on the grind over here. I was just writing right before you called me.
the Seven Dirty story?
is an artist trying to make a name for himself right now. I was a part
of the Ghetto Inmates and we were signed to Loud at one point. I'm sure
everybody heard that story.
name Seven Dirty?
how 730 means crazy. I know you know! It's part of the craziness but at
the same time, my shit be dirty, so I put a twist to it.
you been up to lately?
just been on the grind. I'm trying to etch my name in the stone and separate
myself from the shadow of my brother. He's doing his thing. He's signed
to the Roc but I'm basically trying to do me.
ever feel like you're in the shadow of Tru Life?
I feel like
there's two ways I can go. I can ride his coattails and be the background
rapper, but I'm much bigger than that. I'm trying to get on the grind
and do my own thing now.
your relationship with Tru today?
is beautiful. I got crazy love for him, I'm just not trying to be that
dude to ride his coattails. I'm trying to have them respect me as an artist
so at the end of the day, I know I did shit myself and I'm the one who
made shit happen.
how your brother feels towards the Diplomats. What's your take on them?
Tru Life versus Diplomats issue, I was thinking of leaving that issue
alone because my brother can handle it. If shit gets really out of hand,
I'll get involved. I'm just not trying to feed off of that to get my name
out there. I don't want them paying attention to me because I dissed Dipset.
I'm way bigger than that.
It All Again" did well for you on HipHopGame.
A lot of
people checked it out on HipHopGame and we got 4 ½ stars. I got
a lot of hits on that for somebody that was never heard. I was happy I
got that kind of love. That whole record was all truth. It was me spitting
my whole life on the track. Everybody loved it so I said, Let me go with
feedback from people on that song affect the music you're making now?
I pay attention
to what's happening in hip-hop right now. If you're an artist and you
don't pay attention, you're not going to know what's hot. I'm always going
to be on top of my game as far as what's out there at the moment.
your focus right now?
I'm working on a mixtape. I haven't gotten the big person to host it yet
but I'm definitely going to get that. I'm also working to get this album
out there and get it popping off. I'm not going to sit back and wait.
It's time for me to get out there and let the world know who Seven Dirty
it like growing up on the Lower East Side?
It was really
hard growing up in the Lower East Side because it was three bad boys with
just their mother. Our father wasn't around. Going through all of that
stuff made me the person I am now so I never regret my past.
it back a sec, how did the Ghetto Inmates come together?
formed by me and my brother Tru. I was a co-founder of the group. A lot
of people don't know that but they'll know it now. We basically took a
bunch of dudes from the hood and put them together. We said we were the
best and we were going to take over the game. We rolled mad deep and we
were crazy so they called us the Puerto Rican Wu-Tang. We got signed and
lost our deal. We had some good times. I never regret anything I've been
through. It made me who I am.
getting dropped, what happened to the group?
Once we lost
the deal, my brother stayed doing his thing. There was a little falling
out between him and Raze and Raze went his separate way. The other three
members started fading out. Everybody was doing their separate thing.
One day, hopefully we can put all this shit behind us and meet at the
top like Voltron. We'll see what happens.
you and Raze cool today?
always going to be my man. Basically I'm running around doing my thing
and he's running around doing his thing. When it's like that people don't
get to hang out.
a good time to be Puerto Rican in hip-hop right now?
say that if we ever had a chance, it's now. It seems like the Latino thing
is hitting hard right now. If you're Latin, you better eat now. The pendulum
swung our way and it's time to eat now. In a way I feel like that, but
people have to know that Latinos have been down from day one. The first
one to say hip-hop was Puerto Rican. It came out of a Puerto Rican dude's
were cats like DJ Disco Wiz.
We've been down from day one. People try to act like we're trying to be
down. Man, we've been down from day one.
the next move for Seven Dirty?
to do this mixtape and drop this independent album. From there it should
be the sky as the limit. You have to respect the grind. When somebody's
on their grind you know it's going to be heavy. The Package is the CD.
It should be out by Spring.
you want to say to everybody?
is at it's all-time low and it's time for us to take it back to where
it was. Without us any unity is not going to happen.