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interview CA$HIS  (May 2007) | Interview By: Eddie Gurrola

      
Dubcnn recently sat down with hot young star Ca$his for an new interview. In this exclusive feature, we cover the making of his "County Hound" EP, which is in stores now (from May 22) as well as the recording process for his upcoming solo album. Ca$his also speaks about his role in the New West movement, his relationship with Eminem, and he even gives us few words about the highly anticipated Detox release from Dr. Dre.
 


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Interview was done in May 2007.

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Dubcnn: Weíre here with Ca$his. Whatís up Ca$his, how you doiní?

What up Dubcnn, you know how it is, Iím chilliní, Iím doiní good. How yíall doiní out there?


Dubcnn: Pretty good. Alright, so, weíre gonna go back a little bit in time. Youíre from Orange County, well youíre originally from Chicago, right?

Yeah, Iím from the South Side of Chicago, you know what Iím sayiní, 79th Street, Iím an 079 boy, East Sider damn right, and I moved to Orange County.


Dubcnn: Alright, so once you were in Orange County, was it hard, do you think it was especially difficult for you to break out in an area that wasnít a real big local rap scene?

Yeah, I mean, it was more like underground, like, it was like, people were rapping like lyrical, and doing their little thing like that, so itís cool. But I didnít care about rappiní when I came out here, I cared about hustliní. And my boy Riknatti got me up on rappiní, just Ďcause I could talk a lot of shit, so, you know, I could just freestyle, and run around talkiní shit, all that, you know what Iím sayin? He was like ďyou should write, we should just put it down,Ē and I just put it to the paper, and then it worked for me.


Dubcnn: Thatís great. Alright, so now, whatís your opinion on the West Coast coming back as a dominant commercial force? What do you think itís gonna take for the West Coast to get back into a national spotlight? Because, it hasnít really been that dominant in the last couple of yearsÖof course, yourself, youíre gonna be a part of thatÖ

Oh yeah, Iím definitely, I think Iím a spearhead of that movement, I think Iím gonna be what Snoop was when he first came out, he had the West Coast looking back, because I got the back of Eminem. Eminem said that Iím his Roy Jones. Iím what Roy Jones was in his prime. And Em has heard all my records, so he would know. So, over 100 million people done bought his albums, so I think, you know what Iím sayiní, I respect that.

I think we finna take it back, and make it to where the West Coast is respected, we selliní our records, as long as other artists put out quality music, because Iím gonna put out quality music, and if your music isnít quality, youíre not gonna sell, and Iím gonna make sure of it, because Iím gonna keep putting out quality music, and Iím gonna force everybody to step up their bars. Big up to the Midwest too, you know I represent for yíall. You know.


Dubcnn: Sounds great. Alright, so youíve got your EP coming out in May.

May 22nd! ďThe County HoundĒ EP, limited edition, you know what Iím sayin? We printiní up, you know, enough to give me some little plaque, you know what Iím sayiní, give me a little gold plaque, so we ainít even trippiní off the record sales, it took $50,000 to make this, 10,000 sales, Iím out the hole. Itís only gonna be on sale for 6 bucks, itís to build anticipation for the album, but we takiní songs and we moviní the release for the LP, and just took those off and put those on the EP, because I said I do batches of new songs all the time.

So, the whole LP has changed, so weíre giving out quality music for six dollars. And also, the new, weíre showing you the new Shady, itís a new Shady logo, which is a pitchfork, you know what Iím sayiní, with a devil tail, you know what Iím sayiní, and we just letting yíall know that we have revamped, and we back in order. I told yíall on ďThe Re-Up,Ē everything is Shady, and everything was changing, and Em pronounced me the Cowboy Shady. ** Iím here to do my damn thing, and Iím here to make sure that they gonna respect us out here.


Dubcnn: How do you say Shady has been revamped? Like, I know youíre thinking thatís gonna be a big thingÖ

Man, weíve been revamped, like itís a whole different structure of order. Rest in peace to Big Proof, you know what Iím sayiní, first off, but itís a whole different structure like, its either put up or shut up now. Iím bringing that street influence into it, you know what Iím sayiní, and people donít know that Em is a hood dude, like Em is a really, real hood dude, you know what Iím sayiní, and everybody, D12 is hood, niggaz, everybody. And, Iím finna stir up a whole lot of shit, you know what Iím sayiní, to make people realize what Shady [is], like youíre not gonna be able to say Ca$his without sayiní Shady, you know what Iím sayiní, which does nothing but bring up the West Coast, you know what Iím sayiní, and it builds a bridge for other artists on the West Coast also.

Like, we revamped, like, ainít nobody taking breaks, everybody in the studio right now. Everybody in the studio, going hard, you know what Iím sayiní, itís friendly competition. Evrybodyís going hard, you know what Iím sayiní, Iím coming out twice this year, weíve got D12 [coming] out, ďKing MathersĒ is coming out, 50 finna smash them in July, Bobby Creekwater, peace to Creek, and peace to Stat, he just walked past me right there, you know what Iím sayin? Everybody coming out! This is my chance to knock the door down and let everybody know that itís someone just starting it from the ground up.

So while Em can kick his feet up and do his producing, heís killin Ďem lyrically, Iíve heard some songs, heís freestyling this song, and itís ridiculous, youíll see what Iím talking about, but Em is up here, and thereís never been a separation between Em and Shady, you feel what Iím sayiní, like, and itís my job to make Shady be known for the nucleus of artists, like all of us artists are assigned to Shady, itís my job to let someone like me, we are coming, and we are killiní it. And, we putting it down, we got that force, and Em is Michael Jordan, you know what Iím sayiní, Em run that, he the one, you know what Iím sayiní, Iím Kobe then, you know what Iím sayiní, I ainít quite Mike yet, you know what Iím sayiní, but Iím doiní my thing. Iím definitely doing my thing.


Dubcnn: When this EP comes out May 22nd, what do expect fans to get from it?

I think they will learn that from Ramone and Ca$his, there are two different sides. And, I think that you gonna love me or hate me. But, you gonna love me though, you know what Iím sayiní, Iím gonna make you love me, because you canít hate nobody thatís being real, you know what Iím sayiní? Iím not being fake beneath it, you can listen to the songs, you can feel my pain, you can know what I go through, and you can know my struggles.

Iím still struggling, I mean, G, do you see me blinged out? We can get a close up. *Shows new Jordan shoes* We need a close up of the Mikes. But, I mean, I ainít blinged out, G, you know what Iím sayiní, Iím still real. Iím still in these streets just like the next man, trust me, Iím still out there, so if I run into yíall a lot and you see me in these spots and yíall know how I get down. So, just respect me, man.


Dubcnn: Alright, so what made you decide to do an EP instead of a traditional mixtape. Because most people just throw out mixtapesÖ

Because you just said it right there. Most people just throwing out mixtapes, and they ainít doing shit. I mean, I got a release, G, of a mixtape, this is basically an 8 song mixtape. I got a release, the first release of Shady for the year, like we wanted to put something out, quality music thatís been mixed and mastered, and it sounds insane, so when people get it, theyíll be like, ďDamn!Ē Like, we care about the fans, so we wanted to bring that back, so we care about yíall, when people hear it, and they really listen to the lyrics, we care about yíall, so we wanted to put that EP out as a buzz builder.

Iím doing mixtapes, Iím on a whole bunch of other mixtapes, Iím doiní that on the side. But, to put an EP out, something in stores where people can go get that for six dollars, and you can pre-order it for 3.98, Iím just seeing the pre-orders coming in, so thank yíall, I appreciate it baby! I appreciate it!


Dubcnn: I think thatís a really good idea, because, yeah, mixtapes, you canít really hear everything all the time.

Yeah, and I mean, its a million people trying to pass you a mixtape. Youíre like ďokay, okay, yeah.Ē But, an EP is something like, they put their money into this, so, you know, the fans can go and check it. And, itís a limited edition release, so, if you went and buy it, you can dub it and burn it for your friends, go ahead, you know what Iím sayin? Keep my buzz building strong, because Iím gonna keep going. You know, and when the LP come out, itís gonna make you buy it, itís gonna be well worth it. So, this is a teaser.


Dubcnn: Is your LP gonna come out this year too?

Yessir. Itís called ďLoose Cannon.Ē Em titled me that actually, he said Iím a loose cannon because you canít tell what the fuck Iím gonna do or say.


Dubcnn: When do you think it will come out probably? Do you have a release date at all?

Weíre working on that right now. I think, I believe itís some time like maybe October, around that time.


Dubcnn: October? Cool. So are you pretty far deep into the recording of the album?

Super deep. Em is mixing his joint and my joint at the same time. Heís like going back and forth, mixing song for song.


Dubcnn: Oh, heís got a new one coming out too?

Oh yeah, itís called ďKing Mathers.Ē Emís the man. So, we ready like, you know, like we already got my singles, weíve already got crossover songs, weíve already got, like the meat of the album is done. Itís just every time I do some new songs and shit, I just be like ďDamn, I like this right here.Ē So he be like, ďAlright we gotta sit down on it.Ē


Dubcnn: Itís hard to choose?

Hell yeah, itís really hard to choose. Yeah. We were trying to pick this EP for like 3 months.


Dubcnn: Damn! It must be hard to decide what youíre gonna do. Alright, so, whatís it like working with Eminem in the studio, obviously heís a real cool guy, but how is the chemistry between you guys in the studio?

Itís excellent. Like, he donít make a beat that I donít like, and I havenít said any raps that he doesnít like, you can ask him that, and thatís on my kids, you know what Iím sayiní, like I love you Em, you know what Iím sayiní, everything I do, anything that come out of my mouth is definitely sponsored by none other than King Mathers, you know what Iím sayiní, heíll tell you he love me too, thatís my homeboy, you know what Iím sayiní?

But, itís cool working with him because it inspires me to do my best and to see the emotion that he gets off what Iím doiní, you know what Iím sayiní, itís like ďHell yeah!Ē He see what Iím doiní, he like, ďMan, you what I was when I came into this game, you got that hunger, you know what Iím sayiní?Ē He said I donít eat food, I eat beats, because Iím all skinny and all that, but I still knock niggas out though, believe that.


Dubcnn: Alright. So, how do you go about writing your songs? What do you do when you get in the studio to write? Do you have to listen to the beat first?

Yeah, I smoke a lot of weed, a lot, lot. I guarantee I smoke more than all of yíall rappers, trust me. Trust me. And I smoke a higher quality [grade]. Trust me. And I get all my shit for free, because thatís what it is. If you a real star, see thatís what happened when you on Shady/Interscope, if you a real rap star, you get your weed for free, you get all your shit for free. Like, my whole process in the studio is, I get high as hell, you know what Iím sayiní, if Iím in there with Em, he makiní the beat, he got three sounds in it, and Iím already coming up with the melody, how I wanna do it, like my pattern in the verse, and I just sit there, I fidget, and I go like this, you know what Iím sayiní, I move around, and I stand up with a pen, and I write, and then like 10 minutes later Iím like, ďHey Em, Iím finna go lay this,Ē and heís like ďHuh? You done?Ē

Like, it surprise him every time, you know what Iím sayiní, I go drop it, heís like ďFuck!Ē Itís been some beats that was gonna be on Emís album, that accidentally got to me, and I ripped Ďem, and heís like ďShit dogg, you can have Ďem, you did your thing!Ē You know, and if Iím in the studio with like Alchemist or Rikanatti, or Block Boys, or Rick Rock, or anybody like that, you know, I just get high, listen to the beat, and just let whatever the part of my life to be that inspires me to do, I just do.


Dubcnn: So, you mentioned earlier that everyoneís kind of having friendly competition over there at Interscope and Aftermath. Are you guys all in the studio together a lot, or do you kind of go off on your own?

We be, sometimes we in the studio together, I was in the studio with Fif and Dre and them, that song, and you know, like itís fun, itís like we just love to see each other succeed, because 50 is gonna come with some shit. I gave him a big ass hug, I was like dancing like a little kid, I was like ďMy nigga, you killiní it!Ē You know what Iím sayiní, like Iím proud, because him selliní records is gonna make muthafuckas more open for me, because theyíre gonna be like, ďDamn, what else is coming?Ē you know what Iím sayiní? And then, he hear what Iím sayiní, and for him to walk up to me like ďDude!,Ē you know what Iím sayiní, that means something to me, for him to walk up to me like ďDude!,Ē for Dr. Dre to say he had chills listening to some of my songs, thatís fuckiní crazy! And Jimmy Iovine to rewind my shit, listen to it again, that means something to me.

You know what Iím sayiní, like Iím very excited, very excited, very humble, and whether I sell 2 million, 5 million, 10 million, however many records I sell, this year, two years from now, Iím still gonna be the same nigga, like Iím not gonna change. Iím still the same nigga, like Iím humble, and I always know that, you know, who put me on, and my loyalty is in tact. Thatís why I ride so much for whoever on Shady, you know what Iím sayiní, because my loyalty is definitely in tact.


Dubcnn: Thatís the way to do it. Letís see, you and Bishop Lamont are both on Aftermath, and youíre both from CaliforniaÖ

Well, he on Aftermath, Iím on Shady/Interscope. He on Aftermath, but itís the same family tree. What up to Bishop!


Dubcnn: Have you guys been collaborating a lot?

Nah, nah. Bishop doing his thing, Iím doing my thing, and Iím sure we reach out and do some things, we were in contact previously, he know my boy Rikanatti, and things like that, you know what Iím sayiní, but Iím like a workaholic, and so is he, so itís like, Iím not even in county most of the time recording, you know what Iím sayiní, I do a lot of recording with Em, you know what Iím sayiní, and I come back and I record, and we like...I like being a solo artist, you know what Iím sayiní, I love it, you know what Iím sayiní, because I love to express my whole life.

So, I may go to the Bay, and go fuck with Rick Rock, you know what Iím sayiní, what up to the Fed Gang, you know what Iím sayiní, everything like that, so...But Iím sure we will collab, you know what Iím sayiní, me and everybody from the West, thatís really trying to do it, you know what Iím sayiní, yíall come fuck with me man, and include me in all the New West shit.

I be seeing all that New West shit, and its cool, you know, I havenít been included in it yet, but I have the bigís back, and I have the machine behind me, I have Eminemís stamp of approval, so the leader of the New West probably should be me, because Iím killiní it right now, you know what Iím sayiní, Iím trying to bring it for everybody, and Iím representiní the whole coast, representing from LA to the Bay, and my nigga San Quinn, peace to San Quinn, I love you boy, you know what Iím sayiní, like from LA to the Bay, from San Diego to the Bay, what up to Jayo Felony, I know hood niggas, what up to all my niggas, Posey from 60ís, what up to my niggas in the jungles, what up to everybody, like niggas know who the fuck I am, you know what Iím sayin, like, niggas know me out here. What up to Spider Loc too, what up G!


Dubcnn: Alright man! Have to been to the studio for Detox recording sessions, Dr. Dreís new album? Is that what you were working on?

Man, I definitely been in there, in the studio, Iíll put it like that. Dreís shit is gonna be stupid! Dre ainít lost a step! Dre has not lost a step! Heís gained like 8, itís scary!


Dubcnn: Oh damn!

The same thing like Em. Em has gained like 20! From like, you know what Iím sayiní, I can even take it back to ďThe Marshall Mathers LP.Ē His new shit is like Jesus, you know what Iím sayiní. And your boy is all over that! Thank you Em, I love you man! Hey, ďThe Re-UpĒ baby, platinum, yíall keep buying that, we got overseas, we platinum in the US, and thatís helping me support these kids of mine, especially in these times of need like this when Iím in these streets, so I love yíall.


Dubcnn: Alright, weíre definitely looking forward to hearing from Shady, Aftermath, and the Interscope camp. Is there anything you want to say to everyone on Dubcnn?

I wanna say, Ggggg-G-Unit! What up 50, what up Buck! ďBuck The World,Ē go get that ďBuck The World,Ē everybody go get that.


Dubcnn: Itís a great album...

It is. Everybody go get that Obie Trice, ď2nd Round On MeĒ you know what Iím sayiní, that was a classic. Everybody go get that ďRe-Up,Ē go re-cop it again, you know what Iím sayiní. And, definitely, on May 22nd, get that Cashis EP, its only 6 bucks. Go get that, its 8 bangers, its bananas, and we taking it back to the roots of hip hop baby, real music, real lyrics, the single is ďLac MotionĒ produced by Em, we shooting that video real soon, you know what Iím sayiní, big up to Paul, big up to Tracy, you know what Iím sayiní, everybody over at Shady, everybody over at Interscope.

G-Unit, what up Sha Money, Sha Money on my LP too, we got some heat, we got some heat, and to the West Coast, I love yíall, I am yíall, you know what Iím sayiní, respect me, respect me as I respect yíall. When I go other places, niggas look at me funny like ďOh this west coast ass niggaĒ and I eat they ass alive off the dome. I let Ďem know what we bringing back to the West Coast. To Chicago, you know I love you, I got 773 right here baby, you know what Iím sayiní, I love yíall to death, I am yíall, I talk like yíall, I walk like yíall, I still tip through the spots, what, you know I got both sides in me, and also, everybody that hatiní on me, you know what Iím sayiní, thatís for you!

*Lifts shirt up to show a tattoo with an image of a hand giving the middle finger with the word ďyouĒ next to it* Thatís how I feel. On the real, Shady Records, everything is Shady, I told yíall, I told yíall, track 5 on ďThe Re-Up,Ē I told yíall, and now I got two release dates this year. Its like some DMX shit when he first came out. How niggas feeliní now? You feel me?

What up to Dubcnn! Gís up! Peace to the 5, we donít collide, we combine. Peace to the blue and the red, peace to all my Latino homeboys, especially my man Sudel, man I fuck with all yíall out in the OC. OC what up? Tustin, what up? Anaheim, what up? Santa Ana, what up? Garden Grove, what up? The whole 60619, what up? 79th Street, yíall know whatís up. Gís up boy!

 

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