Just working, staying
on the DVD's and mixtapes. I'm the youngest in charge, you already know.
you from every other New York rapper?
Everybody is trying
to be killers, that shit is old. I'm just being me. That's what's making me
stand out from the rest of these niggas. Musically, you already know what it
is. Niggas want to get on and talk about guns all day. If you were a killer,
you'd be in jail. I just want to be me.
What do you
want to give people with your music?
I've rapped I've seen or heard. I ain't trying to sugarcoat nothing or be something
that I'm not. I just want to show niggas my world.
How did becoming
DMC's protégé come about?
I met DMC in the
projects with Jam Master Jay and he was loving the music. It's crazy man. He's
a regular dude. You could be in the middle of Atlanta, and he'll stop and sign
a million autographs. He's been around for 20 years and he's still doing it.
It's crazy. I hope I can be around that long. He's got an album coming out too,
by the way.
What is he teaching
That there are
a lot of ups-and-downs in music. He's also making the transition of going from
rap artist to C.E.O. It's a learning process for the both of us. He's also showing
me that nothing in this game comes for free. No one's your friend. Once you
stop putting out hot records, no one's going to want to hear you. He's showing
me how to maneuver around to get what I need.
You've got management
with Trice Blam (DMX), how important is that to you right now?
It's hard to come
by. You've got most niggas that say "I've got my own artist, I got my own
record label." That's easy to say. Anybody can say that. A 20 year-old
kid can say that. It's all about the push. How can you get everything heard
and move to the next level? You have to do everything from shows to mixtapes,
you have to get that buzz starting something from nothing.
are you looking at?
I'm looking at
whoever's looking at me. We're just out here grinding. If the numbers are right,
that's what this business is about, getting the best deal possible.
Who has stepped
to the table so far?
Def Jam, Capitol.
We've got a couple situations on the table, it just depends who's talking the
best numbers. Right now, I think we're trying to push the cards to Capitol because
Capitol is offering the best right now, plus it's an open market for rap over
there. They have no successful rap artists over there besides Chingy over there,
so they're looking for more rap artists.
What have you
put out so far that Heads might have seen?
I've got a couple
of joints on the streets. I got one with On Point "Watch and Learn."
I just cater to the DJ's, I give them what the music they want. I never push
one song as an artist. If DJ's want something exclusive, I give it to them.
You just have to flood the streets.
What are you
working on right now?
I got a CD coming
out called "Youngest in Charge." We're working hard over here.
have you worked with so far?
I got two in-house
producers, Shatek, who just did a song with Cassidy on his album, and Normal
R, who did "You Already Know" with Bathgate. And for beats, I'll work
with anybody, just holler.
What do you
look for in a beat?
Drums and bassline.
I'm a big fan of Timbaland beats. Just get creative with the beats. I like niggas
that just put their all into a beat.
tracks with Petey Pablo, Maino who's been your favorite artist to work
Petey Pablo's a
real cool dude. He doesn't have a big ego even though he's on and all that.
He's a cool nigga. And he's got a million and one stories.
What have you
and DMC recorded?
We've got a couple
of joints recorded. He's a stubborn artist too.
How is it working
on a song with him?
He just lets me
go. He doesn't hold me back. He just gives me the green light and says "just
do what you do." It's not like he's holding my hand coaching me. Every
time I finish, he's like "you never cease to amaze me." Hearing that
come from him, wow, it's amazing. It's crazy.
Where do you
want to be a year from now?
I want to be filthy
rich and happy, and still grinding. After a deal, that's not just the end of
the day for me.
Is the album
I'm still working
on it. People tell me I've got an album right here, but I want to do more joints.
I'll never be satisfied. I probably have like five albums done. I just want
to keep recording, I don't want to stop.
What do you
want to say to everybody out there?
To everybody out
there in the same struggle, keep your head up. It's an easy game once you get
the hang of it, but it can be a hard road.