you been lately?
good. I've been grinding real hard trying to get this music and the movement
popping to where it needs to be.
down at the Fight Klub battle against Jin?
I was told by people at the Fight Klub that they were going to have a
big battle for $10,000, and I had a pretty good idea who would be there.
I came in ready to get that money, and that's how it went down pretty
things changed since the battle?
really changed. Winning the battle's made it easier to get my music in
the streets. I'm able to maneuver a little better with that money. And
more people on the outside are paying attention. I'm not trying to downplay
it, but that was no big deal because I feel like I got so much more to
that you had racist lines to get Jin, what do you have to say?
Can I curse
in this interview?
I have to
say to that comment, "stop fucking bitching." People are going
to have an excuse to say why this happened, or why that happened. It's
like battling a fat person and not saying anything about them being fat.
That'd be stupid. The way I did it, there was no coming back from it.
If anyone was there at the battle, they'll see it was way more than Chinese
jokes. I think that whole shit is weak and people are just making excuses
you doing with Needlz today?
my man. We've been doing records together for the last six years. When
we both started, we met each other at the same time. We were going to
structure a deal where it'd be with his production company. But what he's
doing as a producer, we both feel that he has a lot more work to do to
get to super-producer status. He doesn't have the time to dedicate to
me, so I have my own company. I'm basically signed to myself, but Needlz
is my man and we still work together.
Needlz in the studio?
don't work in the studio with Needlz like that. He's so fucking talented
that he makes a crazy beat in 15 minutes, and I just take it from there.
Sometimes he'll come up with an idea or concept, but for the most part,
I take a beat and focus on that because I don't want to hear his other
shit because that'll make me want that too. We build a song together from
the concept and hook and all that. Needlz is a real critic. He doesn't
really like a lot of shit which makes him a good producer. When I do a
song, I'll come back to him and make the beat as thick as it can be. That's
how our relationship works.
would you describe yourself to everyone out there?
It's hard for someone to describe themselves because people are going
to see you how they see you. My music comes from the heart and it's creative,
and I'm not trying to follow anyone else's blueprint or piggyback off
of anyone. I just want to make real classic music that's timeless.
definitely done your thing in the battles, but are you concerned with
being seen as a battle MC?
I used to.
Unfortunately, this is America and we need money to survive. It's not
an issue of battling, it's an issue of money. If someone comes to me with
money to battle, I'd be a fool to say "no" because I don't want
to be seen as a battle rapper. With my songs, people are going to hear
for themselves that my songs are not based on battling. It's just that
God blessed me with the talent to do that. And another thing, I need to
get that $50,000 in the Bahamas. I heard I'm not going to be able to get
in there this year which is ludicrous.
going on with that Mixshow Power Summit Battle?
saying that I wasn't on their roster for whatever reason. I don't know
what politics they have going on, but I feel that I definitely deserve
a chance. Even if I can't be in the battle I'm still going to be there.
will the battle be if you're not in it?
I should have been in the battle before I beat Jin. Realistically, there's
politics in this game and that's one of the things that I hate. It's sad
that it has to take me winning a battle with Jin for people to even pay
attention to my talent. But that's the nature of the game we're in. God
willing, I'll get in the battle and get that 50k.
your goals right now in the game?
goal is to establish myself and my movement and take it to the next plateau.
"Life is Serious" is what I use to explain my life. It's the
spin-off of what everyone else is doing being a hustler and being a stereotypical
rapper. It's not about all that. You need a real nigga that has a different
perspective, because I'm not going to fall into the category of all these
other rappers because I feel like I have to sell records. I'm just trying
to take my organization and movement to the next level.
involved are you in your business?
I am the
business. All of my team knows too much. I don't have dudes that do what
I say. We're all grown men. Everyone in my camp is my age or older. A
lot of them are O.G.'s in the game and they know how things should go
and what good marketing schemes are, and where to go with things. The
things we think about are on a different level. I can't help thinking
with a business mind because I'm an entrepreneur by nature. It's fortunate
that I'm around people with the same mindset. Everything that we do is
either conceived or approved by my team.
next for you?
in a couple of different studios just perfecting my sound and getting
it as big as it can be so the records can be as big as they can be. I
let a couple of them leak out. There was that freestyle on HipHopGame,
and I don't even know how you guys got it. That was an unmixed version
of it. The streets want the stuff I do because people have heard of me,
so I let mixtape joints leak out. As far as the core joints for my album,
I'm just perfecting them. You can be on the lookout for my mixtape which
should be done in the next few weeks. I'll be out there in the Bahamas
with "Life is Serious" t-shirts and towels, look out for us.
you want to say to everyone getting to know you?
If I do have
fans based on this battle stuff, I want them to know that it's much bigger
than that. I want you to know that the battle was not a trick in getting
you to know me and like me. I write about real life. All these beefs in
the streets, I'm not with that. I'm trying to eat, this is real-life.
I don't do beefs for publicity stunts. For all these beefs going on, just
know that Serious Jones is not involved in any of that. Making music,
this is a God-given talent. I appreciate the love and support, and any
way I can give it back, I'm going to do so.