SAIGON There was an interview posted on www. wordofsouth.com recently where you said some negative things about the South. When I was doing the interview, they asked me how I felt about the South movement. I said I was happy for the South. I told them, first of all, it’s weird because we’re following them now, and they used to follow us. The South was slow, as far as socially. When I said “slow,” I didn’t mean “dumb.” This dude took it out of context. I meant, socially and as far as the new styles and new things. Comin’ from New York, New York was always the epicenter of the country. It wasn’t just in the South. Everywhere you went, coming from New York, you was the man. And now, unfortunately, it’s not like that no more. It’s the opposite now. Now they come up here and get love. They come up here and steal our chicks. We used to go down there and go to the mall and girls would be like, “Oh, shit, he look like he from New York,” and we’d get all the love, but that shit don’t work no more. It was just some miscellaneous website tryin’ to make a come up, tryin’ to use me as a scapegoat. Your family is from the South? Yeah, my whole family is from North Carolina. My moms just moved up here, but they all from North Carolina. That’s how I know, because I used to go down there and they used to be like, “What’s the new mixtape? What’s the new shit?” I just mean socially, man. The slaves were running, coming up here because of the industrial revolution and things of that nature. The jobs and shit like that. When they were still getting lynched down there, muthafuckers was up here living a little bit better. So in the North, New York always had a step up on everybody. So now for us to be following them is like, damn, son. What the fuck happened? Cause I wear fronts now, and I had some fronts in my mouth the other day and a girl was like, “Let me see your grill.” I was like, “My grill? These are my fronts.” We been doin’ this shit for years. But I got love for the South, and all my peoples in the South. Bubba Sparxxx, Young Jeezy, that’s my man. That’s my dude. So when you called the South “slow,” you felt like that was misinterpreted?
Yeah, cause the word “slow,” I think that’s what made it offensive. But if they would’ve read the whole thing they’d understand. Cause they only put certain things in bold face. The sentence before that, I said, “My whole family is from the South.” My mother, everybody. So why would I call my mother and my whole family “slow” if I meant it in that way? That wouldn’t make sense. Anybody who has reading comprehension – something they teach us in school – would know what I meant. I’m not tryin’ to diss the South, man, come on. What kind of idiot would I be to diss a whole fuckin’ region when I’m tryin’ to get support and tryin’ to get love? I gotta do shows out there. I don’t wanna worry about niggas tryin’ to take my head off. That would be some stupid shit. I had to clear it up cause my mother read that shit like, “Boy, you think I’m slow?” Basically, you’re mad because you can’t get girls when you go down South? No, I just speak my mind and a lot of times the truth hurts people. When I speak the truth a lot of times people take it the wrong way. I got a commercial on MTV where I’m tellin’ the truth, and it rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Only way I feel that you should be mad is if I’m up there lying. The truth is not debatable. You can’t doubt the truth, point blank. The truth is like that a lot of gangsta rappers are pussy. They’re not real. They’ve never lived that life at all, and they portray that life and glorify it to these kids. They were all this jewelry and shit in their rap songs tryin’ to make it look like it’s the shit, when really it’s not nothing. These same bullshit diamonds that they sell us, when we try to sell it back to them, we wouldn’t get half of what we paid for it. So this shit ain’t real. It’s fantasy. The thing about hip-hop is that muthafuckers is confused in rap. They quick to say, “We kill niggas, we flip bricks,” but when people come down on them, they say, “Naw, it’s just entertainment.” But on your song, you say, “I’m real, this is real, I keep it real.” Part of being in rap is being real. If people think you’re not real, they ain’t gonna fuck with you. So it becomes confusing to these young kids. These labels market it towards the youth. So if children are the future, like people say, let’s start telling them a little bit of truth.... - Julia Beverly (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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