wouldn't say it. People have problems with
doing them. I don't. That's what I want people to know. Understand that
my rhymes are dangerous. My flow is a drug now. I can still say that I
hustle, because I hustle words. My flow could do anything. I want them
to use their brains with my metaphors and similes. I have to break it
down so they can see the picture and I can take them on a ride through
Brooklyn. There's different attributes to a person, no matter who you
are. There is a hard side, there is a thoughtful side. No matter what,
I'm always going to say I'm the incredible mathematics of rap because
all mathematics of life I'm not a part of.
you originally get down with P and Hav?
We met in
school. We all went to school together.
you learned working with Prodigy?
different things, little by little. When I first came home from jail,
I didn't take rap seriously. All I cared about was writing freestyles
and hearing them on the radio. I used to write freestyles for Marley Marl
and Pete Rock's radio shows. They told me to keep going. I learned how
to make songs. I learned how to make sure my voice matched the beat. I
learned what to do and what not to do, business-wise. I learned not to
let yourself go entirely. I also learned that this is a business. There's
a lot of things I learned from them and I'm still learning.
told me that Alchemist is real tough in the studio
how to put a CD together through Alchemist. There are days when I would
go to an Alchemist session or a Mobb Deep session, and I wouldn't say
anything. I would just sit there and watch. Whenever I felt it was necessary,
I would ask questions why, or I would just figure out on my own what's
going on. Everything's not about trying to get a beat or "do this
for me." There's numerous times when I have gone to their sessions
and not said anything and just watched what they do. Alchemist is hard.
That's good though. I'm hard on myself in the studio.
the difference between working with Alchemist and Havoc?
what he wants it to sound like. As far as Havoc, Havoc will let you go.
If you stink it up real bad, Hav will let you know that it doesn't sound
right or to fix one part, but with Al, every sentence has to be incredible.
Deep signing to G-Unit help your situation in any way?
bit, not too much. Really, I don't know. I'm just trying to put myself
out there. I don't find out until later what mixtapes I'm on and whatever.
I just continue to work hard regardless of what happens to them or me.
I just continue to work hard. I really don't know what to say about that.
I really don't. I just keep my nose inside of the beats and music, and
back to your past, what did your experiences in jail teach you?
back! I learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot of different things
about the government. Jail is not the spot to be. I survived. I made it.
I like women too much to be in jail. Jail is not popping. It's just like
a long Monday in school that never ends, and it has no women in it. It's
not popping. You're dealing with a bunch of bullshit every day. Either
you could be a victim of it or you can better yourself, better your mind-state,
and improve your living. If you don't know what you're going to do when
you get out, then you're going to go back.
spoke during the Littles and Prodigy situation, what's your situation
with Littles today?
I don't speak
to him. He do his thing, I do my thing.
have plans to squash any problems?
I never considered
it beef. He do his thing, I do my thing, that's it.
working on an official album?
street albums out. I feel like I just have to put stuff out there for
the people to see that I'm that nigga, for real. Right now, I'm putting
out street albums, that's it. Think about it, if I'm willing to put this
shit out in the streets, imagine what I have in the stash.
the advantages to doing street albums?
You get more
bread. I have two vehicles now, and I don't have a record deal. I think
I'm doing better than a lot of rappers. I do shows, but I don't even do
a lot of shows like that. My shit comes from sales. The internet is an
next for you?
out three CD's. One is called "New York Crunk." Remember when
we came out with the West Coast mixtape? This is my version of it. I'm
rhyming to all Down South beats, but in a New York style. In Crunk music,
all they do is just get hyper. This is all New York flows. Then I'm putting
out "Illa Attacks Primo Beats," where I'm rhyming all to DJ
Premier beats. And the first street CD is going to be "Bullet and
a Bracelet" or "Murder and Truth." That's going to be original
music with producers I deal with that I feel are hot. I'm going to make
a strong statement. Most of the tracks are done by Team Demolition. They're
very strong. They could hang with any producers that are out there now.
We're going to put it out there like that.
you want to say to everyone out there reading this?
Ghee CD's. Stop snitching. And don't think this game is a joke. And buy
Illa Ghee CD's!