What's going on?
chilling, working hard.
What's your current situation with Purple City?
a Purple City, but Un is not a member of it.
Why did you leave?
and respect. There was no communication and there was no respect there.
The reason why I did this song, I just want to get this clear, it was
not a contribution to a beef in Hip Hop. It's not beef. It was just the
only way people would pay attention for me to get my point across. I stepped
down because there were a lot of selfish egos.
Why did you apologize so quickly?
families. There were a lot of peoples' families involved and affected
by it. It affected people's mothers. I felt that I owed it to them and
to the fans. I apologize to the fans. I'm not with the beef thing and
the controversy. I'm not using that to sell records. That was just a statement
that I had to make to let people know how I felt at the time. There is
no beef with me and Purple City. I talked to Shiest. I talked to Agallah.
That's my brothers. I love them. This is a decision I had to make.
Was the diss track a publicity stunt?
dead serious right there. There are more records, but I would never release
those. I will never release those.
What was everyone's reaction after the song leaked?
like, "Damn!" A lot of the fans went my way. They said they'd
still support me if I left Purple City. I was getting calls from my family
members and people were like, "Wow." People wanted me to keep
pouring gasoline on the fire. I wasn't going to do that. I didn't make
that to get a Hip Hop response from people and have them talking about
how we're beefing. I didn't do it for that. I did it for respect. Sometimes
people make mistakes and I probably could have come up with a better solution.
I figured making a song was the only way to get people's and label's attention
to feel where I was coming from.
What was Babygrande's reaction?
in shock. They're still in shock.
How do you respond to everyone saying apologizing was a bad move?
I know it
was the right thing to do as a man. I got my point across and that's it.
I don't really care what people say because only my true loyal fans are
going to buy my record anyway. I don't care about the people that jumped
on the bandwagon because I'm Dipset or Purple City affiliated. If you
liked Un Kasa, you like Un Kasa for Un Kasa. I'd rather not have them
as fans anyway.
Are you still Dipset affiliated?
always going to be family. Purple City is always going to be family. I
will not be a part of the music aspect until things are taken care of.
Maybe then you'll see Un Kasa again with Purple City. If the business
is not right, then I'm not going to be there.
Has Cam or Jim Jones stepped in?
No. I haven't
spoken to them yet.
How did the track leak?
I put it
Do you regret leaking it now?
No. I don't
regret it. The apology wasn't for regret. That's what people are getting
twisted. I'm not apologizing for it leaking. I'm still not Purple City.
I did that for respect and to let people know that they can't just do
things. I wanted to show that my voice was strong and I wanted to let
the labels know that I'm going to make noise. The record wasn't to have
an ongoing beef in Hip Hop. I'm not here to contribute to no violence
to Hip Hop. Hip Hop is my life. I'm here to do Hip Hop music. I love Shiest.
I love Ag. I love Cam. I love Juelz. I love Jim. I'd rather keep it family
than to keep it going on in this business. As of yesterday, I retired
from the rap game anyway.
What's going to happen to your album?
to turn in my album sometime at the end of the month and they'll put it
out. It will still be an Un Kasa album if they choose to. If they don't,
What's next for you?
to take care of my little brother. He's making noise on the internet and
in the underground. I'm going to focus on their career and teach them
so they don't have to go through what I went through with record deals.
Why do you feel that you have to retire?
not with my dudes that I love. I want to be in this music business with
dudes that I love and respect. There is no love and respect for me. This
business that we're in is not called "music friends." It's called
"music business." When you mix the two, it's never going to
be right. I'd rather still have them as my friends and my family than
to have the money and success. I'm not picking money and success over
How weren't you getting the respect you deserved?
I was always
told things last. I'm always the last one to know and I'm a major part
of the label. I'm one of the biggest artists over there at Babygrande
and I'm always the one that knows things last. I get everything second-hand.
I'm never the top priority. I'd rather step down than go through that.
I'll find something better in life to do.
Why were you always the last to know certain things?
to ask Shiest. I don't know. I don't think it was anybody's fault. I just
think that communication was bad and egos were clashing. I'm not here
to bash Purple City. I did the track as a statement. It was the only way
I could get the respect I need and have people listen. I wouldn't even
be in meetings that were discussing my career. They're discussing my music
and I wasn't even there to put in my point of view. I felt like, "Damn,
I don't want to be anywhere where I can't put in my input." We all
have to get up out of the grind, but I don't want to be anywhere were
the business isn't right.
Will you be taken off the Purple City album now?
to Babygrande and Koch.
If you fix things with Purple City, will you be back?
going to take some time off. You're still going to hear verses on my little
brother's stuff. you're going to hear mixtapes. It's all going to be new
material. I recorded so many songs. I'm going to put them out and move
on with my life. If we get the business straight with Purple City, I'll
return. As of now, I'm retired.
What do you want to say to your fans?
I love y'all.
Thank you for your support. This is not the last time you'll see Un Kasa.
I'm taking a break. It's just a little too heavy for me right now. I've
never taken a break from music. I've been writing raps since I was seven
years-old. This is heartbreaking for me, but I know this is the only way
I'm going to get my business straight and my mind right. The Un Kasa mixtape
will be out in two weeks. There is going to be some fire on there. That's
the reason why y'all always supported Un Kasa. If you're going to be my
fans, you have to feel me on this one. How can you be successful and move
on if your business is not right?
I want to
say all the fans that rap and want to get in this industry, make sure
your business is right. Have a good lawyer and good management and everything
should be ok.
Do you have any words for Shiest or Agallah?
I love y'all.
Go cop the album when it comes out May 27. One love to Shiest Bub, Agallah,
Chuck Wilson, Alan at Koch, Jim Jones, Marlaine, Shawn and Gazelle, my
boy Jeff, Mike Moves, my manager Caveman, Ruddy Rock, and the whole Dipset
and Purple City, one love. I love y'all. This ain't over forever. I'll