grew up in Jersey City with Joe Budden, how'd you first meet and when did you
"Me and Budden
went to the same high school. We met one day because he was with one of my boys.
My boy spit as well and Mouse (Budden) knew that, they were cool. To make a
long story short, the 3 of us ended up going back to my cousin's house to spit.
When it came time for me to spit..I burned it down. Budden was like, "Yo,
you hot", you need to make it happen. I was only 14 at the time, I didn't
take rap serious. I was on the block selling drugs, you know, the average shit
for niggaz in the hood. I didn't take rap seriously until I turned 18."
you decide you wanted to take rapping seriously?
people let me know!! I used to spit on mixtapes for no name dj's and shit, but
for some reason when I did freestyles for these cats, their tapes would ALWAYS
SELL OUT!! The DJ became a household name when I was on their Track Listings.
So that turned into the dj's constantly hitting me up to get into the studio
to drop something for their tapes. I have a huge fan base in Jersey City. The
more mixtapes I was on, the more publicity I got. Everyone in the hood would
come up to me like, "Yo you Meedah? Yo, you hot son, you got maaaaad talent.
Who mixtape you gonna be on next?" When you got a city of people constantly
telling you your shits fire, and DJ's beggin you for freestyles, its only so
long before you wake up and realize the talent yaself. I started loving the
recognition that was coming my way. With the enormous buzz I had, I realized
that music was my meal ticket. I was tired of getting arrested....tired of getting
locked up. Music was the only thing I was good at."
you look to as your influences?
"Kool G Rap...Big
Daddy Kane.. Jay-Z...Biggie..."
to rhyme in a group called "The Franchise" with Joe Budden, why did
that fall apart?
"Me and Mouse
(Budden) got arrested!! When Mouse got out, he went into a drug program. I was
arrested and shipped to a Correctional Facility. When Budden came home he was
walking a straight line...you know, the "straight path". When I came
home I was still selling drugs, smoking weed, hitting the block up. He was more
focused on rap and I wasn't at that time. He had to stay away from me because
I was a bad influence. While my money was "GROWING ON TREES"..."SNOW
WHITE" & that "WET", he was focused on doing his music. I
wasn't mad at him."
joined "The Pharmacy," how did that go?
were a group of niggaz in the area who were hot!! I took them under my wing
because I felt that together we could be a problem!! However, my work ethic
was too serious for them and they couldn't keep up. They like my lil nephews
now. We still polly and all.....I just had to get away...my hunger and drive
was just too much for them to keep up with. They weren't hard enough workers."
locked up for two years, how did that affect your career?
"It was a
big pause for me. I caught a charge right at the time when I started to take
my music seriously. It was a wake up call. Before when I had no concern with
music everything was cool. But when music became my life, and I couldn't do
it like I needed to because I was locked the fuck up, I knew it was time to
make that decision between my career (life) or the streets. I couldn't get too
much work done (as far as recording) behind bars. I couldn't be out here working
on my hit records or sharing my gift. I wrote my ass off though, shit, thats
all I could do."
labels are you interested in?
"If I had
to pick and choose a label, I would easily say G-Unit Records! Why? Because
them niggaz remind me of myself. Niggaz is straight hood and still make good
music. The nigga 50 is a genious if you ask me. He came in and took over this
whole music shit, even shut some niggaz down in the process (we ain't gon' get
into that). Their whole movement is big. The whole AfterMath-Shady-G-Unit connection
is serious right now to me. They just remind me of myself...hard workers!! Niggas
work so hard that all Whoo Kid drop is G-Unit shit. That means that niggaz are
in the lab knocking out joints to fill up this niggaz cd. They're just smart
to me----they understand that there's no better way to promote music than with
music itself. So yeah, I'd have to say the whole G-Unit/Interscope foundation
is what i'm feeling right now, but I'm open.
was beef between the Pharmacy and Joe Budden, how did you squash that?
"When I came
home The Pharmacy felt that being that Mouse (Budden) was on (signed), he was
obligated to put them on, or at least help out. It wasn't jealousy, but they
did feel that he should not have just left them. It was supposed to be "their"
time to shine I guess. Since he was signed now, they wanted him to work miracles
for them as well and it don't happen like that. I came home and gathered everybody
up. I told niggaz to handle it, if not, then I'm going to do what I gotta do..."
a beef between Joe Budden and 50 Cent going on right now, whats ya input on
the third member of the A-Team, can you talk about what happened with that?
just say before Budden came along.....everything was good!! But I guess when
your a signed artist, niggaz will quickly slide you out ya spot & do what
they gotta do to get on. Its a business...I can't be mad at that. So thats what
happend with that. Budden had a name, he was useful, so they ran with that.
been doing a lot with the A-Team lately, what's it like working with them?
working with ***Myself***....its no different!!! There's no pressure if thats
what your trying to get at. When your talented yaself, there's never pressure.
I can work with anybody, I'm comfortable. If anything, you should be asking
them dudes whats it like working with me. They have an excellent situation.
I'm the hungry one....I'm the WORKAHOLIC!! I'm still striving to get what they
got. You feel me? Anyone working closely with me is gonna feel something. I'ma
threat to anyone who "thinks" their position is solid. I work so hard
sometimes cats dont even attempt to hop on a track with me because I bring the
best out of them. Niggaz dont like that! Cats dont like when you make them work.
Niggaz nowadays are lazy, they dont wanna work hard. They accept whatever their
first work is. Not me!! I'm an artist! I make sure I'm creating a masterpiece!
The freestyles and shit that I do for all these street mixtapes are good...they
cool--but I'm a songwriter. Thats my strong point. I got "hits" in
the stash fa real fa real! I give the streets what they wanna hear though. The
punchlines, metaphores, similes, different flows, etc, thats fun shit for the
streets. Thats shit I dish out for niggaz to know where I come from and that
I'm just as nasty as ya BEST artist, not ya next artist. But my songs, those
are my money makers. Only industry execs hear those--fa now! Anyway, back to
this A-Team shit....there's nothing special working with them. Niggas are grown
men. We just get done what we have to get done...."
got a reputation as a hard worker, what's a studio session with you like?
A studio session
with me is focused and very private. I dont like too many niggaz hanging around
my sessions. The engineer has to be focused! Its a job to me, niggaz can't get
bent nor smoke in my session. You wouldn't (or shouldn't) go to work drunk,
so don't do it in the studio. I take my shit very serious.
you as a battle MC and what's your record?
dat dude!! What you expect me to say?? I can say that though... Why??? Because
I never lost!! Every battle on the streets--I won...Every contest I've been
in...I won! I got the plaques and trophies (and no scars) to prove it! (Niggaz
tend to get outta hand when you embarras them....notice...I said...No scars....E-Z!)
As far as my record, I just won a few more battles so I've lost count....and
still....there are no donuts in my lost column..."
your next move?
My next move is
to drop my street cd. We already got over 2,000 pre-orders!My Manager/Producer
Quick (QuickDraw) has about 70 consistent street mixtape dj's lined up who wants
material from me for EVERY tape they put out. Thats mad love right there. We
are going to push this cd just to promote ya boy a lil more. We got our own
distribution team set up in different states ...from New York, New Jersey to
California...Atlanta..Chicago...Florida (Orlando & Miami)...Tennesse...Toronto
Canada...Virginia..DC..Maryland..North & South Carolina...Texas...etc. We
even have a few things setup over in London. Yeah, ya boy got a buzz out in
London as well. So we doing it a lil something. I'm going to continue to make
these hits though (I got'em...the people just have to make them hits now!).
Thats really my main focus....to keep my songs coming. Right now, I have about
4 albums worth of material....it may be a bit much, but until something pops,
I'm going to continue to work hard. The production on my joints are straight
fire!!! My producer Quick and his production team (Da Demo-kratz--IllaNoise
& Knoxx) are most definitely gon' fuck up the game when we get in. Until
then, we gon' work hard and work even harder on top of that. But from the response
and offers we're getting,( I'm no pyschic but) it WON'T BE LONG......"
First and foremost
shout to my hood--->WETLANDS<---...& my WETLAND niggaz...(Dame..T-Louch..Rocky..Sy-E...entirely
too many niggaz to name)
One of the most
important niggaz in this whole process is my Manager & Producer Quick (Quickdraw)...You
a genious nigga!! ..I'm watching you work wonders...Keep it up my dude...we
just about there...Big Shout to the whole FrontLine Artist camp....Big shout
to ILLANOISE & Knoxxx..Quick taught you niggaz well...
Shouts to 201 Jersey
City of course...(these last 2 years were big for us.."I got the city on
my back...and I ain't done yet..." You know the rest....."
Shout to Marcus
Heisser of Interscope...Riggs Morales & Nelson of (Shady Goliath)....Tina
Davis...Randy Acker...Lenny S...Ramses...once again..just too many to name...at
any rate...much love!
Shout to Whoo Kid
& Green Lantern..Big shout to Sickamore..you another genious nigga..I see
you!! Big ups to AnimaleSteele for the dealings you and Quick got.....shout
to Alchemist & Jay (beats are serious)...Mixtape Inc..SMACK DVD...Kenny
Ken of Unisigned Artist & 100 bars or Better DVD...Shout to KaySlay..DJ
Kool Kid..DJ Envy...PCUTTA...Pudgee P...CutMaster C & Fendi....Dj L...DJ
Big Mike...Dj 730...RADIO.Dj Domination..Lazy K & the whole Murda Mamis...shout
to the whole Get Money Nation........Webb...Nitty..Skane (whuts good!?!)..Mouse..aka..Joe
Budden...Presidential...Hitch...Ran...Stacks (Stack Bundles)...Kanairy Juelz...shout
to Young Spydah for creating my cd cover...I needed that!...big shout to everyone
I didn't mention....I gotchu in the album credits....it ain't too far away!....early!
Last but not least
I would like to thank hiphopgame.com and 730 for all the love...its greatly
appreciate my dudes! Keep up the good work. Yall on top of yallz game. Stay