good. I'm in New York City feeling good. I came out to get a couple of
outfits. It's going pretty well.
your album Best Thang Smokin' coming?
along fine. I'm still open for whatever. I can start recording at any
given time. I'm still recording it. It's not like I'm meeting a deadline
have a release date?
confident that date will hold?
I feel confident
about that date. I feel confident about a lot of things that are going
the album sounding so far?
real kosher. It's sounding real crispy and brand new. I'm about to give
it to them. It's coming along pretty well.
is it for you to be seen as Young Dro on this album and not as someone
who works with T.I.?
to me because I've been doing this for a long time. I didn't just drop
out of the sky. It's real important to get to know Dro because this is
something that haven't heard in a minute. I'm speaking on all levels.
you from all the other artists dropping debut albums this year?
and my swagger. I'm that nigga you're trying to be, for real. It's that
real hood shit, that real good shit.
your Day One mixtape with Drama doing?
exactly what I wanted it to do.
you go about making Day One?
We put it
together and Drama told me what he wanted to do to it and the things he
wanted me to talk about. It was really like letting a pig loose. It was
like letting a pig loose on wax. He was telling me what I needed to spit
and how I needed to spit.
treat that project like an album?
Yes. I really
gave them more. I gave them more. I did songs. I got real deep on it.
Some of them were liable to hit the album.
it feel to give away something you could probably get paid for, but at
the same time, if you don't drop it, people may not buy the album?
If you put
in a little bit, you're going to get a little bit. If you put a lot in,
you're going to get a lot out of it. I'm getting straight to the point.
It's about what do you believe in. I believe that I gave them enough to
want to come fuck with me.
dropping another mixtape before the album comes?
liable to happen. I doubt it, though. They got forty songs on me already
from the Burn one to this one.
sorry to hear about the death of Philant Johnson. What can you tell us
Johnson was the best guy in the world. He taught me a lot of things. I
love him to death. He knew how to fly to Milan and dine with the best
of them, he knew how to go to Italy, and he would come back and put me
on to game. He'd shoot a movie with you, he'd do whatever.
been hard to record since his death?
No. No. No.
No. That's energy. Philant gave us energy. He would want us to do that
anyway. We would be fools to stop.
his death change the Grand Hustle movement?
change anything at all. We're still real.
guys going to move any differently now?
I move a
you learned watching T.I. come up and then explode on the national scene?
knowing Tip for twelve years. He's my boy. I'm proud of my boy. We're
still doing the same shit, we just have the money to do the shit now.
That's my homeboy forever.
change from you after your appearance on the KING album?
always been the same. I've been doing what I do. It's been the same.
P$C was like a family. How important is that family element to the music?
around each other for so long making music and cooling it, just hustling
in the streets. When the music came, this shit was easy. We just stick
together. It comes natural, man. When we make music, it sounds good because
we're family. P$C is family.
the next P$C album coming?
on Dro's album right now as a matter of fact. We'll put one of those together
when it's time.
feel any pressure being the first P$C member besides Tip with a major-label
no pressure. There's no pressure for me. I had a hit on the radio before.
It ain't really nothing new to me. There's no pressure to me.
you have to do from here on out to make Best Thang Smokin' successful?
it and believe in it. I have to be out here and go to the different markets
and show them who I am. I'm one of the best and I'm going to put it in
their face. I'm going to do the best I can do. That's how I know I'm going
to do my thing.
all this time grinding, you must feel this album is overdue.
I've been working for a minute. I know what it's about. I'm not going
to question it. I'm claiming it, if anything.
been a lot of controversy over snap music lately. Some say they love it,
some say they hate it, and some say it's for the kids. How do you feel
about the snap music movement?
done no snap music, so I don't have nothing to do with it. I never looked
into that so I wouldn't be able to comment on that. I've never studied
that music so I wouldn't be able to comment on that.
your next move?
couple of weeks I'm going to be on the road trying to get on one of these
promo tours. I'm going to show some love and get some back and do what
I have to do in these streets.
you want to say to everyone?
whatever you want to do. If you believe it yourself, you'll get whatever
you want out of life.