Guess this pretty much makes it official. dipset is over.
Your new mixtape Black Mask Black Gloves is out almost a year after your
debut album For the Hell of It. Thats a pretty fast turnaround.
Yeah. It's a street album. I dont want people to get it confused. I was off
the scene for a little bit and I wanted to come back and drop a Hiroshima
Whats the difference between a Hell Rell album and mixtape?
The budget, really. Everybodys gotta get paid. It's basically the budgets.
Basically less money means no A-list producers.
But the same Hell Rell, right?
Oh, yeah. The music aint gonna change. I'm not saying that I need a
Timbaland beat or a Kanye West beat to deliver a hit. Its just the
marketing. I could deliver a hit as big as Wayne's Lollipop but theres less
money spent on my campaign. There's less marketing and its all about the
machine behind you. So, you know, its just politics.
How have you grown as an MC in the last year since the release of For the
Hell of It?
Oh, man. I think I've grown into a complete businessman. I'm a businessman
by day and a rapper by night. Word. I'm heavily involved in my business. I
done watched a couple of successful people such as Muhammad Ali and Mike
Tyson and I could name some rappers, just to name a few, who lost millions
of dollars so fast because they wasn't on top of their business. I'm on top
of my business 24/7 and being a rapper comes naturally because this is my
life. At the end of the day when it comes down to it I'm more focused on the
business than the rap side.
Is it more important to handle your own business today instead of having a
huge entourage and managers?
It's important because there's really no friends in this business, man.
There's no friends in this business. You might meet someone and be real
friendly, but there's no friends in this business, man. I've brought my
friends into the business but there's really no friends in this business. So
you have to be on top of your business and on top of your game.
What do you want your fans to take away from Black Mask Black Gloves?
I mean, I want niggas to feel like I'm the realest nigga doing it. I'm the
most underrated. I'm the most talented rapper who didnt get his chance to
shine yet. I definitely feel that. Everybody has their time. It's definitely
Lil Wayne's time to shine. I feel like it my time also. When they listen to
this they're going to feel like why aren't I on a larger scale. Why is he
not on the same level as a Rick Ross or a Jeezy? Why is he not on that same
Why aren't you?
I feel like people have been holding me back. I feel there's certain people
around me and powers that be and people in Diplomats business that dont
respect my talent. I dont know what it is. When your dealing with people you
have egos and pride and they're independent too and it's hard for them to
put you before them even if its going to benefit them. That's how much the
pride and the ego take over. I'm on my Malcolm X ****, man, as of right now.
I had to separate myself from all parties. It's Hell Rell, the Top Gunna.
I'm a free agent. Anyone that wants to holla at me with the paperwork, I
have no ties with anybody. That's what it is. I feel I can only go as far as
I want myself to go. That's what it is.
It's all love but at the end of the day theres no business relationship.
It's all love with Dipset but I don't have no contracts or ties to Camron or
Jim. If there's a better situation out there for me, I'm looking for it and
thats what I'm working towards. I'm about to launch my own website. I'm
about to go into the digital world. At the end of the day the digital world
is taking over anyway. I don't really need anybody. The labels are going to
need me in six months after I show them what I can do in the digital work.
It's all about the digital world right now, man, and I'm about to **** the
Whats your website going to be like?
My site is gonna be basically like a whole network of my shows, music and
merchandise. Whatever you want in hip-hop you'll be able to get on my site.
You'll be able to see new videos and get new music and see tour dates. Its
sort of like a membership. Its sort of like a subscription. You have to
subscribe but even if you don't subscribe you'll still get some stuff and
things of that nature. We're trying to build a fan club.
Getting back to Dipset, were they holding you back?
I wouldn't say they were holding me back. Its just that people worry about
themselves too much. Its a selfish business, man, but at the end of the day,
I dont fault nobody, man. If you have access to millions of dollars and you
can make it on the account of somebody else throwing millions of dollars
into the game, thats good but I'm not like that. Im going to show niggas the
game and how its supposed to be broken down the way its supposed to be
broken down. At the end of the day I can't fault the person for being as
real as me.
Are you talking about Cam or Jim?
I'm just speaking in general. These are all general statements. If the shoe
fits then wear it, man, but it is what it is, man. I can't sugarcoat it.
From an outside perspective, it doesnt seem like the Dipset grind is what it
once was. Do you see the grind falling off?
I dont want to say "falling off" because everybody's still as talented and
everybody's still doing what they're doing but as far as camaraderie and
comradeship and doing songs together, that kind of angle fell off and once
the music falls off thats where the business falls off. Everything is a
domino effect, man. Once one thing happens then theres the law of nature for
something to happen behind it. Jealousy breeds envy and so on and so forth,
man. It's sort of like an evolution. It's like a caterpillar turning into a
butterfly, man. At the end of the day, man, it is what it is. I don't got
time to be sitting around and waiting for another person to control my
destiny whether I'm rapping or whatever I'm doing. I can't let nobody
control my business.
It seems like every time someone affiliated with the Diplomats does an
interview they get the same questions about Camron and Jim Jones. Are you
tired of all those questions yet?
Yeah. At the end of the day I know the people want to know and I can't get
mad at that because if I was a fan and I didn't hear what was going on, I
would want to hear about it. It hasn't been publicized and the world wants
to know whats going on. I can't say that I spoke to Cam yesterday and Juelz
is cool. I would be a fool for saying that. I'm not going to lie to you. The
government will tell you one thing and it's another. I can't lie to you. I
can't answer those questions but I can answer a whole bunch of Hell Rell
questions. As far as a whole bunch of Dipset questions, I can't answer them.
I'm in contact with basically everybody still but I have to get my business
right. Niggas is rich already and I have to do what I have to do. I can't
sit around and wait for nobody.
If you had to look in your crystal ball, what do you think is going to
happen with the Diplomats in the next year?
I don't know about right now. I would love to see it but I can't see it
right now. It was a movement, man. That's all I can say. It was a hell of a
movement and I loved to be a part of it. It was a fucking epidemic the way
we set the streets on fire. Now I have to do what I have to do to keep it
Can fans separate Hell Rell from Dipset and listen to your music without
thinking of the Dipset affiliation?
Of course the fans can separate me from Dipset. The fans love me! They know
who put it in. Niggas know who really lived by the codes. It's all about
street cred, man, and I aint sitting here bragging about what I did in the
street, but if you look my story up you know I'm not lying about what I did
in the street. I come to the people as me. Be who you are! I go through the
same **** as y'all. Just because I got more money I still got problems. I
still got everyday problems just like the rest of everybody else. Thats why
niggas love me. Niggas want to see me shine.
When you think of the Diplomats, the mainstream thinks of Jimmy and Cam but
the streets know I'm hardbody. The mainstream dont recognize me as part of
the Diplomats. They think of Juelz, Jimmy and Cam. They don't recognize me
even though I put in a lot of work and I'm one of the reasons why they're
some of the hottest niggas in the streets right now. I'm not saying I am the
reason. I contributed to that. So at the end of the day if I'm not
recognized in the industry, I have to get on my one-two. I can't let anybody
stop me from getting my shine. I have to go out and do what I gotta do.
Rick Ross was recently exposed for being a C.O. and he tried to lie about it
to cover it up. How much should Rick Ross lying about his past affect him as
He lost a lot of street love at the end of the day. I know a lot of niggas
that lived his lifestyle that he rapped about as far as selling cocaine and
the Port of Miami. I know niggas that really lived that lifestyle and could
relate and then when they found out he was a C.O. it fucked niggas up. It
was a letdown. That **** just goes to show you that he was perpetrating a
fraud, man. But that aint Rugar. (laughs) You know what I mean! You can look
that up at DepartmentofCorrections.com and see my rap sheet. You can look my
**** up. I ain't lying about my ****. You could look my **** up. And
whatever you dont see up there I didn't get caught for it.
Are you happy with where the Bronx is in the hip-hop game today?
The Bronx gotta get on they ****, man. They dont come look for the Bronx.
They dont come and look for niggas and ****. Its hard. Bronx niggas is like
goonies too. Goons and rappers dont mix. A Bronx nigga is going to run up on
a nigga like, Listen to my ****! They also keep their music to themselves.
You got a lot of niggas that rap but theres a lot that wont get on because
they're half rapper and half goon. Bronx niggas don't really consider it a
career. Camron snatched me up. He took me to a video shoot and he made me
see the bigger picture. At the end of the day I wasn't planning on pursuing
the **** but I saw the bigger picture. It is what it is, man.
I recently spoke to Spencer4Hire, who produces for The East Flatbush
Project, and he was talking about how he was trying to work with you eight
years ago. Do people realize that you've been on your grind much longer than
your first Diplomat debut on Diplomatic Immunity?
I've been grinding for a long time. I thank Cam for the opportunity but I
put in work. At the end of the day when you bring somebody into the game and
they put in work and they shine and whatever, whatever, it just makes them
look larger than life. He has a good ear for talent and he has a good ear
for whats going on out there. The most classical example of that is Nas
featuring AZ on "Life's a Bitch". How many niggas do you know that got a
deal off of one song? He's still eating to this day off that one lookout. Do
you understand what I'm saying? So it is what it is, man. You know what I
mean? But the game is funny, man. Its real funny. There's no friends so I
just have to deliver good music, man, and raw talent always shines, man.
Motherfuckers say they dont like this nigga and I always talk **** but they
have to say that this song is hot. Thats what its about. At the end of the
day its a friendly competition. Its rare that you find other rappers their
just due. I'll be the first to say that I love somebodys music. They can say
they dont **** with me but I can say I like their music. I like hot ****. I
aint gotta like you to like your ****. I know a lot of niggas **** with me
and I know people that dont **** with me. Show that love, man. I aint
When you talk about a friendly competition, is that the approach you're
taking with your collab album with J.R.Writer?
I never did an album with J.R.Writer.
Werent you guys doing an album together?
It was a possibility.
I just feel like I got **** that I gotta do, you feel me? We'll probably be
able to do some songs together, probably, but as far as doing an album, I
cant cheat the fans, man. I gotta do what I gotta do. Word. From what I'm
hearing in the streets, they want to hear more Rugar so I gotta give them
more Rugar. I dont hear the people screaming for that album. Once its on my
radar and people are wanting it then I'm going to do it. I'm not just going
to do it for a check because then we're going to start looking stupid like
we'll do anything for a check. I ain't gonna compromise my credibility like
that. I'm going for what the streets are telling me. I'm doing this for the
people that are in the streets, the consumers. These are the people that buy
my music and that support me. They want to see me shine so I gotta shine.
Can you reach a wider fanbase with your next album?
Yeah because at the end of the day, this project solidifies me as an artist.
I put out street music and I put out music for the masses all across the
world thats going through the same **** that I'm going through. Right now
the economy is fucked up and its sad to say that when the economy is fucked
up, people want to get high and listen to music and relate to somebody who's
going through what they're going through. Unfortunately I feel this more
than most motherfuckers around the world and they feel my pain. I'm still
bothered by what I write in my music. Its not like I'm sitting here with a
bunch of chains and big cars and girls. I stepped out of that person.
Whatever swagger I was throwing around, thats not who I am when I'm in the
booth and fortunately that person that you hear in the booth, niggas can
relate to him and they can relate to that music and they can relate to that
struggle, that pain. They can hear it in my voice.
At the end of the day, look on YouTube. It's a viral video and look at how
many hits I got. The numbers dont lie. Half a million hits on YouTube. Thats
a lot of people. You try putting 300,000 people in a room. Are you telling
me 300,000 people wanted to see what I was talking about? Thats a big
following, man. So at the end of the day, the numbers aint lying, man. It's
a different world. I just gotta get with the program and the numbers aint
lying, man. I gotta let them see.
Are you still focused on acting today?
I'm definitely focused on the acting. I'm actually trying to get with an
agent now to get squared away. But as far as me doing my own production, I
got Hells Vision so Im putting out a lot of independent films of my own
****. You know what I mean? As far as directing and **** like that.
The last time we spoke you were in the process of opening a restaurant
called Rugars Ribshack. Is that still going to happen?
Yeah, all that. Everythings still in motion, man. Everything that I was
talking about is still in motion, man. It aint changing. We've just got to
figure everything out and blast off. But I couldnt leave the streets. They
needed that Black Mask Black Gloves. I cant say I dont have a following. The
industry knows I got a following. Show me love and go to my website and look
at what I'm doing and buy my music. They gotta show that love.
Whats the next move for Hell Rell?
My next album is definitely in the making. I'm like four or five songs deep
in it already. Its in the baby stages because I'm running around. I got a
gang of songs, man. I got a gang of songs in my computer. I'm just trying to
pick out the hottest that I feel that are dope for the project. So I'm
taking my time with the music.