Man, I’m feeling like the most blessed person on this earth.
Your album, Crook by the Book, got pushed back to December. How come?
We’re trying to cook the ingredients up real good and we found out we had to chop the onions up a lot finer than we did last time.
Are the onions better now?
Yeah. It’s a finished product. The album came out real good.
How did your time in prison affect this record?
It did because I got more in detail and in-depth with stuff than I would have.
How would you say this record stands against past releases like Ghetty Green and Mista Don’t Play?
It’s hard-hitting and it’s brand new. It’s like comparing donuts. If you get some donuts and the first batch is baked all nice, they look good. Then you put them in the refrigerator. Then you get another batch and the ones that just came out of the oven are better than the ones in the refrigerator.
What are your goals for Crook by the Book?
I’m trying to get some good sales. I’m trying to reach the people at the same time.
Are you happy with the response to your Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama?
Yeah. The one I did with Drama got great reviews. He’s one of the hottest mixtape DJ’s, period.
Is Three 6 Mafia working on a new record?
Yeah. We’re working on this new album. It’s coming out well. Me and DJ Paul and Juicy J just made twenty fire tracks. We have to make a few more.
How is the group different without Crunchy Black?
It’s the same, really. People are used to seeing three guys, but it’s cool. It gets worked around.
In OZONE Magazine, Crunchy talks about leaving but he doesn’t mention any problems with you. Are you cool with him?
Of course. I don’t have any problems with him. We love him.
In a Murder Dog interview years ago, you said you didn’t want to be considered a rapper.
Yeah. Let me tell you why I said that. The reason why I said that is because I don’t consider myself somebody lyrical. I do it for the cheese. If cheese is involved, I’m there.
You were one of the first to say that.
I just spoke the truth. I don’t even pay attention to what the other dudes are doing.
Some critics say if you’re motivated by money, you can’t make good music. What do you say to them?
Look, let me tell you something. It’s about the money. Kill that. How are you going to tell me anything? It’s like somebody working somewhere. I got love for it, sure. But it’s about the cheese.
If you weren’t rapping, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be working somewhere, sitting at a desk, answering a phone with a little weed on the side.
What’s the best part about being Project Pat?
It relates back to the loot. The thing about Project Pat is Project Pat has high favors on life from the Man upstairs. I have a lot of faith in God himself. Look at how we won the Oscar.
How much does that Oscar mean to you?
It means a whole lot. That was a blessing. That was unreal. That was a pure blessing. That means a lot.
Did you ever think that could happen to Three 6 Mafia?
Never in a million years. I never would have thought that could happen. Never.
There was a time when only pockets of diehard fans knew about you. Now you guys are rocking Sweet 16 birthday parties on MTV. How has your fan-base changed?
More money, more money, more money. It’s unreal. Now we have a reality show and everybody’s knocking at the door and that’s just what we wanted.
How come you weren’t at Flavor Flav’s mansion for the Flavor of Love episode featuring Three 6 Mafia and Lloyd Banks?
I had a show that I couldn’t miss.
After seeing the girls on the show, are you disappointed you didn’t meet them?
Nah, I wasn’t disappointed.
What does Project Pat do with all his money?
Project Pat invests his money in something that’s going to sell. Project Pat saves his money and he invests his money in something that’s going to flip.
Can you give us some financial advice?
The best thing to do is take care of your money so you can take care of your kids and your house. Don’t go buy no Lamborghini. Save your money.
What’s your next move?
The next move is this new Three 6 Mafia album and the reality show. The show is about Dirty South rappers taking over Hollywood. We already taped two episodes. It’s been fun so far. That’s about it.
What do you want to say to everybody?
You need to go cop Crook by the Book: The Feds Story. You need to go cop it right away or you’re going to have to wait for the next shipment to come in because they’re going to be sold out.