as usual. I'm going to tell you straight up and down, I'm hectic as usual.
about two months until The Last Stand drops. How are you feeling about
the album right now?
moving forward. Right now, I'm in preparation mode because there's a lot
of shit that's about to hit the fan. I'm a warrior, so I'm prepared for
the album titled The Last Stand?
at that breaking point for us and for our enemies. We're at that breaking
point and we're at a point where we're going to turn over a new leaf and
turn the corner and start a new point. If you look at every angle on The
Last Stand to the movie, when you're at that breaking point where everything
is "trying to be taken" or is in jeopardy of being taken from
you, you will be at your last stand and you won't be able to take it anymore.
tried to remove our page in history. We have continued to sit back and
move forward with our mission. We have not been quiet about it but we
haven't been trying to turn it around and shown our beast mode because
we've been concentrating on moving forward. We're international. We connect
Europe, Japan, international rappers
we're on to countries right
now. We're not even concentrating on the United States right now. We're
to remove our page in time too much. We're at our last stand and we're
going to show y'all that we're not having it.
your goals for the album?
To put it
down. That's my goal for the album: to put it down. Simple and plain.
Every time I read a hip-hop book, the things these so-called hip-hop purists
talk about are the best in '92 and then the best in '96. They forgot everything
else. Maybe they don't like me and maybe I offended someone, but why would
you exclude Smif N Wesson? Maybe they stepped on your toes, but what about
Heltah Skeltah? These are the same people who act like they're trying
to save hip-hop and all that, but they're hypocrites because they're only
putting in people who are platinum status. It's fucked up they're leaving
us out. It was the book Hip-Hop Immortals. I know it's only one book,
but it means something to me and it means something to kids out there.
What do you want me to do? Do you want me to act like it doesn't exist?
It does exist. This is a game based on arrogance. If you're humble, you're
almost doing yourself an injustice.
have to reinvent yourself in 2006?
I don't have
to do shit, really. I don't feel like nothing. We all go through different
periods and feel different ways. It's about moving forward and I don't
feel anyone owes me anything. It's all about what I have to bring to the
table. I'm not going to sit back and complain. I'm not a complainer. That's
not what I do. I'm not trying to be that dude. I'm not trying to be the
person complaining in every magazine and all that. I don't want to be
that dude at all. I just want to be known as the dude who's bringing it
forward. I know one thing that time doesn't change is bringing it, regardless
of what, OG, double-OG, young G, whatever, that's it. You can only bring
it to a level to a certain extent. A young G is going to respect an OG
and what he did. He can't take it to the OG level yet, but he can respect
an OG's accomplishments. That's what it's about. It's about respect.
would you put yourself at right now?
the equilibrium. The level I would put myself at now is making it happen.
I'm a representation of making it happen. There are a lot of people who
look at me and see me as an example of great independence. There are a
lot of people who feel my movement and that's why they're behind me. It's
more than the rapping and the lyrics and the beats. It's a movement. In
a nutshell, we've mastered it to a certain level and now it's just about
doing it. There's no surprises or secrets coming out of our box. Either
we do it or we don't do it, and we do it good. There's eight MC's coming
out of Boot Camp and every one of them is nice and has different views,
even down to our reggae niggas. How many groups have reggae niggas who
together, I would think you had some good sessions.
We have the illest of the illest and the best of the best. When we're
in the studio, it's not like any regular sit down and record session.
I'll be in other people's studios and just be mad bored. When you come
in a Boot Camp session, you never know how it's going to go down or what's
going to happen. It's like that because there's so many of us and we have
people who are with people and we're all tight.
Places" has gotten a lot of positive feedback so far. Are you happy
with how fans are reacting to the single?
representation of what's to come. I feel that. I'm glad that's getting
a lot of positive feedback. That's what I'm talking about. That was just
a natural song. That wasn't a song intended for anything. We weren't talking
about constructing it a certain way. We constructed it to the nature of
who we are, if you understand what I'm talking about. We didn't construct
it on some textbook shit. We're all a tag-team and we're family. Mentally
and physically we have chemistry and we play with that. The beat was there,
the beat was fire, and everybody just got down and traded lyrics.
your new album with 9th Wonder coming?
recorded anything for The Formula yet, but it's going to be bananas. The
Chemistry is still doing its thing. It's still out there and it's still
doing good, but we haven't recorded anything for The Formula yet. I'm
zoning out on that album. There's going to be some crazy shit on that
going to approach The Formula any different from Chemistry?
No. I'm going
to approach it the same exact way. The only difference is it's going to
be different topics and there's going to be a little more skits before
the songs, but that's just giving more understanding to what the song
it. I'm not approaching it any differently.
you do anything different on Chemistry today if you were to rerecord it?
I'm satisfied with how Chemistry came out is because me and 9th Wonder
have great chemistry. It wasn't rocket science as to how we were going
to record the album. We were like, "Wow, we have a great chemistry
together." We did the album in six days. I wasn't beating myself
over the head when we were doing it. He brought the beats and I brought
the lyrics. If I want to direct a project a certain way, I'll do it. I
did that for BDI Thug and I'm happy with that. I intentionally did BDI
Thug on some "I don't give a fuck" shit and it did what it did.
It did 60,000 copies or some shit like that but the company was bankrupt
right after the album dropped.
going to drop another Buckshot album with other producers soon?
Buckshot is a talent. I'm not going to be what the public needs me to
be. I'm going to be who I am. I have to be who I want to be. I can't be
what the public wants me to be. I don't know how to do that. I don't do
shit intentionally because I think that's what the public wants from me.
is definitely going down. We're about to do that. We are about to get
that cracking. I work closely with Battlekat, that's Snoop Dogg's producer.
We're crazy tight. Me ad Pete Rock are tight. Me and Swizz Beatz are cool.
I say cool because there are certain producers I'm tight with, like I'll
go out to Cali and stay at Battlekat's crib. That's my boy. I recently
did that. I have a track with Battlekat already. I consider 'Kat family.
Battlekat and Snoop are family past rap. I've known Snoop for over ten
years. I don't see him as a rapper. He's like a brother to me. I've just
been waiting for the opportunity to get out of this muckhole I'm in and
be able to do songs with them without the public feeling some crazy way.
feel the public expects a certain sound from you and they don't want you
to leave it?
they do. Of course they do. And I don't just do it because they expect
me to do it. I do it because that's the opportunity that's given to me.
I do it because that's the limit I could get to. I can only get to a certain
limit in this game and people expect that and respect that. I could only
get to that level because I'm on my own. The minute I connect with someone
on another level, like stars, it's a wrap.
the public will see and they will feel my talent and the talent that I
have. The public is going to feel that. Look at Green Day. Those dudes
have been underground since the '80's and then they popped off and went
multi-platinum. They popped off later in their years.
see that happening with yourself?
I don't know.
I don't know. I just know I'm a warrior and I can not be stopped. I don't
know anything else in life.
locked up. He's a warrior and he's holding it down too.
you spoken to him lately?
but I am going to speak to him in a minute. I haven't spoken to him in
a minute. My dude knows I have love for him in my heart and I'm going
to do some big things for him.
5FT scheduled to be released?
guys do a new Black Moon album when he gets out?
might do it before then.
you do that?
Maybe we do it the way Beanie Sigel did his and C-Murder did his. We're
going to try to get something done. I know without 5 there would be no
Black Moon and I know that and the Creator knows that. 5 knows I'm out
here on my grind. He knows I'm out here doing what I have to do so when
he comes home he's good. He won't ever have to go out looking for a deal
tear it down together on stage. Does it hurt you not being able to do
Black Moon shows now?
we're going to do it again soon.
happy with how Total Eclipse did?
happy with it because everything happens for a purpose. It did what it
was supposed to do. Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen.
ever talk to Just Blaze over the Little Boy Blues' "Seed of Love"
sample on "Stay Real" and Jay's "PSA"?
Nah. We had
a little beef about that, but we reconciled and it's over. Me and Just
are cool now. Love is love.
go through your mind when you hear Enta Da Stage today?
happens for a purpose. I didn't come out with a second album, but that's
the way it was supposed to happen. It's crazy because when I did it, I
didn't do it with the intentions of it being an album people would be
feeling on some platinum shit. I wasn't even conscious of numbers. I wasn't
conscious of platinum and gold. I was, but I wasn't. I was concentrating
on getting the deal, getting it out, letting people hear it, and going
from there. I was prepared to work. I was prepared to do low numbers and
keep it moving and keep climbing up. I didn't know that the whole world
was going to like it like that. I had no idea, truthfully.
of people talk about the "golden age" of hip-hop...
We were like
a great prophet who was so great that people didn't want to acknowledge
our existence. People didn't even want to acknowledge my existence, and
I say me because I'm at the root of this Duck Down movement. They talk
about (sings) "We love the '90's." It's like they're missing
Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Onyx, but no Duck Down niggas because we weren't
commercial and on a major label like Bad Boy, Def Jam, RCA, or Loud.
hurts me so bad that 2Pac isn't here. If 2Pac was here, you would see
an ugly, monstrous Buck. I think that's why Allah took him away. Not for
me. I don't know what's to come. What's crazy is that people like the
Buckshot Shorty records that I've been making recently and the mind-frame
that I've been in has really been just really crazy. That's affected me
in a great way. I guess what I'm trying to say is the greatest music is
created by the most fucked-up life situations. That's what creates monsters.
It's like, "You like my music, but this is the shit I'm going through."
When shit is kind of positive, I guess the music isn't so great, but is
your life in music how it is? When you see me as a person, do not get
get upset if you don't meet their expectations?
but I don't mind that. I'm like 'Pac and I say that because we're from
the same breed. That's real. Here you have two people who lived two different
lifestyles. The reason why we connected later in life and bonded so close
was because we felt a connection. Deep down inside we would give our soul
for the next person if we could. If I could give my soul to help lift
you up and it wouldn't take anything from me, I would do that. Even if
it might take something from me, I would still give it to you because
I'll sacrifice part of me for you. To know that that shit doesn't matter
to nobody in the fucking world, not the interview people, not the fucking
magazines, not the video people, not the red, black, and green people,
not the rappers, not my fucking homeboys who say it's not about money
but when I leave it is
Imagine how it is and why I'm going to beast
this shit out. When I beast this shit out, don't be surprised. When I
stomp through this motherfucker, watch the fuck out. I don't know what's
going to happen, but watch out. There are eight MC's and that's trouble
because there's eight different opinions and eight different directions
with them. I might be like, "Calm down, let them live," but
Rock might be like, "Fuck that!"
in Boot Camp as hungry as you are right now?
be, but they may not be. When that little window of opportunity is afforded
to us, you know the door is going to open but they might not get there.
Get yours. The public may see a nigga who's older, but they're going to
respect one thing: here's a guy who's out to get his and won't stop. That's
why they respect some of these southern niggas who can't rap but they
got good music and they're doing their thing. Some of those niggas are
looking mad old and they're just wiling, but they're good at what they
do and they're getting it. Good energy always reaches the people. That's
what the name Buckshot means. Think about it. As an MC, I'm a bullet.
I'm out to hit my target.
of people say New York hip-hop is at an all-time low. Do you feel that's
an accurate statement?
it's not an accurate statement that New York is at an all-time low. We're
so big, so the minute that we fall to the side or "fall off,"
motherfuckers are going to make a real big deal out of it. Is the West
Coast at an all-time low? If the West Coast is at an all-time low, what
about New York? Who's lower? Do you see where I'm going with this?
50 Cent who's one of the hottest rappers out. You have Dipset, Jay-Z's
still making his mark, and you have Busta Rhymes. How can New York be
at an all-time low? It's just that New York isn't ruling it. You can't
always rule something. New York is good and the south deserves their respect.
One thing I like is when the south and New York get together just like
when the east and the west used to get together. Staying separate is bullshit.
The south is ruling and the south is connecting with New York and New
York is going to keep it worldwide. It's about who got it and who don't
got it. A lil' nigga like Buck got it. It ain't necessarily about rapping.
It ain't about what comes out of your mouth. If I can get you to listen
to me differently than the next nigga, then I got it. If another nigga
talks to you and you listen to him a different way than you listen to
me, then he has it too. He'll get in somehow, some way. He's going to
get in even if he doesn't rap as good as Buck.
of people have termed the mid '90's as "the golden age" and
call it the greatest era ever. Do you agree with that statement?
no golden ages, man. What about the platinum ages? What are they going
to say about that? There was no golden age. Every era of hip-hop was great
and to single out one age is to do damage. To single out one age is fucking
corny. I say that because that shit only comes from the people who were
in that era. If you ask Sugarhill Gang what was the golden era and they
say Wu-Tang, then you have something. The only people who say the mid
'90's are the golden era are people from that time. I don't even agree
with that, and I'm from the mid-'90's. My golden era was what made me
rap in the mid-'90's, like Kane and EPMD. If it wasn't for EPMD and the
Hit Squad, there would be no Boot Camp. I'm going to tell you straight
up, if it wasn't for EPMD and Hit Squad, there would be no Boot Camp.
There were the models for niggas like us. If it wasn't for the Juice Crew,
maybe there wouldn't be an EPMD. Everyone was an inspiration for everyone
else. If it wasn't for them, there wouldn't be no Boot Camp. If it wasn't
for them, I might have been a selfish rapper who only thought about himself
and my whole career could have been different, but instead, I believe
in putting your crew and your clique on. We moved with a whole squad of
niggas where everybody was nice.
have any regrets on having the team mind-state?
that mind-frame has allowed me to live and that's the mind-frame that
Allah gave me. That's the mind-frame the Creator gave me. I don't have
any regrets because that's the mind-frame the Creator gave me. I could
have done it any other way, don't get it twisted, but that's just not
the way that it turned out. Because it turned out like that, I influenced
so many other crews and so many other people that that's what I was meant
to do. That's what the Creator meant when He brought me forth. Me and
my crew influenced Tommy and his crew. Little did Tommy know that I was
created for him.
the most important thing in Buckshot's life right now?
track and crossing over, man. Crossing over. You're not far from it, as
far as the obvious. I can only take us so far. You know what it's like?
You know how a nigga doesn't know how to say "I love you" to
a girl because he's never said "I love you" to a girl, I've
never asked in my life for help, so I really don't know what that's like.
I don't know what it's like to ask for help, especially when it comes
to things that I worked so hard at getting. I know I've gotten help from
my fans and my peoples and all of us that's moving towards this movement,
but when we were on Priority, we had a real big impact on the world and
that was because I had help from Bryan Turner. My point is if I had a
Bryan Turner in my corner now, it'd be a wrap. It'd be a wrap. I was really
hurting when Bryan Turner decided to do what he did when he stepped down.
He stepped down. One day he decided he didn't want this anymore and that
shit fucked a lot of us up. It fucked up Ice Cube, Buckshot, and Master
P. Everybody just got fucked up from that. Here's a guy who, little do
a lot of people know, was actually the man behind NWA and a lot of the
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg shit because he was helping them. There are a lot
of stories that people don't know. If I was to reveal them in this interview,
it would fuck a lot of shit up. Bryan Turner was that dude.
still in touch with Bryan Turner today?
Turner is doing some other shit. He doesn't even fuck with music anymore.
He doesn't even fuck with rap. People were pulling guns on him and the
aggravation was too much for him. I can understand that. I would tell
him, "Bryan, I wish you didn't have to go through that." I understand
why he did that. At the end of the day, it was one of those situations
and I understand what happened. His company didn't understand. That's
one of the reasons why Bryan Turner and I have such a great relationship.
It was the people under him, it was the people Bryan had working for him,
and I think to this very day Bryan Turner is a very smart dude and if
Bryan Turner opened up a label, it would be a wrap. It's not just the
money. If a finance person said, "Hey, Buckshot, here's ten-million
dollars." I would flood the market and kill the market. But with
a label like Priority, Bryan knew how to work what he worked and I knew
how to work what I worked. It probably wouldn't work like that with other
ever thought about quitting?
I don't even
know what that word means. I never even saw that word. I never acknowledged
that word. I've seen that word. I'm being dead-ass serious. I know it
means to stop, but I've never quit anything in myself. Quit what? This
is my life. The only time I'm going to quit is when I'm gone. I've showed
you that with Duck Down. I'm not just a rapper. This is my hustle. This
is how I hustle and this is how I make moves. I just got three checks
from Chemistry. These are royalty checks. Why would I quit something I'm
making money from? If I'm selling incense on the corner and making $100
a day, I'm not going to quit that. I just know that eventually somebody's
going to come along and I can't say who that is, but I know somebody's
going to come along and we're going to power up and it's going to go to
the next level.
you want to say to everyone?
The age of
downloading is so crazy that I guess people are always wondering where
people in Boot Camp are at and what we're doing. I guess my new answer
is we're beating the competition in cyberspace. The next thing you know,
a lot of things are going to be going to cyberspace. Like anything else,
we're setting the trend. Some people are probably saying that's bullshit
because we're not out there in the commercial world. We'll go on international
tours and that's very, very important. We're not stopping, man. We're
not quitting. We're going to keep putting out albums and the most important
thing, I think, is separately, we're no joke, but together, we're a threat.
We're going to bang them hard and the south is doing their thing so everybody
is tuned into the south, but all we want to say is support this right
here. If they think New York is at an all-time low, I don't think it is,
but when New York does put out music, people should check for it.