Chopper
Can’t Keep Me Down

chopper.jpgFor better or worse, Chopper (a.k.a Young City) bites his tongue for no one. Co-starring in Diddy’s reality series Making the Band 2, which debuted on MTV in 2002, the New Orleans native’s outspokenness earned him plenty of camera time and a spot as one of the six artists chosen out of 40,000 contestants to form Da Band. Comprised of Chopper, Babs, Ness, Dylan, Freddy P and Sarah Stokes, the group released their first and only disc, Too Hot for T.V., on Bad Boy Records in 2003. Despite debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and moving over 500,000 units, the album was panned by critics and Diddy disbanded the group in 2004. A year later, Chopper signed with Bad Boy South as a solo artist for his debut release, New Jack City. The relationship quickly went sour after the label shot a video for the unreleased album’s lead single, “Lil’ Daddy.” According to Chopper, the song didn’t represent the type of music he wanted to make. Displeased over his lack of creative control, as well as the money the label was offering, Young City decided last year that he wanted out of his contract. Once fellow N’awlins boy Bryan “Baby” Williams stepped in to negotiate the deal, Chopper got off Bad Boy South and recently signed with Cash Money Records. Now, with a new home, Chopper is gearing for the fall release of his official debut Cash M.O.E. (Money Over Everything). XXLMag.com talks with the fiery MC about his beef with Diddy, his loyalty to Cash Money and why he’s working hard to change his image.

Are you officially signed with Cash Money Records now?
The papers ain’t finalized until [June] 20th. [But] I talked to the man [Baby] and he was all gravy with the situation. So I’m on my way down to Miami.

Over the years, a lot of artists have left Cash Money due to alleged money disputes. Are you worried about that at all?
It’s different strokes with different folks. I learn from other people’s fuck ups. Shout out to Juve and Mannie, but I learned from their situations. I was always a Cash Money fanatic before I was a rapper. I always wanted to be down with Cash Money in the first place. They’re the reason why I wanted to rap—period. I really don’t think about all that. I just think about what I can bring to the table and what they can do for my career. Bad Boy was straight. It was a great stepping-stone for me [but] I didn’t like the Diddy vibe. No offense to him, but I don’t like selfish people. Your mission as CEO is to make your artists big and then you profit off the situation. But you gotta make the artist be the best person they can be instead of you trying to be the CEO/rapper. [You can’t] look at situations [like], what can you do for yourself and treat your artists like table scraps. I don’t give a fuck how rich you are, because at the end of the day, anybody can be in your shoes if they understand and learn the game like you did. You wasn’t the smartest nigga in the world, you just had a little more common sense than others.

What did Cash Money offer you that Bad Boy couldn’t?
More control. When I was over there with Puff, [he made me] rap over whatever beat he wanted me to, which was corny as fuck. He [was] trying to tell me to do it like this and do it like that. I’m like, “Man, fuck naw!” He put out the “Lil’ Daddy” video, but it wasn’t me. I shoulda came out hard ass fuck. But he wasn’t tryin’ to hear that. Don’t get me wrong. Harve Pierre was a good nigga to me. It was just that Puff cat. They don’t let you be creative over there. They want you to be [like] everybody else. Man, fuck you! I do it how I wanna do it. That only person who was themselves over there was Biggie. I [even] had an altercation with Yung Joc because my album was called New Jack City first. But since I left, Joc comes with New Joc City. Ain’t that a bitch! That’s a copycat ass label.

So you don’t have any more obligations to Bad Boy South?
None. Never! What happened was, a good friend of mine at Cash Money [Baby] paid for me to get out of it. He helped me get out [of] the contract. Shout out to Cash Money, them real niggas right there. That boy Baby—real nigga! Weezy cool, but Baby the one. He a real nigga.

Was lack of creative your only gripe with Bad Boy South?
What ended up happening was, Puff dismantled Da Band. [So] I was like, “Fuck Bad Boy,” and I went out there and grinded. I started doing my thang—Chingy and [Lil] Wayne let me open [their shows] and I kept my name out there. That’s when Puff called me back and told me about the Bad Boy South situation. But you know what’s funny? I told Puff, “You should try and do something called Bad Boy South.” I swear to God on my kids. That nigga took my idea. That nigga is known for taking people’s ideas. It ain’t nothin’ personal with me and Puff. I got love for Puff. He’s the No. 1 hustler in the world. But [when] Puff came at me with the Bad Boy South situation [and] the contract, I looked at [it] and I saw how much it was and I said, “No! I’m not signing for that much. That ain’t enough money for me.” [So] they were telling me I don’t appreciate shit and all this. But I said, “No. I appreciate everything, but I know what I’m worth. I don’t want the world. I just want to be comfortable. Meet [me] in the middle.” So I said fuck it, I ain’t signing with y’all anyway and [Diddy] was like, “If you don’t sign these papers, we’re taking ‘Lil’ Daddy’ off BET.” But I was like, “Do what you gotta do.”

You must have learned a lot going through all of that. What’s the biggest misconception you think people have about Chopper?
My immaturity. A lot of people get me twisted and don’t understand me. They don’t know that the kid is really talented. I be in the studio with the top dogs eatin’ they ass up. Niggas can’t fuck with me. Weezy always gives me props ’cause [he] know what it do. Weezy be tellin’ me, “You a dope rapper, but the world don’t know that if you’re not out there showing it.” A lot of people don’t know that ’cause they watching MTV Making The Band 2 and think I’m some ol’ band ass nigga. I run New Orleans. I’m the prince of that city. People know Chopper from Da Band. They don’t really know Chopper off the music. I don’t really like to be looked at as the bad guy no more ’cause that was years ago. Don’t see me as Da Band. Don’t judge [me] by that. Judge me when you talk to me or see me.

So what should fans expect from the Cash M.O.E. album?
Aww, man, I got [producer] Kochease on there, he did “Patron” and “I Know You See It” for Yung Joc. I got a Mannie Fresh track, and I got Chingy and Jody Breeze on there. Been talkin’ to Jeezy ’cause we got a song called “Rock N’ Roll” and hopefully he gon’ fuck with it ’cause that nigga be busy than a muthafucka! I got a song with T.I. too, so I got some shit. I’m not gon’ try and put too many features on there ’cause I got some hot [solo] songs.

When can we expect that to drop?
Later this year and it’s gone be real, real, real, real, major! I’m real proud of this album, so when I say real major, I mean it has to be the best work I’ve every done in my whole 22 years.

  • hayta

    blech… not even worth being 1st

  • BYGGZ

    lol!

  • tybe

    he reminds me of the gay black dude on tyra’s reality show

  • tybe

    he reminds me of the gay black dude on tyra’s reality show no homo though

  • http://www.myspace.com dscores

    bitches come and go but real niggaz stay all thru the way
    it is badboy for life bitches. check my bones it is written on it also.

  • http://xxl.com la RocK

    dudes weak ass fuck… anit got no rymin’ skillz

  • KLETEWOOD

    The best five rappers of all time…

    Dylan, Dylan, DYLAN, DYLAN & DYLAN…I SPIT HOT FIRE.

    That Chappelle show was hilarious!

  • fred

    he was in new orleans and cash money was messing with him then they gonna screw him over watch!

  • A-Town

    Chopper realize Diddy is a dirty ass nigga and jumped ship. But why in the hell he signed with another label known for jerking niggaz also.

  • Ziggy

    Dont really know what to say…i dont feel diddy or anyone in that niggas camp….it tru they aint real niggas they just in it fo the money…but then again cash money bin known for stabbin niggas in the back so im no to sure what to say…never really heard to much shit from this nigga…an every nigga say they shit is gon be major but then when i cop it, its the most wack shit ever…just gon have to wait an see i guess

  • Galil ( STILL AFTERMATH) BISHOP LAMONT COMIN….

    At least homie is right about P.Diddy is a selfish muthafucka. Fuck Bad Boy Records!!
    The only good on there was Biggie so fuck Bad Boy it shouldn’t even exist no more like Death Row.

  • dub jay

    He’s fucked

  • tino

    man chopper is that fucking heat now he got wayne on his side you cant top that

  • fred

    he was in new orleans and cash money wasnt messing with him then they gonna screw him over watch! dude been rappin in new orleans and he had to go to new york to get love from diddy ..once that didnt work out he shoulda went independent and signed with koch!

  • john cochran

    Who Cares

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    I mean chopper look at all the artest that was on bad boy. The Lox, Black Rob, Shine, Carl Thomas, Lil Kim, Fath, Usher, Marry J,and so on and so on. They all had it out with puff that dude is all about his money.I hope 8 ball and MJG are on they game or they will be the nexts ones.

  • Holla

    I’m surprised Diddy hasn’t black-balled his ass (no homo)

  • Stuckfresh

    Young city that nigga!! He nice!! Bad boy gay!! Fuck that ninja turle Young Joc! Young Joc!! Young City!! sound the same to me!!! New jack city!! New Joc city!! sound the same to me!! Chooper shit is going to be hot 4 sure!!!

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    –LOL that tyra comment is hella true tho!! yea I dont know about this cat, all the rhymes i heard suck and they only reason why Cash Money signed him for cause his name is already out once they make some money off you, u will be gone promise that u u better make as much money as u can nigga!….Curtis…..

  • lake

    suckaniggadick

  • jayslay

    “I went left, and Puff went right, plus we had on all that ice.” Member that song, so these dudes beefing now? Baby owns that dude chopper’s ass, buying out his contract and all. He owe’s him 4 life now. It’s the D-I-D-D-Y, It’s Diddy, hold up it’s D-I-D-D-Y. HaHaHaha.

  • Bonafide

    I’m happy that he left the #2 artist jerker in hip hop, that being Diddy, that was a good move…BUT WHY THE HELL WOULD U GO AND SIGN TO THE #1 ARTIST JERKER IN HIP HOP, him being Baby

  • Honestasicanb

    Tybe is gay. All these bad ass models and tyra banks her damn self and he can actually notice a man on the damn show and you gay for watching that many damn times to remember him.

  • abdullah

    yes you have right niggerr the tybe is a real motherfucker gay i told u

  • fireforreal

    Diddy has been jerkin niggas just like Baby so either way he’s gonna get fucked now or later.Baby has shown he only cares about Wayne that’s it.Watch Chopper get 1 video like turk than it’s weezy time. That nigga will get 3 videos and hella promo

  • blood homie

    Dat nigga iz da truth real reconize real I see u homie suuuuwu! CA$HMONEY CA$HM.O.E

  • blood homie

    Dat nigga iz da truth real reconize real I see u homie suuuuwu! CA$HMONEY CA$HM.O.E u need 2 stop fucking hating on da real internet thugz if I feel like dat about somebody I won’t put it out on da net I will say it in they face but I guess yall aint real only pimps playas hustlers and thugz see what it iz 100 younging u bout 2 be a o.g

  • Alex

    I shoulda came out hard ass fuck….I be in the studio with the top dogs eatin’ they ass up…..son this dude is cool but he did say some homo stuff man no homo

  • BALLIN

    Fuck dat Ninja….

  • M-K

    chopper has potential…he wouldnt b one of the selected few out of 40, 000 people if he was garbage but i think weezy will teach him how to b a “rapper eater” lol but yeah mosta his shit iz garbage styll but i dont think thatz him like he sayz people choosin his beats and controlling him n e wayz he has potential especially since mosta these garbage rappers are out like jibbs n shopboyz n all these 1 hit wonderz but he will never b a legend

  • J+Ca$h

    say whody this cat trippin i live in the N.O. the 450 this nigga dont run the city, C murder, BG, UNLV them really in the hood

  • http://n/a prolly

    buyin out niga’s contract nd all. we all waiting for that otha baby/chopper kiss. am sure cat will be too happy-lol

  • ridda

    Dudes, Puff is a real real real hustla. If not the biggest one (master p) he comes second. plz respect his grind.

  • http://- And1

    I am from europe, and all i am sayin`is, that chopper def got some heart for the game of hip-hop…so he is def better then 90% of the rest…we will see more, when he trops the album…the rest is just air hustlin`…one.

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    tino Says:

    June 19th, 2007 at 2:06 pm
    man chopper is that fucking heat now he got wayne on his side you cant top that

    ^ ninja please

  • AzRealAsDeyCum

    all these haterz in this bitch.chopper straight.he aint no lyrical beast like emenim,jay-z,nas,etc. but he can flow and a hell of a lot better than some of the trash they have in the industry.mostly all these east coast niggas steady knocking somebody from the south.get a life.make money.stop that all that crying about the south being on top.

  • http://cashmoneyrecords.com cashmoneyrecords

    This is a cashmoney lable repersenitive we wanna think everybody for your comments yall have to understand chopper youngcity is a great person and he is real we from neworleans la. And we been knowing youngcity for years and we come from nothing and this kid work his way up to the food chains with his talent and drive when that badboy situation came about we had no control of that but we wanted to always have him on the team everything is ment 2 happen for a reason all we have 2 say is get ready go 2 his myspace http://www.myspace.com/officalyoungcity
    Check out some of his hot new music
    Or better yet hit his sidek lol
    CA$H M.O.E is the album we welcome yall 2 the new neworleans thank you ……….
    C M R

  • westcoast

    Fuck yall hating bitches youngcity gotta spot in da west he show love he show love
    And he surprise us he will do the same when u hear his new music I was kinda iffy
    @ frist but I get it now yall better get on it l.a to the bay

  • http://cashmoneyrecords.com hip hop aint dead its down here!

    Oh my god get that chopper youngcity true story mixtape if u think that nigga won’t be the next best thing holla

  • http://cashmoneyrecords.com magnolia

    I know lil homie uptown he good folk ya dig
    I herd true story hott shit woe I’m a fan I surrender!

  • http://cashmoneyrecords.com yup

    Hott shit love em

  • SugarHill

    Anyone that signs to BadBoy is stupid as fuck to start with. Puffy will not allow any artist on the label to shine brighter than him, which is why at some point everyone either jumps ship or he drops them from the label. Some people try to sign to BadBoy to get in the game and use BadBoy as a stepping stone, but Puffy will try to fuck you with lawyers. That’s why all BadBoy has is a bunch of corny niggaz like Yung Joc now.

  • C.Brown

    I HOPE HE AINT GOTTA KISS THAT NIGGA BABY. U.N.L.V. (R.I.P YELLA), B.G., PIMP DADDY (R.I.P.), LIL SLIM, JUVENILE AND MANNIE WERE THE CASH MONEY.

  • http://youtube.com/lovexxpeacexxjoy phurdrick

    Mary J. Blige, Lil’Kim and Usher was never on Bad Boys Record!! Oh’ yeah! Fuck chopper, that weak ass nigga! Plus any artist starting or pro is going to get fucked, if thay don’t run their own label, period!! Look at Master-P, he can’t rap for shit, but he paid in full. Cause’ he owed his shit!! Fuck the big labels and go independent!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com Streets Is Watchin

    1. ness
    2. p
    3. babs
    4. chopper (not that hot whodie) dylan said holla back raggida dooga

  • Stax On Deck

    Bad Boy is really is wack as fuck. The only hard niggaz they got is Yung Joc. Bad Boy wack without the late Notorious B.I.G.

    Diddy is on his 4th Making Of The Band now. Damn Get Your Shyt 2gether Puff!

  • http://www.yahoo.com Streets Is Watchin

    puff is comin out wit seven more making the bands 2 rap groups 2 chick groups 2 dancehall groups and a gangbangin country&western folk singin midgets

  • Caine

    Stax On Deck Says:

    June 21st, 2007 at 9:57 am
    Bad Boy is really is wack as fuck. The only hard niggaz they got is Yung Joc.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    LMAO!!!!!!! Get Real!!!!!!!!!! Joc? Hard? HAHAHA!!

  • Black MaJik

    QUOTE:
    [when] Puff came at me with the Bad Boy South situation [and] the contract, I looked at [it] and I saw how much it was and I said, “No! I’m not signing for that much. That ain’t enough money for me.” [So] they were telling me I don’t appreciate shit and all this. But I said, “No. I appreciate everything, but I know what I’m worth. I don’t want the world. I just want to be comfortable. Meet [me] in the middle.” So I said fuck it, I ain’t signing with y’all anyway and [Diddy] was like, “If you don’t sign these papers, we’re taking ‘Lil’ Daddy’ off BET.” But I was like, “Do what you gotta do.”

    But Di nigga still inked a deal. Then complains bout it. Nigga please, sit dat azz down.

  • http://myspace.com/tedwa Teddy

    i just checked out his myspace his shit

  • Jroc

    This nigga Choppa speak da truth hands down.. whoeva dont like choppa need 2 get off his dick n keep it movin deadass.. cuz ya b givin him MAd NEck ya digg.

  • http://xxlmag.com bulk stroken

    this nigga is a clown. he want from diddy bitch ass to the nigga kissing dude baby. who is know for not paying his rapper right. all i know is wayne must be happy cause now baby got a new pussy to fuck. just call the nigga young cum catcher

  • BklynBandette

    It’s a serious case of “Catch 22″. You know you have to leave a situation to save yourself. But what happens when you arrive at the next destination and you’re no better off for it? That is Exactly what has happened to every former Bad Boy artist who has defected. The Lox, Mase, Faith, Shyne, 112, Carl Thomas, Tony Thompson (R.I.P.), etc. We haven’t heard anything from them since their departure that would be deemed substantial. I know Shyne is doing a bid, but he was released from his Bad Boy contract to go to Def Jam. Unfortunately, the families of the victims blocked his dough. So all that transacting was for nothing. And as for the rest of them … I don’t know!!!
    I wish Chopper well but I pray he knows what he’s doing.

    Just A Woman’s Perspective.
    Holla If Ya Hear Me …

  • money bag boy

    man that nigga trippin talkin bout he run the N.O. nigga get ran out before anything nigga dont see that boy in the streets at all…so Chopper stop reppin like you in the streets like that boy

  • gmoney

    baby is not gon keep it real with him

  • BMurder

    Bad Boy this and Bad Boy that, somebody should hit Chopper with a baseball bat

  • JOCKER

    its 1 ‘st rapper

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