good. I'm trying to nurse this back injury. I've been trying to get that
shit straight and get myself together so I can start doing some damn shows
and stay on this Bo$$ Hog shit.
get that shoveling the snow from your grandma's driveway?
I've had this since high school, and it just flared up out of nowhere.
The doctor told me there would be times in life when it would flare up.
I woke up on New Year's Day and felt some pain and it got progressively
worse. I've been laid up in the crib since January. I'm starting to feel
better. I'm ready to hit the road, have some fun, and make sure people
hear this Bo$$ Hog shit.
the Bo$$ Hog Barbarians come together?
Me and Celph-Titled
have always been friends. We were talking at a CMJ party and we started
talking about typical gangster rap shit, like Ice Cube and NWA. He was
like, "I'm from Florida, so I like Poison Clan." Then we started
talking about C-Bo, E-40, and we just got real deep and obscure. Everybody's
sitting around us looking at us for the music we make, and they didn't
expect us to like all that shit. After years of trading tapes and CD's,
we started working together. Everybody told us we sounded good together.
We decided to do an album together. We didn't want to do it all in one
night, but really spend a year working on it. Not only did we work together
as a group, but we made all of the beats real funky and pimped-out. All
the cursing and all that is excessive. We made our dream record. This
is something that we had to sit down together and do, and I'm glad we
the response been so far?
has been half and half. It's much better than I thought. I thought we
were going to get hate across the board. People think it's fresh. We've
always talked our shit, dissed women, and cursed, and we've always done
it over hot beats. The beats on here are pimpish. Don't expect to hear
beats in the same style that we've always rocked over. Everybody is used
to me telling stories, but this is more fun. It's the same, but it's different.
It's what we normally do to the fifteenth-power. We made this funky as
a motherfucker. The response has been surprisingly good. I thought it
would be a lot worse with the hate.
it working with Celph?
it was tough. I'm not even going to lie. I'm a workaholic and I'm a hermit.
When I'm working on an album, I'm used to being the man in charge. I'm
used to always being in control of everything. For the first time in my
career, I'm not in control. If I want a beat on the album, Celph has to
also like it, and vice versa. I've never had to do a project where I had
to meet somebody half-way. It was a challenge. I got the beat from the
Beatminerz, but I didn't like it until Celph said he liked it. I had to
respect his vision.
completely opposite in work schedules. I'll wake up at 6:30 and work to
3. Celph is going to bed when I'm waking up. He'd call at 8:30 when I'm
getting my day started. When I'm going to bed at 11, I'd call him and
tell him what I needed him to do. Not only did I have to respect his vision,
but I also had to work on opposite schedules with him. But we got it done.
We did a lot through the mail. He had to wake up early when I came to
Florida because he knew we had to be in the studio because I was not going
to work at 10 at night.
of beats did you want to have for this project?
to make some pimp-funk shit. Not totally out of the range of what we do,
but different. Out of all the beats on the album, you know they're J-Zone
beats, but they're not the same samples. The bass is heavier and the drums
are different. It's still J-Zone. And with Celph, you wouldn't even think
he did the beats he did. You have to double-check the credits to see if
Celph really did that. He's so versatile that he can make an E-40 beat
and then make one for Aesop Rock. At first, we were going to try to get
some outside beats, and we told the producers what we wanted, and people
were sampling accordions and giving up some boom-bap shit. We wanted some
pimped-out, greasy shit. We didn't want beats that sounded like "Pimps
Don't Pay Taxes." Nobody seemed to understand what we wanted. I thought
it would be nice to get a beat from an outside source, so we got the Beatminerz.
That's the one track that doesn't have the same sound as the other tracks.
That's the only outside beat and we purposely got no guest appearances.
Unless we could have gotten Too Short, Tim Dog, Spice 1, Suga Free, or
Willie D, we didn't want anyone. There are too many guest appearances
are always misogynistic and comical, but it seems you take your beats
to look at it being an artist versus work ethic. In terms of my subject
matter and the fact that I'm clowning the girls and bugging out, don't
take that seriously. That's comedy. You're going to put the disc in and
enter my character. It's fun and entertaining. Don't take what I say too
seriously. But when it comes to my work ethic as a producer, I want to
be taken very seriously. I take it as a full-time job. I've made seven
albums in seven years. If I was bullshitting as an artist, I wouldn't
be able to do that. When you listen to my records, you can tell that I
put a lot of work into it and take a lot of pride in what I do. I make
sure that I have fun while I'm doing it but also that it's done right.
the production game been treating you?
some stuff, but not as much as I used to. I've been doing a lot of stuff
that's not for records. I did a song for a Sprint commercial that aired
during the Super Bowl. Obviously that's a good pay day. I want to get
a chance to use my talent outside of the Hip Hop game. I've been working
a lot with the Hieroglyphics. I've done shit for Casual, Del, and A-Plus'
album. I'm doing some stuff for Vakill and Vast Aire. I did two remixes
for Tha Alkoholiks' "Flute Song." I'm also trying to get a team
together, but for the most part that's still up in the air. A lot of times
you end up working with people just to make money, but I want to get to
the point to where I work with people that I really like, not to say I
don't like who I work with now.
about moving to Atlanta and getting into a new scene and working with
some new artists. I like everyone that I've worked with, but I think I
have the versatility to where I can get into a new market and do something
else. I could make some crazy South tracks. I'm not doing as many beats,
but I'm more focused with trying to work with different types of artists.
MySpace seem to have a rocky relationship.
Two years ago, somebody set up a phony J-Zone MySpace page. I have dial-up
internet. My time on the internet is limited. I check my email and go
to my three or four sites and get off. People were coming up to me and
telling me that they tried to add me as a friend and I declined them.
Somebody who knew me well said they sent me an email and they got a weird
response. I said, "What the fuck is MySpace?" I finally went
and investigated. I thought it was a dating site. I didn't know what it
was. I thought it was like Friendster. I was dating a girl and she said
my page looked like it could be me. I looked at it like, "Damn."
I'm not really into that shit but I didn't want anybody acting like they
were me and ruin some things for me. I got the phony page taken down.
I didn't want to go down like that. People were telling me how they were
getting shows, selling beats, and meeting up with old friends through
MySpace. I figured I might as well use it to my advantage. I have a basic
page, but it's been a good promotional tool and it gets more traffic than
my regular site. I don't get too caught up in it and go looking for chicks
on it because the internet is crazy. I dissed MySpace on "Hell No,
Ho!" but now I have a real page on it.
That's my official page. You'll see the picture of me with the two asses.
That's the official J-Zone MySpace page.
started working on your next album?
I'm not really
working on an album right now. I'm kind of at an in-between point. For
the first time in my career, I can honestly say that I don't know what's
next. For the past couple of months, I wasn't even making music. Now I'm
starting to make beats again. I'm not really working on any J-Zone albums
right now. I don't have any plans in the future for that at all. I'm just
focusing on production and some behind-the-scenes shit. I want to do some
production for someone new that's hungry. I would love to follow up with
another Bo$$ Hog album, but that's up to Celph. I'm not saying a new J-Zone
album wouldn't happen, but just not right this minute. I'm trying to get
some new TV commercials until I figure out what's next for me.
Job Ain't Nothin' But Work" do well for you?
Yes and no.
To this day, it's still my favorite J-Zone record out of all of them.
It was a great success in that I was trying to get a lot of guests on
it and they all flaked out on me except Devin the Dude. I had to come
out and carry the weight myself. The rappers weren't coming through and
I had to get the record done. The pressure was on my shoulders and I feel
that I delivered a record that I still enjoy, from the beats to the concepts
was a personal success and it was a critical success. I got great reviews
and great feedback from industry people. I sent a copy to Devin and he
called me back saying he loved it. Prince Paul told me it was hilarious.
It wasn't really a big success in terms of sales. It wasn't a success
online. It got panned on message boards, but I'm not really concerned
with that because people on message boards will never be happy. Whatever
you do, they'll always have something to say about it. Those opinions
don't really matter to me, but in terms of internet buzz and sales, it
didn't do well. Everybody at Fat Beats wishes it sold better, but I'm
not going to complain about it. I still love that record. If I was going
to the grave tomorrow, I'd want to be remembered for that, Bo$$ Hog, and
maybe "Tu Madre" because that was my first.
still as icy as you were for our last interview?
pretty icy if you look at the Bo$$ Hog cover. I'm very icy. I had to take
some of it to the pawn shop. Times are getting hard.
did your chain cost?
I kind of
had somebody steal that one for me. I had a crack-head snatch it off somebody
for me. I'm working on getting in touch with Baby so I could get one of
his old ones. Maybe he'll give me a hand-me-down.
of rims do you have?
I got some
47" spokes on my Protégé. I just put another one on
my unicycle. There's only one rim so it's all good. It plays "I'd
Rather Give You My Bitch" by Suga Free.
been feeling Captain Backslap lately?
No. I don't
have no love for these broads and they don't have no love for me, so fuck
it. I'm trying to make my money. I always get crazy broads. I always wind
up pulling women that are psychos and have baggage. Right now, I'm just
trying to focus on me nad my career and my everyday life. I'm not trying
to get caught up in that other shit right now. I'm at a point in my life
where I'm trying to make decisions and I don't need girls calling me twelve
times a day. Call me when you get yourself together, bitch. I'm not getting
involved with any drama. The motto for 2006 is "Don't Holla."
That's the motto. When I go up in the club, "don't holla." Let
her holler at me. I play defense. I don't play offense.
do you have for guys going through girl problems?
a problem. A girl's not going to stop you from getting kicked out of your
house, so focus on your money. We all go through it. Listen to "Hog
Luv" and you'll see what we're talking about. It's an exaggeration,
obviously, but I would say 90% of the girls I've been with have been trouble
and brought me nothing but grief. I'm going to be selfish and focus on
me and hopefully it will happen one day when I'm not trying. I'm on some
selfish shit right now.
going on with the Knicks right now?
Oh no! You
did not say the Knicks! All I want to know is how can you win a championship
with a five-guard offense? That's what I want to know. They have six guards
and they have no pure point guard. They're all point/shooting guards.
They're all overpaid. They have the highest paid team in the NBA and they're
ranked last. Eddy Curry is just a fat whopper. He has no purpose. They
should have kept Mike Sweetney. Who has the crack-pipe at MSG? Who's in
charge of this shit? You have a whole bunch of guards and then you sign
more guards. They acquire a guard who's just like Marbury who's just like
Crawfrod who's just like Robinson
and who is Mo Taylor? Who's that?
What is this? It's disgusting. I really, honestly think the New York Liberty
would give these guys a run out of the gym. I really think the Knicks
could be in the WNBA and go .500. I'm not even trying to be funny. That
is the most estrogen-charged team in the league. Marbury's a buster. He's
lost all of my respect. Steve Francis is a crybaby, and the rest of the
guys don't even fit. It's disgusting. I'm really considering moving for
other reasons, but one of my top five reasons for moving is the Knicks.
The Hawks may not be that good but at least they try. We're in the basketball
capitol of the world and we're last. I'm about to get on the A-train and
go down there and start busting some heads. It's disgusting.
going to win it all this year?
answer is Detroit, but I'm going to go out on a limb because I'm a risk-taker,
and I'm going to say the Mavericks. I wouldn't be surprised if San Antonio
won, but you can't count out Dallas with the defense they're playing right
you want to say to your fans?
Hog so I can get a new house and get my car out of the shop. And buy Bo$$
Hog so I can move out of the US and find me a real women instead of these
internet knucklehead, chickenhead bitches with jail records. And thank
you for the support.