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Dubcnn recently caught up with
Comptonís Most Wanted, Tha Chill. In this exclusive interview on Dubcnn, Chill
talks to us about working with 213, goes in-depth about coming up in the rap
game, and reminisces about hanging out with Eazy-E and Dr. Dre. Of course, we
also touch on the beef between he and MC Eiht, as well as getting updated on
the upcoming projects heís been working on, like his new album Hot Ice, and
his artists that heís bringing up.
Interview was done by phone in June 2008
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Dubcnn: Whatís up, Chill? People want to know where youíve been and whatís
been up with you?
Well I was locked up for a minute, you know, guns and shit. I did 32
months in solitary prison. Before I went in I was doing a lot of tracks,
producing for artists like Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg. I did the two
tracks on the 213 project: "Run On Up" and "Ups and Downs". I did a track for
Redman's album, which is out right now, but I did it before I left. Then me
and Eiht were working on a bunch of stuff before I left, but all that ceased
while I was in there. Now I am back on the grind producing, you know what I am
saying? I did some stuff for Snoop, working on my album, I got an artist named
Young Ace, heís out of Compton, been working on his album and trying to keep
my head above water.
Dubcnn: How did you manage to hook up with Snoop and the 213 click?
Well me, Snoop and Warren all went to school together for a long time in Long
Beach. We knew each other from a long time ago and they respected my craft and
as an artist, you know I respected them and gave them blessings when the came
out, so we hooked up on some old school shit. Some people that went to school
together, you know, are in the same business as men. They were digging the
beats that I had and I was digging what they were working with and wanted to
be a part of it; so I went up there chilled with them, we blew some blunts, I
played some tracks and landed two on there. I gave him like 40 beats and he
spread them out over the Snoop Dogg: Welcome to the Church CDs vol 1-10, so I
am all through out them. Thatís how I hooked up with them on the 213 project;
thatís how that went down, just old buddies chopping up on old times and all
that, and the vibe was just correct so we did that.
Dubcnn: What was it like working in the studio with Snoop, Warren, and
Nate, kind of explain how the process went?
It was cool, it was a regular kick it session, chilling. Nate Dogg and Warren
was sippingí on their drinks, weíre smoking blunts with Snoop in there passing
blunts back and forth. I had some Compton dudes with me and they had their
Long Beach core with them and we were just in there playing the music, and
like I said the vibe was just right. It was real cool getting down with Snoop
because he is a real serious dude like I am; he hears something he likes and
would just attack it right then and there and then move on. Warren G sat
there, did his thing, put his together. Nate Dogg, singing put his together,
so it just all came together like a Rubikís cube. Those were good songs, I
donít know the deal, how good the album went, but a lot of people heard it and
a lot of people still talk about them to this day, so they are classic west
Dubcnn: Tell me a little bit on how you hooked up with DJ Crazy Tunes for
the CT experience?
Once again old friends of mine with the business me, WC, and Eiht all came out
around the same time Compton's Most Wanted and Low Profile. Crazy Tunes is his
brother, thatís my boy! We used to all run around with Cube and the Lench Mob
back in the day and Crazy Tunes was working on his CD/DVD he had. I was
working on a cat named Gangster, from The Comrads, and he got down with Mack
10. Crazy Tunes was doing his DVD while I was locked up and he felt it was ok
to put it on there, which I thought was a good look.
Dubcnn: Letís kind of go back to the beginning a little bit, talk about how
you got started doing what you do.
Well like I said, I started off rapping and freestyling in school, but
professionally I started getting down in Ď88 on Comptonís Most Wanted was born
with the hit of Comptonís record but I give all the props to dudes like MC Ren,
Unknown, Alonzo, my man DJ Smith for producing it, ya know? Me and Eiht were
young cats and Ren stayed across the street from me in Compton. We used to sit
on the porch and write raps all day! He took me around the corner and
introduced me to Eazy. I was too little to be walking around that far, so he
asked my mom if it was cool, put me in the car and then we went and scooped up
Eiht off of Alameter. We shot over the neighborhood, and Eazy, Dre, Cube and
everybody was there! We played our tape, our little demo we had, you know what
I am saying? Eazy was feeling it, but he really had so much to do. He really
wanted to fuck with us really bad, but he had DOC, Above the Law, his album,
NWA, and J.J. Fad. I was like Ďweíre gonna be old when we come out!í.
Let me remind you, I was only 15 years old back then, when I was saying old I
was talking about 25, that ain't nowhere near old! I am 37 years old now, and
back then I was like Ďwe ainít ever gonna come out with no records!í. So he
introduced us to the people they come up through, which is the Wrecking Cru
cat, Alonzo. We met up with Alonzo we was rapping, had that young fire in us,
and a cat by the name of DJ Smith was doing beats working on the Compton
Compilation. We landed a song on there and it just so happened that Unknown
was feeling our song out of all of them on there and wanted to do a single
with us and that is how "This Is Compton", "Give It Up", and "I Give Up
Nothing" came about; we had the Hits of Compton record. It was so much heat
out on the streets there wasn't too many west coast acts out there cracking. I
mean you had Ice-T, King T and a couple of cats, but there wasn't a lot going
on over here, so it was the timing that was correct, plus we were on that raw
street shit. You only had cats like N.W.A and Ice-T doing that, King T, and my
boy Mix Master Spade, rest in peace.
So we landed the song on the Compton Compilation, Unknown digged it so he got
us a deal with Capital BMI, and then "Itís a Compton Thing" came out. After
that record came out I went to jail, thatís why I am only on one cut on the
second album called "Straight Checkin Em" growing up in the hood for the Boys
in the Hood soundtrack. You heard me rapping on the song, but I wasnít in the
video. Eiht did my part in the video because I was locked up. Everybody think
that it is just Eiht on song, but there are two cats on there: me and Eiht.
When I got out, we went straight on tour getting ready to drop our album. I
formed a new group called NOTR (N-ggas on the Run), and we pushed that record,
but had some mishappenings. Everybody got to falling out, mainly Eiht and
Slip, and me and Bam caught up in the middle of it. The NOTR did come out, but
we pushed the Compton's Most Wanted thing, touring all over the world doing it
as big as we can do it.
Dubcnn: You mentioned hanging out with Eazy, Dre, and Cube and all them you
have and story or moments that stand out
*laughs* Yeah, I have a few! We were real young dudes, like I said 15 or 16
years old, and Eazy used to have to ask my mom can I come kick it. My mom
trusted him so I jump off in the van with E and we would go to the video
shoots, I got cameos in the "Eazy-er Said Than Done" and "We Want Eazy". One
thing that happened that was real funny, we had went to the Wet and Wild Eazy
party for Eazy and Dre's birthday party or something like that. They had these
broads out there shaking their ass, we werenít used to that but once again we
were young cats. Weíre there with khaki suits and plastic coats on with
Compton's Most Wanted wrote all overíem, and we at a pool party, its hotter
than motherfucker out there! Weíre sweating and shit, bitches out there
busting open there pussy's and shit. Dre and them over there shoving bottles
up them bitchesí pussy and shit and weíre just amazed. Eric looked at me and
told me "Iím gonna tell your mom you out here looking at these girls pussies".
It was just real funny how he said it, thatís one of my memories about my
dude. I really, really miss him and really respect him a lot. The world would
be a whole lot different if he was here.
Dubcnn: Being with Eazy and stuff a lot of people say how the world would
be different if Pac was still here, how do you think the game or the west
coast scene would be different if Eazy was here?
I think that it would be more realer on this end if Eazy was still here no
disrespect to nobody on this end but it would be more business like, he did
start the business of it nobody crakin, cussing on records, nobody doing the
gangster thing if it wasnít for the Godfather of Rap. Right now I think groups
like Compton's Most Wanted, DJ Quik, King T those groups need to be at they
all time peak right now you know what I'm saying. We all need to be in a
mansion pushing Bentleys and all of that shit. I think if Eric was still here
we would all be doing that. If he was alive we would all be doing that
including the Snoop Doggs and the Dogg Pound ya know I know they would have
squashed their differences because E was a business man. I think NWA would
have came out with numerous number of records, I think Bone Thugs would still
be crackingí; he loved them dudes. I just think it would be different as far
as the music we hearing and the business we get on this game especially with
the music done changed and everything. I think Eric would have kept the west
coast real solid because he was a leader and a lot of people followed his
movement because he was a smart dude.
Dubcnn: You mentioned Eiht a little bit earlier. Whatís your relationship
with him these days?
Well, when I touched down I spoke to him about the stuff that was going on,
you know what Iím saying, and he was kind of nervous. He didnít want to do
nothing, but I was ready to fight! That muthafucka didnít want to do nothing!
But, I ended up going to a show that he had, I ended up on stage with him and
all of that, and everything was cool. Iím thinking everythingís straight, and
I hadnít heard nothing disrespectful coming from his corner. Iíve just been
doing me. But my boy just called me up the other day and told me that Eihtís
got a song out thatís dissing me. Iím like Ďainít that a bitchí! I heard the
song, and that muthaf-cka is super wack! Heís trying to clown and talk some
dumb shit that he doesnít know anything about. Iím like, Ďok, you canít f-ck
with me in these streets or the studioí. Thereís going to come a time when we
see each other and weíre gonna holla face to face and see what it really do.
But me knowing Eiht, all he wants to do is keep it on this record, and do all
this little kiddie shit. So Iím like Ďf-ck himí because Iím too busy to be
dealing with these kids. Heís a grown man with a kid mind, and I ainít got
time to dealing with it. Iím on my grind, and anybody or anything trying to
stop my grind I got to roll over them. So heís one of the cats I got roll
over. Thereís going to be a whole bunch coming from me directed towards Eiht,
so stay tuned!
Dubcnn: So I guess thereís no chance of seeing you on the Warzone project?
Well, Goldie & Kam, theyíre my boys! Eiht donít run sh-t over there. Snoop is
a good friend of mine. Me and Snoop went to school in all our years together,
you know, in high school, he went to Poly, I went to Jordan; He went to
Lindhberg, I went to Hamilton. I went to school in Long Beach because moms
didnít want me at school in Compton. So, we still boys because of that. I
still work with them cats, and at the end of the day itís Compton business.
They ainít got nothing to do with it. Itís just me and Eiht at the end of the
day. It ainít got nothing to do with me and my homies, or Eiht and his homies.
I spoke with Goldie and he canít believe it, just like I canít believe it. Kam
was actually trying to be a mediator because of him being Muslim and all that,
he was trying to be a mediator when the situation first jumped off. Iím
thankful for him because he made me see something different. With me getting
out the pen, I was still living with that pen mentality. Theyíre good friends
of mine. Snoop hit me up for a couple tracks, Goldie and Kam hit me up for a
couple of tracks, but Iíve been so tied up I havenít been able to get to them
dudes to do it. So I may be on there, or I may not.
Dubcnn: With Warzone coming out, and Westurn Union coming, as a producer,
if you could put 3 artists together and make a group, who would you put in
Me, personally, I would go get MC Ren, I would go get Boss Hogg and a
muthafucka like RBX! Or on the flipside Iíd get a nigga like Jay-O Felony,
Spider Loc and me. Thereís dudes that talented on this end, but just havenít
been found, or been part of a real situation where muthaf-ckaz is paying
attention to them. People like Kam, Threatt, Boss Hogg, you know CPO/Boss
Hogg, theyíre good rappers and good people, but just havenít been able to be
in the right position, or fortunate enough to be blessed with people to really
pay attention to our shit. I mean, we got fanbases and all of that, but as for
this mainstream, I think I speak for everybody saying weíre comfortable just
being gutter and keeping it California. Weíre just trying to get people to
hear what we got going on, and feel what we got going on because we still got
that hardcore fan base that got love for us. But companies ainít fucking with
us like that, so we got to make our own niche to get to our fan base.
Dubcnn: From where you and Eiht are standing, is that part of what cripples
the west coast, the fact that a lot of West Coast artists donít support each
other, with the beefs and what not?
Yea, but I guess thatís just our mentality on the west. It wouldnít be the
west without beef. I ainít going to say that a lot of people capitalize on our
shit, but just our culture and the way we live is based on beef. Itís the shit
that happens out here and thereís nothing really anybody can do about it. A
lot of shit is territorial, a lot of people just donít fuck with other people,
but I wish it was different, real different. Iím only one man and one voice.
All I can do is play my part, and protect my neck. Iím not off into dissing
muthaf-ckaz, or rap beef and all of that shit. But Iím not going to let a dude
like Eiht just diss me and not say nothing about it. Where I come from, if I
man do something to you, itís a must that you do something about it. Thatís
just our culture. Like when Eiht and Quik was getting into it, it was
basically not them as much as it was their homeboys that kept that shit going.
Itís just the mentality of the inner city, and we all still fuck with
inner-city people. Eihtís out of bounds because heís out in Marietta where
itís predominantly white folks, Mexicans and Indians out there where he live
at. Iím still in Compton everyday, dealing with that mentality and fire that
brought you ĎItís A Compton Thangí, ďStraight Checkiníemí, and ĎMusic To
Drivebyí and shit like that. That vibe is what brought us that type of music
Dubcnn: Whatís the foundation of the beef between you and Eiht?
Basically, the lifetime story of every great group from the west, or anywhere
else for that matter: money & politics! Where one person ventures off and does
their thing, and feels like they ainít got to pay the next man, when the next
man is doing all the work. Itís not paying homage to whatís real and whatís
fake. Whatís real is Iím Comptonís Most Wanted, more than anybody would ever
think. At the end of the day, me and Eiht is Comptonís Most Wanted. I just
donít like what heís doing with the group, and not to get off into any
details, he went and did some un-manly shit. Shit that people get killed over.
But I know him and being knowing since we was teenagers, so I wouldnít dare
step that close, but we can take a fade and go ahead and get it over with,
then smoke a blunt afterwards and be the best of friends.
Dubcnn: Whatís it going to take for that to happen?
Nothing but for him to man-up! He had called me the other day, and I asked him
if thatís where weíre going with it. After all that time to get off your chest
whatever you wanted to get off your chest when I was at Boom Bamís house and
you was standing in that kitchen shaking in your boots like a dog with mange.
But you want to put on records that you doing this and doing that; that you
laid up with my broad while I was in prison and all of that type of shit. The
next muthafucka would be ready to off your muthafuckiní head for that shit!
But the bitch he was f-cking was a blow-up doll, she wasnít nothing. It was
just a regular-ass bitch, but donít use me to get the pussy! Besides that, he
had my hard-drive from some previous work that we was doing.
That ĎAffiliatedí album that he came out with? I produced the whole joint, but
I didnít get a dime for that muthafucka because I was in prison. I didnít
sign-off on none of that shit, or give him rights to use none of that shit, or
nothing! But I ainít the type of dude thatís going to be running suing
muthaf-ckaz and doing some crazy shit, Iím just going to man-up and ask him,
Ďwhatís happening, count a little breadí. If you ainít got my bread, then we
just going to do business like this then. Thatís basically what it was, he put
out that record and didnít count my bread. I ainít working for free! Give me a
$100 or something! You got my hard-drive and jacking-off with it. You just
giving away my music, some of that shit I sold to other muthaf-ckaz and placed
in other places. He didnít know what was happening with it. So, I get out and
explain to these other folks whatís going on and why Eihtís rapping on these
Dubcnn: Everything cool between the rest of the homies?
Yeah, we straight, I mean we never all fell out really to where we just
stopped fucking with each other I mean we family, we all know each other moms
and dads uncle kids and all that so when we run into each other its love. The
whole camp is doing their thing but we all segregated. But I feel like when
the time is needed or when the time is right we gonna mash and do it one more
time, even as older cats. I mean itís gonna be that much more serious that
much better because we grown-ass men now and know what to expect. We know what
we want and we ainít on no bullshit.
Dubcnn: A lot of people want to know whatís up with Windchill Factor. Is
that still something you got cooking up?
Yeah, that was an album I did, went on promo tour for it and got really good
reviews for it. Itís a really good record, and Iím still sitting on it
debating on if I want to do it or not, but I got so much shit going on right
now that I haven't really even tripped on it. I basically gave it away, but I
had a deal with a cat from Arizona named Johnny Two Guns, we had a deal
through Universal. This is when I got locked up. We finished the record, we
did the promo tour the record and was fixing to come out. He and some of the
people at the company had some differences and I didnít want to get my album
caught up in the middle of that shit so I held it.
I still have it though. They squashed their differences, but they are not
doing business no more so I kept my shit. I felt it was a classic record and I
wanted to treat it like some Dr. Dre shit because I really produced the shit
out of that muthafucka! I got cats on there like Jayo Felony, Tha real
Eastsidaz, with my boy Tray Deee and Goldie Loc. I got RBX on there, I got
Cold 187 from Above The Law on there, Kokane, I had Yo-Yo on there, and it was
a real west coast record. The world would've have grabbed on to it, but at the
time it was fucked up. I was going through a lot of shit going on at the time
with the courts. The Comptonís Most Wanted beef and all that shit so I just
held the record and didnít put it out.
Dubcnn: What can you tell us about the new album youíre working on?
The name of my new album is called Hot Ice. I got Goldie on there, Jayo
Felony; I f-cked with Redman to keep my east coast connect straight because I
got love for them cats. Then I head down south to fuck with them cats. Bone
Crusher real good friend of mine ya know, 8 Ball & MJG, theyíre my boys. I am
trying to do a worldly record, but keep that west coast gutter, gangster feel.
I ainít really into that new swagg of things. I ainít hating on it, it just
ainít for me you know what I am saying? So this Hot Ice record is gonna be
real grown and all my fans from Compton's Most Wanted they gonna love it.
Dubcnn: What else you working on? I know you got this cat named Young Ace
Yea, Iím working with Young Ace, heís from Compton and heís dope! Weíre doing
his record and itís fire man. I got a dude that rap & sing out of Watts named
Bam. Just trying to stay focused on my craft and work on my album. Iím trying
to be a part of anything thatís relevant, and stay away from the bullshit. Iím
not really going to put too much into that Eiht situation. He canít fuck with
me on these mics or these streets, so I will answer to him. If heís going to
diss me, then he needs to put it all the way out there, not just on his
myspace page! *laughs*
Dubcnn: Any last words?
Itís Tha Chill! Hot Ice is coming this summer. My boy Jayo is on there, and
heís about to crackíem over the head too! My boy Spice-1, Brotha Lynch Hung,
Yukmouth, and of course my cats Young Ace & bam is on there! We going to do it
as big as we can. Comptonís Most Wanted original, Tha Chill.
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