The clanking sounds of pool balls bouncing around a
billiards table invite us in. Lil Wayne is just wrapping up a pool game while waiting for his interview with Streetz. And he’s just beat his greatest rival, himself. It’s nobody else on the table- only a half-smoked blunt and a Styrofoam cup accompanied Dwayne Carter before he joins the rest of the party on the other side of room. Wayne has always seen himself as his greatest competition. In his world, he’s the only inhabitant. No other life exists on Wayne’s planet- maybe, that’s why he refers to himself as a “Martian” in interviews. Even as he battles himself on planet Lil Weezyana Wayne still finds a moment to come back to bless the Earthly masses. The first single from his highly-anticipated release The Carter 3 elevated the buzz level
for his new project. “Lollipop”, which was written by prominent songwriter Static Major, allowed the public to see a more playful side of Birdman Jr. As a songwriter, Static, born Stephen Garrett, penned a bevy of hits for some of music’s biggest names including some of Ginuwine and Aaliyah’s biggest chart-toppers. The former Playa group member was on making his way into the national spotlight as a solo artist when he met Wayne. The two collabed on each other’s projects and became good friends. The runaway success of the video for Wayne’s first single, which also featured Static, was introducing him to the world as a new star but he wasn’t able to enjoy his new found success. Static died in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky after he succumbed to complications from a botched medical procedure three months ago.
but he wasn’t able to enjoy his new found success. Static died in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky after he succumbed to complications from a botched medical procedure three months ago. Today, Lil Wayne has come to Atlanta with work on his mind. A well-publicized studio rat the Cash Money centerpiece is inside the A’s famous Patchwerk Recording Studios to knock out a numbing schedule of laying down verses for remixes, guest appearances, and fodder for his upcoming album. Despite his crazy recording schedule, Wayne opened up a time to talk with us and reminisce about his late homie.
Streetz (S): Aight Wayne, I gotta go ahead get this out the way. So many people have been coming up to me like, “Yo man why Weezy keep saying that he is the best”, “what gives him that right?” So, if you will, please clarify that for us, what makes you the best, and what determines that an individual can be given the privilege to announce them selves the best, to the world? Lil Wayne (W): Well, first of all, what gives me the right to say that is that I was born in the United States of America, where you are free to say what the fuck you want. What makes a person the best is just believing, you know? Believing in yourself, and if you
Many rap crews come and go with little impact on
the industry, streets or Hip-Hop as a culture. Rarely is there an exception to the rule. Of course, you have the NWAs, Wu-Tangs, and some choice others. However, for the most part, they go as fast as they came. Enter The Diplomats. The influence that the house that Jim and Cam’ron build has been undeniable. From the sound they’ve brought to music to the swagger they’ve infused into a million and one young, fly and flashy “rockstars”. Until recently, the Dip Set brand has stood the test of time in Hip-Hop. In the midst of chatter about internal strife, a boss gone M.I.A. and all of the drama that comes with being in the public eye while keeping it as real as possible, Jim Jones managed to resurrect the Diplomat eagle over the past two years. Starting out as another moniker referencing the Harlem crew’s avian emblem, Byrdgang has grown to be it’s own movement. The Dip splinter group, led by the capo turned H.N.I.C. Jim Jones, was founded in 2006 when the original collective, consisting of Jones, Mel
Matrix, Stack Bundles and Max B, dropped M.O.B.: Members of Byrdgang, the first of two M.O.B. mixtapes. The Byrdgang lost half of their strength when promising Queens rapper Stack Bundles was fatally shot last year and charismatic emcee Max B defected from the group after a conflict with Jones, creating a very public beef Max and his former crew in the process. Jimmy has since swelled the Byrdgang ranks with new replacements that come from beyond sidewalks of 125th Street- NOE, Sandman, producer Chink Santana and Jones’ longtime Diplomat compadre Freekey Zekey. Together they dropped the group’s debut album MOB the Album (Diplomats/ Asylum) on July 1st. With a new crew and album in tow, Jim Jones means to shake up the game and give you something reality T.V. can’t- and that’s actual reality. Introducing Byrdgang. Streetzmag.com: Congrats on finally dropping the album . It’s been a long time coming. Tell me what this album means to the current state of Hip-Hop?
Sandman: Reality rap. Nah mean? This is our story. When you get somebody different you always get their side, but this is our story. NOE: Like I tell most magazines we bring honesty. Ain’t nothing gimmicky about Byrdgang. Vulnerability. We ain’t jumping on no bandwagon of niggas talking about some street shit. We talking about niggas getting stripped searched in prison. That’s pain. We give you the non-glorification part of it. That’s what’s missing. We give you honesty. Sandman: People like to hear…you know...they want to hear dudes who really been through something. People can relate to you better when they you know you’re not faking it. It makes you want to listen to the album. I know I used to want to listen to albums when I felt niggas were not faking it. When you hear dudes that been through something it makes you appreciate the music. NOE: People ain’t supposed to be happy. I don’t know
understand why everyone is so happy. People are still starving where I’m from. Niggas still starving where Sandman is from. Where I’m from we dying man. When we spit, we’re hurting. I don’t know about other niggas, but we’re not happy. Niggas crying out here. Like the hood is in a depressive state. So we bring that across in music. That’s where our music is coming from. We ain’t happy, B. We ain’t tiptoeing in the club or none of that shit. Niggas trying to get their moms up out the hood. It’s a depressive state. That’s why we bringing it like “Ya’ll niggas must’ve forgot.” Sandman: Another thing about us is that everyone in this is bosses. There are a lot of bosses with this right here. We were all bosses in the situations that we were doing before we all came together. Mel is a boss. I’m a boss. We all had our own shit we were doing before we all came together. Man, Capo he brought us together. That’s why we call him a “capo”. He put us in a position where we can all grow and develop. To read the the rest of this article... LOG ON TO WWW.STREETZMAG.COM