man. I'm feeling real good right now.
you tell us about your debut album Since 1981?
June 12 on Crown City Records. It's a real serious album and a real personal
album that I put together with my family. You have to feel it. It comes
straight from the heart. It's that real hip-hop shit that's been dying.
break down the title?
born-date right there. I've been through a lot in my life and I had to
take this journey and look back on my life. I had to get this personal
album out. You're either going to love me or hate me.
how I'm feeling. That's how I went into it. I was like, "We have
to bring back that vintage New York sound." That was the inspiration
for this record.
pushing this record yourself?
doing this independent. We're all coming from Corona, Queens. Everything's
falling into place. We're working with the Beatnuts and things are looking
your goals for Since 1981?
to set the standard. We're going to set a mark in this game. People have
to let this real hip-hop shit come out. I feel like that's what I want
this record to do. I want it to bring that real, raw, New York gutter
you think that sound is missing so much these days?
there's just that real commercial sound and the labels and radio only
want what's hot right now, which is the south. It's crazy how it is. It's
like it's all programmed. You have to like only one sound. Everyone's
using the same sample and nobody's being creative no more. That sound
and creativity has to come back.
recently said, "Fuck New York" and blamed the DJ's for the bad
music. Do you agree with that statement?
definitely what's going on. These DJ's aren't pushing the right records
out. People don't get to hear the real, raw, uncut hip-hop sound.
been your experiences with the DJ's?
it's payola. Everybody wants to get paid to play the records and it shouldn't
be like that. If it's real, let it rock.
your inspiration for "We Ridin'"?
Ridin'" reminds me of my hood. That reminds me of my hood, Corona,
Queens. We're out there and we're riding. I always rep my hood, Corona
Queens, 37th Ave. I was showing you a side of my hood.
feel any pressure coming from Corona?
Nah. I feel
like the timing is right right now for Corona. There's a lot of talent
in Corona right now. I feel like I'm opening the door for all this talent
to come out. Everybody's starting to stick together in Corona. They're
getting together and it's going to be a crazy movement once it happens.
I Feel" is a crazy track.
is inspired by all the classics. That's how I feel. That's the sound we
have to bring back. That's a real nice record right there. I appreciate
the fans who felt that record. That was something that came from the heart.
I'm glad that people still actually listen to the lyrics. That Demo of
the Month has been a good look. It's opened some ears and a lot of people
are listening now. It was definitely a good look.
up with your group Jihad?
most controversial group out there. That was something Juju from the Beatnuts
brought to Corona. We're the up-and-coming niggas. It's going to be crazy.
It's me, my man Ritch E. Rich, Moonshine, Skeemask, and Marley Metal.
Marley does stuff for the Beatnuts. He was on their album. We're about
to take over the game for real. It's going to be real hard for niggas.
you guys work together?
when we're working together. It's a beautiful thing. We've known each
other since we were little kids. The chemistry is definitely there when
we work together.
your relationship like with the Beatnuts?
Me and Juju
are working together. We're trying to come out with a little hood compilation
type album to show everyone the artists coming out of Corona. We're family,
straight up and down.
the next move for you?
a lot of shows and we're pushing Since 1981. We're making sure everything
is right with the album and that it gets in the right hands. We're also
working on a Jihad mixtape that has all the stuff the hood wants. That's
what we're going to continue to do. We're going to keep rocking the shows
and making good music.
you want to say to everyone?
To all my
supporters, we're going to keep rocking. To all my up-and-coming artists,
we're going to make it happen. The doors are going to open. To my Jihad
family, you already know what time it is.