Yeah, they clearly tried to Punk me. They tried to get me with the same shit they did to T.I., but it didn’t work. T.I. was getting on a private jet, and there was some bags in there and they were like, “Who’s bags are these?” On mine, they had a body in the bag. Dude was duct-taped and tied up and shit. On T.I.’s they had some bullets in the bag. He’s on probation, so this muthafucker was trippin’, buggin’ out.
GETTING CRUNK!!! AT THE OAKLEY PARTY IN LOS ANGELES!
three different labels, everybody wants the best for their artists. The situation just never got worked out. I ain’t really mad, because we still had the #1 record. The fans showed that they loved it because they made it #1 without a video. Me and Usher are cool. We’ve talked a few times recently. I’m gonna be doing some tracks for some of his other artists. Was it a similar situation, where the label didn’t want to clear the features? Yeah, it was clearances, and mismanaging. Steve has his Def Jam problems because of the Lyor Cohen lawsuit. Def Jam has a sour taste in their mouths with Steve from that situation, so that could be part of the problem with getting Ludacris’ verse cleared. It’s just crazy. Were you happy with the Crunk Juice album sales? My album sales are amazing. Two million plus and the record is still selling. I’m blessed to even be able to put out the last album. I look at everything as a blessing. I don’t look at anything negative, because no matter how much negative shit happens to you, there’s always something positive you could pull out of it. I showed people I could do some shit other than crunk music. I showed them I could do R&B shit too. It showed that people loved me and Usher and Luda together. Why aren’t the Eastside Boyz on the Anger Management tour with you? They’re at home working on their album. I don’t really wanna be an artist right now. I wanna produce. Even though I’ve had all this success, I haven’t really been able to sit at home and do tracks like most producers. They wanna become as big as I am. They wanna become stars too. When we do stuff together, sometimes people just talk to me because they don’t know who the Eastside Boyz are. They wanna do their own thing and stand on their own two feet, so they’re at home working on their record. I came out to do the shows cause the shows were already booked, and somebody’s gotta go do the shows. So they’re home doing their album. Me, Scrappy, and Bohagon are working on their albums. We’ve got the studio on the bus so we comin’ up with some hot shit. Did Trillville skip the tour because of the Lil Scrappy beef? Nah, Scrappy and Trillville are cool. They had their problems, but they worked that shit out after those mixtapes came out. Trillville is doing their thing. I needed to bring Scrappy on the road to keep him out there. Trillville just had a big record and their album’s coming, but Scrappy hasn’t had anything since “No Problems.”
How did you figure it out? Luda hit me one time like, “Yo, nigga, word on the street is that Ashton Kutcher is tryin’ to get us. Keep your eyes out, be on the lookout. We the only niggas he ain’t got.” So I was on edge from that day forward. Anything weird happening, I’m going crazy, like, “What the fuck? Y’all tryin’ to punk me?” So it only took me about five minutes to figure that out. Muthafuckers were sayin’ slick shit. And usually, when you get on a private jet, it’s on a runway. This jet is in a hanger, and there’s a Winnebago in the hanger. It was just a couple things that didn’t make sense. And a body in a bag? Come on, man, you ain’t gonna get me with that. You gotta do better than that. I don’t think they’re gonna air it, cause [Ashton Kutcher] is supposed to be invincible and shit. When I interviewed you a year ago you predicted that Ciara’s “Goodies” would be your next big record. You turned out to be right – what’s your prediction for the next big record? I got a couple new ones. I just did a Styles P and Akon song that’s hot, and I’ve got an Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg song (whistles), that shit is crazy. It’s for Ice Cube’s album. Then I’ve got an Elephant Man joint. We still figuring out records for E-40, Scrappy, and Bohagon. They’ve got one called “White Girl” that’s hot. Any interesting tour stories from Anger Management? To me it’s just work. Every day I’ve gotta be mentally ready to get out there and give niggas a good show. We haven’t toured since the Crunk Juice album, so to get out here and touch these fans after Dave Chappelle and Crunk Juice, it’s great. Eminem brings me on stage with him every night now to close out the shows, so that’s like Em cosigning for me. At the end of the show, he says, “Lil Jon, is it over?” The last thing the audience hears is me saying “Yeah!” and “What?!” So I ain’t really got no crazy stories, I’m just out here working. I’m like a brand-new artist, that’s how I’m looking at the shit. Even though I’m out here with [Eminem and 50 Cent] I’m still the opening act, so I’m grindin’, making contacts with the DJs and trying to make business happen. CRUNK!!! Energy Drink happened because we were on tour. When we went on the Grey Goose tour I met the guy from Grey Goose, Sydney Frank, and that’s how he got involved with CRUNK!!! Energy Drink. He put the money up. So, after the last tour CRUNK!!! Energy Drink happened, and this is a way bigger tour so who knows what’s gonna happen. We’re just looking for opportunities. Anything else you’d like to say about Banner’s album? Banner, you need a vacation, you piece of shit. You work too hard. Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t think y’all understand. Y’all really need to go pick up Banner’s new album, because this muthafucker was going crazy. Julia can attest to that – he was losing his mind, no sleep, working on this damn album to make y’all muthafuckers happy. So you need to give that man the courtesy and go pick it up. Buy his muthafuckin’ album. BANNER AND JON AT FUNKMASTER FLEX’S CAR SHOW IN MIAMI!
Was Scrappy trying to leave BME for G-Unit? Scrappy and 50 are real cool, and Scrappy and Buck are real cool. So, you know, that’s his people. He’s not trying to leave BME cause BME got him to where he’s at, but I guess if 50 can help us make Scrappy a bigger artist, let’s do it. We’re in this game to sell units. I didn’t expect Game to sell as many records as he did, but when 50 stepped in he helped Game become way bigger and sell more records than he would’ve by himself. It might end up being the same type of situation with Scrappy. It’s all a business, you know? I have to figure it out. It could be just 50 talkin’ on some records. I heard they tried to Punk you on MTV. OZONE AUGUST 2005
Ozone Mag #37 - Aug 2005