Thick: Tell us how long you bin' in the game and how you hooked up with Grand Hustle.
Alfamega: I got my first deal six months outta prison, I was with Universal Records. I bin knew TIP and everybody else.
T: When did you get the Universal deal?
T: What lead you to sign with TI?
A: We had been talked about it. I seen that he was winnin'. He had a system that was known to win and I loved it.
T: In the Westside OG single you have a line where you say, "what they show in ATL is not what it's like growin' up in ATL". Tell what your experience is.
A: What I'm sayin' is ATL ain't really what Atlanta is. We did skate and stuff back in the days. Everybody wanna have fun, but everybody think that's all we did when they look at that movie and it's bigger than that. It's the same thing that's going on in every other city. You got gangstas in Philly, you got gangstas in New York, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, you got gangstas in Atlanta. You got gangstas everywhere on the map. You got your hoodlums, your thugs, your softies. You got everything you got in any other major city in Atlanta, this ain't no rollerskating going on.
T: The name is interesting, what's behind it?
A: You know, it means the beginning and end of everything. Everything you are, I am. The name came to me while I was in prison. I dreamed about it like six times, I didn't even know what it mean at first. Then I found out what it meant and it was like, oh, okay, must be a sign from god for me to take it.
T: Also in that track Westside OGs you talk about being eight figures before the rap, did you need to rap?
A: I used to play around with rappin' cause it was somethin' fun to do, before I went to prison and all that...when I was young. And then last time I was in prison I did seven years, four days, five hours, thirty-two minutes, and sixteen seconds. So, I took it serious then 'cause I started writing more. I had more to write about, more to think about, I had more time to think. I was meeting guys from all over the world, not just my city or my state 'cause I was in federal prison. I got to get a look and a firsthand feel of how people are from everywhere. And I was like, okay, I can do this because I can give a real testimony and people from everywhere will understand it because I've been around people from everywhere.
T: Speak on the DJ Drama situation, since that's close to home.
A: We got his back.
T: Do you have an Aphilliates mixtape in the works?
A: If that's what TI wants me to do.
T: What do you have planned for your album?
A: The album is already did. I need to do like two or three more songs and I'm ready. My album is already ready. I recorded over 250 songs.
T: How much time was that over?
A: Off and on, about five months. But I wrote like 1,700 songs while I was in prison anyway. Since I've been home I done recorded like 250 over at Grand Hustle, I did like and a hundred and somethin' when I was with Universal. So, I got a big catalog.
T: Was that 1,700 songs over the whole stint?
A: Nah, it was written my last two years in prison. I wrote like thirteen songs in two days in prison.
T: Did dreaming of the name and the writing spree coincide?
A: Yeah, it all happened around the same time. Yep. A lot of the stuff people are gonna hear on my album is stuff I wrote in prison. When I tell people which ones I wrote in prison they going to be amazed like, huh? 'Cause this stuff was written way back in 2000.
T: When you were with Universal did anything come out or get pushed?
A: Yeah, I had a song with David banner called Muthafucker. That's what got me my deal. Then, I had a song called The New South, it got me a lot of buzz. It was a political song. I had a song with Lil' Jon called A-Town Stomp. I was only who has a song with Lil' Flip and TI on the same song. It's called Southern Boys, got Trina on the hook with me.