On Getting Started In The Game: "My first start was really the King of the Bronx mixtape that came out in 2006. I used MySpace and a lot of other places like Imeem to really push my shit out there. I did some freestyles over N.E.R.D. [music]Ė called In Search of the Nerd Ė which got over 5,000 downloads at the time. I went on to do Flashback, the following year around June. After that, I released Heavenís Fallout around November. Now, Iíve been putting out The Leak online and as you can see itís gotten me and you to where we are right, because of that."
On The Response He's Received Thus Far: "The support was real small when I started calling myself the 'King of the Bronx.' Thatís before I really took over the online game. But from doing the Kings of the Bronx mixtape till now, itís really totally different. Like, I walk down the streets and people stop me down the streets saying, 'Yo, your shit is hot!' The video is out, you know, so itís that the response from the people about the music and itís getting bigger and people are really anticipating the next time I release something, you know?"
On Internet Success: "I think right now, me being able to release something on the Internet and then, five minutes later, itís all over the Internet is a beautiful thing. I see people that are going out and rushing and getting deals. A lot of them still havenít come out yet, and a lot of them donít have the creative control that they would like to have. They are still under some restraints of the industry. Me, Iím free to do what I want. I can say what I like; I can put it out whenever I want. I can release a video whenever I like and being able to do that just tests my market, as far as my fan base, and theyíll let me know whatís hot or not. You know theyíll let me know what video to put out, so itís a little easier. Iím really dictated by the fans instead of being dictated by somebody who doesnít know anything about music. And thatís the real beauty about me just being able to be free and doing what I like, you know?"
Thoughts On Acts Like The Cool Kids, Fresh Daily And Wale All Gaining International Recognition: "Yeah, the move is being international, right now. Iíve done shows with The Cool Kids domestically and abroad. Weíre in the works of doing a European tour, later this year. Itís amazing when you really look at it. The last show that they did, I was on the bill, they headlined and still completely sold out. This is a group whoís doing their work straight guerilla and itís working on all levels. Itís the beginning of a new day. Our success is only going to help each other. Weíre capitalizing off of the friendships weíve established with one another and the unity that we all have. Everybody in our scene is just really cool. Iím cool with Fresh Daily, Iím cool with Wale [click to read], Iím cool with Kid Cudi [too]. We have the unity to be able to do a tour together and there wonít be any egos. Everyone is there to work and have fun. We bug out behind stage and act stupid and thatís the beauty of being able to be in this business. Itís just fun and we all love doing it."
On How His Mother Felt About His Rap Dreams: [Laughs] "Moms wasnít with it. We had a little falling out last year, you know what Iím saying, but you know, Iím starting to make a little bit of a career now, so sheís starting to come around a little more. Sheís showing me more love, but before it was really hard because, you know, we werenít getting along. I wasnít paying bills and all that. Because Iím 22 years old, she wanted me to work and go to school. I did school, but while Iím in school, Iím thinking about writing rhymes. So, you know, I always love my mom and thereís nothing thatís gonna make me not love her. She brought me into the world, but you know, now sheís starting to feel it and things are changing for the better. Any parent wants to see their kid success, so in the end, itís more about showing than proving. I would show her magazines, I would show her me getting free clothes. I would show her Iím all over the Internet, but sheíd rather see me be successful and me having money, than just me showing her all this frivolous stuff, you know?"
On Coming Up With The Sean Bell Tribute Song: "First of all, rest in peace to Sean Bell. My condolences go out to the family and friends. I had heard a few records from some New York artists, whose names I wonít mention, and I wasnít very pleased with what they were doing. This was when word first broke about the murder in 2006. I decided that I was going to do a record, but if I was going to do a record I was going to stand apart from other artists that were doing it. If I do a record like they did, then people would look at me the same way that I was looking at them. So, I decided that I was going to get in the shoes of Sean Bell and talk about the night of him dying, him at his funeral, him seeing the press conferences and him just talking to the youth and letting them know that we have to come together and do better than whatís going on right now.
I donít agree with the verdict. I feel like itís a call for open season on minorities. Theyíre condoning 50 shots as a valid police procedure. Itís outrageous. You wouldnít hear about that going on in Williamsburg where the Jewish people stay. Thatís not to discredit the Jewish community, but, that wouldnít happen there. It may just end up being the cops coming away hurt. They had a riot in Williamsburg, a while back, and cops got hurt, windows were smashed, but nothing happened to the Jewish community. That just shows the mind state of the police department and the mental state of America, right now. I just feel like more people need to speak up outside of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. We need stronger black leaders. People that arenít gonna exploit the tyranny thatís going on. We need people that appear when nothing is wrong, people that will stand up for us when nothing is wrong. Like, those are the type of leaders we need. Not someone who is going to exploit the camera for their own well-being. Thatís just my opinion."