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...OUR HERO SETS OUT TO PROVE THAT HIS HOMETOWN OF CORDELE, GEORGIA, IS MORE THAN JUST AN I-75 SPEED TRAP! Where are you from? Cordele, Georgia. Twenty minutes from Albany and thirty minutes from Macon. For some reason I thought you were from the Carolinas, because of your affiliation with Petey Pablo. Nah, nah, I’m from Cordele, Georgia. Get it right. I ain’t from Atlanta, I ain’t from Albany, I’m from Cordele, Georgia. The speed trap near the Florida/Georgia border? Riiiiight. You go through there and you’ll get pulled over quick. How many speeding tickets have you got in Cordele? Nine. Are you the first rapper from Cordele? Yeah, I’m the first producer and rapper from Cordele. How did you get into the music game? I started producing first. I was working with Field Mob and started rapping on the side. Then it went from me meeting Petey Pablo and producing for Petey Pablo to going on the road with Petey Pablo as his DJ. I’m not a DJ, but he fired his DJ [Dynamite] the night we met. He bought some beats from me and he gave me the job to just push “stop” and “play” at every show for $300. He bought five tracks from me that night in Pensacola we met and he had a show that night. He gave me the job as his DJ. I went on the road with him for six months last year.
MY CITY, CORDELE, GA, AIN’T EVEN GOT NO DAMN MALL!
How did you go from being Petey’s DJ to being an artist? I been doing this here rappin’ thing for a minute, and I been producing for a minute. It just blew up, from Field Mob to Petey to Grandaddy Souf to David Banner to Lil Scrappy to Nelly and everybody else. What are some tracks you’ve produced? Grandaddy Souf’s “Run It,” I produced that and rapped the second verse. David Banner’s “I Put That On Everything,” with him and Twista. I just did beats for Lil Scrappy and Nelly, but I don’t know the name of their songs yet. As a rapper, are you signed or independent? I’m gonna drop my album indie. My mix CD, Get Cool a.k.a. Mr. Cordele, comes out August 8th. I’m gonna keep on grinding from there until somebody offers me a good publishing deal, and then I’m gonna start my own label and bring my group along, UGB. I’ll keep going from there. Your voice kinda sounds like Petey Pablo. Yeah, I done heard that a lot. They say I sound like Petey, or Banner, or Ludacris. I try not to sound like none of them. I try to sound like myself, with my deep voice and sangin’ and rappin’ over tracks. I got a different style from everybody else. I’m the first rapper to sang, rap, harmonize, and make my own beats all on one song. Why do you think you’ll be successful as a rapper when there’s thousands of other people trying to rap? Because I’m a country boy and I’m very different. My sound is different from everybody else and I’m more hungry than everybody else. I’m in a small town. We ain’t even got no damn mall. Which do you enjoy more: producing or rapping? Both. Producers make more money, but I like being in the spotlight. I used to be in a singing group and I’d get mad cause I was in the background. I
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ALTER EGO: WILLIE POOLE COSTUME: GOLD GRILL, 3-FINGERED CHAIN SUPERPOWER: MEMORABLE VOICE used to sing bass, but the lead singer was up front and he’d get all the women. That’s why I quit the group and started rapping. How did you end up working with David Banner? He heard the track I did for Bloodraw and Pastor Troy, “My Block Burn,” and he got in touch with Bloodraw. TJ the DJ got involved somehow and got my number and told me to call Banner. I called him and sent him some beat CDs, and a week later I went up there to mix down that track for him. David Banner is my boy, my homie, and I’m glad he noticed my talent. He’s behind me 100%. He’s the coolest brother a guy could meet and he cool to work with and everything. The track I did for him is a band beat, it’s him featuring Twista, “I Put That On Everything.” I hope it does good for him. I love the guy. Did you get the chance to work with Twista also? Nah, Twista wasn’t there, they just sent the beat to him. Get Cool blessed OZONE with a beat CD filled with 30+ hot tracks. For a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUN FACT: GET COOL PRODUCED BLOODRAW’S “MY BLOCK BURN,” GRANDADDY SOUF’S “RUN IT,” AND DAVID BANNER’S “PUT THAT ON EVERYTHING” WITH TWISTA! A46
OZONE AUGUST 2005
Ozone Mag #37 - Aug 2005