What was going through your mind when you got shot a few weeks ago?
Bullets can’t kill me, Brian! Shit, really, I was just like, ‘Here we go again.’ That wasn’t the first time shit like that happened. I was just like, ‘Here we go again.’ I’m used to that kind of shit, coming from where I come from.
How many times have you been shot at?
I’ve been shot at so many motherfucking times. I be saying like a thousand times, 5 thousand, but probably 500 times.
That’s a lot of times.
I know. I definitely know. For the past 12 years, I’ve been going through some shit.
Were there any complications from being shot in the head?
I’m feeling the same way I was feeling before I got shot. I left the hospital in 12 hours. So I ain’t feeling no way. There ain’t no side effects to that shit.
How did Green Lantern react?
He was like, ‘Stay the fuck out the ‘hood!’ But he knows a nigga is good. He knows a nigga is a warrior. He knows a nigga is good.
Does this shooting change anything about how you’ll move in the future?
Hell no! It just makes me a little bit more aggressive now.
You already were pretty aggressive. How much more aggressive are you trying to get?
(laughs) A little extra aggressive. Put it like that. I’m a little extra aggressive.
So everybody better watch out?
Oh, hell yeah! Hell motherfucking yeah. And not Papoose’s corny ass.
How did you and Papoose get to the point you’re at?
I think my momentum and my whole movement just destroyed everything that that nigga was doing and that got him sick to his stomach. And that’s really what this shit is. First they’re trying to act like they knocked me out and they posted a videotape of that shit. That shit was a motherfucking lie. He winds up getting dropped from his motherfucking label and then you see him on motherfucking YouTube getting punched in his motherfucking face, swinging around a pole and running from his right-hand man. And then he tried to deny it and the tape came out. It just shows you how motherfuckers just be lying. He was lying on getting $1.5. I’m like, ‘Get the fuck out of here, man.’ He needs hype and Uncle Murder got shot so let me act like I did that. Get the fuck out of here. That wasn’t him. If I would have got shot in the library, I would have been like, ‘Okay, cool, Papoose got me.’ But get the fuck out of here, man.
In all fairness to Papoose, can you really hold it against him for getting sucker-punched?
He said in his rhymes, “You’re supposed to sucker-punch a sucker!” That is a Papoose quotable! I find that shit to be hilarious.
Was the video of Papoose getting sucker-punched put out by you and your team?
I don’t know how that footage got out there, but I just know the footage was there.
Do you know who punched him?
Maybe a GMG fan. I don’t know. I don’t know how that shit happened.
What did you think of Papoose’s “I Shot Ya” diss?
I thought that shit was corny. To me, personally, that shit was just wack. Nigga, that’s not you. Ain’t that the lyrical guy? “Hard to Kill” wasn’t a diss record to Papoose. That was just me talking about what happened. That wasn’t talking at no Papoose. They tried to make it that I was getting at Papoose and that shit wasn’t like that. I said, “I ain’t dead.” I said about 20 bars about that nigga at the end of the song, really just talking about niggas that are pathetic talking about how they shot Murder but they didn’t kill him. Niggas are pathetic. That shit was corny, man. When I heard his diss track, that shit was garbage. 50 is just trying to hype him up a little bit on the radio because he’s cool with his boss and his boss helped him when he was on the come-up, so 50’s just looking out for his boss. But other than that, everybody knows that kid is trash, man.
Are you planning on making an official diss record to Papoose?
He’s not really worth it. Put it like this – I don’t have to because right now, he don’t count. He’s on YouTube running from his right-hand man. There’s people that don’t even fuck with him no more because of that shit, man. I didn’t even know what was going on. I was in Brooklyn. Cats destroyed him. Papoose is not the streets, man.
Uncle Murder is the core of the motherfucking streets of New York City right now. The Roc is still there. I’d like to see 50 and them also get back in the streets. That’s really it, man.
You recorded “Hard to Kill” right after getting shot. What do you say to the fans who say you’re using the shooting as a gimmick?
I don’t need this. It wasn’t like I faked it. My buzz been hot. I been popping. I didn’t need to go get shot to get a buzz. Motherfuckers think I wanted to get shot? I don’t have to pull a stunt and get shot. I know the lifestyle that I live, eventually a nigga might get shot because what goes around comes around. But I’m not running around and waiting to get shot to sell some motherfucking records. I don’t want a bullet to bounce off my motherfucking head and then say, “Let’s go record some records. Yeah!” Get the fuck outta here. You’re crazy. I’m trying to do all the motherfucking killing. I’m a killing machine. I’m trying to put motherfuckers in the ground. I’m not trying to be shot and be in the ground. Fuck that!
How’s Hard to Kill doing since you dropped it?
You can ask the Africans. It sold out right after I dropped it. I run the mixtape shit now. That shit was so anticipated. I run the mixtape shit right now. Ask the Africans in the street right now. They love that shit. They were fiending for that shit everywhere. They were buying that shit by the boxes. That’s how they’re buying it. They’re not playing. The mixtape money is cool. We run the streets. They love that. They needed that.
Did fans get it confused that you never dropped an official Papoose diss record?
Even on the DVDs, when I used to talk about niggas getting snatched up by cars, I wasn’t talking about him. I was talking about somebody else I had problems with. But the computer sometimes takes stuff and runs with it. There’s an old video that’s not about Papoose. That shit is old. That was made before I even started messing with Rocafella. Motherfuckers think I’m dissing Papoose but I’m not thinking about that nigga. That music don’t move me. That music don’t move niggas. How am I going to be thinking about that kid? He be sitting around thinking about me. I don’t think about that nigga. I’m good. I’m in a good situation. I’m comfortable. I’m making my shit pop. The niggas are loving a nigga. The ladies are loving a nigga. I’m good, man.
What do you think of the hate you get on HipHopGame?
I love the hate. That just means they love you. What I need you to do for me, Brian, being that you’re my man and I fuck with my HipHopGame niggas and all that, all those faggot-ass niggas that are writing those comments, they just be little rappers and I might know them, I need you to give me their addresses. Let’s put the bug in there so I can get these niggas addresses and shit.
You’re gonna go around beating them up like Jay and Silent Bob did on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back?
I think I seent that. (laughs) Yeah! I remember that! That’s what I’m saying. I need a couple addresses, Brian. Just a couple. Let me go pay these motherfuckers a visit. I got some money for you, Brian. There’s some money in this for you!
Getting Uncle Murder mad is not on my to-do list.
I got money on all of you little computer-haters! There’s money on your motherfucking heads! (laughs)
Despite all your crazy talk, you still want to deliver some kind of positive message, right?
Oh, I’m with that. Don’t think that just because I talk negative that a nigga doesn’t think about the little kids. I got three little brothers and a son. I say listen to the music, but don’t try to do what the rappers are saying in their music. These rap niggas, they aren’t really doing that. They’re not out here selling drugs and busting their guns. It’s not like it used to be. They’re not letting their hammers off and the game ain’t what it used to be. I try to tell my little brothers that and the little homies. You’re better off going to school and getting a trade. You’re better off. Shit ain’t what it used to be. Everybody’s ratting and the rats aren’t getting dealt with like they used to be. I tell niggas they’re better off going to school. Now if you like listening to gangsta music, that’s different. But you don’t have to go out there and live it. You’re better off in school, little man. I tell them straight up. I’m not here just trying to be an extra-negative animal promoting violence. At the end of the day, this is the life I live and I can’t hide that. I have to speak about the life I live.
Does it ever frustrate you when people think you’re all about negativity?
I know people that really listen to my music understand. The people who say I only talk about violence, they might have only heard a couple songs like “Bullet Bullet” or a couple of songs that got blasted on a computer. They probably haven’t heard everything or heard me speak on everything. They probably don’t know. I’m not mad at them for hating because they probably don’t understand. Now if they understand my life and understand where I came from and they still want to hate, then fuck ‘em.
But I don’t run around wanting to kill motherfuckers or trying to get shot. I don’t want to shoot people. But at the end of the day, it’s me or the next motherfucker. I’m not going to let a nigga walk up and kill me. I can’t change my past or what I’ve been through. I’ve been in the Daily News. I’ve been through shit. I’ve been going through it. I don’t just be rapping. They said I attempted murder on police but I thought they were trying to kill me. That’s how I feel. It’s 2008 and I’ve been going through this and I’m not soft in the ‘hood. I’m still in the ‘hood. 11 years later, I’m still going through shit. Ain’t nothing changed. I ain’t make a million dollars yet. Not yet. I’m still on the paper chase, baby. I’m still trying to get it.
How is your debut album coming?
Oh, the album is coming crazy. My album is going to be motion picture shit. Every song that you hear, you’re going to be able to see the vision. My album’s not going to be like some other shit. You’re going to hear some of the craziest shit you ever heard and then you’re going to hear some family shit. It’s going to all make sense. Everything makes sense and everything is about my life. Everything plays a part in my life and how I do. Everything is about my life. My album is my life and my life is a motion picture and it’s going to be a good look. I got a story to tell.
Does Jay-Z leaving Def Jam affect you at all?
Nah, that doesn’t affect me. He’s a businessman and that’s way over my head, but I can tell you that didn’t affect me.
What did you think of Jay-Z leaving?
I know Jay-Z did what was best for Jay-Z. Whatever he did, I’m quite sure it was a good move. I’m quite sure he did what was best for Jay-Z.
When are you looking to drop the album?
We’re putting out the record and let it heat up. We’re looking at May or June. Sometime around then we’re trying to scheme for. I don’t know officially, but we’re trying for around then.
What’s going on with your group GMG?
I just introduced them to the world on this mixtape. You’re about to hear a whole lot more from GMG. It’s going down. We’re trying to get some deals and get it popping.
What’s the next move for Uncle Murder?
I’m working on this little movie series and some things we got going on. I can’t talk too much about that because niggas are going to try and jack my shit. Just know that it’s some motion picture shit and I’m a motion picture nigga. I’m going to describe the ‘hood for you for real. It’s going to be something like The Wire but it’s going to be the New York version of this shit. It’s going to be crazy. And the music is going to continue to be what it is – fire.