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Interview: Freddie Foxxx
Friday, March 30, 2007
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T: You recently did a CMJ show with Prince Paul, speak on Paul.

FF: To bottom line it, I always liked Prince Paul. He's always represented Hip-Hop. I've never seen him not represent Hip-Hop. Anything that he's done, in or out of Hip-Hop, he's always brought the Hip-Hop element. He's never been a sellout type of dude. He's never given anyone anything other than what the original formula was and he's added on top of that doing other types of projects, and brought people into his zone. And when he went into their zones, he brought Hip-Hop. So, how could you not love Prince Paul?

T: what's next on the menu for Freddie Foxxx?

FF: In the first quarter, top of the year, we're gonna drop Amerikkkan Black Man and get the streets warmed up. I'm really trying to keep that New York flavour, that New York sound. There's a lot of new cats out now doin' what they do, but I'm gonna do what I do. I can't see myself following trends. That shit is corny to me, man. When people follow trends, when that trend is over, you over with it. There's a lot of rappers in New York that disappointed me by switching up styles, trying to act like everybody else, and dick-hopping...jumping on people's records just because they were hot, and these are the same guys that they didn't really want to fuck with in the beginning. So, now when they come back to New York and the streets it's not gonna be a good look for them when they try to come back to that original sound 'cause it's gonna show the fakeness. A lot of people are gonna say, it's diversity. But it's not diversity if you not from a certain place but you adapting their lingo and you actin' like them. You kinda kill a market by not keeping the originality there.

T: What do you think of everybody talking about bringing New York back?

FF: New York Hip-Hop ain't never went nowhere, it's the people that do it that went somewhere, ya na mean? You got all these great emcees that couldn't get money in the business. They trying to chase what corporate America's idea of Hip-Hop is, and New York Hip-Hop has always still been there. They abandon the music, the music didn't abandon them. So, what do they mean, come back? I don't understand what that means. If you just hold fast and stay adament in your position, you can't possibly lose ground. You gotta fight, you gotta stay focused, man. And that's what this is about, Boom Bap or whatever you want to call it, it's always been here. People start making club records now, a lot of people are making club music. Hip-Hop has always been bangin' in the club. All of a sudden they wanna start making dance records and all this ol' crazy shit. Come on, man, R&B sounds more Hip-Hop than some of these rap records do.

T: Freddie Foxxx has always been a threat as a guest on a record, how do you approach a cameo? And do you have some comin' up?

FF: I do got a few comin' up but I haven't solidified them yet, but they're pretty big. As far as me prepping to do something like that, I'm a battle emcee, and I always look at any collaboration I do as a battle. I kinda switch it up as far as, not going at the rappers on the record with me, but in my mind imagining, okay, I go next and I gotta be the best. So, I put that kind of energy into it and being able to do that has kept me focused and always given me my shine. It's up to the emcee to step up his game, I can't be making pity records. So, if you're supposed to be considered the best, or the best in the world, or the nicest this or the nicest that. Give people a reason to see that. You don't want to just be good on your own records, you want to be dope on everything. I'm not saying that every record I rocked on was the best record, but I garauntee you one thing, people knew I was on my collaborations. I ain't never been on a collaboration where people didn't know I was on the record...unlike other people I know.




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