(July 2006) | Interview By:
Dubcnn.com received word that
Crooked I wanted to speak with Dubcnn shortly after our Snoop Dogg interview
was released. The reason why was not to discuss a new release or project but
to discuss some comments made regarding Crooked I by Snoop Dogg during the
interview. In this one hour feature with Crooked I he tells us of his surprise
at the comments, his reasons why he believes the comments were made, his past
detailing his youth and much more is discussed in this exclusive interview.
As always we have both the transcript and the audio for you to
check and please feel free to send any feedback regarding the interview to:
Interview was done by phone on on July 29 2006)
Questions Asked By : Nima
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Full Interview In Audio :
Dubcnn: Wassup Crooked? We just did that little Snoop interview, and he had
some words for you. You wanted to let the fans know your side of the story?
I mean first, I'm gonna set the record straight. I'm one of the few cats out
here that's really born in Cali anyway! He spoke on me being from Long Beach
or what not. If I'm correct, he's not even born in Long Beach or California
period. Yeah, I'm from Long Beach. My father was stationed in the navy, on the
Westside of Long Beach, that's where he met my mother, that's where I was
conceived. I left Long Beach in the 80's as a youngster though cause my moms
divorced my pops. Well she didn't divorce him, the nigga just walked out.
So we left Long Beach in the 80's, I lived in Compton, Watts, South Central.
Then I moved to Oaklahoma, I moved to Philadelphia. Then I came back to Long
Beach in '92, just to set the record straight! Yeah I wasn't in Long Beach
from the mid 80's to '92, cause I bounced out. But when I got like 14-15, I
came back home and took it from there. I read the thing in depth. He's talking
about what school I went to. I didn't go to school! A lot of people don't know
this, but I dropped out of school in the sixth grade. As a youngster I was out
there in the streets, I picked up a pistol. While niggas was trying to
maintain their C average I was already in the streets at 12 years old doing
everything they rap about.
So of course he didn't see me at Poly High, cause I didn't graduate from Poly
High, I never went to Poly High! I was in the streets, we didn't have shit. I
grew up in shelters, I grew up homeless, I grew up without nothing, section 8,
food stamps, I was helping moms pay the rent when I was thirteen
years old! Stick-up kid shit, like gimme watchu got! Hittin' pawn shop licks,
running in niggas houses, home invasion! That's what I was doing while they
was in school! So you know, I can understand why he's like "Well I gotta check
what school..." Nah! I didn't do that!
I don't speak on it that much because I'm an advocate for education. I want
all the young people that's out there listening to Hip-Hop music to understand
that you need an education. All the rappers coming up need to understand that
you need to be smart, articulate, you need to read books, you need an
education, and it's very important! So I don't just put that out there like
that, cause I got a lot of young kids who look up to me, who if they knew that
I was out there robbing muthafuckas, dropped out of Jr. High School, and I'm
out here shooting at muthafuckas and all that, they might
think it's a cool thing to do. Its' NOT a cool thing to do. So I don't really
put it out there like that.
I was cut from a different cloth than a guy like Snoop Dogg. I was raised by
killers, dope dealers, but I was also raised by militants and black panthers
and shit like that. It's a a whole different pedigree when you dealing with
me. I got a whole other way of thinking. I'm not here to try to destroy his
credibility, because that ain't my job, dogg. I could say some things about
Snoop Dogg that's damaging, that muthafuckas be like "What?!", shit I've seen
with my own eyes. But my whole thing is, why? If we really wanna unify the
West Coast, then we gotta start acting like it! It's a contradiction to say
you wanna unify the West Coast, and then attack a Crooked I, who's been
putting it down for the West Coast for years, all over America. Fuck just
America, I got a passport, all over the globe! I've been putting it down for
the West for years! So for you to attack a person like me, goes against what
you say you riding for!
Dubcnn: He did say that if you're reading that, he still loves you like he
loved you the day he met you, saying he didn't really mean no disrespect.
Well you could say you don't mean no disrespect, but if I sit up here and say
no disrespect but fuck you Snoop. *laughs* That's disrespect! The fans ain't
dumb, when they read a interview like that, they know what he means! They know
what his intensions are. Let's break it down real quick, let's get real grimy
and gritty and talk about the real shit. First of all, the man is mad cause I
was on Death Row Records. Okay? Now, Daz Dillinger took me to Death Row
Records. I had my own deal on Virgin Records. I left Virgin Records, went to
Death Row with Daz Dillinger. Now, when I got to Death Row, Daz and Suge fell
So I stayed on Death Row. Daz left. He fell out with Suge, he left. I stayed,
because there wasn't no other record deals out there for West Coast, period.
The whole world was like on some other shit at that point. The East was
starting their reign, so the deals was pretty dried up out there anyway. So
yeah I stayed on Death Row Records and I told Suge Knight: "Hey homie, I'm not
gonna diss Snoop Dogg, I'm not gonna diss Tha Dogg Pound, I'm not gonna diss
niggas from Long Beach. Because that's gonna make me look weak. That's gonna
make me look like a robot, doing whatever YOU want me to do. So I'm not gonna
diss them." I sat at his table, inside the penitentiary talking about this.
You know what Suge told me? He said "You ARE going to diss them, because you
know what? While you are over here not saying nothing about them and trying to
be cool, they're going to diss you, just cause you down with me. Then you're
going to have to diss them." I was like "Nah, they ain't gonna diss me because
they ain't got no reason to diss me, I'm over here trying to feed me and
mines. That's it. They don't got no reason to diss me." So me and him sat back
and forth talking about this in the pen, while I was already signed to Death
Then, "Pimp Slapp'd" dropped. Okay, crumbs off the table comment, everybody
knew what he was talking about. I let that one go under the radar! Cause I'm
like, I'm trying to reconstruct Death Row Records right now. I'm not trying to
put it in the same direction that it was going! At that time, I was one of the
guys like "Yeah we need to call his Tha Row, drop the Death of of it, cause
the late great Tupac Makaveli Shakur has died, while he was an artist on Death
Row. We need to drop that Death and start talking about living." I was one of
the ones that was saying "What ya'll think about naming it Tha Row?" Hell
Yeah! Let's go! Let's drop the Death off.
When he did the "Pimp Slapp'd", I let it go under the radar. He made a
comment, okay that's cool. I come to the studio, they're all looking at me
like "Yeah, Crooked, ya'll don't wanna diss them, but he making comments about
you!" They laughing at me at the studio at Death Row! Cause I ain't wanna
diss. Not cause I was scared, but because I was trying to take Death Row into
the new millennium dogg, into some brand new shit. Trying to make it an empire
again, and I just didn't feel like old beefs that didn't mean shit was a good
way to come back into the game for Death Row. So I let it go
under the radar or what not. Then, next thing, I'm listening to a mixtape,
called "Welcome 2 The Chuuch Vol. 2" I believe.
Dubcnn: Nah it was Volume 1.
Yeah maybe Volume 1! And he's like "Crooked I, Crooked I got them crooked
eyes! Best in the west best in the west!" Snoop Dogg did a skit dissing me! He
said "Crooked I sounds like a white bitch" on a song, and he did that skit
"Best in the West! Crooked I!" and then they beat them niggas down for
selling Crooked I CD's. So I'm like hold on, man. I done sit up here and
recorded an entire album for Death Row, mixed and mastered, and I didn't say
one thing about them niggas. Cause I'm trying to set off on a new foot, but
this nigga just keeps poking at me like why are you poking at me man? I'm
over here trying to get my money, why the fuck is you worried about what I'm
Then I'm looking at the internet and Daz is saying shit on his website, Daz
got this to say, got that say, he say "Crooked I can't come to Long Beach no
more." I'm like "Wait a minute! I live in Long Beach!" The whole time I was on
Death Row I lived in Long Beach. What do you mean I can't come to Long Beach,
I got an apartment on the Eastside on Lyndon, and I got a house on the
Northside on 67th Street behind Eddy's Liquor. What the fuck is you talking
about I can't come to Long Beach? I live in Long Beach! So I said you know
what I'ma be a real nigga about this and I'ma get on the phone first.
I'm not gonna get on no mixtapes and diss these mutha-fuckas, I'm not gonna
get on no interview and diss these mutha-fuckas I'm gone call them, I called
Daz, Daz told me I ain't say that "I didnt say that" - i'm like ok, know what i'm
sayin? I'm sat right there talking to Daz Dillinger I was on the Eastside
across from the poly Apartment on the phone, the homie Big C-Style put me on
the phone with him, I said "Man; what's good, I'm reading an article that says
cant come to long beach" - "man I didn't say that" - oh ok, next thing you know
he's on his website telling the world I got a Silver Mercedes and that when
they see need to get me, fuck me and all this shit on his website "I'm like
come on man what the fuck is this?!" - now he's telling the world - I could be
with my family members and niggas could start shooting at me in the car when
innocent people are with me and that's not cool shit I took it to the next
level on that incident, me and Daz and Daz know what it is but on the Snoop
Dogg shit I was like Ok, I couldn't get at him - I called his bodyguard Marcus
trying to holla at this fool, but no one could get me to the man and I saw him
on the TV and you know what I dropped "Quit Snitchin'" cause it was more on
some checking shit, like look while your over here talking bad about me dog
and i'm tryin to ride for the beach, maintain my Long Beach stand up 100% while
i'm on a label like death row, i'm trying to maintain my Long Beach loyalty and
your over there dissing me; you don't need to be talking to the police on TV so
I dropped "Quit Snitchin" I just was like imma slide this your way homie on
some real shit so you know what all passed by - I saw Snoop at one of the
Dubcnn: Yea he spoke on that at the end of the interview, Snoop said he saw
you at the Russell Simmons peace summit at USC with a gang of homies, and you
were by yourself, and he let you know that he wasn't tripping with you...
Well what he did was he shook my hand and said "Wassup Crooked" and
wassup and that was the whole thing and I wasn't in there by myself - I was in
the back by myself but I had more 20 niggas - but at the same time my whole
thing is that we passed all that to be honest with you I still live in Long
Beach right now I was on the Eastside on Martin Luther King avenue and some
niggas was like fuck Snoop Dogg and I was like Na you cant say that cause the
man opened doors for Long Beach, cause a lot if niggas ain't had the
opportunities I have to go to New York and get to walk through the XXL
Magazine office and walk through the Source office and see the kind of
respect that Long Beach gets cause of what Snoop Dogg put down for Long Beach
but they haven't seen that, they on the block and they haven't seen Snoop in a
while so they like "Fuck him, man he ain't this, he ain't that" but
i'm like that
ain't the way to think about that dude cause he really opened a lot of doors
for people in Long Beach but at the same time....imma keep it 100 with you
Nima the dude didnt like that Suge was calling me "The Best In The West" and
that's evident in the skit that he put on the "Welcome To The Chuuch" shit.
Look Suge didnt think I was the best in the west while he was locked down - I
was on Death Row for like a year and a half before he was released - Suge
didnt start thinking that til we went on promos - you know how they say Kurupt
served 2000 MC's - he saw me serve 4000 MC's - we were on promo tours at Hot
97 and the whole muthafucking lobby was packed with rappers that want a deal
and he was telling them "if you wanna deal ill give you a deal but to get it
you gotta see Crooked I and ill give you a deal right now" - so they be
spitting they hardest shit and I be cutting niggas and when he starts seeing
that and when that Jay-Z shit niggas talk about going in the booth and just
doing a song without writing - I been doing that shit Nima, that ain't nuttin
to me - I been in the booth doing whole songs, Young Boss Volume 2 I did in 3
days, that's 21 songs - na'mean? And once Suge seen, and he always used to
compare my work ethic to 2Pac, and that's why he's like this is The Best In The
West, this is the heir to 2Pac's throne and that's when he jumped on TV, and he
ain't gonna jump on TV and say something he doesn't mean - so he went on Jimmy
Kimmel live on NBC and said Crooked I is The Best In The West and that made
allot of people mad, so I told Suge you gonna have to stop telling people that
they can battle me to get a deal cause i'm sick battling these niggas and
killing them, i'm not a battle rapper - i'm really a songwriter and a story
teller but I know...
My bad man! Communication in the ghetto, not got the right wiring and shit!
in the ghetto right now! We recording?
Yea man, you were saying you were sick of battling...
Yea I really ain't no battle rapper...People think that cause I went on 106 &
Park - like I said I left Long Beach in the mid eighties and I spent a year
out East and allot of those niggas were looking at me funny cause I was a young
nigga and I had a finger wave, khakis on, chuck tailors, white tees and my
older brothers a crip he in a '64 Chevy Impala - a lot of people don't know -
got a blue rag on my eleventh birthday homie - my life is real, i'm not no
gangbanger though, i'm a business man - i'm a hustler i'm from C.O.B - Circle of
Bosses - we bosses - but when I moved to the east as a youngster a lot of them
used to talk bad cause we'd be on the basketball court and they be freestyling
and I be kicking them hood stories and they be like "Yall West coast niggas cant
rap" and clowning and so I started developing a skill for battling - I
developed that skill so I could protect my coast - I was like we'll serve you
niggas and that's how I started that shit but I ain't no battle rapper.
Snoop Dogg he know what the deal is, he told Big C-Style himself "Big C-Style
you need to fuck with Crooked" - we were on the Eastside at my homeboys Chucky
Millar studio, he came through there with some instrumentals from Murder was
the Case before Murder was the Case came out; we start freestyling, my homeboy
Nucc Dogg was like lets kick some freestyles - my homeboy Nucc Dogg - N-U-C-C
D-O-G-G - Snoop know him and my nigga locked up right now but he was like lets
freestyle so we did and I did what I do - he walked down the stairs to my
homeboy Big C-Style and said "you need to fuck with Crooked" - so next thing
you know I was walking down Atlantic Avenue on the Eastside of Long Beach and
Big-C-Style and LT Hutton pull up on me like "Cuz we was looking for you, we
got a compilation we doing, we need you on this - Snoop said we need to be
fucking with you" and I jumped in the car and we went and made the 19th Street
So when he says things like "I don't like his style" and all that, that left me
like you not being a real nigga snoop cause you the one that told Big C-Style
that he needs to be fucking with me and we used to be in the studio -
Soundcastle Recording studio - all the young niggas get on the microphone, I
be outside playing playing pool or something, they come get me, Snoop would be
in the studio "Hey Cuz I need you on this verse and come with this west shit -
I need you to get on" - I jump in, do my thing, blow the muthafucka up - walk
back out the booth and Snoop be like "see ya'll that's why yall ain't on that
many songs like Crooked" cause if you wanna go back and check the 19th Street
Compilation i'm on like 9 or 10 songs and I came in on the second half of that!
Just think if I was on from the first half of the album! It was gonna be
called the "Low Life Compilation" til I got in there and i'm not from Low Life,
that ain't no disrespect I love the Low Lifes and I love Bad Azz but i'm not a
Low Life so if i'm gonna be one of the main dudes on there we gotta name it
You know when Snoop told me that, and you know cause you saw it when you read
it that - I was like "You serious, you don't like Crook's rap style?"
surprised to see Snoop saying that, I mean you could say a lot about you but to
say you cant rap was kinda weird...
That's what i'm saying from here to New York, from Manhattan to Brooklyn to
Queen to the basements of Long Island all the way back across the map to
Houston, Atlanta - that's some weird shit to a lot of people - my thing is that
I have 100% proof that the nigga loved my style so why would you get in the
interview and say you don't like my style, come on its something else going on
behind that interview dog and that why i'm like why not just call me on the
phone - if you trying to unify the westcoast, I came to the Westcoast
Conference, you seen my standing right there while Snoop talking, watch Beef 3
and you can see me while Snoop's talking i'm right there - I came to the
Westcoast Conference cause I wanted to holla at niggas, I came with 12-13
niggas from Long Beach - we wanted to holla and say lets get this shit
together and lets roll. I stood in front of him, Daz, Nate Dogg all the niggas
on the panel - if you got problems lets talk, so my whole thing is that I know
for a fact dude loved my style. There's been times I wrote songs and he been
like "You should let me rap that rap cause that's some hot shit." I know for a
fact that he loved my style; so for him to say that then its something else
that's bothering him, I think there's 2 or 3 things that bothering him.
feels like we cant co-exist in Long Beach....but that's ridiculous, cause no
one can take Snoop Dogg's spot from him in Long Beach cause that shit is in
concrete, he'll have a star on Hollywood Boulevard before any other rapper in
Long Beach will ever have one so he needs to relax and be comfortable he
doesn't need to worry about somebody out-shining him - "That nigga sounds
better than you do Snoop" - So what?! Na' mean? He needs to not worry about
being out-shined on a track cause that ridiculous man, this a business, his
spot is solidified in Long Beach man ain't no body gonna be able to take that -
so Snoop Dogg if you read this - CANT NOBODY TAKE YOUR SPOT IN LONG BEACH
HOMIE - YOU GOT THAT - but your not gone stop other people being successful
and great artists from Long Beach - you cant stop them. Everybody can't be
signed to muthafucking Dogghouse/Doggystyle, some people gotta be working at
Burger King and some people gotta work at McDonalds - that's the game of life.
That's one of his main problems, his other is that i'm the only nigga with the
balls enough to diss the fuck out the nigga after he dissed me on the mixtape,
I don't care what you pushing or what you got going on, you disrespecting me
i'm coming right back at you...
So what's the main thing you want them to get out of this interview?
The main thing I want people to know man, on some real shit, is that a dude
like Snoop, out here if you're gonna be reunifying the West, you can't do
it without Crooked I. It's that simple. I'm a boss homie, I'm the boss of
the new West. Let me break it down what the whole West Coast structure is.
Snoop Dogg I would consider the King of the whole West. I really consider
Dr. Dre the King of the entire West, if you look at him, empire for empire,
even record sales, the Chronic sells a lot of records. He's to me the King of
the entire West Coast. Then you got Snoop Dogg who's like the King of the
old West Coast. If anybody is the King of the New West, it's Game. And then
you got Crooked I, I'm just the boss of the West! I'm a boss. All that
Southern California Boss shit came from here, right here, I set the boss
shit off. Niggas was thugs, niggas was G's, niggas was other shit, I put the
boss in it on the Southern part of the West Coast. That's my shit. I'm the
Boss of the West.
That's how it goes to me. I started early, but I was younger than Snoop, Daz
and them. I'm not considered part of the old West crew, I got vans on but
they look like sneakers you feel me. I'm still a youngin in this shit! I'm
an executive, I own my own label, I own my own DVD production company, I
know artists signed to me, but I'm still young in this shit. My whole thing
is, if you wanna unify the West, you can't do it without Crooked. I don't
wanna see beef! Beef is wack, Nima! Beef is wack! Unnecessary people get
hurt. If Snoop Dogg gets into a beef with somebody, two or three niggas
might get hurt before he even get hurt! If I get in a beef with somebody, my
homeboys will get hurt before I get touched! That's wack. I'm a real leader,
I'ma jump in. I won't let nobody catch my fade like that.
I think we should be about the money, about the power, about bringing the
West back. The West Coast is a body. I could a body part, Snoop could be an
arm, Daz could be an arm, Kurupt could be a leg, Black Wall Street could be
another leg, Dynasty could be the heart. It's like, once we go against each
other, we're going against our own selves. I'm disappointed in Snoop,
because he preached a lot of unification but he straight attacked me homie.
Back when I was young, I woulda made a whole album dissing him. When I was a
teenager, I woulda read that article, and made a whole album dissing him.
But that's bullshit homie. I'm on grown man minutes right now. I wanna see
us sit down, and do some shit. If he's really got something in his heart
where he feels like I disrespected him, and he wanna see me on a one on one
fight, we can go out in the front yard, catch that fade, don't let nobody
else catch your fade, we mix it with each other, and then after that, let's
do a song together! Let's do some business together! I got moves right with
me, Nima, where I could make one phone call and put 10 million dollars in
Snoop Doggy Dogg's pocket. Because I'm out here on the business of this shit
now. I'm not paying attention to all the ra-ra in the studio, the groupies,
the smoking and drinking. I'm not even looking at that shit! I'm looking at
the corporate shit now, I'm on the corporate side. I'm in the offices man. I
got my own office!
I'm trying to make power-moves for the West Coast, I got moves right now, no
bullshit, that if me and Snoop did together, he'd make 10 million dollars.
I'm the type of dude, that if I was signed to Snoop, by now he'd be owning a
part of the Clippers like Jay-Z own part of the Mets, feel me? I'm that type
of dude, cause I'm bringing the real shit to the table! "Hey dude, let's go
to this business expo, fuck that pimp shit and all that, put on an Armani
suit, you finna roll up in here, like "I'm Snoop Dogg, we're going to the
black business expo, we gonna roll outta here with business from every major
corporation in America." Just because of who you are! But nobody ain't
really gone get at him like that because for one, a lot of people don't know
how to get at him like.
So my whole bottom line is, let's do business! We over here fighting each
other, talking bad about each other, try to destroy each other's
credibility... I'm not gonna do that! I'm not gonna destroy nobody's
credibility, unless they just really force my hand. Cause niggas know I'm
from Long Beach! Yeah I left Long Beach in the 80's, but so what? Big deal.
Half the niggas that's on the squad, that's out there pushing Long Beach,
wasn't even born in Long Beach! They weren't even no where around Long
Beach, but, I'm not tripping on that.
The reason I had even brought your name up was because we had the Cali Iz
Active, and you weren't at the video shoot, and he did that "My Peoples"
track, and we didn't hear your name. So I was like "Okay let me ask him
about Crooked, see if he's involving him." That's how the whole thing came
Yeah well you know, when they shot the video, they did all that, he did the
song, and to be honest with you, people called me from New York, in the
industry, just some rappers and producers like "Yo why that nigga Snoop
never say your name?" "Why does he never try to shout you out?" "He still
tripping on that Death Row shit?" That's what they wanna know! But the thing
about it is, I'm disappointed. I read the interview, the Part 1, and I seen
my name right there. I was like "Hmm, let's see what this guy is gonna say,
I hope he says something positive because I really got some moves that we
can go make right now and make some real money together." So I was hoping
that he could say something positive, water under the bridge type shit.
Yeah I was on Death Row, but your cousin took me over there, I was feeding
my family, I never dissed him one time until he dissed me. What does he
expect? Real recognize real. So it was like "I hope he says something
positive about me." That way, I could pick up the phone, reach out to him,
say "Hey, I saw the article, I got these moves over here, these moves over
there, that I think if we do this shit, we can make something happen!" I
mean Snoop Dogg is a megastar, he's a superstar. But he don't get the radio
play he should be getting right now, he don't get the recognition he should
be getting. When I'm on the East Coast I barely hear any Snoop Dogg, when
I'm in the South in the Clubs I don't barely hear no Snoop Dogg.
So my whole thing is, let's take some different angles, put our hands
together, make some real money and make a real impact, and bring the West
Coast back into life! Because the market could be widened, a lot of people
think the market is like a one-way street, only cars can go on one way. The
market is like a freeway! Four different lanes, and a car pool! The West can
eat, the South can eat, the East can eat, the Mid-West can eat, we all can
eat! It's enough money! So my whole thing is, when I read the article, I was
really hoping to see if the dude was gonna say something positive, cause I
was gonna pick up the phone and try to make some moves happen.
But now that he came with that negativity, it let me know that he's in fear
of my success! Which I don't know why, I don't know why he's fearing my
success! But, it's very easy to see, cause some of the things he said weren't
real. Like "Crooked ain't from Long Beach." That's not real. "I don't like
his style." That's not real! "I said this at Russell Simmons" that's not
real! I was sitting down Dogg and he came in there with five dudes, I was by
myself back there dogg, he shook my hand and he kept walking. I was like "Oh
that's cool." I had all kinds of niggas from Long Beach and Watts in the
front, but man, we at a Hip-Hop Summit! I went all around the world with
Russell Simmons! Russell Simmons is one of my mentors man. I'm not finna be on
no beef shit back here! Why beef? I was off Death Row at the time when I
Anybody that knows me, know what kind of person I am. I'm a thinker homie,
I'm the type of person that wanna see shit happen. Ain't no disrespect
towards Snoop man, I just think that on some real gangster shit, if you're a
gangsta, fuck all the gang banging. Cause Al Capone wasn't a gang banger.
But nobody gone say Al Capone wasn't a gangster you feel me? If you a real
gangster, you should pick up the phone and holla at a nigga before you do a
interview and say some shit. I think you should pick up the phone and holla
at a nigga! You never know, that part of the interview might've lead to a
whole other part of the interview, had he made one phone call! He would've
made one phone call to me, now this whole negative shit don't even exist,
and he would be telling you about some kind of business venture he got going
on with me.
Cause right now, he supposed to be the C.E.O. of Koch West. So you're the
C.E.O. of Koch West. I know Michael Koch, the owner of Koch. Alright Snoop,
I got somebody over here that would put six million dollars behind the
project right now. All you gotta do is distribute it through Koch West, and
you gonna make X-amount of dollars on the deal. Let's go! You know what I
mean? That's the type of shit I'm on!
I mean who knows? He might read this, and the shit might take a new
direction, so it's good that you spoke your part of the story.
Yeah, like I said! I love Bad Azz homie. I'm not gonna turn against Bad Azz.
He's talking about Crooked can't fuck with Bad Azz, Crooked can't fuck with
this nigga, can't fuck with that nigga. I'm not gonna be all like "Nigga I
can fuck with him I can fuck with him." That's stupid! I love Bad Azz. When
Bad Azz got into that incident with Death Row in Vegas, I wasn't there!
Cause if I was there, I woulda stopped all that shit from happening! Cause
I'm a real nigga man. I woulda jumped right in with him! Right now, to this
day, if Snoop happened to be walking through Long Beach by himself, and
somebody tried to jump on the nigga man, I'ma jump in with him! Even after the article!
Cause I'm not no hater, I don't got that in my blood man! I'm a hustler, my
father was a Crip homie. I was born into this shit. I was born into gangbang
mentality, hustling, streets, that's why I'm not a gangbanger! Because it's
like, why? I was raised by gangbangers, and all my homeboys that's really
doing life, or all my homeboys that's dead, they all wanted to see me
succeed me! They wanna see me succeed. Now if a nigga comes my way man, you
might hear about something on the news. It's that simple! I'm on probation
as we muthafuckin' speak. It's like, if a nigga comes my way, I'ma handle my
business, I'm a street cat. But I'm not looking for that. I'm running from
that. I'm running from having to shoot at people, I'm running from having to
rob muthafuckas, I'm running from all that type of lifestyle. I'm running
from it! I'm not running to it! I'm trying to get the fuck away from that
I'm trying to get on a billion dollar level. I'm trying to have skyscrapers,
I'm trying to open recreation parks in every hood in America! So kids that
grew up like me with nothing, have something to do with their time besides
crime! I'm trying to go out like Marcus Garvy, Malcolm X, at the end of my
day! I'm not trying to go out like a muthafuckin' petty ass criminal! So, my
whole thing is, real talk man, I was disappointed, I was disappointed in his
statement. You can't check my TRW Snoop, because I don't have a TRW. I
wasn't in Poly High with you homie, I didn't go to high school. I was on the
streets homie, my older brother bought me a 64 when I was about 15 and a
half, 16! I was bending corners man, trying to get bread. I don't know you,
you don't know me. We was introduced to each other by a real Long Beach
muthafucka, my homie Nucc Dogg. We introduced by a real Long Beach gangsta,
he introduced me to Snoop Dogg. But other than that, I don't know, and I'm
not here to destroy none of his credibility, cause what would that do dogg?
People from the East Coast read it, people from Down South get on your site,
like "There them niggas go, they can't even get along with each other." So I
ain't on that shit.
My shit is this: since you wanna unify the West, I'm willing to forget all
that shit you said. I wasn't wrong for going to Death Row firstly. Cause
when Snoop Dogg was on Death Row, it was all good. When niggas from Long
Beach wasn't trying to feel him being on Death Row, he was like "Nah, cuzz,
this is where I'm gettin my food from." But then if somebody else gets on
there, it's a problem. Come on man, I wasn't wrong for being on Death Row
Records, I would do it again! I told Half Dead, I saw Lil Half Dead in
Houston, he was like "Man, you shouldn't have been fuckin' with Death Row."
I said "No I should've been fucking with Death Row because I was trying to
feed my family homie." I been raising my muthafuckin' lil brothers, I been
paying my mama's rent since I was a baby! That shit costs money man! I can't
be out here not making no bread! I gotta make bread! I'm the man of the
So, I wasn't wrong for being on no Death Row Records. I was trying to steer
it into a new direction cause I'm a leader. So, if he says "I forgive him
for being on Death Row." What the fuck is that man? What you mean, you
forgive me for having a job?! You forgive me for going and trying to put
some music out? Come on! That doesn't make sense! But I'm willing to forgive
HIM, for the statements HE made, and I'm willing to come to the table and do
business! Do real business with him. I'm willing to help him take his shit
to the next level. Cause "Yeah you are Snoop Dogg, you are a superstar. But
you haven't released an artist that sold 5-6 million records." 50 Cent has
already caught up to this man! 50 Cent has already released artists that
have done exactly or more than the artists that Snoop is releasing. That's
because 50 is a business man. Game is a business man, I fully plan to see
Game with successful ventures. His brother Big Fase, I love Big Fase! I see
Fase having successful ventures in the future.
I wanna see everybody successful dogg, like what he said about Dre, that
kind of pinched me too! Cause Dre put Snoop Dogg on homie! Now Dre might not
be dealing with a lot of West Coast artists right now, but he can do that.
He's a business, it's a business. If he wanna sign a East Coast or South
cat, that's on him! He already made his mark on the West!
You just mentioned Dr. Dre, that's another thing that people have been
talking about right now, I don't know if you wanna speak on that. That track
that leaked to the internet, that "Say Dr. Dre".
I mean, I'm not really gonna speak on that, but I talked to Dr. Dre, and Dr.
Dre knows I got nothing but love and respect for him. Working with him would
be a honour. By the way, I'm have my dude MP3 you a track that I made called
"Respect Your OG's". In this track I even give it up to Snoop homie. This
was something that was gonna be on my mixtape, "Young Boss Vol. 4", but I'ma
give it to you man, just to show my fans where my head was at before this
article that Snoop jumped in and try to discredit me. Cause he says "No
disrespect, no disrespect" But it is disrespect. The song is called "Respect
Your OG's", talking about all the Hip-Hop artists on the West that came
before me, that I got respect for.
Cause that's what's wrong with the hood too! The youngsters don't respect
the West Coast OG's, and even in the gangbang society, the youngins, the
YG's and the BG's, they need to respect their OG's, cause their OG's been
there and done that, and can give them some wise information to keep them
out the same trouble. But they listening to the OG's and they're about to
wipe theyselves out at a young age! I'm sick of seeing my young homies
killing each other, missing out on their football, basketball careers,
missing out on becoming doctors, the next president! I'm sick of seeing them
wipe theyselves out with the gangbang shit! So I bring that shit in my music
So this song "Respect Your OG's", I even gave it up to Snoop and the DPG in
the song, but that just lets you know where my head was at. My head was
never on some "Fuck that" but if you bite me, I'ma bite back! If a nigga
comes up and swings on me, I was taught to get down man! I was raised by my
moms man, my moms wouldn't let me walk in the house, if I ain't fight back
when a nigga hit me. I couldn't even get in the house, I was gonna get my
ass beat again! So what the fuck is that about? You said "Fuck Crooked I, he
raps like a white bitch." Yeah I'ma come back at you!
I'm willing to forget all that shit. I'm willing to forget that, I'm willing
to forget all the discredit shit you tried to do to me. Let's do business!
If he got a real real real problem with me, then just let it be known what
the real problem is. Don't say you don't like my style, trying to create a
scene where you looking like "Oh I'm not stamping Crooked." Cause that's all
it is, Nima! It's like "Oh I'm not stamping you, Crooked! I don't like your
style, I'ma tell the public, so that way you don't have that official stamp
from Snoop Dogg." But I know for a fact that you love my style! You told me
to my face that you love my style! So I'm willing to forgive all that, let's
go and let's do some real business on some Long Beach shit! Let's do some
business! Get some paper!
I think this interview just clear a lot of shit up.
I hope it did man! I was disappointed, but it is what it is. A nigga can
check my files homie. I got family members that know Snoop very well, but he
don't even know they're my family members. I'm like "Look, if the nigga over
there talking crazy, don't even let the nigga know you're related to me!"
I'd rather get the info and know how people feel about me, than for you to
expose yourself and to get into it with niggas. I'm on some 5 star general
shit, Nima, I'm trying to bring some real opportunity to the West. Cause we
talk all this West Coast unification, okay, well then go to Power 106, sit
down, have a meeting, with the program director of that station, bring all
the New West artists, Old West artists, whoever, you're Snoop Dogg! You can
do this! Have the meeting over there, talk to the program director, and talk
to this man about the importance of playing more West Coast music on the
It's hard for a West Coast artist to the House Of Blues if he ain't got a
single popping on the radio! So you're Snoop, you got the power to do it,
let's talk to the program directors, and then let's spread that same formula
all across the map! Let's holla at Bob Johnson at BET, and say "Hey man, why
can we only throw 2 or 3 W's up per video? Fuck that, let us throw our shit
up. Let's rep our shit how the world loves to see us rep." Let's talk to all
the bosses who make this industry dough, and let's bring some shit back to
the West man, instead of attacking each other man! Cause attacking each
other ain't gonna get us nowhere. That's not gonna get us nowhere. Skills
don't get us nowhere. I can be like "Fuck it, me and Snoop get on
pay-per-view and have a battle. That's ridiculous, nobody wants to see that.
If he's like "Crooked don't want it with me." or "Crooked is the type of
player that comes off the bench." That's disrespect Nima! You can't cover
that up and say "No disrespect cuzz but you come off the bench. You not a
Kobe Bryant, you a woo-woo." That's disrespect.
But he's right, I am not the kind to be playing on the court, I am the kind
to sit in the owner spot. I'm not coming off the bench, but I'm probably on
the bench and on the court. I'm trying to be on that level. I'm not trying
to be out there just making baskets for the others. I'm trying to be out
there owning some shit. We do have different ways of thinking, him and I,
but at the same time, we could co-exist. I sat on this man's couch, in his
living room. This ain't no dude that we say hi and bye, nah, I sat on his
couch in his living room. And he told me straight up. But to me that's dry
snitching if you talk too much on the internet, or on your mixtapes and all
that, it's dry snitching. Even if it's on a niggas credibility, even if you
see a nigga get fucked up and he don't fight back or something like that. Or
you see a nigga get robbed and he don't do nothing to go get the people that
robbed him, and you get on the internet talking about this and that, man,
that's weak! That's weak shit!
Let's do some business, let's bring this West Coast back. If you really
don't like me, just say that! Don't make up lies about me, just say "I don't
like him." "Crooked, I don't like him." But making up lies and shit, it's
like "Ah man, come on dogg." When Rap City came to Long Beach last year, I
did it live from the V.I.P. at my homegirl Victoria's spot on 1st street.
Those kind of things, they get upset about it. But why? You should be happy
that I'm doing Rap City in Long Beach! But I'm getting word that they're
upset cause it wasn't Snoop or somebody from the Dogg Pound doing Rap City.
You should be happy for me dogg! I'm out here on my own! Dr. Dre never gave
me a first single! I never had a Interscope push on my album! I'm out here
on my own making moves, doing what I can do to survive this rough ass
industry! You should be happy and proud of me.
But instead, you bad? Niggas was up there at the V.I.P. when I was filming,
like "Fuck that nigga Snoop." I'm like "Man, we ain't putting that part on
the Rap City!" I had lil homies out there, but we ain't doing that! Don't
say that shit in front of BET! Cause it symbolizes something that I'm not
trying to represent. I'm not trying to represent division, I'm trying to
represent unity. That's on all levels. Fuck Hip-Hop, on some Crip, Blood,
Ese... I'm trying to represent unity on all levels man. So, my whole thing
is, number 1: nobody can take your position Snoop Dogg in Long Beach. You
did that. Number 2: Stop worrying about people outshining you, on a fucking
song! You sold millions of record! So what if somebody say "Oh Crooked
sounds better than Snoop." So what? You sold millions of records across the
world! Number 3: Let's do some real business, so you can elevate yourself to
the Jay-Z, Puffy level. Not just by worldwide fame, but by money. Cause I'm
sick of looking at the Top 40 richest people under 40, and I don't never see
Snoop Dogg on that list.
Snoop Dogg is one of the reasons why you can sell gangsta music in the whole
world! He's one of the reason why you can sell gangsta rap to the public and
go multi-platinum. So let's do some business, let's get off that other
stuff, let's sit down, I'll sit with him anywhere, I'll come by myself!
Let's make some money on some Long Beach shit. That's what I'm saying! I'm
in Long Beach right now. We are broadcasting live from Long Beach. It's a
lot of people out here that got talent! You got Dynamic Certified, they
whole crew got talent! They need to be out there on a major label getting a
major push. You got Chuck Taylor from Long Beach. Not Game, you got Chucc
Taylor. You got Misfit Entertainment, from Long Beach, they need to be out
there. You got Wolf Wanggg The Banga from Long Beach, he needs to be out
there. You got Hobo, you got Mosis, King Ave Entertainment. I'm naming you
all these people, and put these peoples names in this article! King Avenue Entertainment, Misfit Entertainment, Wolf Wanggg, Chucc Taylor, Dynamic
These are the new generation, the word pushers, my nigga Tiny C-Style, these
are the new generation cats in Long Beach that need to get to the spotlight
and then we all come together instead of being against each other. We could
make that shit happen! We gonna do it anyway. It's gonna get done anyway. It
don't make sense when I'm talking to Master P about doing some business, and
me and Snoop is from Long Beach. It don't make sense when I'm sitting in New
York hollering at Russell about some shit that me and Snoop could be doing. I
love these people, I love Russell, I love Master P, I'd like to thank them
for everything they've done for me, specially with this DVD project, they
really helped me humongously on this DVD project. But Snoop is right here in
Long Beach, it don't look right to the world man. The world is like "How the
fuck ya'll niggas ain't fuckin' with each other?" It don't look right dogg.
I just wanna let my fans and my supporters all know that Crooked I is
certified Long Beach product. I'm still in Long Beach, I ain't moved from
Long Beach, I came back in '92, yeah I left in the 80's. I came back in '92
before the riots, and I've been on the Eastside every single day since '92.
That was muthafuckin' 14 years ago! I've been on that muthafuckin' Eastside,
bending them corners, they know where to find me! On Atlantic and Hill, 20th
and Palmer Court, I'm on 19th and Lime with my homeboy Big C-Style, it's
like come on dogg! That right there is irrelevant! That's like saying "Oh
2Pac, he's not from the West he was born in New York." Man, 2Pac is West
Coast, Makaveli Supreme. That's semantics.
Let's talk about the real issues. The real issue is, we not selling no
muthafuckin' records on the West Coast right now. The real issue is, E-40
got the baddest album out there, this muthafuckin' E-40 album is one of the
hottest muthafuckin' albums out there, and it ain't 2 or 3 millions sold!
That don't make no muthafuckin' sense! Let's talk about the real issues that
we are having as a West Coast community. How you're gonna have a West Coast
conference and the whole Dogg Pound on a panel? You gotta have a panel full
of West Coast people and an open forum, for everybody to discuss what's
going on! If you got another agenda, and you not really trying to see this
shit work, just tell the world your real muthafuckin' agenda. Because my
agenda is getting the West back in the spotlight big time homie, I'm talking
about big time man. I'm not liking the fact that I can't hear West Coast
music when I pass Phoenix. Soon as I pass Phoenix, AZ, that's the end of
West Coast music. I don't like that shit! I don't like the fact that our
OG's don't get the same amount of respect as OG's from other regions get. I
don't like that shit.
My whole thing is, can we please just pass the bullshit? If you got a
problem with me, call me on my phone! Get the number from Nima! Call me! We
can meet somewhere! We can have lunch, dinner, I'll treat you! But I'm about
this West Coast shit, and I'm about this C.O.B. shit. Cause I wanna see a
crew of niggas out there doing their thang, I'm tired of seeing a whole crew
and it's one person that got all the money and everybody else don't. One
person got all the money so all the other real niggas in the crew gotta go
out and commit crimes and take penitentiary chances just to keep up with
that one person, and end up wiping they muthafuckin' self out! I'm tired of
that shit. I wanna see everybody eating. I wanna see whole crews eating. I
wanna see everybody successful.
I'm gonna do it regardless. A nigga don't have to stamp me. When they say
you can only get a stamp from this nigga, that nigga... I don't have to have
a stamp. I'm proving that right now. I'm still in the game, Nima, I done
made a lot of money in the game over these years. I got a lot of respect
from here to Australia. And I haven't been stamped like that. For them to
say that is kind of disrespectful to the new generation coming up because
the new generation needs to have some hope, that they can get on if they
never meet Dr. Dre or Snoop Dogg. You can't get any hope from them! You
telling me that they can't be successful in the game unless they meet one of
you dudes? Don't do the youth like that man, it's 13-14-year old rappers
that wanna make it out here, they don't wanna think damn, they gotta go
through one of ya'll, otherwise it ain't gone happen. That ain't cool!
That's not cool homie. Cause we out here living this real life man. We not
in no mansions and shit like that. We out here on the sidewalks man where
muthafuckas gotta rap, if they don't rap they gone end up dead or in jail.
We out here dealing with that type of shit.
So we gotta inspire the youth, they gotta know when they see Crooked I with
100 diamonds in his chain, and he got a big ass medallion on, they gotta
know that they can reach that! They gotta know that's a point that they can
get to too! No matter what their background is! Look at me, I own a company,
I own two or three companies! I dropped out in sixth grade homie! Hit the
streets tough! You know what I'm saying? Hit the streets tough! That's what t is.
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