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new Turk interview
« on: March 22, 2006, 11:52:58 AM »
Tab ďTurkĒ Virgil first hit the national hip-hop scene in 1998 when a budding New Orleans rap label called Cash Money began to make a major name for itself with the four-MC super-group The Hot Boys. Over the next three years the HBís, along with Cash Money, toured around the country and sold over 10 million group and solo albums before CMR began to fall apart due to internal drama.

In January 2004, Turk was arrested during an early morning drug raid in Memphis where two members of the Tennessee SWAT team were shot and wounded. The then 22-year-old Hot Boy was initially charged with both shootings, but it was later proven that one of the officers was hit by friendly fire. In August of 2005, Turk was convicted of three counts of unlawful transport of a firearm. He was fined $200,000 and sentenced to ten years in prison, where he is currently waiting on an appeal. Turk, who maintains his innocence, is still facing an attempted murder charge for the 2004 incident. XXLMAG.COM recently spoke to Turk from the Shelby County Jail, where he weighed in on his career, drugs and recent beef between former Hot Boys.

What do you think of what has been going on with your former label mates?

I just seen B.G. and Mannie Fresh did a collaboration together. Mannie Freshís been working with Juvenile. I talk to B.G. I talk to Mannie Fresh a lot and they just doiní they thang. I talk to Lil Wayne, Baby and them. Iím cool with everybody. Thereís just a lot of misunderstanding going on. In every family they have fights and it always take one person in the family to bring it back. When I get out and my situationís over, thatís what I wanna doóbring peace. I wanna see us do a Hot Boys reunion.

Speaking of a Hot Boys reunion - B.G., Juvenile and Mannie Fresh have reportedly been planning one.

It wouldnít be no Hot Boy reunion without four of us. There wouldnít be no Hot Boy reunion with somebody else trying to replace somebody. When I say Hot Boy reunion I mean all of us together in one mind, one place, doing our thang again. Everybody really just growing up and experiencing things on they own right now.

Did you get to hear any of the diss songs that have been going on with B.G and Wayne?

I heard ďTrigga Man.Ē I heard a couple songs from Lil Wayne. They just goiní through a thang right now, but itís gonna stop. Every beef gotta get squashed somehow and thatís gonna end up with a peaceful shake-off.

When Cash Money was at its height, did you ever think that things would end up like this for all of you?

Iím surprised by it. When you doing your thing, youíre blinded to the things that could happen. You blinded to the consequences. I never thought that Iíd be in the predicament that Iím in. I never thought that we would ever break up ícause we were so close. I mean, all us got each otherís names tattooed on our bodies, so it was real love. Itís still love, itís just going in the opposite direction right now. We gotta stop blaming [each other] for all our actions and come together like men.

Were you surprised when Mannie left the label?

Yeah I was surprised, I still kinda donít believe it. That was a shock. Mannie Fresh was like 70% of what was holding Cash Money up. Without Mannie Fresh, I know [there] will be a future for Cash Money, but I donít think itíll be the same. Without Mannie Fresh or all of us still there, itíll never be 100 percent. But all of us are talented, anywhere we go, we have a bright future as long as we keep our head focused. But itíd be better if we were together.

Whatís it like trying to stay a rapper while youíre locked up?

In order for me to stay focused, I gotta stay on top of my game by writing everything and recordingóthatís easy. I record over the phone or any kind of way that I [can]. I make it happen. I done did two albums from back here. I stay focused and get motivated off of prisoners thatís already in the system. [Recently] I dropped Still a Hot Boy. Real hot. I got Bun B on my first single called ďCalling OutĒ and I got Chamillionaire and a couple more cats out here in Memphis.

There were always rumors that you struggled with drugs. What was the truth about that?

Itís no rumor. Heroin and cocaineóI did it for eight years straight and Iíve been clean right now for two years. Iíve had a lot of time to think about my life. This was a wake-up call for me to think about who I am, because when I was rapping and living that life I couldnít see what I see now.

Were you addicted the whole time you were with Cash Money?

Yeah, I was addicted. I was on it bad, but I didnít look at it like that when I was out there. I was doing my thing and itís hard to see when you liviní the life and everything going good. When stuff starts hittiní the fan, you start losing things and losing people. Then you start realiziní, I gotta stop this or this gonna be the ícause of me losiní my career or losiní my life.

How do you think it affected your career?

It affected my career ícause [there were] times where I ainít want to show up for no interviews. I didnít wanna show up for no studio or 106 & Park. But I was young then and I done grown up [in] these two years. Jail gonna make you either a boy or a man and it made me a man. I know that Iím over my addiction. If I wanted to get high, itís easier to get it in jail than on the streets. If you check yourself, ainít no way you can fall off. Thatís what I decided to do: be sincere with myself.

Do you feel you were easily manipulated by people because you had an addiction?

When you high, you easily manipulated by anythingónot just peopleóbecause you not in your right mind. The drug is pimpiní you. It ainít just a man pimpiní a woman or a woman pimpiní a man. Drugs is pimpiní people too because itís makiní them do anything. Itís makiní them miss out on things that they love to do and thatís how I was until I got in jail. My past is my past. If I could change it I would but I canít. All I can do is make it better for me and make it better for my son and make it better for the next person behind me.


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Re: new Turk interview
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006, 03:33:56 PM »
it was interesting to hear what he had to say about his drug addiction

you hear about getting high all the time in hip-hop, but in a laid-back relaxed way and mostly about weed.
it was good to read about a rapper talking honestly about how heroin and cocaine almost brought him down and how he got over it

good read
Always talkin bout the cash he got, the little pesos for shows
And God knows his materialistic raps and wack flows
are like Stay Free pads, fake V.I.P. rappers get garbage disposed
Unrecouped for his flamboyance and reflection
He's leasin rentin and frontin
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Re: new Turk interview
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006, 03:37:30 PM »
good to see that heīs gotten his mind right. it just sucks for him that he had to get locked up in order for him to get his shit togheter. heīs the only person involved in this whole Cash Money drama that actually seem to handle it like a grown man. Weezy,Baby,Juve and B.G. are all acting like a bunch of 12 year old bitches.