They’ve been waiting and anticipating the album and saying they can’t wait ‘til it comes out. It’s finally here, now I just need them to go get it off the shelf. I’ll pro’lly go platinum. So do you worry about bootlegs and downloads and all that? You know it’s hard for people to really be selling records these days. Do you think that’s gonna affect your bottom line? Yeah, it’s gonna affect everybody but the real loyal fans are gonna go get it out the store. They understand what’s going on. They understand this is our hustle and this is how we eat. We give them good music so, shit, go to the store and support our shit. You know, some of them are so loyal you could have a burned CD and the real CD right in front of them and they gonna turn the burned CD down ‘cause they just don’t even roll like that. Independent women don’t even buy burned CDs. That ain’t even part of being independent. So what made you come up with the video concept of having the president, the doctor, and the women with different positions in there? We were just letting our mind go. A woman president is just independent, you know? Women can be strong. We’re just letting them know. Do you have an opinion on a woman being president or a black dude being president? Are you leaning one way or another as far as Hillary or Barack? Nah, just however they handle it is how they handle it. You don’t get too political I guess? Nah. What else is coming up from the Trill Camp? I know y’all had the big record “Wipe Me Down” which was kind of like a collaboration with everybody. What else do y’all have coming up that we should look out for? We got the Ghetto Stories movie coming out. We got Gangsta Musik 2 with me and Boosie coming out. Wwe’re gonna have Boosie’s solo album Return of Boosie Bad Azz coming. We got some stuff coming in ’08. I don’t know if you saw it, but we did a little piece on your brother and in the interview he was saying that before you actually got down with Boosie,
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you were excited to be part of the camp. What’s the vibe like between you and Boosie? Is it kind of like a competitive thing where you inspire each other to step your game up even more? We’re like brothers. I like seeing him succeed. He likes seeing me succeed. I like hearing him come with something raw and he likes seeing me come with something raw. We just love the shit. We love doing good. We’ve been successful at what we do and we’re just trying to take it to the top. Is he featured on your record? Yeah, that’s a no-brainer. Who else is featured on the record besides Boosie? The whole Trill fam. Everbody. Pimp C, Rick Ross, Birdman, Letoya Luckett, Dro. I got a few people on there. When was the last time you talked to Pimp C? About a week before he died. What were your thoughts when you heard that he passed? You know how that goes. At first I didn’t believe it. I thought it was just somebody starting another rumor but I called and it was real. I had to accept it for what it was. He was involved with Trill pretty heavily, right? Has it affected your camp? What’s the vibe like? We’re gonna use it as motivation to get this money, go platinum, work harder. On the production tip, did Mouse do most of the production on your record? Yeah. How much time on average would you say you spend in the studio? I know Mouse cranks out the tracks for you guys. Is it like a family thing where y’all are all there and you hear something you start vibing with? Yeah, we just be at the studio hanging out all the time. Like we talked about
before, what do you think it’s gonna take to get that nationwide and international respect? Do you think people understand and respect you as a lyricist too? You do say some stuff and I don’t think people necessarily appreciate it as much as they would coming from a New York artist just ‘cause of the southern accent. Do you think you get the props you deserve or are you not really there yet? Yeah from my real fans who take the time to listen, they give me my props. I just gotta wait ‘till everybody listens. What are some other tracks from the album that you want to mention? You mentioned the one with Letoya Luckett; what other topics do you get into on this record? I got this song called “Miracle” with Birdman and Rick Ross. We’re just talking about how the whole situation we’re in is a miracle. We all come from damn near the same background. I look up to them niggas. They older than me. We’re all talking about how it’s a miracle to be in this situation, to be rappers. To some people we’re celebrities; to some people we’re superstars. It’s a miracle to be in that situation instead of being dead or in jail or working at Winn Dixie or some shit, or selling dope. I got one called “Just Like Me” talking to my sons, telling ‘em they gonna be just like me when they grow up. Sometimes I be scared ‘cause they gonna be just like me. Sometimes I’m happy ‘cause they gonna be just like me. I got a few songs on the album. How many sons do you have? I got three. I got two twin girls too. Oh wow. You’ve been busy then? Hmm. None of them are a full year apart.
Ozone Mag #65 - Mar 2008