I feel good.
you been up to lately?
together my mixtape. That's pretty much done. I just have to format it
and get it out. I'm also trying to pick those bangers for the next album
I want to come out in February. We have a lot of paperwork on the table
from the labels. I'm looking at other labels and deciding if I want to
go another round with SRC/Universal. I'm already in the studio working
on that so it will be ready on time. I'm doing shows everywhere. Every
day I'm in another state or country. Besides that, I'm chilling. I'm good.
need to change anything musically for the next album?
No. I know
that the There's Something About Remy album was popping. I'm pretty much
going to stick with the same format. I'm just going to do whatever I want
to do and however it comes out is what we're going to rock with. I feel
there were a lot of things I left out - well, not really left out because
you can only put so many songs on an album unless you're 50 Cent or 'Pac.
The label allowed me to put fifteen songs on it, so obviously there are
a lot of things I couldn't touch on on the last album.
last interview we did, you said you felt the label set you up to fail.
Do you still feel that way?
It was! The
way they had everything organized with my video and all that, the whole
set-up was a failure to me. I just feel like the way everything was set
up, it was set up to fail, from the promotions to the amount of albums
they were shipping. It got crazy. It got to the point where I felt they
did not want me to win. I do feel differently now though that that record
was a great set-up record for what I'm doing now, from the "Conceited"
record to "Whuteva." It's a great set-up for the next album.
you feel about the timing of the "Conceited" remix?
It came too
late. It wasn't even that. They didn't push it. I had been did that. They
wanted to let it rock and then they wanted to rush with the "Feels
So Good" record, the radio was already playing it without us asking
for spins. I was telling them to slow down on that because that's a hit
and they'll be playing it for the next two months. They could have pushed
the "Conceited" remix more before "Feels So Good."
They threw the remix out not as an official remix but as a mixtape joint.
They ran with "Feels So Good" but at the same time they don't
give me the money to shoot the video. They're just stupid. Who's in charge
up there is dumb. I tell them this all the time. They're retarded. I don't
think they know what they're doing. They're trying the same method with
every album and they never profit and they're wondering why they're not
profiting. Why do you want me to do it the same way and just roll the
SRC/Universal have to do to keep you?
going to have to give me a hell of a lot of money. That's the first thing.
The second thing is there are going to be a few people who have say-so
in my project. I don't want certain people to be a part of my album at
all. I felt like there was a lot of inside hate from the label. What people
don't understand is that when a label doesn't like you, they don't put
that extra money behind your projects, you're not going to get anything
extra, you're not going to get nothing you're not supposed to get and
they're not going to do anything extra they're supposed to do. There was
a lot of hate on the corporate side. I don't know. I don't like them and
they don't like me. That's how I feel.
you be better off at an independent label?
an independent label. I would personally like my own label and be my own
artist on my own label. Nobody can promote me and sell me to the world
better than me.
you want this new mixtape to do for you?
clear that the talent is there. Everybody knows who Remy Ma is. I just
feel like I need to make a few points. I may not have certain album sales,
but this whole summer was Remy Ma season. There's not a time I don't turn
on the radio and I don't hear "Conceited," "Whuteva"
or "Feels So Good." They're dancing to my songs on 106 and Park.
It's crazy. It's the same thing that happened with "Lean Back."
None of my songs were as big as "Lean Back" was, so that tells
you there is something wrong with the company. All I can do is make music,
perform and put myself out there. The mixtape is to hold me over. In the
in-between time, what am I supposed to do? You don't hear this material
from other females because they're not making their own material and they
don't have songs that they can put out. They don't even have their own
minds as to how they feel on certain things. I'm looking at, What do I
have to do? I have these rhymes and I have to put them out. It's not for
the money. It's not for the airplay. It's just because I have something
to say and I feel like shitting on everybody.
been a lot of speculation that you and Fat Joe aren't on good terms, but
then you were just in his music video. What's going on between you two?
me like, Yo, Rem, I'm shooting my video. Come through. The thing is, the
shit that I say to Joe, nobody else on this planet could do without him
going crazy. He knows that when it comes to me and him having our ways.
We say our word is our bond. I'm never going to change my mind and you're
never going to change your mind. We might as well stop arguing, get over
it and realize we don't agree, otherwise we're going to keep arguing.
It doesn't make sense to keep having arguments. We never had crazy arguments
before but I've just never blacked on the radio and he's never blacked
in an interview.
not leaving Terror Squad anytime soon?
no Terror Squad to me as far as a group. The only people in it are me
and Joe. I couldn't even tell you where Tony Sunshine is. I couldn't tell
you where Armageddon is. I couldn't tell you where Prospect is and Pun's
not here. If me and Joe aren't doing songs together, technically what
is the Terror Squad? I look at it like it's deeper than just records.
I've done so many records over the years and I helped define that as much
as Joe and Pun did and everybody else. How could there be a Terror Squad
if there is no squad?
it like that?
think everybody is fed up. They've been doing this way longer than me.
I was never chasing this "I wanna be a rapper" thing. I was
never pressing up demos. I was always on some "get money" shit.
You lose your drive after awhile and you don't care about being the hottest
nigga and you don't care about going to the studio. They have family and
bills. Running around to the studio isn't paying that so niggas are doing
what they have to do to eat and live. That's why they're not hoping they're
on the next single. It's not easy being a rapper. This shit is hard. Personally
I think they gave up. I don't think they do it no more.
are my niggas. I want to see all my niggas with money. I don't want to
see none of them struggling. I want them all to be popping. You can't
force somebody to have drive. They're not nineteen and twenty-one anymore.
They have wives and families now. This game is depressing and it's stressful.
It's crazy. Once things got popping, everybody started going their own
separate ways. After we did our first Terror Squad album, we were all
supposed to blow. Niggas were all going for themselves. It just fucked
everything up. Just like the argument me and Joe had on Hot97, other niggas
had arguments and said stuff you can't take back.
and Joe do more songs?
I could see
myself doing more songs with him. I don't hate him. I don't wish he dies.
When I hate people, I wish that they die now and forever. I don't hate
him. I'm pretty sure we'll do a song together. I just don't think it's
good, business-wise, for him to be over my projects. Since we don't get
along, it's going to fuck up our friendship. One minute we're chilling
and popping bottles and I'm smoking, and the next minute you're trying
to put your foot down and tell me something about my song. It's a conflict
of interest especially where he's an artist at the same time. As long
as that's the case, I feel we're always going to get into it and have
some type of discrepancy between us. I just don't think it's going to
work. He's not trying to hear me and I'm not trying to hear him.
Cent calls you up and says, Remy I want to do a song. What do you say?
If 50 Cent
calls me and says, Remy I want to do a song, I'm going to ask him how
much he's paying me. I'm going to have him talk to my manager and tell
him the price for a feature from Remy Ma.
were rumors about you being involved in the formation of an all-female
supergroup. Is that going to happen?
I was actually
thinking of putting that together myself. I just feel like it would be
a platform for all the females who have been in this shit and they have
their own minds and they don't need no nigga telling them what they need
to come up. Every chick that was under somebody else, you always have
the main nigga and he's popping and the girl is fucked up. Look at Busta
and Digga, Luda and Shawnna, Trick Daddy and Trina and Jermaine Dupri
and Da Brat. I know for a fact that Shawnna doesn't have damn-near the
same amount of money as Luda. I know Digga doesn't have as much money
as Busta. Look at all the hit songs that the nigga ever had and the chick
is on it. If that's your girl, it ain't right [for her to be in that situation].
seems like a lot of female MC's don't get along. Look at Khia dissing
Khia is a
fucking hater! That's the whole shit with bitches. Bitches think the only
way to get props is to bring down the next bitch. If a bitch gets in power,
she's never going to make it easier for the next bitch because she knows
what she went through. Khia was saying some crazy shit. I read her interview
where she was talking about how all these females needed a nigga to come
up. She was talking shit about me and how I came up with Joe. Nobody came
at her crazy. You did what you do and more power to you, but don't bring
down that next bitch because she had a little bit of help or whatever
the case may be. I fuck with Shawnna and I know what she's really going
through. I fuck with Trina and I know what she's really going through.
Don't talk about somebody's shit unless you know what their shit is like.
I've heard her story and it's not any different from anybody else's story.
on tour with us with Fat Joe and Ja Rule when "What's Luv" was
hot. She used to open up for us. It's crazy. To me it's a publicity stunt.
She went at all of us. She felt like none of us were on her level. I feel
like she's trying to get any one of us to say something back to her, which
is crazy. I'm not the one. I'm not the one to write a song to her. I'm
going to see you I'm going to smack fire out of you. Just don't come at
me crazy if you don't know me. Don't talk about me if you don't know my
situation. I've been grinding for infinity years.
do a song with Kim?
I fucks with
Kim. I like Kim. It's that Foxy Brown bitch I don't like.
going on with you two now?
going on with Foxy. I heard she can hear again. I'm waiting to make sure
it's official so when I say shit she'll hear it. I don't even think about
that girl. She's on the Khia listing. If you know you're a fly bitch and
you know another fly bitch walks in, you should be able to compliment
her. I can say somebody else's performance was hot. None of my swag decreased
because you walked in. When you get like that I feel like you're unsure
about who you are and your situation. She better not say nothing to me
ever in life or I'm going to smack her fucking head off. I told her that.
It's not like I'm saying anything to you that I wouldn't say to her.
Rah Digga would sound dope together.
nigga! Digga's my nigga. I don't have a problem with her. Foxy is the
only person I ever had a problem with. When I did my history on her, I
found out she had a problem with everybody. She had a problem with Queen
Latifah. How do you have a problem with Queen Latifah? Are you fucking
kidding me? That girl's crazy. It's clear.
just speaking with a group of young girls. How important is it to you
to stay connected to the young girls coming up?
I was thinking
of things I wanted to do and I was telling my management that I wanted
to open a group home. When my friends, guys and girls, mostly guys, call
me when they're going through shit and I try to help them. I'm known for
telling the truth and nothing but the truth. Maybe sometimes I'm too blunt.
A lot of times kids don't have the person to turn to. Do you think most
of these kids are out here robbing and stealing because they want to be?
They probably are hungry, have no clothes and no guidance. It has a lot
to do with the way the parents are raising their children. The same way
I said my album was set up for failure, I feel these kids are set up for
failure. You don't realize that until you start taking care of yourself
like, Oh shit, I'm fucked up. It's something you can't help. You're born
into it. I look at the predicament some older people are in and it's like,
Who are you to give me advice? I'm where a lot of kids want to be and
if I can help them, then that's what I'm going to do. That makes me feel
good. I want to feel like I did something. That's my way of giving back.
People think they can write a check and send it to charity, but nothing's
as effective as that hand-on-hand, person-to-person contact.
popular music help or hurt kids?
I don't think
it does either or. You would be amazed at some of the shit kids are aware
of and know of. They use the music but there's no way you know something
is ok to do because you heard it in a song. You know right from wrong.
You can't blame why you did something because you heard it. My son is
six years-old and he listens to rap music but I taught him right from
wrong. I curse all day and I curse in all my songs. He knows it's not
"do as I do" but "do as I say."
you feel about the Chicken Noodle Soup dance?
I think it's
cool. Everybody doesn't want to kill people all the time or stand up against
the wall all the time. The girl is cute. I feel like it's hot. It's something
different. I think it's cool. I actually like the beat.
you dropping the mixtape?
for it to drop the first week kids go back to school.
you want to say to everybody?
that I'm here. I'm not going anywhere. I'm not a fad and I'm not a phase.
I've been doing this before '99. I've been doing this for y'all to hear
it and I haven't even climaxed yet. Just be ready. Stop calling me a fucking
female rapper. Whoever you think is nice, I'm better than them!