nigga, you ain’t from Alaska.” And my man A-Sun, he’s from Rochester. A lot of people ain’t really know they got artists poppin’ up every day from Rochester, like Tweet and other artists that’s on 106th & Park. We’re just trying to make our mark in Alaska and Atlanta. People have a certain perception of Alaska, that it’s just a cold barren place. Is that accurate? Bay-Dilla: No. I’ll tell you this - four people got killed in ten days recently. Right now we had a short winter. All the ice was pretty much melted by mid-March, so we’re already pullin’ out the whips on 22’s and trucks on 24’s. In the summertime it doesn’t get dark in Alaska. It’s light 24 hours a day, literally. In the wintertime it might get dark at 6 PM, though. It might get 35-40 degrees below zero. Are you based in Atlanta now? Bay-Dilla: My studio is down here in Decatur, Georgia, because this is where I’ve lived for a year. I’ve been back and forth for four years. I’m gonna open up another studio in Alaska so we’ll have Out Da Cutt North and Out Da Cutt South. Is your style more Southern now that you’re in Atlanta? Bay-Dilla: My style is versatile. I’ve been to the West, East, North, and South, and I sat back for the last three years and studied nigga’s raps. When I step to the plate, I’m bringin’ the heat. I got that d-boy music. I know everybody from the traps. Most of the songs on this album are personal. I’ve
got a song called “Letter to My Family.” It’s three verses, and in each one I’m talkin’ to somebody that went to jail. It’s been four years since I rapped. I’m explaining to people where my brother is, I’m setting the record straight. I’m puttin’ the A-Town stomp down on Alaska. A-Sun: I got money in New York, Pennsylvania, Alaska, and Atlanta, so I fit in anywhere. I wouldn’t compare myself to nobody. I grew up listening to the LOX, Jay-Z, and Master P. I like T.I. and Young Jeezy. People from my hometown say I sound country, and people from Atlanta say I sound like I’m from New York. Dead Serious: I’m the only Southern guy out of the camp, so I’m the dirty South guy with the real deep accent. I’m versatile, though. I’m more than just a Southern rapper, but I am deeply rooted in the South. I’m way beyond a Southern rapper. I’m a world rapper. Are there any features on the album? Bay-Dilla: “It’s Going Down” with Bun B and “Knuckle Up” with Killer Mike. A-Sun and Dead Serious are featured on both of those songs also. Anything else you want to say? Bay-Dilla: Keep your eyes peeled for our producer Magic B. Atlanta, Florida, North, East, West, South, no matter where you go, everybody knows Bay-Dilla. Shoutout to my 907 Gangstas: P-Nut, Little T, Killer Snake, Big Cheese, Dub, and Lil Meze. Dead Serious: Look out for Bay-Dilla, the Usual Suspects, Dead Serious, Magic B, and A-Sun. My album is coming out in 2005. And I love OZONE Magazine, too. I read every edition.
Ozone Mag #33 - Apr 2005