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You wanna tell us? (laughs) Not at all. Yhat ain’t nobody’s business. It’s no dumb shit like I’m gay or I touch kids, but I got my own little quirks. I’m not saying I do this, but maybe I bite my toenails or dumb shit like that and it ain’t nobody’s fucking business. I don’t bite my toenails, but my toenails are ugly as a muthafucka. Everybody’s got their own thing that they like to keep to themselves. Pimp was one of the few people I knew that laid all his strengths and weaknesses out on the table. He never hid anything about himself from anybody. You either accepted him for it or you didn’t fuck with him. So the UGK album coming out through Jive. I heard it’s called The Last Album? I don’t know where they getting that name from. That’s just an ugly title, I think. They keep wanting to call it that but that’s an ugly title. So you don’t know what it’s going to be called? I got an idea what I would like to call it but The Last Album is just an ugly title. I don’t even know why they wanna call it that ‘cause they know good and damn well they’re gonna put out a greatest hits album or a UGK anthology so why would y’all even go there? They’ll probably drop two more [albums] and a DVD. Why y’all even frontin’ like it’s the last album? Y’all still have a lot of material right? We got stuff that the label had and we had stuff that we did together. We were already anticipating doing another UGK album in the fall of 2008 after my solo and his solo. I was gonna come in the spring and he was gonna come in the summer and UGK was gonna come in the fall. My album was pretty much done ‘cause I was coming first. He was still working on a lot of his stuff and there’s UGK stuff done. I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of music. I don’t even physically have the music so I couldn’t tell you what exactly is left. And there’s different music with different people. I believe his wife has a majority of it. I’m not gonna be the one to dictate when and where all that stuff comes out. A lot of people think that I am, but shit don’t work like that at all. We got a homie who was a rapper but he ended up getting shot in the neck and paralyzed from the next down. He says Pimp was the only person that still came around and saw him on a regular basis and treated him the same way he did prior to him being paralyzed. People don’t really understand how much of a friend Pimp was to people. If you was his people, he really fucked with you; he really cut for you. He used to overextend himself, to be honest. I used to hate seeing that, but the kid just had a lot of love and when he fucked with somebody, he really fucked with them. That’s just how it was. Smoke D took it pretty hard. Smoke D is currently back in prison. Hell, even my house arrest niggas – T.I. and C-Murder – niggas that couldn’t make the trip, they was hurt. They just wanted to come and show they respects. When I interviewed Big Gipp, he said he felt like it was disrespectful that Jay-Z didn’t come to the funeral. Did you share that thought? Nah, I don’t feel like that at all. Gipp said that about a lot of people that he felt should have came. People are gonna deal with grief in their own separate ways. I talked to Jay. He sent his sentiments. At the end of the day, yeah we did a record with Jay-Z; Jay-Z’s definitely a friend of ours, but it’s a lot more people in the rap industry that were a hell of a lot closer to Pimp C than Jay-Z that probably could have made that trip. A lot of people think that because he’s a rich person,

he’s got a private jet at his disposal so if he wants to get up and go somewhere he shouldn’t have no trouble but at the end of the day, I don’t hold anything against anybody. My homie from the West Coast wanted to come and he was like, “I’ll come down there and support you, but I’m not going in that building. I can’t look at the homie in the casket.” It’s a lot of people that probably didn’t want to see him like that. The reality is, I don’t care how much money you got, in what state they find you in, how quick they embalm you or whatever they do to you, you are not gonna look how you looked in life in that casket in passing. I’m sorry, that’s just what it is. That’s a reality that a lot of people don’t wanna face. A lot of people didn’t want to see him in that state or didn’t want to deal with it. Dealing with Pimp C’s death has them dealing with their own mortality and the finality of life for them. A lot of people don’t wanna accept that right now. They really wanna believe life is footloose and fancy-free and we’re all gonna get away scott-free. That’s just not the truth. I can’t think like that; I’m forced to deal with reality. So for other people that can cling to that world, I hope they do. I hope they never have to feel like I do. So is 2 Trill going to be similar to Trill, in terms of a lot of guest features, a similar type of sound? Yeah, I got features on there but even songs I’m doing by myself, it’s crazy because I have people doing the hooks on certain songs but if you pick up the CD it’s featuring so-and-so. It’s a song where I do all the verses on it and somebody else is doing the hook, but because somebody’s doing the hook as an artist with a name, it’s like, “Oh damn, he’s got all these people [featured, it’s like] a compilation.” I can’t fucking sing like Lyfe Jennings so why not ask Lyfe Jennings to come and sing the fucking hook? I can’t chant like Junior Reid; why not ask Junior Reid to come and sing the fucking hook? I do have songs with other people on there, definitely. I wanna make a good strong album. I’m not a solo artist; I make solo albums and I’m dealing with a solo career but I’m not just a solo artist that’s got all these fucking songs sitting in a tablet waiting to put this shit on somebody’s beat. I’ve never been like that. We’ve never made music that we didn’t put out. Everything we made was for something. I mean, I’ma make a solo album. It’ll probably be closer to Trill. It’s what I do. I don’t even know how to do any other kind of solo album. My solo albums are always in light of UGK. They’re something to represent in place of UGK until the UGK can be done again. That’s why it always ends up having so many features ‘cause it’s not just me. I try to encapsulate as much of myself and Pimp’s train of thought and the kind of shit Pimp would want to do too. I would never make a “Get It Girl” ‘cause I don’t know how to so it’s best for me to call Collipark, that makes the music all day, and get the Ying Yang Twins to walk that shit with me. Usually, Pimp would come up with it, do the beat, do the hook, do his verses, and call me to rap on it. But it’s a different thought process now. It’s just something to deal with. That being said, 2 Trill is a strong album. It would probably have more songs with me doing the verses than Trill would. It’s definitely gonna be some people on there. When 8Ball and MJG send you some vocals, you don’t turn that shit down. People need to hear that, you know, Rick Ross, Junior Reid – when Sean Kingston wants to sing a chorus for you, why wouldn’t you let him sing it? The Sean Kingston feature is hot, the first single. Yeah, it’s produced by J.R. Rotem. I’m just trying to take things as far as I can possibly take ‘em. These

kinds of options weren’t available to me. Why not take a chance? It’s still some gangsta shit. I’m not making “Beautiful Girls” the rap version. I’m doing it as a gangsta. They gotta come to my world. I’m not trying to do what they doing; I’m just trying to do what I’m doing and maybe let the people that listen to him get a little whiff of me. At the end of the day, I’m doing G shit. Is there going to be a Pimp C tribute? Yeah, definitely. Like I said, that shit’s not easy. Just writing a verse about it wasn’t easy. You look at a song like “The Story,” where I probably heard “The Story” like four times in my life – the day I laid it, the day I played it for the label; Pimp and I sat and listened to it, and I may have heard it in somebody’s car one other time. That shit is hard to write; it’s hard to record, and it’s damn sure hard to listen to. This shit is gonna be even harder but at the same time it is therapy. I do wanna say certain things. With all due respect to my fans, I’m not doing this shit for them. I have to do it for me ‘cause I can’t make the dedication record that everybody would want me to make. Some people are gonna want this; some want that; some want fast; some want slow. I gotta talk about my dude

“When it comes to Pimp C and UGK, please don’t tell me what I gotta do, other than continue mashing. I know I gotta make a song about my nigga. That’s the first thing you think abouthow do I do my nigga justice?” the way I feel I want to talk about my dude. I’m not gonna do it because people say I gotta do a song about Pimp; I know what the fuck I gotta do. When it comes to Pimp C and UGK, please don’t tell me what it is I gotta do, other than continue mashing. But that’s just about people trying to uplift me. I know I gotta make a song about my nigga. That’s the first thing you think about – like, how do I do my nigga justice? I talk about the group and different things but to really speak on the man, it’s a little different. I ain’t never really wrote no shit like that before. I ain’t never really had to dig like that before. “The Story” is digging but it’s about the career. Some of it is about the people, but it’s more about the career. That shit’s not gonna be easy. Is there anything else you want to get into? Thank everybody for all the love and passion and condolences, from the man on the street to the man. I seen a lot of people hurt and dealing with pain. I seen a lot of grown ass people cry, people who a lot of people didn’t even think had a heart. I seen people really give it up emotionally for my dude. I thank them. I miss my dude too. I loved him too and it’s good to know people understand my pain. I hate to see people going through it but it’s good to know that he touched a lot of people and that people really loved him. We’re gonna represent for him. We’re gonna make this happen. It’s still UGK for life. That goes without saying, but just in case it needs to be said, it’s still UGK for life and we’re gonna rep for the Pimp. // OZONE MAG // 75

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