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You see the sound man slumped over the console with the knife in his back?!
I started a new label company called Icewater, Inc. I'm gonna give the world a chance to hear some of the new artists I got coming out.
N this business you got different types of artists who are trying to get to the level of success; everybody graduates to where they are trying to get the finer things in life. That's a reward they just like to have. Some people choose materialism. Some people choose to live a nice life and just be who they are. So whatever you gotta do to get wherever you gotta go to be happy is what you've got to do. That's it.
When Run DMC and all that starting poppin off, thats when we really took Hip-Hop to another level, as far as in our neighborhood. Youd have brothers out there basically just portraying themselves like the MCs that was out around that time.
With me, Im a big fan of brothers like Slick Rick and Rakim and [Big Daddy] Kane and Biz [Markie] and all them cats. Them was the dudes that I really followed outside of us; us meaning the Clan. These are the dudes that basically influenced me and I just feel like Im a melting pot of all those elements.
I always try to keep my pen game up and basically really write from the heart and whatever I may see. Its like drawing on a piece of paper, I draw to the beat. If something tells me to go one way with it and a story comes out of it, then that's what it's gonna be, you know?
Our Hip-Hop is different from the commercial Hip-Hop of today. You don't have a lot of artists drawing today the way they supposed to draw. Everybody is just making bubble gum rap, good commercial music, but at the end of the day we make albums and we stay authentic all day.
Wu-Tang is still the Witty Unpredictable.
We still here fifteen years later gettin' money, traveling the world, considered the Black Beatles.
Rza kinda left us feeling like he wasnt really caring about how we feel as a crew. And that was a big thing back then, I was emotional about that. But I wasnt emotional like Ima go around and tear him apart, thats not my thing. My thing was that I also got a classic coming and Im not going to sacrifice my name and my brand because you want to go make some cinematic opera type of album. Like I said, it wasnt weak but it just wasnt what we wanted at that time. Brothers wanted more Hip-Hop, more energy and more of certain things that that album aint have, and we spoke on it.
We never really had a big beef with Biggie. God bless the dead, I dont really even like talking about that because that brother is not here to really see what it is and how we could explain it. But, you know, back then we was real competitive, we didnt care about nobody if you wasnt Wu-Tang and it wasnt nothing personal. Its like boxing; you got dudes that are like 'I dont like that cat, I want to knock that cat out' or whatever, whatever and that was our energy back then. But we did have an opportunity to talk to Big out in L.A. and let him know like, that aint about nothing, its just Hip-Hop, its a sport or whatever.
At that time we was real rebellious, we was coming up from Staten Island, the long forgotten borough and we didnt really care about nobody. But it was never ever a situation where we didnt respect Big or we didnt look at him as one of the great MCs. We always saluted him. But the people I think blew it out of proportion guys from his crew, guys from our crew made it seem more like a diss where really Ghost[face] was just saying whatever he said outta instinct.
We got respect for Biggie, he from the town, he from New York. So anybody from New York that I feel worked as hard as us and such as him, its like we them dudes. So he always gonna be that dude to me, regardless.
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