Beanie Sigel
Streets On Lock

beans-1.jpgOn this April day Beanie Sigel is eating soul food while relaxing on a leather sofa in Times Square Studios, playing early tracks off his upcoming LP, The Solution, the fourth and he claims final album of his career. While revered for his dark, introspective music, The Broadstreet Bully is surprisingly happy today and he has reason to be. He’s just gotten through a rough couple of years. In October 2004, Beans was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a federal gun charge. During his incarceration his third album, The B. Coming, was released as a joint venture between Dame Dash’s Music Group and Roc-A-Fella Records. Even though he was unable to promote the LP, it opened at No. 3 on the Billboard chart and scanned over 400,000 copies. In August 2005, the South Philly native was released from prison after serving 10 months of his sentence. While still under contract with Roc-A-Fella Records for two more albums, Beans announced he wouldn’t take sides in the feud between Jay-Z and Dame Dash. But somewhere along the line, that changed. Earlier this year, Sigel resigned with The Roc after reaching a deal with Jay-Z and Def Jam for his own label, State Property Records. The Roc-A-Fella enforcer sits with XXLMag.com to discuss his new album, label deal and relationship with Dame and Jay.

What direction are you going in with The Solution?
I’m an emotional guy, in a good sense. A lot of people say [my music is] depressing, but I say its reality. At that time it was cool because I was at a depressing stage in my life with my legal issues and everything. I had a lot of songs that I felt needed to be out there. It was more conscious than depressing. But this album is just me listening to what’s out there and trying to go far left, away from what’s going on. It’s me making that hard music. This is just life experiences and things that I go through. I just try to put out good, relevant music. Not to knock what anybody else is doing, but a lot of that music don’t be relevant to any type of situation.

Is opening up on records easy for you to do because a lot of MCs are guarded?
Yeah, it’s etched in stone. I believe that’s what real music is—the stuff that comes from the soul and the heart. I just give the people a part of me. There are people like me all over the world. Certain songs I do might be me or they might be a conversation I had with someone else and they’re telling me their situations and what they been through in their life. I just put it in my music. That’s easy to do. That’s the best music. That way you’re not locked into the same music. Right now, there ain’t no heartfelt music, that’s why everything sounds the same. You don’t want to be tunneled into the same thing. Every day your life is different. You might feel a different way tomorrow than do you today. That’s what my music is like. None of the songs I do are the same because it’s different everyday.

What led to you resigning with The Roc?
When I first came home, it was the whole Roc spilt up [situation]. I didn’t want to choose whether to go with Jay or Dame. I couldn’t make that choice between friends. So I fell back and looked to see what direction I was going to go in for my own situation. I was gonna do my own label at one point. I had a couple conversations with Jay. I had talks with Dame ['cause] he had the Dame Dash Music Group. He was gonna give me a label, but he had lost his label. His deal fell through. So I was talking to Jay and there was a couple of things we were supposed to do. Since he was the President of Def Jam, I was supposed to go that route, but I wanted my own situation. I felt as if the things I contributed to the game and to Roc-A-Fella made me bigger than just being an artist on Roc-A-Fella Records. I brought 80 percent of the roster to Roc-A-Fella Records. At one point it was just me, Jay and Bleek. Then it was the whole State Property Movement. It was bigger than that with the films and everything. I just couldn’t be an artist and I wanted my own label situation. He [Jay] was trying to get that through Def Jam. We had conversations and things weren’t going right. And within those conversations, there were promises being made that never fell through. And I was still technically under contract. I owed two albums to Roc-A-Fella. So I was like, “Since you’re the President of Def Jam, I’m gonna fulfill my commitment.” But the things that I wanted weren’t coming, so I had to get out of there. So I just fell back. I didn’t’ make any music for a year after that. Then I started recording songs again. I came up and played some music [for Jay] and I was like, “You sure you don’t wanna give me what I want? Listen to this.” And then it came through. We had another conversation and I got what I wanted.

What’s your relationship like with Dame Dash now?
I don’t have no ill feelings towards Dame. That’s still my man. There’s just a lot of little business stuff that me, being away, I was finding out little things. It got kind of crazy. So to save our friendship, I had to break off with the business.

What little things did you find out?
I ain’t gonna air it out, just some little things. I just started finding some things out that weren’t cool. I blame myself for leaving my business in other peoples hands. At that time, I thought I could do that and something like that wouldn’t happen. Like, certain people would do certain things. But when I found out that it was real like that, it was like, “Yo, man. Nah, we can’t do this.” It is what it is.

There’s been rumors State Property is getting back together. Is that true?
I still don’t’ know about that right now. That would be good for a lot of people. But do I need that for myself? I don’t think so. It would be a good thing, though. It wouldn’t hurt. Right now, everybody is doing their own thing. But I’m here, if that’s what they wanna do.

beans-2.jpgA lot of people are waiting for you to jump into The Roc’s beef with Dipset.
If I’m gonna be on Roc-A-Fella Records, and you’re making songs and coming at Jay or The Roc, then I’m gonna have to respond. That’s my house. That’s where my bread and butter is coming from. So yeah, I’m definitely gonna get in that. That will be fun. I ain’t have to show off in a minute, so that’s gonna be good. Good exercise. I’m with all of that. That’s what I’m here… If I’m on that label and that’s what I’m representing, I’ll welcome all challenges. I welcome that. Please! That’s how it seems it goes right now in the music business. If you got beef with somebody, you sell records and all of that. It ain’t cool, but hey, so be it. I ain’t scared. I can do that in my sleep.

How’s the feeling or vibe with Roc-A-Fella now, compared to the glory days?
Yeah, it’s a different vibe. In the studio, you used to see Freeway, Bleek and them over there. Jay’s poppin’ in and out. But all the music I’ve been recording [now] has been on my own, without that around. I’m making good music, but I think it could be on another level when you in the studio [with everybody else]. When we had Baseline Studio, there was two rooms. Bleek or Jay is in this room making a song, and I’m in the next one. It’s like that in-house competition. You know, steel sharpen steel. So you gon’ always try to outshine the next man or you ain’t gonna let nobody go past you. You gonna come with your “A” game. I ain’t really have no one around to rub shoulders with [now]. But I’m pretty sharp already, so you can only get better with that competition around. I think [it's like] that for a lot of people when you’re used to being around your family and everybody’s together writing songs and collaborating. He might be working on a song over there, you come in and hear something and tell him, “You should say it like this.” When you get input and feedback from everybody, that puts you on your “A” game. It’s like if you’re playing basketball by yourself. You might make a thousand jump shots straight, but you need somebody there to put their hand in your face to know if you’re really on your game. I think it would be a good thing if everybody got back together.

What else do you have planned for this year?
I’m about to re-launch my State Property clothing line and put that back on track. I’m working on a couple movie scripts. Hopefully, after the album, I’m gonna go see about the films. Maybe August or September for the album [The Solution]. This album has to be right. The music is gonna be there, it’s all about the setup. I need that right setup. So after we wrap it up, we gotta go in there, put together the plan, see what singles we gonna push….’cause there’s a lot of joints on there. Just put the strategy together and do the numbers I wanna do.

  • Ali

    Beanie’s underrated he’s hella good….killed Hov on “This Can’t Be Life” hate 2 admit it but it’s true

    • bullets

      where do yall get this killed nigas shit from oh nas said it and now you lost your mind the only way you kill another mc is in a battle liking one verse over another means nothing you relate to that person more than the other he killed him silly nigga

  • Real Hip-Hop

    Finally 1st

  • Chozen

    Desert Eagle bout to bring that intelligent gritty gangsta realness back to rap. It might not be the real Roc…but damn if it aint better than the “lipgloss” crews out there.

    Beenz iz bringing it back…

  • Genius The Misfit

    1st!! Ha…I always wanted to do that.

  • FuckUPayme618

    1st. Siegel is truth. His shit is gonna be a classic

  • Beans is Back……..!

    That right he is back for you all and Dipset thought they had a beef ha guess who you fucking with now!

  • Sincere (Sin)

    Good to see real Emcee back in the game.. I would like to see The Roc back on top and Bennie hold down the Throne..

  • KIRBS

    Siegel is damn close to crackin my top five…he spits from the heart and his punchlines and street cred hang with anyone’s. He is exactly what the ROC needs right now…this is truly what has been missing… how do these compare to the glory days?….with the core of Siegel, Bleek, and Hov, with Kanye making masterpieces for albums…the glory days are now…long live the ROC… the diamond is forever

  • northphilly badlandz canon

    beans is the truth for real man he represent the streets not on some he too good for eybody he soits shit real niggaz can relate to thats what we need cuz eybody on waynes, dip set, and other wack mc’s aint none of them spitting real shit so beans need to come out and air these lames out and evict this niggaz and get em outta here early! aint nobody in the rap game want it with beans ask jada cuz cam, juelz,hell rell or lil wayne since he be on dip set dick dont want it with sieg thats real rap

  • Holla

    See, Dame even fucked over Sigel while he was in jail. Told yall he’s a snake.

  • http://myspace.com/twooddaproducer T. Wood…………Central Grove Representa

    Beans is a beast for real…Im from the south but I respect real ish..and beans is real for real…hes one of those cats in the game that keeps stuff equal…its all nothin but club ish out right now….when he drops its gonna be nice for real..

  • beaniesigelsucks

    another asshole trying to capitalize off beef. As if we did not have enough of these jigs runnin around lookin to start some trouble with another rapper and sell some records. The fans would rather hear about that G-UNIT rapper that knocked you senseless homo ass nigga.

  • FUCK WHAT YOU HEARD, I RUN NEW JERZ

    BEANS IS A TRUE RAPPER AND I RESPECT THAT HE COULD LET EVERYONE KNOW HIS PROBLEMS ABOUT JAY AND DAME AND THIS NIGGAS A BEAST I CANT WAIT FOR THE ALBUM T ODROP

  • Chicago

    Beans is one of the realest MCs in the rap game rite now. This is what Rocafella needs rite now. Trust me they will have a second coming of the glory days. People just gotta let the lion heal from its wounds so it can attack its prey again.

  • 11kap

    Beans just knows what to say and how to say it. Real recognize real. The black man in effect.

  • J.R.O.

    Beans is under-rated in the game… Dude is nice. Nobody on Dipset can get at him and Murder.

  • mannyworld33

    THE BROAD ST. BULLY IS BACK IN THA’ BUILDIN’!
    IT’S THA’ ROC YOU BASTARDS!

    SOUTH PHILLY STAND UP!

  • REESE

    LOL GLAD TO SEE BEAN’S IS BACK!!

    R.O.C

  • jojochicago

    Beans is back! Make it hot! er’body know Dame jerked u on the clothes and music label! it already came out, but it was cool keepin it gangsta by not rehashing that shit. its over move on like a player! The last cd was hot and only depressing to the depressed fuk’d up minds of the world. it was real shit and we need more of that!

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    good to know that beans likes jay’s hand up his ass. the puppet has come home. the diamond is fading. if you think beans is going plat ur crazy. classic street album? maybe yes. classic overall? never

  • http://www.tagged.com/BigScallion07 Anthony

    See this the real shit, thats going on and need to be in newspapers.

  • MIAMI GOON

    HOW IS IT HIS LAST ALBUM IF HE JUST SIGNED A NEW CONTRACT?
    BEANS IS THAT NIGGA. I THOUGHT HIM AND SCARFACE WAS GONNA MAKE A CD TOGETHER. I REMEMBER FACE SAYING THE ONLY PERSON HE WOULD RECORD WITH IS BEANS

  • CONFIDENTIAL

    To ‘houston’ above, who cares about record sales?

  • CHICAGO PAPII

    Beans is Real Hip-Hop and his Flow is better than 95.7 % of rappers rapping Today, he sounds better and more hood than any Southern MC out Today!

  • I hate these Suburban azz niqqaz

    Beanz is about be baaaaaaccccccccccccck………………………………………………

  • Nonyabizz

    at least we know who thinks “walk it out” was the best record of the year (houston’s finest) if you catch my drift…hatin’ on beans come on be real

  • mr. undisputed the mogul

    BEANS HAS ALWAS BEEN THE MAN WHAN IT COMES TO SPITTIN’THE REAL SHIT BUT ALSO LIVING IT, NOT FAKING IT LIKE THE ONE’S SCREAMING “BALLIN” BUT CAN’T BAIL OUT THE MAN WHO WROTE THE DAMN SONG!!! HOUSTON’S FINEST IS STILL BUMPING “LAFFY TAFFY” & DRUNK OFF THAT SIZZURP!!

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    it’s better than listening to ghostface and bitching about “hip-hop is dead”

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  • 215phila215

    i see beanie in center city philly all the time..he wasn’t lying when he said “i stay dumb high”..usually super fuckin sloppy fucked up, droppin his keys and staggering, it’s amazing he sounds so alert on records.

  • ceelos

    word

  • http://xxlmag.com Realidelphia

    Yo Houston you must just not relate to the music. B mac is a monster and is in the hood, hes better than anybody from the south. Anybody, Anyday. You can’t knock something just because you can’t relate to it. Its real music! Im def coppin the Solution.

    South Philly Stand Up!

  • Wardypop

    Beans is da shit!!!! Stop comparing him to anybody to da South, cuz it ain’t bout that. And I’m from da South!

  • HollyHood

    Sigel is that dude. Hopefully he can get what he deserves, and bring the roc back.

  • derrty jersey

    if your rapping with out a point you are a rapper when u have somthing to say you let it out in an artistic way beanie segal is the truth and sometimes the truth can hurt.

  • http://XXLMAG.com YounGuttaBkaBlaqueCzar(LongLiveDaKing)MW

    yea,yea..he back..

  • http://xxlmag.com allen robinson

    man beans is the truth all this talk about dame and jay situation the only one i see loyal out the whole click is beans i hope he just start beef with these fake rappers talking bout diamonds rims drugs what about heartfelt music like i can feel it in the air b.coming was a classic but you gave mike jones last album more props you critics are dumb

  • Ga boy

    I been saying that beans was the best nigga on the ROC the whole time. The B-coming was a classic album it just didnt have the promotion but I think this next album is gonna be the one to really put dude out there cuz he should’ve been blew by now.

  • Eric

    it will be interetsting to see if any of them fakes at Dipset respond to Beans comments. They really don’t want it with Beans, cause he still hungry and will eat them dudes alive. Jay ain’t have nothing to prove so he couldn’t really get into it. But now Beans is back, and that makes Bleek and Freeway so much better. Its the ROC you bastards!

  • Big Ron

    BEANS IS BOUT TO BRING HOW CATS WON’T IT JIM JONES THOUGHT TRU LIFE HAD HIM SHOOK BEANS IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT MONSTER FUCK DIPSET!!!! P.S.JUST LISTEN TO THE B.COMING BONUS TRACK ITS ON!! NUFF SAID

  • Dr Flav

    Duke need to keep it in the cipher because he aint trying to see the box again. If he would have stayed out the joint he could have handled his biz, get off Dame he had his own ish to handle and Hov needed some help, I find that humorous for the “best mc in the world.” I sure miss the 90s all this 2000 posturing and half assed battling is nauseating.

  • maxie priest

    got wiskers like a rat
    compared to beans you wack.

    beans is better than jay. hate to say it but he is.

  • Nah-Nah

    Beans done did it again.He a true rapper.Making listners know wats real on the streets.Dis beta not be his final

  • PK47 aka Prince of Philly

    who is this houston cat………….

  • John Cochran

    Houston, how can it be a classic street album but not a classic overall. Whats the difference homie? Sig been the truth for a minute, one of the few intelligent thugs. Just please stopped gettin knocked Mac and you got it.

  • Omane

    Beens is the realest……now back with Jay, Bleek and Freeway I’m expecting the glory days to come back. Thoses bitch ass niggas from Dipset[birdgang/birdbrain] will never know what hit them. They gonna have to fly away. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • rell po

    Platinum sales dont happen these days as often because of bootlegging. But that doesnt mean that some people (beans) will stop making good music. they just have to figure out another way to get that paper

  • prince of cheesteaks

    BEANS GOT RAPED IN JAIL

  • G from da Bean

    Never been on the board, but I gotta say: Beanie is the illest rapper out right now, real heads been waiting on this album since B.Coming (one of the most underrated albums in Roc history). It’s refreshing to hear a rapper admit to being emotional in this era of ice grills and arrogant talk (all you down south hos, i’m talkin to you). Emotion is music, and vice versa. “Steel sharpen steel”? Whatttt? Prophetic. oh, and PS cam better get off that crackhead nursery-rhyme BS unless he wants to get slaughtered by the Bully. Beans lives this sht, and will for certain murder all adversaries of Jay and the Roc. Best body-guard Jay could ask for. Finally, a lot of people are making Dame out to be quite the slippery businessman, huh? “when friends business interests in day-glo, ain’t nothing left to say”….Beans, I’m buying that album. Pax.

  • http://wwww.yahoo.com STEEL CITY

    OUR DEMISE WAS PREMATURE NIGGAS ROCAFELLA 4 EVA

  • http://www.myspace.com/mc585 M.C

    Now lets not compare Rappers from the south with emcees…True Emcees’ no disrespect to {face, dat old outkast and a few others }when i say the southern rappers are pure trash..I could name a gang of these southern rappers that niggaz from the south swear is nice but in reality is a disgrace to Rap music..true story and plz don’t give me that B.S about your got emcees down there….plz

  • SnoopyDc

    Bang Bang Sigel Street Gang Early

  • STARKS

    BEANS MY NIGGA, IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND TO ALL YALL “1ST” LOSER ASS NIGGAS, GET A FUCKIN JOB.

    BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://yahoo Dawn Banks

    This is Dawn B and i love Beanie and his music.I dont think it’s depressing at all.Like he said he raps about real life and things that are going on around us.Me myself i don’t realy care for rap that does’nt make sense to me.That’s why i like such rappers as Tupac (R.I.P),Common,Jay-z and all the other artist that have something real to say.So Beanie keep doing what your doing your music is enjoyed by me.

  • dtanner

    beans do your thing and dont worry about bleek and jay you got this lil buddy.sparkle city

  • dtanner

    beans do your thing and dont worry about bleek and jay you got this lil buddy.sparkle city