interview J. WELLS   (February 2008) | Interview By: Nima

Dubcnn linked up with producer/rapper J. Wells early on in '08 to get the scoop on his recent conflict with Bishop Lamont which got squashed shortly after a song dissing Lamont surfaced on the internet.

We also talk about Wells' new projects, his street album "Digital Master II", his upcoming solo album "Inebriated", his projects with Rah Digga and Da Brat, his feelings on "Digital Smoke", the status of the Likwit Crew, and his memories of the recording of "I Didn't Change" by Kurupt.

As ever, you can read this exclusive interview below and we urge you to leave feedback on our forums or email them to nima@dubcnn.com.

Interview was done in February 2008.

Questions Asked By: Nima

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Dubcnn: We're right here with J. Wells, what's going on with you man?

I'm posted up man, Los Angeles time.

Dubcnn: Let's jump right into it... You recently dropped a diss song to Bishop Lamont on dubcnn, but then decided to pull it... What happened there?

That record got leaked out basically. It's something that I did a long time ago, and my boy got a hold of it, and it just went everywhere, the media just ran with it! We already sat down and squashed our differences, it's really just some bullshit, that ain't even the right way to handle a situation. We pretty much put a end to it, that's pretty much that!

Dubcnn: So everything is cleared up and all good between you and Bishop?

Everything is straight, we sat down as men and put our differences to the side.

Dubcnn: It was actually a collaboration between you and Bishop that put me on to him back then, remember "It's Bishop" the song?

Exactly! Yup. That was one of the classic jams all over L.A. radio. You know, people got through their differences, friends fight, but at the end of the day family always comes back together and puts a peace to it. That's something I couldn't control, that was my bad for even letting it get out like that, it was crazy, I looked it up and it was on every Hip-Hop site!

So, it was just something that got out of control but I'm about peace and about conducting good business, just making money. Fuck all the bullshit, it doesn't do nothing, it doesn't bring nothing to the table. That's a problem with the West Coast anyway, all the beefing, we need to stick together and do the damn thing, get this money so we can make this West Coast as strong as it should be. I pretty much just want it dead, and keep moving forward with positive things.

Dubcnn: So what else do you have going on, what's the next project we can expect from you?

I got my label situation Bonzi Records, it goes through Fontana/Universal, and basically we just closed a deal with a Fortune 500 company that's basically investing in the company and backing it. We're putting together a couple of projects, we have J-Ro's "Rare Earth B-Boy Funk Vol. 2" that we're going to re-release, it got released in Europe and we're going to re-release it over in the States. I'm working on a project with Rah Digga, and I got my solo album that I'm taking my time with, really seasoning it up, I'm about to go in with E-Swift and a lot of my Likwit family, Battlecat, just being an artist, exploring and letting it come together as a whole project.

Also I've been working with Da Brat, she's got an artist called Mister that we're looking at doing a Da Brat Presents Mister, so look out for that. That's some of the stuff that's in the works, I'm definitely still working with Kurupt and the Dogg Pound, Tha Liks, the whole family. I'm also doing a lot of R&B now since I did the Keyshia Cole record ("Work It Out"), I've been working with Ne-Yo, just sticking my head in different doors.

Dubcnn: This solo album you're talking about, is that going to be Digital Master II?

Nah! The solo album is called "Inebriated". "Digital Master II" is a street album. The Wolfpac mixtape and the Digital Master I, those were all like mixtape/street albums. Digital Master II is a street album, I don't really call it a mixtape cause, much respect to the DJ's and what they do, but this is more of a street compilation, just to get something to the streets, something that they're not necessarily gonna get on the corporate album that we put together. So "Digital Master II" is actually done, I'm gonna start leaking it to the internet real soon, just so people can get some of that exclusive shit. But the solo album is "Inebriated".

Dubcnn: Which artists can we expect to see featured on "Digital Master II"?

On "Digital Master II" of course J-Ro, Tha Liks, Kurupt, I got Rah Digga on there, Battlecat, Petey Pablo, the whole Dogg Pound family, Snoop Dogg and everybody, Ne-Yo is on there. It's a few joints here and there, classics, Tyrese is on there, just a bunch of stuff.

Dubcnn: Is it all released stuff or new stuff?

Some of it is released, and the rest is exclusive joints.

Dubcnn: Ok. Now what can fans expect to be different on your real solo album "Inebriated", compared to the "Digital Master" CD's?

Well the way I'm going to put together my album is kind of going to be demonstrating my production and the way I can put something together, as well as me rapping throughout, but not necessarily focusing on me rapping, but bringing songs by new artists to the light, and just kind of like a concuction of a feeling, like "Digital Smoke" was. If you listen to "Digital Smoke", it was much more of an album that flowed, and that's basically the way I'm gonna do "Inebriated", just a concuction that all blends together, and feels like an album.

Dubcnn: Looking back, are you happy with the reception that "Digital Smoke" recieved?

Yeah, I mean in this market, to me, it was expected, because you look at the way records are selling and how things are coming out. I learned a lot as a business man as far as where marketing dollars should be spent, and certain things of that nature. The way that the business is and record sales are right now, you really gotta play it safe with the dollars that you spend and where you spend it. That's what I learned, but as far as the reception from the people, I haven't read one review that didn't say that the album was great. They compared it to Dr. Dre a lot, which is a great compliment. I feel like it came together well, and it's really time to make "Digital Smoke II" and keep smoking! But definitely, it was a great project, a great album, I learned a lot, I had a full in XXL, Source Magazine gave us 4 mics, so it was a great thing.

Dubcnn: What's your prediction for the rap game in 2008 and where would you like to see yourself?

As far as the West Coast, I feel like there's a lot of good music coming out, Snoop Dogg just made a beautiful record that's coming out this year, and you got Glasses Malone that's burning up the radio waves... Rap in general is obviously going towards a digital age, it's just about filling it and getting in the line of the change of the industry. It's really coming to a point where artists are taking control of the business, to where the fans and the people that enjoy the music can come directly to the artists and get the music directly from the artists, via the MySpace, website, download direclty from the artist. That's where it's going, and it's cool because it almost makes music go back to when people were making that real music, when it wasn't driven by A&R's, a bunch of executive, and if somebody blows up it's because the people really liked him! It seems like that's where it's going, good music, it's a lot of good music coming out.

Dubcnn: What's the status on the Likwit Crew?

Well, it's always going to be a family. We're always going to be homies, but as far as an album coming together, I think it's going to take a little more time to get everybody on the same page. Everybody's spread out, you got J-Ro in Sweden, Xzibit is doing his thing with the TV and everything, E-Swift and Tash they're out in Vegas, working on solo albums. So it's going to take some more time to just get everybody together and put something together. It's still cracking, we're still mashing, we're just spread out! But Tha Liks they have a tour coming up sometime soon, in the States. Maybe that will be the beginning of an Alkaholiks album or something, we definitely need it!

Dubcnn: Before we go, I have a throwback question for you... Tell us about the recording session for Kurupt's "I Didn't Change".

Ah man! That was crazy! Just to be a part of it, when the whole thing was going on between Kurupt and Daz, Snoop and everything, it was just crazy. Kurupt was really hurt by the fact that it was all going on, you know? There was a lot of feeling and emotion in that record, and I just had the privilege to be able to record it. I remember he sat out in the car for an hour or so just writing it. When he came in, he was ready to go, he had to get it off his chest, and it was crazy.

It wasn't a diss, it was just his outtake on the situation and why he did the things he did, and it was crazy to be in the middle of that history. Then to see them come back together and be cool, it was a beautiful thing. I just think that me being a part of that whole thing definitely taught me a few things about what goes on and how a situation is handled. But it was definitely crazy. I just always kept my neutral place as a producer in it, and I wanted them to be a cool, cause I knew they was family! I knew that it was just family fighting, but in the end everything comes back together.

Dubcnn: So basically you got the street album "Digital Master II", the solo album "Inebriated", you're working with Rah Digga, Da Brat, that's a lot of projects. Is there anything else you'd like to let everybody know?

Go out and buy some more Keyshia Cole albums, she's at 1,2 million right now! *laughs* I produced "Work It Out" on there, so I definitely want people to go out and support it. Go out and support "Digital Smoke", that's still in stores, and keep looking out for the good music, keep banging the shit and keep the classics going!


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