Triple C's: I Want It All
Custom Cars & Cycles is the marked Def Jam-backed arrival of Ross' longtime friends, entourage and musical enterprise. Gunplay, Torch and Young Breed represent an array of regions, and as they say, have distinct, but overlapping styles. In an interview with HipHopDX, the trio says that they plan to surpass the success of another southern spin-off outfit, the Hot Boys. The group explains why their album is really a message to keep it real, and when that message was challenged with their leader earlier this year, it backfired into more success. From Carol City to your city, the Triple C's and DX kick it big C style.
HipHopDX: What does your group name stand for and mean to you guys?
Gunplay: Triple C is Carol City Cartel. That's the city we're from in uptown Miami. We took it from the streets to the music and just kept the cartel. That's how it came to be Carol City Cartel.
DX: How did you guys come to be a group?
Gunplay: I met [Rick] Ross [click to read] when I was young. We both had the same dream and drive. A year or two later, we met Torch. Recently, within the last two years, we saw Young Breed on his grind in the streets. We saw the talent and the drive and picked him up to complete the Carol City Cartel.
DX: How did Rick Ross solo career come about? Who decided he would be the one to be solo first?
Gunplay: Rick Ross did.
Young Breed: That was always the plan.
DX: Since Rick Ross is the one with the huge name and exposure, how does it feel to have that kind of upper hand in getting the groups name out?
Torch: Its like thats the schooling that we came under. Its almost like a big brother-effect. How I measure myself is like this, if I can stay on a track with him and just have somebody say, Oh, hes nice, then I feel like theres nobody in the world I cant do that to. If we all go in the booth with that edge like youre tryin to impress the next person, you want the other dude to be like, Yo, you killed that shit. Ross lyrical ability will make you look at him like hes a machine. He just bangs out track after track. With that work ethic around you, you have no choice but to pick up yours. Even if you were lacking in the work ethic department, its no way you could be around somebody that works like that and not work like that. Youre going to feel like youre slacking.
DX: Ive seen that youve been compared to the Hot Boys. Do you feel its an accurate comparison?
Young Breed: It's a suitable comparison. We are different in our own right. When they compare us to the Hot Boys [click to read], they mean the whole aura. We come out as a label with Maybach Music and were going to continue on that regime.
Torch: They love to use that comparison. I dont mind that comparison because everyone from that group came out very successful. I feel like well take it to even bigger levels than them. Shout out to all of them. I love their music. Im just so confident in what we do. I cannot wait for the world to see what we can do. Its like an enlightenment is about to take place.
DX: That being said, who are some of your musical influences?
Gunplay: All the street ghetto legends that came up in the game, from Trick Daddy [click to read], JT Money, Scarface [click to read], UGK [click to read] and the whole Texas movement. Theres also the whole west coast with Ice-T, N.W.A. [click to read], 2Pac and Ice Cube [click to read] and all of that. Of course we have New York with Rakim [click to read], Eric B and Biggie Smalls.
Young Breed: Thats just to name a few.
DX: What can we expect from your upcoming album Custom Cars & Cycles?
Young Breed: You can expect big street music with ghetto classics, hood classics and a lot of big stuntin. The name of the album is titled Cutom Cars & Cycles, we got that just from it being as far as we could see at the time. When we were just freestyling and beating up the booth dropping mixtapes and hustling and grinding, as far as we could see there would be custom cars and cycles that wed get off this Rap thing. Were just paying homage to that. Expect a lot of that type of stuff, we stuntin on em and ballin out. You can also get to know Gunplay individually on this album. Youll be able to get to know Torch on this album. Youll get to know Young Breed as well. You already know the big boss Ross.
DX: Whats the track to look out for?
Gunplay: Look out for the single Go [click to listen]. Its produced by Schife out of West Palm Beach, and it has Birdman [click to read] on the intro. Rick Ross, Torch, Young Breed and myself shot the video a couple of weeks ago and you can check it out on MTV Jams on heavy rotation. Look out for the 106 & Park debut soon. Its taking the radio and streets by storm as well.
Torch: My favorite songs on the album are Diamonds & Maybachs (Part 2) and Hustla [click to listen]. I dont even call them songs, I call them psalms. Everything that we do is kind of like teaching somebody. Someone is going to learn something when it comes to our music. Were going to surprise a lot of people. A lot of people know already, but were going to surprise a lot of people. Theyre used to clich artists putting out their homeboys shit and this is completely different.
DX: How is it different?
Torch: Were different because of our talent. How I feel about it is like this: when you look at most of those groups that come out when their homeboys put them on, there is only a few successful ones. They were successful because they actually had people that were talented. Recently there has been a lack of talent in the group. Its almost as if there is only one main person in the group who has the talent. If you do your homework with Triple C, youll see that there are tracks with just me and Gunplay. There might be a track with Breed by himself or just Gun by himself or me by myself. People love it. We have solo mixtapes, and soon, after this is all said and done, we have solo albums coming out as well. Thats really what separates us. Its the talent. You can listen to all of us and compare it to those other groups. If the main nigga isnt on the song, than you dont want to listen to it.
DX: What exactly is the message youre trying to say with your music?
Gunplay: To be loyal. To be a real dude, be a real nigga to yourself. If youre real with yourself, you will be surrounded by real people. Thats basically the message. Keep it gangsta.
DX: What has been the response from your peers and fans in regards to your music? What has been the feedback?
Young Breed: Everybody is showing major love. They just know its our time. They have been hearing it for so long. Its been embedded in their heads. Theyre just ready for it. Everybody is excited. We have been getting a real good positive response. Weve been going from city to city and state to state and they love it. Were about to go overseas. Where we headed, Gunplay?
Gunplay: London tomorrow, and Germany after that.
Young Breed: Were about to go show Germany love and see their response. Overall, its been real positive.
DX: What are your thoughts about Rick Ross being called a liar due to his position as a corrections officer?
Gunplay: Thats just media hoopla. That doesnt stop anyones bank. It doesnt stop me feeding my belly. We got more money, more deals and whatnot. After that, we got bigger and stronger. When youre great and youre a great artist, people will try to bring you down in any way possible. It didnt work. The plan backfired. It didnt work at all.
DX: What does each individual person bring to the table?
Gunplay: I bring that carefree, wild style, unorthodox, no guidelines type of personality to the table. I dont play by the rules.
Young Breed: Torch is going to bring you that arrogance. He is going to bring you that talk and immaculate vocabulary and hes going to do it in that smooth way. Hell still bust ya head at the same time. He brings that Bronx flavor. Im the newest and youngest member. I just bring that young gutta side. Im here to represent a whole new generation. Ill still give that old soul at the same time, but, Im going to rep for the young generation and put on.
DX: Is there ever any conflict with the group in a sense that Young Breed is too young or Torch being from the north and what not?
Young Breed: As a group, youre going to have your arguments and disagreements. Someone may not like how this sounds or how that was done but, real niggas do real things, and all we do is brush that off. Were brothers so there is always going to be a little conflict here or there. For the most part, its not stopping any money.
Gunplay: Exactly, as a semi-veteran of the game and watching Young Breed on the come-up, he is soaking it all in. Hes really taking everything in real good. Hes humble. He pays attention. He works real hard. As long as you got that in the game you will succeed in whatever you do.
DX: Going back to Torch being from the north and the sound of music up here as opposed to down south being different. Whats the overall sound of the album? Was there any conflict in creative direction in that sense?
Gunplay: The whole album is well-rounded. Its not strictly one way. Its not just south bounce, kill, kill, kill and all of that. We got songs for the ladies, gangsters, hustlers and feel good songs to pop in on a sunny day. Its for everybody. Its well rounded.
Torch: Weve been down for so long. Ive been down with them since 98 going back and forth to Miami. Its not like Ive only known them for the past month and its chemistry that is issue. Weve been doing music together for a while and weve been building together and groomed together. Its like being around people in your neighborhood. When you been around them for so long, you start to move similar and thats what happened with the music. We come together so well because we have been doing it for so long together. In New York and down south its not even like that. I write for a lot of people. I write for males, females and I can see from a lot of different perspectives. Getting on a beat and vibing with a beat it doesnt really matter what region youre from. If you know how to you rap, you can rap to anything.