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CHAMILLIONAIRE Are you happy with the response to your album so far? Sales & otherwise? Yes, I’m very happy. I’m officially a gold artist, and I’m confident enough to believe that I’ll go platinum with The Sound of Revenge. A lot of people would’ve bet against me before my album came out if I would have told them that my single “Turn It Up” would be top 10 on the nationwide rhythmic charges with over 5,000 spins, or that I would sell this many records, or be on two video games, or have one of the top-selling hip-hop ringtones. I feel that I put out a very strong first album that’s still getting good response from fans. How do you feel about the promotion/ support given to your project thus far? I just play the cards how they are dealt to me. I have learned a lot from my past mistakes, and I don’t cry over spilled milk. I signed the deal with Universal and I feel like I’m making the money that I’m supposed to be making and calling the shots that I’m supposed to be calling. I am content with Universal’s push because they’ve done a lot with my project that I have never seen them do with other projects. So I do feel like they are giving me their full attention. The way the game is designed, when you sell a good amount of records your label is on your side. I haven’t seen their enthusiasm die down at all so I’m thankful to be having this run that I am having now. Who are some of the other artists (rappers or otherwise) that you would credit for having influence on your career? Musically, it would be Jay-Z, Tupac, Outkast, and UGK. I used to listen to all the music that Death Row, No Limit, and Cash Money came out with. UGK is my favorite group. I know I’m not there yet, but I hope to craft myself into the type of artist that can make timeless music like that. Their old songs still sound so authentic and relevant today. They came into the game at a time when the game was pure and people weren’t as worried about making carboncopy, radio-friendly singles for their labels and fans. When I was recording my album Killer Mike & The Beat Bullies were givin’ me a lot of good game with music and life in general. Shout out to everybody over there at Purple Ribbon in ATL. There are always a lot of good vibes comin’ out of that

place and seems like everyone over there is very genuine and humble. Now that you’re a “mainstream” artist, is there anything that surprised you about life in the limelight? Or did everything turn out the way you thought it would? When it comes to the life of a rapper nothing really surprises me. I’m a young man with an old soul that has been through a lot so I just accept this rap life for what it is. If you’re reading this and you’re wondering what the life of a rapper is like it’s everything you think magnified by 10 when you’re successful. One minute you could be at the awards partying with every rich and famous rapper and actor you admired growin’ up and the next minute you could be getting’ sued by everybody who wants to bring you down. The ups can be really high and the downs can be really low. You have to have a strong mind because a lot of people crack under pressure. I still have not grasped it yet because nothing seems real. When you leave the lights of the MGM Grand or Hollywood and go right back to your people at home that didn’t see it, everything you went through kinda seems like a dream cause all that will disappear when you’re not the man. Why did you choose “Ridin’ Dirty” as your second single? It was getting the best immediate response after my album dropped. It was a record that was a little closer to who I am. I feel like I’m in my own skin when I hear that record, cause that’s me, and a lot of real-life people can associate with that. Krayzie ripped the verse and Play & Skillz ripped the track. It’s getting a very good response at radio and in the streets, so it looks like I made a good choice. I love working with the underdog anyways, because I’ve always been in that position and people on the other side was overlooking me. Do you think it’ll help bring Bone Thugs N Harmony back into the game? They’re gonna be in the game whenever they wanna be in the game. Chamillionaire can’t make or break Bone Thugs, because they’re international superstars and that’s the level I’m trying to get to. They’re living legends, really. I think they have a lot of big, big stuff goin’ on right now, but they’re kinda keeping it to themselves until they’re ready to let the world know. Me and Krayzie just shot the video and then they’re leaving to go shoot another Biggie video, so they’re gonna get it regardless. I think they were OZONE

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