man. I'm in the hood right now. We're chilling, about to watch the game.
the night you were attacked?
some shit jumped off. It was a little beef at the club. Some niggas caught
me from behind without my niggas and sneaked me. It's all in the game.
I guess that's how it goes nowadays.
Yeah, I was
have any serious injuries?
No. I got
a couple staples in my head. I got stabbed in the head, but it was all
good because the niggas who stabbed me, you know how it goes, they're
hiding. Other than that, everything else is ok.
you been working on lately?
we're about to put this mixtape out at Summer Jam and run from there.
That's what I'm doing now. It's joints of me and Digga and my new clique
still signed to Denaun Porter's label?
No. He just
does beats for me now because things are getting crazy over there. We're
friends. That's how I like to work. If things go wrong in the business,
it ain't really based on the business unless it's a business deal. Most
of the shit I do is with people I know.
shaky sometimes. You can't put all your nuts in one twat. Let me stop
playing. You can't put all your eggs in one basket. Shit was just crazy
over there. I'm not really focusing on that one little situation right
now, especially when I have my new group I'm trying to come with.
152 Gang. I'm just trying to give them a chance to get some limelight.
They spit fresh. I don't just fuck with any average motherfuckers.
you learn from the Outsidaz experience you can bring to 152?
there had their own thoughts on how shit should go down. There was no
leadership and everybody was running around doing their own thing. Now
it's more structured and my dudes are fire. All I can do is give my niggas
a chance to make some shit happen.
still working with Avalanche?
Av's been chilling. He's been fucking with Wyclef trying to make his own
thing happen as well as working with 152.
going to drop 152 or the Young Zee album first?
to get them bubbling. I'll probably drop my album first and let them do
their thing on my album first instead of how we put out the Outsidaz first
in the past.
have any regrets from the Outsidaz situation?
No, I don't
have any regrets at all. We were friends, we tried to do something, and
it got a spark. It was the kind of thing where we all tried to come together
on some friends shit and it didn't work out. I hang out with them all
the time. They come to my house and get drunk and spend the night and
then I get drunk at their house the next day. Right now it's the 152 Gang.
That's because we started at 152 Telford Street. Basically everything
is good. When I go to bed at night, I'm happy. Rapping is my 18 year-old
dream. I'm grown now, but I still love it. I'm still fresh and I can still
buy out the bar at any time, but fuck that because nobody's buying me
anything to drink.
you drinking these days?
Henny and Coors Light and whatever I feel like drinking at the bar.
told me there wasn't much of a chance of an Outsidaz comeback.
I don't think
there is much of a chance either. I'm focusing on 152. Unless someone
comes to me like, "Dude, we want an Outsidaz album! Let's do an Outsidaz
deal!" Other than that, I'm not breaking my neck for it.
music bring back good memories for you?
no bad memories. The only bad memory we have is it didn't sell twenty-million
records. Make no doubt about it, we made a lot of money out of the situation.
How can you be mad about that?
your project with Rah Digga coming?
It'll be out at Summer Jam. If you're at Summer Jam, you can fuck around
and get a copy. I'm going to have people in the parking lot passing out
the mixtape for free. We don't want a dollar for it. It's free!
you guys work together?
We work together
because we sleep together at night. That's my girl. She does her thing
and I do my thing. When we finish each of our parts, we get together in
the booth. She does her shit and I do my shit or vice versa.
guys ever have any creative differences?
don't have any creative differences. If we have a beat and the hook comes
to her first and she tells me the hook, we're going to do that hook. I'm
drunk as hell right now so my words are coming out fucked up, but you
know what I'm saying. If I come up with this hook, we're running with
it. It's fun.
and Redman going to get back together?
have a few of them in the cut. We're from the same area and we get our
weed from the same place.
you remember most about Proof?
Me and Proof
has a lot of fun together. When we were on tour, we would have "Homie
Court" where if some person did this wrong, this person tried to
push up on this girl, or someone was fighting, we would have Homey Court
and we'd clear the air and see who was proven wrong and who was proven
right. Proof was like damn-near the judge.
of younger Jersey artists always say they're the freshest in Jersey and
they never mention you or Digga or Redman. How do you feel about that?
thinks they're the freshest, let them run with that. Nowadays, people
aren't going to say what they feel. It's more of a promotional thing.
I would probably do the same thing if I was up-and-coming and other niggas'
shit was popping and they asked me who was the freshest from Jersey, I
would say me. I can't be mad if they think they're fresher than me. They
know how I do it. It's not even a game around here. We rhyme. We rhyme.
We stuff a lot of rhyming words in every line.
the freshest right now?
Jersey is my stomping grounds. Me and my group tour Jersey often and we
find out who's the freshest. I would say in Jersey, we're the freshest.
I don't see anybody who's fresher. If someone reading this interview feels
differently, we can set it up. There are probably others who can sell
more records, but when it comes to you against me, there's no one better
than us. It's like boxing. You might like Zab and I may like Mayweather
but Mayweather's trying to go home with all of Zab Judah's fans being
his fans. He's not a hater.
still get it in on the battle scene?
what we do. We want to keep it that way. We want to keep it a sport. Tell
me it's not a sport. They make as much money as niggas dunking and hitting
home runs. Why wouldn't it be a sport?
a lot of dudes don't compete.
pitcher isn't a battler, but if another pitcher says he can throw faster,
they'll get the speedometer out. If I feel I'm the best and a younger
dude wants to try me, I'll let him try to knock me off. What I have is
experience and composure. When it's crunch time, he might fold and I've
been through that before.
of rappers aren't trying to be embarrassed.
can be making millions of dollars, but he still wants to be the best.
If a newcomer comes and embarrasses him, in his heart he knows he was
your best memory of getting somebody?
I got a lot
of those. I can't even remember. I can't even get into those with this
other shit going on.
we look for your solo album?
in September, somewhere around that area.
looking for a major or indie?
comes because I'm not really banking on that. I just do it for fun. It
has to be right though. A lot of shit comes, but it has to be right.
Yeah. I feel
like a lot of things are overdue, but it has to happen when it happens.
I can't press the issue. When it happens, I have to be ready to take it
you want to say to everyone?
just hold on, my shit is coming. I'm not holding it back. It's coming.
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