good. I can't complain too much.
you liking Power105 so far?
embraced a lot over there. It's definitely a good feeling that they believe
in me so much.
the main factor that led to you making the switch?
It was a
better career move for me rather than staying at Hot and only doing two
hours a week. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
execs at Power105 tell you to play certain songs?
told me yet that I have to. I mix a couple of nights and they're all over
want your new show to be different from Hot97?
I don't think
it's going to be a lot better than the show on Hot97 was. The show on
Hot97 was real, real underground. I think this show will be more of a
mixture of underground records of people on the come-up and stuff people
want to hear.
pay attention to the Hot97/Power105 rivalry?
I don't really
pay attention to it. As far as I'm concerned, I do my homework all the
way around the board. I pay attention to everything that's going on around
the country. I see who's on the come-up and I make my adjustments accordingly.
you decide what to play?
I like being
well-rounded. I play records that people already like a lot. I usually
go on my judgment. Being in the business for so long, I go on my judgment
and what I think is going to pop. If it's a record I believe in, I go
hard on it.
artists need in 2006 to make it happen?
A good hook.
The difference between now and back in the day is that now people aren't
just going for the A-B-C-D rap if you're an East Coast rapper. If you're
going to come, you have to come correct with good flow, lyrics, and the
of people have been complaining about New York radio playing South music.
How do you respond to that?
game up. Do something about it.
the South winning right now?
want a change. People want to hear something different. It's not the first
time that it's happened. Before it was Master P and Cash Money and they
came in. they had a good run and then it went back to New York, and now
it's back the other way again.
do you see it going next?
to say. It seems like it's going to be a mixture. People only gravitate
to new things because they're tired of the old ones. People are tired
of hearing the same records over and over and over again.
have been a lot of accusations of New York radio DJ's taking payola. How
do you respond to that?
I can't respond
for anyone else. There have been times where I've been offered money to
play records and I tell people "No."
ever hard for you to turn down the money?
the easy part. You would have to worry if you were trying to accept money
from people. That wouldn't be a smart move.
is it for DJ's to not take money under the table?
I think it's
very important. I think you're more respected when you don't do stuff
like that. People realize they can't buy their way on a Clue mixtape so
they have to come correct.
your new album The Professional Part 3 coming?
out hot. I got some hot records. We're waiting for the single to drop.
do you have on the album?
I can't tell
are you working on?
on one with Ransom from the A-Team. We just dropped Faboloso's Way. We
definitely have some hot stuff in stores. It just takes time trying to
make a quality product.
to drop mixtapes a lot more frequently. Why did you slow down?
it's flooded out there with a bunch of nonsense. I'm not getting caught
in the mix of all that nonsense. I'll wait until I have enough quality
product before I drop a hot mixtape instead of putting them out all the
time like everyone else is doing.
feel about all these mixtape DJ's that stole a lot of elements from you?
to make money like I'm trying to make money, so I can't be mad at them.
how most DJ's use voice echo's now?
If someone is going to try to take your style like that, it's only because
people gravitate towards that, like wearing tube socks. Once you set the
bar, people are going to follow.
get the respect you deserve as being one of the best mixtape DJ's?
In some channels,
yes, and in some channels, no. It's hard to say. People always go for
what you've done in the past. You're only as hot as your last project.
That's why you have to keep dropping hot projects and mixtapes and people
will respect you for what you do.
do you see mixtapes going in the future?
down in history. You never know where it's going to go with technology.
Everyone is considering themselves a mixtape DJ. People at labels are
doing mixtapes. People who have never tried DJ'ing are doing mixtapes
because technology has made it so easy.
a good thing or a bad thing?
of a bad thing, but what can you do? Technology is technology. The internet
has already, in a way, kind of ruined record sales because it's so easy
to download and trade music. What can you do? It's technology. It's good
in some ways and bad in others.
going on with the A-Team right now. Ransom had told me they split but
he never gave me any reasons why.
really split up. They're just on hiatus. It's all love. We're going to
get that deal and get the album done.
deal getting closer?
Especially with the radio play they've been getting and the radio play
they're going to be getting.
are you today in Joe Budden's project?
is finished. We're going to be dropping his single in a minute.
a reason DJ On-Point hosted his Mood Muzik 2 mixtape and not you?
have time to put a mixtape together at the time. I can only do so many
things at one time. I told him to get someone to do it and he did it.
Def Jam taking so long to put him out?
Def Jam has
a large roster of artists. You can only tell a record company to do so
much. You can't make them put you out. They go on their own schedule.
going on with Magno today?
on his single with Bun-B. It's going to be dropping real soon.
your plans for Magno?
to take our time and get some more hot records out there. We'll eventually
drop the album. We're probably going to drop an independent album before
we drop the major label one to get the buzz out there.
working closely with Stack Bundles?
just did the Bidding War mixtape a month or two ago. We're working on
some other things right now.
any artists you're looking to sign to Desert Storm?
now. We're just working with what we have right now.
the most difficult part about staying fresh on radio, mixtapes, and artist
needs their own individual time. It's hard working that out. I'm also
working on a weekly syndicated radio show in thirty markets. That's called
Desert Storm Radio.
still cool with Damon Dash?
When I see
him, we speak. I don't have any problems with him. He went his way and
I went my way. There's no hard feelings.
happen to make you stop working with Akademiks?
happened. We just grew apart. They do their thing and I do mine.
next for you?
I have a
DVD coming out called Clue TV. I have Lil' Wayne, Mariah, Paris Hilton,
A-Team, Fab, and a lot of others. That's coming out soon.
happy about Lavar Arrington signing to the Giants?
That's my dude. We're going to have to throw a big party real soon.
you want to say to your fans?
out for supporting me all these years and holding Clue and Desert Storm
down. Hopefully in the future we can get it popping and make Desert Storm
the number-one label in the world.