I'm all right,
man. I'm working hard.
and Throop" is finally out. How does it feel to finally have the
good. We've been trying to put that out for a minute. We figured it was
the right time. We dropped a lot of mixtapes but it was finally time to
drop the album.
you put Myrtle and Throop together?
It was a
slow process. Everybody wanted me to do mixtapes over beats they recognized,
but then they finally accepted me as a lyricist. I had a lot of songs,
and for this album, we took the more lyrical songs and put the album together
you want fans to get from the album?
could still be street and not talk about drugs. You can still have the
element of rap and hip-hop mixed together with being street and still
lot of dudes lying in the game right now?
if you have 28 ki's flying all over the place, what are you doing rapping?
They need to get off that element. I'm not going to tell people what to
do, but you don't have to lie. How are you on the corner hustling if you're
in a video? What hustler wants to be photographed for a magazine and speak
about it on record? I've never known any hustlers to do that.
you think of all the violent incidents to happen lately, from TI's personal
assistant to Big Hawk to Gravy's incident at Hot97?
We live in
a violent society. That's how our world is. This is the society we live
in. Nobody said anything about Arnold Schwarzenegger
he killed about
800 people or Sylvester Stallone when Rambo was all that. They're constantly
making movies about death and destruction all day. This is a society that
presses the button for our troops to go fight wherever and for what? They
don't care. This is our society. I don't feel it should be like that,
but this is what it is. I don't think it should be acceptable that you
have to go do that, but also, people have to realize what type of music
they put out. If you put out that tough-guy gangster music, dudes that
live the life for real are going to see if you live it.
a lot of those issues on "I'm Here."
just getting tiresome. Rappers are not showing originality. Everybody
can't be a dope dealer or a hustler. Everybody can't sell drugs. What
happened the lyricism where you don't have to talk about coke everywhere?
I do talk about protecting myself, but people take that the wrong way.
I say, "I would pop someone." Not "I do." But you
have to really take me there for it to get to that situation. Other than
that, everything is about my lyrics and my flows. I talk about how pretty
the guns is or what type of guns I carry. "I'm Here" is about
a lot of dudes who think they're tough because they have actual criminals
with them, but he may have only been in one or two altercations and he
thinks he's criminal. These dudes come and snatch up a rapper and it's
just corny to me.
it harder for rappers to just be tough without talking about it?
go to these shows, these dudes wish they could do that. They see the drug
dealers and the tough guys in their neighborhood and they want to be a
part of that. Once they get into the game, they turn into that character.
In all actuality, when you look at them, they don't really want to do
it. The media always asks if the rapper has street credibility. That shouldn't
matter. Rap is about music. It shouldn't matter if you have street cred
or not. Dudes should be mindful enough to not talk about things even if
they've done it. I try to mix hip-hop and rap together, but dudes don't
do that. They're so concerned with their image. They just try to be that
tough guy, which I don't understand. Just be yourself. I have no problems
with anyone just being themselves.
you feel about the way your peers are representing New York right now?
A lot of the blame is on the New York DJ's because they just don't want
to help out the dudes that are really trying to get out there as opposed
to the guy who's already out there. I think the scene is confusing. A
lot of people want to follow trends when usually we're the trendsetters.
You just have to find dudes who are strong enough to break the mold. It's
not about bringing it back, it's about making yourself heard. It's like
with drugs, the best drug will sell. You can't be mad at anyone else.
The South is doing their thing right now. You can't be mad at that. I
think my peers right now are confused. They really don't know what they
want to do. They want to bring New York back, but they should stop saying
that because we never left. Their heart is in the right place, but their
of Mobb Deep fans have been hating Blood Money. What do you think of the
I had no
say-so in that. They did what they felt they needed to do. They had to
be happy with the album, they put it out. The fans may see it one way
and they see it another. I have no views towards that. I'm concerned with
what I'm doing.
still close with Hav and P?
matter what, they're always going to be my people. People just have to
understand the things that they go through.
a specific reason that you weren't on their album?
to ask them that. I couldn't even tell you. Next time you speak to them,
you ask them why Illa Ghee isn't on the album.
feel like you should have been on the album?
I think I
belong on everybody's album if you ask me. (laughs) I think I belong on
as many albums as possible. I don't care if I know them or not. I feel
I should be on everybody's album.
Illa Ghee's next move?
to push Myrtle and Throop and let people know as much as possible about
Illa Ghee. If no major labels holler at me, them I'm going to put out
Bullet and a Bracelet in September.
you want to say to everyone?
Illa Ghee music. Understand my music is rap, hip-hop, and street at the
same time. A lot of people are just catching on to what my music is about.
It's not just freestyling over the beat, it's not just riding the beat
not saying anything, it's a combination of the two. Support real music.
Support what you like. Thank you for all those who bought the CD and all
those who support Illa Ghee. Keep supporting Illa Ghee and real rap music.
Cop the album