like a villain. It's a beautiful day, and I don't just mean the weather.
the Boot Camp tour going so far?
I like tour buses basically. It's all good.
the bus is dope.
part is hotter than a motherfucker. Other than that, this shit is high-tech,
state-of-the-art. This is the freshest shit you could ever want to be
on. You would think we were rappers.
the response at the shows been so far?
the crowd feeling the Boot Camp goes without saying. As long as the people
get to the spot, then they like what we do. We usually rock it. That's
usually a given, as long as whoever's job it is to get them there does
that, then we're good.
have your fans from back in the day, but do you also see a lot of younger
fans coming out to the shows?
I see all
kinds of people coming out to our shows. I'm surprised that some of these
motherfuckers even know who we are because they're kids. I'm not an old-ass
man, but I'm a grown-ass man. Sometimes when I see a 20 year-old nigga
and he knows my shit and he says he grew up on my shit, he really means
that because he was young when my shit was popping. It's the same way
I knew Rakim's and G. Rap's shit when I was young.
makes me feel old. It makes me feel like I'm getting older and I'm a little
bit over the hill. Once you get past that it's a beautiful thing that
somebody's appreciating what you do. I always told my niggas that if it
ain't rapping or DJ'ing or whatever, but if you really love what you're
doing, people will pay you for your services. You'll find a way to get
it done. You just need to find a way to apply yourself.
half of The Incredible Rap Team made a dope comeback last year and you
were pretty quiet. What were you doing?
When I first
walked away from the Duck Down situation, I had a deal with Priority.
That lasted for all of a year and a half. They weren't doing what they
said they were going to do so I stepped away from that. I got the fuck
out of that. Then I was fucking with DJ Lethal from Limp Bizkit and House
of Pain fame, but that shit wasn't materializing like it was supposed
to so I got the fuck up out of there too. I was really in the truest sense
of the word formulating plans. I have a couple of other groups and a management
company called Magnum PI. I have a clothing line called Ichiban with my
boy. It's fire. I'm rocking it right now. We make customized shit and
we got it popping. The t-shirt Ruck had on in the "Timbz Do Work"
video was one of our shirts. We've been doing a lot of things and I was
out on the west coast. The time just came and family called, and family
is family and when they call, you show up.
regret what happened at Priority or DJ Lethal?
No, I don't.
I think that was the best thing that I did for all of us. The fact that
I walked back in the circle, in my opinion, for anybody who may have stopped
paying attention, they started paying attention again. That's not to say
that niggas weren't paying attention. I stepped away and niggas held it
down. When I stepped away, a bunch of motherfuckers wished I didn't. Me
stepping back is like, "Oh, shit!" It's an excellent marketing
and promotions tool. It makes you turn your head again. Honestly I feel
that if I didn't do all that shit right there, there never would have
been a Heltah Skeltah controversy. Heltah Skeltah never broke up. I was
just doing my solo shit. Niggas thought that Heltah Skeltah broke up which
is good because it makes you pay attention now. Niggas would be used to
us right now if they weren't talking. I don't want niggas to be used to
us yet. I want to shock you motherfuckers.
feel like a new Rock working on this Last Stand album?
was easy for me to be honest with you. The only hard part for me was narrowing
down the songs and looking at certain songs I might have wanted that might
not have made it. It is what it is. I can think of at least three songs
that I loved and I was in love with and they didn't make it. It doesn't
mean you're not going to hear it. It's like having a sleepover at your
aunt's crib where all the grown-ups are partying and all the kids are
having a good time. That's honestly what it felt like. It felt like it
was a sleepover with the fam. I had a blast making it.
Last Stand come out how you wanted it to?
is a beautiful thing. I'm not mad at the album at all. In my generous
nature, I wanted to give y'all two more songs. Other than that it's a
started working on your solo album?
since '99 I've always had an album done. I record all the time and I just
update and upgrade. I don't go for long periods of time without recording.
From three months after I signed the Priority solo deal I had the album
done. When I signed with Interscope we just did five new songs. If you
go to my MySpace page, I have a song up there called "Let's Rock."
Everybody has opinions, but the common opinion is that I should put that
out right now. That's from 2000. I have loads and loads and loads more.
All that shit on the MySpace is old. I'm just waiting for the right moment.
I have a real big personality and I'm a big dude. I'm 6'5". I'm not
doing anything to lose. I'm part of a supergroup. Heltah Skeltah is The
Incredible Rap Team. Who's better? Ain't nobody better than me and my
boy. There's no weak link here. There's no tag-team out here without a
weak link running around. Everything I do, I want to do my shit big. I
still got shit I want out of life and out of this game and I'm just scheming
on how to get it and I'm going to strike at the opportune moment because
I'm a monster and you never know what time I'm going to get you.
I don't think
it's overdue. Not really. Everything happens for a reason. I've watched
the way the game goes and I've watched the different cycles in the game.
When I had the Priority and Interscope deals, I knew in my heart of hearts
that it wasn't time yet. I was just knowing. I could just feel it in my
motherfucking Rocky senses. You have the Boot Camp album and Sean P's
Jesus Price coming in September. Monster Music (Rock's solo album) is
coming and y'all are going to know. Monster Music could come out tomorrow
if the situation is right. I just have to do two more skits. When the
situation is right, y'all are going to get it. Monsters don't come just
to scare. They come to rear their ugly head and eat food.
you never felt you were ready to drop. How come?
feel it was the right time based on the way I'm planning on doing to the
game. None of the niggas did what I want to do to the game on their first
coming. When they finally did it, they had their mind right, their game-plan
right and their money right. It took them a period of five to seven years.
I haven't been going that long yet. It was true with Jay-Z, the Wu, remember
RZA was out first
A lot of niggas who put the game up under their
wing and own it, that's how they do it. Look at Snoop and Dre. They made
a good first impression, but the game dealt them some bumps and scars
so they fell back and when they came back they came back right. I'm just
watching the patterns and according to those patterns, it wasn't time
game ready for a Heltah Skeltah album?
is ready to be rocked right now. The game is ready for a new owner. You
can't just force-feed people. People are scared of new shit and shit they're
not used to.
feel a Heltah Skeltah album is necessary?
It is what
it is. It is what it is. Right now this Boot Camp album is necessary.
My presence is necessary and you're going to get it. That's what it is.
of impact will The Last Stand have?
I don't know.
You'll have to wait and see. I can only tell you what I want it to have.
has said he doesn't feel the Boot Camp has ever gotten the respect they
deserve. How do you feel about that?
Do you feel
like you guys got some props, but not all the props you deserved.
feel that way. That seems to be the common opinion, but I'm not going
to cry. I'm going to make you respect me. That's all.
you feel about the way Brooklyn is being represented?
I have to
do what I have to do. I understand how niggas feel about all of that and
all of that and it is what it is and I love where I'm from, but I don't
own no land. I don't own no land. I'm a child of the motherfucking universe.
If niggas can't rap, they can't rap. That's why it's up to me to do to
that. I don't give a fuck about where the good music is coming from. I
never did. While the east coast and west coast were supposedly beefing,
I was on the west coast falling in love with that shit. I'm one of the
most unknown. I don't fuck with niggas. I don't give a fuck about these
niggas really. How many people really know a monster? I only fuck with
who I know. I don't give a fuck about what nobody's doing unless it involves
me and my niggas.
I'm a real
New York nigga. What people don't realize about New Yorkers is we're perpetual
haters. Fuck you! I'm not fucking with y'all, you're not my brother! Fuck
y'all. Everybody's got their own brothers they're worrying about and their
a good thing or a bad thing?
us who we are. Fuck that!
you feel about certain Brooklyn rappers pulling guns on DVD's?
I don't know
what those niggas are doing because I don't know those niggas. I just
know that those niggas are stupid for pulling out hammers. We did that
on the Magnum Force album. We were stupid too, but the album was called
Magnum Force so it was relative. These niggas are fucking retards. What's
going to happen when the feds go to the maker of the DVD and say, "You're
going to take me there to those brothers or you're going to jail"?
Those niggas are stupid. Whether they're busting their hammers or not,
I don't know them. I don't know them and I don't care as long as they
don't come around Boot Camp with that shit.
who's been through a lot of different things in the industry, what advice
do you have for the young guys coming up?
to rhyme, niggas. Make fucking music. Learn how to fucking rhyme and be
yourself. A lot of niggas get record deals and can't rhyme. Let me tell
you what that does for you: They may be able to mold you and get you a
hit, but once niggas figure out you can't rhyme, your sales are going
down. The grapevine is a motherfucker.
you want to say to everyone?
movement. Check me out on MySpace.com. My link is on my website, rockness.net.
Also check out for my niggas The Rock Brothers. We all represent the same
shit. We're unbreakable. That's one of the groups I'm working on. I'm
also working with a group called the Evil Sweethearts. They're fire. I
also have another artist named Verbal Kent. I'm trying to get a label
situation. All of this shit depends on me and the buzz I create. When
the shit jumps, it's going to jump. I have the whole new New York movement
right here in my back pocket, so why should I give a fuck about another
rapper? That's a real New York nigga.