posted January 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM CST | 60 comments

When it comes to Miami’s rap scene, there always seems to be a difference of opinion among Hip Hop critics. Some believe the city has passed up its chance already. Many suggest the future is bright, and still others declare Miami’s time is right now. Hip Hop as we know it wasn’t birthed in this city, but where do things stand at the moment? The best way to determine the real answer is by checking out the artists who call Miami home. Are they yesterday’s local news, today’s national headlines, or tomorrow’s international report?

Lil’ Wayne’s newest signee, Brisco, is a Miami rapper that proudly asserts he’s better than all the others–including his boss. Examine the evidence, and judge for yourself if Brisco represents of Miami’s Hip Hop scene.

Unnecessary introduction: “If y’all don’t know about Brisco, you probably just sleepin’ under a rock or under someone that’s sleepin’ under the rock. I’m very inspired by Tupac Shakur; not his music, but his message that came across in his music.”

What makes Brisco the better choice?: “I’ve been doin’ it not a lot longer than everybody. But I’ve been doin’ it consistently with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop, and I’ve basically been in a groomin’ process with those artists as well. I just feel like I got somethin’ that’s a gift from God. I got somethin’ that everybody else don’t got; I got the juice!”

Better than Lil’ Wayne too?: “Of course! When you talk about me personally—my self-esteem, my aura, and my demeanor—like my arrogance is at an all-time high right now.”

Now that’s bold!: “This is a competitive sport this entertainment thing. It’s just like you see the Olympics, and you see the U.S. runnin’ against the U.S.; I’m not gunna slow down because you’re on my team. I’m tryin’ to be the best I can be and tryin’ to excel the most I could.”

On signing to Cash Money: “From the Kartina situation, they moved to Miami, and when you move to Miami you instantly know Brisco. It was like a mutual understanding really. DJ Khaled [click to read] really set it up; like Khaled set the actual meetin’ up and stuff like that.”

Weezy’s busy. Are you worried about the amount of time he has for you?: “I know that my music can’t be denied. Greatness can’t be denied, and that’ll carry me further than me actually worrying. By me bein’ Cash Money, I am an asset not a liability.”

Head of the state...musically of course: “I run the city basically ‘cause I’m the nuisance. I call myself  the hood nuisance ‘cause I’m attackin’ every aspect of my city. I run my city, and I’m everywhere.”

Doing it for the love: “It don’t have to be a paid show for me to go to the deejay booth and grab the mic and rock the crowd–it’s just ‘cause I love it. I’ve just been on my grind just tryin’ to beat the streets up and just tryin’ to make my album the most anticipated album of ’09! My mom always taught me don’t compare with the others. I’ve just been focusin’ on myself; just tryin’ to make my album and trust God.”

Multiple mixtapes: “I’ve probably dropped about 15. You know the Internet is a motherfucker, and basically the Internet has made me an international mixtape star. My ‘Gangsta Grillz’ album with DJ Drama [click to read] is one of the biggest mixtapes on the streets right now.”

A healthy dose of music: “‘Street Medicine’ is the name of my debut album. It’s basically 10 years of writing crammed into 14 songs. I‘m pickin’ through like 200-300 songs. There’s ones that make people damn near cry that I pick, and ones that make people just get up and dancejust an overall classic album. I named my album ‘Street Medicine,’ because I feel like I want people to get somethin’ from my rap and to really hear what I got to say…really see in on how I am as a real person. You’ve probably never heard an album like this, and I’m not braggin.’ I haven’t been coached on doin’ interviews or nothin’ like that I’m just tellin’ you it’s gonna be a phenomenal album.”

Being 100 percent real: “All of it’s based on real life; all of the experiences that I have, the things that I have done. If I haven’t done it, I’ve said it and I’m goin’ to do it.”

Is it a contradiction to mix club tracks, sex tracks and religious tracks?: “No it shouldn’t be. You could read the Bible; it could be great on one page and the next page it could be turmoil. Everybody’s books is different, and everybody’s goin’ through different things. I might have recorded a track like two years ago that’s comin’ to your attention today. With another track, it might bring up a little contradiction, but it is what it is, and it’s real. It’s just life experiences.

Sometimes your situation might not be that good, so you might have to go out goonin’. Sometimes goons need love too, so they might mellow out with a female. You might see my thuggest homeboys and they still goin’ to the movies with they girls to see ‘Notorious.’ It’s like you can be something, but deep down in your heart it is what it is. I’m one of the nicest people in the world, but I can click where it’s not always peaches and cream. Everybody goes through trials and tribulations. I think that when people contradictin’ they self in the world, it’s because every day is not a good day. Every day I’m not right; every day I don’t have the will that I would want.”

Forced Release: “I’m gonna make the streets, I’m gonna make the hood, I’m gonna make the people make them put my album out this year. It’s coming out this yearregardless!”

Co-Workers Credits: “I hate namin’ these artists, because everybody means so much to me. They did so much on my album. Everybody meant so much in putting this album together, and I don’t wanna discredit no one. There’s so many and I could go on and on. It’s crazy!”

A sneak peak preview: “One song that I got that sticks out the title is ‘R.I.3.’ Instead of R.I.P. like rest in peace I called it ‘R.I.3.’ ‘cause I lost my mom, my brother, and my dad. I lost my father last year in November. I lost my mom when I was like nine years old, and I lost my brother when I was like 14. That’s just basically a song that’s highlighting my life. One of the tracks called ‘Erotica,’ where I’m eatin’ a lot of coochie; it speaks for itself.”

Have you ever Ghostwritten?: “Of course!”

Will you say who you’ve held the pen for?: “No not at all; I have my rent comin’ up in like 15 more days. [Laughs.] Umm…no I won’t, ‘cause then I’ll have another wack beef, and then I’ll have another Yung Berg situation where I have to destroy another artists’ career [click to view] and all that stuff like that.”

Brisco’s thought’s on Yung Berg: “He sold 40,000 in the first week. He should’ve never said nothin’ about Flo Rida, first of all. I guess that ultimately ruined his career.”

The working credentials: “Well I’ve worked with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, Billy Blue, Timbaland...everybody man...Joe Budden, Yung Berg, anybody and everybody. I wanna work with Young Jeezy! I feel like he’s the realest street cat that’s doin’ it right now. He’s the realest period right now. Shouts out to Young Jeezy. I’d really like to work with Young Jeezy.”

Goin’ to the Grammys: “I’m nominated for a Grammy this year. I’m the only one in my city that made it to a level of status. I made it to ‘Tha Carter III’ [click to read] and I’m up for a Grammy. It’s for a song called ‘La, La, La’ [click to read] on Lil Wayne’s album with me, Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. It’s just a phenomenal song on a phenomenal record that sold a million copies in the first week. I hope we win a Grammy. For me, a Grammy is unheard of, and I don’t even know the full history of the Grammys. I just know when I got one I’m puttin’ it on my shelf and that’s goin’ on my resume.”

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