you doing Posta?
good. I'm just happy to be here and making my way back. Get ready.
heard a lot from you lately. What have you been up to in the past year?
been recovering. For those who don't know, I was diagnosed with testicular
cancer in '04, so from July '04 to July '05, I had to go through chemotherapy,
get my weight back, and two intensive surgeries. One was 11 and a half
hours, the other was five hours, and I lost a testicle and a kidney. Now
I'm back and I'm recording, and I'm ready.
feeling good today?
problems. I got my weight back, I'm in the gym, and I'm in that booth
every time I get a chance.
more health-conscious today?
definitely. Even back then, it wasn't that I wasn't health-conscious.
It just came out of nowhere. Nobody in my family ever had that disease.
I never even smoked cigarettes. It just came out of nowhere. It's a young
man's disease. A lot of young men and teenagers get it.
going through the cancer change your perspective on being on MC?
more serious now. I appreciate the fact that I have the gift I have. Going
through that, I don't take anything for granted anymore. It's a struggle
and you have to go through it. Right now, I'm about my music and I'm about
is usually about being invincible, do you think that this disease will
make you change the way you write?
I just try to get a message across in everything I do. I'm about to be
a spokesperson for a big cancer association and I know a lot of people
are going to be listening. If you didn't know, now you know. I just try
to send a message every time I open my mouth.
any point during the bout that you thought about giving up MC'ing?
When I first found out that I had it. I found out in 2004 on Father's
Day. The doctor came into my room and said, "Mr. Dixon, I've got
bad news. You've got testicular cancer, and you will probably have six
months to live." When I heard that, it was really just all about
my health. My girl was pregnant with my son at the time, so I was just
concentrating on her and having my son. They told me I only had six months
to live, but through the grace of God I'm able to be here and have this
interview with you.
been getting great feedback from the HipHopGame audience, what are you
trying to give people with your new music?
trying to give the people what they want. A lot of people want to know
what happened to me. For those that want to know, I'm not signed with
Cooter Love or Universal, because I didn't get any support throughout
my whole situation. I was released of the situation on my own will; my
lawyers got me out of the contract. I just want a fresh start all over
again. Just a fresh start.
wrong at Universal?
got sick, I had a few hot singles that the samples didn't get cleared
on. I had another record that Cooter and I were feeling, but Universal
wasn't feeling. There was a lot of friction there. Then when I got sick,
I didn't get any phone calls from them. When someone's life is on the
line, business isn't supposed to matter. At least that's what I'd do if
someone's life was on the line. I'd support them financially, emotionally,
physically, whatever is needed. I didn't get that. I can't get no money
with anybody like that.
cool with Cooter Love today?
spoken to him. I don't have any bad wishes on the man, but I haven't spoken
to him since I got released from my deal. I'm focusing on my music.
you looking for right now?
to get signed again and to come out and make nice, productive music and
give the people what they want. I have an international buzz due to BET
"106 and Park." I got love for what I do and I'm still doing
it. I'm just looking for the proper situation and to have the right people
you do differently the next time you get signed?
I'm not trying
to just get a record deal. I'm trying to get a production deal too. I
got my own production team and I shot my own video. Shout out to Richie
Dane, who did my video. He's done some motion pictures and worked on "Training
Day." I got my own studio. I'm trying to get a production deal, that's
the big picture. The record deal, I've already been there and done that.
I'm not going to get a big budget because I can do that stuff on my own.
I'm only going to need the money for the mixing and mastering.
what's come out of being on Freestyle Friday, would you do it again?
No. I'm not
really a battle rapper, for the record. I just did that to look for a
new opportunity to get noticed and to get a record deal. Before, I was
going about the standard way of heading up to record labels and passing
my CD's off. That wasn't working. I said I was going to go on the show
and win it for 10 weeks and get signed. That's what happened. After the
third week, Master P was trying to sign me. As it went on, I had 12 labels
trying to sign me. Right now, I got my own single shot with my own money,
and I'm just waiting to get the machine behind me. I don't want to shoot
my bullet with no machine behind me.
you learn from the "106 and Park" experience?
that if you want something, you have to go hard to get it. Before I went
on the show, I had visions of winning 10 weeks in a row, and then I went
and did it. A lot of things happened because of that. I got a record deal,
I got a publishing deal, I met a lot of people, and my life changed. I
became a hood star. You can't go in stores anymore, everybody knows you.
I moved from Harlem
a lot of things happened from the show.
find that people, even in 2006, see you as a battle rapper?
you can't really be mad because people are only going off of what they
know. When I get my new situation and I start coming out with these hit
records I've been recording, they'll see that I'm not. I'm not a battle
rapper. I don't even battle anymore. After the show, I didn't battle again.
that you want to give the people what they want. What do the people want?
man. Good music. They want hit records. They want good music and hit records,
and even more than both, they want consistency. If you stay consistent,
you're bound to win. If you never stay consistent, then you're right around
the corner from losing.
you focusing more on freestyles or songs right now?
on my album right now. It's called "Live from the Emergency Room."
That's what I mean when I say that on my freestyles. I'm working with
two great producers right now, Versatile and Dilemma. I've got some guest
producers on there as well, Amadeus, Ron Browz, Dame Grease, and one more
big fellow that I can't let out. It's about to go down. I'm already 10
know you're nice on the freestyles, but no one knows much about your songs.
What will your album do to the game when it drops?
to be a shock. I'm going to put up snippets on HipHopGame to get people
ready because I don't even think they know what lane I'm in right now
as an artist. I'm not trying to kill someone 100 times in a verse. It's
about making good music, staying on that radio, and staying consistent.
do you see yourself in the mix of all the other rappers trying to come
up right now?
For the new
era, top five. I see myself in the top five. My music is going to do the
talking. A year from now, when people read this interview and hear the
music, they'll see why I said "top five."
is it to make a comeback right now and almost have to start from scratch?
but it's kind-of not-hard. The people still know me, the anticipation
is still there, I still look like I'm 18, and I didn't lose any pep in
my step. The music is going to do the talking. With the right record and
the right machine behind me, it's over.
like in today's game you need a co-sign, and you don't have any right
now. What makes you want to come up with no co-sign?
confident like that. A co-sign would be cool, but I don't have it, so
I have to move on. Life doesn't stop. I've been rhyming since I was 11
or 12. I was trying to get a deal, nobody felt me, then I went on 106
and Park and I did it myself. And in my case, I'm going to make history
repeat itself and I'm going to get back on fire. I did it before, with
nobody. It was up to me to win every battle and don't stutter, and to
look presentable to the A&R eye. I did that myself without no co-sign,
and I'm going to do it again in another way.
Harlem" was huge for you back then
just did a part two to that. As soon as the ball drops on January 1, that
song is going to drop.
was "Jurassic Harlem" to your career?
Everywhere I go, whether it's here or overseas, everyone knows that record.
I always start my shows off with that record.
you feel about the way Harlem is being represented right now by Mase and
their thing. Cam is doing his thing with Dip Set and Mase is doing his
thing with G-Unit. Anything coming from Harlem, I'll support it. I just
have to do what I have to do. I represent Winning Team Records, that's
my label that I started, and I have and artist P-Reala, and I'm his co-sign.
do you see your label going?
I see it
being big, being the next Bad Boy when they were at their early stage
and hungry, and G-Unit, we're going to be there. I got a female artist
named Salazar from Harlem. I got some tools. I'm not coming into this
myself. Once I start bringing these tools out of my toolbox, it's going
to be a problem.
you learn working with Raekwon?
It was a
pleasure to work with Rae. I'm a fan of Rae. It was really cool. I've
worked with him about three times. He was on my first mixtape. We built
a relationship where I'll go check him at his crib and he'll come up to
Harlem. That's my dude.
it working with Prodigy?
nigga! I see him doing his G-Unit thing. He's a real nigga. I met him
in Puerto Rico, and I told him I needed to do a song with him. He said
as soon as we get back, he'd make it happen. He came up to 125th and parked
his white Yukon in the Grant Projects. We blew some haze in the air and
we did the record. He's real cool and he kept his word. I fucks with Prodigy.
you want to work with next?
to work with anyone. Whoever wants to work with me, I'm open for it.
going to be your next project?
I got a project
coming out called "Real Recognize Real," with songs I've done
with everyone from Raekwon to Prodigy to Nelly, Talib Kweli, Da Band
did collaborations with no money down. That's going down, and after that
I have a CD called "State of Emergency" with all new stuff that
will be released after that. I have my moves lined up, and all I can say
is that I'm ready and I'm back.
you want to say to all the label heads reading this right now?
I got my video done, and I got my album done. People already know me.
It'll be easy, I just need the machine behind me. I don't need a big budget.
Everything's done. People already know me. If you know what's best for
you, contact HipHopGame and find out how to get in touch with Posta. If
not, I'll see you at the top, that's where I'm going.
you want to say to everyone out there?
supporting me. The boy is back. I'm staying strong and consistent. I'm
staying in the booth, and two flags is up, Winning Team.