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Ihank vou 0Z0NEl Wendv Ðav’s “hathenatlrs” artlrle dedlrated to hannle
lresh was one of the doµest artlrles that l have read ln a long tlne. l’n
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thls lnfornatlon avallahle to other artlsts. hoµefullv, the artlsts, nanagers,
µrodurers, and Ð1s out of nv state of South Carollna take thls knowledge
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l-Ðl lt should’ve heen 0Z0NE hldwest. We’ve had µlatlnun artlsts and qulte
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vears. You nlght as well start µuttlng together 0Z0NE hldwest. 6reat lssue
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award show. 1ust nv Z Cents and sonethlng l feel v’all should thlnk ahout
thls for next vear.
– Young Ðeures, nvsµare.ronlstreetznvoungdeures lhllwaukee, Wl)
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What’s uµ Ioo Short, vour artlrle ahout textlng was so truel l feel so ad-
dlrted to nv Crarkherrv that l had to hlt vou uµ on lt. l’n on the hus rlght
now on nv wav to work, talkln’ to nv rousln, and enalllng voul l don’t
know what l would do lf l lost lt. hetroPCS ls nv drug suµµller, wlth all
thls unllnlted textlngl l’n ahout to get a new dealer though. Anvwav, keeµ
keeµln’ lt real. l love vour Short Storlesl
– Anarle, anarle+IS©gnall.ron lBav Area, CA)
han, 0Z0NE, v’all got ne addlrtedl Ðurlng the nonth of August, l searrhed
everv !-II ln 0rlando for the new lssue. No one seens to have lt. Ihe onlv
one thev had was the Ðavld Banner and Ihree 6 haña lssue, whlrh l alreadv
hadl lt reallv had ne nadl When nv varatlon tlne rane and l went to lt.
Lauderdale, l stlll rouldn’t ñnd the August lssue. honestlv, even though l
wouldn’t want to adnlt lt, l settled for less. l hought the newest Sourre.
Please forglve nel Y’all should do an artlrle on all the teen raµµers on the
grlnd.
– A16 da Avlator, nvsµare.ronla|gavlotor l0rlando, lL)
Corrertlon. Ihere was a tvµo ln the August lssue’s Ðallasllt. Worth Raµquest.
Ihe song “Ðallas 6lrlz” ls hv Iun Iun, not Ðann Ð. Also, the µhoto of Wlllls
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verv shv around µeoµle l don’t know, and l’n one rredlt awav
fron a rollege degree herause l was terrlñed of taklng the µuhllr
sµeaklng µrerequlslte. lt’s taken ne vears to graduallv get used
to dolng ÐVÐ droµs and radlo lntervlews. Ihe ñrst tlne l dld a radlo ln-
tervlew l was so nervous l threw uµ ln the hathroon rlght hefore golng
on alr and was stlll shaklng the whole tlne. lf vou told ne a few vears
ago that l would one dav he µrodurlng an event wlth S,6ùù raµ fans attend-
lng, l would’ve laughed. l never wanted to he fanous. l |ust wanted µeoµle to
know nv nane and resµert lt. Ihat’s all. Nornallv, l would rather rrawl ln a
dark hole sonewhere and hlde than draw that nurh attentlon to nvself.
lt’s ronµletelv out of nv rhararter to µrodure sonethlng llke the 0Z0NE
Awards. lt’s anazlng how a snall ldea ran herone a huge novenent, and
to he honest, lt’s gotten hlgger than l ever antlrlµated or lnaglned. l don’t
llke to hrag, hut one thlng we never seen to get rredlt for ls what we’ve
arronµllshed ln surh a short anount of tlne wlth surh a snall staff. We’re
ahle to arronµllsh what takes hundreds of enµlovees at nagazlnes llke Vlhe
and XXL everv nonth wlth a snall grouµ of less than ten kev µeoµle. BEI and
hIV are televlslon networks and thev don’t even µrodure thelr own award
shows, thev hlre µrodurtlon ronµanles and fv ln hundreds of µeoµle who
µrodure llve shows for a llvlng. Ihev also have nultl-nllllon dollar hudgets.
Irust ne – µrodurlng land, nore lnµortantlv, fundlngl) a ronhlnatlon nuslr
ronferenrelaward show ls the nost stressful shlt l’ve ever exµerlenred ln
llfe. Anvhodv who wants to talk shlt herause thev thlnk thev ran do lt hetter,
l welrone vou to trvl lf vou ran get S,6ùù µeoµle to show uµ to vour award
show lnot to nentlon dozens of relehs) l’ll glve vou a rookle.
l hlhernated for a rouµle davs after the 0Z0NE Awards ln a far awav land wlth
no Blarkherrv rereµtlon and energed to ñnd lt huzzlng wlth S8Z 6oogle Alerts
for “0Z0NE Awards” and “1ulla Beverlv.” Anazlng. All l have to do now ls lav
around and tan and neanwhlle evervone ls talklng ahout ne. What’s that thev
sav – all µuhllrltv ls good µuhllrltv!
But lt ls klnda dlsrouraglng to µut everv ounre of energv and tlne lnto a
µro|ert and walk awav fron lt wlth negatlvltv rlnglng ln vour ears fron
µeoµle who dldn’t even attend. Peoµle who have thelr own selñsh notlves,
µeoµle who wlsh thev rould he ln vour µosltlon hut aren’t, so thev do thelr
hest to µlrk aµart evervthlng vou’ve hullt and rast douht on vou so thev ran
naneuver rloser to vour sµot. Peoµle who sµend all dav µlottlng, hulldlng
ldeas hased on the Art of War or +8 Laws of Power and µlavlng nlnd ganes
wlth thelr “lndustrv frlends” |ust for entertalnnent. l know how the gane
goes. Peoµle who have never net ne ralllng ne out for helng “fake,” µosslhlv
the funnlest thlng l’ve ever heard. A fake what! Nohodv hlred ne to reµresent
the Southern raµ ronnunltv. l llterallv worked nv wav uµ and rreated nv
own µlare ln the gane. hate all vou want hut vou’ve gotta resµert lt.
lor Plnµ C’s non to rall ne and sav that her son would’ve heen µroud, or for
Bun B to rall and thank ne for hrlnglng our event to houston, or for Irae and
hlke 1ones to rearh out the next dav and aµologlze for thelr llttle sklrnlsh
that got hlown wav out of µroµortlon hv the hloggers, or for 1 Prlnre to sav
that we had a great turnout, l have to ronslder lt a surress. Ihose are µeoµle
whose oµlnlons l resµert. As for vou haters, as alwavs, l aµµrerlate vou
sooooooooooooooo nurhl You gave ne the notlvatlon to start worklng on
the Zùù9 0Z0NE Awards a week after we wraµµed ’ù8. lt’s golng to he furklng
lnrredlhlel .) You’ll see.
A word of advlre. lf vou do an event ln houston, send the ñre narshall a gen-
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to houstonlans ln the wake of hurrlrane lke, as a llorldlan, l feel vour µalnl
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I. SIRlPPERS IhAI IURN lNI0 PR0SIlIUIES
WhEN IhE SIRlP CLUB CL0SES
l’n hatln’ on all of then, hut l’ll stlll glve ‘en
SZS for that thang. Renenher, lf vou glve a
glrl SZS for the nookle lt aln’t trlrkln’ off. lt’s
trlrkln’ her.
Z. lEhALE VlA6RA
l’n hatln’ on the new fenale Vlagra naklng
ne work all extra hard. hatter fart, l’n hatln’
on Vlagra, µerlod, ‘rause thev aln’t rane out
wlth the klnd vou snoke vet.
J. YUN6 BER6
l’n hatln’ on Yung Berg ‘rause he don’t llke
dark skln wonen. Ihe hlarker the herrv the
sweeter the |ulre. l want a glrl that’s so hlark
when she lav down lt look llke a hlg, hlark
hole ln the nlddle of nv hed.
+. hl6h ASS WEEÐ PRlCES
l’n hatln’ on these hlgh ass weed µrlres.
Ihev’re hlgher than gas. l ran’t snoke and
rlde no nore, or even slt ln the llvlng roon
and snokel
S. 6UCCl hANE
l’n hatln’ on 6urrl hane. he’s the hardest
nlgga on the street and vou ran’t understand
a dann thlng he’s savlng.
6. hY ChlLÐ SUPP0RI 1UÐ6E
hv rhlld suµµort |udge told nv hahv nana
that the state of 6eorgla ls gon’ glve her
S98ù dollars a nonth ln rhlld suµµort. l sald,
“Whoo, thank vou |udge. l’ll µut SZù wlt’ lt
and nake lt a stark.”
!. Nl66AS WlI Il6hI ASS CL0IhES
lt’s okav lf the rlothes ñt a llttle hlt, hut
vou aln’t suµµosed to he ahle to rount the
rhange ln a nlgga’s µorket. Ihat’s 1ln 1ones
tlght.
8. lL0YÐ “h0NEY” hAYWEAIhER
Evervwhere he goes, he glves awav llke SJù
grand. hell, he rould walk to store and µav
nv klds’ wav through rollege.
9. 6lRLS WlI ÐlRIY h0USES
l went to thls glrl’s house and she had
roarhes ln the ‘frlgerator. She had roarhes
on the wall. She had roarhes ln the IV. Shlt,
she had sone roarhes ln her ashtrav, hut l
snoked then nuthafurkas.
Iù. ÐA BRAI
how vou gon’ send a leshlan to |all! Ihat’s
llke sendln’ a fat µerson to the huffet. She
gon’ eat herself to death.
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AUSTIN, TX:
hIV alred a sµerlal that featured Austln hC Loudnouf, an lraql war veteran.
Kanve West and Swav vlslted hln at hone and gave hln the oµµortunltv to
share hls storv and thoughts on the war, and how nuslr µlavs an lnµortant
role ln hls llfe. Sane Struggle hrought down Klller hlke lahove) for a great
show at Ihe Parlsh Roon. Snooµ Ðogg rane through for a show at the Bark
Yard. Nuf Sed Ent hrought Paul Wall, Soul|a Bov, Lll Wlll, Lll Boosle and nore to
the ù8’ Iexas heat Wave. Lorked Ðown lnr. released the AIX All-Stars nlxtaµe.
Ð1 Raµld Rlr and Ð1 LL |ust droµµed Afta Ða Relavs Zk8.
- 0.6. of Luxurv hlndz lwww.luxurvnlndz.ron)
ABILENE/SAN ANGELO, TX:
Ðuh-Iex Entertalnnent heated uµ the sunner wlth Iexas Legend Lll harlo
and µerfornanres hv Iha JZS lan-Ban, Lll hatt, Blgga Bol Cllrk, and Adrlan
Washlngton at Ihe Barkroon. Blg Plrtures and I-1ark-I Entertalnnent teaned
uµ wlth Star Iù6 for an aµµrerlatlon ronrert ln the Cltv of Lene wlth sµerlal
aµµearanres hv llrst Class, A.h.l.6.h., Bad Blznezz, h I Cllque, Ðat 6lrl lanous,
Bahv Lor, Iexa Rlran and Leglon Llnk. Lll hatt released hls nurh antlrlµated
nlxtaµe Bark Agalnst the Wall nlxed hv Ð1 Castro wlth µrodurtlon hv Crooked
Artlvltv Studlos.
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM:
Alhuquerque µlaved host to Ervkah Badu and Ihe Roots and thev µut on a
great show. Ioo Short and Plles rane down to do a show that started late.
Bone Ihugs-N-harnonv, Blg Cheese and the Legendarv Sµlre I |ust µer-
forned as well. Stevle and lat llsh are at lt agaln and shootlng nore vldeos
to suµµort thelr loral artlsts. Ð1 Nohle ls hark ln town µuttlng lt down on the
µrodurtlon slde and sµlnnlng on the radlo. E 1ones ls hark at Iha Lah full-tlne
so nake sure vou stoµ hv and get vour 0Z0NE hagazlnes there.
- Beno lBeno©eadvnuslrgrouµ.ron)
BALTIMORE, MD:
Kevln Engllsh, CE0 of Southµaw Ent., µut on an all fenale hlµ hoµ showrase
featurlng Aµrll Love, Nlk Stvles, the 6et ‘En hanls, and Kla Callowav. lt was a
nasslve surress. 0n a sad note, R.l.P. to Baltlnore’s Cluh ûueen Ð1 K-Swlft who
µassed awav after an unfortunate arrldent. K-Swlft was the fare of 9Zû and
was known for her µartles and rluh CÐs. Ihe entlre rltv of Bnore showed suµ-
µort as over S,ùùù µeoµle attended her funeral. She wlll surelv he nlssed.
- Ðarkroon Produrtlons lIheÐarkRoonlnr©vahoo.ron)
BIRMINGHAM, AL:
6urrl hane, Shawtv Lo, and 8Ball 6 h16 grared the stage at the Platl-
nun. hodestv X.0. droµµed a solld nlxtaµe wlth Ð1 Snallz. Reglonal
µronoter Redd rontlnues to do hls thlng around the rltv. Cluh 0nvx’s
µoµularltv grows even nore wlth the surress of Iroµlral lrldavs. 1av-l
keeµs µushlng wlth hls rerord µool. Ð1 C. Ross droµµed Show Ivne Z
lahove). Produrers llke Snlµe, B-Phlat, h-I6, Blg 6unt, Iwan Beatnaker
and others rontlnue dolng heats for nunerous arts fron the South. Ihe
launrh of www.hhannuslrhlog.hlogsµot.ron wlll helµ keeµ the grlnd
novlng stronger for nanv arts ln the haglr Cltv and ln the state. - K.
Blhhs lAll0rNothlngProno©hotnall.ron)
CHICAGO, IL:
Ben I |ust slgned wlth Unlversal Rerords off hls huhhlln’ slngle “Never
Leave hv 6lrl” featurlng Shawnna. Ihe Ðeñnltlon Showrase ls a new
nonthlv event showraslng energlng talents ln and out of the rltv. Bo
6, Versatlle, Rlo, Skooa Choose, Ihe Boardroon and Peeda Pan are new
artlsts ronlng fron the rltv. Ð1 Bann was |ust lndurted lnto the Ðerrtv
Ð1s rrew. We as a rltv have to get hevond the hate to reallv nake a rltv
novenent haµµen. Evervhodv has to µlav the µart even lf thev don’t
want to.
- 1anal hooks l1hooks©tnall.ron)
GAINESVILLE, FL:
Young Kodak of Battle Proof Ent. ls naklng nolse wlth hls new slngle
“Swole” whlrh ls ratrhlng the ears of a few na|or lahels. Uµ-and-ron-
lng µrodurers C+ are klrklng out sone qualltv trarks and hrlnglng a new
sound to the lndustrv. C Wakelev ls µronotlng unltv anongst llorlda
artlsts through the 6alnesvllle huslr Sunnlt, hrlnglng out hlg nanes
surh as Ihe lronz, Sllµ-N-Sllde, Blg 6ates and nanv others.
- 1ett 1arkson lgS|ett©gnall.ron)
I8 ll 0Z0NE hA6
0Z0NE hA6 ll I9
nlght to hlt the town ln a whlle and lrldavs at Ihe Loft rontlnue hrlng
out the nunhers everv week.
- Ð1 Ktone lhvsµare.ronld|ktonedotron)
DETROIT, MI:
Ihe hurder Cltv ronrert went down at St. Andrews hall wlth artlsts llke
! Ða 6eneral and Cash 0ut. Ihe Warµ Iour lnvaded Ðetrolt at Conerlra
Park. Produrer Svnµhonv µrodured a rouµle trarks on lre Cuhe’s new
alhun. Ihe Ðlvlne 9 held thelr annual steµ show wlth a sµerlal µerfor-
nanre hv 1uvenlle. Ihe Red Bull Beat Battle took µlare at the ha|estlr
Iheater. P.L. droµµed hls latest nlxtaµe Wlt 0ut Warrlng Vol. +. 0hle
Irlre has heen released fron Shadv Rerords. You gotta rone to the
“Д to learn ahout Belle lsle after dark. Look out for hot Lava Rerords
lStretrh honev), Ðlrtv 6love Entertalnnent lK-Ðoe a.k.a. K-Ðeezv),
Sth Ave Rerords l1ohn Ðrana), and Ðenand. “lt’s So Cold ln Iha Д
herane a vlral sensatlon on YouIuhe.
- A1 ltheJIJreµort©vahoo.ron) 6 Erlr tha Crunk lhvsµare.ronl
CrunkAtlantahuslr)
HOLLYWOOOD, CA:
Blshoµ Lanont and 6lasses halone headllned at the house of Blues
Sunset to a sold-out rrowd. Ihe Confesslonal nlxtaµe release µartv
was hosted hv Ðevl Ðev l9J.S KÐAY) and hoodrat hlguel lPower Iù6),
and had µerfornanres fron Ia|e, Prlne, Ðanlzza, Butrh Cassldv, and
Warren 6. Blshoµ µrenlered hls new slngle “6row Uµ” whlle 6lasses
ended hls set wlth “haterz.” Iallh Kwell and Strong Arn Steadv got
down at the Soñtel hotel wlth Ð1 Eû. Ðef 1an showed off thelr newest
µrodlgv Karlna at Ihe S Bar, and threw Nas’ alhun release µartv at the
Zune Lah.
- Ðevl Ðev lÐevlÐev.kdav©gnall.ron)
HOUSTON, TX:
Paul Wall and Chanllllonalre are hark rerordlng together. ABN lZ-Ro
and Irae) are glvlng the streets that raw. Blg Pokev and Lll 0 are
kllllng the rluhs. Slln Ihugga and Ðevln the Ðude are droµµlng soon.
Ihe new rats on the srene llke Ðre Steel and hlSÐ are all µreµµlng
takeovers. Can’t forget the Latlnos llke Chlngo Bllng, 1uan 6ottl, and
the Street 6rlndaz. lor the real µartv sµots, vou gotta hlt the new
havka havka on the north or Venue on the south.
- 1av 6anhle lhv.Uµrlose©gnall.ron)
HUNTSVILLE, AL:
Ihe huntsvllle srene was featured ln a few UK µuhllratlons rourtesv of
Roh Breezv and Ðavld S. Ihe 6reen Roon won the rluh hattle wlth the
Sµllt Personalltv ranµalgn. ûCÐ1’s ls gearlng uµ for another rerord
µool neetlng. 6-Slde |ust released the Starshlµz and Rorketz µrevlew.
PR6z were featured ln natlonal µuhllratlons along wlth the Blork
Beataz. Ð1 ha|estv ls holdlng down the rluh srene. Ð1 !-II and 1-
Rork are holdlng down Shoals. Blgg Ðh ls the new PÐ at VIùI.S ln the
Shoals. X0, Blµola, and 0hvlous 0hsesslon dld shows at Crossroads.
6-hane reµµed hard at the handv lestlval.
- Codle 6 lhuntsvlllegotstarz©gnall.ron)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN:
Zark Randolµh fron the New York Knlrks threw the hlrthdav µartv
of the vear. Bun B reµresented hls hlrthdav to the fullest at Cluh
lndustrv. lndlana Blark Exµo was another surress thls vear hrlnglng
a lot of lndustrv heavvwelghts to Naµtown for relehrltv haskethall
ganes, µrono, and after µartles. 6ee Iwlnz Barher Shoµ ls keeµlng
the rltv freshlv faded, and Naµtown huslr ls sewlng uµ the eastslde
wlth all the new nuslr releases. hontv and rrew at hangtlne are also
µunµlng out fresh ñts, klrks, and hlts ln one stoµ. Prettv Uglv was
rhosen to host the hlghlv antlrlµated all Naµtown nlx. lurk B-N-Lo-
ral dragged hv Ð1 Blark ls ronlng soon.
- Ð1 Blark ld|hlarkhrµ©tnall.ron)
JACKSON, MS.
Lll Wavne µarked ln nearlv Iù,ùùù µeoµle at S+ù a head ln hattleshurg.
Although lt’s an hour fron the hold new rltv, 1arkson showed uµ ln
nunhers. 0ur navor, who was featured ln 0Z0NE as “the real hlµ hoµ
navor!” rerentlv raught a federal lndlrtnent. Stax and Lll Boosle
showed uµ to µav thelr resµerts at a 1arkson street µrodlgv funeral
lR.l.P. Slo). Lll C ls droµµlng hls nlxtaµe Welrone Io Ihe Battleñeld
real soon. Ðavld Banner threw a hell of an alhun release µartv for
Ihe 6reatest Storv Ever Iold at lreelon’s, durlng whlrh he gave the
ultlnate sµeerh and a heartenlng µerfornanre.
- Ianhra Cherle lIanhraCherle©aol.ron) 6
Stax lhlorkwear©tno.hlarkherrv.net)
CINCINNATI, OH:
Ihe harv’s huslr lestlval turned out µosltlve thls
vear. Ihere was an after µartv on everv rorner. 6urrl
hane, Kevshla Cole, and 1uvenlle rane through, |ust
to nane a few. ÐB and 1Rodge Entertalnnent oµened
uµ Cluh hlxx wlth a show stoµµlng µerfornanre hv
Raheen Ðevaughn. Slnonen’s new nlxtaµe has a
good resµonse ln the rluhs and streets on the North
slde of the rltv. 1av Lll’s slngle “1ulrv 1ulre” ls a
wlnner wlth the klds. Bootsv Colllns stlll has haters
– there were J ñres at hls un-oµened restaurant ln
one nlght. lt was reµorted as arson.
- 1udv 1ones l1udv©11onesent.ron)
CLEVELAND, OH:
has the rltv turned lnto the Wlld Wlld West! Iwo roµs
were hrutallv slaln and a voung nan was hurned
to death! Ihe rltv ls farlng µrohlens renlnlsrent of
the !ù’s. Ihe Russ Parr Bus Iour rane through and
the rltv rane out ln nunhers. Ðeeµ J µerforned on
BEI for the thlrd tlne and whlle thelr slngle “l Look
6ood” ls stlll verv µoµular, qP has hanged the rltv
on the head wlth hls new hlt “You Rollln Shawtv ll
6ot SSS).” Ihe slngle has raught the underground hv
surµrlse.
- “X” Allah lX©NuBludhanagenent.ron)
COLUMBIA, SC:
Ihe ñrst annual SC huslr Awards was held ln 6reen-
vllle, SC. lor a llst of wlnners and µlrs fron the event
vlslt www.srnuslrawards.ron. Burk IV vldeo show
µrenlered on August Jrd and l raught an advanre
srreenlng of lt at one the hottest sµots ln the hetro,
Pure Ultra Lounge. Sµeaklng of hot sµots, Cluh Level
ls stlll holdlng down the weekends and two new
sµots, Ðreans and Ihe lever, |ust oµened uµ. Snook
won the Patlentlv Waltlng Carollnas Award at the Jrd
Annual 0Z0NE Awards.
- Roh Lo lRohLoProno©aol.ron)
COLUMBUS, OH:
lreeze ls dolng lt hlg, rherk hln out at www.
freezedaworld.ron. Celehrltv Status ls alwavs ln full
effert wlth Plavaz Clrrle, Ihe Lox, 6urrl hane, Ðav Z6,
Ðonnle Lang, 1ohn Legend, h.0.P., Nlre and Snooth,
and Blark Sheeµ stoµµlng through. Ðonlnlque fron
Anerlra’s Next Ioµ hodel lahove left) got slgned
and ls novlng to L.A. to do her thlng on IV. We ended
the nonth off wlth the hlggest event ln the rltv, nv
Celehrltv Blrthdav Bash. lt was rrazv.
- Yohannan Ierrell llnagelnq©gnall.ron)
DALLAS/FT. WORTH, TX:
Klng Ashoka and IheAuto6rañx.ron wraµµed the new 0Z0NE
trurk featurlng Carnlvo Xo. Blg hood Boss hood Presldent hosted hv
Iun Iun and Sh0’s J6 0unres hosted hv Ð1 Ðroµ are hot on the nlxtaµe
grld. lnnortal Soldlerz are novlng a lot of trunk unlts µast lort Worth.
Prlnetlne Cllrk and B hanP are holdlng down Aggtown. Ihe +th Annual hood
Car Show fron Bvron 6 0n a hlsslon was a surress ln 0ak Cllff. l heard the 0n
Alr Ðlvas are wlth KIù+ now. Iral’Ð’s vldeo “6utta Chlrk” ls on the Ioµ Iù. hvrhal
1eter ln Collln Countv, stav strong.
- Edward “Pookle” hall lurhansouth©gnall.ron)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL:
Nltro Iek’s I Ðread relehrated hls hlrthdav hash at Cluh Xrluslve wlth Ð+L’s laho
ln ronrert. R6B songstress Iarvorla was lntervlewed hv BEI for an uµronlng aµ-
µearanre and µerfornanre on Iù6 6 Park’s Wll’ 0ut Wednesdavs. Bethune-Cook-
nan Unlversltv’s lnronlng freshnan rlass rane to Ðavtona for orlentatlon and Ð1
Nallz, along wlth Wllln’ Entertalnnent’s Svro Ced, rorked the rrowd at a ranµus
µartv. Cherk out next nonth’s lssue of 0Z0NE for a rherk of Ðavtona’s Bark to
Srhool Blork Partv, Irlna’s Llngerle Partv, and nore.
- Ð1 Nallz ld|nallzI©gnall.ron)
DENVER, CO:
hlstah l.A.B., Wehhle, Rorrett, and Cee-Lo have all nade thelr wav to the Rorkles
thls µast nonth. Colorado heavv Welghts Young Ðoe and hawknan lorked down a
deal wlth West Coast hañalKorh and wlll he droµµlng µro|erts thls fall. lnnerstate
lke, Nvke Nlttl, hvµnautlr, lzn Whlte, all rerentlv droµµed µro|erts, as well as Ð1
Ktone, Ð1 Stuµar, Ð1 Bedz, and Ð1 ûuote. llrst Saturdavs at Blue lre ls the hottest
0Z0NE hA6 ll I9
Zù ll 0Z0NE hA6
JACKSONVILLE, FL:
hoh Boss of hustle house was shot ln front of the studlo, hut ls naklng a
full reroverv. Although hldget har was klrked off of VhI’s l Love honev on
the ñrst dann eµlsode, he ran stlll he seen ln rluhs arross the rountrv due
to hls µoµularltv fron l Love New York Z. Young Cash ls exµerted to release
a dlgltal alhun wlth I-Paln. Ihe Ðuval Countv hlxtaµe Vol. + featurlng P.l.I.
and Ðlrt Ðlggla ls stlll srheduled desµlte rrltlrlsn fron those who thlnk an
lnterrarlal nlxtaµe ls rllrhe, lnstead of enrouraglng unltv wlthln the rltv.
Al|u 1arkson rerentlv slgned to lntersroµe Rerords.
- Lll Rudv lLllRudvRu©vahoo.ron)
LAS VEGAS, NV:
lor a rltv that never sleeµs, lt’s heronlng dlfñrult to ñnd thlngs to do
when vou’re not sleeµlng. Ihe rluh srene ls extra hogus, for the lorals.
Ðon’t get ne wrong, there are stlll wlld nlghts, hut not as nurh as hefore.
0nlv a few nonths hark, there were several rluhs to rhoose fron to have
a fun nlght out. l’n not sure what haµµened, hut the hanglng rluhs have
dwlndled down to ahout two. l suµµose lf vou’re ronlng to vlslt, lt’ll sult
vou, hut lf vou llve here, lt’s not sultahle. 6et lt together Vegasl
- Portla 1arkson lPortla1©sµrlnt.hlarkherrv.net)
LOS ANGELES, CA:
Strong Arn Steadv’s Krondon, Phll Ihe Agonv, and hltrhv Sllrk hrought the
true West Coast Klak Klak sµlrlt to Ð1 Warrlor and Ð1 Envv’s Call Untourh-
ahle Radlo I! nlxtaµe. A nega-deal went down on the hLB trade deadllne
dav whlrh hrought the Boston Red Sox’ hannv Ranlrez to Los Angeles. Ihe
ÐUB Carshow 6 Iour hlt the L.A. Conventlon Center. Parlñr Ðlvlslon took the
stage at Crash hanslon, a µrlne sµot for new hlµ hoµ arts. Akon, Rav Lav-
ender, Kardlnal 0fñrlal, and Rork Cltv took over 9J.S KÐAY for full dav of
Konvlrt µrogrannlng. hvsµare.ron steµµed thelr hars uµ wlth thelr Serret
Show serles, hrlnglng Ðwele to the Ienµle Bar and Nas to the Roxv.
- Ant Wrlght of Swag, lnr. lwww.hvsµare.ronlantsandg) 6 Ðevl Ðev lÐevl-
Ðev.kdav©gnall.ron)
LOUISVILLE, KY:
Whlteheads World Ent. released the lrlsro Z Ihe Vllle ÐVÐ whlrh showrases
talent fron San lranrlsro and Loulsvllle llke San ûulnn, hlstah l.A.B., Statlr
ha|or, hurraSeason, and nanv others. hake lt Raln Ent. hrought Rlrk Ross
to Ihe Vllle for a llve µerfornanre. B96.S had Ihree 6 haña rone through
for a µronolaµµrerlatlon show at the newlv oµened Cluh Z6. B Slnn ls
hark wlth hls slngle “hustlln’,” µrodured hv ChrlS Rlrh. hurraSeason’s “l
Can hake lt Work” and S0L0’s “Lare he Uµ” are hoth on radlo. l’n µronot-
lng Nuvo, a new llquor.
- Ðlvlne Ða Lalson l0uttaÐaShoµEnt©hotnall.ron)
KILLEEN/BELTON/TEMPLE/WACO, TX:
R.l.P. hlsta Lonestar and Slan of ledtvne Rerords. Sµarkdawg ls worklng
hls new alhun Ihe Lonestar Kld. hYLYlE Rerords got µrodurtlon fron
Koolev, who ro-µrodured Lll Wavne’s “Lolllµoµ” wlth 1ln 1onsln. Blark
Sound Ent., Plava hade Iexans, and Naµµv Iown |olned Ilto and the Wego
Carshow World Iour. Russell hark and 6utta of hark’s 0n Iha Rlse oµened
uµ for Blg Rat Lor at Bavou Lounge ln AIX. Lll ZA of Balllng 0utta Control
Rerords released a nlxtaµe wlth Ð1 Ðroµ. Rlrk Ross, E.S.6., and Blg Pokev
were all at Cluh Nlro’s. Lotto of Iha Co Ent. went to llorlda to get ÐVÐ
footage.
- Ire Ðuhh lhvsµare.ronlnarkontharlsererords)
MACON, GA:
Word on the street ls Young R’s slngle “Shawtv 0ff the Chaln” nav he get-
tlng sone AIL love vla the Ðlrtv Bovs’ Battle 6round on hot Iù!.9. Bohagon
and Ð1 Rlrk llare nade thelr wav to the A for the Crunk ln hÐ alhun
release llt’s ln stores now). PPC droµµed the Raw haterlal Press Plav Vol.
Z nlxtaµe. Ðon’t he surµrlsed lf vou see sone haron rats ln an area near
vou real soon.
- All Ror lradlod|Z+Zùùù©vahoo.ron)
MANATEE COUNTY, FL:
l had the oµµortunltv to lntervlew CIE artlst BloodRaw for the hollvwood
Red Vlhe on WSLR 96.S lh, and hls lntervlew tourhed on whv nost raµµers
rlaln to sell doµe. l also nade a vlslt to AhV Studlo ln Ianµa whlle Iango ll
Love New York) ñne tuned hls hlµ hoµ alhun. ln other news, Lakewood Ranrh
hlgh Srhool’s quarterhark has heen rharged wlth nurder of a I9 vear old
over narl|uana. All llorldlans he on the lookout for the 60IChA newsµaµer.
lt features evervhodv arrested wlthln the µast nonth. Cartel+Llfe artlst Cane
was rerentlv featured ln an lssue.
- hollvwood Red lera988ù©vahoo.ron)
MEMPHIS, TN:
Whlte hov lvrlrlst Kaz ls nothlng hut entertalnlng when lt rones to nuslr.
lron µlavlng harnonlra to raµµlng on hls own trarks, thls hov ls all over
the µlare. he |ust released hls new slngle “Ðlrtv on Purµose” featurlng 8Ball.
Plava llv ls slowlv releaslng slngles fron hls nurh-antlrlµated alhun. hls
latest slngle “hoo-Lah” ls ratrhlng a hlg huzz here ln the rltv. hlsta lan
|ust droµµed a new nlxtaµe ralled Iokvo Ðlanonds featurlng the Ylng Yang
Iwlns, Ioo Short, and 8Ball.
- Ðeanna Brown lÐeanna.Brown©henµhlsRaµ.ron)
MONTGOMERY, AL:
C-hall and Ðeure Konradz were nonlnated for an 0Z0NE Patlentlv Waltlng
Award. Evervhodv ln Alahana ls waltlng on Ðeure’s alhun to droµ, lt’s
tltled Ðrofesslonals. Boonerang’s ls on ñre Saturdavs wlth Ð1 Shadow.
Naµaln the Bonh had a rrazv alhun release µartv and “Work Ihat” has the
fenales danrlng. I6Iù has Blrd llu lrldav hlowed out at Cluh luslons. 1av
Ðee Ent.lÐ1 Swlft got the streets lorked wlth Ðoµe Bov lresh the nlxtaµe.
Konvlrt huslr slgned on to the haxxlnun Exµosure Conferenre Novenher
I-Z. Eldorado Red’s nlxtaµe ls on ñre wlth the hottest song ln the streets
“Stark of I’s.”
- hot 6lrl haxxlnun lhaxxlnunnµJ©gnall.ron) 6 Ð1 lrank Whlte
lhvsµare.ronlÐ1lrankWhlte96)
NASHVILLE, TN:
hlnt Condltlon rlosed out the sunner wlth a sµerlal llve µerfornanre. Sone
of the Nashvllle nonlnees for the Iennessee huslr Conferenre lrlght) and
hlµ hoµ Awards are. havstak, All Star, 6RlIS, Young Burk, Paµer, Cowhov,
6IS, Lll Blzzv, Snoke, Rlµ, C-Wlz, Slr Swlft, Ðon 1uan, Crlsls, Rage, Blgg Ðh,
Brvant Ð, Ron C, Latlno Salnt, Stlz-lzza, Kvhlll, Plstol, ûuanle Cash, Ðolowlte,
Sroohv and nore – vlslt www.tnrhlµhoµawards.ron for nore lnfo. Ð1 Iv
and Cluh luse hegan thelr quest to hrlng Vegas-stvle entertalnnent to
Nashvllle. Ihev also feature a Vodka lorker that rhllls thelr Vodka to Zù°.
- 1anlro l1anlro©southernentawards.ron)
NEW ORLEANS, LA:
Slnre CurrenSv’s deµarture fron Lll Wavne’s Young honev Entertalnnent,
he’s heen hotter than ever. he’s droµµed hark-to-hark rlasslr nlxtaµes
llke the Chlrago Bulls of the 9ùs. hark halne’s “Bltrh l’n hark halne” ls off
the rhaln and µeoµle need to glve hln nore rredlt. Ihe Show and Lll Wavne
have a new |olnt ralled “lnna 6et hlne” and lt’s reallv tlght. Raw Ð.l.
released hls new dlgltal alhun 0n the lnslde Looklng 0ut and lt’s a rertl-
ñed New 0rleans rlasslr. C-hurder has a new alhun out ralled Srreanln’ +
Vengeanre.
- Ðerrlrk Iha lranrhlse lwww.hvsµare.ronlÐerrlrkIhalranrhlse)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA:
Ihe Cllµse have re-hranded thenselves as the Re-Uµ 6ang and thev |ust
droµµed thelr dlgltal alhun onllne vla hvsµare. Young C Ða Slava and Yung
Ihugz Ent. are naklng nolse onllne and ln the !S!. lan-lav’s Ðlrtvwav
should he hlttlng the streets sonetlne thls derade. Ð1 Bahev Ðrew, fresh
off tour wlth Chrls Brown, ls hark dolng lt hlg ln the streets. Plles, Rlrk
Ross, Young Steff, Prettv Rlrkv and I.l. all rane through the !S! thls nonth.
Sevens, the hottest hlµ hoµ rluh ln the !S!, was shut down due to the rltv’s
goal of “rleanlng uµ” 6ranhv Street.
- Young lane lrontartvoungfane©gnall.ron)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK:
hlsta Caln, a.k.a. hr. l-JS, ls shlnlng ln the 0klahona Cltv area. he |olned
forres wlth renowned µrodurer 1anes Elllot, a.k.a. BrokBundlez, wlth trarks
surh as “6et ln Between” and “Ihe hlddle of the haµ.” hlsta l-JS ls a had
nan on stage. lnfanous ls a husv µlav these davs. hls “hustle Ill l Ðle” trark
savs µlentv. lnfanous rerentlv µerforned for a two-nlght show alongslde
Blzzv Bone.
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TAMPA, FL:
Ð1 Reg West and the luture Star Ð1s helµed Ð1 L-Nvre relehrate hls hlrth-
dav at Ihe Soda Shoµ. KRS-0ne lahove), Ðoug E. lresh, and Sµerlal Ed
rorked 1annus Landlng for Ihe +th of 1ulv Klngs of hlµ hoµ show. Ðurlng
hls stav, K.R.S. granted Ihe hlµ-hawk hour an lntervlew and lertured at
Crossover Churrh for S hours. Ð1 headhussa droµµed nultlµle nlxtaµes
lnrludlng Call the llre harshall wlth IREAL. 1er-Z herane Sllµ-N-Sllde
Ð1s’ next artlst. he gave a nenorahle µerfornanre at Avrh’s Klng of
the Stage Perfornanre Battle. JL6 dehuted Ihe Sundav Sesslon on Wlld
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SEA-TAC, WA:
Ð1s Ror’Phella and Ioµsµln hold down one of the longest runnlng rluh
nlghts on the West Coast. Ihe Blast at Contour lIst and Colunhla) ln Se-
attle ls stlll allve and has llterallv heen “hoosted” hv a µartnershlµ wlth
Boost hohlle and Seasµot hagazlne. Also, look for 0lvnµla Ðahwud’s
alhun Basenent Sesslons. lt ls a trlhute to the Znd 6olden Era of hlµ hoµ
– the nld-9ùs. Ihe Prlre of the 6ane douhle CÐ out of the Ðevastator
Canµ ls ronlng soon. lt’s a ronreµt µro|ert that tells all sldes of the Ð
gane – lt’s not all hllng, fane, and glorv.
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TULSA, OK
PÐA dld the dann thlng at Iulsa’s annual Ðlversafest. Ihe Z-dav ronfer-
enre hrought out an eµlr hlµ hoµ grouµ. Ihe Roots wlth ûuestlove on the
druns stole the show. Ihe “hv Swag Partv” went down at rluh Barrode.
Ð1s 6oodground and Ranal fron lresh 1anz IùS.J were sµlnnlng the
wheels of steel. Iulsa’s own Ðangerous Roh ls standlng tall as the 6en-
eral of the ÐP6C Next 6eneratlon. Ð1 Clvllrlghtz ln ls the lah nasterlng the
l-++ Street Bangaz. Prlnetlne Iulsa ls on and µoµµlng. Cone and µartv
at Cluh luslon lorated at I6th and Sherldan Ave. Also rherk out Iulsa’s
newest hotsµot, Ladles llrst Sµorts Bar on Plne Street.
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PITTSBURGH, PA
BloodRaw, Rorko, and Ihree 6 haña all stoµµed through the rltv to klrk lt.
lettl of haleraza Rerords slgned a na|or µrodurtlon deal and Blark 1 ls hark
and hlttlng the streets wlth “Y Not.” Vonn Ireez released hls new slngle “See
You Later” and the last Lane Iour ls gearlng uµ for another run arross the
north and south. hardrore Ent., Ladv honl, lreeze, l-Blork, and 6. honev are
stlll naklng hlg noves whlle Crakk Klng ls stlll µrodurlng that ñre and work-
lng wlth na|or lahel artlsts. Ð1 Nltro got sone thlngs rooklng and 6û rontln-
ues to droµ all the hottest new nuslr everv nlght of the week ln the rluhs.
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PORTLAND, OR & IDAHO:
0rtavlus hlller sµearheaded the West Coast hlµ hoµ Awards at Portland’s
Roseland Ballroon. hlller has heen a ñxture ln the Northwest hlµ hoµ srene
for vears as a µronoter and huslness nan wlth Next Level Pronotlons. Ihe
awards were well attended and lnrluded trlhutes to loral and natlonal artlsts
allke. Seattle’s Ð Sane was awarded µrodurer of the vear – he’s heen µerfert-
lng hls rraft for vears. Kool Bov won the Poµ Lorker of the Year award – lt
aln’t hlµ hoµ wlthout the B-Bovs and B-6lrls.
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SAN DIEGO, CA:
Rork hlll Ent. keeµs the Ðlego µartv srene revved to full throttle. Seedless
Clothlng |ust launrhed and looks to have vou thlnklng green and growlng
vour nlnd. Z9ù’s Ð1s Rlrh E Rlrh and Ð-Rork la.k.a. Ihe Ilght © Nlght Bovz)
rerelved a nonlnatlon for R6R lndustrv hlx Iean of the Year. Cherk out thelr
#I nlght show hondav thru Ihursdav 8 Ph - Iù Ph. NlL foothall season
rranks hark uµ and our Chargers have Suµerhowl or Bust goals for ’ù8. See
vou ln Ianµal
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n nv exµerlenre, there are two wavs to get slgned to a deal that rould
µosslhlv lead to a surressful rareer ln the nuslr lndustrv. 0ne wav ls
to µut out vour own CÐ and sell enough CÐs reglonallv to rreate the
leverage to entlre a na|or lahel lnto slgnlng vou to a deal that wlll lead
to surress, and the serond wav ls to slgn to an alreadv estahllshed µlatlnun
rerordlng artlst, and rone through the deal he or she has worked out wlth a
na|or lahel that wants to he ln huslness wlth that artlst.
Ihere are hoth uµsldes and downsldes to slgnlng underneath an alreadv
slgned artlst or µrodurer. Ihere are nore artlst owned or rontrolled lahels
than at anv other tlne ln the hlstorv of the urhan nuslr huslness. Sone of
those rurrent oµµortunltles are.
Artlst exanµles.
• Young 1eezv’s CIE lfornerlv known as Corµorate Ihugz) through Ðef 1an
• Sù Cent’s 6 Unlt through lntersroµe
• Enlnen’s Shadv through lntersroµe
• I.l.’s 6rand hustle through Caµltol or Atlantlr
• Ludarrls’ ÐIP through Ðef 1an
• Nellv’s Ðerrtv Entertalnnent through Unlversal
Produrer exanµles.
• hr Colllµark’s lahel through lntersroµe
• Polow’s Zone + through lntersroµe
• Ðr Ðre’s Afternath through lntersroµe
• Kanve’s 6.0.0.Ð. huslr through Sonv
• Pharrell’s lahel Star Irak through lntersroµe
Ð1 exanµles.
• Ð1 Ðrana’s Aµhllllates lahel through Asvlun
• Ð1 Khaled’s We Ihe Best lahel through Ðef 1an or Korh
When a na|or lahel has an estahllshed artlst wlth a strong sales trark rerord
of surress lµlatlnun or hetter), thev’ll sonetlnes offer a lahel deal to the
artlst to keeµ hln or her haµµv. ln sone rases, lt’s a real lahel lsurh as ÐIP,
Shadv, CIE, 6-Unlt, etr) wlth real ofñres, wlth thelr own dedlrated staffs. And
ln sone rases, lt’s |ust a logo µrlnted on the hark of a CÐ to aµµear that the
artlst has hls or her own lahel.
lf one of the wavs to get estahllshed ln thls lndustrv ls hv ronlng uµ under-
neath an estahllshed, surressful artlst, vou should ronslder the µluses and
nlnuses.
Ðownslde.
• Ihe nonev, lf and when lt rones, µasses through the hands of nlddlenen. lf
Sù derldes to slgn vou to 6-Unlt, the nonev eventuallv goes fron lntersroµe
through 6-Unlt and then lhoµefullv) trlrkles down to the artlst.
• Ihere’s often a long walt--nost artlsts alreadv have thelr frlends that thev
want to µut on through thelr deal. Iherefore, lf vou are an outslder ln that
ranµ, vou’d have to walt vour turn to rone out.
• Conµllatlon alhuns are usuallv the ñrst release fron a na|or artlst who has
|ust heen glven hls own lahel deal. 0ften, thls ls herause the lahel has too
nanv artlsts, and ronµllatlons allow one artlst to stand out fron the rest.
• lf the na|or artlst µlsses off the na|or lahel, vour µro|ert wlll suffer.
• lf the na|or artlst’s next release doesn’t do verv well, the lahel deal wlll
often suffer herause the need to keeµ that estahllshed artlst haµµv ls no
longer as strong.
• hanv artlsts slgn other artlsts who are not as talented so thev wlll not he
uµstaged. Verv few na|or artlsts are serure enough wlth thenselves to slgn
artlsts who are hetter than thev are or who ran out-raµ then.
• host artlsts do not have strong huslness sense and not nanv have the
huslness arunen to hlre µrofesslonals wlth a strong trark rerord of surress
to run thelr ronµanles for then. Your rareer rould end uµ ln the hands of the
artlst’s hest frlend, who has no nuslr huslness exµerlenre.
• host releases under a na|or artlst’s lahel are seen hv ronsuners as |ust
“frlends” of the artlst and are rarelv taken as serlouslv as unknown artlsts.
hurµhv Lee wlll alwavs he seen as Nellv’s hov, Ð-IZ wlll alwavs he Enlnen’s
huddles, PSC are I.l.’s frlends, and Ionv Yavo wlll alwavs he seen as Sù’s
rhlldhood frlend. Whether thev have thls klnd of hlstorv or not, that ls the
µerreµtlon—adnlt lt, vou were thlnklng that when those alhuns droµµed.
• You wlll never have a hetter deal than the deal vour artlst lahel-owner has
wlth hls lahel lunless vou sell nore CÐs than hln and ran renegotlate). lor
exanµle, lf vou are slgned to an artlst who rerelved I8 µolnts fron Ðef 1an
ln hls deal lthat’s I8% of the retall selllng µrlre of earh CÐ, after vou µavlng
hark all of the exµenses), vou wlll llkelv get a lesser µerrentage than I8
µolnts. he ran’t glve vou nore than he gets.
• You wlll nost llkelv have to use newer, less estahllshed µrodurers for vour
heats—or even the ln-house µrodurers, herause there’s rarelv a hudget for
vou to rerord wlth the A-llst hlt nakers llke hannle lresh, 1ln 1onsln, Ðr. Ðre,
etr. ln a hlt-drlven, radlo-forused lndustrv, that rould he sonewhat rhal-
lenglng.
Uµslde.
• lf the artlst who slgns vou ls a µrlorltv at the lahel lllke Enlnen, Ludarrls,
I.l., Sù Cent, etr), there ls a hetter rhanre that vour µro|ert wlll he a µrlorltv
at the lahel as well. Ihe level of effort the na|or lahel nakes on vour µro|ert
ls ln dlrert µroµortlon to the level of ñnanrlal value of the artlst to whon vou
are slgned.
• You galn lnnedlate rerognltlon ln the narketµlare when a na|or artlst gets
hehlnd vou and ro-slgns vou.
• You are slgned to a lahel that ls run hv an artlst, so the understandlng of
the nuslr and artforn ls nurh stronger than lf vou are slgned to a lahel run
hv a lawver or an arrountant.
• Your ñrst release ls alnost guaranteed to feature the µlatlnun rerordlng
artlst herause vou are slgned to hln or her, and there ls a ñnanrlal stake ln
helng µronoted land ro-slgned) hv that artlst.
• You are thrust lnto a rareer that starts at a nld-level. You get to tour wlth
an alreadv estahllshed artlst, vou get to learn the lndustrv through the eves
of a µlatlnun rerordlng artlst, and vou galn µart of an alreadv estahllshed
fanhase. Ihe oµµortunltles for exµosure for vou are lnnedlatelv greater.
• You get to see the lnslde vlew of a suµerstar’s rareer. You ran learn fron
the nlstakes or surresses of that artlst who rones hefore vou. lt ls next to
lnµosslhle to get surh an lnslder’s vlew wlthout helng rlght there to llve
lt ñrsthand. Ihls eduratlon ls lnvaluahle lf vou are snart enough to aµµlv
what works to vour own rareer and not exµerlenre those sane nlstakes and
µltfalls vourself.
Whlle there are uµsldes and downsldes to everv deal, earh artlst nust welgh
the oµtlons for thenselves. Slgnlng to an estahllshed artlst nav not he good
for evervone, and lt nav he the hest route for others. Ihe trlrk ls to know all
of the µluses and nlnuses of anv oµµortunltv and then nake an lnforned
derlslon hased on what ls hest for vour own rareer and vour own sltuatlon.
Slgnlng anv rerord deal ls usuallv a ronnltnent of S to ! vears of vour llfe.
ln nost rases, thls ls the llfe sµan of a raµ rareer, so rhoose verv wlselv. ll
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o Cheat and not get Caught, that ls the nethod.
Before anvone out there gets offended, l’n
not rondonlng rheatlng. l’n not even savlng
that rheatlng ls rlght. All l’n savlng ls, thlnk of
when vou ñnd out vour klds are havlng sex. You
nav not want then to. You wlll even let then know
thev should walt and vou don’t agree wlth thelr
hehavlor, hut vou have to exµlaln to then how to
µrotert thenselves. You’re golng to rautlon then
ahout SIÐs and µregnanrv and evervthlng else vou
want then to know ahout sex. Even though vou’ve
told then lt’s wrong to have sex vou know thev’re
golng to do lt anvwav so vou nlght as well srhool
then on dolng lt rlght.

Ladles, l hear vou. “Whv the hell do vou nen
have to rheat ln the ñrst µlare! lf vou have a
good wonan at hone, whv ran’t vou he satlsñed
wlth what vou have!” llrst of all lf l do derlde to
µartake ln sone extrarurrlrular artlvltles lt ls not
a refertlon of what l’n not gettlng at hone and lt
ls not a refertlon of not helng satlsñed. ln fart, lt
has nothlng to do wlth nv wlfe, glrlfrlend, or naln
rhlrk at all. lt has to do wlth the fart that for a
hrlef nonent ln tlne l was attrarted to a nenher
of the oµµoslte sex, whlrh ls hlghlv natural. No
enotlons, no nental or sµlrltual ronnertlon, |ust
a stralght µhvslral enrounter that ran’t and won’t
hurt anvhodv lf vou do lt rorrertlv. What ls dolng lt
“rorrertlv,” vou ask! Corrertlv ls to Cheat and not
get Caught. l helleve that lt wasn’t the extranarl-
tal affalr that 1ohn Edwards had wlth hls forner
ranµalgn worker Rlelle hunter that raused hln to
lose hls µolltlral rareer and lt wasn’t the rheatlng
that nade Blll Cllnton lle to Anerlra hv denvlng anv
sexual relatlonshlµ wlth honlra Lewlnskv hark ln
I998. lt ls also not the rheatlng that nade horgan
lreenan’s wlfe leave hln after Jù µlus vears. lf
lt wasn’t the rheatlng, then what was lt! Ladles
and 6hettonen, hovs and glrls, and even all vou
rrarkheads, µlnµs, and µedoµhlles, the reason all
these sltuatlons went down ls herause the nen got
raughtl
Cheatlng doesn’t hurt, herause what vou don’t
know ran’t hurt voul lf l don’t hrlng anv SIÐs hone,
lf l don’t get anv other rhlrks µregnant, lf vou don’t
feel llke vou need to look through nv µhone and
stress ne ahout where l go or where l’ve heen, we
have a haµµv hone. No harn, no foul. lf a tree falls
ln the forest and no one ls there to see lt fall, who
glves a furk! lt’s the gettlng raught that rauses
the µrohlensl hen, we don’t take thls rheatlng
thlng serlouslv enough. When vou are rheatlng
vou have to art llke vou are naklng a na|or, na|or
drug transartlon. You have to nove llke vou have
8ù kllos of roralne and one of 6eorge W. Bush’s
daughters tled uµ ln vour trunk. You have to treat
lt llke vou ran’t afford to get raught. Ihe last
thlng vou want ls to fare the ronsequenres of vour
slgnlñrant otherl
hen, we have to start novlng llke wonen. But
hold uµ. all of vou half-fags wlth vour tlght |eans,
hohawks, and v-nerk t-shlrt, don’t get exrlted.
Put vour evellner awav. What l nean ls that wonen
nove ln the shadows. l reallv helleve wonen would
nake hetter drug dealers than nen. l’n not µro-
notlng the selllng of drugs, l an |ust trvlng to use
an analogv that nv hood ñgures ran understand.
A wonan ran get uµ at seven ln the nornlng, work
untll ñve, rone hone and rook, rlean and µut the
klds to hed. Ihat ls her evervdav routlne. She’s not
on her rell µhone textlng ln the nlddle of the nlght,
never taklng her µhone ln the hathroon to nake
a rall. But sonewhere ln that 9 to S she had sone
rork for lunrh, honle. She told vou she was golng
to get a IZ lnrh and vou thought she was talklng
ahout a Suhwav sandwlrhl
hen do the oµµoslte. Iextlng all the dann tlne,
taklng vour µhone ln the hathroon and whlsµer-
lng, not reallzlng the sound ls nagnlñed tlnes ten
ln a hathroon. When nen |unµ-off, thev have a
tendenrv to rhange thelr µatterns, naklng uµ dunh
ass lles, llke, “l’n golng to the harhershoµ.” honle,
there are no fades helng glven out at nldnlght
on a Sundav. You swear vou’re gettlng awav wlth
sonethlng, hut vour wonan ls not stuµld. Iruthfullv
vour glrl ls µrohahlv furklng that sane harher vou
rlaln to he golng to see. he ls ruttlng vour halr and
ruttlng vour wonan and vou don’t even reallze lt.
hen are dogs, wonen are rats. Ðogs furk ln hroad
davllght, thev get sturk together looklng all
rrazv ln the vard at IZ noon when the sun ls at
lts hlghest. Evervone ran see then and thev even
sav, “Look at then dunhass dogs.” Ihat’s whv
whenever nen get raught rheatlng wonen sav,
“Look at that dunh ass dogl” But wonen nove
llke rats, nvsterlous and sneakv. You have never ln
vour llfe seen two rats furklng. You alwavs see the
klttens though, so vou know thev’re gettlng lt ln.
As a natter of fart, when rats nate, nultlµle nale
rats wlll he attrarted to the one fenale rat ln heat.
Ihe nales wlll ñght over her, and the vlrtor wlns
the rlght to nate. At ñrst, the fenale wlll re|ert the
nale, hut eventuallv allow the nale to nate. After
natlng, the fenale wlll glve herself a thorough
wash. lf a nale attenµts to hreed wlth her at thls
µolnt, the fenale wlll attark hln. 0nre the fenale ls
done groonlng, the rvrle wlll reµeat.
Wonen go through the sane µroress. lf a wonan ls
ln a relatlonshlµ, she ls not |ust golng to glve her-
self to anv nan trvlng to get at her. Ihev have to
ñght for her attentlon and the one who noves less
llke a dog and nore llke a rat ls the one who wlll
wln the rlght to sleeµ wlth her. When thev are ñnlsh
gettlng lt ln, the wonan goes lnto her zone llke the
fenale rat when she ls groonlng. lf the nale trles
to get at her durlng thls µerlod she attarks hln hv
denandlng that he not rall her. “l’ll rall vou when l
need lt,” and that ls the wav lt should he.
hen want to lork evervthlng down and rontrol
evervthlng. honle, dld vou not forget vou have
a naln rhlrk at hone! You ran’t he dolng all the
extra shlt, hrotherl Know when to hold then and
when to fold then. 6ettlng all enotlonallv at-
tarhed, taklng vour slde rhlrk out on dates, eatlng
ln the sane restaurants vou take vour naln rhlrk
to and sendlng vour slde rhlrk to shoµ ln the sane
stores as vour slgnlñrant other. You’re ahout to get
raught and furk lt uµ for the rest of the nen who
know how to µroµerlv rheatl
And all vou dudes wlth naln glrls, lf vou have a
slde rhlrk don’t klss her, don’t hold her hand, don’t
eat her µussv, µlease don’t hang her raw, and
µlease don’t he textlng her and ralllng her to ask
how her dav was. You are not her nan, and she ls
not vour wonan. Ihose thlngs l |ust nentloned are
onlv for vour naln sugar staln. lf vou are vlolatlng
anv of these rules vou nlght as well turn vourself
ln herause vou are ahout to get raught. lt’s alnost
over. Aretha lranklln a.k.a. the fat ladv ls slng-
lng, that uµµer roon ls helng µreµared for vou,
sonewhere soneone ls huvlng fresh fowers to µut
on vour grave rause vou’re ahout to klll vour whole
heautlful sltuatlon at hone. lt won’t he herause
vou rheated, hut herause vou got raught.
Now that l have shared wlth vou nv |ewels, aµµlv
then to vour llfe µroµerlv. lor the rerord, all thls
researrh l have ronµlled on rheatlng was done on
a strlrtlv serondhand hasls. l have not exµerlenred
ñrst-hand anv of the thlngs l have talked ahout.
Snart nen learn fron thelr own nlstakes and wlse
nen learn fron the nlstakes of others ltransla-
tlon. ’n not furklng uµ nv haµµv hone rause of an
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hvlouslv the deslgn for thls µlere rane fron nv fare, lt’s a
rartoon look. And l nade lt out of whlte gold and dlfferent
rolor dlanonds. hlue, hlark, whlte, µlnk and vellow dlanonds.
l ñgured slnre l nake all these nlre µleres for other µeoµle l
should nake one for nvself, and l never had a hlg µlere of nv own.
A lot of nv rllents are raµµers or athletes so thev alwavs want to uµgrade
the dlanonds. Ihev don’t use no rheaµ dlanonds, so nv µlere had to he the
sane wav, lt has alnost S,ùùù BVS dlanonds, and ISù rarats. lf l nade thls
µlere for anvhodv else lt would rost then llke SI!ù,ùùù to SI8ù,ùùù—exreµt
for nv honle Paul Wall of rourse, lt would onlv rost hln llke SISù,ùùù.
Evervhodv that sees thls rhaln alwavs wants sonethlng slnllar. l was at a
vldeo shoot wlth lat 1oe ln hlanl and he was llke, “han, l want vou to do nv
rartoon fare llke thatl” So l’n golng to nake another hlg µlere for lat 1oe.
l’n alwavs ln the hood, and l alwavs do nuslr vldeo shoots, so l alwavs have
nv µersonal hodvguards wlth ne whenever l wear the µlere. l have to have
µrotertlon herause lt’s reallv exµenslve and lt took ne a reallv long tlne to
nake lt. lt took ne Z weeks |ust to nake the nold and alnost 6 weeks to ñn-
lsh lt ronµletelv. Ihls µlere was hard to nake, hut the nost dlfñrult |ewelrv
l ever had to nake was the hlg So So Ðef µlere l dld for 1Ð. lt was too hlg for
nv ruttlng narhlne. lt was a reallv hlg rhaln, hut lt rane out real nlre.
Everv µlere l nake has a dlfferent look and a dlfferent neanlng. Berause l’n
the |eweler, everv µlere l nake, whether snall or hlg, ls lnµortant. A lot of
µeoµle thlnk lf thev rone to ne thev gotta sµend SSù,ùùù or S!ù,ùùù. hell
nol l ran nake a µlere for a thousand. l |ust love to nake |ewelrv, and l don’t
have an all tlne favorlte µlere, hut thls ls deñnltelv one of then. ll
www.tv|ohnnv.net
As told to Erlr Perrln
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By eric Perrin
This is story of Climax, a stripper who
cheats--at least when selecting her
stage name.
“0n nv ñrst dav danrlng l was so nervous l
rouldn’t rone uµ wlth a nane or anvthlng, she
ronfesses. “Ihe rluh gave ne a µlere of µaµer
that had sanµle danre nanes on lt, and the nane
Cllnax was on the llst. l guess l klnda rheated.”
But regardless of where her nane was derlved,
the Long Bearh-horn heautv has heen rauslng
rllnartlr eµlsodes ln the nlnds of her nanv fans
at Strokers for alnost elght nonths, and she
arknowledges her nane has a lot to do wlth her
surress. “Peoµle |ust seen to love nv nane,” savs
the ZI vear old. “Whenever l lntrodure nvself as
Cllnax thev lnstantlv start snlllng.”
And whlle her nane and J+-Z+-+ù µhvslque
ohvlouslv hrlngs a snlle to her rustoners’ fares,
nothlng ran nake the +’ II” stalllon as rontent as
the fast nonev her rareer rreates. “l’ll he honest,
l onlv started danrlng for the nonev,” she states.
“But l deñnltelv en|ov the envlronnent at Stro-
kers. Ihev reallv have nade lt a nlre atnosµhere.”
Before she derlded to serve the rrowd at Strokers,
Cllnax served drlnks at 1ernalne Ðuµrl’s Studlo
!Z. Ihen, she studled to he a µaralegal, hut
herane frustrated wlth the anount of srhoolwork
lnvolved. llnallv, after helng heavllv lnfuenred hv
sone of her veteran danrer huddles, Cllnax de-
rlded to rllnh uµ on the µole herself. She hegan
danrlng at µrlvate µartles, hut qulrklv µlvoted to
the llnellght of a real strlµ rluh.
however, real strlµ rluhs, often entertaln real µas-
slonate µatrons. “Ihe rrazlest thlng ahout thls |oh
ls how nastv µeoµle ran he,” she exrlalns. “6uvs
have trled to offer nonev to eat ne out on stage,
and l’n llke, ‘Are vou rrazv! l’n a strlµµer, vou
don’t know ne.’ But fenales ran he |ust as had,
and even sone of the other danrers.”
Adnlttedlv a slngle hlark fenale addlrted to
retall, Cllnax has two µasslons ln llfe. shoµµlng
and readlng. “l love to shoµ,” she gushes. “But
the one thlng l llke nore than shoµµlng ls read-
lng. l trv to read as nurh as µosslhle.”
Ihe hl-rarlal hookworn has a large rollertlon
of llterature, lnrludlng her favorlte, Ihe Coldest
Wlnter Ever hv Slster Soul|ah. Whlle nost µeoµle
µrohahlv wouldn’t exµert Cllnax to he as well-
read as she rlalns, she stlll fears the hlggest
nlsronreµtlon of her µertalns to her µersonalltv.
“lor sone reason µeoµle tend to thlnk l’n sturk
uµ when thev ñrst neet ne,” she savs. “After thev
get to know ne thev reallze that l’n a reallv rool
µerson. l’n real hunhle, and l |ust llke to rhlll.”
Unfortunatelv for Cllnax, she nav not he ahle to
rhlll for long. Ihls wlnter the AIL-dwelllng danrer
wlll relorate to desert of Las Vegas where she
µlans to ñnlsh srhool. Cllnax ls deñnltelv a “Ðol-
lar henu” lten avallahle to Atlanta for a llnlted
tlne onlv. ll
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hake-Uµ Artlst. hlke hlke 6!8-!JZ-SZ8S
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jb: hev I1, where should we have the awards next vear!
Tj: Llsten 1ulla, l’n not dolng thls award show shlt wlt vou no nore. lurk that. l
|ust got hark fron nv dortor and found out l got hlgh hlood µressure herause
of thls shlt.
jb: What are vou talklng ahout!
Tj: l nean no hard feellngs or nothlng, hut l ran’t have B.o.B assorlated wlth that
shlt no nore. We’re trvlng to get hln on IRL one dav.
jb: You’re trlµµlnl Can vou at least do the Iastenaker’s Conferenre!
Tj: Naw, l ran’t do anvthlng, to he honest wlth vou. Ihat shlt was a furkln’
hloodhath. Nlggas was snoklng weed on the elevators wlth AK +!’s, Rlrk Ross
was outslde µullln’ nuthafurkas over, B.6. fell asleeµ ln the hathroon and µlssed
all over hlnself. And nohodv even knew who the hell B.o.B was. l’n sweatlng
|ust thlnklng ahout that shlt and l stlll gotta ñgure out how l’n gonna µav thls
sµeedlng tlrket Ross gave ne.
jb: Caln down, I1.
Tj: Ðon’t tell ne to raln down. You don’t understandl I-Paln was runnlng around
steallng µlllows and shlt outta µeoµle’s hotel roons, haltlan lresh’s nasrot was
ln the lohhv rooklng frled µlantalns and rotton randv, and Boosle and Wehhle
was shootlng rraµs wlth B.o.B and took all hls nonev. WIl!
jb: hold on. I-Paln’s the one who stole nv µlllow!
Tj: lurk vo’ µlllow, B.o.B raught a rranµ ln hls nerk. You know he ran’t sleeµ on
a fat hed.
jb: You are reallv trlµµln’ rlght now. Ihls vear’s show was rrazv. We had Bun B
µerforn, Blg Bol fron 0utkast, Shawtv Lo, Ðavld Banner. 1eezv was there, Ioo
Short, I.l., Chanllllonalre. hlke 1ones.
Tj: Who!
jb: Yeah, vou’re rlght. But we had all three 6eto Bovs on stage at one tlne, that’s
a hell of an arronµllshnent.
Tj: But the onlv reason serurltv let Bushwlrk Blll on stage was herause thev
thought he was the nldget fron hell Ðate. Who the furk dld vou hlre to do seru-
rltv anvwav! Y0U WERE SUPP0SEÐ I0 6EI PRlVAIE SECURlIY l0R B.o.B.lll l CAN’I
IRUSI Y0U l0R ShlI, 1Bl
jb: Well, next vear ls gonna he rrazv. lt’s gonna he hlgger than the 6rannvs.
Tj: lurk thatl l told vou l’n not dolng thls shlt next vear.
jb: lf vou won’t helµ ne do lt agaln next vear l’ll µrlnt all those “6rouµle Confes-
slons” glrls sent ln ahout vou.
Tj: lUCKl
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Bahv and Slln’s vounger hrother Ierranre “6angsta” Wllllans’
rllque of New 0rleans gangstas and heroln dealers was the
orlglnal lnsµlratlon for the nane of the hot Bovs’ raµ grouµ
lthe world’s lntrodurtlon to Lll Wavne, 1uvenlle, B.6., and Iurk,
ln rase vou don’t know...). he rherked ln wlth 0Z0NE fron a
lederal Corrertlonal lnstltutlon ln 1esuµ, 6eorgla, where he ls
servlng a llfe sentenre.
Shout out to my street Families....

Whiiiii! What’s poppin Fam’s? Yeah, I address you as “Fam’s”
because, you’re street people like I was. Anybody that’s getting Money
or bustin his gun is my street fam.... (The real recognize real).

Picture this Fam..... I was laying back in the three man cell I
was assign to which is too small for two people. Anyway, I had the radio
on and Lil Wayne’s “Milli” rap came on. All I could do was smile. I re-
member when the Lil Homie was in the studio back in “97.” He had a mini
afro back then. He was writing a rap to go on the Hot-Boys album. A name I
told my brother to name the group... The Hot-Boys name came from some real
street Gangster’s. Dooney, Sterling, Mosquito and myself. All three a dead
now. “No we didn’t bust raps, we bust cap’s...”

I remember when Cash Money use to rent one raggedy bus to ride out
of town to do Concerts. I would be right there, Some of the times. Two
guns and my Bulletproof Vest. While C.M.R. crew were entertaining people I
was hooking up Heroin deals. The game was good to me. Well at least that’s
what we think, just because we are getting money, Women are Crazy about
us, we riding in nice cars, jewelry, stacking money, bust our guns or pay
someone to do it for us... The drug life is the life we all love until the
Feds Catch us. I know that’s how I feel after Ten years and Five months in
Prison serving a life sentence.

Don’t trip homie, the people haven’t caught you yet so ball til you
fall. But do you ever stop and think, that you are putting your Family at
risk? I Know I didn’t. And that’s what lead my Mother to be Shot. Actu-
ally the Shooters were trying to kill my Lil brother because they couldn’t
Catch me. I Know you maybe thinking that you are too smoothe to get caught
slipping “Oh” Yeah, Well I thought that too. I was shot in the left foot in
1991 while on the run from juvenile because I had escaped. I was stabbed in
June of 1994 my lungs collapsed, a month later I was Shot and lost apiece
of my bladder and had to walk around with a Colostomy bag on AKA Doo-Doo
bag. For 23 months. The last time I was shot was in 1996, one of the bul-
lets came out the Front of my Chest. I played all the Slick and Kind rolls
in the game to deceive a person. Look at the picture of me holding my
daughter. At that time I attended Delgado Commnuity College. I had been
arrestted for murder six times and plead guilty to attempted murder in
1993. If you look at the picture that I’m eating the Cookie Ice Cream
you’ll see I didn’t have a mustache and my eyebrows are done. That’s be-
cause I had to dress like a woman to get to my Victim. At that time I
was young so all the games you think is new, people before me has
done and so on.... The main thing that I trip off of is we believe
the world is ours while we are balling but when we go to jail, We
calling any and everybody to make bond or get us a lawyer. Then we
have the nerve to get mad with our woman when she leave us once we
get time. When you were free you came home when you got ready. You
slept with any woman that let you. Now you want to kill her and dis-
own the Child or Children. Yes indeed.... I know you maybe thinking
he just saying all this because he got Caught. Yeah well I’m doing
enough time for everybody. And you still have a chance to get your
life together... Even the ones that are thinking about selling drugs,
trust me homie it’s a waste of time. When you feel that you have to
have those nice tennis shoes, Parda, Gucci, Polo ect... OR that you
have to eat so we say. Think about the people in africa that don’t
have nothing. And most of all think about me... On June 24, 1999 The
Judge sentence me to Life and 240 month which is 20 years. On March
6, 2002 He resentence me to Life and ran the 20 years Concurrent. Say
no to drugs, stop the Violence, and be aware of HIV/AIDS... Get Your
Education it’s important.
Check out my Blog at www.GangstaWilliams.com
Lastly Thank you Ms. Julia Beverly for giving a opportunity to be
heard... Wendy Day one love...
Any Questions: Write to
Terrance E. Williams
25958-034/D-B
FCI Jesup
2680 HWY 301 SOUTH
Jesup GA 31599
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dutty Laundry the game talks about helping
break gucci Mane and the problems within large
dJ crews.
l helµed hreak 6urrl |hane], 01 |Ða 1ulrenan] rlght now, Blg Starkssss ron-
lng uµ, l’d sav those are the naln ones. l started the Senate Ð1s. 0f rourse,
l’n µart of the hlttnenn, the C0RE, and the lleet, hut l was reallzlng that
after a whlle, helng ln all those dlfferent rrews, |artlsts] don’t get hroke no
nore. Ihe hlgger the rrew gets, the forus rhanges. ln the heglnnlng, wlth the
hlttnenn, lt was nore µersonal. lt was |ust Ð1s wlth a ronnon rore. As |the
rrew] gets hlgger and hlgger, lt’s not ahout the sane thlng anvnore. As the
Ð1 rrew starts gettlng hlgger, lt starts gettlng out of hand and |eoµle start
loslng forus. ln the heglnnlng lt’s nore |ahout] fanllv, evervhodv’s rlose knlt,
trvlng to do sonethlng together to helµ out new artlsts. But when vou start
hlttlng 8ù, 9ù, Iùù µeoµle, how are vou reallv helµlng anvthlng! lt’s ahout
nonev then. lor a lot of new artlsts |who] don’t have relatlonshlµs wlth Ð1s,
all thev’re golng to do ls µav the head of the rrew to µlav a rerord herause
nohodv reallv knows vou. l llke how the Aµhllllates are, and Ð1 1ellv and the
Southern Stvle Ð1s. Ihev’re keeµlng thenselves snall and keeµlng real Ð1s
that’ll artuallv µlav rerords.
Ihat’s whv l started the Senate Ð1s. lt’s llke twentv-ñve to thlrtv Ð1s ln there,
rats that are ln the streets that hreak rerords. Ð1 Rell fron llorlda, ùù! fron
henµhls, Cool Breeze fron Atlanta, Ð1 lrogle fron Atlanta, Whltev fron
Nashvllle. Ihat’s nv rrew. Evervone’s handµlrked. Ihev’re rats that are ln the
streets, that do what thev do ln the rluhs or the nlxtaµe srene and hreak
rerords. Ihev don’t get µroµs rause thev don’t have the hest µuhllrlst ln the
world, or navhe thev don’t have a hlg hudget llke other hlgger Ð1s. Sone-
tlnes the dudes that reallv hreak rerords don’t have that hlg stuff hehlnd
then. Prlne exanµle would he 01 |da 1ulrenan]. 01 ls one of the hlggest
underground arts rlght now. We’re dolng shows four or ñve nlghts a week
wlth no vldeo, no radlo. No one µerson ran hreak a rerord hv thenselves, hut
lf vou have a good tean, at the end of the dav, vou ran nake lt.
As a Ð1, l know that vou’re onlv as good as there last rerord vou hroke. Ihere
are a lot of rats out here that take rredlt for stuff thev dldn’t do. l aln’t never
heen the tvµe to take rredlt for taklng that nan’s alhun and µuttlng lt on
the lnternet, or taklng rredlt for hreaklng a rerord that’s on the radlo. 6urrl
|hane]’s the hottest guv ln the South rlght now. Nohodv was tourhlng 6urrl
when he got out of |all. We got lre Attark J ronlng out real soon. So, there’s
a lot of work that goes lnto thls. Real rerord hreakers µut ln a lot of work.
Ihev do a lot of stuff ln the trenrhes that a lot of rats don’t see.
l’n the #I |nlxtaµe] suµµller ln the South. Nohodv noves nore unlts than
ne. Aln’t no other Ð1 ln the streets got as nurh resµert as ne, exreµt navhe
Blgga Rankln. Put that ln the nagazlne. l’n rorkv as hell when l sav that.
Ask anvhodv ln the streets, thev’ll tell vou. l’n ln the fea narkets. l’n ln the
stores. l’ll go ln vour rltv and µost uµ at vour rar wash. ll
As told to Randv Roµer
City: Chattanooga, TN (via Trinidad)
Website: Myspace.com/duttylaundry
Mixtape Series: Hood Classics
Affiliations: Senate DJs/So Icey Entertainment DJ
3 Songs In Current Rotation: Gucci Mane “I’m a Dog,” OJ
Da Juiceman “Kop a Chicken,” Big Stackssss “Born To
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Following a well-publicized Atlanta incident in which he was stabbed dur-
ing a fght with his sister’s boyfriend (and subsequently arrested),
LIL SCRAPPY vents on his “problem,” defending his
younger sister, and getting released from his Warner Bros. contract.
I
smoke at least a pound of weed a day. That’s because I have a lot
of muthafuckers around me. My niggas just smoke and smoke and
smoke. But when my [daughter] is around, it’s a non-smoking zone.
No tolerance. But I do smoke a pound a day. I have a problem. I can
get a pound for $55, but that’s still like $20k a year [spent on weed]. I can’t
live without it. But it’s some doctors and judges that can’t live without it.
It’s some lawyers and some nurses that can’t live without it. We all have a
problem. It’s a recession, ladies and gentlemen, but stay on your grustle!
I basically raised my little sister. My mom was out in the streets [while we
were growing up] and my dad was nowhere to be found. Before I had a
baby, [my sister] was my baby. When I heard that [her boyfriend] had been
beating her, that shit just struck a nerve. He had been doing it all week and
she ain’t said nothing. That ain’t even in my family; my mama don’t breed
babies like that. She was a little timid of him because she ain’t never been
in an [abusive] relationship.
I was on my way out of town and my baby mama called me and was like,
“Nigga, I been calling you,” and I was like, “What you want?” She said,
“Nigga, it ain’t me. You ain’t been answering this phone all day and this
nigga been over here beating on your sister’s ass and dragging her, pull-
ing her by her hair. He dragged her up the street.” She said he had been
doing it all week. I was on Jonesboro Road and I made a U-turn. It took me
thirty minutes to get [to my sister’s house]. The police had been there the
whole time so I was thinking everything would be cool [by the time I got
there]. But I got there and everything was still crazy. The police ain’t got no
control over this bastard. He’s still walking up and down the stairs talking
about what he’s gonna do to people.
I saw the police when I got out of the car. I had my shirt of. I didn’t come to
hurt nobody, I just wanted to see my sister. When I went in the house, I saw
the police, and I’m lookin’ at all these people that don’t belong in there. I’m
pointing in their faces like, “Who are these people?” My baby mama was
like, “Oh, that’s his folk.” I said “Oh, yeah? Where’s my little sister?” The police
were like, “Who are you?” Then I saw [my sister’s boyfriend] coming down
the steps. We got into a real bad fght; no holds barred. I can’t really go into
detail about what happened [for legal reasons] but I told the police, “Either
you get him up of me or you might as well just take us both to jail right
now.” I beat him down so bad that when I was on top of him he grabbed a
knife and stabbed me in my right chest, right on my tattoo.
The police let him go and locked me up. They were giving him lemonade
and shit, letting him walk around. It was some groupie-type shit. The
policemen were calling their other homies, like, “I got Lil Scrappy. He’s in
some shit,” and it wasn’t even no racial shit, because [the police] were
black. It’s always some black on black crime, even in the police station.
I don’t know what’s going on now [with the
crunk movement]. I kinda backed of of it when
I saw [Lil] Jon backing of of it. If the leader ain’t
standing on top of it, then I ain’t fnna stand
nowhere near it. I guess Jon is on some other shit;
he’s trying to expand. He’s not trying to stay with the
same sound forever, but that’s what they labeled him:
“crunk.” He’s the King of Crunk. He kind of labeled himself.
Jon is always trying to expand and I’m always trying to
fnd ways to expand. I’m trying to keep Hip Hop
alive and keep this shit going down here in
the South. I’m trying to let everybody
know that there’s always going to be something new; something fresh. I
was just in a predicament where I couldn’t put my shit out. Now I can put
my shit out and let people hear me and lead my own destiny.
I fnally got out of my solo deal with Warner, so I’m by myself now. G’s Up.
My plan is to hit the streets hard once again with this new grustle move-
ment. That means “grinding” and “hustling” put together, if you don’t know
what that mean. It’s not 24/7, it’s 84/7. You never sleep. You’re always up
grustling. Whether you’re a nine-to-fve nigga or an on-the-block type
nigga, or you’re a rappin’-ass nigga or an acting-ass nigga, whatever the
hell you do, you’ve gotta be on your grustle. It’s a new movement. G’s Up.
[My joint venture with BME/Warner and] the whole G-Unit thing was a
one-time project, but we’re still family. Niggas still show me love, with a
long spoon. Niggas call and see what’s up with me. Even Buck holla’d to
see what’s up with a nigga. I’m staying out of the whole [Young Buck vs.
50 Cent] situation. Niggas ain’t paying me enough to get in the middle of
their situation. My daughter’s got to eat, so I stay dolo. Ain’t nobody help-
ing me right now, so I stay dolo. They don’t owe me shit and I don’t owe
them nothing.
Buck and 50, if it was me, I would have just played my position and got
my money. That’s just me. I ain’t never had three or four million dollars.
I ain’t never seen that much money, so if you ofered me something like
that, I’d take it. As long as you ain’t the police. [50 releasing the personal
recorded calls with Buck] was like the Art of War. Niggas are at war right
now, I guess. When niggas are at war they’ll do all kinds of shit. I see where
Buck was coming from, he was like, “Damn, nigga, I wouldn’t even hit you
that low.” But 50, on the other hand, he’s like, “Damn, nigga. I looked out for
you.” Niggas are going of emotions right now. I don’t give a fuck, I’m just
trying to get my money. Like I said, I ain’t getting into they shit. Much love
to everybody. If you don’t like me, fuck you. I’m getting money anyway.
They don’t pay my bills. Nobody pays my bills. I pay my own bills. Matter
of fact, my lawyer needs about $20k right now. Can anybody help me? No,
they can’t, so I got to get it.
Crime Mob broke up because Princess and her brother and her dad all
think they run shit. They think they made Crime Mob. They actually have
a publishing company where their money goes. Everybody thinks that it
comes to me, but I had nothing to do with their publishing. I’m the one
that gave them their publishing back. What record label does that? What
record label gives their artists their publishing back? All of it? Here, have
it! They are signed to my label. I gave them their publishing back and
they still bitch.
I don’t know what Princess is doing now, but Diamond has
a deal. We have papers and proof, so whoever wants to
know, Diamond has a solo deal [with Warner].
We’re working on getting Psycho Black
[from Crime Mob] a deal too. [The group]
has a deal under Warner, but we’re talking
about solo deals. I tried to be the best guy
in it, but they tried to make me into the
bad guy. What the fuck? I’m out making
money, so I’m the bad guy.
I’m tryin’ not to get into any more
trouble. CEO status. I am a CEO;
G’s Up Records. We’re doing it
real big. Love to the A-Town
all day; shout out to DJ
Holiday. //
As told to Julia Beverly
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rank Llnl has had run-lns wlth the law. he grew uµ ln a slngle µarent
hone and sµent tlne ln the street. But thls raµµer’s storv ls far fron
tvµlral. Yes, llke nost raµµers, he ralls hls hrand of raµ realltv nuslr,
hut hls nessage ls a llttle dlfferent.
“A lot of voung nlggas out there ln the streets reallv don’t understand or
know whv thev’re out there,” he savs. “l artuallv tell nlggas that shlt aln’t
sweet out here. lt’s a lot of shlt out here nlggas don’t know and l |helµ]
show hln that the street llfe ls a dead end route. You ran’t hustle forever, lt’s
ronsequenres |to vour artlons].”
Wlth hls new µro|ert on Radar Entertalnnent, l’n All ln, the lt. hvers natlve
sµeaks to hls exµerlenres, growlng uµ ln a slngle µarent household and the
efferts that followed.
“l knew nv daddv |hut] he |ust wasn’t an at-hone daddv,” savs the Z6-vear-
old. “l reallv dldn’t have anvhodv to look uµ to |at hone], so l looked uµ to
nlggas l adnlred ln the streets. l eventuallv started runnlng ln the streets and
seelng a lot of real shlt a lot faster then l should have seen lt.”
Although hls non worked and went to srhool to ensure that her klds had a
good uµhrlnglng, lrank Llnl stlll found hlnself lnvolved ln street llfe. Ihe les-
sons that he’s learned fron tlne sµent travellng down a dead end µath
are sµrlnkled throughout hls alhun. Alreadv garnerlng rrltlral arrlaln
fron hls ñve earller nlxtaµes, he’s fullv forused on dellverlng hls hrand
of truth.

“hv hest attrlhute as an artlst ls that l’n real,” reasons the father of
four, nentlonlng that as a voungster he wanted to he a Ð1. “l exµerl-
enred a lot ronlng uµ, |ust helng tled lnto the |ustlre svsten and helng
hlark and ronlng fron where l’n fron. You have no rholre hut to he
real.”

Pushed hv trarks llke “l’n All ln,” hls alhun ls a rulnlnatlon of the hard
work he’s heen µuttlng ln over the µast IZ vears. he |ust hoµes that
µeoµle glve hls nuslr an honest rhanre, desµlte a saturated raµ narket.
“l ran honestlv sav nv hlggest lnfuenre ls 6od,” he arknowledges. “he
hlessed ne wlth the talent to he ahle to sµread thls good nuslr.” ll
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go Irlµ’s Ihe lWhlte) Raµµer Show slngle-handedlv
nade lt hard for hlµ hoµ heads to take whlte enrees
serlouslv. But ln the rase of Asher Roth, those “whlte
klds fron the suhurhs ran’t rhvne” nvths are qulrklv
helng µut to rest. Ihe ZZ-vear-old enree has alreadv rerelved
µralse fron the llkes of Akon, Ðon Cannon, Ð1 Ðrana and
Ludarrls, whlle hulldlng a fan hase that has nanv ralllng hln
the hest whlte hov to tourh the nlr slnre harshall hathers.
“lf l’n golng to get ronµared to anvhodv, lt’s rool to get
ronµared to the #I selllng raµ artlst of all tlne,” Roth
savs of hls Enlnen ronµarlsons. “l’n a whlte enree, so
ronµarlng ne to Enlnen ls wav too easv. We’re reallv two
ronµletelv dlfferent artlsts. l’n ZZ vears old. l’n a volre
of an entlrelv dlfferent generatlon.”
Ralsed ln horrlsvllle, Pennsvlvanla, Roth grew uµ ln a
household that dldn’t exartlv arreµt raµ nuslr. lnstead
of Run-ÐhC and the Beastle Bovs, hls µarents oµted for
Brure Sµrlngsteen, Ðlre Stralts, the Ienµtatlons, and
Earth, Wlnd 6 llre, whlle hls older slster µlaved New
Klds on the Blork and Ievln Canµhell. But durlng hls
teenage vears, Asher develoµed a dlfferent taste ln
nuslr, as the heats, rhvnes and llfe of hlµ hoµ drew
hln ln. “When l started derlvlng nv own oµlnlons, l
started gettlng lnto hlµ hoµ,” he savs. “lt was dlf-
ferent, lt was edgv, there were µolnts to lt.”
Ihe ñrst raµ alhun Asher µurrhased was 1av-Z’s
Vol.Z…hard Knork Llfe, and fron there, hls adnlra-
tlon for hlµ hoµ sµawned lnto rhvnlng, a hohhv
he started ln hlgh srhool and rontlnued through
hls rollege vears at Westrhester Unlversltv.
“|Raµµlng] was a hohhv for ne,” he exµlalns. “lt
was never llke, ‘l need to get a deal. l wanna
he a fanous raµµer when l grow uµ.’ l |ust llke
releaslng nvself and sµeaklng nv nlnd through
hlµ hoµ.”
Exµresslng hlnself through hlµ hoµ led to a
huzzlng hvsµare µage, neetlngs wlth hlµ hoµ
exerutlves llke 1av-Z and Steve Rlfklnd, and a hlddlng
war hetween Unlversal, Atlantlr and Ðef 1an, ln whlrh
Asher derlded to slgn hls 1ohn hanrork to Rlfklnd’s
SRClUnlversal lnµrlnt lhone to stars llke Akon and Ðavld
Banner).
Although he dldn’t drean of heronlng a fanous raµµer, Asher
ls well on hls wav to heronlng |ust that. hls lntrodurtorv nlx-
taµe, Ihe 6reenhouse Effert, hosted hv Ðon Cannon and Ð1 Ðrana,
and ñrst ofñrlal slngle “l Love College,” a feel-good ode to rollege
llfe and a reµresentatlon of hls frat hov lnage, have garnered
rrltlral arrlaln. “|hlµ hoµ] ls also ln the ‘hurhs, hut vou ran’t |ust
lgnore the fart that hlµ hoµ ls deñnltelv for the streets,” he savs.
“6ettlng the roslgn fron Ð1 Ðrana and Ð1 Cannon, and havlng
evervhodv resµond real well to the nlxtaµe, was another hoost of
ronñdenre. l’n stlll learnlng. l’n not golng to µretend llke l got lt
all ñgured out. l’n |ust naklng thls uµ as l go along, followlng nv
heart and naklng good nuslr.” ll
Words hv Randv Roµer
Photo hv harlo Panehlanro
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or Ðallas newroner Iral’Ð lshort for Iraldnark) lt was hard to
helleve that an after-srhool µastlne rould turn lnto a lurratlve
deal wlth hltz Connltteel1lve Rerords – esµerlallv when he wasn’t
terhnlrallv even an adult vet.
“l artuallv lnked the deal when l was I!, hark ln lehruarv,” he savs. “lt was
a µroress gettlng the deal rlght or whatnot, hut l renenher the dav when
thev few ne out there. Ihev had a drlver waltlng on nv doorsteµ at llke
ñve o’rlork ln the nornlng. lt was rrazv. l nean, l |ust dld nv thang, gave
IIù%, rane hark, and lnked the deal. Ihe ñrst thlng l dld was qult nv |oh.”
Ihls storv took µlare shortlv after henµhls Ð1 lreddv hvdro dlsrovered the
new talent and rontarted henµhltz, VP of A6R at 1lve Rerords. At the tlne,
Iral’Ð was naklng sone nolse wlth a song he’d self-rerorded ln hls hed-
roon at hls µarent’s hone. “6utta Bltrh,” whlrh was later renaned “6utta
Chlrk,” was a µowerful dlsµlav of Iral’Ð’s µotentlal and henµhltz deened lt
sultahle to rerelve the hltz Connlttee ro-slgn.
0n Iral’Ð’s hvsµare µage lhvsµare.ronlIraldnark) ls a large gallerv of
µhotos fron hls deal slgnlng dav, wlth hls non and dad µroudlv hv hls
slde. When asked ahout thelr thoughts on hls rareer rholre, Iral’Ð savs,
“Ihev dldn’t reallv rare ‘rause lt keµt ne ln the house. Wlth nv hrother
alwavs out and ahout, whatever keµt ne ln the house and awav fron the
streets thev were rool wlth lt.”
Ralsed ln the notorlous 0ak Cllff area, Iral’Ð rould have easllv herone a
vlrtln of drugs and vlolent rrlne. “hv µarents had ne ln srhool outslde of
the Cllff at Cedar hlll hlgh Srhool. Ihev |ust trled to keeµ ne outta trouhle
under anv rlrrunstanres. But l was alwavs rool, l sturk to nv own and dld nv
thang, so l was good.”
Iral’Ð had heen “dolng hls thang” slnre the age of nlne, when he herane
ronsuned wlth the hlµ hoµ rulture. Later, ln hlgh srhool, he dlsrovered how
to earn a llvlng fron raµµlng. he exµlalns, “l would droµ a CÐ llke everv vear
at srhool, get that qulrk srhool nonev fron the students. l’d go out and huv
nv rlothes and all the shoes and l’d he good for the rest of the srhool vear.
So that was reallv nv oh|ertlve. l alwavs wanted to raµ hut l had no ldea that
lt was gon’ take off thls fast, hefore l even graduated. lt was rrazv.”
Wlth a na|or lahel narhlne now harklng the slngle, “6utta Chlrk” ls µlrklng uµ
sµeed ln everv new narket lt rolls through. lollowlng the suµer-renlx trend,
Iral’Ð and hls lahel enllsted Ð1 Khaled, Are hood, Bun B, Irlna, and hurrlrane
Chrls for the latest verslon of the song. ln addltlon to the energetlr, forreful
sound of “6utta Chlrk,” Iral’Ð released a slower tenµo rerord ralled “X-Plll
lSex Plll)” that’s also a fan-favorlte. When ronµarlng the two songs, lt’s
evldent that thls voung raµstar has a wlde-range of ahllltles.
“Ihe alhun’s gonna he ñre, front to hark,” he savs, ohvlouslv exrlted. “All nv
nuslr ls gonna he good. lt’s gonna he one of those CÐs where vou ran µlav
everv rerord.” Io keeµ the llsteners ln tune hetween now and the release of
hls dehut, Iral’Ð ls µronotlng hls nuslr wlth Iraldnark the hlxtaµe and a
southern µrono tour.
And |ust ln rase the fenale ronsuners are wonderlng, ves, Iral’Ð ls stlll look-
lng for a 6utta Chlrk. ll
Words hv hs. Rlverrltv
Photo hv Ðlwang Valdez
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lth so nurh lre-grlll grannar and nean nugglng netaµhors
ln nost raµµers’ lvrlrs these davs, sone rould nake the
argunent that hlµ hoµ takes ltself too serlouslv. Not slnre the
davs of Shork 6 µulllng douhle dutv as hunµtv hunµ have
heads reallv dared to have fun ln thelr verses. But the Chlrago trlo of Ravdlo
6, heathall and Kravzee, hetter known as hot Stvlz, ls hoµlng to rhange all
that. After hlowlng uµ thelr honegrown slngle “Lookln’ Ass Nlgga” on hoth
YouIuhe and hvsµare, Yung 1or heard the rerord at an Atlanta strlµ rluh
and found the guvs on the lnternet, resultlng ln then lnklng a deal wlth hls
new Swagg Iean lnµrlnt through 1lve Rerords. Now wlth the sµotllght on
then, the fellas are out to µrove that thev’re nurh nore than |ust a one-hlt
wonder.
“1or saw sonethlng new and refreshlng ln us, sonethlng that the gane
needed rlght now,” savs Kravzee, exµlalnlng how thev took the ronreµt of
“roastlng” or what’s ronnonlv known as µlavlng the dozens and turned lt
lnto a hlt. “Ihat’s what we wanted,” adds Ravdlo 6. “Ihanks to the haters, lt
|ust turned lnto sonethlng hlgger.”
Now µreµarlng to release thelr dehut alhun, Yo hana 6ot A hustarhe, at
sunner’s end, the grouµ ls hoµlng to usher ln a new era of rarefree nuslr
that ran he aµµrerlated hv evervone. “Chlrago ls so dlverse. Peoµle look
at Connon or Kanve or Luµe and thlnk that lt’s |ust all ronsrlous |raµ]. We
don’t want µeoµle to thlnk that’s all lt ls,” exµlalns heathall. “We’re turnlng
evervhodv on to a whole new stvle. Ihere’s alwavs sonehodv that rones ln
and rhanges thlngs, and we’re that turnlng µolnt.”
Knowlng the ñnlrkv nature of the raµ gane, lf hot Stvlz dreans of µlatlnun
µlaques don’t work out, rest assured that thev have a hark uµ µlan. havlng
done ronnerrlals for hrands llke Kraft and Aµµle hefore thev got on and wlth
µlans to start thelr own Yun Yun 6lnne 6un huhhle gun hrand, the three
rollege-edurated enrees wlll he good no natter what. But wlth thelr µresent
forus ñrnlv on the nlr, the Chl-Iown rollertlve ls not looklng to relnvent the
wheel, |ust keeµ lt rolllng.
“hot Stvlz ls not a raµ grouµ. Llghten uµ,” Ravdlo 6 tells the rrltlrs. “We’re not
trvlng to he Nas, we’re not trvlng to he the next 1av-Z. We |ust trvlng to have
fun. lf vou don’t wanna have fun, don’t llsten.” ll
Words hv Anthonv Roherts
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a nane llke Bullet Proof deñnltelv has to rone ln handv for
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3rd annual
recap
august 8-11th, 2008
houston, tX:
daVe & Buster’s
By Keith Kennedy
Now that the dust has settled from the 3rd Annual TJ’s DJ’s/OZONE
Awards (TOA’s), it’s time to look back at what made this event so spec-
tacular. If you missed it, you should be very upset with yourself. But,
if you were one of the 7,500+ people who participated in this historic
function, we thank you and let this serve as a reminder of one helluva
weekend! It kicked of on Friday with Jive Records’ UGK Pool tourna-
ment @ Dave & Buster’s (right), hosted by Bun B. It was a great look
seeing Bun B, Mama Wes (Pimp C’s mother), and Pimp C’s wife Chinara
mingling with DJs while the Tastemakers did their thing on the pool
tables. Willie D (below), Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Killer Mike, and other
celebs came through.
OG Ron C held it down in style on the
turntables (above), spinning all the hits that
made UGK an international phenomenon. The
DJs arrived in style on the conference buses,
courtesy of the TMI Boyz & Lopez Graphics
(left). After the pool tournament, everybody
headed to the bowling lanes (below) for
Derrty Ent./Universal Motown’s Brass Knuckles
Celebowl hosted by Nelly and the St Lunatics.
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Ashanti to showcase the
new album, Brass Knuckles
(above right). DJ 151 kept
the party live with the latest from Universal’s catalogue. Meanwhile, Tony Neal (founder, The
CORE DJs), Slim Thug, and other Tastemakers had a ball celebrating Wendy Day’s (founder, The
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Bar Rio played host for Friday night’s Wel-
come to Houston party, presented by Rap-A-
Lot. J Prince oversaw the festivities that had
BG in the building along with performances
by Z-Ro, Trae (below), Glasses Malone (below
right), and Kinfolk Thugs. Mad you missed
it? Don’t worry; MTV Jams was on hand to
capture the moment. Anyone who couldn’t
get into the over-capacity club stuck around
to parking lot pimp in true Houston style
(right).
On Saturday night, we took it downtown to Club Glo (left) for the ofcial
TJ’s DJ’s Tastemakers afterparty. This party was on swoll! Given that
Shawty Lo, Lil Boosie, Webbie, Slim Thug, BG, Paul Wall, LeToya Luckett,
Big Boi, and even Bushwick Bill were in the building, it was no wonder
there were hundreds still outside trying to get into the sold out spot!
Michael Watts and J Que kept the crowd rockin’ all night.
Swishahouse’s Paul Wall (right), Lil Keke, Slim Thug and the Boss Hogg
Outlawz (below), BG and the Chopper City Boyz, Shawty Lo (below
right), and many more took the stage.
Lil Boosie and the Trill Fam as well as
Big Boi from Outkast were spotted in
Glo’s ultra-exclusive upstairs VIP
Lounge.
Sunday night, the Tastemakers headed back to Bar Rio for the
Grand Hustle takeover/OZONE Awards pre-party. T.I. brought
the entire Grand Hustle family to Houston! Lil Duval hosted
while DJ Drama and Q45 supplied the music. Grand Hustle
artists Big Kuntry and Yung LA (left) and 8Ball and Alfamega
(below) performed, in addition to surprises like Big Boi and
Hurricane Chris. BET’s Rap City was in the building flming
while B.o.B. and T.I. (right) kicked it in the VIP. And you already
know OZONE’s Carnivo XO and CRUNK!!! Energy Drink wrapped
trucks were posted out front (below left)!
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houston, tX:
tJ’s dJ’s
panels
By Keith Kennedy
Lydia Harris of Lady Boss Entertainment presented the Management Panel
(below) with panelists (pictured below l-r): Rico Brooks (Gorilla Zoe, formerly
Yung Joc); Johnnie Cabbell (Shawty Lo, Fabo, Crime Mob); Clay Evans (TI,
Young Dro); TJ Chapman; moderator Wendy Day; Snake (Czar Ent./BloodRaw);
E-Class (Rick Ross, Brisco); Charles Chavez (Rob G, formerly Chamillionaire).

The knowledge presented in this panel focused on not only how important
a manager can be to guide an artists’ career but also how much an artist
plays a part in their own success.
Break The Bank Entertainment
presented the A&R Panel (left)
with panelists (pictured at left l-r):
Orlando McGhee (Warner Bros.);
Anzel “Int’l Red”Jennings (Rap-
A-Lot); Shawn “Tubby”Holiday
(Interscope/Gefen); Dave Lighty
(Jive); Jean Nelson (Atlantic); Dee
Sonoram (Koch).
The true power brokers of the
industry, the A&Rs taught about
what is necessary to have a suc-
cessful project, the pros & cons of
being on a major label, and what
they look for in order to sign an
artist.
Ruthless Records presented the DJ Panel (above) with moderator Tony Neal of the CORE DJs (pictured above left) and panelists
(pictured above l-r): DJ Hi-C (Houston club DJ, GO DJs), Mz Kitti (XM Radio); Leo G (XM Radio); Brandi Garcia (KBXX The Box
Houston); DJ Q45 (Rap City/Jacksonville club DJ); The Bigg DM (CORE DJs, Albany PD); Bay Bay (K104 Dallas); Jabber Jaws (KBTT
Shreveport); TJ Chapman; Madd Hatta (KBXX The Box Houston); DJ Ron Love (Jacksonville/Orlando); Bigga Rankin (Jackson-
ville/Atlanta mixtape/club DJ); Kaspa the Don (founder, Hittmenn DJs).
If you don’t understand the dynamics of a DJ or what it takes to have your record played after attending this panel, then you’ve
wasted your time.
The Producer Panel (below) featured panelists (pictured below l-r):
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (2 Pistols “She Got It”), TJ Chapman, BJ (Webbie “Inde-
pendent”), Cory Mo, Jim Jonsin (Lil Wayne “Lollipop”& TI’s “Whatever You
Like”), moderator Dedra Davis, and Mr Lee.
Producers provide the heartbeat of today’s records you know and love.
Here, they explained how to get paid for production work, how to get
placements, and more importantly, how to get inspired.
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Beverly reppin’) presents the Artist Panel
(above) with panelists including Flo Rida (far
left), Mya (left), Bun B and Trae (above right),
Willie D and Shawty Lo (right), Killer Mike
and Chamillionaire (right), Rick Ross, Mistah
FAB, Brisco, The Jacka, B.o.B., and Princess.
Who better to learn the ins and outs of
the game as an artist than from the ones
who lived the life? The artist panel did not
disappoint as the artists told the truth and
whole truth about the industry. DRANK was
on-hand to make sure everybody slowed
down enough to enjoy the information.
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Ruthless Records presented the DJ Panel (above) with moderator Tony Neal of the CORE DJs (pictured above left) and panelists
(pictured above l-r): DJ Hi-C (Houston club DJ, GO DJs), Mz Kitti (XM Radio); Leo G (XM Radio); Brandi Garcia (KBXX The Box
Houston); DJ Q45 (Rap City/Jacksonville club DJ); The Bigg DM (CORE DJs, Albany PD); Bay Bay (K104 Dallas); Jabber Jaws (KBTT
Shreveport); TJ Chapman; Madd Hatta (KBXX The Box Houston); DJ Ron Love (Jacksonville/Orlando); Bigga Rankin (Jackson-
ville/Atlanta mixtape/club DJ); Kaspa the Don (founder, Hittmenn DJs).
If you don’t understand the dynamics of a DJ or what it takes to have your record played after attending this panel, then you’ve
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The Koch dinner/ showcase featured
performances by the Boss Hogg
Outlawz (right), L.E.P., Rob G (below),
KOB, Jewman, Young AC (below),
Archie Eversole, New Money Twins,
Myko, & Keelow.
Wow! Thanks to Koch Records, the
Tastemakers enjoyed a delicious
spread while tasty sounds trickled in
their ear from the next wave of artists.
The Capitol Records/TJ’s DJ’s Tasties Fashion Show @
Grooves (left) featured performances by Hot Stylz (below
left), Glasses Malone (below left), Trai D (below), Jus
Bleezy (below), Chop Chop, and Alfamega (below right).
Island Def Jam presented the BBQ in the Park (below) @
Discovery Green (across the street from Hilton Americas
host hotel). It was hosted by Ace Hood, Playaz Circle, Willy
Northpole, and Roccett, with DJ Christion (right) spinning
some fresh records.
The Tastemakers started of the last glorious day with
some fne BBQ. Too $hort, Mistah FAB, and Pastor Troy
were among a few of the artists who came out for some
good food and music provided by Island Def Jam.
The host Stay Fresh (below)
had folks on the foor roll-
ing while Alfamega (right)
was kind enough to comp
drinks and food for the DJs
in the VIP room.
The fashion show (right) assembled
by Tonya Terelle mixed the game’s
hottest artists with the fyest fash-
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Houston’s own Harlon’s Bar-B-Que
(below) provided the tasty dishes
that had DJs and media alike lined
up under the tents. Although
Young Jeezy didn’t make it until the
OZONE Awards later that night, his
presence was felt at the BBQ with
plenty of posters, fyers, and music
playing from his upcoming album
The Recession (left).
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B.G. (above): It’s the OZONE Awards ‘08. In with the old,
out with the fake.
Lil Boosie (right): I really love OZONE because they were
the ones that really put my face with [my] name. I got
love for Julia.
Mike Jones: It’s big for OZONE to want to bring the party
out here [to Houston].
Slim Thug: Julia pulled a real good move when she
brought [the OZONE Awards] to the H-Town.
Chamillionaire: Honestly, [the OZONE Awards] is where
I need to be. I started out in the mixtape game and now
I’m back down to the ground level. All the big artists
come back here because these are the people who make
it happen.
AllHipHop.com snagged some
artists on the red carpet to
fnd out why they came to the
OZONE Awards:
Hurricane Chris (right): Every
time the OZONE [Awards] pops
of I got to be there, because this
is where our black folks meet up.
A lot of us won’t see each other
for years but we meet up out
here. If you ain’t representing for
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Pitbull (above): OZONE is something that I’ve
been involved with some day one, and it’s
something that helped launch my career. OZONE
Magazine and TJ’s DJ’s is the epitome, to me,
of hustling, working hard, and staying unifed;
fghting to get in [the music game]. Now that
we’ve got our foot in the door, obviously, you can
see what OZONE’s been doing for years. This is
the third year and it’s in H-Town. Last year it was
at the crib [in Miami], and to me it’s just a blessing
to be a part of it.
Lil Flip: I saw Julia take [OZONE] from 50 pages to
200 pages, and I’m proud of her.
(below l to r): DJ Drama, DJ Q45, Princess, Lil Flip,
LeToya Luckett, & Big Boi
Trae (below): Half of the media
that commented on shit wasn’t
even at the awards. Any real
muthafucker that was there
had the most fun, period. Even
with the incident [between me
and Mike Jones] – which wasn’t
a refection on OZONE, it was
personal between me and him
– I had fun. The media can kiss
my ass. If you weren’t there, how
can you criticize? Half of them
couldn’t put together no shit like
this. Everything wasn’t perfect,
but nothing will be 100% per-
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productive done. I think people
were just happy when the
weekend was over just to get a
couple hours of sleep. Niggas
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David Banner (below): One thing that separates OZONE from other award shows is
that at other shows, you see the same damn people get the same damn awards. At the
OZONE Awards, you really get to see the real grinders and the artists that people listen
to in the streets get the opportunity to get heard and get acknowledged. That means
the most to me. For artists who have $40 or $50 million dollars the [OZONE Awards]
might not mean much,
but for some artists
this award show
acknowledges their
hard work and gives
them motivation to
keep going.
Trae (below): Half of the media
that commented on shit wasn’t
even at the awards. Any real
muthafucker that was there
had the most fun, period. Even
with the incident [between me
and Mike Jones] – which wasn’t
a refection on OZONE, it was
personal between me and him
– I had fun. The media can kiss
my ass. If you weren’t there, how
can you criticize? Half of them
couldn’t put together no shit like
this. Everything wasn’t perfect,
but nothing will be 100% per-
fect. Everybody got something
productive done. I think people
were just happy when the
weekend was over just to get a
couple hours of sleep. Niggas
didn’t sleep that weekend.
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Houston after Ike’s wrath, we ofer our thanks to the
city of Houston, the people of Houston, and those
that took the time to come to Houston that made all
of the hard work worthwhile. Stay tuned to
tjsdjs.com or ozonemag.com to fnd out about the
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Comedian DeRay Davis
(left), the host for the
evening, kept the crowd
entertained between sets.
Bun B and his choir (right)
headlined the touching
Pimp C tribute, perform-
ing “Angel In The Sky.”
5,600 DJs, artists, and
fans (left) packed into the
George R Brown Conven-
tion Center’s Assembly
Hall to see performances
by Rick Ross, T-Pain, DJ
Khaled, B.o.B., Lil Boosie,
Webbie, Too Short, Mis-
tah FAB, David Banner,
Big Boi, Bun B, and plenty
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After a well-publicized backstage incident with Trae, a bandaged Mike Jones (below)
insisted that what doesn’t kill him makes him stronger by appearing on stage with
Alfamega as scheduled to present the DJ of the Year Award.
Clockwise from bottom right: OZONE Award winners included
DJ Khaled (DJ of the Year Award); J Prince (Living Legend
Award); David Banner (Trillest Artist: The Pimp C Award);
Shawty Lo (Breakthrough Artist Award); Young Jeezy accept-
ing the Best Rap/R&B Collaboration Award for Usher’s “Love In
This Club”; and T-Pain (TJ’s DJ’s Tastemaker Award)
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Houston legend ESG (be-
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freestyle before present-
ing the Best Lyricist Award.
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lovd lnslsts he ls readv to leave hls
“ronfort zone,” hut todav vou’d never
know lt. he ls slttlng at a tahle on the
outslde µatlo sertlon of hls favor-
lte hreakfast restaurant, 1. Chrlstoµher’s, and
he rouldn’t look nore at hone. Everv nornlng
he walks two hlorks fron hls suhurhan Atlanta
aµartnent to thls trendv hreakfast sµot llnaglne
Waffe house neets Ihe lour Seasons Brunrh) and
orders the exart sane neal — a grllled rhlrken
hreast, rheese grlts, srranhled eggs, haron strlµs,
and one µanrake. he knows all the waltresses hv
nane, and thev all know exartlv what he wants
when he asks for “the usual.” Slttlng at a tahle
arross fron hls rlosest frlends and nanager on
a sunnv Wednesdav around hls wav, there ls no
reason Llovd shouldn’t he ronfortahle—hut he’s
not. ln fart, he ls far fron lt.
Ihe ZZ-vear-old slnger has rerorded rhart-toµ-
µlng slngles, and sold rerords all around the
world, hut he stlll feels unronfortahle wlth hls
µosltlon ln the gane. Plagued hv an lnsatlahle
hunger whlrh ran’t he rured hv anv haron and
eggs, the Lessons ln Love lnstrurtor ls longlng for
nore. he won’t he full untll hls song ratalogue
rlvals Ihe Beatles, and he ls looked at as the
greatest µerforner slnre hlrhael 1arkson or Bohhv
Brown.
But rlght now lt’s tlne for hln to eat.
“We sone rountrv hovs,” he savs rasuallv, rlght
hefore he orders hls rarnlval of ralorles. “We gotta
start the dav off wlth a llttle µork on our forks.”
And for Llovd lt’s alwavs µork, never heef, and
µerhaµs that’s what has hlndered hls rareer thus
far. “Ihls nuslr |lndustrv] ls all ahout drana,” he
lanents. “Ihat’s µrohahlv whv l haven’t sold those
Z or J nllllon alhuns—l don’t reallv llke to deal
wlth drana.”
Iodav ls a llttle dlfferent, however. hls thlrd
alhun, Lessons ln Love, has |ust heen released,
dehutlng at nunher ! on the Blllhoard Zùù rhart.
Although Llovd ls rontent wlth the song selertlon
and overall alhun, he stlll deslres to grow as an
artlst, and even suggests that hls lahel, Ihe lnr.,
has hlndered thls growth. Llovd ls nore than
readv for hls rohust nuslral taste, whlrh lnrludes
surh genres as alternatlve and elertronlr to refert
nore ln hls own work, and navhe lt’s tlne, he
feels, to stoµ helng so dann rool wlth evervhodv.
When l was µulllng uµ to the restaurant vour
slngle, “6lrls Around the World,” had |ust rone on
the radlo, so that nust he a slgn that thls ls golng
to he a good lntervlew.
llaughs) Everv tlne l see vou, nan, sonethlng
rrazv haµµens, llke the tlne we dld the lntervlew
at the hotel, and nv rousln wrerked the Benz rlght
as we were µulllng ln. So hoµefullv nothlng too
rrazv wlll haµµen todav.
Yeah, hoµefullv. Ihat song ls a hlt though, lt µro-
µelled vou to a toµ ten dehut, nan. You ran never
go wrong slnglng ahout the ladles.
Yeah, and l reallv do want all the glrls. l wanna
nake all the glrls nv glrls. l wanna have J nllllon
glrlfrlends at one tlne and have all of then he
rool wlth earh other. Serlouslv, when l walk ln
the rluh, l want all these other R6B dudes to he
lrrelevant. All these other nlggas shouldn’t even
natter. hv shlt should he the hottest.
Ðann, so rlght now, at thls µolnt ln vour rareer, do
vou feel llke vou’re the hest!
l feel llke l’n toµ ñve ln the gane for R6B slngers,
hands down. l feel llke l’n hulldlng a nlre rata-
logue of nuslr. 0ne dav l’ll he ahle to rork for Z
hours stralght on thev ass, hut l do thlnk that toµ
S aln’t good enough.
how do vou µlan on taklng that nunher I sµot!
how do l µlan on µrovlng l’n the hest! Bv taklng
nv hands and rhoklng the shlt outta n’furkas
untll thev get lt, untll thev understand what l’n
talklng ahout and where l’n ronlng fron. Not
llterallv rhoklng n’furkas, hut reallv glvlng then
the nost lnrredlhle nuslr thev ever heard. Io he
nore µrerlse, l |ust want to stav lnnovatlve, nak-
lng sure l strateglze wlth how l’n golng to narket
nv µro|erts and ronreµts. l want to stav rreatlve
wlth the ronreµts for alhuns and vldeos and keeµ
µeoµle guesslng, and nake sure l don’t get ron-
fortahle. l’n real unronfortahle rlght now.
What ls the naln thlng vou’re unronfortahle wlth!
he helng unronfortahle ls hased on where l’n at
ronµared to where l want to he. You know, ne
not helng there, and wantlng to get there. Untll l
nake lt there, l’ll he unronfortahle.
Are there anv non-nuslr related asµerts of vour
llfe that vou’re nore ronfortahle wlth now than
vou were a vear ago!
Wonen. lor a long tlne l had a µrohlen gettlng
wonen, herause thev would all he llke, “Ðann, nv
llttle slster llkes hln. l ran’t reallv furk wlth Llovd,
herause nv llttle slster ls rrazv ahout hln. She has
a µlrture of hln on her wall.” l’d have to sav lt all
rhanged the ñrst tlne l got to steµ and let µeoµle
know who l reallv was wlth the song “You” wlth
Lll’ Wavne. l thlnk that hefore then a lot of µeoµle
saw ne, hut dldn’t hear ne. l had other slngles
that µeoµle en|oved, hut l thlnk “You” deñnltelv
took lt to dlfferent helghts as far as rrosslng over
lnto suhurhan Anerlra, and havlng µeoµle of all
dlfferent walks of llfe rerognlze lt was hot. Now, l
go to Iexas and l get all Latlna glrls ronlng uµ to
ne telllng ne thev love nv stuff. And then l go to
New York and l got older wonen ln huslness sults
ronlng uµ to ne, and rone hone to the A and l’ve
got heautlful hlark glrls ronlng uµ to ne, so lt’s
great herause evervhodv ls startlng to take heed
to nv nuslr. But hefore then l rouldn’t get the
glrls l wanted herause thelr llttle slsters all llked
ne and that nade then not take ne serlouslv.
So that reallv µrevented glrls fron deallng wlth
vou!
Ihat was one of the lssues, the other lssue was
that µeoµle dldn’t reallv get to see who l was.
Ihev saw who l was wlth, and who l’n wlth aln’t
neressarllv got all the nonentun ln the world
rlght now. So l got that worklng agalnst ne.
Who vou’re wlth as ln...!
Who l’n assorlated wlth, who l’n slgned to, the
lahel l’n on, and all of that stuff.
So vou thlnk vour lahel has hlndered vou!
Yeµ.
Wlth the fenales, or |ust ln general!
1ust ln general.
how ls the sltuatlon rlght now wlth vou and Ihe
lnr!
lt’s rool. l do nv thlng. l’n at a µolnt now where
nv nuslr ls ne. lt’s doµe.
lt seens as lf vou’re Ihe lnr.’s fagshlµ artlst now.
lt used to he 1a Rule, then Ashantl, hut now lt’s
Llovd. how do vou feel ahout that!
lt’s |ust llke anvthlng ln llfe. Peoµle attarh
thenselves to hrands herause lt’s sexv to do so.
At one µolnt ln tlne So So Ðef was the sexlest
thlng ln nuslr. lf vou rane out and sald vou were
wlth So So Ðef µeoµle were autonatlrallv golng to
llsten. Bad Bov at one µolnt was the sexlest thlng.
Ihe lahel l’n at was onre the sexlest thlng, hut
lt’s lost a lot of lts sexv due to µoor µerfornanre
fron lts artlsts. lt gets frustratlng when vou have
soneone llke ne, who dedlrates evervthlng and
rones uµ wlth thls great nuslr that evervone
loves, hut slnre lt doesn’t have the sexv hrand
hehlnd lt. So lt nakes lt nore rhallenglng. l klnda
work lndeµendentlv at tlnes, lt’s deñnltelv harder
that wav.
So are vou looklng to get out of vour sltuatlon
wlth Ihe lnr.!
An l looklng to get out of lt! Ah, the onlv thlng
l’n looklng to get out of lsn’t the sltuatlon of
where l’n slgned to, lt’s the sltuatlon of what
l’n ronñned to, as far as the tvµe of nuslr l ran
nake. l llke a lot of dlfferent nuslr. l llsten to ev-
ervthlng. elertronlr, rork, alternatlve, hlues, |azz—l
llsten to evervthlng, nan. lt’s tough when vou llke
that klnd of nuslr, and vou trv to nake sonethlng
that’s rreatlvelv rhallenglng and lt doesn’t reallv
ñt the nold.
have vou dlsrussed that ronrern wlth then!
Yeah, l talked ahout lt, and we ronstantlv talked,
hut l thlnk the hest solutlon ls to |ust stav true to
nvself and what l’n dolng. l got to stav true to
nv nuslr, nake sure nv nuslr ls strong, and nake
sure lt’s the hottest shlt out.
ls that what vou dld on vour new alhun, Lessons
ln Love! Are vou haµµv wlth all the songs on the
alhun!
lt’s not rorket-srlenre. lt’s µrettv nurh ñndlng
a groove, and onre vou’ve found a groove |ust
trvlng to rlde lt out. 1ust naklng nuslr that feels
good to vou. l nake nuslr that feels good to ne.
When nv frlends and l are ln the studlo, what
we’re worklng on feels good to us. We don’t reallv
know lf lt’s gon’ ronnert, hut that’s where lt starts.
Ðo vou stlll ronnunlrate wlth lrv 6ottl!
lLlovd µauses and looks to hls nanager, Noonle
Lee, who ls havlng a ronversatlon two tahles over)
hev Noonle, do we stlll talk to lrv!
Noonle. lt’s llke a welrd sltuatlon. We’re stlll rool
wlth lrv, hut we haven’t talked to hln ln a whlle.
lt’s klnd of a nutual reason hehlnd lt, hut lt’s not
llke we’re heeñn’ or anvthlng.
l’ve never heard ahout vou havlng heef wlth
anvone.
Yeah, l nean lt’s rool to he rool, hut sonetlnes
shlt aln’t rool, and that’s when vou gotta stoµ
helng so rool. Ihat’s where l’n trvlng to get to.
Ihat’s where l’n klnda alnost at. hv honle over
at CIE was llke, “Nlgga, stoµ helng so gotdann
rool wlth evervhodv all the tlnel You da shlt, art
llke ltl” But l don’t know, l guess l’n |ust too nlre.
0utslde of nuslr, hell veah, l’n rool. l’n one of
the roolest dudes vou’ll ever neet, hut when the
shlt aln’t where lt needs to he, lt aln’t reallv so
rool no nore.
Are vou at the µolnt now, where shlt aln’t rool no
nore!
Naw, nan. l love where l’n at. Ihat’s whv l’n so
rool.
So how nanv nore alhuns do vou left ln the
rontrart!
l thlnk, two. But what nakes ne feel the hest ls
that l have nv guvs harklng ne. l got nvself, l
got Noonle, l got Ð-Ðav, l got Reese, and l got
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1asµer. l got nv lnnedlate rrew. Wlthout all of
us, reallv nothlng transµlres. l feel good ahout
that herause we’re at a µlare where we rontrol
the tenµo, and we deternlne what ls trendset-
tlng. We’re not relvlng on no one else’s oµlnlon.
And l thlnk everv artlst wants to get to that µolnt.
lt would helµ to have evervone’s lnvolvenent he
a llttle hlt nore, hut hev, lt ls what lt ls. You |ust
gotta enhrare what vou got. When l ñrst rane ln,
l was reallv unµollshed. l had other µeoµle wrltlng
sone of nv songs, l had other µeoµle µrodurlng
nv rerords, and l was µrettv nurh taklng dlrer-
tlon. Now l know the dlrertlon, l µrodure nv shlt, l
wrlte nv shlt, l’n dolng nv thlng.
What trarks dld vou wrlte on Lessons ln Love!
1ust to nane one, l wrote the slngle, “6lrls Around
the World.” l wrote and µrodured the trark. l’ve
heen µrodurlng quletlv for sone tlne. hv honle
hattv P used to let ne µush huttons on hls
narhlne, hut lt wasn’t untll we started naklng the
alhun that l ñnallv galned the rourage to go ln
there and ask for µernlsslon to |ust trv sonethlng.
l dldn’t wanna waste nohodv’s tlne, hut l thought
l had sonethlng that would he doµe and lt rane
out nlre.
Whv’d lt take vou so long to ñnallv get on the
hoard and start µrodurlng!
l dldn’t want to lntlnldate anvhodv. Sonetlnes
lt’s lntlnldatlng to µeoµle who have done thelr
thlng ln the µast for soneone new to rone along.
lt’s |ust llke wlth Barark 0hana. Whv should anv
resµertahle hlark leader hefore hln sµeak down
on hln, and not suµµort hln, and not he ln hls
rorner! When he ñrst started runnlng a lot of
the old hlark leaders were suµµortlng hlllarv,
navhe herause thev felt that he’s a threat to
thelr slgnlñranre ln Anerlran hlstorv. havhe he’s
|ust dolng sone thlngs that thev rouldn’t do, so
thev feel threatened. So when vou’re deallng wlth
sonehodv who has heen µrodurlng for a long
tlne and ls used to gettlng all the rredlt, and now
thev have soneone vounger who ran do all of
that and nore, thev nlght feel llke thev’re loslng
slgnlñranre. But what thev should do ls enhrare
that voung µerson and nake then hetter, herause
that would onlv nake then look hetter for what
thev’ve arronµllshed ln the µast.
how nurh tlne do vou sµend ln the studlo!
l’n alwavs ln the studlo. l’n totallv dedlrated to
the studlo. At thls µolnt aln’t nothlng outslde the
studlo for ne, and lf l’n not ln the studlo l go
rrazv thlnklng ahout the studlo. l’n elther ln the
studlo or l’n wlth a glrl.
Now, vou worked wlth 1asµer on Lessons ln Love
as well, rlght!
0f rourse. l llke worklng wlth 1asµer, he’s llke
Luther Vandross neets Cee-Lo. he’s fron the A,
and he’s lnfuenred hv Atlanta nuslr, hut he’s also
lnfuenred hv soul nuslr, so when vou nlx that
together vou get Atlanta soul.
So lf 1asµer ls Luther neets Cee-Lo, then who are
vou!
l’n llke Bohhv Brown nlxed wlth hlrhael 1arkson.
Ðann, that’s a hell of a statenent. But l wlll sav
that after last vear’s 0Z0NE Awards we got a lot
of µosltlve feedhark ahout vour µerfornanre wlth
Wavne.
Yeah, Ðoug E. lresh rane uµ to ne after last
vear’s show and told ne that l µut on the hest
show, that was doµe. Perfornlng ls µart of ne.
l nean, who doesn’t want to get on a stage and
|ust rork that shlt! l grew uµ watrhlng novles llke
house Partv, Crush 6roove, Purµle Raln, hoon-
walker, lt was lnsµlrlng to he ahle to generate that
klnd of exrltenent when vou tourh the stage.
You and Wavne seen to work well together. how
do vou have surh good studlo rhenlstrv!
We have a lot ln ronnon. We hoth grew uµ father-
less, we’re hoth fron New 0rleans ln one the
worst hoods ln Anerlran hlstorv, and we hoth got
lnto nuslr real earlv. hore lnµortantlv, we hoth
have a real resµert and aµµrerlatlon for what
we’re dolng, whlrh ls naklng nuslr and naklng
µeoµle nove. Anvtlne vou have two µeoµle who
are ln lt to he the hest, and not |ust for the hread,
lt’s hound to he sonethlng sµerlal. lt’s llke Kanve
sald. “l don’t do lt for nv health, nan. l do lt for
the helt.”
What does vour fanllv thlnk ahout vour rareer!
hv non alwavs knew l had nuslr, hut she alwavs
stressed havlng a Plan B. She was heavv on the
srhool thlng, so for her to see |nv nuslr] turn
lnto sonethlng that’s real, sonethlng that ls helµ-
lng to suµµort her now, and ls helµlng nv slster
get through nedlral srhool, lt’s |ust a trlµ, nan. l
nean, who exµerted thls to he sonethlng real!
What do vou ronslder to have heen vour hlg hreak,
or has lt not rone vet!
l haven’t had lt vet. l thlnk l’ve had a few hreak-
throughs, hut naw, l haven’t had the hlggest
hreakthrough vet. lt’s stlll ronlng. But the serret
to surress ls alwavs glvlng µeoµle nore than thev
exµert, and that’s what l µlan to do. ll
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Ihe world has heen fanlllar wlth B.6. for a long tlne, hut nost µeoµle aren’t
as fanlllar wlth Snlµe and 6ar. Can vou guvs tell ne what lt ls that vou hrlng
to the grouµ, and whv µeoµle should µav attentlon to vou!
Snlµe. l hrlng nvself to the tahle, that’s what nakes ne unlque, vou know
what l’n savln’. l’n a dlfferent lndlvldual, evervhodv’s not the sane. l hrlng
nv orlglnalltv to the tahle.
6ar. l’n the sane nlgga that he ln everv hood. Sane nlgga, dlfferent storv,
sane struggle. l |ust hrlng nv heart and nv authentlrltv to the grouµ. l’n a
real nlgga, l’n real loval, and everv rlrrle needs a nlgga llke ne. l’n gonna
dlsµlav that and show that to the world.
What nade vou do a song llke “Buhhlegun”! lt’s a hot trark, hut lt seens llke
a devlatlon fron vour nornal stvle of nuslr.
B.6.. honestlv, we alreadv got the streets on lork, we alreadv know that the
alhun ls gonna he gutter-gutter-gutter, so we reallv |ust wanted to show an-
other slde of the Choµµer Cltv Bovz. So we derlded to glve ‘en a rluh rerord, a
fenale rerord, a radlo frlendlv rerord, hut at the sane tlne have lt 6’d uµ.
Ðo vou ñnd lt frustratlng that artlsts llke vourself, who usuallv raµ ahout
street llfe, are sonewhat forred to do “Buhhlegun” raµ to get nalnstrean
surress!
B.6.. Ðon’t for a serond get lt twlsted, nan. “Buhhlegun” ls |ust the nane
of the song, hut lf vou llsten to lt, vou gon’ see, lt’s a 6 song, and lt’s full of
swag. l guarantee the real nlggas gettln’ nonev gon’ love that song.
Snlµe. Llke 6lzzle sald, don’t get lt twlsted. We |ust derlded to glve the rluh
sonethlng, hut the alhun ls a hag full of gangsta shlt.
What are vour µersonal favorlte trarks on the CÐ!
Snlµe. hv µersonal favorlte ls “halntaln.” lt’s a real heartfelt trark for nlggas
that’s golng through the struggle. lt’ll tell vou, at the end of the dav, how to
nalntaln.
So, how are v’all nalntalnlng! l know vou guvs stlll stav ln New 0rleans. has
the rltv rehounded fron a nuslral standµolnt!
B.6.. lf vou ran nake lt ln New 0rleans, vou ran nake lt anvwhere. lt ls what
lt ls. We’ve gotta work around all the rehulldlng, llke real nlggas suµµosed to.
ls that what vou neant hv the alhun tltle Llfe ln the Conrrete 1ungle!
B.6.. New 0rleans aln’t nothlng hut llons and tlgers and hears. Llons, tlgers,
and hears, lf vou go to Nola.ron or lf vou rherk the news down here, lt’s re-
allv, reallv, reallv a |ungle. Llfe ln Ihe Conrrete 1ungle ls what we reµresent.
Besldes the three of vou, who else ls featured on Llfe ln the Conrrete 1ungle!
6ar. Aw nan, we got a whole lot of features on that thang. We got features
fron 6rand hustle wlth Alfanega, to BloodRaw fron CIE. We got Rorko on
there, C-hurder, Sklµ fron UIP, hurrlrane Chrls, 6 Shot, and then of rourse the
honle B.6. And Ladv Ðolla ls on the slngle “Buhhlegun.”
What’s the hlggest dlfferenre hetween thls new µro|ert and vour ñrst grouµ
alhun We 6ot Ihls!
B.6.. honestlv, nan, thls alhun ls llke Zù tlnes hetter than We 6ot Ihls. 0n We
6ot Ihls we were golng through a lot, vou know, rest ln µeare to VL hlke. We
were deallng wlth VL hlke, and he was golng through hls sltuatlon. he was
golng through a lot. So on thls alhun we’re |ust golng ‘tll the wheels fall off.
You nentloned VL hlke, and unfortunatelv he µassed awav ln Aµrll, hut
hefore he dled he was naklng a lot of allegatlons toward vou, B.6. he was
ronµarlng vou to Bahv and savlng that vou were dlshonest ln deallng wlth
the nonev.
B.6.. l never reallv nurh entertalned lt herause l know ln hls heart he aln’t
nean lt. Peoµle do and sav that tvµe of shlt |ust to get on, and |ust to get a
nane out there or whatever. But lt ls what lt ls.
l saw that vou were µavlng trlhute to hln on vour hvsµare µage, so l’n as-
sunlng vou stlll looked at VL hlke llke fanllv!
6ar. We nade hlstorv, so how rould we not treat hln as a fanllv nenher!
We took one when he left. Ðesµlte anvthlng that was golng on, lt was stlll
real nlgga shlt. Ðerlslons were nade hut vou ran’t fake how vou feel ln vour
heart.
Snlµe. But now lt’s Llfe ln the Conrrete 1ungle, Seµtenher I6th.
lt hasn’t heen a verv good rllnate for raµ grouµs latelv. What nakes vou feel
that vou wlll he ahle to surreed where so nanv other grouµs have falled!
6ar. We feel reallv ronñdent now ahout thls new µro|ert. We got evervthlng
soundlng the wav lt should. l thlnk µeoµle wlll deñnltelv suµµort lt.
how was lt worklng wlth Asvlun!
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very fair interpretation. And while most of the New Orleans rap community has left,
the Chopper City Boyz are still there, and they’re still hungry. B.G., Gar, and Snipe are
hunters in the jungle, and like it or not, they’re at the top of the food chain.
The three essentially solo artists, who hunt in a pack, have seen more success in the game than most would
imagine. Their first project, 2007’s We got This, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Independent albums chart
and made it to #21 on the hot 200 chart. The Koch release sold almost 30,000 copies in its first week, and led to
a new deal with asylum.
One unique element that certainly attracted asylum to CCB is that while many veteran artists such as B.g. at-
tempt to form a group with lesser known emcees, gar and Snipe can actually hold their own on the mic. The
Chopper City Boyz have become a respected collective, drawing comparisons to many of the legendary rap
groups from new Orleans’ past.
however, not all the news surrounding the Chopper City Boyz has been positive. Following the release of We
got This, the group experienced a rather ugly divorce with longtime member VL Mike. Mike had accused B.g.
of being dishonest and unfair financially, and had just begun a solo career when he was gunned down in new
Orleans on april 20th, 2008. B.g. and the rest of the group maintain that regardless of their situation, VL Mike
was family and they have mourned his passing.
“We looked at him as family,” says gar. “We made history together, so of course it hurt when we lost him. But
now we’ve gotta focus on the future.”
and in focusing on the future, the group is gearing up to release Life in the Concrete Jungle this fall. Fueled by
the catchy club anthem “Bubblegum,” featuring new Orleans artist Lady dolla, the Chopper City Boyz are look-
ing to eat again, and this time they have a bigger appetite.
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6ar. Aw nan, lt’s Jùù tlnes hetter |than Korh]. We feel aµµrerlated over there.
We stlll µuttln’ our work ln as a lahel, so lt’s not |ust Asvlun worklng.
Snlµe. We not shlttln’ on Korh, though, thev dld what thev rould, va feel ne!
6ar. But we aµµrerlate Asvlun, nan. Ihev uµµed our salarv.

0kav, that’s alwavs a good thlng. So where do vou see vourself ln ronµarlson
to the nanv hlstorlr hlµ hoµ grouµs fron New 0rleans!
6ar. l ran see the world ronµarlng the Choµµer Cltv Bovz to the Choµµer Cltv
Bovz. We get ronµllnents all the tlne, and µeoµle trv to ronµare us to the
hot Bovs, whlrh ls an honor and a ronµllnent, herause thev’re legends. But
µlease don’t ronµare the Choµµer Cltv Bovz to anv grouµs heslde the Choµµer
Cltv Bovz, herause there ls no other. lf vou rone to New 0rleans there’s a
Choµµer Cltv hov evervwhere, so the streets are loval.
Ðo vou thlnk one dav the Choµµer Cltv Bovz wlll he hlgger than the hot Bovs
were!
6ar. Ihev’re legends, nan. Ihe hot Bovs were llke the Beatles for real. You
ran’t ln no wav ronµare us to the hot Bovs, lt’s onlv our serond alhun. But
l got the gane fron one of the hot Bov generals. l rane uµ llstenlng to the
hot Bovs so l’n honored to even he here.
Belng that thls ls vour serond alhun, do vou have anv sales goals or exµer-
tatlons vou’re looklng to neet!
6ar. Ihe skv ls the llnlt, nan.
Snlµe. We’re |ust trvlng to do hetter than the last tlne, vou know!
B.6., vou’re also worklng on vour solo µro|ert, Ioo hood Z Be hollvwood,
rlght! how ls that ronlng!
B.6.. Yeah, lt’s done. l turned |the alhun] ln. Ihe release date ls Novenher
ZSth. l’ve got µrodurtlon fron hannle lresh, Cool 6 Ðre, Srott Storrh, and
1.U.S.I.l.C.E. League, |ust to nane a few. Reallv and trulv, l got the hest of the
hest of ‘en. lt was reallv dlfñrult to µlrk the hardest IS rerords herause l had
so nanv hot songs done. Ihe hard drlve was so full.
I.l. exerutlve µrodured vour alhun, rorrert!
B.6.. Yeah, he exerutlve µrodured the alhun wlth ne, hut l’n not slgned to
6rand hustle. l’n slgned to Atlantlr, and Choµµer Cltv huslr, hut Ilµ nost
deñnltelv µut hls lnµut and hls stanµ on lt. he klnda runs the |Atlantlr] hulld-
lng, and he helleves ln ne. he knows what nv µotentlal ls. l had a rouµle of
deals on the tahle, nan. But when the Atlantlr deal rane arross nv desk l
was llke, “lt’s tlne to get ltl”
Now 6ar and Snlµe, l know vou two are hoth solo artlsts as well. Are vou
µlannlng on droµµlng anv lndlvldual µro|erts ln the near future!
6ar. Ihe skv ls the llnlt.
Snlµe. 0h, of rourse. l’n alreadv halfwav ñnlshed wlth nv alhun. We rane
ln thls as solo artlsts and we aln’t never forget that. Evervthlng else ls ln
the naklng, hut rlght now lt’s Choµµer Cltv Bovz. We’ve got our grouµ alhun,
we’ve got Ioo hood Z Be hollvwood, we’ve got another grouµ alhun, and
then our solo alhuns. Choµµer Cltv ls ln the hulldlng.
B.6., are vou ñndlng lt rhallenglng to µronote two alhuns at one tlne! Llfe ln
the Conrrete 1ungle and Ioo hood Z Be hollvwood are droµµlng µrettv rlose
to earh other.
B.6.. l nultltask. l’n a nultltasklng lndlvldual llke that, so lt doesn’t hother
ne.
0kav, so evervhodv has heen talklng ahout the µosslhllltv of a hot Bovs
reunlon. ls that golng to ever haµµen or what!
B.6.. hv ñrst slngle off nv new alhun ls featurlng 1uvenlle, Lll Wavne, and
Irae. We’re ‘hout to shoot the vldeo for lt next week. lt’s all good.
how ls vour relatlonshlµ wlth Bahv rlght now!
B.6.. We rool, we sweµt our sltuatlon under the rug. lt aln’t no hlg deal.
how dld vou work that sltuatlon out!
B.6.. he was looklng for ne, and he sent for ne, and l went and net uµ wlth
hln. he |ust was llke… l don’t want to go lnto the full detalls of what he was
savlng, hut l rould tell that he nlssed ne, and l ran adnlt that l nlssed hln.
Llke l sald, we were one hlg, haµµv fanllv.
Well now that lt’s all ahout the Choµµer Cltv Bovz, ls there anvthlng that vou
want the world to know ahout vou!
Snlµe. We |ust want the world to know that Llfe ln the Conrrete 1ungle droµs
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lf vou’ve ever seen the rlean rut hald rat who’s
alwavs runnlng wlth Blork Entertalnnent and
wondered, “Who ls that!” the answer ls Rlro
Brooks. lor the last four vears Brooks has heen
one of the guldlng forres hehlnd Blork Ent.’s
surress. hanager for Bovz N Ða hood, fornerlv
Yung 1or and now 1arkle Chaln, Brooks has hullt
a reµutatlon of helng deµendahle and thorough.
0Z0NE raught uµ wlth hln to get sone words on
hls uµrlse, status and what the future holds.
When dld vou start 9I96 hanagenent and what
was lts orlglnal goal!
lt started ln Zùù+ rlght hefore Blork Ent. µut out
Bovz N Ða hood. Ihe ronµanv was started herause
Blork wanted to have nanagenent for the artlsts
on the lahel. Ihls ls wav hefore J6ù deals, nlnd
vou. lt was a sltuatlon where vou wanted to know
what’s golng on wlth vour artlsts. Slnre then lt has
grown.
Ðld vou have µrlor exµerlenre ln nanagenent!
l rone fron a nanagenent harkground. l started
off worklng ln a rerord store as a rlerk ln I99S to
thlrd kev to asslstant nanager to nanager. Before
that l worked at Kroger’s and ln rustoner servlre.
All of those |ohs gave ne skllls l use todav. When
deallng wlth µronoters, l treat then llke ruston-
ers. host other nanagers sav thev hate |µronot-
ers]. l treat then llke rustoners, l follow uµ wlth
then. Ihese are the µeoµle that keeµ nv llghts on
and nv artlsts µald. You have lnternal rustoners
llke the µronoters, lahels, agents, those are the
µeoµle vou µlease ñrst. Ihen vou have the exter-
nal rustoners llke the fans. lnternal rustoners get
the external fans hvµed for the µro|ert.
how long were vou lnvolved ln the rerord store!
l worked ln nuslr retall for Iù vears. l started ln
‘9S after graduatlng fron horehouse. hv non sald
she wasn’t taklng rare of ne anvnore so l had to
get out on nv own. l started worklng at a rerord
store and fell ln love wlth lt. l started readlng
trades and ñgured thls ls where l needed to he. l
started ronsultlng lahels llke Ðan Brown’s wlth the
Bonerrusher “Neva Srared” rerord. Ihen l helµed
BhE wlth Srraµµv and Irlllvllle’s ñrst slngle. l
started retall ln the 6reenhrlar hall Peµµernlnt
huslr, then West End, then l wound uµ nanaglng
S-6 stores ln hetween 6eorgla and Alahana. lt
glves vou nanagenent skllls, hut nanaglng an
artlst ls a llttle dlfferent. lt’s nore lntrlrate.
Conlng fron a harkground that lnrludes golng to
horehouse and worklng ln a 9-S settlng, how has
that neshed wlth artlsts who rone fron a dlffer-
ent harkground!
lt’s the µerfert ñt. hlµ hoµ alreadv has had ron-
notatlons. When ne and 1or go to neetlngs ln
L.A., thev’ll he so surµrlsed that we’re on tlne and
don’t have Iù-IS µeoµle wlth us. l want to hreak
the ronnotatlon of “honehov nanagenent.” Ihe
thlngs vou need to he nanagenent naterlal are
µasslon, ronnertlons and nonev, not neressar-
llv ln that order. A lot of street rats ran’t talk to
rorµorate µeoµle. Ihev have the talent hut not
evervthlng else. A guv llke Blork nlght walk lnto a
µlare trvlng to rent a studlo, hut a whlte |owner]
nlght he thlnklng, “he nlght sell drugs. l rant do
lt.” Wlth a guv llke ne, l’n not as threatenlng. l
get ln the door ñrst, and then l hrlng the hanners
and rough rats, so lt artuallv works hetter. hv art-
lsts are reµresented hv soneone who knows how
to handle thenselves ln a µrofesslonal nanner.
What have heen sone of the hlghllghts of vou
rareer so far!
No one had heard of Bovz N Ða hood at the tlne,
so havlng thelr alhun rone ln at #I on the Blll-
hoard rharts was a hlghllght. 1or was nonlnated
for a 6rannv. l’ve heen ahle to go to Afrlra,
1aµan, and the Carlhhean, µlares nost µeoµle onlv
drean of golng. hlµ hoµ has taken ne all over
the world. Llstenlng to the nuslr and then gettlng
engulfed ln lt has rhanged nv llfe. lt’s alwavs a
thrlll for ne. Ihe lndustrv ls llke, “What have vou
done for ne latelv!” So l alwavs trv to hreak new
arts everv vear. Bovz N Ða hood ln ‘ùS, 1or ln ‘ù6,
|6orllla] Zoe ln ‘ù!.
Ðo vou herone real rool wlth the artlsts vou nan-
age, or trv to keeµ thlngs µrofesslonal as µosslhle!
Earh nanagerlartlst relatlonshlµ ls dlfferent. he
µersonallv, l don’t snoke weed wlth the artlst. l
don’t snoke weed, µerlod, artuallv. l don’t drlnk
wlth the artlsts, navhe sone wlne at dlnner. l
don’t go out trvlng to holler at glrls. lt has to he
a resµert level. l deñnltelv see nanagers hanglng
wlth artlsts and the resµert goes down. You ran’t
he the one µartvlng, vou have to he the one who
wakes then uµ for a 6 Ah flght. l’n llke a roarh. l
have to notlvate vou, he soneone to talk to. You
don’t see Phll 1arkson hanglng wlth Kohe |Brvant].
l trv to keeµ the relatlonshlµ as µrofesslonal as
µosslhle.
You rerentlv took on nanaglng 1arkle Chaln, the
ñrst artlst outslde of Blork Ent. Exµlaln that nove.
l alwavs had rats wantlng ne to nanage then,
hut l’d turn lt down herause l’d rather do a rouµle
|ohs well than nanv half-assed. But then l started
looklng at strategv and wantlng nore leverage to
take thlngs to the next level. l’n taklng nv tlne,
though. l thought 1arkle would he dlfferent, and lf
lt works lt rould he another narket. lf l had never
vlslted Asla l wouldn’t have seen lt or develoµed
the vlslon l have for hln. l wouldn’t have thought
to trv and do huslness wlth hln. lt rould he na|or.
What’s the hlggest nlstake vou see nanagers nake!
You have to stav grounded. When vou’re grounded
vou nake hetter derlslons. Sonetlnes l see artlst
nake lt to rertaln levels and, nothlng ls wrong
wlth feellng good, hut vou have to stav rentered.
Ihev nake nlstakes herause thev get so nanv
µeoµle ln thelr ears. l’ve seen lt so nanv tlnes. l
go hone and see nv nother, grandnother, fanllv,
and trv to glve hark. Artlsts llve ln a fantasv world
herause thev have so nanv µeoµle raterlng to
then. Ihev get raught uµ ln the llfe.
Ðo vou thlnk lt’s a nanager’s µlare to offer thelr
artlsts µersonal advlre outslde of nonev and nuslr!
l was talklng to Chrls Llghtv onre and he sald he’d
tell guvs not to go down “that µath.” hanagenent
doesn’t alwavs have to he ahout nuslr and nonev.
l talk to then ahout health lnsuranre and llfe after
nuslr. l het half the rats who have hlg rhalns aln’t
got health lnsuranre. Ihat’s a µrohlen. But vou
ran’t tell then that when thev’re ln the rluh, vou
ran’t talk to then ahout µavlng thelr nortgage uµ
for a vear or two hefore huvlng uµ |ewelrv. ll
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lt’s heen three vears slnre the + Brothers fron hlanl salarlouslv grlnded thelr
wav to the toµ of the rharts wearlng sµarkles and sequenre. And though thelr
ZùùS dehut alhun Bluestars dldn’t exartlv neet sales exµertatlons, the grouµ
followed uµ wlth Zùù!’s Late Nlght Sµerlal and rearhed gold status hehlnd
the Iù6th 6 Park llngerlng slngle “0n the hotllne.”
ln the last three vears, Prettv Rlrkv has enrountered a nultltude of uµs and
downs ln the lndustrv, fron ronµlalnts regardlng thelr raunrhv onstage
antlrs, to the rerent deµarture of lead slnger Pleasure P, thls grouµ of forner
“Iovs R Us” klds has wltnessed lts share of El Irue hollvwood nonents.
Now, asslsted hv Plttshurgh-horn vorallst +Plav, the raµlR6B grouµ ls µreµ-
µlng the release of thelr thlrd alhun, Elghtles Bahles, whlrh µronlses to
dellver a nurh nore nature sound. ln hoµes of µrovlng thev ran adaµt to the
ever-rhanglng, often-ñrkle lndustrv, Prettv Rlrkv has heen forred to grow uµ.
here, the grouµ’s unofñrlal sµokesnan Bahv Blue desrrlhes the µroress.
how have vou heen ahle to tarkle the stereotvµes of a tradltlonal hov hand!
l thlnk the stereotvµes of nost hov hands are that thev are real µoµ-lsh and
tallor-nade to ñt a rertaln denograµhlr. But not Prettv Rlrkv, we’re real,
we’re the toµ ten klngs. Everv tlne we droµ a rerord lt’s gon’ µoµ at radlo
and on BEI, and that’s ‘rause we rater to our fans. 0ur fans nake sure our
rerords stav at the toµ of the rharts. Ihev vote for then and request then. We
aln’t a hov grouµ, we’re nore of a rllque, lt aln’t ahout the nuslr. We’re that
rllque that’s rough and tough ln srhool, that hangs on the rorner ln front of
the llquor store.
So lf lt’s not ahout the nuslr, what ls lt ahout!
lt ls ahout the nuslr, hut lt’s also ahout the Bluestar hrand wlth us.
0kav, vour ñrst alhun was ralled Bluestars, and lt’s also the tltle of vour
ronµanv. What ls the slgnlñranre of the nane Bluestar!
Ihat was our father’s nlrknane hark when he was stlll ln the street. lt rane
fron hln helng a hlark-ass nlgga. he was so hlark thev ralled hln “Blue,”
and the nane sturk and lt |ust klnda got µassed down. So we ran wlth lt.
how ls vour new alhun Elghtles Bahles dlfferent fron vour last two alhuns!
We |ust wanted to take lt hark to when the nuslr was real. Rlght now the
nuslr ls over-saturated wlth µeoµle who are raught uµ wlth the trends, so we
|ust wanted to take lt hark to when hlµ hoµ and R6B ñrst rane together, vou
know, late 8ùs earlv 9ùs, rlght after Bahvfare and LA Reld had thelr run wlth
Whltnev houston and Ionl Braxton. Uµtown Rerords rane through and thev
had harv 1. Bllge and 1oderl—that whole era sµawned a hunrh of R6B grouµs
that were stralght out of the hood, and Prettv Rlrkv ls stralght out of the
hood llke that. Elghtles Bahles svnhollzes when the nuslr was wet, real, sexv,
and lt wasn’t ahout ganes or glnnlrks.
You guvs were llttle klds hark then, hut are there anv artlsts fron the that era
who vou were trvlng to enulate wlth thls new µro|ert!
Naw, lt’s not so nurh that we want to enulate. We resµert all nuslr, not |ust
nuslr fron the 8ùs, hut nuslr fron all dlfferent generatlons and genres. We
love nuslr, and we aµµrerlate nuslr for what lt ls and what lt’s worth, hut we
understand lt’s a huslness at the end of the dav as well. A lot of tlnes the art-
lst doesn’t get to reµresent thenselves the wav thev want herause the rerord
lahels have a vlslon for then that thev don’t agree wlth. We’re one of the few
arts whose vlslon ls what we nake lt. We run our own show. lt’s our rerord
lahel, we do what we wanna do.
You have a trark on the alhun ralled “Knorkln’ Boots ‘ù8” whlrh deñnltelv has
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a grown sound to lt. ls that what vou guvs are golng for now!
Ihe lndustrv µut thls tltle on us llke we’re the rlsque grouµ of the lndustrv, so
we |ust wanted to hlt ‘en wlth sonethlng that was a llttle hlt dlfferent. We’re
talkln’ ahout ruddlln’ uµ now lnstead of naklng love, and |our fenale grouµ]
Butterrrean was on the rerord, and thev’re sone stralght hood rhlrks. Ihev
sound llke thev rane fron that era when fenale grouµs were thorough, llke
SWV, En Vogue, and ILC, hut Butterrrean are stralght thugs. Ihev’ve got +-lnrh
ñngernalls, weaved out to the hootv rheeks, hut thev reµresent sonethlng
that’s nlsslng ln the gane rlght now. All the other glrl grouµs are llke IV-
nade and strurturallv µut together strateglrallv, hut these are four rhlrks
that grew uµ slnglng ln the rhurrh that are reallv a grouµ.
Are thev slgned to Bluestar!
Yeah, thev slgned to Bluestar Rerords. |lorner Prettv Rlrkv nenher] Pleasure
P ls slgned to Bluestar Entertalnnent lnternatlonal and we |ust turned down
over a half a nllllon for hls rontrart. At Bluestar, we’re dolng lt hlg thls vear.
As far as our alhun, we’re dolng all the wrltlng and µrodurtlon ln-house. We
aln’t llke these artlsts that go ln the studlo wlth sane wrlters and µrodurers
that evervhodv else uses, and all the rerords rone out soundlng the sane.
lf vou turn on the radlo evervthlng sounds allke. But Prettv Rlrkv, we go ln
the studlo, dln the llghts down low, llght an lnrense, llght a randle, and talk
ahout us. We talk ahout real-llfe sltuatlons, we talk ahout thlngs we know
ahout. wonen. Prettv Rlrkv loves the ladles and the ladles love Prettv Rlrkv.
We’re ln the front row of haskethall ganes wlth our glrlfrlends, and we aln’t
on no rover of nagazlnes wlt’ weddlng rlngs. Prettv Rlrkv ls slngle, readv to
nlngle lookln’ for hahv nanas, glrlfrlends, and wlves on the slde.
You nentloned Pleasure P stlll helng slgned to Bluestar. What haµµened that
led to hls deµarture fron the grouµ!
lt aln’t even reallv a deµarture fron the grouµ. We’ve heen together for II
vears dolng thls nuslr thlng, so evervhodv wants to grow and do other
thlngs. he, Bahv Blue, l’n the CE0 and µresldent of a ronµanv, Sµertarular ls
a sex svnhol, Sllrk ‘En ls the ronµlete artlst, a raµµlng nonster, and +Plav
ls a R6B sensatlon. Pleasure P ls also an R6B sensatlon who wants to grow as
an artlst, and lt aln’t nothlng wrong wlth that. he’s stlll slgned to our lahel,
so whenever he nakes hread, Bluestar Rerords ls nakln’ hread. Whenever hls
rerord gets µlaved on the radlo, Bluestar Rerords ls gettln’ µald.
So there are no lll feellngs hetween Pleasure P and the rest of Prettv Rlrkv!
lt’s all love, nothlng hut love.
Ðo vou talk regularlv!
l nean, lt’s a huslness. ln order to rondurt huslness vou gotta nalntaln a llne
of ronnunlratlon.
0kav, so now that the grouµ has reµlared Pleasure P wlth +Plav—
Naw, he’s not reµlarlng, he’s |ust a new addltlon to the rllque. Next tlne vou
see Pleasure P, tell hln to µull hls sleeve uµ. he’s got Prettv Rlrkv tatted on
hls arn. he’s a µart of Prettv Rlrkv for the rest of hls llfe. You dldn’t see New
Edltlon ronlng and savlng that sonehodv rane and reµlared Bohhv Brown, or
reµlared Ralµh, lt’s |ust that thev took dlfferent roads and dlfferent µaths, hut
thev stlll unlted. lt’s stlll New Edltlon to thls dav.
0kav, so let ne reµhrase that. Now that +Plav ls a new µart of the grouµ, how
does the dvnanlr of the grouµ rhange, and how ls the sound dlfferent!
Ihe sound ls deñnltelv a nore nature sound. +Plav has a nore nature volre.
he has a glve ortave range, versus the Pleasure P rerords whlrh were nore
nonotone. Ihls new Elghtles Bahles alhun ls nore harnonlr, lt’s nore nusl-
rallv lnrllned, and lt’s got a lot of nuslral elenents to lt that we dldn’t do
hefore. Everv vear ln thls gane we learn and grow nore, so of rourse the
nuslr ls golng to grow as well.
What lnltlallv nade vou guvs µut together a raµ and R6B grouµ as oµµosed to
|ust a raµ grouµ!
lt |ust haµµened. We weren’t µut together llke a lot of grouµs. We |ust rane
together and lt ended uµ helng sonethlng unlque. We’ve heen grlndlng
for a long tlne. We dld evervthlng fron the thug nuslr to the teenvhoµµer
Nlrkelodeon nuslr, so lt |ust ended uµ that “6rlnd on he” was the ñrst slngle
that µoµµed off natlonallv. lt hlew us uµ, so we had to nalntaln the stvle and
that whole lane ln the gane. We were the ñrst rats ln our generatlon to µut
the hlµ hoµ wlth the R6B, and we hear a lot of rats who trv to enulate us. lt’s
nothlng wrong wlth lt, lt’s |ust artlsts µavlng arrolades to us, showlng that we
artuallv have a sµot ln tlne, ln nuslr. Ihe sane wav Bovz ll hen had a tlne,
1oderl had a tlne, and Ðru hlll had a tlne, Prettv Rlrkv deñnltelv has a tlne. ll

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WORDS BY
ERIC PERRIN
PHOTOS BY
ROXANNE LOWIT
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ln the state of R6B grouµs rlght now, lt seens llke there aren’t nanv grouµs
llke IIZ hark ln the dav. Whv do vou thlnk that ls!
lt seens llke the love for the grouµs has klnd of went down, and l thlnk the
love for the gane has gone down. Ihe gane has rhanged, too. When we rane
out lt was nore raw talent as far trvlng to µerfert harnonles and sounds.
Iodav, there’s a lot of talent relvlng on terhnologv. lt’s |ust a dlfferent sound.
When four guvs get together and µrartlre a song over and over agaln, thev
are dolng nore than |ust µerfertlng that song. You’re ronlng together as a
grouµ. lt nakes vou rloser ln all asµerts. nentallv, sµlrltuallv, and µhvslrallv.
l thlnk that ls larklng |ln todav’s lndustrv], l have to sav that. lor all the IIZ
fans out there, we’re stlll together, so vou ran exµert another µro|ert.
ln hlµ hoµ rlght now vou have evervhodv trvlng to use the I-Paln effert, and
raµµers trvlng to he slngers. how do vou feel ahout that!
l’n not angrv at lt. lf that’s the wav thev want to rone and that’s how artlsts
want to he µerrelved, lts all good. l thlnk I-Paln reallv nastered the sound of
the voroder. l don’t thlnk evervhodv ran do lt llke hln. But l do feel there are
a lot of artlsts that relv on terhnologv so nurh. And relvlng on that tvµe of
terhnologv, the voroder and ronµuter stuff, lt takes the rhararter out of µeo-
µle’s volres. lf vou have three songs hark to hark, three dlfferent µeoµle wlth
the sane voroder on there, vou don’t know who’s slnglng. And that’s where
thlngs get lost. Wlth that sonehodv’s golng to take the fall. lf l µut voroder
ln nv volre, l nlght µlav wlth lt for one serond ln the next three songs. But
lf nv song rones on vou’ll know exartlv who’s slnglng. lt’s all love, l don’t
have anvthlng agalnst lt. l thlnk lt’s |ust the sound of Zùù8, Zùù9, or of thls
nlllennlun hut there are µros and rons wlth lt.
What’s the tltle of vour new alhun!
Ihe tltle of nv alhun ls Love’s Crazv. l naned lt that herause evervhodv
knows love nakes vou do rrazv thlngs. But nv whole thlng wlth the sltuatlon
wlth love ls llke, lt nakes vou go through a whole hunrh of sltuatlons. l llke
to hlghllght the solutlon nore than hlghllght the µrohlen. Ihls ls not golng
to he one of those alhuns where l’n golng to he hashlng µeoµle or hegglng
“take ne hark,” that’s not nv swag. lt’s not one of those CÐs where a rouµle
ls gonna get lnslde of a rlde and heat earh other uµ lf thev’re golng through
sone rough tlnes. lt’s llke nuslr theraµv. lf vou stlrk ln the Love’s Crazv CÐ,
l nlght answer a lot of vour questlons. lt’s gonna he reallv, reallv hot. lt’s
deñnltelv golng he one of those |olnts where guvs and glrls wlll he ahle to
sav thev know exartlv where l’n ronlng fron.
l never nade anv hahles hut l µut down a few rhlrks to vour rerords over the
vears. So, how does that nake vou feel to have sonehodv llke ne who grew
uµ on IIZ and grew uµ on vour sound!
lt nakes ne feel real good. l’n golng tell vou rlght now, l’n not resµonslhle
for rhlld suµµort. But lt’s all love. Wraµ hefore vou taµ, esµerlallv when vou
stlrk thls Love’s Crazv alhun ln.
Whv dld vou rhoose to go wlth “So llv” for the ñrst slngle!
Peoµle usuallv get µald on the Ist and the ISth |of the nonth], and the ñrst
rherk µrettv nurh goes to nost of the hllls. But that serond rherk, other
than gas, vou got sone leewav wlth that one rlght there. lrldav vou get that
rherk and vour folks are ralllng vou llke, “What rluh we ‘hout to go to!” l feel
llke evervhodv deserves an anthen, and so when l sav, “l |ust steµµed out
stralght out the shower,” l don’t nean l’n waklng uµ, l nean l |ust got hone
fron work and l’n taklng off nv work rlothes and ‘hout to go do nv thlng
wlth nv folks. Ihat’s what vou feel, “l’n so fv,” and lt has nothlng to do wlth
naterlallstlr stuff, lt’s how vou feel wlthln vourself. lt doesn’t natter lf vou’re
a CE0 of a na|or ronµanv or flµµlng hurgers at a fast food rhaln. lt’s vour
swag. “So llv.” Ihat’s who l an. ll
HE’S A MEMBER OF A GRAMMY
WINNING R&B qUARTET THAT
SOLD MILLIONS OF RECORDS.
NOW, SLIM OF THE R&B GROUP 112
TELLS OZONE WHY GOING FOR
SELF IS “SO FLY.”
lt’s heen ahout three vears slnre IIZ droµµed thelr last alhun. What have
vou heen uµ to slnre that last alhun!
We’ve heen dolng tours worldwlde and l’ve heen gettlng nv lahel to-
gether, hJ Produrtlons. lt’s a great work ln µroress. l |ust nade hlstorv
wlth Asvlun herause l’n the ñrst R6B slnger that thev slgned. Baslrallv,
l’n worklng fron the ground uµ, hrarlng nvself to he the next Ðef 1an
and Arlsta. l’n trvlng to do the sane thlng wlth hJ Produrtlons.
how dld vou derlde to herone a solo artlst!
l dldn’t want to do a solo µro|ert artuallv. l wanted to start nv own lahel,
and l looked at lt as a huslness. lt’s easv |for ne to he the ñrst artlst]
‘rause l alreadv have a sound and a hrand wlth IIZ, and lt’s easler to get
the hall rolllng wlth nv lahel and hulld equltv so l ran µave the wav for
other artlsts who l’n ahout to slgn. lt’s a good look. Even though l reallv
dldn’t want to do a solo µro|ert, l’n haµµv l dld herause the ñrst slngle ls
dolng real good.
Whv dldn’t vou want to do a solo µro|ert!
l felt llke l sang enough wlth IIZ. l was verv ronfortahle wlth the role l
µlaved ln the grouµ, l |ust never had that deslre to he an solo artlst. But
huslnesswlse l dld want to he the CE0 of nv own ronµanv and l wanted
to do sonethlng l hadn’t done hefore. Wlth IIZ we’ve heen ln thls for IZ
vears, we’ve won everv slngle award there ls. 6rannvs, hIV, BEI Awards,
evervthlng, so what ran elevate ne to the next level! lt’s ahout rhalleng-
lng vourself and growlng fron helng an artlst to a voung CE0.
ls evervhodv ln the grouµ stlll rool and suµµortlve!
how are the relatlonshlµs now! l was artuallv the last µerson that wanted
to |unµ out and do lt |solo]. lt’s |ust that nv sltuatlon rose faster. l was
the last µerson to start on lt and the ñrst µerson to have lt grow a llttle.
Whv vou thlnk vour sltuatlon rose faster!
l don’t know. l µut that ln 6od’s hands rlght there. l |ust feel hlessed that
l’n not naklng a hunrh of nlstakes. Whatever he wants to haµµen, l µut lt
ln hls hands and let lt haµµen.
So what do vou thlnk ls the dlfferenre hetween vour solo nuslr ronµared
to IIZ!
Wlth IIZ, we all µlaved roles to nake sure the IIZ hrand and sound was
develoµed. When l’n µerfornlng lt’s deñnltelv a slgnlñrant dlfferenre,
herause |ln a grouµ] vou’ve got three other guvs out there that got vour
hark. Ihev danre |ust as well, that ran slng |ust as well and lt’s all love.
But wlth the solo µro|ert l had to ñnd nv own nlrhe and alnost relnvent
a sound, l dldn’t want to go out there and µlrk the sane µrodurers as
evervhodv else uses and sound rarhon-roµled. l wanted to stand out. lor
“So llv,” l found µrodurers that were fv and fresh and had the next tvµe
of swag. Wlth the grouµ, vou know vou have the guvs’ harks. Wlth nvself,
l have to µut on nore helnets. But l’n nore than uµ to the rhallenge. l’n
ln rrulse rontrol rlght now.
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BY RANDY ROPER
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REALITY SHOW REJECT, qUEEN OF
THE SOUTH, OR ONE-HIT WONDER?
You rould sav what vou want ahout Khla Chanhers, hut rhanres are she
won’t glve a shlt.
She’s heard the “one-hlt wonder” allegatlons regardlng her ZùùZ rhart-
toµµlng slngle “hv Nerk, hv Bark,” and she not onlv hrushes then off, hut
hllssfullv resµonds, “Ihere’s nothlng wrong wlth helng a one-hlt wonder.
Ihere are a nllllon artlsts, nale and fenale, who wlsh thev rould nake
one hlt.”
She hattled the leglon of haters who laheled her a realltv show re|ert
after her hrlef stlnt on VhI’s hlss Raµ Suµrene, where she was dlsquallñed
for rerltlng µre-wrltten rhvnes lthe lnfanous “R-E-S-P-E-C-I” rhvne)
durlng a freestvle hattle. Stlll, however, Khla energed vlrtorlous. She not
onlv rohhed the show’s ratlngs uµon her deµarture, hut also landed her
own realltv show on VhI set to ñln thls fall.
Ihe Ianµa fenree has also dealt wlth two “shadv” rerord lahels that
she rlalns “droµµed the hall,” and has done evervthlng fron ñnanre
her own nuslr vldeos to µlaster her own µosters. She’s had storled
heefs wlth nost of her fellow fenale raµµers and has also squared
uµ wlth the llkes of Irlrk Ðaddv, 1ernalne Ðuµrl, and a slew of others.
But anldst all the rontroversv and drana surroundlng her never-
dull rareer of naklng Nastl huzlk, the self-µrorlalned “ûueen of the
South” has alwavs surreeded hv her own standards, and she’s alwavs
heen lndeµendent.
Whv should µeoµle rare ahout Nastl huzlk!
lt’s all orlglnal thug nlsses |nuslr], and lt’s nastv, and sexv, and lt’s
|ust a real hot alhun. l nlxed hlµ hoµ and R6B on the alhun, and l
reallv took lt to the next level. l slng hefore l raµ. l |ust raµ herause
l ran, hut lt’s tlne to take lt hark to the nuslr. Ihe Ihug hlsses and
6angstress alhuns were |ust street |alhuns]. Ihev were all ahout
grlndln’ and gettlng nv nane out there, hut now that l’n ronfortahle
and estahllshed, l’n ahle to take lt hark to the roots and do nelodles
BY ERIC PERRIN
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0kav, that sounds falr. But let’s talk ahout vour
hvsµare hlog—vou have sone µrettv oµlnlonated
entrles. l saw a µost where vou were talklng ahout
the “ûueen of the South” tltle. What are vour rur-
rent thoughts on that toµlr!
l thlnk l an the ûueen of the South, and l earned
that tltle |ust hv helng an estahllshed, surress-
ful, lndeµendent artlst, and a fenale ln the gane
that’s had the level of longevltv l’ve had on nv
own. l thlnk µeoµle are ñnallv gettln’ lt, so l
take that tltle hands down, herause all the other
wonen that were rlalnlng lt are falllng aµart as
we sµeak. l’n stlll standlng, lndeµendent, and l’n
alwavs gonna he ahle to stand ahove µeoµle that
rlaln to he ûueen of the South. Ihat tltle ls nlne.
6lve ne an exanµle of how the other fenales who
rlaln to he ûueen of the South are falllng aµart!
Ihese wonen are furklng for trarksl Ihat’s the
reason whv lt’s so hard for ne ln thls lndustrv,
herause l’n not golng to the tahle furklng for
trarks, l’n golng to the tahle wlth stralght talent.
how are thev gon’ rlaln the ûueen of the South
tltle when thev |uggllng nuts! Ihe truth alwavs
rones to the llght.
Wowl So ln vour oµlnlon, what µerrentage of
fenale raµµers entertaln trlrks for trarks!
All of ‘enl And lt’s so hard to sav herause there
are so nanv other talented fenale artlsts that are
gettlng hlorked and are wonderlng whv. A lot of
these wonen are glvlng us a had nane, hut l’n
trvlng to rlean lt uµ so we ran trv to get the re-
sµert hark that fenale artlsts need. A lot of then
are of selllng thelr souls |ust for the fane herause
thev know thev’re not talented. lt’s sad herause
there are a lot of µeoµle that are real nuslrlans or
artlsts. l was ln rhorus, l was ln the hand—lf vou
dldn’t µlav no lnstrunent, and vou wasn’t danrlng
at the foothall gane, vou’re not |lnto] nuslr.
Ihere are real nuslrlans, artlsts, and songwrlters
out there that aren’t gettlng a rhanre to shlne
herause there are so nanv rhararters that |unµ
ln front of the nlr and µlav roles. Ihe real artlsts
need to |ust stand uµ and nake lt do what lt do,
herause l’n showlng then that lndeµendentlv vou
ran have surress wlthout havlng to lav down or
get on vour knees.
lor the µeoµle who don’t see vou as the ûueen of
the South, how do vou µlan to rhange thelr nlnds
and solldlfv vour status!
l thlnk Nastl huzlk ls golng to do that. A lot of
µeoµle that lt was |ust ahout “hv Nerk, hv Bark,”
hut wlth Nastl huzlk thev’ll he ahle to see the
talent and thev’re gonna have to resµert ne as an
artlst, and as a rrltlral artlst that’s here to stav.
l’ve had a hlt rerord, and lt’s a lot of artlsts nale
and fenale that are |ust trvlng to ñnd that hlt. l
tell µeoµle all the tlne, “lt’s nothlng wrong wlth
helng a one-hlt wonder, herause that’s a tltle ln
ltself,” hut thls ls nv thlrd alhun and µeoµle are
startlng to see the talent.
What’s uµ wlth vour lahel sltuatlon!
l dld a |olnt venture wlth Blg Cat. hated ltl hat-ted
ltl We dld a one-alhun deal, and l reallv had
resµert for Blg Cat Rerords. l reallv thought thev
were gonna rone ln and take Nastl huzlk to the
level lt needed to go. No, l dldn’t thlnk thev were
Unlversal, Atlantlr, or a hlg lahel, hut l felt llke
we rould keeµ lt lndeµendent and nake nonev
together. But thev were |ust looklng to nake easv
nonev, thev weren’t as dedlrated as ne. And l
know nohodv helleves ln nv nuslr the wav l he-
lleve ln nv nuslr, hut l thought thev rould at least
helµ narket and µronote the alhun. Ihev’re hroke
as helll Ihev were |ust trvlng to raµltallze off nv
and harnonles. l nake rlasslr songs that wlll
stlrk llke grlts.
You’ve alwavs nade nastv nuslr, so lt’s klnd of
aµµroµrlate that vou would nane vour alhun
that, hut when vou ñrst started were vou ever
enharrassed to µut out surh exµllrlt rerords!
No, no, not at all. Ihe ñrst trark l ever µut out
was reallv “lurk Ihen 0ther hoes,” hut when “hv
Nerk, hv Bark,” rane out lt |ust took over and
that klnd of µut the slgnature on the nastv nuslr,
herause lt was so hlg and had so nurh rrossover
aµµeal. Shlt, sex sells, hut reallv l nake nuslr for
the rluh.
l heard vou used to hartend ln the rluh hark ln
the dav, also.
Yes, ln Ianµa. l worked at nostlv everv rluh ln
Ianµa, and lt was deñnltelv nv lntrodurtlon to
the nuslr gane, |ust helng ln the rluh and neet-
lng all the Ð1s and the nanagers at the rluhs. 0f
rourse there ls a ronnertlon hetween the nuslr
and the rluh srene, so that reallv helµed ne get
nv foot ln the door.
What was vour favorlte drlnk to nlx!
hnn…l guess lt would he a “Blue huthafurka.”
lor sone reason l had a feellng vou were golng
to sav sonethlng llke that.
llaughs) Yeah, we used to nake lt wlth Cuervo
hark then, hut lt’s nurh hetter wlth sone Patron.
Ihat drlnk ls off the rhalnl
Khla’s Blue huthafurka rerlµe. You ran use what-
ever klnd of vodka vou µrefer, hut l llke Ahsolut.
So vou would nlx Ahsolut, sweet and sour nlx,
Blue Curarao, and l llke to add a llttle tequlla to
glve lt a llttle extra klrk.
0hvlouslv vour nuslr rareer has gotten vou to the
µolnt where vou don’t have to nlx drlnks anv-
nore. What enahled vour surress ln the lndustrv!
l thlnk lt’s the fart that µeoµle ran relate to nv
nuslr, and lt’s ne. Peoµle feel llke l’n talklng
dlrertlv to then, and l an nv nuslr. l’n not a
µerforner, l don’t |ust get hehlnd the nlr and let
µeoµle dlrtate what l sav or what nuslr l µut out,
or what µrodurers are hot. When µeoµle get nv
nuslr, thev get ne, and that’s whv nv fan hase
ls so large and whv µeoµle stlrk to ne. When vou
have a slgnature sound µeoµle resµert vour nuslr
and look forward to hearlng vour nuslr and the
new stuff vou µut out. A lot of the other fenale
artlsts have so nanv dlfferent wrlters that thev
end uµ have nultlµle µersonalltles on the alhun
and µeoµle never know who thev reallv are or
where thev’re ronlng fron. l ran he so real he-
rause l wrlte and µrodure nv own stuff, so µeoµle
resµert the art. l nake sexv, nastv nuslr. Peoµle
llke to llsten to nuslr thev ran relate to, and
µeoµle ran relate to nastlness. But lt’s not onlv
nastv on a sexual level. Nastl huzlk also neans
helng real, and hlunt, and stralghtforward.
Yeah, vour nuslr ls deñnltelv stralghtforward.
llaughs) Peoµle want the real, and that’s what l
glve then.
So, what’s the nastlest, reallst llne on Nastl huzlk!
hv favorlte nastlest llne on the CÐ ls “ñx vour
hreakfast hutt naked whlle vou eatln’ ne out.”
Ihat’s on |the slngle] “Be Your Ladv.”
Ihat’s not even that had. l was exµertlng sone-
thlng a llttle nore graµhlr fron Khla.
Well, vou gotta µlrk uµ the alhun lf vou wanna
hear nore nastlness.
fan hase, herause thev ñgured l would sell at least
Sù-6ù,ùùù wlth no µronotlon, and that’s not at all
what l had ln nlnd. Ihev were suµµosed to ñnanre
the vldeo for the slngle, hut thev were wrltlng
µeoµle had rherks, hounrlng rherks and shlt. Ihev
owe evervhodv. So l ended uµ fundlng the vldeo
for “Be Your Ladv” nvself. lt was low hudget, hut
lt stlll rane out rool.
0n the lnternet vou referred to 1arkl-0 as Warkv-
hoe. Ðo stlll feel that wav ahout her!
l feel sorrv for her. l feel sorrv that Brlsro alnost
slaµµed her at nv hushand Weezv’s vldeo shoot, l
don’t thlnk she deserved that. She need to rone
over here. l trled to tell her all along, she shoulda
rane over here wlth the ûueen and she wouldn’t
he rrvlng rlght now. l don’t wanna klrk nohodv
whlle thev’re down, hut lt’s a shane herause hlµ
hoµ ls laughlng at her sltuatlon rlght now.
l’n not trvlng to dwell on the negatlve too nurh,
hut l’ve also gotta ask vou ahout 1ernalne Ðuµrl,
vou were ronµarlng hln to Chrls Stokes on vour
hlog. Whv exartlv do vou two have µrohlens!
1ernalne went on h0I 9! ln New York savlng that
he felt that l was ungrateful wlth the sltua-
tlon of ne helng on 1anet’s slngle, even though
she was helng noodv and dldn’t want ne ln the
vldeo. But out of all µeoµle, l thought 1ernalne
would understand where l was ronlng fron.
Ihev rearhed out to ne, and l showed love, even
though thev dldn’t µut ne ln the vldeo. how an l
helng ungrateful! Ihev ralled ne and asked ne to
do then a favor, l wasn’t ralllng then asklng for
a favor. But karna ls a hltrh, herause hlss 1anet
lsn’t dolng too well rlght now.
ls lt true that vou used to he a gosµel slnger!
Yes, l do evervthlng. l wrlte gosµel, l wrlte µoµ,
l’n so readv to wrlte sonethlng for Brltnev
|Sµears] or hadonna. l’n a songwrlter, a real
song-wrlte-er. l’n readv to one dav wln a
6rannv for songwrlter of the vear award, herause
hlµ hoµ wlll get vou raught uµ ln the drana and
the heef. l want to go hark to the nuslr, to the
µoµ, the R6B, the rork, real nuslr, herause hlµ
hoµ ls turnlng lnto a farade.
Ðo vou thlnk that vou rontradlrt vourself hv dolng
nastv nuslr after startlng off as a gosµel slnger!
l thlnk lt’s reallv |ust art. Io ne nuslr ls |ust ahout
hrlnglng vour exµerlenres to llfe. Sonetlnes nv
enotlons nlght he where l’n leanlng on 6od,
sonetlnes l nlght he wlth nv nan, or want nv
nan to tease ne, or sonetlnes l nlght he hater
walklng. lt’s |ust llke µoetrv wlth harnonv and
nelodles, so vou ran’t rategorlze nuslrlans or
songwrlters ln one rategorv.
You were rerentlv featured on the VhI realltv
show hlss Raµ Suµrene. ls there anvthlng vou
want to sav ahout that exµerlenre!
l have nothlng had to sav ahout hlss Raµ
Suµrene, lt dld what lt dld. l got nurh love the
show. l’ve artuallv got nv own show ronlng
to VhI. We’re gonna start shootlng thls fall, hut
lt µrohahlv wont alr tll’ around Chrlstnastlne.
lt’s haslrallv followlng ne around showlng the
µroress of naklng Nastl huzlk, and nv llfe. Peoµle
|ust wanna see Khla. l got hlg thlngs µoµµln’, and
evervhodv knows l an hlss Raµ Suµrene.
Edltor’s Note. Khla later ralled us hark wlth a few
words for fellow hlss Raµ Suµrene rontestant hs.
Cherrv. “Iell her don’t µronote ne ln her lnter-
vlews, µronote her nuslr. She needs to µut sone
nuslr out and ñnd her hahv daddv. l don’t need
all her free µronotlon, hut thanks anvwav.”
BY ERIC PERRIN
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//Production credits
YOUNG JEEZY “CRAZY WORLD,” BLOOD RAW
“LOUIE,” PLIES “WHO HOTTER THAN ME,” USDA
“THROW THIS MONEY,” MR. BIGG “CHECK MY
FOOTWORK.” ALSO WORKED WITH 8BALL & MJG,
DG YOLA, SLIM OF 112
l staved off the radar for a nlnute on µurµose, hut l owe thls to the gang-
sters. l was horn and ralsed ln Adansvllle, ln Westslde. l was a |µrenature]
hahv so 6radv |hosµltal] had to get ne ln the hellroµter. hv nana was an
R6B slnger ln the !ùs when she had ne, and she wasn’t gonna do anvnore
serular nuslr. her µraver was for ne to he surressful ln nuslr, so lt’s llke l’n
llvlng her drean too.
l started µlavlng the druns when l was three vears old. ln srhool, the hand
tearher would µut ne ln front of the srhool wlth the druns, ln ñrst or serond
grade. l used to he the hlghllght of the nonent. l was µoµular ln elenentarv
srhool untll l got klrked out for ñghtlng.
hv ñrst µlarenent was the renlx to Sannv’s “l Llke lt.” l got that fron
knowlng 1asµer |Caneron] lSannle, Llovd, Nellv), who l grew uµ wlth fron
Adansvllle. We were downtown and 1asµer asked ne what l was dolng, and l
told hln l was ln the nuslr shlt. he lntrodured ne to Ðallas Austln. Ihev gave
ne the |oh, hut l got dlstrarted. l was trvlng to he a raµµer then, when l ñrst
rane ln. Nlggas dldn’t want ne raµµlng, hut thev wanted nv heats.
Ihls stvle of nuslr nlggas |are] naklng, l llved that shlt, so lt’s ln nv hlood.
Sort of llke an ohsesslon. 0ne of the new 1eezv slngles l µrodured ls ralled
“Crazv World.” We rut sone other rerords too, llke “What Ihev Want.” Ihat shlt
was a stralght rlasslr. l aln’t |ust talklng ahout the heat, l’n talklng ahout
what he sald ln the verses. lt’s one of those verses vou µut ln the greatest of
all tlne. Worklng on that shlt, l was trvlng to go ln and nake thls Klng Kong
nonstrous traµ shlt, l was hustlng nv hraln. l took evervthlng l learned and
took nv all and went ahove and hevond the rall of dutv. l was trvlng to rre-
ate a whole new song. l wanted a heat that a nllllon µeoµle rould aµµrerlate,
hut have evervone else trvlng to do the sane thlng.
Wlth BloodRaw’s “Loule” heat, ne and 1eezv were worklng on hls µro|ert and
BloodRaw’s µro|ert rane uµ. l had nv shlt hooked uµ ln the hark, and l’d
nake heats hefore he got to the studlo. l’d have two hv the tlne he get there
so l’d have heats starked uµ on hls ass. he raught uµ wlth ne. he sald he
needed a slngle for BloodRaw rlght now. Whlle l was naklng the heat, thev
were naklng the hook, and 8 hours later lt was the ofñrlal slngle.
Wlth Plles “hotter Ihan he,” ne and Plles were gettlng readv for hls serond
alhun and he wanted a rluh rerord. l sent hln + or S heats. he and Plles
µrettv nurh work vla µhone or satelllte.
l got lnto R6B and µoµ |hv] furklng wlth Sean 6arrett. We herane frlends
through nv hrother and rouslns. Ihev had heen rool for a long tlne, nv
hrother was a µart of IIZ’s staff fron the heglnnlng, slnre the Puffv davs.
R6B and Poµ ls the reason whv got a J-roon studlo hullt. l was dolng Yola,
1eezv and USÐA µro|erts and at the sane tlne, ne and Sean were ln the stu-
dlo wlth Slln fron IIZ. l ended uµ havlng to do J thlngs at one tlne. lf vou
got one svsten, vou ran onlv do one thlng at one tlne. Peoµle thought l was
rrazv. Ihe rontrartor sald l onlv needed one |roon], hut we ended uµ uslng
all J roons herause we do so nurh shlt. l stlll need to use another studlo
downtown.
hldnlght Blark ls lnnovatlve. hldnlght Blark ls the hest thlng slnre alr. l need
the nuslr gane and the nuslr gane needs hldnlght Blark. When µeoµle rone
to ne, lt’s for nv sound. l’n a hands-on µrodurer. When vou go ln the studlo
wlth ne, vou’re gettlng sone doµe shlt and hlt rerords. l’n ronstantlv work-
lng. When l nake heats for 1eezv, thev’re |ust not anv heats, thev’re heats for
1eezv. Sane wlth Plles, Slln, evervhodv. When l nake a heat l alwavs know
where l want to µut lt. Ihat’s whv lt’s hetter to go ln the studlo wlth ne. ll
As told to haurlre 6. 6arland lPhoto hv haurlre 6. 6arland)
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Southern R6B µrlnre Llovd ls hark on the srene
wlth Lessons ln Love, an alhun dedlrated to
“the Year of the Lover.” But wlth lnexµllrahlv
hlgh gas µrlres, anong other thlngs, sone nav
ask, “What ls there to love thls vear!” Worrv not,
though, herause Llovd serves uµ an alhun full of
trarks to love. Llovd lares sedurtlve lvrlrs over
rarefullv rrafted heats, rreatlng an R6B alhun
whlrh flrts wlth µerfertlon and then sone.
— Rohlt Loonha
Ihe onlv thlng holdlng hark Irae and Z-Ro fron
helng the hest duo out of Iexas slnre U6K are
thenselves. But even though the rouslnslrhvne
µartners don’t get along ln real llfe, thev stlll
nanage to nake qualltv nuslr together. Whlle
nost of the songs on here have hoth enrees
dellverlng qualltv verses over equallv doµe
µrodurtlon, a deeµer llsten nakes vou wlsh the
the rhenlstrv thev show on songs llke “Raln”
and the alreadv-used song “No helµ” was nore
µronlnent. — haurlre 6. 6arland
Yung Berg, self
µrorlalned Chl-town
µrlnre, dellvers a
falrlv lnµresslve
dehut. Ihe alhun
offers nore than |ust
“Sexv Ladv” and “Sexv
Can l” wlth YB tean-
lng uµ wlth fellow
Chlragoan, Iwlsta, for
“Where Ðo We 6o” and
songstress, Casha, for
“Buslness.” 6ood µro-
durtlon helµs YB forge
a solld dehut and
hrlngs hln sllghtlv
rloser to helng the
star he alreadv seens
to thlnk he ls. Whlle
not the nost lvrlrallv
talented or raµtlvat-
lng, Yung Berg does
µrove to he entertaln-
lng. — Rohlt Loonha
Wlth Ð1 Paul and 1ulrv
1 on the hoards, the
heats on lraver Bov’s
thlrd alhun are what
nake thls µro|ert
nenorahle. lravser
Bov’s rhvne fows
are a favorahle ñt
for hvµnotlze hlnds’
slgnature henµhls
sound throughout the
alhun’s I! ruts. Ihls LP
ls exartlv what vou’d
exµert fron a Ihree 6
afñllate. dark heats,
slnµle-vet-ratrhv
hooks and grlttv street
rhvnes. — Randv Roµer
Wlth hls ñrst solo alhun ln over Iù vears, h16
µroves that he’s stlll one of the nost µotent
lvrlrlst helow the hason-Ðlxle llne, hut hls
words get watered-down wlth suh-µar µrodur-
tlon. Ivµlrallv, the alhun goes ln a dlfferent
dlrertlon fron No hore 6lorv, although he does
use slnllar thenes wlth “What Would You Ðo!”
Ihe alhun’s hlghllght “1ungle” ls one of the rare
orrurrenres where the heat runs µarallel wlth
the lvrlrs. — haurlre 6. 6arland
V.l.C’s dehut alhun Beast lsn’t nurh to vell and
holler over, hut l’n sure hls teenvhoµµer fans
wlll heg to dlffer. Beast ronslsts of nanv ratrhv
hooks and slllv rhvnes, hut V.l.C. does derlde to
stoµ gooñng off on sone trarks. he exµresses
hls love for hls hrother on “Ðo You Know” and
on “Bv lalth” he |ustlñes whv he llves hv falth
lnstead of the rllrhe thug llfe that nost raµµers
llve hv. V.l.C. shows nurh affertlon for the ladles
on nunerous trarks hut other songs nav rause
an ear lnfertlon. — 1ee’Van Brown
LLOYd/LESSONS IN LOVE
THE INC/UNIVERSAL
YUNG bERG/LOOk WHAT
YOU MAdE ME dO
YOUNG bOSS/EPIC/kOCH
FRAYSER bOY/dA kEY
HYPNOTIZE MINdS

AbN/IT IS WHAT IT IS
RAP-A-LOT
MjG/THIS MIGHT bE THE dAY
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V.I.C./bEAST
COLLIPARk/INTERSCOPE
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kHIA/NASTI MUZIk
bIG CAT
hs. “hv Nerk, hv Bark”
returns wlth Nastl huzlk, an
alhun µarked wlth nedlorre
rhvnes and serondhand heats. Khla stlrks to her
regular fornat here wlth tales of gettlng llrked and
surked, trlrked and furked. Ihe standout trark ls “Be Your Ladv,” a horn-
and-hass-heavv trark where Khla lets us know how she takes rare of her
nan. “l ñx va’ hreakfast hutt naked, whlle va’ eatln ne out.” Ienµtlng,
l know. Ihe naln drawhark wlth thls CÐ ls lark of dlversltv and the µoor
heat µrodurtlon, whlrh unfortunatelv often outshlnes Khla’s rhvnes. We
know Khla’s hustle ls there, now we |ust need to hear the fow. — Anthonv
Burgos
RE-UP GANG/CLIPSE
PRESENTS: RE-UP GANG
kOCH
Bark agaln, Ihe Cllµse and
thelr Re-Uµ 6ang roun-
terµarts suµµlv us wlth thelr latest volune thls vear
renlndlng us that thev’re stlll grlnd’n. Ihe ñrst trark, “hllllon Ðollar
Corner,” sets the tone for thls street sweeµer alhun. Ihere are no frllls,
no glnnlrks, no ñllers or rhasers, |ust raw, unaµologetlr rhvnes. Even
though the rontent ls fanlllar, vou don’t get too hored wlth thls grouµ.
Ihev dellver everv tlne. “We Know” ls a swagger hanger that keeµs the
energv novlng on through IZ trarks. “honev” ls grlttv and a µerfert
rerord for thls PhlllvlVA ronnert. — 1ared Anderson
bOHAGON/CRUNk IN Hd
CYbERWERkS
Bohagon’s ahove-average
dlrtv South fow ronstantlv
nakes trark after trark on
thls alhun worth a llsten. Songs llke “Yeah She a lreak”
featurlng Yo 6ottl, “ln Ihe Bedroon” wlth 1agged Edge
and the Nlttl-µrodured “Ihere She 6o” are standouts, hut nost of the
µrodurtlon sounds dated as lf hagon’s heen savlng these heats slnre Zùù+.
Stlll, wlth µrodurtlon fron Ihe Runners l“6et lt 0ff Yo Chest”), aµµearanres
fron Iwlsta l“1ark lrost”) and lreewav l“Brlght Llghts”), and Bohagon’s
ratrhv rhvne stvle, Crunk ln hÐ deserves sone sµlns. — Randv Roµer
GREEN CITY/bRANd NEW
MONEY
UNdERGROUNd RAILROAd/
SMC
Brand New honev ls the dehut
alhun fron 6reen Cltv, the Kllleen, Iexas, raµ grouµ
roslgned hv Srarfare. 0n thls alhun, Sµark Ðawg,
Yung Iexxus, h1, 1. Srott, hlke hee, 6-Nl and Blg Sµade µrove thev ran
rhvne lsone hetter than others), hut llstenlng to seven dlfferent raµµers
throughout IZ trarks rones off nore llke one hlg rvµher than an alhun.
“6otta Shlne,” “Ðoµe 6ane,” “6ood Enough Io Eat,” and “ha|or 6rlnd”
showrase the grouµs µotentlal, hut whlle thelr nonev nav he hrand new,
thelr nuslr ls the sane old. — Randv Roµer
LA CHAT/dA HOOd HOME GIRL
dIME A dOZEN ENTERTAINMENT
lor her ñfth solo alhun, forner
hvµnotlzed hlndz afñllate
La Chat releases her alhun
Ða hood hone 6lrl on her own lahel, Ðlne a Ðozon
Entertalnnent. Even though she’s on her own, La Chat’s
nuslr ls nore of the sane gutter rhlrk trarks that vou’d exµert fron her.
Lord lnfanous, 6angsta Boo, hurµhv Lee and Pastor Irov all nake guest
aµµearanres. And whlle La Chat fans are sure to he satlsñed, nore than
llkelv, evervone else wlll he less than lnµressed. — Randv Roµer
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Llfe of a Ð-Bov ls exartlv what vou would exµert
fron the Ð-Bovz, storles ahout novlng work fron
here to there and hlowlng nonev on rlothes, rars,
and wonen. “Ballln’ ln hv Cltv” ls a deñnlte µartv
anthen for all halllng doµe hovs. 0n the soulful
trark “Streets Keeµ Callln’ he” the Ð-Bovz exµlaln
the struggles of trvlng to get out of the gane
that anv hustler should understand. leatures fron
artlsts surh as B.6., 1uvenlle, hannle lresh, and
1azze Pha glves the alhun’s rreatlvltv and sound
an lnrredlhle hoost. As lvrlrlsts, the duo rould use
sone helµ. — 1ee’Van Brown
lnstead of waltlng to for soneone to hlt thelr state
wlth a naglr wand, South Carollna enrees are
stavlng true to the Southern lndeµendent hlµ hoµ
sµlrlt hv droµµlng thelr own nuslr on thls ZZ-trark
ronµllatlon. Whlle hunger and µersonalltv ran he
heard on nost of the trarks, too nanv of then
sound llke dated Crunk nuslr, overshadowlng the
raµµers’ talents. lortunatelv, the songs turned ln
hv SC vet har-A-Ðon stand out the nost, naklng
the alhun worth at least one nore llsten. Ihe
alhun ends wlth a strong outro fron the Charla-
nagne, hut unfortunatelv, the nuslr that µreredes
lt doesn’t ñt wlth hls nessage. — haurlre 6. 6arland
lt should he noted
that thls µro|ert
was allegedlv released wlthout Young Cash’s
ronsent, herause lt doesn’t sound llke hls hest
work. “Ihe World ls Yours,” “She Aln’t Srared,”
and “lreeze” are arguahlv the nost notahle
trarks, hut suhµar heats, hooks sung hv Cash
hlnself and slngers that don’t slng well, along
wlth Cash’s llnlted rhvne skllls, nake thls alhun
a lukewarn effort. hoµefullv, I-Paln’s Naµµv
Bov slgnee wlll have a hetter showlng on hls
forthronlng na|or lahel dehut. — Randv Roµer
d-bOYZ/LIFE OF A d-bOY
404 MUSIC
CHARLAMAGNE THA GOd/SOUTH
CRACk: THE ALbUM/SdM
YOUNG CASH/SCAREd
MONEY dON’T MAkE MONEY
M.O.E. ENTERTAINMENT
dj dRAMA & LUdACRIS/THE
PREVIEW
0n Ihe Prevlew, Ð1 Ðrana
µrovldes |ust that, a µrevlew to
hold over fans untll Ludurrls’
next alhun. Ihls duo keeµs the entertalnnent and laughs
ronlng wlth wlttv µunrhllnes and hllarlous sklts llke
“Ihe Vorallzer,” where thev take a stah at vour favorlte raµµers that use the
“Rohot Ihlng” on thelr volre. Ihe Prevlew offers sone notahle trarks surh as
“So Ihoro,” the rontroverslal “Polltlrs As Usual” and “Ihrow lt Uµ,” featurlng
Lll’ Wavne and Busta Rhvnes. Ihls nlxtaµe ls a wlnner, what else rould vou
exµert fron a Ðrana and Luda rollaho! — 1ared Anderson
dj dRAMA, GUCCI MANE & YO
GOTTI/dEFINITION OF A G
here, Ð1 Ðrana offers uµ a new
edltlon to hls nlxtaµe ratalog,
|olned hv hoth 6urrl hane and
Yo 6ottl. Although hoth 6urrl and 6ottl offer a handful of
qualltv verses, sone trarks fall fat llke the duo’s lnterµre-
tatlon of “Put 0n.” henµhls natlve 6ottl outshlnes hls rounterµart on sone
trarks, hut the two ronµlenent earh other nlrelv and offer fans a healthv
dose of thelr nuslr. — Rohlt Loonha
dj SMALLZ & jACkIE CHAIN/FEAR
THE FUTURE
1arkle Chaln’s latest Ð1 Snallz
endorsed effort ls a well-µro-
dured nlxtaµe that deserves to
he ralled an alhun. leaturlng µrodurtlon fron 1.U.S.I.l.C.E.
League and future stars BlorkBeataz and Klds Wlth harhlne
6uns, Chaln doesn’t dlsaµµolnt, foatlng over the trarks sµlttlng hls own
hrand of µlava lsh. Although at tlnes he’s gulltv of soundlng llke he’s glvlng
hls hest Plnµ C lnµersonatlon, Chaln stlll nanages to keeµ enough of hls
own µersonalltv ln the nuslr to nake hlnself a hurgeonlng star. — haurlre 6.
6arland
dj LAZ/CATEGORY 6
VIP MUSIC/LIMP-A-LOT
Categorv 6 ls a troµlral storn full
of dlfferent sounds and genres.
Ihe overall alhun ls haslrallv
a nlx of reggaeton, µoµ, and hlµ hoµ nuslr. lf vou had
no rlue where Ð1 Laz ls fron, as soon as vou µress µlav
lt’ll he rlear that he’s reµresentlng South llorlda. “hove
Shake Ðroµ” wlll deñnltelv get the reggaeton fans out of thelr seats and
“horena ù8” wlll get the glrls hounrlng to the heat. Ihe storn does start to
dle down on sone trarks, naklng the alhun not worthv of a rategorv slx. But
wlth a llttle nore thunder and llghtlng lt rould rearh serlous hurrlrane status.
— 1ee’Van Brown
dj SCREAM & GORILLA ZOE/I
AM ATLANTA
6orllla Zoe and Ð1 Srrean
hrlng evervone l Ah AILanta,
a nlxtaµe whlrh unfortunatelv
doesn’t do nurh to llve uµ to lts tltle. Whlle the taµe
has µlentv of hass laden heats, Zoe falters ln rreatlng
nenorahle rerords wlth then. Even guest aµµearanres hv Shawtv Lo, Rorko
and 1odv Breeze don’t elevate thls nlxtaµe. Zoe falls to steµ aslde fron the
standard hlµ hoµ fornulas at a tlne where he rould’ve reallv set hlnself ln a
league of hls own hv estahllshlng hls own stvle. — Rohlt Loonha
CURREN$Y/FAST TIMES AT
RIdGEMONT FLY
Another solld effort fron thls
New 0rleans natlve, CurrenSv
keeµs the nuslr ronlng wlth hls
swagger and fow ln full effert. Wlth enough referenres
to renane thls nlxtaµe 1et huzlk, CurrenSv µrovldes a
trark to what aµµears to he hls favorlte foothall tean’s newest µlaver on
the song “Brett lavre.” Ihls nlxtaµe has an lnterestlng ronhlnatlon of heats
hut CurrenSv holds hls own, µrovlng whv Weezv slgned hln ln the ñrst µlare.
“hodern Ðav hlµµle,” “Navlgatlon Plnµn” and “1ets huzlk” stand out on thls
IS-trark offerlng. Whlle thls nlxtaµe has lts uµs and downs overall, lt’s ron-
slstent to what we’ve rone to exµert fron CurrenSv. — 1ared Anderson
8ù ll 0Z0NE hA6
Irae
Event. Raµ-A-Lot’s Welrone to houston µartv
Venue. Bar Rlo
Cltv. houston, IX
Ðate. August 8th, Zùù8
Photo. Ierrenre Ivson
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tlne the Aµhllllates’ Ð1 Ðrana, Ðanltv Kane’s Ð.
Woods and West Coast rhvner Crooked l host as
lrostv µrovldes the nlx wlth new nuslr fron
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l“Varatlon”) and Srraµµv featurlng Lll Wavne
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lor the serond nonth ln a row, Ð1 lrostv and
Charlanagne Iha 6od hlt the streets and the
net wlth another stuµld doµe nlxtaµe. Ihls
tlne the Aµhllllates’ Ð1 Ðrana, Ðanltv Kane’s Ð.
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