RESPECT.: What are some positive changes going on in Detroit?
Detroit just has a great outlook and lots of creativity. There are definitely positive things in Detroit. This old lady runs a programs at church, she’s trying to involve me in what she’s doing to be a part of giving back to community.
RESPECT.: Coming from Detroit are you heavily influenced by Eminem and Big Sean? And if not them then who would you say influenced you?
I was influenced by Eminem, D12, all of them. I like Big Sean, I support it all, I support the city – I’m a big fan of people who don’t just take – they give back. A lot of people from Detroit never really popped off because they died or went to jail. I used to listen to a lot of the groups coming out of Detroit, the Street Lordz, the East Side Chedda Boyz, Rock Bottom… I was influenced by all the Detroit music before it was my turn to represent my city in the light that Mass Appeal and the industry provided me.
RESPECT.: Are you officially signed to Mass Appeal Records?
RESPECT.: Considering you’ve done a lot of work with The Alchemist and The Cool Kids, did they have any involvement on your new released mixtape ‘House Of Blues?’
Always. I would love to get back in the studio with them, Chuck Inglish is my cousin so me and Chuck gonna make music till we go to the grave. I don’t gotta force the relationship, it’s gonna happen, its organic, they’re all my guys.
RESPECT.: Which would you say are the three best records off the project?
“Hit It,” “A Couple,” “Maserati Rick,” because they’re just different from what I usually do. I’m generally a boring person on purpose, I don’t like goofy shit or too much hype stuff, so these are different (because they’re hype!).
RESPECT.: Would you say that you are bringing a new sound coming from Detroit?
Yes. My star artist, Gue, is now out of prison, he’s my cousin. We’ve been back working – we’re trying to be business-minded because we want to move the underground. We’re shining light on the underground world. Detroiters don’t get enough credit – people who claim the city take all the credit but we’re shining light to it. This is ours.
RESPECT.: When you’re in the studio what helps you get into the mind state to think of creating a hot record?
Just thinking about the past and looking back on my life and all the stuff I put myself through, stuff I went through because I didn’t have a choice. It’s inspirational, the pain the joy, all that shit. I gotta take it all in, and invite you in and illustrate it in my music. I’m inspired by the drugs and the whole setting. I try to free myself of my own demons.
RESPECT.: Where does your inspiration come from? What is it about music that keeps you spitting bars?
My inspiration comes from my family, my kids, my compadres that I run the street with, my ConCreatures. I just come from a different kind of world… the world I come from there’s not too many people that make it out. I’m here for my kids and to be able to provide a lifestyle and world for them. To be able to feed them and raise them and educate them.
RESPECT.: Are you currently working on any new music? If so when should we be expecting it to drop?