B.G. When’s your next album coming out? Tha Heart of Tha Streetz Volume 2 is scheduled for March 21st. The first single is “Move Around” featuring Mannie Fresh, produced by Mannie Fresh. What was working with Fresh again like? It was beautiful, man, it was like magic. Me and Fresh ain’t been in the studio together since I left Cash Money but we always stayed in touch. He was supposed to work on my Life After Cash Money album but he told me I had to change the name, and I couldn’t do that. It just so happened that I was in the lab working on the new album when he left. He was in Houston so I jumped onto the first plane smoking to Houston and we got in the studio together and it was like being born again. Fresh was the first producer I ever worked with, so when we hooked back up again it felt good for me and it felt good for him. What’s the difference between Mannie and other producers? Fresh raised me in the studio. Fresh created my sound, my whole sound from day one, so Fresh know me better than I know me in the studio. It’s unexplainable, it was beautiful. What’s your relationship like outside the studio? It’s all good. Before we got in the studio it was because we always stayed in touch. Fresh wasn’t the one who had my money, Baby the one who had my money. Our relationship was always A1 and always will be A. Fresh is Fresh, man, how can you not love Fresh? Would you say you look up to him as a father figure? As far as a mentor in the studio and as a man for guidance, yeah. When it comes to the studio he’s a genius. What kind of advice did he give you? Now, you know, I been in the game for like ever so I kinda had to flush the toilet Baby gave me cause it wasn’t right. He had corrupted me. As far as musicwise and delivery and when it come to the studio, Fresh is who I had to turn to. Our situation is crazy. I really don’t know how to answer that.
What kind of wisdom do you pass to your artists? One of my artists is my little brother and the rest are my friends. I let ‘em know that we friends and family, but at the end of the day I make sure their business is right. I always talk about Baby and how he did me. I’m in his position now, I’m a CEO. I got artists and I never do my artists how he did me. Our friendship is all good but I make sure they never run into the problems I ran into with Cash Money. I make sure they keep it real with themselves first. At the same time you have to live and learn because sometimes you might have expectations that are real high and shit might not go as you expected. You have to take the good and the bad. Tell me about your artists. I got my little brother, I got Gar, I got Snype, and I got my homie Mike. That’s who I’m focusing on now. They’re a group called the Chopper City Boyz and they solo artists too. This album you’re dropping was an extension with you and Koch, right? Yeah, it was crazy because I had two albums and an option. I did my two albums and then I exercised my option. My contract was up and I had my release papers and was in the process of doing another deal, and they begged me to do another album. We came up with a deal that I really thought they wasn’t gonna match, but now I think it’s the best one album deal in independent history. Rumor has it that deal was worth $900,000. (laughing) I mean, I got pimped for a long time, so I’ma pimp back. What is your vision for Chopper City? I’m trying to turn Chopper City what I helped turn Cash Money into. Are you going to use the Cash Money formula? Somewhat, because I think the formula worked in a very good way. I had already had like four solo albums before we even did the Universal deal. My Soundscan helped put Universal’s antennas up. Then we put the Hot Boys together.... - Rohit Loomba For the rest of this interview, check out the April issue of OZONE Magazine at www.OZONEMAG.com. OZONE
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