Cashis
Pain In My Life

cashis-1.jpgThere’s a lot riding on the narrow shoulders of Ramone “Ca$his” Johnson. With 10 children, his grandmother and two siblings in his care, the budding MC has 13 good reasons to succeed. Growing up in Chicago’s South Side, Ca$his got caught up in the streets at an early age and became a member of the infamous Gangster Disciples gang. After watching most of his friends die from senseless violence, Ca$h moved to Irvine, Calif. with his mother in 1997. Once there, he linked with producer Rikanatti and rappers H-Long and Monique (also the mother of his oldest daughter) to form the Renegadez. The crew enjoyed local success until tragedy struck in 1999 when Monique was murdered. Despite the loss, the Cali collective tried to carry on but were hit with another blow when Ca$his was arrested for parole violation and had to serve a short sentence. Once released, he reunited with the Renegadez and refocused on music. By 2004, Ca$his was regarded as the “rap king of Orange County” and attracted the attention of Shady Records A&R, Dart Parker, who signed the young talent after hearing his mixtape, Stars With Stripes. Ca$h’s introduction to the masses, however, wouldn’t come until 2006 when he appeared alongside Eminem, 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks on “You Don’t Know,” the first single off the platinum-selling Shady Records compilation, The Re-Up. Now, the ferocious MC is prepping his first solo release, The County Hound EP: Limited Edition. XXLMag.com talks with Ca$his about his new album, troubled past and close relationship with Eminem.

What’s the transition been like going from a group member to a solo artist on Shady Records?
Now that I’m a solo artist, I’m [able] to give you three verses of me. With the Renegadez, everybody in Orange County was rappin’ backpack style, which is cool. Much respect to backpack rappers, but I was trying to spit about what I was living. And now as a solo artist, I have three verses to do that. I really get a chance to express my life fully. Whereas, [in the Renegadez] I just had a verse.

How did you cope with the death of Monique, who was not only your group member but also the mother of your child?
It fucked me up. I’m still fucked up from it. That was my soul mate. I kicked it in the streets with her. I beat niggas up with her. I did all kind of shit with her. She was the real thing. I’ve been searching for that love… I can’t find [it]. I took a lot of losses. I just lost my brother Rob. He got killed in Detroit by some pussy ass niggas. They set his house on fire. I lost my uncle, Pacman. I dealt with a lot of losses. Monique was too much. I spazzed out. I was already a wild nigga, but I just really wilded out and threw my life downhill for a minute because I didn’t care whether I died. But now I got a reason to be here.

Does the passing of your family and friends have a big influence on your music?
I use [Monique] as my inspiration for music. That’s why my music is so real. I try to be brutally honest because that was one thing about me she loved—I was straight up. My body is like a fuckin’ cemetery. I got dead faces [tattooed] all over me. Not that it’s cool, that’s just what it is. Rest in peace to my little cousin, Rakim. He was 17-years-old, just got killed in Chicago last week. No matter what I do, it’s like somebody else is dying. I got my little brother Marciano out here with me. I got him rappin’ and I’m training him. I can steer him in the right direction but still have him keep his gangsta. He don’t have to go to jail like I went to jail, he don’t have to be a felon. There’s certain things he don’t have to do. And I’m still very much in the streets. I’m not an industry dude. I vibe with a lot of people in the industry and I’m a cool person because I’m humble. But after I leave that studio, I’m going to get my money.

Do you ever worry about who will take care of your family if anything ever happens to you?
Everyday I worry about what’s gonna happen to my kids if something happens to me. But Em told me he’s got my kids. If something happens to me, they’re straight. I love Em and he loves me. That’s my homeboy. We’ve got very similar backgrounds. The music we make together is phenomenal. We vibe on everything, from dealing with baby mama drama, to single parenting, to juggling rappin’ and being a dad, to [learning] how to keep your sanity. He says I inspire him to get back in it. He’s always been my inspiration. They [even] bought me a car. I wanted a ’74 Lincoln. They brought that in on a flatbed to Dre’s studio. All tricked out on 22’s, just the way I wanted it. No one’s ever done shit like that for me. I haven’t sold any records yet. That was just to say, “I’m fuckin’ with you, I’m proud of you and I look at you like a part of my family.”

You’re about to release your first major solo project, The County Hound EP: Limited Edition. Why’d you decide to do an EP rather than a full length LP?
So many people decide to do mixtapes to get their buzz going. But we’re taking it back to where it’s supposed to be. We’re building that buzz from the streets. The [album] is only gonna be $6. We’re takin’ it back to Illmatic. That shit was short but it was fuckin’ to the point. Nas didn’t sell a million copies right out the jump. But then when [It Was Written] came out, he did almost three million. People know who Ca$his is and they gave me my respect on The Re-Up. But now you need to see me step out in my own light. You get to really hear my stories. But I don’t give you all of it. You gotta wait until the LP, Loose Cannon, later this year, around September or October.

Obviously, Em’s co-sign is something any new artist would love to have. But it doesn’t always guarantee big record sales.
As long as you put your best foot forward and you make quality music, you’re good to go at Shady Records. I’m the Capo of Shady. Em is the Don and I respect his position. Everything that comes out of my mouth is based on the views of not only myself, but also the honorable King Mathers. So I’m just trying to concentrate on making quality music to support my children, bring Shady back and gain the respect of the label. I love being at Shady/Interscope because I don’t have to change. Em said he hasn’t heard a song from me that he hasn’t liked. He said I’m like Roy Jones in his prime. I’m very humbled by that. But I don’t feel that pressure, ’cause I’m not under pressure to sell eight or 10 million records. I feel like I definitely will sell that in my career, though. By this time next year, I’ll be one of the elite rappers in the game once people hear me. I really, really believe that. Em believes that. 50 believes that. Dre believes that. Banks believes that. Buck believes that. And Interscope believes that.

  • Gkid12345

    Homie was pretty good on the re-up so we’ll see what he got on his ep and lp. He might do some numbers with the right material and singles.

    • howard HC

      I respect all to all rappers that is in USA and Shady’s record, i hope and wish for the best for Cashis. After listening to the song “you dont know” i think Cashis have a good and a rich Career ahead of him

      • DAJAZDJ

        SHOWS HOW MUCH U KNOW CASH STILL GOING STRONG U SAID HE GONNA FLOP FUCK OFF

  • Holla

    This guy has 10 kids? WTF????

    He better save his advance money, cause hes gonna flop.

  • NJG

    nice interview but your disstraks towards The Game where wack your 3 singles on the Re-Up where ok…

  • http://xxl q-buro

    we will see

  • beeyo

    Does Em fall in love with evry rapper he signs?

  • these posts are racist

    Chi-town, southside, stand up.

  • G-Unit2k7

    Great Article, If all those artist hop on his album he could do very well. Ca$his had some nice verses on the re-up, now take those [verses] and add (Dre,Em,G-Unit,Obie,Stat,Creek,D12.
    Could be a nice album.
    Look out for “Statlanta” – This Summer

  • Danny

    Em is tha Don and He is the Capo?? WTF? remind you of any movement? lol

    Its Dipset Bitch!!

    Ya dig?

  • http://www.bia2.com shahriyar jan

    hi how are you?
    cashis is the next superstar i think so ?

  • FLIP

    Where the fuck is Stat Quo? Now thats a nigga I fucks with.

  • KLETEWOOD

    EM BREEDS LOYALTY! ANYONE WHO CAN BRING IN A HITTER LIKE CASHIS AND TAME A STREET KILLER IS A DON.

    LIKE E-40 SAYS…THERE’S LOYALTY AND BETRAYAL. CASH MONEY MILLIONAIRS HAVE NO LOYALTY. NO LIMIT SOLDIERS HAVE NO LOYALTY. ROCKAFELLA, BAD BOY, AND EVERY OTHER SQUAD OUT THERE…. HAS FUCKED OVER ONE ANOTHER.

    STAY TRUE.

  • FLIP

    gay

  • Prodigal Son

    Ca$his could be fiya, I’d rather wait for loose cannon to make up my mind… but him being the Shady Capo? Is someone forgetting Obie Trice? That man is still top dollar, one of the best lyricist ever… nuff sed.

  • http://myspace.com/shelbyakareign Shelby

    …10 kids… damn.. wonder how long he will be in the game

  • yung rao

    ye obie where is he n da oder atliens y has focus shifted fom dem 2 ca$his not dat im complainin but y is eminem forgetin bout dem n d 12

  • john cochran

    Dude is nice, but there roster is gettin too bloated. Just like the roc before they went south, they pickin up too many folks. They need to groom Obie cause he’s a monster. His first joint was bonkers. As for homie here, I hope he does blow so he can feed his 10 kids. He need to holla at Maury though, cause all of em cant be his.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com $PADE$

    i am gay and i like it up the ass!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com $PADE$

    big black mandingo cocks none the less!

  • http://whyowhy.com why o why

    editor:
    link a song or someshit

  • Aftashok

    ….when the EP supposed to be droppin anyway?

  • cool

    yep yep

    he can be tight some times

  • dre4life

    fuck dats like the best lookin hat i ever seen

  • ronnie

    I like to lick big black mandingo asshole. black cocks are the biggest!

  • sonji

    I like to lick big black mandingo asshole

  • Ali

    King Mathers?

  • Jonathan

    If anyone’s ever been to cali they know about Irvine. This dude is from there and its one of the richest cities in the U.S. how hood is that?Whats next a rapper reppin the Hamptons or Malibu come on.Gangs do not exsist in Irvine check the rap sheet, its the safest city in the country.The only reason Im saying anything is because there is too many fake rappers out in the game and need to be exposed.Im not saying hip hop is only for people from the hood but you cant claim to be something that you aint.

    • erick rustad

      your right im from irvine and i knowcashis personally hes not no gangster hes about makin money so dont hate on that. You know me Ramon so dont play the tough guy. When u hit the pin u tell me how gangster u are.

  • http://xxlmag KANE CORLEONE

    Kiss the ring of Shady u haters,and i have a ? why does every blogger hate on new mc’s if they’re not from the Beloved Eastcoast

  • runninthe617

    i feel cashis, boy can spit thats for sure. hes no natural bred lyricist, but he can rap and hold his own. i feel what yall sayin bout obie too, he the truth

  • 1P

    He is nice. I can see him doin a lil less than Obie numbers. Which sucks because they both talented as fuck.

  • Jigga

    Ca$his can get pretty lyrical, i wanna hear what he comes with

  • May

    does this guy seriously have 10 kids!? god damn…anyway, can’t wait to hear some music from ca$his…

    anyone forget about bobby creekwater? just a question

  • Dr Flav

    What I learned from this article. 1. Dude is carrying Em nuts around in a velvet, purple Crown Royal bag. (King Mathers, you might as well said da good massa Marshall) 2. Child support is kicking his ass. 3. Orange County is full of rap underachievers. (if he would have said Cooke County (CHI), that would be saying something. 4. Kletewood needs to holla @ Royce 5-9 about Em’s loyalty. 5. Dude get run out of Chi? Usually Chicago people rep they city hard, not a bougie assed Cali suburb. Best of luck though, get money because they lockin fools up over CS, while you frontin with corny bandana masks.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lokeydagr8 Lo Key Da Great

    Cashis, dude’s a monster. I mean really was there ever any doubt. Them mutherfuckas dont lose. Thats shadyaftermath. Em, Dre, 50, they know how to pick up good artists and more importantly they know how to do numbers, besides dude is nice… but watch out for Stat and Bobby Creek 2

  • http://myspace.com/devose V.O.S.E.

    FUCK ALL YALL HATAZ CASHIS IS SICK NIGGA, BITCH AS NIGGAZ DON’T KNOW GOOD MUZIK, FUCK DIPSET, AFTERMATH THE SQUAD, SHADY, G UNIT, DR.DRE MOTHAFUCKAZ!!! END CAREERS NIGGA JUST LIKE THEY DOIN DIPSET AND FUCK GAME USED TO BE STIPPER TOUNG RING WEARIN, WANNABE BLOOD FAGGOT…FUCK SHADY THEN FUCK U NIGGA!!!MIDWEST SYDE TO THE FULLIEST…I’LL BATTLE ANY NIGGA ON HERE CALL ME BITCH 239-878-0857

  • jada

    HOMIE IS GUD N ERYTHANG BUT ROLLIN WID 5O….WRONG MOVE HE’LL B IN D BAC, LIKE PASTOR MASE.ROLL WID SOM1 LIKE PAPOOSE NOW DASS A REAL NYC MOVE RITE DERE

  • >>–Allegany-Arrows–>

    lol co-sign wit dre4life. i got that hat but its all white. i cant find da black one though

  • EReal

    Real Talk.

    I’ll peep em out. His verse on ‘you know’ was sick mang. I was actually feelin this dude (pause) on the Re-Up, bobby creek not so much. lol.

    If this EP is Str8, Ill cop.

    1 hunned.

  • kidkron3

    Yeah this boy should pay respect to DE LA SOUL…they made it cool for rich kids from the suburbs to rap lol….
    this dude pee pees all over bobby creek & TI& down south anywayz

  • ilisten

    I dont know if any of yall are actually listent to this man… dude spittin and twistin his lyrics somethin sick!!! and just to clarify this hood biz, there are real niggas in irvine. fuck what u heard come walk on the streets in the inner city. 2nd Ca$his claims OC cuz he lives there unlike 99% of LA rappers who live in OC and they valley and dont claim it, but dont get it twisted he from the chi.

  • http://xxlmag.com Hollywood

    *nothing new or extraordinary
    word, him and Em is buddies huh? cute. i haven’t heard enough from dude to decide if he’s dope, he’s not trash but “elite in the game”— it ain’t really hard to be that today, how about not sucking on some WWE shit [he's not better than Game], so…dude skips ahead of bobby creek and stat quo, does anybody want another obie or d12 joint? i thought not

  • i know ca$his

    I KNOW CASHIS. AND HE ONLY WAZ IN IRVINE 4 A FEW MONTHS, B4 HE MOVED TO THE ANA’S. HE A REAL NIGGA THAT SAID TRU SHIT. N E BODY WHO’S AGAINST THAT IS A HATER. AND I KNOW OF NIGGAZ N THEZE STREETZ THAT STILL GOT FEAR N THEY HEART OF THAT WILD LIL NIGGA. DONT FORGET HE IS FROM CHICAGO. AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. HAHA. I GURANTEE HE WOULDN’T BACK DOWN FROM NO NIGGA. HE GOT A REP OUT HERE. SO RESPECT HIZ GRIND. CUZ, U MAY END OF THE NEXT VICTIM HE WRITES ABOUT. SOME OF YA’LL PROBABLY ALREADY ARE. BIG UPS TO CA$HIS. A REAL NIGGA, WIT TIGHT MUZIC. EM SAVED HIZ LIFE, SO HE SHOULD SHOW RESPECT 2 HIM. DUMMY.

  • westcoast

    i know that nigga cashis too..yall would love a fake nigga comin out out saying he just killed niggas everyday and all this bullshit..cashis keeps it real..he said he cameout here at 17..that means he lived in chicago for 17 years..that a lot of gang banging years..and he goes back and forth to chicago alot..yall need to respect a nigga who is one of the few real rapperz..and yall know with his free style towards game he killed him..i know games cousin too..game admitted he dont want it with cashis..games known about cashis for a while and always said he dont want no beef with him..yall need to learn to respect real..

  • I.K. all Day

    This nigga tripping wasnt never no king of O.C. He has no history in these streets. And he no he better not disrespect no Santa Ana niggas. We dont do no back pack bullshit. Mark

  • mr og

    hi wazzzzzzzap?
    cashis means he got the cashmoneeey
    yo he looks like 50 cent and 2pac i seppose yo

  • bigD

    homeboy wasnt nobody in sac when he was living here !!

  • CHICAGO G’s

    I’m from Englewood on the southside of the chi and i ain’t never see or heard of this nigga man and he reppin for cali… Word that cat gone get his card pulled if he come to chicago for fakin it man.

  • EReal

    Hollywood Says:

    May 2nd, 2007 at 1:23 pm
    ^^^^^^
    I’ll take another Obie. I rock both his discs on the reg. D12? Not so much. Im not into the whole satanic sick animal fucking rap shit, lmfao.

    BTW,
    Stat Quo sucks ass. (No Bol)

    1 hunned.

  • Real2Death

    WTF is up with Em signing these niggaz from the suburbs? Why can’t he find a cracka azz cracka that can rap. Is he afraid if he signs a white rapper his limelight would be stolen.

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money

    ima cop dat county hound ep probably but cashis aint a bad rappa that homey gota lil spit in him, he just needa learn to work with his flow n words a lil more

  • flyboy403

    Obie is the capo or he need 2 switch up labels cashis might b nice but I doubt he fucks with obie obie is on some real shit with mad skill and delivery
    Cmon em jus cuz he aint sellin u can’t give someone his spot mad love obie

  • flyboy403

    Ps I know they aint even on the same level but first yayo yells out” its a movement” on” u don’t know” and now this guy is the capo ?
    And yall say dipset don’t run this shit ?
    Go cop more then music 2

  • flyboy403

    and by on the same level i do mean em and obie r lyrical beasts

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    how can you respect a muthafucka from orange county. The Game has the west locked

  • jeez-he-sux

    CASH IS GANGSTA!
    I MEAN HE FROM THE OC
    HE BANG ON SUMMER AND RYAN AND MARISSA ADN SHIT
    HAHAHHAHA
    RYAN BEAT HIMN DOWN FOR IT 2

  • jeez-he-sux

    jeez-he-sux
    @ hotmail.com

  • jeez-he-sux

    10 kids ?/
    yeah and 3 are his
    lmao

  • http://www.myspace.com/zeeprod Zee Productions

    man go to myspace and listen to the deadly combination remix with pac and big, and if ur a rapper u can download the beat and spit alongside the greatest…Zee

    http://www.myspace.com/zeeprod

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    This cat is whck

  • real

    cashis is the new king of the west thats all there is to say imma laugh when all these kids turn to dick riders once they here him really spitten

  • F.U.

    Cashis is doing his thing. All u funny ass haters wanna talk all that shit but u wish u could be him right now cuz u aint shit and will never be shit

    JUST HATERS!! THE REAL RIDAS FROM THE OC ARE RIDIN WIT CHA HOMIE!!!

  • Crept33

    Damn there is some hatin ass pussy ass niggas talkin all that shit. cashis has mad street credit. AND just cuz you stay in south cali, dont mean you a rich boy. Im straight broke as fuck cept when i WAS slangin mad. its fuckin expensive out here now. AND.. I been born here, so it aint always been this way. My family straight poor cept we made some cash in equity when the houses went up cuz all the rich fucks from other parts of the country moved here. Ten kids… Whats wrong with that…. motherfucker loves his children and takes care of them. Quit hatin!! Cashis is guna blow up and your not, that why your bitter… quit hatin. fools a capo with shady cuz he be puttin in work. what you done lately capt cryin to your mommy. Reppin 714 is straight up. Obviously you dont know what your talkin bout. THe first renegadez cd was all about OC as matter a fact, it was called puttin oc on the map or some shit. that shit goes waaay back too. and yes, cashis is from chi-town, is a Gangster Disciple, and goes out there all the time, got mad fam out there.. once again QUIT HATIN, pussy ass niggaz always talkin that shit. thats about you if you actin like that. Stay up Cuz. CASHIS gunna be on fire, and you cant stop it..

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/KONJON KON JON

    YO anybody hating is only doin so cuz they can’t sign to Shady…they the mu’fuckin dream team nigga!! Cashis on point wit his flow, dude can git nasty on the M.I.C. RESPECT THA GAME…

  • im not givin my name to a computer

    yo on some real shit. after listenin to the re-up my man cashis is goin to be the second best in aftermath right under eminem himself his flow is so sick im gettin that album and i think everybody else should 2.

  • http://Maximus BeenyBoyBob

    I like tomatoes and onions.
    Wheres my damn ketchup!!!
    Do you like tomatoes?
    I can rap too you know.
    I spit you a verse.
    Yo I is got tomatoes and onions.
    And I can foolus on the bonions.
    Check check check word!
    See yo I is tight!
    Got it down. Now I’m gunna get me an 808.
    Gimme back my ketchup!!!
    Damn ketchup stealer.
    Word.

  • big kurt

    i like cashis but I dont know how good he will do cuz it seems u gotto lean with it rock with it to sell records

  • KoJ

    Cashis is pretty damn good. he was the shit on the re-up and if you ain’t got his ep yet, yo that shit is pretty hott. “gun rule” is my fav, that shit is hard.

  • The-Silent

    Ca$his Is a gr8 rapper he’s the future of shady records

  • shadysean

    CASHIS IS FUCKIN NASTY!HE GOT ALOT OF ENERGY IN HIS SHIT!OBIE STLL DA SHIT!EMINEM FAMILY FUNS THE INDUSTRY!CANT TOUCH EM.AND EMINEM IS THE SMARTEST RAPPER OUT THERE.EVERYONE IN THAT FAMILY IS NASTY!SHADY RECORDS RUNS SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BD>OG

    cahis is hanlin it his lyrics are true and on point.the oc takes money to live u have to hussle twice as hard there aint no projects here so u better make money or take it fuck all u haters who can live on shit 4 money get a job. cashis is takin the rap game money from all u weak as pussies. stay up ..cashis shady records 4 life

  • http://www.myspace.com/wtfdude360 Caspurr Folks

    Shit Fucc all these G-Unot haters. The Game can rap, 6ut he is a 6itch and a stripper (who seems to deny it). U want a real G? Cashis is it. Gangster Disciples 4 Life. 7-4 till tha world 6low.

  • Chamillitary NGR

    Ca$his is da shit His EP was sick and his LP is gonna be hot Serenade My Life is probably his best track and isnt on his EP but Ms. Jenkins is a close #2 and its on the EP

  • Justin

    yo yall dudes commentin on here are some bitches. but anyway, cashis is got some tight music. eminem is not only one of the best artists of all time, hes very humble and cashis is set for life. f u haters. :D

  • OG lil GD^ Sawd off

    Man ca$his iz a hard dude hiz flow iz sicc like mine plus he on dat G^D like me and my niG^G^az. Yo keep spittin knowledge and we can spit that shit togetha. 274 BGD folk nation.

  • YOSHI MURI

    ca$his we got u folks all is one from jersey to where ever the fuck u at disciple city we lost folks to this life style aint no gettin out
    ‘we gonna get ya album when it come out make us proud folks. 74 2-15-19

  • http://www.cashismusic.com shady

    cashis is good.and he will sell 10 mil albums.i bet!em is the best

  • b sting

    ca$his and bobby creek both spit that hot shit on the re-up an’ I’m ready for more.

  • whitey

    isnt it funny how a white boy puttin out all these house niggers. at the end of the day u just a slave to the white man. always have been always will be. just look at shady records and you will see my point.

  • shwabster

    he should kiss em’s ass less and put out some good f+kin music already

  • Shiv

    Almost 4 years and he still hasn’t done shit but show up in the background once in a while. Look at all you “oh, he’s gonna big the next big star” suckers. He wasn’t.

  • Darren

    He sounds like he has loads of repect fo eminem he mentions him in a lot of his answers here