Issue #8 Mar/Apr 2009
ALSO; SAKOYA JUSTICE, CHOPPER CITY’S OWN BG, AND THE BABY PHAT FASHION SHOW.
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EDITORIAL CEO/ Editor-In-Chief Aviana “Miss E” Easter Cincinnati Director: NOC
I am sorry that I am late with this one but when you get and opportunity you have to take it. I got a last minute opportunity to get with D. Woods formally of Danity Kane. In this issue we have BG, Slim Thug, Roccett, Chief, and D. Woods. Please don’t forget our Hustle Bunny Sakoya Justice. This Hustle Bunny is truly getting her hustle on as she is currently enrolled in Medix Institute where she is studying to become a Medical Assistant and she is also studying to become and RN for labor and delivery. I want to thank everyone for the support that they have shown to INTRO and to myself. Without you I would not be where I am today. I want to thank all the Hustle Bunny submissions as well. Just because you are not in this issue does not mean that you are not considered for any future issues.
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you haven’t heard the new Cd “Concrete General” by Chief of the Go Gettas I don’t know what you are waiting for. This CD is fire! The first song on the Cd is called “Excuse Me” and Chief takes shots at Cleveland artists Chip Da Ripper, Fat Al, and the mayor of East Cleveland Young Ray. After hearing the song I just had to reach out to Chief to ask him about the album.
If I have to be public enemy #1 for that to happen so be it! INTRO: What have the Go Gettas been up to lately? Chief: Honestly, our main focus has been on getting this new studio up and running! We are setting up a one stop shop for up and coming artists! Aside from that Chief and Moda been getting ready to hit this road to promote the “Built4War” cd.
INTRO: What made you do the album INTRO: Do you guys still do promo“Concrete General” tional events at Club E? Chief: I feel that the CleveChief: Yeah, you know that’s land hip hop scene needs a home base! We had to slow strong leader. Cleveland has a down though, we making a lot real chance of being a powerof moves in and outta town ful force on the national now its been kinda hard to stage. The only problem is commit to a weekly thing. nyggas won’t check their However, whenever we are in egos long enough to accomthe city that is where we be! plish something. Take for instance the Chip and Fat Al ! Myspace.com/chiefshood situation, them nyggas had one of the most powerful underground movements up this way since CHECK OUT THE SONG EXCUSE ME Strik9nine from back in the day! Now, I AT: don’t know what happened with the WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/AAVIANA whole situation but the bottom line in one or both of their egos were to big to see the real picture! Now if their was a real leader (CHIEF) anywhere in the circle he would have sate them nyggas down and let them know that they are not only about to jeopardize their careers but they are also fucking it up for the rest of the up and coming stars!!! I know my tactics may seem a little backwards but the way I feel is either nyggas gone stand together against me or get out of the way! The difference between me and the rest of these nyggas is that I care less if I am successful or not. I just 6 want Cleveland to be what I know it can
“I just want Cleveland to be what I know it can be”
D. Woods has continued to make moves since her departure from the girl group Danity Kane. D. Woods is now currently working on her new mixtape series “Independence Day”. She is also expanding her career by working on some other new ventures. D took some time out to give us an update on her career and to give her side of her departure from Danity Kane. INTRO: I understand that you are working on a new project. Can you tell us a little more about it. D. Woods: I working on a mixtape series called Independence Day. It will be a series of mixtapes online. I am a very creative person. I do some rapping and singing on the album. I really am not one particular genre because I don not compartmentalize myself. INTRO: What producers have you worked with on the new album? D. Woods: Kwayme, Stroud (affiliated with Grand Hustle), Jay-Lac he did Lloyd’s get it shorty, Keyes and the Apple Juice Kid. I am working with a lot of younger producers. I want to create my own sound instead of someone trying to stamp me with their sound. I love going to beat battles. I find some people during that battles and I run up to them and be like “You were hot, you should have won, give ya number” (laugh). That is how I met the Apple Juice Kid. INTRO: I know that many people want to know what happened with the break up?
applaud each girl for trying to make things work but there were too many odds and ends and to many people in each girls ear with divide and conquer tactics and a lot of bad business. I you don’t handle your business right no matter how talented you are its not gonna work. There many to many variables working against us especially for us having to compete against each other and then having to get on the same team. We didn’t have that foundation. I did my best. It was really, really hard. INTRO: Why didn’t you show up to the reunion. D. Woods: For one I showed up to quite a few meetings, “lets get it together” situations and the meeting where I was ultimately fired from when I had no idea even that was what the meeting was for. After being fired (laugh) I showed up to the Christmas Party and was told and I quote “Get out I don’t want you here. As the Chief Executive of this company I am making this executive decision and I don’t want you here. You after someone tells you that to you face and you ask them if they are sure and they say yes then that is ground one. What can you say to that? You just have to bow out gracefully and move on with you life. After time went by and they wanted everyone to come back fro the reunion show and I basically said I would love to be there and say my piece however I have moved on with my life and I have do have a prior commitment and I am not going to cancel the commitments that I had
D. Woods: I am saying this with the upmost respect. The break-up was on its way before it the group even started. It was on Continued next page 9 very shaky ground from the beginning. I
already made to walk into something especially after being fired and not knowing what I was going to be walking into. That is the situation with reality Tv. You never know what you are going to walk into. I just had to make a decision for my well being and I decided to go to London and do host The Music of Black Origin Awards with Reverend Run and Mel B of the Spice Girls than to go to MTV and be humiliated. I definitely offer many different solutions. I asked could we do it via phone or satellite and Badboy declined on both options. INTRO: How is it working for Diddy? D.Woods: its everything that you could imagine it to be. Its one big emotional roller coaster. INTRO: What was the situation that brought him to take you out of the group?
he wanted to move forward with Dawn’s project. He had always voiced that she was his favorite in the group. I never really expected for him to see that in me because I never really got a chance to show it because I was pretty much downplayed but I did my best in the situation. Once you do your best you can’t be mad at yourself you can’t be mad at someone else. You can’t be mad if you did your best. You have to know that there is a place where you can go to ultimately be your best instead of just doing your best and that is what I did.
“I just really think that whatever my presence at the time they did not want anymore”
D. Woods: Really, I don’t know. I just really think that whatever my presence at the time they did not want anymore. I know that he was going forward with Dawn’s solo project and maybe he wanted to disband the group so that he could focus on her. INTRO: How do you feel about the solo project that Dawn is working on and Diddy’s relationship with her? D. Woods: I definitely feel that I had a lot to offer that I had to down play almost make myself smaller. In my last conversation with Puff I told him congratulations with and that I am glad that
INTRO: What is the single that you are currently pushing?
D. Woods: The new song is called “On My Side”. It is produced by soundz. That is the main single that I am pushing. The other songs on the album are re-mixes of other people’s joints. I like to put a whole new spin on songs so that it is just not a remix but a whole new song. (A lot support from the future star Djs) INTRO: What other projects are you working on right now? D. Woods: Right now I am working on a work out dvd it is currently in preproduction. We are still working on all the nuts and bolts of what we are going to film. We definitely want to have it out late summer early fall in 09. My schedule is crazy.
INTRO: I heard that you had an interesting story on how Lil Wayne got the “Milli” beat. Can you share that with us? D. Woods: I can definitely say that Wayne is like a brother figure to me. We really have been cool since 20062007. Girls Club member Shanell passed him some beats from other producers that we know like Bangladesh and Mystro and those were the producers that we have had a good relationship with for a very long time. It was just like friends helping out friends. That’s also how he got “Prom Queen” (laugh). Wayne and Shanell have been in this Kirt Kobane rock star world and Prom Queen was the result. Anyone that did not get the prom date that they wanted can relate. Please go to the website and support my brother Wayne and Shanell. INTRO: What is the Girls Club and who are the members? D. Woods: The Girls Club consist of Mika Means, Shanell and myself. We are a group of women that are writers, dancers, choreographers, singers, and rappers. We do a lot of writing for other artists and groups.
INTRO: How is your relationship with the other group members? D. Woods: I talk to some of the girls. The relationships are pretty much the same. Myspace.com/yagirldwoods www.dwoods.com Mypace.com/thegirlsclub07
is know by some as Jeezy’s young protege. He is also know to many as one of the west coasts hottest rappers in the game. He has also been seen as one of the many artists that can be seen in the Makaveli Branded clothing advertisements. Currently he is getting prepares for his 2009 album debut with Corporate Thugs Entertainment.
but what I do look for is a a woman that is strong minded woman that knows what she wants. I need a woman that can handle the truth. INTRO: You are making quiet a few moves right now with your career right now. Where do you think you would be in the next two years?
INTRO: You have been in the game for Roccett: Sky’s the limit. Hopefully I awhile now. Who are some of you influ- will have 3 albums done and a movie. ences?” LINKS: Roccett: Dr. Dre, Snoop, Tupac, Jay-z Official site: www.roccett.com just to name a few. http://www.iamroccett.com INTRO: What projects are you working http://www.twitter.com/iamroccett www.myspace.com/roccett on? Roccett: I just got off the phone with Tre Songz and he was talking about doing a joint together. I am also working on that new “Chronic 2009”. I also have my own record label called Get Your Green Up Ent and we currently negotiating with labels and for all the labels out there interested we still talking so holla at us. INTRO: I have seen you in the “Makaveli” clothing advertisements. How did you end up getting that deal? Did they approach you or was it vice versa? Roccett: They liked my music and thought that I would be a good fit for the company. INTRO: I know that many ladies would like to know if you are single and if you are what do you look for in a woman? Roccett: Currently I am in a relationship
In thee mist of the Rick Ross/50 Cent beef the Carol City Cartel aka Triple C’s feel that the bullshit will not keep them from taking over. Triple C’s contains group members Torch, Gunplay and Rick Ross. The group and is the first to be released from Rick Ross's new label Maybach Music. The group's first single "Yams" is quickly becoming and underground hit. Currently the group is on the Deeper Than Rap promo tour. INTRO got a chance to catch up with group member Torch while he was out promoting and shooting a new video for his new label Specialist Ent.
Music. INTRO: The Rick Ross and 50 Cent beef has been going on for a while now. What is your opinion of the beef. Torch: Fuck that shit! We ain’t on that bullshit we about making money. Yall Niggas Ain’t Murdering Shit. YAMS! www.deeperthanrap.com Myspace.com/specialystset1 Myspace.com/torchmusic917
INTRO: You have the new song "Yams" that is blowing up right now. What exactly does "Yams" mean? Torch: "Yams" is anything out their that you are selling. I you a chick and you are out there selling pussy then you got "Yams". You pushing weight then you got "Yams" Anything you selling to get that paper you got "Yams". INTRO: I understand that you already new Ross before yo were signed to the label. How did you meet Rick Ross? Torch: I came from NY when I was 16. I meet Rick Ross and he showed me how to do things here. Its different here than in NY. In NY we hug corners you know ma. INTRO: Triple C has a new album that is getting ready to drop. What can we expect from the album? Torch: You are going to get some ole dear mama, murdering, dope dealing shit. We don’t have no particular style of
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BG is back with his brand new album “Too Hood to be Hollywood”. This is BG’s 11th album. The first single “ Keep it 100” is fast becoming a hood favorite. INTRO got a chance to get with BG while he was on his way to the studio.
INTRO: Cash Money Records has been the most successful label with 55 million sold US and 75 million worldwide. With the reunion of the Hot Boys do you think it can happen again.
BG: Everybody was young when we INTRO: You have the new album com- started in the game. I started rapping ing out. What producers and artists did When I was 12 yrs old and now I am 28. you work with for the album? Not many labels can say that everyone on their label was a platinum selling BG: I got Maino, Plies, C-Murder, artists. Everyone on Cash Money was a Soulja Slim, Young Jeezy, Juvenile, platinum selling and we are still relevant Magnolia Chop, and T.I.. Producers I got to this day. How many labels can say Cool & Dre, Scott Storch, Oddz N endZ, that? J.U.S.T.I.C.E League and Mannie Fresh. Mannie is the best producer. The new INTRO: Where do you see yourself in single is called “Keep It 100” the future? INTRO: With everyone doing their own BG: I am looking to do 15 albums and thing right now do you think that there then kicking my feet up and let my artists will be a Hot Boy reunion? do the rest. I have done 11 albums since I started this. I have been able to survive BG: There will definitely be a Hot Boy because I have been able to make the reunion. Right now we are working on game cross over to me. The streets made putting that together. . Wayne got a con- me. If the streets embrace it then everytract to do a soundtrack for a new movie thing else will fall in place. so we gonna make that the Hot Boy album. We got all the original Hot Boys. Turk is getting out on March 16th. Its like the album before the album. INTRO: I understand that you are no longer on Cash Money Records. What Label are you currently signed to now? BG: Right now I am signed to my own label Chopper City Records. My label is under Atlantic Records but I am signed to Chopper City. Some people think that I am signed to Grand Hustle records because T.I is the executive producer of my album. I am affiliated with Grand Hustle but I am not signed to them.
After one CD, several mixtapes – including Serve and Collect: Volumes 1 and 2 – and a number of appearances on other people’s projects (Mike Jones’ ‘Still Tippin’ Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious" and Beyonce’s “Check On It”), the original boss man from Houston is back in the mix, still calling the shots, still doing things his way. “It’s always been like that,” he says confidently. “I was always in control of whatever I did. That’s why when I got with the majors I wasn’t comfortable because I wasn’t calling the shots. I’ve always been a boss in this music game. Now, in my mind, I’m starting over from scratch. I’m just hitting the reset button and start from there.”
fan base of a more seasoned rapper. His new CD, Boss of All Bosses (Boss Hawg Outlawz/E1 Music), is a testament to his independent spirit both as an artist and an entrepreneur. It is a testament, he says, to the ‘reality music’ that has made his native Houston a hotbed for hip-hop over the years. “This album is me doing what I wanted to do. I put it together the way I wanted without being influenced by any other people – no A&Rs, none of that. What people are gonna get from this album is Houston . I have all the artists out of Houston on it: UGK, Scarface, Lil Keke, Z-Ro.”
Slim Thug is a reluctant celebrity if ever there was one. The Houston-bred rapper who pushed his towering frame through hip-hop’s heavy doors in the late ‘90s never envisioned himself as a rap star. “I didn’t come in the game wanting to be a rapper,” he explains. “I wasn’t like a kid saying I wanna be a famous rapper, I wanna be like Tupac. I was from the ‘hood. We didn’t believe in none of that shit. I’m 6’6 tall and I never played basketball because I never believed in going to the NBA. That was just too far fetched for me and being a rap star was too far fetched for me.”
As he cites appearances on his CD, Slim Thug gushes with pride. “These are the people I listen to all the time all day,” he proclaims, “and I just wanna give the world that, let the world know the type of stuff that we’re on because I don’t see too many people outside the southern region catching on to how we do our stuff out here. There’s still a whole other side of Houston that hasn’t been displayed so I’m still trying to bring it out to a broader audience.”
But it wasn’t long before an eye-opening encounter with Swisha House’s Michael “5000” had Slim singing a different song. “I was at a party freestyling and he invited me to his house to do a mixtape,” he recalls, adding that Watts “showed me the hustle of it, how it all worked. As soon I saw that, I started making money.” Watts Although he has only one major label release to his credit – 2005’s Already Platinum, Slim Thug has the swagger and the