Exclusive: Young Chop gives his take on Pusha T's diss, whether it affects his relationship with Big Sean, and why his public outburst differed from the G.O.O.D. emcee's.
HipHopDX spoke to Young Chop about the diss, the public's perception of the of the spat (which now involves Kid Cudi), and what he would say to Pusha if they met in person.
HipHopDX: What was your initial reaction to hearing Pusha T’s bars?
Young Chop: I felt like he disrespected me. I didn’t like it.
DX: Were you surprised, given your earlier conversation with G.O.O.D. Music?
Young Chop: Yeah, I was surprised. They said they squashed all the beef that essentially was going on between me and Kanye. So I felt like they [broke] the rules. He put it on record… “fuck your bitch” and all that.
DX: Why do you think Pusha went at you? It’s kind of interesting, because on the song, he also goes at Drake and Lil Wayne, with whom he’s had problems before. Is it a shocker to be sort of put on the same track as people he’s had such problems with already?
Young Chop: I don’t have a clue. I really don’t know. Yeah, that was a shocker. That was a big shocker. Actually, I was asleep the time it dropped. My brother told me [about it]. That was the first place I seen it—on y’all website.
DX: Have you spoken with anyone over at the G.O.O.D. camp yet? Do you have any intention to reach out to them?
Young Chop: Nah. Nope. They gotta reach out to me. I’m tired of reachin’ out.
DX: Regarding this situation from the very start, before this diss dropped—do you feel that there is a misunderstanding on the fans’ part in this situation?
Young Chop: Mhm. It is. They don’t understand the business side of it.
DX: What don’t they understand?
Young Chop: They supposed to come to me if they want to do anything to the track, to the song. To me, my opinion, [Kanye] supposed to come to me. That’s something that I created, that I have rights to. Totally disrespectful. He wouldn’t have let someone do that to him. Why would I let him do that to me?
DX: Do you think that just because Kanye is such an established artist, people are siding with him on this matter?
Young Chop: Mhm. Like, I really don’t care who they siding with; it’s about the respect and all that. I really don’t care who they’re siding with.
DX: Does this affect your relationship with Big Sean?
Young Chop: Nah. Nope. Me and Big Sean cool. He’s a cool dude. That’s all I can say. He’s a cool dude, humble, all that. He told me a few things, how to do stuff, all that.
DX: So your relationship with Big Sean is good, your relationship with Pusha is obviously not good—how would you describe your relationship with the G.O.O.D. Music camp as a whole?
Young Chop: I ain’t got no problem with the whole crew. Just certain people I have a problem with.
DX: There have been a lot of people that are saying, “You should just be happy because Kanye”—
Young Chop: Yeah, because he’s Kanye West. I don’t care! I’m building my own brand. Why would I go off his brand? I didn’t ask him to get on no songs, none of that. He wanted to get on it. So people need to fall back and mind they business. Like the critics, and everybody that’s hatin’—the supporters of Kanye West, basically.
DX: Do you have anything to say to Pusha right now?
Young Chop: All he needs to do…is be a bigger man. Because I’m only eighteen, and I don’t know why he comin’ at me like that. I ain’t never say nothin’ disrespectful to him or nothin’. So I don’t’ know why he comin’ at me like that. And I see he got a show comin’ up here…I’ll come down and show him some love. I ain’t that type of guy.
DX: So if you came down to the show and you were to sit down and have a conversation with him, what would you say to him?
Young Chop: Like, “Man, we could squash whatever’s going on. If you got hard feelings towards what I said to Kanye, we can squash it right now. Today.” [I’d ask him,] “What’s your problem with me?”
DX: Given that, what is the next step for you?
Young Chop: Movin’ on to doin’ bigger things. Be on the lookout for that new [Lil] Reese, I Don’t Like mixtape. And Johnny Maycash. That’s all I’m focused on right now.
DX: One last thing: earlier, you said that Pusha crossed a line. Can you elaborate on that?
Young Chop: He crossed the line. He put it on record. You can’t delete that. You can’t delete it! It’s on record. It’s on wax. We can hear it.
DX: So you’re saying he should’ve kept it in-house, should’ve spoken to you privately?
Young Chop: Yeah. That’s what I feel like. He should’ve been a bigger man and called me. His boss did not do that. Kanye West didn’t take the time out to call me personally or send me an email or nothin’.
DX: I guess the natural response to that is, though—
Young Chop: They on they high horse. [Kanye] is too big-headed. Bro, we are equal. We are people. I don’t care what you accomplished, or none of that. We are equal. You can’t run game on me. I’m not slow!
DX: You said they should’ve kept it in-house—well what about people who have said that you should’ve kept your issue with Kanye West in-house, and spoke to him, and send him an e-mail or reached out to his camp privately.
Young Chop: I did reach out. That’s what people don’t understand. I did reach out. And people didn’t understand, so I had to take it to the media. So that’s how that came about.
DX: So you went to the media because you felt that that was your only option to be heard?
Young: All I had to do was just tweet. And they gonna catch on to it—how I really felt. And I called Don C and all them, and told them how I felt. They acted like they didn’t want to listen to it, listen to what I had to say. “It’s only a remix.” Okay, I feel it’s only a remix, but you supposed to check in with me. You’re supposed to ask if you want to add something, take off something. That’s just total disrespect. If it was on the other side, then I would’ve called and been like, “Hey, Kanye, can I change something about this beat and put this in there?”