have you been?
just been recording. I'm about to drop some shit in February on Koch.
coming along fine. The album is actually done.
can we expect on the album?
can expect the same lyrical aggression as the first album, but I've broadened
my horizons a little bit. I've got more concepts and stuff. More personal,
in-touch stuff as opposed to me just rocking on other MC's.
have things changed for you since you dropped "Dirty Harriet?"
think I've just gotten older, and I've gotten to see more of life. I have
more things to talk about. The first album was just Rah Digga as a rapper
on the come-up trying to prove to other MC's that I'm fresh. Since then,
I've traveled and met different people, seen different things, so there's
a lot more to talk about.
makes you want to come out on Koch?
digging the Koch movement for a couple of reasons. For one, you're getting
a lot more per album. And it's a little more hands-on work as opposed
to being on a major and just sitting back. It's more work with an independent,
but it's worth it because you get it back. You're not slaving yourself
to make Time-Warner rich.
Busta on Aftermath, was that ever an option for you?
really. We just came to the conclusion that me waiting for Busta has been
a little stagnating all this time. All of us, Flipmode in general, being
on the same label has been a hindrance for the members so we just agreed
that this time we were going to do our own deals in different places.
what's up with Flipmode right now?
now, everyone's working dolo and trying to find the right deal. Koch gave
me a nice little deal that I couldn't refuse. It's a one-off deal that
can set me up for a major, if I even decide that I want to go back to
you and Young Zee still doing your album together?
that's actually what this album was supposed to be. It was supposed to
be a duet. But just in terms of Rah Digga fans, they've been waiting for
the Rah Digga solo album. They thought the Young Zee duet was dope, but
it would have been better if I had been consistently putting out albums.
They're saying "we've waited five years for your next album and we're
getting a duet with you and your man!" I think I have more Hip Hop
purist fans rooting for that project than the overall consensus.
Zee been up to lately?
recording. Recording every day.
Outsidaz was a classic group, is there ever any chance of a reunion?
don't think so. I doubt it. Everyone's pretty much gone their separate
ways. There's a lot of bad blood between the Outsidaz. I don't see the
posse realistically reuniting. Everybody's still cool as far as kicking
it at the barbecue. We're cool, but I think that working together again
probably won't happen.
you have any regrets from that situation?
only thing I regret about the Outsidaz is that we didn't really get to
blow blow to the level I would have liked to seen them get to, like a
Wu-Tang Clan or a Dip Set. But it's hard when you have a whole bunch of
different people and everyone wants to be the freshest and everyone wants
to be the head man. It's hard for one person to take charge and have everyone
else listen. That's the main reason why I don't think we could get back
together and work again. But I wish that the underground realm could just
know how fresh we were. We were eating up punchlines before it was even
the thing to do. I would have liked for the album to have gone a little
further. I wish the label would have taken better care of itself. People
could have recognized that Jersey has some real dope-ass MC's!
can you tell people about Slang Ton?
I think, was the freshest rapper ever. He's the only one of the Outsidaz
actually won a Blaze Battle. I've never been in one myself. Zee's gone
to the final round. A couple of other members entered one, but he's the
only one that actually won it. He was real smart and real ahead of his
time. Him getting killed was a tragedy. The Outsidaz might have done a
lot better if he was around because he definitely brought notoriety to
you think other parts don't take Jersey seriously?
wouldn't say they don't take us seriously. But there's only a handful
of us, and there's always something going wrong with my project, with
Redman's project, with Joe Budden's project. It's like nobody can just
come out and be Jay-Z already. I think its like "ok, Jersey got some
fresh Heads," but overall, the world think that New York is Hip Hop.
Well, the South runs Hip Hop so none of that even really matters. But
when you think about East Coast Hip Hop, people think of New York. And
if I'm not screaming out Brick City in every song, people are going to
think I'm from New York.
you think Heads look at you as a "female" MC?
don't really get that. I get looked at as "I'm the nicest, I'm smashing
a lot of niggas." I think maybe in the beginning I used to get it,
but now, I honestly don't think people even put me in a category of Kim
and Eve. The rugged ones, Remy and Babs, they get compared to me. I stood
apart from the females a long time ago.
do you think we don't see a lot of chicks drop albums?
problem is the labels. The labels are scared to sign girls because it
just costs so much more money to market a girl. You have to spend extra
money on styling and all that. And will the people in general respect
females enough to go buy their album? I think when they think Hip Hop,
they think guns, drugs, and streets. People don't really want to hear
that from a chick. If a girl makes a cute song on the radio, then it's
ok to buy the album. If you're not really into Hip Hop, then I don't think
you'll be into Rah Digga. A lot of people liked "Party and Bullshit,"
but you ask them to quote a line from "Curtains" and they can't
do it. But all the Hip Hop Heads know it. And that's not even unfortunate,
that's just what it is. I'm an MC first, so unless you're a Hip Hop fan
in general, you're not going to gravitate to a Rah Digga, you're going
to gravitate to someone more simple and singy-songy.
you try to be a role model today?
I don't. I'm just a good person in general. I have morals, and there's
just certain things that I won't allow myself to say or do. But when I'm
making my music, I don' say "oh, I can't write that." I represent
a mother, and a strong Black woman that's not really completely forming
to being a skeezer to succeed.
motivates you today?
five years later I have people coming up to me asking about the album.
That's my driving force, folks are still checking. And the crew isn't
going to let me do nothing too simple just to make a radio record. I still
have to represent lyricism instead of just making radio hits.
plans for a future collab with Lauryn Hill?
would love to, but I don't know what's up with Lauryn. I reached out to
her in the past on a few occasions but that was during her "I'm just
never making music" period. Maybe things are different now. I haven't
You've done a couple movies, how was that?
was different. The MTV one came on first, but they filmed "13 Ghosts"
first. It was dope for my first movie to be a real movie on Warner Brothers
with a $40 million dollar budget. I was like "ok, I can work with
films coming up?
but I want to get the music underway first. The thing that gives musicians
the edge over the typical actor is our music, and I know that pisses a
lot of actors off. But without the music not really popping, you're just
one out of a million people trying to get on. So I'm just really waiting
for the music to bubble more before I get into the acting scene.
there anything else you're working on?
working on developing a reality show for female rappers, trying to find
the next bitch!
have you learned throughout all your trials and tribulations in Hip Hop?
you're looking for a serious, long-term career in the music business,
I would definitely say make sure you stick to it and stick to your guns.
A lot of artists fall because their careers are in other people's hands.
I tell everyone to make sure they're surrounded by a good team, management
and a and R. You don't need to surround yourself with yes-men, you need
people that are going to keep it real with you and let you know when you're
making corny music. You need people looking out for your best interests,
because if you don't have that, this game will swallow your ass whole!
have you seen the game change from when you first busted in?
game is more corporation now than creativity. It's hard for you to do
what you want to do and please the masses and corporate America at the
same time. It's definitely not an easy thing to do, but you have to be
smart and you have to pick and choose your battles and stay true to your
shit, and don't let anybody else tell you differently.
you ever consciously changed your style to stay with the times?
wouldn't say I had to change my style, but I definitely had to broaden
it. I didn't so-much have to be less of an MC to succeed, I just feel
like I had to talk about things a little more in synch with what was going
on with the rest of the world, and still gave that 110% lyrics at the
same time. You can talk about all the things you do and the things you
have, but you still have to include the people that are buying the music,
and that's something that doesn't happen overnight. That's something that
takes time and takes accepting criticism and takes understanding about
what is going on in this business. And at the end of the day, you have
to please the masses, and that's my food for thought for anyone thinking
of getting into the business. You can love Hip Hop to the death and do
this and do that, but at the end of the day, if it doesn't work for the
masses, you're not going to feed your family.
you still live in Jersey?
I also got a place in California and the Pocono's. I'm a little gypsy.
your normal day like?
depends where I'm at. If I'm in California, it's Coffee Bean and vintage
thrift-shopping. If I'm in the Pocono's, it's Home Depot and cooking out.
If I'm in Jersey, it's studio and heading to New York.
do you want to say to everyone out there reading this?
want to say thank you to everyone who has continued to support me this
long. And I apologize to everyone that had to wait for the next album,
but I promise, it's going to be well worth the wait. It's called "Sucker
Free," and it's going to be in stores late February, 2006.