Gravy
No More Drama

gravy1.jpgIt’s no secret that real-life drama sells records, and no one uses this to their benefit better than rappers. Shootings have become so routine, so often tied with release dates and single debuts, that when the target actually walks away alive folks get suspicious. So when 29-year-old Brooklyn MC Gravy was shot last Wednesday (April 26) in front of New York’s Hot 97 studios and managed to still go on air for his interview with Funkmaster Flex, the rumors started flying, saying that it was all a set up. But was it?

To hear it from Gravy, who is a native of Bed-Stuy’s Lafayette Gardens housing projects, he’s ready to move past the drama. After a well publicized beef with Maino and a falling out with Foxy Brown last year following her tiff with Miami rapper Jacki-O at Gravy’s recording session, he wants to focus on the music. Gravy was signed to his first deal by DJ Clark Kent under Virgin Records as a member of a group called Da Franchise in 1998; his second deal was under Violator/Loud in 1999. Now with his own label, Dirty Money, inking a deal with Warner Brothers last December, he’s preparing his appropriately-titled debut God Willin’ for a late summer release. But before that, Gravy is honing his acting chops, gearing up for his chance to play the Notorious B.I.G. in the upcoming Antoine Fuqua-directed biopic. Ladies and gentlemen, Gravy is ready for his close up.

Since getting shot, you must be getting a lot more attention from the media, right?
I’m getting a lot of attention from the media. I never got that before, but that wasn’t my plan. I went up there to do the right thing and it just got ugly. I think sometimes God has his ways to make you stand out, but this ain’t something to be proud of, you know.

The unfortunate truth is that getting shot always seems to do wonders for a rapper’s career. Do you think it could be a blessing in disguise?
Yeah, it probably could be a blessing in disguise.

There’s a lot of rumors going around saying that the shooting was all a set up just to get hype.
That’s the haters, man. Nobody want to get shot for no fame. I was already known. I already had my own fans, doing my own thing. The whole New York know who run the mixtape circuit. It was me and Papoose runnin’ neck to neck for a long time. I already had a name and I already had money and the deal. Now I got to change it around and make it positive when I was already a positive dude, period. [For] none of this was a gimmick. This is real life. I gotta clean up all the dirt now, ’cause there’s a lot of dirt on my name, saying it was a publicity stunt to try to get fame. You got people calling up radio stations saying, He frontin’, He trying to get some fame, Who does he think he is? But at the same time, it’s a blessing in disguise because I really got the spotlight on me now. I got more fans now. If you didn’t know me then, you know me now.

After you got shot, it must have been difficult to still go inside and do your interview with Flex.

Yeah, and it was a bad move because that makes it looks like it was planned. But that wasn’t it, it wasn’t about [that] at all. I didn’t know how serious my injury was. I thought I got grazed, you feel me? Nah, it felt a little worse than grazed, I’m lying. I ain’t gonna front. But I could’ve sworn I got grazed ’cause I was moving so fast to get out the way. I thought that if I [was] hit, I would’ve fell, but nah. When the shots went off I was already trying to get out of there so I didn’t see the police. I just wanted to finish what I was doing. That’s my job. What am I supposed to say to Flex? Yo man, dudes were shooting at me, I can’t do it? Come on, that don’t even sound right.

It started bleeding a little too much, then it started bleeding crazy and then it started getting ugly. Then my leg started hurting and that’s when I felt it with my hand. I touched it and I felt a hole and that’s when the whole shit broke off. Flex and all the niggas that were there they didn’t know I was shot. They didn’t know nothing was going on. I’m a big dude and I had my hoodie on. I’m all about high spirits. I’m always the one catching the beef: the Maino beef, Cocaine City beef. I’m always the one everybody want to beef with. I don’t start beef. I’ve got too much money, I’m too positive a person to be worrying about that stuff.

Why do you think people want to beef with you?
That’s Brooklyn, man. When you trying to be the man, everybody want to be the man. If I happen to be successful, it’s because God be on my side and I don’t be trying to be the man, I happen to be the number one nigga. I spit with everybody. A lot of people can’t touch the people I can touch, and that’s what it boils down to at the end of the day. You can’t be the king, the king’s dead. B.I.G. was the king. I ain’t here to be nobody’s king; I’m here to do my job.

The police seem to think that the gunman was somebody rolling with you who got upset after you wouldn’t let them come up to the interview.
They making up stuff. It ain’t about nobody on my team want to shoot me. They know what it really is. I’m just trying to make a hot album, but nowadays you gotta get your security. I been wanting to do that, but I didn’t feel there was really a need for it. Now there’s a big need for it.

gravy2.jpgWhat steps are you taking to increase your security?

I’m not going to be playing no games when I’m in the street. No more thinking everything is sweet ’cause it’s not. You know I got my stuff together. I ain’t gonna tell people how, but it’s together now. Trust me.

Do you think it’s a good thing or a bad thing that the NYPD is now installing a surveillance camera outside Hot 97?
They been saying they had cameras with N.O.R.E., Capone they been having cameras out front. So what happened? Where were the cameras? Don’t look at me like I caused the trouble. I’m the third, fourth incident out there. After Game, 50 and all that, don’t put that on me like I caused the trouble. I’m just trying to do an interview.

There’s a lot of rappers on the mixtape scene right now. What do you think sets you apart from the pack?
My style is totally different from everybody else. I know how to make songs and I got the biggest deal. The other rappers don’t have deals. They trying to get deals when this is my third deal. I separate from the rest ’cause I do big things. I rhymed with every major person there is. My name is bigger than my music ’cause my music ain’t out yet.

You worked a lot with Foxy Brown in the past right? Are you guys still cool?
Yeah, but I didn’t speak to her for a while after the incident with Jacki-O, so that really put a dent in it. It was two females, you know how it is. She got mad at me cause I had Jacki-O on the record. I guess she wanted the first verse and it just didn’t work like that. I would’ve moved it for her, it ain’t that serious, as long as I had two females on the same record. But I wish her well; I hope she’s alright.

Has anyone ever told you, you bear a strong resemblance to Biggie?

Oh yeah. I’m trying for the Biggie movie. I’m up for [the lead] in that, so I got a lot of pressure for that.

How did you get involved with the Biggie movie?
I mean, you can look at me. What do I look like? God willin’, I’ma get that role and it’ll be a good setup. I just got a call from Mark Pitts to come and do the casting pretty soon.

Did you get a script for it?
Oh no, not yet. But when they do, I’ll be the first up for grabs. I’m in the top three.

Is that what they told you?
Nah, that’s what I know. I’m definitely in the top three.

  • T-Boye Doe

    Hey I’m from LG(Lafayette Gardens), GO head “Gravy” do your thang,hope verything goes well for that man 1

  • http://www.myspace.com/writeonpointmagazine janice

    It’s all very well looking like Biggie, but can he act?????

  • Capone

    Gravy is trash. He said he was neck to neck with papoose on the mixtapes when the hell was that. He has alot of song structure that a lot of mixtape niggaz dont have but he got money to put out dvd’s that sell and mixtapes that don’t. But I still wish him the best of luck. Biship is one of the nicest underground brooklyn niggaz I’ve heard in a long time but he ain’t on that much tapes but he alot nicer than gravy. 1st a publicty stunt shooting now he wants to play B.I.G. in the film.

  • Truth speaker

    Gravy you looked like a straight ass sucker in that Smack DVD with all your gunz and shit, my bruh was like “this nigga looks like a pussy”, all you stupid ass niggaz go infront of the camera and start pointing gunz, WTF is that all about? Any nigga can cop a gun but can y’all bust your gunz?
    I got tired of that b.s on SMACK, i won’t even clown you for what niggaz said about you on Cocaine City but that’s the repercussion you get when you’re fronting like you get it popping but ain’t about shit.

  • breakdown

    Fuck new york.

  • KlientL

    Corny ass nigga.

  • EnglandRepresent

    He might act as BIG but he a long fuckin way off bein anything that BIG represented

  • SKEEZ

    Gravy’s aight, I seen a lil freestyle over the New York beat wit Stack Bundles and Jae Hood, it was coo. I dont think the shooting was a publicity stunt just because of how he talkin, but still, it makes you scratch you head.

  • bluerid

    ok peace im going outside to lose myself.:-)

  • http://www.nmmu.ac.za agen’st da odds

    Yo this ‘actin big ass’ is frontin he aint evn answerin the questions ryt! it was all a scam how can u not feel dat u been shot another gmick to the game If u r rich y stunt ha bitch!!
    U luk lyk an ass u’ll get broke fast wev seen many like who act big wen they anit shit!!

  • bundles917

    LISTEN>>any1 that knows anything bout gravy, knows that he is a real nigga, hes been puttin out nice mixtapes over the years. AGEN’ST DA ODDS ur talkin strait out ur ass..you type this shit actn hard..If u ever meet Gravy in the streets you’d shit ur pants..pussy..that nigga had a slug in his leg n told the cops he fell…Stack Bundles is still the realist nigga out of NY..SQUAD UP…

  • dragonmasteregnites

    what kind of rap name is Gravy?? weakest shit i’ve ever heard..

  • http://www.stonedihotmail.com stonediggy

    yo first of all you don’t impress me i like the little that i do hear but you stunting no body really knows you and you shot your self its evident the slug was found in your sneaker and if your doe was right you be off chilling evry nigga in the world knows if your money right you just gonna chill its in our dna i do like the come up and thats where it stops just cuz you black as shit and got alittle weight don’t mean you look like biggie come on be learn how tobe gravey first then be biggie nigga.

  • pena capital

    hahahaha..Gravy…hahahaha….Gravy whathufuck!!gggg hahaha,,,,whoever put that @#%#%# on should be shot!!!!!

  • Nika

    First of all shut the hell up Breakdown dont disrepect NY.
    And second of all,this nigga named himself gravy?! He look lke he filled wit it and i dont think he should play BIG on the big-screen i wonda if they let his moms kno?

  • IM DAT NIGGA

    FUCK DAT FAKE AZZ NIGGA, NIGGA IS STRAIGHT UP N DOWN GARBAGE, HE SETS UP DA SHOOTING , N NOW DIS NI99A IS SAYING HE GOT FANS IN NY, FUCK DAT NIGGA, DEN SAYING DAT HE BEEN ON DA MIXTAPE GAME. MOTERFUCKA DA ONLY REASON U BE IN MIXTAPES IS BEACUSE OF CUTMASTER C B PUTTING UR WACK SHITS ON DA MIXTAPES. N HE A PUSSY ASS NIGGA, SAW DAT NIGGA ROLLING WIT CUTMASTER C UP IN HARLEM AND DAT BITCH ASS NIGGA WONT EVEN COME OUT OF THE FUCKING JEEP. GRAVY US IS A BITCH. U WILL NEVER B LIKE BIG. R.I.P BIG

  • ShogunOne87

    If the police saying the shooter was in Gravy’s crew and arrive with him there it’s cause they interviewed the people all around the crime scene; that’s called investigating the scene of a crime. In my opinion I really believe it looks like a publicity stunt, the timing is just to 2 perfect, right b4 getting interviewed by Flex without taking care of your wound at a hospital first is because you knew it wasn’t serious and you let your man know exactly where to shoot you at, A huge target like Gravy and you get it on the foot, how perfect for him to act like he some pain holding hard nigga that don’t got to see a Doctor until Flex tell him he bleeding all over the carpet. I agree with STONEDIGGY, Gravy is not as well known as he’s proclaiming. I’ve only heard of him on a few mixtapes. This rapper needs to find more intelligent ways of promoting and repping himself.

  • Big Tony (da Swamp Gator)

    from the swamp i commend u on TRUly KEEPIN IT REAL,as far as your role as BIG i wish u the best of luck.but straight up and down if u are reading any of these comments u should see for yourself that as a black race our own people don’t want to see us wit nothing.I understand that we all have a purpose and a story to tell but i hope u understand now sercurity is needed because our own race is tryin to take da number one thing(DA #1) thing we LOVE and CHERISH so much our LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIKE I SAY IF U READ ANY OF THESE COMMENTS U WOULD UNDERSTAND. It’s hard just to LIVE but so easy to DIE!!!! I’M JUST ONE BLACK MAN WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR GOING THROUGH. dA SWAMP GATOR BATONROUGEBAYOUSWAMPTHANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • john cochran

    I dont think it was a publicity stunt, but how he gone say he positive and he was flashin all them burners on the smack dvd. these rap niggas love contradicting themselves.

  • http://gravynyc.com maxpain

    this nigga got NEXT i don’t hear nobody in new york better yet in the rap game that’s fucking with GRAVY. my nigga is on his grind and everything i hear new from this nigga is better then the last track i heard. yo gravy stay on your grind fuck these hatein ass faggot niggas DIRTYMONEY…..

  • http://Blackplanet Daproffessor

    It’s looks like we got a whole lot of “Internet Gangstaz”, thats some crazy shyt. I ain’t never seen so many hate’n azz jock-riderz in my life. The nigga didn’t get in the position he’s in by bein’ no fool. Were ya’ll movie deals, wheres the doe? It don’t matter how you get it just get it. That’s why that nigga doin’ big things and on the internet readin’ bout it. My Smalltown niggaz don’t act like that, ya’ll niggaz is bych, Thats to everybody hatin’ on another niggaz grind.

  • Roc the Trashman

    http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/8933

    hahhahahaa this niggas so weak, this shit is bout to be exposed for this facade.

  • ReDiCuLouS

    It is a publicity stunt….we all talkin’ bout it…look, scroll up, check it out. As for him and Papoose…all I see & hear is Papoose…wantin’ be Big in his film, I think Guerilla Black is on deck before him..cornball-ass nigga. It ain’t all gravy.

  • not your average chick

    Now who is Gravy????
    never heard of the nigga

  • WACC WALL KILLA

    FUCC GRAVY DIS BITCH ASS NIGGA GOT ONE OF HIS HOMEBOYS TO POP IN THE ASS SO HE COULD GET SOME PLAYTIME ON HOT97 DIS NIGGA FUCCED HIS CARRER UP ANYWAYS BY PLAYIN BIG IN DAT MOVIE CAUSE NIGGAS OUT HERE IN NY WAS ALREADY DISSIN HIM FOR TRYIN TO BE BIG AND DAT DUDE WHO MENTION DIS NIGGA IN THE SAME SENTENCE WIT PAPOOSE GRAVY’S NAME SHOULD NOT BE ANYWHERE NEAR PAPOOSE MAN DAT’S DISSRESPECT TO PAP PAPOOSE RIGHT NOW IS DA HOTEST SHIT IN NU YORK BESIDE GGGGGGGGGG-UNIT I WISH DIS NIGGA WOULD GET DOWN WIT DA UNIT I HOPE HE GET’S DOWN WIT A GOOD PRODUCER MAN SO HIS SHIT CAN POP OFF

    ANYWAYS FUCC WACC WALL

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Hahahaha….I never thought I’d get to see what this cat looks like. I’m not even gonna spice things up by saying something hard like he caught one is the ass–I’m going to spit the truth, this fool got shot in the booty. His butt. His hiney… I guess if you gotta be shot to be able to sell albums, get shot in the ass–but don’t get ya homeboy to do it and don’t let it leak to the press what the hell you just did. Please someone turn this fool off now. This pussy damn near got a radio station kicked out of their building–2 words: Nigga Please!

  • Tyler Durden

    He better not play Biggie in ANY movie…he looks like 300 pounds of shit stuffed into a 200 pound bag…Fuck him and his gay ass hat

  • http://blackplanet daproffessor

    Aight, Aight, I read the article, I’ve seen it for myself. It was on tape. They know it was his homie who shot him. What do you say to that. I’m still screamin F**K a hater though, but this lil situation needed to be put on blast. If you ain’t read it, “Roc the trashman” got the article, turned me into a believer. What the game comin’ to.

  • tC

    GRAVY IS THE REASON NY RAP FELL OFF..THIS IS THE GARBAGE YOU PUT ON THE RADIO THIS FUC GOT ZERO SKILLS, LAMEST MOTHAFU*KA IN BROOKLYN..DON’T COME OUR WAY GRAVY..SH*T

  • ROB G

    dude look gay as fuck in that faggot ass sweater

  • ASSHOLE

    Gravy is a sucka, this dude is trash, what a waste of space.
    Gravy lose some weight
    U aint B.I.G

  • ASSHOLE

    damn str8, fuck these ny pop rap suckers.
    laugh now, cry later

  • ASSHOLE

    Nice sweater fat boi homo!!!

  • bitchevil

    funny, only 4 wks ago there was an episode on the sopranos where trech paid mobster bobby to shoot him in the ass so he could get some publicity-I dont know dog looks and sounds awfully familiar

  • Ron Lee

    THEY WANT THIS FAT F*CK IN THE BIGGIE MOVIE CAUSE HE’S ALREADY DONE A GREAT ACTING JOB WITH THE HOT 97 SHOOTING. I BET IT WAS HIS CREW THAT SHOT HIM, IF I HAD TO HEAR HIS TRASH LYRICS ALL DAY, I’D SHOOT HIS ASS TOO

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  • http://xxl da brain child

    i agree with everybody else .this clown gravy tryed to pull a publicity stunt…but it didnt work..the niggs is trash..i spit, and ill burn that nigga faster than some real gravy..ya dig.i thought he was a gansta nigga ..on smack with all those guns and you get shot in ass or leg..nigga you a cornball…hang it up like wet clothes..and the closes he will ever get to being like big is on the movie screen..and if this coward acts anything like he raps..the flick gonna flop and big gonna turn in his grave-y…get it….

  • RICE

    I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW WHY NIGGAZ IS HATIN HE CANT HELP IT MAN FLOSSINS HIS OCCUPATION

  • Das the hustlaz choice

    Fuck that, the nigga Gravy is hot. niggaz need to chill wit dat b.s. The man is poppin right now and industry niggaz is backin him. Stop hatin and let that man do him. Ive seen wack rappers and heard wack rymes, And believe me on some real shit Gravy is neither. YO GRAVE.. DO YA THANG BOY

  • crime

    wheres the love? Typical N.Y. niggaz 4 ya,always hatin on a nigga. Never wantin to see a fellow newyorker do well. Yall niggaz aint gone never get back in the race at this rate.

  • Boogie

    Yo, Gravy I really respect what you doing. You on ya grind and getting ya hustle on. Niggaz hate when you gettin money and they ain’t. I got mad love for you, I’mma cop ya shit when it drops. Real Talk!

  • ROOZ

    DIS FAT TUB OF LARD IZ A BITCH, FUK DIS NIGGA, FAT QUEER BITCH, NICE SWEATER U FAT QUEER FUK, FAGGOT SHUD GO SNITCH ON WHO SHOT HIM, HE AINT NO REALL NIGGA

  • Ya’ll iz retarded

    Man Wtf…he did it to get airplay? He had the interview BEFORE he got shot dumb asses, so he already had the airplay. N I ain’t even hear bout the shit until readin it on here. Not like Kurt Loader got on MTV n made an announcement like he did wit B.I.G n Pac…if the shit was set-up the shit woulda been set-up a hell of a lot better. Thas why I hate u up north mutha fuckas cuz all ya’ll hatin n competin’ wit each other. Small town shit is boring at times but we do the do n get it done. We stay in our town n do our thing but let someone come to us hatin n it get poppin’. Fuck the bullshit

  • Philadelphia

    All I know is I skip this niggas freestyle on every mixtape with him on it. Everything else who really cares, his shit wont last anyway.

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