Where are you from? Ft. Myers, Florida. Everything I rap about is from the Ft. Myers perspective. I wanna welcome everybody to Ft. Myers. The Florida music scene is all fucked up right now. People in Florida don’t listen to Florida music. DJs in Florida don’t play Florida music. But me, everything about me is Southern. How did you start rapping? Was it something you dreamed of doing? Naw, I ain’t got too many of them sad stories. My brother was in prison and he kept talkin’ about fuckin’ with the music shit. I thought he was just talkin’ crazy, but when he got out it was something he really wanted to pursue. We were fuckin’ around in the studio and a lot of the concepts I was comin’ up with, everybody was feeling. Once, I was tryin’ to tell a nigga how to say the hook. My brother told me to say the hook in the booth, and when I said it he told me to stay in there. Ever since then, last year, the streets been fuckin’ with a nigga heavy. I ain’t really have no aspirations of being an artist. I don’t really like to be considered an artist. I don’t like to be labeled as a rapper, because rappers and niggas in prison tell the most lies. I’m a fan of the truth. Most of the shit that I hear ain’t really about the truth. The only thing I can do is bring my pen and pull this shit out from life experiences. Right now, the streets are telling me that I’m one of the few niggas out here that’s bringing the truth. What methods did you use to get your album out there? Good music gains legs. It’s real easy to find out if you got a hit or not. The streets gon’ tell you what you got, and that’s the format we used. We got a good little pipeline of niggas I dump music off to: Billy an’ Cool Runnings in Jacksonville, Tight Work in Gainesville, DJ Secret in Polk County, Goodie in the Miami area, and Clay D up in Orlando. How did you get your deal with Slip-N-Slide Records? We had a helluva - well, I don’t like to use the term buzz, cause that means you ain’t did shit yet - but we had a following in Ft. Myers. We had a few songs out, like “Tell Them Crackers That” and “Fix It,” and the feedback was crazy. [Slip-NSlide CEO Ted “Touche” Lucas] got ahold of our record down there in Miami, and he sent one of his A&Rs over here to get us to come down and fuck with him. That was about seven or eight months ago. Why did you decide to sign with Slip-N-Slide? Me and my brother sat down and talked, and it’s like, if we were gonna jump onto another indie I wanted to be on a label that’s a reflection of the type of music I’d be making. All of Slip-N-Slide’s music has been on some street shit. Plus, if they been in the game for ten years and their office is still on South Beach where they probably payin’ 5 G’s a month for rent, they must still have it together. What’s the status of your album at this point? We got an album already knocked out. One thing I hate about this music shit is that I can’t move when I wanna move. Everything’s a process. Everything has to be mapped out. At this point, Trick’s album is out of the way, and Trina’s finishing her shit up, so we’re next. We just got a blueprint we’re working on. We’ll continue to feed the streets with a lot of underground shit. What’s your next project? I got a big mixtape that I’ll be dropping for Black College Reunion. It’s hosted by Billy [from Cool Runnings] and it’s called Thirty Six Ounces. That’s a whole brick, for people who don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about. Hit me up at www.slipnsliderecords.net or 239-878-0089.
Rude Bwoy Entertainment, owned and operated by Jullian Andres Boothe, is currently releasing Pitbull’s album Welcome to the 305, consisting of unreleased tracks. The complilation features the smash single “Down South,” featuring Plies and Duece Poppi, as well as the reggaetone hit “Playa Haters.” The album also has updated production by Unusual Suspects, Taz, AOD Productions, and a hot upcoming produced named Elian. A video is coming soon for the “Playa Haters” remix featuring Trivales and Cubo. The album also features Trina, Lost Tribe, Cubo, Fezzy, Shauna K, Brian Bizz, Jackie, and Trivales. 305 Music is giving new talent in Miami a chance to shine. The label’s future plans include production deals and management deals for other upcoming dancehall, reggaetone, R&B, and rap artists.
OZONE APR 2005
Ozone Mag #33 - Apr 2005