We're on this countdown. It's just a couple of days now [until Block Music
drops]. I'm anxious, I'm nervous, I'm excited, I can't sleep, I can't
eat, you know how that goes. I don't feel the sophomore jinx though. I
don't feel any pressure thanks to "Getting' Some". Maybe I'm
so relaxed because I've been getting some.
happy with how Block Music came out?
I am. I'm
very happy. It's an album that I would take in my car and bang out and
ride through the city with. It's songs that I would request the DJ to
play in the club. It's songs on there I would allow my kids to play. You
know it's called "Block Music"? That's where I come from. In
Chicago, there's a lot of hanging out on the block. There's a lot of family,
fun, friends, and all that other filth.
receive some good help from your DTP family on Block Music?
I did. Of course I did. I'm very proud of my family and I feel like we
have so much more to offer, so I used this as an outlet.
expect for "Getting' Some" to take off like it did?
No, of course
I didn't, mainly because of the content.
I hear you. Who did you work with on the song?
It was a
guy named XL. Because I'm really adamant about helping people out in Chicago
as far as up and coming artist and he hadn't done anything before, but
he will be now.
so you've spit some nasty verses in the past but you also do the sexy
thing. How do you balance that out?
how I am. Like when I'm hanging out I'm wylin'. I'm really energetic.
I'm aggressive, I'm open. But then again if I got a significant other,
Every woman wants to be sexy and there's a time and a place
for it. So I put that in my music because there are so many more women
think your listeners know that about you or do you think the audience
is more inclined to put you in a box because of the content of "Getting'
I'm so visible
to people when I'm on television or when I'm out in a crowd so I make
sure people know that I'm reachable, that I can be touched. I'm not a
superstar and I don't want to be a superstar. Once you alienate yourself
from people and start acting like a superstar, people will treat you like
that then you start saying, "Well, I can't go to the grocery store"
and "I cant do this." If you don't put yourself in a box, then
they won't. If I'm always at the grocery store, then they're going to
get tired of me being there. So you just have to analyze it and make it
work for you because regardless of whether or not you want to be a star,
you're going to be because of what you do. It's not like I'm going to
act like I'm better than anyone because I can make words rhyme.
concerned about the negative implications that the song has on young kids,
especially considering you have a son yourself?
No, not at
all. There are certain television shows children can't watch. There are
clubs children cannot go in and we don't condemn them more and try and
shut them down. It's about reigns and it takes a village to raise a child.
There are certain words that children cannot say so there are going to
be certain songs that they can and cannot listen to.
wouldn't let your son listen to "Getting' Some"?
No, he cannot
listen to "Getting' Some". He is a child and I am an adult.
He does what I tell him to do, not what I do.
say you're also promoting oral sex and with all the diseases out there,
what do you have to say to people about that and about being safe?
I just want
to say that the promotion of oral sex was here before me and will be here
when I'm gone, and if people want to emphasize on that, I really can't
do nothing about it. I just wanted to put the song out as kind of like
an anthem for women in a time when it was so many songs saying "bust
it wide open", "shake it like a salt shaker," and "let
me see that pussy whole" and women needed something to throw back.
you have to do from here on out to make Block Music successful?
making sure I hit every radio station I can, just to let people know that
I'm here, go listen to it let me know what you think. When I get a chance
to hit the internet I look at the feedback and reply to some of the people.
I'm just going to keep talking to people, keep grinding you know. Networking
did the Block Music mixtape with Clinton Sparks. How's that doing for
It was hot.
It was really the first mixtape I had done exclusively. It was different.
I just really spit a lot of verses and sent them in to him and he sent
me some tracks. The majority of it was him taking acapella versus me going
in the studio and him putting his own beats under it. But it was cool
because people were calling about it all over the country.
a few years since your debut Worth the Wait. Do you think this album is
overdue at all?
No, I think
it's right on time. Worth the Wait was a blessing in disguise because
if everything had been moving at the pace it's moving, I wouldn't have
learned some of the valuable lessons I had learned. I wouldn't have learned
to stay away from some people that I stay away from and I wouldn't have
learned to not turn some of the corners that I don't turn now.
try and avoid some of that stuff while doing this album?
far as every mistake that I made I made sure I didn't do it and every
regret that I had I made sure I did do it.
was one of those regrets?
in the label's ass and staying on radio. Making sure I get the numbers
and making sure the label didn't have all of the contact with everyone
and just talking to people more and seeing what's up and letting them
know what's up.
any frustrations from the label this time around?
No, not really.
I mean, there are some songs that I did that I definitely wanted to get
on the album that are not on there. I am a little upset about that, but
you know, due to sample clearances and timing, we had to go. We ain't
here to be messing around waiting.
your next move?
on tour with Yung Joc, just him and me, so we're going to get out there
and tear some clubs up.
feel comfortable with the title "First Lady of Chicago"?
No, not really
because there are a lot of women doing really big things in Chicago right
now. If anybody is the First Lady of Chicago, Da Brat is. I'm the Ambassador.
I have to give it up to her though. She's like my sister and she's from
my city and we keep in touch. I don't have a problem with that.
have to say to other young ladies trying to make it in the business out
legs closed and your mind open.
you have to say to everyone?
Go get it
June 27th. Holla Back. Tell me what you think.