working, grinding hard.
going on with the A-Team situation right now?
of interests, that's all.
Nah. He wanted
to do something different and I wanted to do something different. It's
not that big, but that A-Team shit is dead.
you feel about that?
as a solo artist and he started as a solo artist, so it's like a natural
reflex anyway. It really doesn't matter about the work we did. That shit
have as easy of a time learning who Ransom is now?
I'm making the same type of music they heard in the past. Hopefully I
can get even more fans now.
on the new Clue tape a lot. Does that mean that Desert Storm is supporting
Ransom and not Hitchcock?
behind me right now. Hitch wants to do something else. Clue's going to
be behind me.
Clue's support of you stay consistent?
consistent. At the end of the day, he's still a DJ and DJ's are going
to do what DJ's do. I look at it like that. It is what it is. He's pretty
completely done with Hitchcock?
yeah. It's a wrap. It's nothing personal.
your focus right now?
same as it's always been. I've always been a solo artist. Right now, we're
working on Clue's album. It should be out around May. I'm also working
on my album.
looking for a deal right now?
There's a couple deals on the table, I just have to take what's right.
you looking for?
deal out there. It doesn't have to be the most money, but it has to be
the best situation. You need a good label behind you that wants to push
you. I'm looking for somebody that's willing to put the effort in.
sure that your album will be a success?
can be. Hopefully I put the best music together on the album. I'm going
to have the best producers and the best rappers fuck with me. Everything
on the album is going to be the best of everything. I already have some
joints recorded. I have some joints with Fab and Lil' Wayne. I don't want
to give too much away, but it's there.
you working with today?
I just did
some shit with Lil' Wayne. I got mad material with Fab and Stack Bundles.
I got songs with Jeezy. I'm going to have the best of everything.
I got my
in-house producers with Presidential Beats. I have some other producers
like Dough Boys, Develop, Filthy, Ron Browz, and Streetrunner from Miami.
I also have a couple of tracks from Clue.
still working with Joe Budden?
personal with that either, but we haven't really done anything new.
you link up with Joe Budden?
It was a
phone call. My manager called him one day like, "You want to do something
with these niggas?" He heard us and said, "Yeah, I'll do something
with them." So we went to the studio and laid down that shit.
hold-up of Joe Budden's album ever cause you to lose motivation to stay
in the game?
No. I don't
look at it like that. I look at it like he had his chance. Everybody gets
a chance. Either you're going to blow it or make the best of it. I haven't
gotten my chance yet. You can either make the best of it or the worst
of it. I'm going to make the best of it. I just want a chance. Once I
get my chance, I'm going to show people how to do it.
did your Desert Storm affiliation come about?
through Joe Budden. When we started messing with Joe Budden, they started
coming around. That's how we started meeting up.
you feel is holding it down for Jersey right now?
you feel about the way other artists from New Jersey rep it?
because they're not being heard. You need to be heard to rep. I'm the
only one being heard right now. It's not their fault.
you apart from every other rapper flooding the mixtapes?
I'm not a
mixtape rapper. I'm an artist. I make music from the heart. Everything
is already in me. I don't have to search for anything. I spit from the
heart. You can really tell. I'm not a mixtape artist, I make real music.
I don't even want to be under that category.
a difference in how you make mixtape tracks versus album tracks?
When you make a track for the mixtapes, you have to entertain. The album
is a little bit more personal. You're not worried about the entertainment
factor as much as you're trying to get your story across.
your album coming?
along great. I have a lot of hot stuff you're going to be hearing real
soon. Trust me. I'm working with a lot of great people.
in through the mixtapes the best move?
a double-edged sword. It's helped in some cases and it's hurt in other
cases. I guess it helped, but it did hurt a little bit. I don't want to
be put in the category as a mixtape rapper.
it working with E-Skummy?
It was interesting.
He's a real funny guy. We had a real good time working on the record.
It's real unfortunate what happened to him. It's crazy. It was a couple
days after we got up that it happened. From what I saw and how we chilled,
he was a real good guy.
I want to
tell the whole world that he was a real dude. He wasn't fake. He came
down and we had mad fun. He loved the game and he loved to rap. He loved
everything about rap. We had a good time whenever he came up. I got to
chill with him a couple of times before he passed away.
you react when you heard he was shot?
I was like,
"Goddamn they took another one." A lot of us still live where
we grew up. I've been living in the same building for fifteen years. People
don't think about that.
done the mixtapes, DVD's, and features, but what's it going to take to
push Ransom over the top?
If I knew
don't know. I think I'm on the right track. I just have to keep on doing
what I'm doing. I think I'm on the right track.
happy with where you are in the game right now?
happy. I'm not getting all the accolades, but I'm respected by my peers.
Every time I'm around other rappers, they know. I'm respected lyrically.
Out of everything, I like that I'm respected for my craft the most.
you want to say to everyone?
on supporting. I'm going to tell the truth on everything you hear from
me, and it's going to be hot at the same time. I love my fans. I'm just
going to keep on doing the same thing.