Turk:
Behind The Walls

TURK1.jpgTab “Turk” Virgil first hit the national hip-hop scene in 1998 when a budding New Orleans rap label called Cash Money began to make a major name for itself with the four-MC super-group The Hot Boys. Over the next three years the HB’s, along with Cash Money, toured around the country and sold over 10 million group and solo albums before CMR began to fall apart due to internal drama.

In January 2004, Turk was arrested during an early morning drug raid in Memphis where two members of the Tennessee SWAT team were shot and wounded. The then 22-year-old Hot Boy was initially charged with both shootings, but it was later proven that one of the officers was hit by friendly fire. In August of 2005, Turk was convicted of three counts of unlawful transport of a firearm. He was fined $200,000 and sentenced to ten years in prison, where he is currently waiting on an appeal. Turk, who maintains his innocence, is still facing an attempted murder charge for the 2004 incident. XXLMAG.COM recently spoke to Turk from the Shelby County Jail, where he weighed in on his career, drugs and recent beef between former Hot Boys.

What do you think of what has been going on with your former label mates?
I just seen [that] B.G. and Mannie Fresh did a collaboration together. Mannie Fresh’s been working with Juvenile. I talk to B.G. I talk to Mannie Fresh a lot and they just doin’ they thang. I talk to Lil Wayne, Baby and them. I’m cool with everybody. There’s just a lot of misunderstanding going on. In every family they have fights and it always take one person in the family to bring it back. When I get out and my situation’s over, that’s what I wanna do—bring peace. I wanna see us do a Hot Boys reunion.

Speaking of a Hot Boys reunion, B.G., Juvenile and Mannie Fresh have reportedly been planning one.
It wouldn’t be no Hot Boy reunion without four of us. There wouldn’t be no Hot Boy reunion with somebody else trying to replace somebody. When I say Hot Boy reunion I mean all of us together in one mind, one place, doing our thang again. Everybody really just growing up and experiencing things on they own right now.

Did you get to hear any of the diss songs that have been going on with B.G and Wayne?
I heard “Trigga Man.” I heard a couple songs from Lil Wayne. They just goin’ through a thang right now, but it’s gonna stop. Every beef gotta get squashed somehow and that’s gonna end up with a peaceful shake-off.

When Cash Money was at its height, did you ever think that things would end up like this for all of you?
I’m surprised by it. When you doing your thing, you’re blinded to the things that could happen. You blinded to the consequences. I never thought that I’d be in the predicament that I’m in. I never thought that we would ever break up ’cause we were so close. I mean, all us got each other’s names tattooed on our bodies, so it was real love. It’s still love, it’s just going in the opposite direction right now. We gotta stop blaming [each other] for all our actions and come together like men.

Were you surprised when Mannie left the label?
Yeah I was surprised—I still kinda don’t believe [it]. That was a shock. Mannie Fresh was like 70 percent [of what was] holding Cash Money up. Without Mannie Fresh, I know [there] will be a future for Cash Money, but I don’t think it’ll be the same. Without Mannie Fresh or all of us still there, it’ll never be 100 percent. But all of us are talented, [so] anywhere we go, we have a bright future as long as we keep our head focused. But it’d be better if we were together.

TURK2.jpgWhat’s it like trying to stay a rapper while you’re locked up?
In order for me to stay focused, I gotta stay on top of my game by writing everything and recording—that’s easy. I record over the phone or any kind of way that I [can]. I make it happen. I done did two albums from back here. I stay focused and get motivated off of prisoners that’s already in the system. [Recently] I dropped Still a Hot Boy. Real hot. I got Bun B on my first single called “Calling Out” and I got Chamillionaire and a couple more cats out here in Memphis.

There were always rumors that you struggled with drugs. What was the truth about that?
It’s no rumor. Heroin and cocaine—I did it for eight years straight and I’ve been clean right now for two years. I’ve had a lot of time to think about my life. This was a wake-up call for me to think about who I am, because when I was rapping and living that life I couldn’t see what I see now.

Were you addicted the whole time you were with Cash Money?
Yeah, I was addicted. I was on it bad, but I didn’t look at it like that when I was out there. I was doing my thing and it’s hard to see when you livin’ the life and everything going good. When stuff starts hittin’ the fan, you start losing things and losing people. Then you start realizin’, I gotta stop this or this gonna be the ’cause of me losin’ my career or losin’ my life.

How do you think it affected your career?
It affected my career ’cause [there were] times where I ain’t want to show up for no interviews. I didn’t wanna show up for no studio or 106 & Park. But I was young then and I done grown up [in] these two years. Jail gonna make you either a boy or a man and it made me a man. I know that I’m over my addiction. If I wanted to get high, it’s easier to get it in jail than on the streets. If you check yourself, ain’t no way you can fall off. That’s what I decided to do: be sincere with myself.

Do you feel you were easily manipulated by people because you had an addiction?
When you high, you easily manipulated by anything—not just people—because you not in your right mind. The drug is pimpin’ you. It ain’t just a man pimpin’ a woman or a woman pimpin’ a man. Drugs is pimpin’ people too because it’s makin’ them do anything. It’s makin’ them miss out on things that they love to do and that’s how I was until I got in jail. My past is my past. If I could change it I would but I can’t. All I can do is make it better for me and make it better for my son and make it better for the next person behind me.

  • Mos

    That was a weak interview. Not ur fault Vanessa Satten for trying, but Turk is just talking. Stay clean nigga nad get ou tof the system.

  • young_bleek

    i’ll be glad when turk get out cuz there needs to be a hot boys album again so turk be easy and keep ya head up

  • D-Hunt (Ddhunt2006@aol.com)

    Good Interview dude seems like he got a clear head and has good intentions. Seems like he’s sincere and my be just what is needed in order to bring Cash Money back together a mediator of sorts. Wish my nigga the best and hope he beat those cases.

  • D-Hunt (Ddhunt2006@aol.com)

    Good Interview dude seems like he got a clear head and has good intentions. Seems like he’s sincere and may be just what is needed in order to bring Cash Money back together a mediator of sorts. Wish my nigga the best and hope he beat those cases.

  • Matt

    That was cool. i didn’t even know he was on dope. But i’m glad he clean now.

  • http://myspace.com/lostgyrl Lostgyrl…

    I liked the interview.. I can’t help but to think.. When will you do a interview with Spigg Nice. He’s long overdue a heart to heart.

  • Seasonal

    Wish the nucka the best on the appeal…Yo drugs kill & destroy families…

  • tate

    da interview was alright cause i been waiting to hear something from turk.can’t wait for that nigga to hit streets again,holla at ya boy from da ATL.hold ya head peace.

  • Jbeez

    Turk got much LOVE in H-town and just hearing from dude and knowing he str8 is good ’nuff for me!!!!!!

  • sonny vito

    man as a new orleans native an a fan of turk its fucked up to see any of our artist locked up c-murder mystikal mac an turk its like we a fuckin target in the rap game got artist like myself watching for them fuckin hip hop cops yah heard me but turk keep ur head up dog

  • Block University

    Hold it down Turk, keep ya head up

  • LE-LE

    FREE TURK! YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT AND WHO IT IS. YA # 1 HOTG1RL LE-LE FROM BOSTOM MASS. GET AT ME. KEEP YA HEAD UP BOO NIGGAZ IS RIDING 4 YA.

  • lil mo man

    keep ya head up kid. put dem cds out and put tha hot boys back together. chi-town holdin u down.
    FREE TURK!!!

  • bluerid

    you better start taking care of your son now.peace

  • http://turkthetruth Kingpin

    that’s what i mean hot boys cant be hotboys unless everybody is back together.Juvie talking when turk come out its going to be B.G.,Juvie,And Turk come on be serious now turk speaking that real shit man just cometogether and say fuck all that beefing with yah brother’s man do it
    like it was 99 bling bling holla back
    cash money forever at the top of the
    game.

  • omar

    turk can rhyme

  • CornBred thick_88

    if you ask me i think the interview was real.they really to put all this beef bullshit in a skillet, cook it up and eat it. i believe the renion will be a good idea for everybody. all of them are good rappers except baby!

  • Stingg

    Yo,man let me say this… That i miss the old Hot Boyz…Bein from New Orleans n not havin turk,wayne, b.g., n juve 2gether again,, is Fucked up.. I know that they got disses wit each other its on juve’s nu cd, b.g’s nu cd, n wayne nu cd…. BUT FO GET THAT BULLSHIT…. YA R FAM.. MAN, REMEMBER THAT… IM HAPPY 2 HEAR THAT TURK IS CLEAN, N IS ALMOST FREE.. THATS COOL 2 HEAR……HE’S RIGHT… YA WERE MANIPULATED … SOMEONE MANIPULATED YA ALL. N I THINK I KNOW WHO IS………..

  • http://yahoo RomeoRomeo

    I cant wait for the Hot Boys to get back together yall gave us pride and good times! THE HOTBOYS THE HOTBOYS!

  • blackbloodent.com

    yo da hotboys use to be raw as fuck i aint gon stunt dem boys need to kill dat beef shit 4real but dem boys need to chill on dat dope and heroin dat shit aint cool smoke some haze dat will have u good holla back and MAKE SURE YAW CHECK DAT WEBSITE OUT BLACKBLOODENT.COM/BUFFCITYRECORDS.COM

  • get_em_weezy

    on some real shit tho if there is gonna be a reunion turks the one thats gon have to be the peacemaker and get them dudes stop beefin but definetly good to hear from turk

    cash money 4 life

  • STUNNA’

    NICE TO SEE MY NIGGA STILL ON TOP OF HIS GAME.TURK TO ME YOU ALWAYS WAS THE HOTTEST OF ALL THE HOTBOYZ,IT SEEMS TO ME THEY JUST KEEP YOU OUT OF THE LIME LIGHT.BUT MOST OF ALL GIVE IT ALL TO GOD,AND LET IT GO AND WATCH WHAT HAPPEN(HE NEVER FAILS).STAY UP FOR YOUR SON BECAUSE HE NEEDS YOU IN THIS DAY AND TIME.HOLLA STUNNA’!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WiLLaMinO

    nigguhs stop talkin down; this nigguh TURK locked Up & stiLL prolly got more many den yall Broke Ass Nigguhs! so shut the fuck Up & Pay Attention! fuckin PeOnz

    holla front turk! & hold ya head!

  • cydehustla

    My dog turk…It’s good to see my nigga got his head focus, even though he lockup. I hope when he gets out he do stop that beef between cash money and the others hot boys, cause they will fuck the game up if they come out with that Album…

  • Newallense Real

    Yo if it weren’t for the hot boys growing up in da third coast(Gulf Coast) i would be lost. So Turk keep holden it down for real niggas and for the struggle. YA HEARD Me

  • Shavon

    I honestly don’t think that there will be a reunion with cash money because they all seem so stubborn and unwilling to forgive each other. It seems to me that everybody has some animosity towards Baby about him so-called “cheating them”. I feel B.G is doing his own thing, Juvie, Lil Wayne, and Mannie Fresh are all doing their thing and if they do reunite, it’ll be phony. I however do applaud Turk for wanting to bring the peace between them but if no ones cooperating, then whats the point? Turk, just know that DADE COUNTY’S holding you down, baby.

  • CARL

    Keep ya head up Turk… Hot Boys 4 Life!!

  • RENEGADE

    YOUNG TURK IS NOW GROWN!!
    HOPEFULLY WHEN HE COMES OUT HE’LL DO BIG THANGS WIT THE HOTBOYS…

    …..305…TILL I DIE………

  • http://n/a KOOLVE

    I AGREE WITH U STINGG YEAH I MISS DEM FIRE BOYS TOO. JUV’S “TAKE IT OFF YOUR SHOULDER” WAS MY FAVORITE LIC. BUT I FEEL THAT THEY JUS LIKE ANY OTHER FAMILY, JUS LIKE TURK SAYS, EVERYBODY IS JUST GROWING UP. EVERYBODY HAS TO GO THRU SOMETHIN TO GET WHERE THEY NEED TO BE AND DEM HOT BOYS DONE GROWN UP INTO SUM REAL NIGGAS

  • YATES

    THE HOT BOYS SOLD ALOT OF RECORS;GRANTED.BUT IF SOMEONE COULD PLEASE REMIND ME OF ONE HOT VERSE THIS NIGGA EVR DROPPED.BEING A BROTHER MYSELF I FELL FOR TURK’S PLIGHT IN THE JOINT AND WILL PRAY THIS BROTHER IS RELEASED.BUT EVER SINCE THESE NIGGAS BROKE UP THEY ARE MAKING THEIR BEST MUSIC IN YEARS.

  • SILENCE

    Ey dis ya boi Silence reppin tha Gump an I jus wanna let my nigga Turk know dat we waitin on u to come home cus. We missin ya outchere mane so keep ya head up and stay doin whatchu do hotboy! 4 Sho Much Luv Turk

  • http://stewartwarrenscomcast.com tywootang

    I was smokin chronic tha other day talkin bout a hot boy reunion.that’z what’z happin,Mannie Fresh & them raw boyz will shock tha south.Turk hold yo head & get yo brothaz back togetha 4 that reunion triple plat album,cuz tha hotboyz would’nt sound tha same witout all my niggaz.stewartwarrens@comcast.com

  • izzy

    stay trill my nigga, and remember crack kill

  • Jade Star

    Ya’ll need to respect that man’s pain and insight I loved the Hot Boyz from the beginning… I’m tatted with Hot Girl on my chest. I love these cats they made Bling Bling a word in the dictionary. Respect these cats. Word up!

  • http://XXLmag.com Raven Lee

    I think this article was weak. All Lil’ Turk is doing is running his mouth. How can your fans take you seriously when you got strung out on what you should’ve been slangin’. It takes a weak and absent minded individual to get hook on drugs. I know not to leave my stash anywhere around this brother. Hot Boy, Not Boy!

  • IKI

    I’ve heard Turk on this Weezy track he dont make much sense to be honest. His flow aint what its made out to be nahmeen he sounds pretty much like Dizzee Rascal (U.K rapper) & thats not a good thing peoples.

  • Xstacylove

    Niggas stop Hatin

    I messed up when a nigga thats locked down can get his head right. When we still have nigga on the street that cant even get his head rite. What a shame.

    Turk 1 Luv Boo!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com E-man (South c)

    All i can say is stay strong time flyz keep ya head up till ya done doing time.One love to TURK.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mrgreedy mr.greedy

    turk is a dope phene……but he still my boy!

  • http://cvnguyen85yahoo.com shaun

    yall turk keep yoour head up.same shit here with me with that jail shit but i lucky to make it alive because god help me.all my home boy are dead or in jail or doing drug or on probation.at least your boy still outside my home boy dead.just pray to god and he will protect u.he is real and the devil real too so dont let evil control u.gotta go

  • BG1

    KEEP UR HEAD UP.KEEP WRITING AND HOPFULLY WHEN U GET OUT WE CAN GET 2 SEE THE HOTBOYZ BACK TOGETHER 1 MORE TIME..

  • Dizz

    Turk, u my nigga. keep ya head up dog. u spit the hardest out of the hotboys and they gon need u to stop all this beef shit and get this re-union craccin

  • http://sweet_boy_pouchonhotmail.com young black

    bring back the Hot boy$ i dream of that for a long time and yaw hust my favorite group of all time you kwon
    all of yaw together juve B.G. Lil Wayne and Turk just to hot hot hot hot boysssssssss plz come back

  • SKINNI

    Turk keep ya head up homeboy we need a turk album all fresh tracks if they do get together hotboys which i would be very surprised it’ll be hitz and hitz platinum and platinum Turk hold ya head dis ga peeaccee

  • http://Blackplanet.com south cacalaci boi

    Man, man, man I miss turk man, he brought that phenom rhyming skill to the hot boy group so he need to hurry up and get out and keep that head up playa. And he right bout them hot boyz

  • Duval Nigga

    man the rest of the hot boyz need to get locked up or somethin cus turk is the only one who seems like is head is on straight. Man up niggas the only REAL reason they fell apart was because of Baby

  • http://xxlmag.com young stunna

    HOT BOYZ NEED 2 COME BACK 2GETHER BUT THET DONT NEED BABY WANYE THA HOTEST OUT OF DA CLICK BUT TURK FIRE AND HE TALKIN SOME REAL SHIT RIGHT NOW KEEP YA HEAD UP YOUNG TURK

  • 7ward hardhead

    o watz happem son jus 2 let u no keep ur head up NEW ORLEANS still behind u 100% f**k hurricane katrina. man i cant wait tell my daddy(juvenile)& all my uncles get back together. man the radio,dj’s/block parties r not the same. wit love from ur niece see u when u get out

  • 254 Waco Boi

    Yo! My nigga turk keep yo head up and dont look down unless you bout to fall but other than that do it big.

  • A.B.M. SOLDIERS 4 LIFE

    A TURK U KNOW U MY NIGGA ME AND DA A.B.M. SQUAD JUST WANT TO SAY WAT UP N FUCK LIL WAYNE BITCH ASS U DONT NEED HIM BUT U NEED TO FUCK WIT B.G. N MANNIE FRESH DOE CAUSE DA SOME REAL NIGGAZ WAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Lil Kent

    Turk U Been My Nigga Cuz, I Got All Yo Cds N Erthing Man. When You Get Out My Nigga Do Yo Thing Man And Get The HB’s Back Together Cause Im Waiting 4 Another Cd To Add 2 My Cash Money Collection. Keep Yo Head Up Man N Keep It Real

  • HOLLYGROVE SHERM

    I FEEL YA WOOTIE. ITS JUST SOME MISUNDERSTANDING GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    SO WHEN THIS NIGGA GET OUT I HOPE THESE NIGGAS DO THE REUNION. HOLLA AT YA BOY. HOLLYGROVE NIGGA

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=1004 Jake

    man Turk this is what i wanna know if ur still cool with cash money WHY DID U LEAVE?

  • LEKISHA COLE

    WHATS UP TURK MAN I LOVE YOU TO DEATH MAN YOU JUST DONT UNDERSTAND BUT WHEN I GET UR ADDRESS IM GONE WRIGHT YOU AND SEND YOU MONEY,LOVE YA!

  • oelie

    turk,ma bwa do yo thing and make it happen the new hotboys album. B-cause that will be the sikkest hip hop album eva.
    and oyeah stya soba and keep it real ouwe

  • http://www.myspace.com/styles2bless Rookz

    Yo doggy let me know who your lawyer is cuz that dude hooked you up big time i don’t know you but the block is hot! give a better interview for all of us doggy! PS fuck the police!
    O yea i bet your tired if those dan bolony sandwitches! tell them to give you all some love in the soul food!

  • http://known jazale bynnom

    yo wuz the deal turk keep yo mind right and use the gift god gave you to make a change for the best. I want you to know i grew up with out a dad going on 18 years now becuase of this so called gangsta livin kill or be killed and drug stuff.I pray that your kid will not have to grow up like I did. and as far as your music…. since you hooked up with kenoe it is some of the best sounding out there.. kenoe and KLC are some of the best producers out here and thaz no lie..and forget what these hattin ass hatters say keep yo head on sraight….keep on pushing brotha..

  • Kez

    Dang ten years eh 8 more years thats to long tha group will be in thier 30′s and thats bad.

  • BABY COMPTON

    what up turk lil sucka whatz good fuck da bloods nigga crip nation fo life cuzzin! WESTSIDE!

  • dd

    free turk

  • Lil G Greg

    Turk u can get the HotBoyz back together just try ur hardest B.G. and Juve should go back with Wayne and for u keep ur head up as far as the rest HOTBOYZ 4 Life CMB Nigga

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Tonio

    I just want 2 say 2 Turk dat I am a 18 young buck tryin 2 become a rapper and u really inspired me and u was my favorite Hot Boy and my favorite C-D is Young Thugin So hopefully 1 day I can become a rapper and u still would be my idol, keep ya head up.

    ”It’s In Me My Nigga”

  • http://XXXLmag.com Slicka

    turk to be the hotboyz u need wayne juve bg all them haters just hatin cus u get more money and one day i will be wit cash money

  • http://facebook magic

    i hope they let u out bcuz da rap game fucked up right now ya heard.