We got the Another Day, Another Dollar mixtape dropping now. I'm back
like I left something!
you like the new mixtape?
I had to do me on this one. This one is more for the streets. On the last
mixtape, I tried to reach everybody even though it was a hip-hop tape.
This one is for the streets, for everybody going through the hustle. It's
what every day is like. When you wake up, you're trying to find a new
way to get this paper.
specific make you want to title the mixtape that?
repping the hustle. That's anybody. Whether you're hustling in the streets
getting street money, whether you're doing the school hustle or working
the nine-to-five, we're all chasing that buck. Life is real short so we
have to make sure we use our time wisely and come up. Another Day, Another
Dollar is about waking up on your grind and living to see another one.
your grind been lately?
back and forth between New York and North Carolina. I'm working on my
album. It's untitled as of now. I'm working with Nottz, The Heatmakerz,
9th Wonder, Simon Vegas and Capp-n-Kidd. The album is going to be fire.
I'm also working on my label, First in Flight Entertainment.
the album coming?
working. I'm just cutting records. The album isn't finished because I
don't have a deal yet. I'm not really rushing it. I see a lot of people
get signed and go through problems trying to get a single done and all
that. I'm taking care of all of that before we go to the label. Right
now I'm just cutting good records. I'm in my mode. I'm just trying to
go in the studio and make good records.
it working with Nottz?
I met him through Cory because he's working on Cory's album. It's wonderful.
His style knocks and it fits me. His beats and my lyrics go perfect together.
I'm also affiliated with Smack DVD right now. They're involved in my project
now too. We're on the same team. They're like family now. We help each
other with anything we need.
been in the studio with 9th yet?
I got some
tracks by 9th Wonder but I haven't had a chance to work with him yet.
He's from North Carolina. Whenever we see each other, it's all love. He's
from the 919 and I'm from the 910. We're going to be working together
in the future.
it working with Lord Tariq?
man! Tariq is a legend. He's my man, but I also look at him as a legend.
Tariq was the first person talking that street shit on the mixtapes. He
was the first one talking the latest cars and street fashion and street
stuff. The things you hear everybody rapping about now, he fathered. He's
on my side and he's in my corner. He's going to be working on my album
too. The chemistry is there. For a legend to want to come work with me,
that's a big deal to me. He's helping me with what I'm doing. We did the
"Coming of Age" remix on my mixtape. That's the joint Jay-Z
and Bleek did on Reasonable Doubt.
it in the studio with Tariq?
It was crazy.
Just as quick as I come up with my music, he comes up with his. The vibe
was good. We were both just talking about stuff that was going on with
us and it came out fire.
going on with the Militia?
the Militia has a mixtape out called The Militia - Call of Duty. It's
hosted by DJ E.Nyce. We were blessed to get Mixtape Monday on MTV. The
CD is real big. Big shout out to Cory Gunz and Hash. That's a big look
to finally get the first Militia project complete. It was really a big
deal for us to be on MTV for that.
the Militia album coming?
on the Militia album. Cory's still working on his album and I'm still
working on mine. When it's time to do the Militia album, we'll all be
there. When it's time to work on Cory's album, we're all there. We all
make sure we give opinions on everybody's projects.
been on the label hunt?
enough with my music to walk into any label right now, but I'm trying
to get the buzz up to where I can walk into any label and get the deal
I want. I had a few sit-downs with some people but they're just giving
out the regular hip-hop deal until you get your name out there. I'm just
trying to get the buzz up and we'll get the right deal we're looking for.
That's what it's about.
your goals for your label First in Flight?
North Carolina. We were the first ones to get the planes off the ground.
I have a few big-name people working on it. I really don't want to put
the name out on who they are until it's set in stone. I'm also working
with my older brother. We're going to start getting it moving later this
year. Everything should be spinning how we want it. The first artists
are me and my man Traffic. He's from North Carolina as well.
done a lot of work with Big Cas. How's he doing?
good. He's doing his thing to keep NC alive. We're trying to give you
what the game's missing. That "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" is
cool dance music but you would never find that in my CD player. I don't
consider that real lyricism, and that's what hip-hop is about. I respect
any man trying to coming up but if you don't have nothing to say then
shut the fuck up. It's time to raise the bar.
hard coming from NC?
because there's politics out here. People are paying for their airtime,
but that's everywhere. I can't single us out because it's the same thing
with New York. The DJ's play whoever pays them. The records don't get
played because they're hot anymore. Plus every DJ has an artist. Every
radio DJ and mixtape DJ has an artist. That's why the life expectancy
on a mixtape is so short. It's like three weeks now. That's why you have
to work nonstop. You have to make 1,000 t-shirts with your name on it
and do the flyers and all of that so you stay in everybody's faces and
stay relevant in the game.
the next move for you?
label situated. I'm trying to get distribution for my label. I'm looking
at Universal, Interscope and Atlantic. I'm just trying to get my distribution.
I have to get my shit off the ground. Cory's my brother and I'm still
riding with the Militia but I have people in NC waiting for me to get
it popping. I have to get myself in the position so they can do what they
need to do.
you want to say to everybody?
that real music. I do this for y'all. I'm the voice of the new generation
whether you like it or not. I'm raising the bar. It's going to be hard
for this fake hip-hop to last. I'm bringing a fresh style and I'm going
to lead this next generation for the next ten years. I'm going to be the
leader of the next generation like how Big did it and how Jay did it.
The next ten years is me. I'm doing this to better the culture and better
hip-hop. I'm doing this for everybody, not just me. It's time to bring
it back around.
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02 Another Day, Another Dollar
03 Pushing It
04 Dope Boy feat. Traffic
05 Flying Birds
06 Coming of Age feat. Lord Tariq
07 Real Talk
09 Wasn't Born Hustlers feat. Cory Gunz
10 I'm On Skit
11 I'm On
12 It's Yours
13 Gun Talk feat. Hash
14 Grindin feat. Traffic
15 Another Day, Another Dollar Part 2 feat. Big Cas
16 War Time
17 Melon Off feat. Cory Gunz
19 Wrong Choices
20 Kick, Push Freestyle
21 1, 2 Y'all
22 Take a Picture feat. Money Millz and Chubby Baby