your New Money mixtape doing for you so far?
So far, so
good. I put it out in a mad rush. I put a lot of older joints on there.
A lot of older fans can see that. That's because the QN5 Spring Cleaning
tour was sprung on me at the last minute. That's why you don't even see
Session on some of the fliers. I threw this together, had Envy host it,
and I threw a bunch of joints together. That was that. It's doing great
so far. Cats are liking it. It's a great introduction to Session because
people who haven't heard me or heard of me, even the older joints are
new. To me, it's cool, but I'm setting up for my next mixtape, An A&R's
Dream, which is going to be all new shit.
that stands out about you is the punchlines. How do you come up with those?
I get hiiiigh.
I get high and I feel like writing. Sometimes I'll be walking on the block
and a line will enter my head for no apparent reason. I'll write it on
my Sidekick and I'll get home and when I write a verse, I'll have that
line to throw in there somewhere. I also have songs like "Route of
Evil" I throw out there to let people know I'm not all about punchlines
and that I have substance as well.
rappers are known for corny punchlines. What's the difference between
a good punchline and a bad one?
All the "My
car is the same color of" and "My watch is the color of
That's all corny to me. A million people have already done that. That's
elementary. I don't set my shit up like that. There's some that don't
even use punchlines and that's cool.
there so many cookie-cutter rappers?
I don't know
and I don't care. There are a lot of people who complain about the state
of hip-hop, but good music will prevail at the end of the day. I don't
give a fuck about nobody who's not helping me out. If everybody was nice,
then I would have a harder time. Thank you, wack rappers.
the next move for you now that the Envy tape is popping?
This is just
me dipping my feet in the water and it's for a bunch of industry people
who didn't know who I was. Now people know who I am and now I can set
up my next project. Now people know who I am and cop my shit. The next
project I'm doing is An A&R's Dream. It's all my newest shit. The
Green Lantern track "Betta Ask Somebody" is one of my newest
joints. My new songs show I know how to put songs together instead of
straight spitting all the time. I'm dropping that and I'm going to Europe
in August as a continuation of the QN5 tour. All that shit is just to
set up my album. All of this just to set up my album. I still don't know
if I'm going to go the independent route or the major route. I'll know
when I get all this other shit out of the way and the effect on what's
happened. Based on what's happened, I'll know what I'm going to do next.
Ask Somebody" seems to be doing well for you.
is crazy. So far, so good. A lot of people are liking that track a lot.
I'm getting a lot of hits for that, especially now that Green Lantern
is really doing his thing and dropping a lot of tapes left and right.
The reaction is good so far, but I haven't really pushed it like that.
I want to get it radio edited and send it out more.
the QN5 Spring Cleaning tour going for you so far?
So far, it's
been great. I'm different from everyone on QN5. I'm not like Tone, Pack
FM, or Cunninlynguists, musically. Some of the crowd likes their music
better and they don't really rock with me while some of the crowds go
crazy for my music. Alaska was crazy! My show is a lot more aggressive.
I make drunk people music.
the atmosphere like on tour?
to blow some spots up right now. Natti from Cunninlynguists farts a lot.
I have to smell his farts all day. Tone and Pack and Kno don't want us
to smoke in the van so we have to go outside and smoke in the middle of
nowhere. We chilled and we bonded and we talked hip-hop. Pack FM lives
on his Sidekick. Life in the van was cool. It's crazy when you have to
take twelve hour trips. We even bumped into Murs at the Salt Lake City
spot. The world can be so small sometimes.
you just get Tonedeff one of those pine trees to hang off the rear-view
put it right off his nose.
does he think he is? Sarah from Da Band?
That's mad diva, yo! It's fun to get on him for that shit. It was also
because they didn't want to get pulled over and all that. I want to smoke
and be high.
your relationship with QN5 right now?
with QN5 is mad tight. As of now, my Spicasso album will be dropping on
QN5 Music. I've spoken to them and they know I aspire to do bigger things.
I aspire to be on a major label and blow the fuck up. There's different
ways to do that and everybody does that a different way, whether I build
a buzz before my first album or after. No matter what, all my peoples
are being brought with me. There's different ways. I'm just trying to
build up a buzz and most of that crowd is going to come from the Spanish
crowd. I'm trying to talk to them and that's going to make me a million
dollars. I'm worth a million dollars.
think a label's going to believe that?
I think a
label is going to believe that because you have to look at it this way:
industry dudes would be stupid to not see the potential of me being able
to make money with the way I rap. Take a Puerto Rican from Puerto Rico
and a Puerto Rican from New York. That's two separate types of people
even if they have the same background. My music represents a New Yorican.
That's why Pun went multi-platinum. He represented and showed pride for
his culture. That's why people loved him. If that was the case now, Fat
Joe would be platinum all day. There hasn't been a Spanish rapper to represent
their culture like Pun did. Tru Life and Joell Ortiz are going hard, but
they're not Spanish dudes. I have my own lane not just by throwing a little
Spanglish in there every now and then but by saying shit that's unique
to us as a culture. Jay-Z said, "Spanish Jose, show me how to get
the money niggas owe me." He makes us sound cool. Where's Spanish
Jose? That's me! I have my own angle and I just hope people will follow
me on my journey. My people make me worth a million dollars, so when you
hear me say that shit, it's not me being cocky or arrogant, it's me being
confident that my people will stand behind me and support me without alienating
anyone else. I'm not rapping in Spanish over here.
can have their angle and do their thing. In no way am I trying to take
away from what Joell Ortiz, Tru Life, or anyone else is doing. Joell Ortiz
raps straight-up hip-hop. I really can't call it. I just know that the
way I'm going to do it is different from any way that's ever been done
before. There's hood niggas who aren't Spanish and that's what's not being
represented in music right now. That's my lane all day.
the album coming out so far?
is coming out fucking great. It's coming out real fucking good. I was
actually at a show last night with Joell Ortiz and I performed the intro
to the album. Cats went nuts for it. There's going to be a lot of deep
tracks and conceptual shit on the album. There's going to be a lot of
bangers on there of course, but it's going to be Spicasso. It's going
to be a masterpiece.
you looking to drop it?
to drop it when the time is right. I'm not trying to sell it to five people
in my hood. We did an interview before and it never got published, but
I'm not sweating it because the timing wasn't right. Why would I sweat
it? So people could have forgotten about me the next day? I wasn't prepared
to follow that up with music. I have no date right now, but as soon as
you hear my name buzzing and things start working and my joints are on
the radio, then you're going to know the album is coming real soon.
guys working on another Extended Famm album?
I'm not really
fucking with that too tough. There's fans who love that shit. A lot of
the shit we did on that was not what I like or what I want to do. At the
end of the day, I got outvoted on a lot of shit.
you want to say to everyone?
To the labels,
I'm worth a million dollars. Get in while I'm cheap. Make your money grow.
To my fans, I love y'all motherfuckers. Coming from an independent route,
I need every one of y'all motherfuckers. I try to cultivate a fan-base
because that's going to create selling power for me and I can use that
at the labels. To my potential fans, I am not a dime-a-dozen rapper. I
don't use the same flow and corny punchlines everyone else does. And another
thing, to other artists, I'm a fan. I'm from New York where we have the
crabs-in-a-barrel mentality, but I can rock to anybody's shit. If you
give anybody props, they think you're wack. For example, I like Juelz
Santana. I think that motherfucker is nice. Somebody will say, "You
think you're wack? He's better than you?" I can still like someone
else's music. I am not a hater.
with Session at http://myspace.com/spicasso
and be sure to visit http://qn5.com