whutduzFMstand4? is finally done. It was supposed to come out on Avatar.
We went through
a lot of paperwork and negotiations. We finally came to an agreement.
There were issues with samples. That's what underground rappers do. The
sample clearance took so long and it just kept on getting pushed back.
We finally fixed that and it got pushed back again. They wanted to push
it back to January because they thought it would be suicide to drop an
album in the fourth quarter. I wasn't really feeling that so I asked to
be removed from that situation for now. Now I'm pushing it myself. That's
how it's always been since day one. They helped a little bit, but everything
done for this album was done by me and QN5. They were basically doing
distribution for me.
whutduzFMstand4? taken so long to come out?
I'm one of
those people who doesn't just do things to do it. You only get one chance
for your first album. I wanted to do it right. It's a personal experience.
I wanted to make sure everything was perfect and was how I wanted it.
I didn't want to have any tracks that didn't need to be there. I wanted
every track to sound like it needed to be there.
happy with how it came out?
satisfied. It seems like the public is 100% satisfied as well. I've never
seen underground artists get the reviews I've gotten for their first album.
a lot of producers from Domingo to Kno to Elite to Tonedeff. What were
you looking for from your producers?
All I wanted
at the end of the day was beats that fit the project. I didn't need the
names. At one point Elite didn't have a beat on the album and I just wanted
music that fit what I was trying to say. I had all the concepts in my
head and then I would listen to beats. If I heard a beat that fit the
concept in my head, I would snatch it up and write to it. I was never
like, Let me get a beat from Domingo because he's hot. That's just how
everything came about. It's pretty much the luck of the draw with that
type of thing.
been pushing "Stomp" for a minute. Are you happy with how that
song was a big surprise. I just did if for a mixtape. A couple weeks after
we put the mixtape out, I performed it at Scribble Jam in front of 5,000
people and they went ballistic when we did it. They went crazy. We had
no idea. I just decided to put it out as a single. It was hot. Some people
don't dig it for whatever reason, but for the most part it's gotten phenomenal
responses. I'm happy with the way it came out.
your inspiration for "I Can't Win"?
just frustration. It's not really all frustration, but sometimes you just
sit down and think about all the stuff you have to go through and it comes
out. I don't even know how I wrote that song. I couldn't even tell you
the process. It feels like I just sat down and opened my eyes and I had
a song. It's a gut feeling and that's all you can ask for in a song. I
think about how what I go through in this music game and how frustrating
keeping you in the game?
ever dated a chick who drives you crazy? You can't explain why you love
her, you just get this great feeling even though the two of you just drive
each other crazy. That's like me and rap. I'm good to it and I don't get
this kind of happiness from anything else in the world. This is what I
was meant to do. There are things I was meant to do to make it worth my
while. This isn't something I can give up. It's not a job I can get fired
from. You just have to nurture the relationship to make it work. You can't
let the frustration kill you. You have to work around it.
your goals for whutduzFMstand4?
I know I'm
not going to get rich off of it. I just want to get it to the people.
If the people don't know anything about me and think I'm only good for
hot punchlines, they're going to learn about me here. I'm not looking
for first-week sales or to be famous. I want people to know that when
they want to hear good music, they're going to check for Pack FM. I want
my reputation to spread and I want people to know exactly what I'm capable
of and to look for me for the good music.
overdue. If it was supposed to come out earlier, it would have. Everything
happens for a reason. If you look at the climate of hip-hop right now,
it's perfect. A lot of people are fed up, especially in the underground.
There are so many rappers who put out such trash records. You don't even
know what they were thinking. The hype doesn't back it up and you're sick
of listening to it after three weeks. You can listen to this record for
over two years. There's a lot of things relevant in people's lives on
here. The timing is perfect but it should have been done a long time ago.
going on with the Plague today?
biggest crew in the world. We're a big crew. We're a big family. We kick
it at each other's cribs. We all have our own goals as solo artists and
we all want to get out first. We're all putting our heads together to
put this album out. We meet up every so often to talk about the album.
When you have twelve people to organize, it's hard. We don't want to just
jump in the booth and start recording songs for no reason. It has to have
a purpose. With this many people, it has to be done meticulously. Right
now the roster is me, Pumpkinhead, Tonedeff, Session, Mr. Mecca, Substantial,
Hydra, DP One, Poison Pen, Kameel-Yen and the Bad Seed. I probably left
a couple people out. We're doing things and we have a couple shows coming
up this Fall.
a new Extended F@mm album on the way?
We have to
all get our own agendas out of the way first and approach it with a clear
head. We have all the ideas for the album mapped out and we have the ideas
too. We have the ideas ready to go. We just need the time to do it. When
we're on tour we all do EF@mm songs. We're still down, it's just not time
for us to make the album yet.
any chance of Pack FM battling again?
I would never
battle anybody again unless they deserve to die. I don't have anything
to prove anymore. I think the last time I battled was three to four years
ago. The Scribble Jam battle this year was so bad. I was talking to C.Rayz
Walz and we were saying we should just get in and run through those cats.
But you also don't want them making a name off all your hard work. With
the battles, it has nothing to do with how nice you are. Anybody can win
on any given Sunday if they say something nice. If one person says the
right thing it's a wrap for you. I don't have anything to prove. I'm working
on making songs and showing people that I can make an album that they
can't mess with. That's how I battle now.
it take to get you back?
I would battle
somebody if they challenge me. If you want to challenge me on the spot,
I'll go. I don't have anything to prove in the tournaments. To get into
a tournament, it would take a whole lot of money and there would have
to be high-caliber MC's with reputations equal to or greater than mine.
I'm not just going to jump into any tournament. Anybody that wants to
call me out will get served very quick, but don't try to do it at my show
because that's my time and I will son you.
you feel about the new generation of DVD battle rappers?
Those are fun to watch. Some of those dudes are mad funny, but it's an
entirely different arena. It's the difference between watching WCW and
ECW. I'm not saying one is better than the other. Some of them are funny
but they also get redundant, but so do the underground battles. Sometimes
these dudes are wiling and you can't believe they said something in front
of their whole crew. At the same time they're kind of playing themselves
because they're saying they'll do this and this to their crew and they
never do. You're on the video camera getting sonned and that's not cool.
Pen's said he goes out partying with you a lot. What's that like?
We bug out. Pen's a good dude. We go for the good-looking females, make
fun of the rappers and just hang out. Sometimes I just go to his crib.
People call his crib the No Production Zone. It has nothing to do with
music. You either watch music videos or play Xbox. Nothing gets done there.
Poison Pen's all about having a good time. If you're in New York City
or at any event in hip-hop and you see Poison Pen, Pack FM isn't far behind
and vice versa.
the next move for you?
people that I can make an album that can't really be messed with. Next
I want to show people I have the live show. I know I can do what I can
do in the booth. Now I have to prove my live show can't be messed with.
Once I feel I've accomplished that, I'll get back in the booth. I already
have an idea for the next project that's incredible. Anything you hear
from Pack FM is going to be music related. I'm not using my talents for
you want to say to everybody?
my shit. Buy my album.