you doing Remy?
me to do a million things at one time. How is that fucking possible? I
have to do the interview, get in the car to go to the studio, write rhymes,
it's crazy. Do they think I'm a fucking robot?
be crazy with the album dropping now.
is. It is. You would think I have enough stress with that.
feel good that it's finally coming out.
just a lot of shit that's fucked up. I feel like the way it's set up,
niggas are setting me up to fail. This whole shit is so political it's
been the most frustrating thing about the whole process of getting "There's
Something About Remy" out?
that don't know shit about rap, don't know how to rap, and couldn't make
a fucking 16 if their life depended on it, telling you how to fucking
do shit. They want you to go by a fucking format that never worked. Why
the fuck do you want me to use the same format for your artist that fucking
flopped? They do club songs, street songs, something for the ladies
selling records. Get over it. I'm telling them, "Get over it. Try
something new." They'll say, "We've been doing it this way
You're not selling any records. It doesn't work. Maybe that's a hint.
I don't like
niggas playing with my career. A lot of time, y'all forget. To y'all,
it's just a song. To y'all, it's just a video. This is my fucking life.
I don't like people playing with my life.
industry taking you for granted?
All the great
people have been taken for granted. The ones who were the nicest, people
like Jay-Z and Missy, have always been shitted on or turned away. They
were denied what they needed and now they're on top. Niggas don't ever
believe. You just have to do it. Then when you do it, everybody wants
to take credit for the shit like they did something.
Tell me about
happy with how your album came out?
happy with it. I wouldn't have put it out if I wasn't happy with it. There's
not one bar, one interlude, anything on there that I didn't approve of.
With that being said, I feel like I delivered what I needed to get done.
You would have to seriously be an asshole to fuck up what I did. I see
they're already fucking up. The world should have been hearing "Conceited"
a few weeks ago. They don't understand. They don't listen. It's a new
era. It's a new era. I'm still in the streets. I'm still in the hood.
I still buy other people's albums. I'm still a fan. It sucks when you're
not in control. I'm in control of my album in terms of making the music.
The album is executive produced by me. But when it comes to putting out
the music, commercials, promotions, all that dumb shit that you don't
know about when you're sitting at home wanting to be a rapper, that's
the shit that kills me.
been the biggest problem with SRC [the label]?
with money. They don't want to pay for nothing extra. They don't want
to get no commercial. When you're making money and it's time to recoup,
they want every dollar upfront first. When you need to invest money and
get the commercial out, they don't want to spend. How are y'all a multi-million
dollar company and you can't do shit? The company is not broke. Until
you sell a whole bunch of records, they don't have any respect. This time
last year, January of 2005, "Lean Back" was so stupid that we
were on Howard Stern and Letterman. Now in 2006, it's a whole different
story because I don't have a song on the charts. "Conceited"
popped. The early reviews in the magazines have been all good and the
label is sending out emails like they helped make that happen.
it take so long for "There's Something About Remy" to see the
light of day?
have a record deal for a long time. My new record deal came after "Lean
Back." My first record deal was with Loud Records, and then Loud
went to Sony and I didn't go. I was in limbo, but I did a lot of songs.
I did tours with Joe, got on Big L's album, worked with 3-6 Mafia, Funkmaster
Flex, DJ Kay Slay...It wasn't until after "Lean Back" and the
Terror Squad album that I got my next solo deal, which was last year.
has a lot of different vibes. What did you want to give people with "There's
Something About Remy"?
doing this for as long as I can remember. The world first started hearing
me with Pun in '99. I still feel that people don't know who Remy Ma is.
They know me as a member of Terror Squad, Pun's protégé,
or the girl that's with Joe. After you listen to the album, I want you
to know me. I want you to be able to write a bio on my life based on what
you heard on my album. You hear so many different vibes on my album because
nobody wants to be happy all the time, be in the club all the time, be
gangster all the time, be sexy all the time. I want people to understand
that I'm a regular person. I have feelings and a lot of different emotions.
I'm not the "Ante Up" chick, the "Lean Back" "walk
around the metal detectors" chick. I'm not just a battle rapper chick
from Fight Klub. There's more to me than that.
the album shows that. Do you have a favorite type of track to make?
type of shit is about the shit I'm actually going through. I had a song
that leaked called "My Life." My favorite songs are the ones
talking about how I feel and my mind. Anybody can talk shit and pop shit
on a record all day. Not everybody can express their feelings and how
they think on paper so people can understand it.
pick all the beats for the album?
Yes, I did.
Even the ones that I didn't actually get myself
the only one I didn't
get was the "Conceited" joint. Joe got that from Scott Storch
for me. I listened to beats from everybody. It's just whatever I was feeling
and whatever made me want to write a song to, that's what I picked. There
were a lot of songs that didn't make the album. I had to cut the album
down from a lot. I have enough to make a whole 'nother album.
it recording "Thug Love" with Big Pun?
that song in 1999. Alchemist did the beat, the same beat that's there.
We were going to put it on his album, but we didn't want the world to
get that first vibe from me. We wanted the world to get the Ms. Martin
on the "You Was Wrong" verse. I didn't want to come on some
soft shit. We were going to save that for my album. It just so happens
that the album is coming out six years after we did the song.
Pun help you?
me see that I could make a career out of this. Not for nothing, I always
rhymed and I always knew I was dumb-nice, but it wasn't until I met Pun
and was in the studio that I saw I could actually do it. I never really
felt like that until I got with Pun.
you hear people talk about deceased rappers, it's usually 2Pac and B.I.G.
Why is that?
7 makes six years that Pun has been gone. Most of the time, when they
mention deceased rappers, they don't mention Pun I guess because he wasn't
assassinated. To me, he still died tragically. There is nobody that has
come into the game since Pun that's had his flow and his lyrical content.
Maybe the closest one is Eminem. I still haven't heard anybody of Pun's
Joe have great chemistry on records. How do you guys work together?
We work together
very fast. When I get to the studio, I'm in and out. I do not like to
stay in the studio. Joe is in the studio forever. By the time I get there,
I want him to be almost done. We work fast. He knows that I can't sit
there for very long without going crazy. We work good together.
see yourself in competition with other female MC's?
Nah. I really
don't. I feel that I'm so out of their league that it's disgusting. This
is what I do. I write. I pick my beats. I format my songs. There's no
chick that I could say has done that for every song on every album. Every
one at one point or another has had a ghostwriter. I'm so better than
have to show their sexy side whereas men don't have to?
I'm different. I never had to feel like I had to be on some sexy shit
to get people to listen to me. There's some people that are dumb-wack
and have no talent so they have no choice but to use whatever sex appeal
they have to get the fans that a regular artist that can rhyme gets.
Joe's wish or your decision to not get involved in the situation with
It was a
combination of both. It was more or less Joe's call. I'm a girl at the
end of the day. It's not my place to get involved in that. Let grown men
handle their B.I. Let them rock.
Shells had a song called "No Problem" produced by Liveson, and
then "Whuteva" with Swizz Beats had the same sample. What's
the story behind that?
played his beat, it sounded so similar. That's what happens when you use
you have to do on your end to make sure "There's Something About
Remy" is successful?
it now. I'm doing my interviews, I'm out on tour, I'm performing, I'm
throwing out tracks left and right
I'm giving the people as much
music as possible. The rest is in the label's hands. I'm a rapper at the
end of the day. That's what I do. That's me. I'm learning the business
as I go along, but I'm a rapper. I deliver great product. Now they have
to get out there and sell it.
confident are you in the label?
I'm not very
confident. I'm not a follower. I always got up and did things myself.
For me to do all this work and then put it in somebody else's hands, that's
what makes me fucking nervous. I'm not in control. I'm real cautious about
I saw what
happened with the Terror Squad album. We had the #1 song in the country
and I don't even know if that album is certified gold today. That doesn't
make no sense. I've seen the biggest song in the country fuck up. That
makes no sense. Their credibility with me is shot. They have to make me
going to find a new label for the next album?
looking into that.
up with the Terror Squad today?
on my solo shit because at the end of the day, everybody is on some "out
for themselves" shit. I have to look out for Rem first. All that
other shit, I'm not in control and I can't make nobody do nothing. It's
just real crazy.
it working with Prospect and Tony Sunshine?
family. We've known each other for a long time, but at the end of the
day, that doesn't matter if you don't have nothing to show for it.
you like better, rhyming on a Terror Squad track or a solo track?
I like doing
the solo shit better. It's me. I get to do what I want and say what I
want. But I enjoy doing the group shit because I shine. I'm not saying
I shine more than anyone else in the group, but I stand out being the
only female in the group.
next for you?
I want to
make this album pop. I'm already working on my next one. I feel like I've
been held back for a long time and I have a lot of shit that I want to
say. That's what I'm trying to do right now.
you want to say to everyone?
I know everyone
says, "Go cop the album, it's crazy," but you need this. If
you're hungry, this is a good meal. If you're running around, wiling out,
you're going to find some wisdom in "There's Something About Remy."
This album is like eight glasses of water, a requirement. Cop three albums,
one for the crib, one for the car, and for the closet because somebody's
going to steal one of the other two.