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artist ain’t giving you. I think [internationally] my music appeals to a lot of people because I try to keep my lyrics clean and also because I have a more melodic style. A lot of times even if [foreign fans] don’t know what you’re saying, they could at least follow the melodies in your music. I put a lot of harmonies into my music, which I think shows a lot of versatility, which gives me a chance to relate to the fans around the world and not just on a national level. Are you hands-on with selecting beats? Oh, yeah. It definitely has to be a hot beat, and the more I travel, the more the inspiration comes. I wanna do records that won’t just appeal to the crowd in the states, but it’ll appeal to fans around the world. When I’m creating this album of course I’ll do some records for everybody in the hood, but I love traveling. It’s a beautiful thing. I love getting money all around the world. I always try to stay creative and innovative and even if you don’t like a certain type of music, you can tell if it’s hot or not. You’ve got your own label now too, right? Yeah, my label is called IMG, which stands for International Music Group. An R&B group called Git Fresh is signed to my label and they have a major deal with Def Jam. We’re gearing up to release their first single “She Be Like,” and they’re shooting a video in a couple weeks. I also have a female artist called Lil Brianna. They’re both featured on my album. Git Fresh is on a song called “Why You Up In Here” featuring Ludacris, and Lil Brianna is featured on a song called “The Roof Is On Fire.” A lot of people say they don’t like listening to female rappers, but she’s definitely one with a lot of potential. Shout out to the females who have paved the way and new female rappers like Nicki Minaj. Brianna really has the whole package. She has the look, she’s humble, she has the drive, and she definitely could spit. She’s actually [my Poe Boy affiliate] Brisco’s cousin, so shout out to Brisco. Trina cosigned Lil Brianna. She performs a lot with Trina and she’s worked with Missy [Elliott]. She’s been doing this since she was 8 years old, and she just turned 19. So fellas, watch out. Don’t be trying to hit on Lil Brianna, cause it’s not happening. How did you come in contact with Git Fresh? They had been doing their thing for a while. They had a single called “Booty Music” that did well. Bebe at Circle House brought them to my manager Freezy’s attention. Shout out to Strong Arm Management. I used to see them around but I didn’t even know they did music. They had a lil swag, you know. They’ve got the look and when I heard their voice, I was like,

“Wow.” I decided to sign them because they’re very humble, and that’ll get you very far when it comes to anything, whether it’s music or playing sports or just doing business. You’re also pushing them to increase their workout routine as well, right? Is there a particular work ethic you’re looking for in an artist or something you’re trying to build within your camp? Most definitely. Being fit will help give yourself longevity and at the same time it plays a big part in your character. A lot of people don’t even like to work out, but I think if you go hard it builds motivation in any area of your life outside of just working out. If you can lift these weights, or if you can run when you don’t want to run, it makes you realize that you can also use the other gifts you’ve been give. It gives you more energy. It makes you more hyper. Not too hype, but you know, it puts you at a point where you can control yourself on stage if you’re an artist. So that’s why I push them to work out. I’ve been working on a new workout regimen that I’m going to be blessing y’all with soon. Those who wanna be in shape will be able to check it out, but I’m not gonna go too deep with it because I don’t want nobody else to get the game. People always ask me what kind of workout I do, and how I stay in shape, so I’m gonna expose my workout regimen. You don’t drink or smoke. Is that part of your workout regimen as well? It’s definitely for health reasons. As an artist, you wanna be able to keep up and not have anything slow you down. Once in a blue moon I think it’s good to have a drink, but I’ve taken the initiative not to drink anything at all. I’ve never smoked, never in life, so I don’t wanna start now. But to each his own. I don’t knock nobody for that but I just chose to do that, because if I do have any problems, I know it won’t be from alcohol or smoking. What’s the word on you and Brandy? I’ve always been a fan of Brandy, and she’s a great friend, but I’m definitely single. What do you have planned for Memorial Day? Usually I’m gone, overseas doing something pertaining to this music, but this year I get a chance to be in Miami. I might be in Vegas for a show for one day but I’m looking forward to being in Miami and hanging out in the streets promoting my music and chopping it up with the DJs and fans. I just wanna enjoy myself because I don’t always get the opportunity to be home [Memorial Day weekend]. I’ma be all over the place [in Miami]. // OZONE MAG // A-29

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