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BUSTA RHYMES Why did you cut off your locks? It was time. It was a 3-4 hour process to do my hair. I was getting tired of that shit. I couldn’t do it myself. I always had to fly somebody in that did my shit the way I liked it, put them up in a hotel, plane ticket. That shit was $1,500-2,000. Then you got to pay them to do the hair. Then it’s 3-4 hours because you got to wash the hair in sections because it’s getting so long. You can’t just wash the whole shit. You got to wash the bottom part of the dread and the middle part of the dread and the top part of the dread and then the scalp. Then you got to dry the muthafucker. Then you got to twist the dread. Then you got to braid it up, put it in a style. Then you got to grease the scalp. It was like 3-4 hours. I couldn’t sit there and take it no more. There’s too much going on in the day for me to be losing that much time out of my business day to maintain what my hair should look like. This shit is taking longer than a broad to do her shit. The energy wasn’t feeling right no more. I got tired. This hair is reminding me of a lot of shit that I done got past. I ain’t in that space no more. It was like, old skin on a fucking reptile that sheds. I had to shed. I got a lot of good happening now so I’d rather re-grow my shit while this good is happening so I can trap all this good energy in my head and carry that shit around. I’m going to grow it back eventually. Not right now, cause I like the breeze in my shit. You’re also more muscular these days. I like to stay in shape. It’s something I always did here and there because the energy on the stage is such an intense one that your cardio got to be right. Your stamina got to be right cause I like to shit on whoever I’m performing with. If we’re performing with somebody you’re not doing a better show than me. I don’t give a fuck what million dollar set you have, I’m going to smash you. That’s the goal that I always try to fulfill personally. We would always work out but it was never to the intense level that I started doing lately. I guess I had a lot of time off recording this album. Three years recording. I never sat out the game this long and it was sort of driving me crazy. I occupy myself with productive things so I don’t drive myself crazy. I do shit that’s going to tire me out. Living in the studio, going to the gym, that shit consumes my energy enough to

where I’m content with that if I do it enough. I like to be out. I always put an album out every year. I wasn’t used to not having a record out for 2-3 years. I’m sitting around watching muthafuckers getting money, headlining big venues, doing all these big tour dates and I’m the sideline mothafucker just looking and shit. But I was able to comfortably take the back seat, which was real good for me because financially to make money you got to spend money. So when you go and do these shows you got to pay entourages, staff members. You breaking off a lot of people while you getting your bread. This time around I didn’t need to do that. So I was stockpiling a lot of money. I was able to still go out and see things and enjoy things and treat myself to being around shit that I could learn from and know how to outdo when it was my turn again. The gym was one of those things. The time spent in the studio was another one of them things. Being able to sit back and focus and analyze how the game was transitioning was another one of them things. It helped me learn how to reapply myself when it was time for me. So now is that time. I’m going to come back and show niggas a thing or two. What’s been going on since you left J Records and signed with Aftermath? I’ve just been making my album. I left J Records, which was one of the best things I ever did. Clive is an amazing man. His establishment is just horrible when it comes to hip-hop music. He’s a genius for music but not hip-hop music. I hope he can fix that because he got some incredible shit over there as far as hip-hop is concerned. If he provides a little more a nourishment and a support system and a fueling and food that people could feel good about running around championing that shit on a hip-hop level, it could help a lot of dudes over there. After leaving them I just been taking time off, enjoying the family. I never had the chance to do that, rushing projects out every year. I gave a lot of time to my kids and myself, trying to take better care of myself, getting more sleep, going to the gym, eating better. I ain’t never made an album and took this long to do it. I was able to experiment and try a million things that I always wanted to and couldn’t..... - Jessica Koslow (Photo: Ray Tamarra) For the rest of this interview, check out the April issue of OZONE Magazine at www.OZONEMAG.com. OZONE

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