Lil’ Cease
Still Me

lil-cease1.jpgThe Internet is an interesting place. You can get up-to-the-minute news from your favorite hip-hop website (like, ahem, XXLMag.com) or you can download the hottest album before it hits stores. But for Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s Lil’ Cease, it gave the world an unexpected look into his past. Two weeks ago, a new street DVD, Cocaine City #8, was released with old footage of Cease, wearing nothing but a towel, stripping in a hotel room full of men and woman and exposing himself. The clip became one of the hottest topics on online message boards. Although rumors began circulating that the Brooklyn representative was so embarrassed that he was trying to get the footage pulled from the net, Cease tells XXLMag.com that he’s actually happy it leaked. He confirms that the homemade tape was shot in 1997, the same year Cease’s best friend and mentor, The Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down in Los Angeles. In an exclusive interview with XXLMag.com, Cease A Leo addresses the stripper footage and how he plans to turn this controversy into a promotional tool for his upcoming reality series and solo album.

The clip of you stripping in a hotel room and exposing yourself appeared on the new Cocaine City DVD. How did this 10-year-old footage leak?

I don’t know. I was working with this lady, April Maiya, who was with me when I did the Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. DVD. But our relationship ended and she held a grudge with me because I didn’t wanna work with her anymore. So she gave the footage to this guy [French, creator and producer of Cocaine City DVD]. I’m not really trippin’ about it. I don’t give a fuck about what was on the tape. Personally, I think it helped me out more than it could ever hurt me. I think there was a hype that was associated with it. I first heard about it as a rumor. Then I saw it online, [but] there’s no footage that can damage my credibility in any way. Once I saw the footage, I laughed. It was filmed around the same year that B.I.G. died. I should’ve put the shit out myself. I couldn’t give two shits about what people are saying. I was good before this and I’ll be good after this. Hell, no one thought to think I was naked on my first album cover?

Even still, does the fact this came out without your permission cause a beef between you and Cocaine City?
Man, there ain’t no beef between him [French] and me. To be honest, I have no idea why he did that. Before all this stuff, I gave him the footage with the Dipset crew [Cocaine City #4 featuring a fight between Cease and Cam’ron at Rucker park]. He was in a difficult position at the time and I stepped to the guy on the humble and held him down. He asked for the footage and put himself at risk. The footage that he put out on me didn’t make me look bad. He made me look good! Other than that, I’m not trippin’ about nothing. I just want to tell [French] thank you. Right now, I’m on every radio station and I’m smokin’ on the Internet. It had 500,000 views in three day, so, thank you! Anybody who says my name, I think they’re a part of my street team. I want to let you all know that I appreciate you all for that.

How do you feel about people questioning your sexuality because guys were in the room when you exposed yourself?
Let me tell you something; when people want controversy, they all want [it to be] negative in order for people to be interested. No one wants to hear anything positive. They want to hear some gossip. Anybody that knows me, knows that I’m comfortable about my sexuality. I was just tryin’ to get some shit poppin’ off in there. All these rappers talk about having orgies. I’ve done that shit when I was 15-years-old. That’s all I was tryin’ to get started in the room. You’re never gonna hear or see the truth because people are only going to check for [what’s] negative. It comes with being in the industry. I know you’ll get the good with the bad, but at the end of the day, you’re interested. Ever since that Lil’ Kim shit [where Cease testified against Kim in her 2005 perjury trial], people are throwin’ my name under the bus and that’s fine, because I know what type of man I am.

Can you clear up the rumors that you were trying to get the video off the Internet?
I’m not trying to get it off the Internet! I don’t sit on the computer all day trying to find out who has it. I’m just chillin’ out at the crib. It’s not serious with me. I saw some shit on there and people thought that I was responding in the comments section. I’m not an Internet thug. I’m not talkin’ shit on the net. I ain’t worried about anyone on there, son! People can put it up there. I don’t give a fuck what’s online! How many times did y’all fools watch that shit? Y’all the gay ones, not me. And [y’all] have the nerve to talk about me! I feel like one of them big time celebrities and shit—on some Paris Hilton shit. I got cats tryin’ to talk about me like I’m Puff. I’m just living my life like a regular ass nigga and people are tryin’ to keep me in the public eye. I need to do some real porn right now. [Laughs]

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m workin’ on this reality show. I didn’t go meet with any industry people; I’m shooting it myself. It’s kind of how Britney [Spears] did hers. I’m just trying to show my life. It’s an interesting tale. I’m workin’ on a solo project, too. I’m trying to get out of my independent deal with Sony and I’m tryin’ to work on something new. Also, I’m not doing anymore [Junior] M.A.F.I.A. albums. I want to work on mines, partly because my first album [The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo] got mad love and it was slept-on. So, I’m doing that and I’m workin’ on a book. I’m spending more time with my family. I’m tryin’ to do a lot of regular stuff right now. I just want to sit back, be cool, think of a plan and execute it promptly.

Being that you’ve been in the game so long, what’s your take on the state of music sales right now?
The game is so tough right now. No one is selling any records across the board. This online shit is killin’ everything. You can punch up anything and your whole history is coming up. So, you have to find your best way to eat in this game. You can’t even pump mixtapes any more. I want to tell dudes to stop wasting your hunger and make a hot album. I don’t give a fuck how nice they are. I’m tired of hearing cats rappin’ over that one hot beat. Fuck all them damn rappers! They don’t fuck with me and I don’t fuck with them. None of these dudes can come out here and talk about me foul. I can sit there next to Russell [Simmons] and Diddy and be good. They know me. I get love from these people. People are saying my name so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re gay themselves!

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  • REAL TALK

    Damn Homie!! Thats all I cam say. haha

  • REAL TALK

    I mean “CAN” say…. my bad.

  • Rap thang

    No matter what you say Lil Cease. Your still gay!

  • Prince Rich City

    1st.
    First Cees was a snitch…now he a homo snitch….never say the video……but in the famous words of my nigga Riley

    “Nigga, you gay”

  • Boss Hogg

    Yea im secure and all of that but that was gay as hell. Dudes in the room yelling “let the monkey out, and anaconda?” WTF?

  • Holla

    lol Cease cracks me up

  • REESE

    HMMMM……..

    I WONDER WHY HES NOT EMBARRISSED!

    LOL…I ALSO WONDER HOW HE THINKS THISIS GOING TO HELP HIS CAREER!

    I NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THIS VIDEO UNTIL TODAY!

    BUT IM NOT TRYIN TO SEE THAT!!!!

    LOL

  • ONE50

    Anybody see the irony like I do? You have men on the internet, watching a video of a man “stripping” and they are calling dude gay. They hoping Cease is gay, wanting Cease to be gay. I can’t call it, I never even thought about watching it.

    As for Cease, yo dog what ever happened to a rapper getting your name out there by actually rapping about something? Controversy don’t sell all the time. Hell man, controversy has been known to take down big corporations singlehandedly. Your foot has been in the door for over 10 years now. IF you want your name buzzing again, put all that perifial bullsh*t aside and make some innovative lyrics. You aint had nothing but time to do this.

    But if you gonna hug the block, smoke drink, and f*ck B*tches. Then you can only hope that something interesting slip out of your mouth that we really want to hear.

    Thinking that rap fans are so stupid that they’ll buy your record because of some stripper tape of you that happened the year BIGGIE died aint gonna work out for you. What do you think that, we are gonna get hyped up because this tape has some loose connection to BIGGIE?

    Smarten up Cease. Do that sh*t like you did on MOBB DEEP track. That’s what fans really want. We don’t care if people call you a snitch. It aint hurt Curtis. And we don’t care if you smack up JIm Jones, actually that was funny as hell. But it aint hurt dude that bad cause dipsh*t fans still wit ‘em.

  • Danny

    No-Homo lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    i aint even see da footage, but if he in da room wit chicks and dudes tryin to get an orgy poppin off, whats the problem?

    Ya’ll dudes who was lookin at that shit wit the intent of seein Cease dick is the gay ones.

    lmaooo.

    Jer-z Up, Jer-z Out!

  • jeff

    i’m not part of your street team you little fudge packer!

  • William

    Great interview!

  • REESE

    i know cease is gay cuz i blew him the other night and he loved it

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    DAMN NIGGA! SHIT I HEARD PUFF AND RUSS WERE GAY 2. IM NOT SAYIN ITS TRUE BUT DAMN NIGGA. NEVER PUT YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION… GOOD SHIT FOR THAT TAPE OF THE RUCKER FIGHT THO!!!

  • jmil

    Snitch dont forget that

  • REESE

    ceasar leo is my hero

  • Ceezy

    THAT NIGGA IS A FAGGOT!

  • Ceezy

    THAT NIGGA IS A FAGGOT!

  • That Guy

    Cease-A-Strippa

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    his shit still aint gonna sell. who gives a damn about lil’cease or his reality show? lil kim is more of a man than he is.

  • ipopXusemagnumXLandreadXXL

    Wow…now does anybody else see the irony of this shit….He thought he would get some Street Cred by puttin out tha Dipset Tape…now his faggoty ass has been exposed and he thinks its good promo…Right!
    FYI…i have NOT and WILL NOT see this tape…

  • fireforreal

    Who the fuck thinks that shit makes him gay ? I f you do fine but let’s question all the gay or at least borderline homo things rappers do such as,Dipset,diddy,pharell,kanye let’s all talk about why cease is so fucking wack and he wouldn’t even have had 1 interview ever if it wasn’t for him knowing biggie. And kim needs to stop all that bullshit about taking one for hip hop. She thinks it makes her tough but really who in hip hop took one for her ? she still lost a year of her life she can never get back think about that one .

  • kayd

    cease is on the come up haha that guy is a mess he is angry calling everyone else gay and he is alright i mean he is a dang little bastard i dnt care if u know puff man he should laugh at himself over there tryna save face BUAHAHAHAHA

  • flyboy403

    See cease is a snitch he addmitted it fuckin rat
    bastard
    Kill all rats

  • calimovement

    why the fuck is anyone interviewing this clown….irelevant to rap

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  • Ziggy

    FUCK DAT SNITCH ASS NIGGA…..THATS THE FIRST CDE OF THE STREETS….NEVER TELL ON NOBODY FO NOTHIN….THIS NIGGA AINT NO REAL G….HE SOME FAGGET STRIPPER LIKE DA GAME….SOME WASHED UP NIGGA THAT USED TO KICK IT WIT LEDGENDS…. THE GAME/ 50 …. LIL CEASE / B.I.G

  • skizzle

    fuck wat ya herd try to get it back!!

  • yung ceasa

    >>>>>>>>The Internet is an interesting place. You can get up-to-the-minute news from your favorite hip-hop website (like, ahem, XXLMag.com)

    Up to the minute? Double X-L Mag.com?
    If you call reportin Mondae wat happened Fridae night up to the minute than yall must be on some other shyt.

  • yung ceasa

    oh and cease you’s a homo snitch

  • khalahari

    cease just gettin hated on, cats stating the code of the street yet you spend yo time postin comments on the net, what wud u know bout the street code…

  • Deez Nutz

    Hey Cease, you know how i know your gay…(40 year old virgin)

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    mmmmmmmmmm listen here all of you bitches mmmmmmmm you know there’s a bit of gay in all of yous mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I enjoy gay sex sure it sounds ‘SCARY’ at fisrt but it is magnificent.I love getting me dick sucked so hard.Don’t diss homosexuals you little buttercups tata!

  • BIGNAT

    i did not see it so as one of the guys who did not see it and heard about it. i will speak my view like this. if guys and girls are in a spot and you the only one getting naked i think you trying to hard to make shit happen. stop lying cease take back your comments blame it on E and niggas might forgive you. the way it looks right now u are homosexual no even worse a closet homosexual.

  • monique

    u know when an artists record sales start to slump they gotta show they d&*k!

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    oh please somebody fuck me in my ass give it to me NOW!!!NOW!!!FUCK ME IN MY ASS I WANT TO FEEL THAT STICKY ICKY CUM DRIBLE IN MY ASS!

  • Face Phoenix

    Cease’s Career died with Biggie and was buried when he and Kim parted ways. Dude is better own flipping burgers at a 9-5.

  • REESE

    LOL

    I SEE WE HAVE CHILDREN IN HERE THAT WANNA PLAY LITTLE GAMES………….

    LIKE TAKIN’ SOMEONES NAME AND LEAVING LITTLE STINK COMMENTS………….LOL

    LOL BUT THAT WAS REAL FUNNY THO…LOL

  • ogloc

    Stop hating on cease..

  • dr flash

    dat nigga just like The Geyme. Bitch ass, snitch ass Homo. wtf is goin on. WTF is this

  • FLYSOCIETY931

    WTF…………………….

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  • Ali

    damn he’s tryin’ way 2 hard 2 play it off..he shoulda just said he was drunk i’d respect him more

  • BodySnatcha

    Why didn’t the writer ask about his snitching, and the beat down he supposedly got from Maino? If Xxlmag.com is going to stay true to their readers than ask the questions we want to know! He side stepped the whole Lil Kim snitching ordeal! That’s so fucking wack!! Just like Cease, wack!! Snitching ain’t easy but golly gee it is for Ceazy!!

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    FUCK Lil Cease u snitch!!! thats what you suck and will never be shit in the Rap game nigga, the only reason why u made a little cheese is cause of biggie

  • BOSA

    dat nigga has been gettin no money since biggie died and atop of that he a fuckin rat!

  • Miami Heat

    cease is a coward rat. he said he dont know why french put that footage out, he’s talking shit to french right in the video! i know french, and I know april… she’s directed “chroncicles of JM”, cease testified, she didn’t want to be associated with a rat and did life after death the movie to air out cease for Kim and DRoc. And French put that stripping video out because Cease snitched out, D-Roc. Get the story right um kay.

  • XXL is the new Source!

    who is Cease fucking at XXL? or who’s ass is he kissing? LOL I agree with “BodySnatcha”

  • dza

    These niggas gay, u see the man is staring so hard at his crotch loving for him to take his pants off…FAGGOT!!

  • http://WWW.DUBCNN.COM RASKO ONE SCLA

    whos is this nukka? this dude aint done shit since BIG putting him on! this cat is booboo! and I know fo sho aint nobody know or care bout this nukka in L.A.
    lil sleez- u booboo playa!~

  • koyb

    first of all he didnt put any footage out of himself, french took that shit edited it a bunch of times and labeled it “gay”. frenchie seems to need “lil cease ” to sell his dvd’s. dont you people understand that cease wasnt looking for the spotlight YOU people gave it to him. this shit is free publicity for a nigga..the haters actually help his career more then the fans.

  • SIMONE SAYS

    if it weren’t for lil kim repping in rap and d-roc reppin in the streets, biggie’s legacy would be forever destroyed by lil cease. he’s a rat snitch that sent his own peoples to jail cause he didn’t want to man up and take a few month in jail and keep his mouth shut – his case is different from busta rhymes or fat joe “testifying”, cease sent the hands that fed him to jail.

  • BURNITDOWN

    MY PEOPLES WERE AT THAT RUCKER PARK FIGHT, WHY DOES LIL CEASE ACT LIKE HE WAS FIGHTING ANYBODY? AND DOES XXL JUST WRITE ANYTHING WITHOUT RESEARCH THESE DAYS? HE WAS HIDING BEHIND HIS BOYS WHO WAS PUTTING IN WORK ON CAMRON AND JIM JONES. LIL CEASE, STOP FRONTIN!

  • jimmi

    you stripped in front some of yo “niggas” and 2 girls and one wasn’t even try’n to look. either way your a gay ass snitch and none that shit you can take back. i don’t know what you did in the past but that shit is coming back to u hard. and keep yo monkey under wraps and away from yo boys

  • Dat Dude

    I hope Maino handles this gay nigga again no homo for this nonsense he talking. Nigga was talking shit on Frenchy till nigga pulled his fucking homo card now all of a sudden it ain’t no beef, fucking ho ass Lil Cease Big is spittin on you right now nigga

  • Stax On Deck

    Gay-Snitch…
    Biggie is rolling over in his grave.

  • M. Burmy

    “Little Ceasa go ask ya homie how i’ll leave ya, cut ya young ass up, see ya in pieces, now be deceased!”
    -2Pac

  • da king

    WHATS EVEN MORE GAY THEM DUDES WERE CHEERING AND SHIT!

  • ……….

    lil cease is more gay then tpain

  • h

    what a fag

  • DEFcertificate

    CEASE IS WACK!! I DONT BELIEVE ANY OF THE SHIT HE SPOKE IN THAT INTERVIEW OF COURSE HE DONT WANT A VIDEO OF HIMSELF STRIPPING ON THE NET. LITTLE BITCH RATTED OUT HIS FORMER FRIEND LIL KIM HOW THE FUCK CAN ANYONE RESPECT THIS NIGGA. CEASE IS EVEN MORE WACK THEN DIPSET. REAL TALK