know! I'm constantly grinding.
you want to introduce yourself to the HipHopGame audience?
AP is a regular
street dude. I'm so versatile. I'm like every street dude that you ever
met and at the same time a regular cat that you can build with on a regular
basis. There are a lot of people who haven't been through anything and
there are some who just took a different direction. AP represents that
struggle. It's one thing to grow up in the hood and see a lot of bullshit,
but you have to move past that and see things in a different way. I can
go anywhere and adapt to anybody. Everybody's always asking what "AP"
means. It's universal. It stands for a lot of different things. It can
stand for "All Profits," "Apply Pressure," or "Absolutely
Perfect." The list goes on. It can adapt to anything.
you want to give people with your mixtape "All or Nothing"?
This is just
the tip of the iceberg. I was trying to give niggas everything on that.
I didn't have one theme for it. I just wanted to give you a lot of street
One" is a dope song where you talk about your father. How does he
motivate you today?
thing with my father put me in a position to use that for motivation.
My moms was having a lot of problems and he was out in the streets something
crazy. I dabbled in the street thing a little bit, but it was really hard
for me to devote myself to that being it was so close to home. I've watched
somebody destroy their life over drugs. With me doing this music thing,
it's put me in a position where I can't lose. I can't be a second-coming
of my pops. I love him, but I have to go in another direction.
Trying" is a good song too. How important is it to be persistent
in the game today?
I had a head
full of problems when I laid that. It fucks me up when people decide to
not be for real. Whenever I'm put in a position where I'm facing the odds
and my back's against the wall, I have to toughen up. It's go hard or
a lot of classic beats on your mixtape, how come?
my mind-state is at. I fuck with everyone. I have to be the most unbiased
Hip Hop fan ever. I'm broke on Tuesdays because I buy everybody's shit.
I try to fuck with everybody because I feel that it's real if you had
enough courage to put it down. As far as my mind-state as a fan, I'm stuck
in '94 to '98. I always have "Illmatic," or "Ready to Die"
bumping. I'm a nostalgic dude. I feel like the music was so much more
real back then. Joints would put you in a state of mind. I've never been
to Long Beach, but listening to "Doggystyle," I feel like I
have. When you listen to me, you're going to feel like you've been somewhere.
it working with Lord Tariq on "Sunshine"?
It was crazy.
He came to the crib and laid the joint. At first, I tried to play it cool.
You try not to look like a groupie, but at the end of the day, I'm a fan
and I had the privilege to work with him. It was crazy. It was an honor.
He's one of the coolest cats I've worked with. That was big for me. With
these industry niggas, there's a lot of politics. We sat down and built
and laid it. He never lost it for a minute.
you learn watching Tariq?
that when you got it, you got it. I hadn't heard anything from him in
a minute. We were just chopping it up. Of course being a fan, I was asking
him questions. It showed me that he's a real humble cat, and if I can
be that way 10 or 15 years from now, that'd be what's up. He didn't have
to do that track. He showed me love and that's a good look for me.
slogan is "All Bets Down." How do you apply that to your music?
It's a state
of mind. People are going to immediately associate that with the gambling
thing and all of that, but it's about when the chips are stacked, you
go out and play. We go hard and we're grinding.
you want to go with On-Point and Kool Kid for hosts?
I don't know
anybody that doesn't have a stack of On-Point CD's. Kool Kid is another
dude coming up. Obviously everybody wants to go with the Kay Slay's and
the Clue's, but I would rather work with these dudes before they pop off.
They've shown me a lot of love. I wish we could have done more work putting
the tape together, but I appreciate them giving me that look.
working on an album right now?
The album is called "Bold Lettering." I'm working with Da Riffs
out in Cali. I'm also working the Midi Mafia. They're sick. They're probably
going to be those next dudes. I'm trying to get some more joints, too.
I got my producer, Alexander the Great. I co-produced a lot of joints
on the mixtape, so I'm going to try to further that and maybe do a few
joints myself. We got a "Best Of" joint coming out and a "Part
2" to "All or Nothing."
your goals right now for finding a label?
I don't want
to stunt my growth and settle for a regular artist deal. I'm not a regular
artist. I bring a lot to the table and my music is a lot more sophisticated.
My movement is so completely different from everyone else. I can't hate
on what everyone else is doing, but if you're doing a million things the
wrong way, it just doesn't stack up. We're looking to get the best situation
for All Bets. We have a lot of talented people behind the movement and
we're trying to really make it pop.
feel that it's harder for an up-and-coming artist to break in coming from
know. It's crazy. Off the top, a lot of dudes front on Jersey all the
time because when you think of Jersey, you think of somebody taking a
backseat to New York. This isn't a diss to New York, but we have our own
look. One of my favorite groups of all time is Naughty by Nature because
they really put it down for Jersey. They etched it in stone where you
can still get rocking in the club to "OPP." They really put
it down and had their own style. We've been here and there's a lot of
heat coming out of here. I try not to stress the whole "where I'm
from thing." I'm just trying to keep the AP Movement going.
we watch for next?
Of." It's crazy, because when you think of a new dude, you don't
think you're going to get a "Best Of" that quick. Volume Two
of "All or Nothing" is coming too. We're going to do a couple
more mixtapes. It's the tip of the iceberg and it's early in the year.
The album "Bold Lettering" is coming as well. Just watch out
for the whole All Bets movement.
you want to say to everyone?
movement and respect All Bets. AP is the truth. I'm about to bring '96
back, the best year in Hip Hop of all-time. The South is running things
now and we're real quiet. I'm going to bring quality back to the music.