good man. I've been working hard, I got the album in stores right now.
you want to give people with your album "Who Do U Think U R?"
shit. The raw. A little bit of everything in Hip Hop. I wanted to give
them all the elements of an MC. I wanted to give them street joints, story
joints, some conscious joints, some lady joints. The album is full of
every element of being an MC.
got a lot of big-name guests on there, how did you get them?
I just used
my resources. I just figured who I could do records with. It wasn't really
it working with Fat Joe?
It was cool.
It was a learning experience. Joe definitely has a lot of years in the
game and is very successful. It was definitely a good vibe.
your experience working with Scott Storch?
It was good.
The track came through my man out in L.A. There was only three tracks
on this CD, and the last one had the vibe that I wanted. It fit the vibe
of a song I wanted to do called "Almost Died," because I've
had so many near-death experiences.
was it for you to get Rah Digga on the album?
Jersey representer! I tell people, Rah Digga is not a female MC, she's
an MC. It was a pleasure to get her on there. We did a banger on there.
Everybody's going to be hearing a lot of that very soon. It's a great
got a crazy history going back to DMX. How did you first get up with X?
We met in
Miami. There was a big, big battle, and it ended with me and one other
dude. It was crazy, I was signing autographs and all that. I got down
with the Ruff Ryders and they gave me some light working on some different
you learn working with X?
not to stab your people in the back and I learned how an artist works
with other artists. I learned how competitive the game is and you see
how a lot of bullshit starts within the camps. I think the biggest lesson
I learned was how to shine with someone. That definitely didn't work out
in our case.
on good terms with DMX today?
No. Not at
all. Basically, at that point and time, and probably still, X is a selfish
individual when it comes to shine. The game is very competitive and competition
breeds hatred, even within camps. That's a prime example of it. The bottom
line is that I can't sit and watch people around me make $20 million and
I can't even make $2 million. If you can't help me, at least don't try
to hurt me. When you try to hurt me at the same time as not helping me,
it makes me want to attack. I did a joint called "Venting" to
get it off my chest. The bottom line is, when you have a problem knowing
that somebody is basically trying to hold you back, you've got to retaliate.
It's not about me being mad or upset, it's about me being stopped from
trying to feed my peoples.
you feel you got blackballed?
Nah. I didn't
really feel blackballed. The worst kind of hate is the hate you can't
see. As far as I'm concerned, a new artist is always being blackballed.
If anyone is blackballing me out there, I say, "Fuck y'all!"
signed to Universal for awhile. How come your album never came out?
a lot of factors. Universal was a new label at that time. I had the album
done and everyone had said it was a killer album, and it sat. At that
time, Universal was dropping every artist they had. It was crazy. Part
of being in this game is staying sharp and being able to shake and move.
you want to go over to Warner and how's that working out for you?
out good. Every road has its bumps but it's moving along well. I'm in
control. I don't want to be slowed down. I know the business very well.
I'm not the average, dumb artist. You know how the game makes you pretend
to be dumb, but you can only do that if you're half-smart. Just give me
my budget and let me move how I move.
your plans now for your next release?
to be crazy. We're going to keep it coming. The future looks good. Me
and my team are self-motivated machines. We're going to just keep going
and staying consistent, whether the project does 30,000 or 3.2 million.
It's all stepping stones and it's all progress, and we're all just steadily
time in the industry, do you think it's a good time to be coming from
a great time to be coming from Jersey. Jersey has a bunch of talented,
talented people. The struggle represents itself. Economically, Jersey
is one of the hardest places to live in the country. A lot of great things
come out of the struggle. New York is definitely a hard place to do your
thing, but the fast-pace up there makes it much easier to open doors and
make money. Jersey isn't as fast-paced. You got Akon, the Fugees, Redman
real crazy over here.
you live up to your name?
My name represents
me. It's how I am on the tracks. I'm a loose cannon. A loose cannon is
unpredictable, unrestricted, and unrestrained, so watch out.
should we be looking for next?
I just urge everybody to get that album. A lot of times I tell people
that I wish it wasn't me. People say, "Why?" and I say, "Because
when I tell you how great the album is, you expect to hear that, coming
from me. I want you to hear it from someone else." I call my music
"crack music," because it only takes you hearing it one time.
That's all you need. It's funny because when people get the album, everybody
has a different favorite track. That's what I love. The variety is crazy.
From "That's Me" to "Take it Off" to "Who Do
U Think U R" to the next smash-single "No More Mr. Nice Guy,"
to the Rah Digga joint, "Two-Step." It's crazy. It's just a
pleasure to hear people have positive comments for the album. That's why
I'm doing all of these shows in New York. You don't have to have ever
heard me before to love what I'm doing.
you want to say to everyone out there?
out there, go get that album. I am a fan of Hip Hop, I have been a fan
of Hip Hop and the whole culture all my life. The music in the culture
is older than me, but I have heard damn-near every Hip Hop record that's
ever came out. That's a fan, and you can hear that in the album. I'm telling
you to get that album. You will not be disappointed.
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