and shit, just working on this music shit. It's straight street music.
I got the single "All Summer Long" and "Shit Ain't Sweet."
I'm just locked in the studio working on the music trying to become who
I want to be in this industry from the music side to the business side.
been quiet for a minute.
been on the road. I've been taking care of the homies and the streets
and shit. I'm back. I didn't go nowhere, but I'm back.
your album coming?
I have that fire. I have that street shit that people want to hear. I
have a lot of different songs where I'm trying new shit. People are really
feeling my shit right now, I just have to put it out.
yeah, but not really. I feel it's overdue because of politics, but not
really because everything happens for a reason. If you're not ready, then
you won't come out. If you're ready, then God will make you come out.
I guess it was all for the good because now I have control of my shit.
I'm just going to eat from now. It's not like I wasn't eating before,
but now I'm have control of my shit. I know how to get more money from
the label and I know about points and all that. I really studied the game
and now I know what it's about. I came into the game young, but now I'm
a grown man and I'm ready.
back your album?
When I was
behind Nas and Nas was up at Sony, Sony is not really a hip-hop label
and they didn't know what they had. I didn't do that deal and that saved
my life. God didn't let it go through. I just laid back, played the streets,
went on the road with Nas, and I'm still here. I'm young and fresh like
Muhammad Ali. I'm only getting better. I'm ready to put that shit out.
ever a time you felt like leaving the rap game?
This shit is in me. I talk from the heart, I don't just rap. This shit
is in me. I'm never going to give up. It's not about giving up. It's about
putting in the work if you really want to make it in this field because
this is a hard game. I'm never going to give up. I'm always going to be
your album titled Napalm?
about fire, the bomb, explosions, something that will really change the
world, something that will have shit in shambles, having after-effects.
It's not just going to drop and that's it. I'm trying to kill every street.
That's what I'm talking about, word, everywhere. When niggas listen to
my shit, I got it. Once I get your ear, you're a fan. That's how I figure
your plan for this album to succeed?
hard and put it out, get on the mixtapes, hit the streets hard, show my
face at the clubs, be out there
I just need to remind everyone who
I am. They all know me but I have to remind them. I've never put out anything
that they haven't played. I just stopped and went to work and really dug
in this shit. I wouldn't be putting out any bullshit or half-ass shit.
I want to have structure and really make an effect on the world. My first
shot I want to score.
It's for the people. All the hood dudes, all my jail niggas, for the women
who really think about the street shit, and anybody who's growing up in
the ghettos or the hoods and whoever wants to know about the streets and
the hoods and what goes on. That's who this is for. As time goes on, I'm
going to grow, but when I'm in the streets, that's what I talk about.
Right now, I'm going to let everyone know what's going on, but I'm going
to play with it. I'm going to be happy about it and be sad about it. I'm
not going to be in one dark zone.
are you working with?
I had a couple
of Alchemist tracks. I love his tracks. LES, I fuck with his tracks. That's
my dude. Swizz gave us a track me and Nas did. We just did this Cool and
Dre track. We're trying to see what's good with that. We got with the
Ying Yang Twins. It's me, Jungle, Nas, and the Ying Yang Twins. I have
a lot of in-house producers too, like P-Lex. He's on the rise. I'll work
with anyone who wants to work with me.
you go with Cleopatra Records for this release?
I was running
around trying to get everything together, and dude came to the studio
and asked me if I was under any contracts. He offered me a 50/50 deal
and I was like, "Fuck it, let's do it." That's how that came
about. I just need to know that I'm going to make some money off it. I
just can't be rhyming. Fuck that. This is from my heart.
your company Money Machine do?
We do everything.
We work. We find talent, we sign artists, we do everything. We're just
looking forward to the future. We're going to come out with a clothing
line and movies. It's all set up. Anybody who makes money is a money machine.
That's what we're trying to do. We do everything. We do our own promotions,
you and Jungle work together?
We have an album done together. He has his solo album and I have my solo
album. We have solo mixtapes together, we have DVD's
We know what
it's about and we're trying to get money. Now we're going to corner the
market and get this money and open up our own business.
and Jungle have good chemistry on tracks.
is real. It's not phony. I think our album will do great. It's all real
shit. We're going to put it out there so everybody can get to know us.
We don't think enough people got to know us off Bravehearted.
up with the Bravehearts right now?
We did half
of the album but we're missing a couple of songs. We have Bravehearted
2: Money Machines which is going to be me and Jungle together, and my
solo album will be out June 6 for that summer buzz. I have great singles.
up with Wiz?
I haven't seen him in a minute but he's supposed to be working on a movie.
He's doing his own thing.
you want the next Braveheart album to be?
I want it
to be for the future because we have that future shit. That's all we want
to capture, the future and that new New York shit. We're going to show
everybody who we are.
happy with how Bravehearted did?
have come out better, but it was great. We went gold, that's a great accomplishment.
That's a success for our first album.
Nas helped your career?
That's a blessing for me even knowing the dude. He's the greatest. He's
proven he's the best MC. I fucks with him to the grave. He put me on 100%.
Without me even rhyming on his tracks, it's a blessing. That's my dude
forever to the graveyard. I love what he's done for me. It's a blessing.
He's given me that guidance and structure. He knows a lot about the game
and it was a great experience coming up under him and having him as a
friend and learning what I should do in the game. He taught me how to
read contracts and not just sign shit. You'll never get paid if you don't
know your shit, so you have to just know your shit. He helped me a lot.
I love him for that.
of artists who have worked with Nas have come out against him. How do
you feel about them?
I say dudes
like that are assholes. If you're in the streets and rapping, and somebody
says, "I dig how you rhyme" and he puts you on one of his songs
for the world to hear, then you diss him, you're a dickhead because everyone
knows who you are. Any rapper that rhymes with Nas gets their name known.
That's a plus right there. Even if he doesn't talk to you another day
in your life after that, and you diss him, you're a dickhead, especially
if you never had any words with him, then you're disloyal.
like Nas' move to Def Jam?
for him. That's going to open up a lot of opportunities for the dudes
that are faithful. If Nas thinks you're nice, then you've got a chance.
He's like a president up there. He's signing artists. He's got a beautiful
position up there. Him and Jay together is beautiful for New York hip-hop,
period. I'm going to come out and everybody will know what I have to say
this time. I'm ready.
move to Def Jam help the Bravehearts?
I don't know
if it's going to help the Bravehearts but it's going to help Money Machine.
It's perfect. They know what's real and what they should put out. All
you have to do is be a dope artist on Def Jam and you'll sell some records.
the next move for you?
me and Big Mike are about to do a mixtape. We're going to put that out
and look out for the DVD coming soon.
you want to say to everyone?
who digs my shit, pick up my shit and let's roll. Close your eyes and
let's ride out. Let's get it.