Petey Pablo
What a Life

petey.jpgBack in 2005, Death Row Records founder Suge Knight appeared on the cover of the October issue of XXL alongside the label’s newly crowned savior, Petey Pablo. Authoring Billboard topping hits such as the Timbaland-produced “Raise Up” and the Lil Jon-fueled “Free-A-Leek,” Petey was Tha Row’s biggest acquisition in almost a decade. While the deal made sense for Suge, many wondered why Petey, who had two gold albums on Jive—Diary of a Sinner: First Entry (2001) and Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry (2004)—would join up with a crumbling empire. In fact, the label folded after going bankrupt in 2005 before the Greenville, NC native could release his Row debut, Same Eyez On Me. Two weeks ago, however, a version of the album leaked on the Internet to the surprise of many. As the first new batch of material from the rowdy MC in three years, fans are now eager to see what’s up with the North Carolina shirt spinner. XXLMag.com tracked down Petey Pablo in an Atlanta studio at 2 a.m. to find out about his impending comeback and what life’s like after Tha Row.

Same Eyez On Me recently leaked on the Internet. Was that something you thought people would ever get to hear?
There wasn’t a release date for it. It ain’t supposed to be out—ever. That wasn’t an album I did. I mean, I did the songs, but I never talked about doing that album. That’s just some other issue I’ve got to deal with now.

There’s a song on the album called “In a Minute,” where you poke fun at Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Buck and The Game, saying how they’re scared to come to the West Coast. What prompted that?
That song was taken and altered to make it sound like that. That wasn’t how that song went, by no means. That verse [where it has me dissin’ them] wasn’t even in that song. It ain’t even a diss to nobody, because the verse said that I really want to work with these dudes. I was like, “No, I really want to,” but I forgot how the end of the verse [original went].

You mean the last line that says, “All these muthafuckas scared to come out here on the West Coast…”
Right! See, that part right there was on a whole ’nother fuckin’ song. That’s crazy as hell. That right there wasn’t even on that muthafucka. That was on the intro of [another] song. I was like, “All these muthafuckas out here claim to be whatever, whatever, but they’re scared to come out here to the West Coast.” That wasn’t even talkin’ about artists; it was talkin’ about people in general like, “You want to be a real gangsta? Come out here to the West Coast. Y’all muthafuckas scared.” That was taken off a whole ’nother song and put on the end of a [verse] where I just said I wanted to work with these dudes. In that verse, I was being very serious when I said I wanted to work with these dudes. It’s just retarded, man. Why would I do that when they ain’t done shit to me? It was just so wrong for a person to do something like that.

Why would someone go through all that trouble to make you look bad?
I guess it could have been done out of spite. It could have been done out of disappointment. I can’t really speak on why it was done, but at the same time, all I can do is pray for people and hope one day they get it right before it’s too late and you don’t wake up one morning. Try to do something nice for a change. Try not to be an instigator, manipulator or intimidator. But like I said, I apologize for the misunderstanding to all the individuals. I recently spoke to a couple of those cats. That’s just ridiculous. It makes me feel bad. I only feel sorry for individuals who have nothin’ to grasp on to but foolishness and ignorance.

What kind of dialogue have you had with the artists that were called out on that record?
I recently hit [Dr.] Dre on his MySpace page, because me and Dre, we got the same lawyer now, and I didn’t understand what the tension was between [us]. Because at one time, I had even thought about signing with Aftermath. I realized what it was after my lawyer sat down and told me [it was] about the shit that happened at the Vibe Awards [where Dre was punched in the face by a man allegedly paid by Suge]. So one day, I just seen his [MySpace] page and I sent him a message. I told him I can’t apologize for something I had no control over, that I had no knowledge of, but I will apologize for any role that you may feel that I played in this. I’m being deeply sincere in saying that I had no wrong intentions. I was invited somewhere and I was just glad to be there. I never came anywhere with an ulterior motive, and never brought anybody with me that I felt had an ulterior motive.

Is that apology the same for everybody?
I can apologize to anybody if they feel like I’ve offended anybody, because that’s not my intention. Never in my career have I ever went at anybody, not because I’m scared, but because I don’t use my craft that way. That’s not what I do my music for. I do my music for uplifting people [and] giving people motivation. A lot of those songs that I did, when I was with that side over there, was me being in a fucked up state of mind and hangin’ around fucked up state of mind ass people. That’s a terrible combination. When you’re in a fucked up state of mind and the muthafucka you with in a fucked up state of mind, you can’t do nothin’ but fuck up. But like I said, I love everybody.

Were you ever officially signed to Tha Row?
Never. I was just out there in L.A. I know people say negative [things] about [Suge Knight], but I’m just the [type of] person to give people the opportunity. We just started hangin’ out, spending time together and I started tryin’ to get to know who he was as a person and an individual. Just by being affiliated [with Suge Knight], everybody assumes [I was signed to Tha Row]. We had talked about doing a whole lot of stuff, but the time, dates and schedules just never worked out the way that it was supposed to. It’s all due to the plan of the Creator. Anything that is supposed to happen will happen; anything that isn’t shall never come to pass. Your whole life is already written out before you get here.

So what’s written out for the next chapter in your life and the album you’re working on now?
I’m in between names, but I’m thinking it’s going to be called Diary of Mine. I worked with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Paul Wall and Jagged Edge. Last night I was with David Banner. Really, we just work together to get a vibe. I still have no earthly idea what’s really going to be on the album until I sit down and just… that’s the other crazy thing about me: I do so many songs, and I’ll love them today and can’t stand them four days from now. Everybody else is like, “Man, that’s hot.” Then I have so many that I’ve just got to sit down and just listen to them and see what fits, you know, pick the right people to be around me and listen to them, and get the right opinions. It’s a lot of stuff I got to deal with.

  • http://yahoo.com KING J

    MAN THIS NIGGA IS WASHED THE FUCK UP NOW…DOES THE GOOD DOCTOR EVEN HAVE A MYSPACE PAGE, AND C’MON NOW DRE WOULD THROW HIS MONEY AWAY SIGING THAT NIGGA…..

  • Lano

    What label is he signed to??
    He would be a pretty good pick up for some labels.
    He always goes gold.

  • Latino Thug

    another one who bites the dust on death row records, suge wtf?, what’s wrong with you, no artist ever gonna release an album from that label?, except for 2pac greatest hits and remixes albums?

  • IMH8INGONTHISCLOWN

    this dude sux…he signed with suge,tried to be tough….the label failed &now hes trying to backtrack! WTF
    PABLO SUX 4 real
    helicopter is his only good joint ever

  • A-Town

    Nobody checkin for him includin his home state North Carolina.

  • Holla

    This guy is a fuckin idiot.

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

    He should have stayed put Jive Records. Whatever possessed him to leave and join Suge Knight? He was on the brink of hitting it big internationally… and then it sounds as it insanity took hold of his brain

  • Enlightened

    Damn, y’all hard on Petey. But that was some idiot shit. Everybody else could see this interview coming back he first started kickin it with Suge. Why couldn’t that nigga?

  • Verbatim

    Nobody’s checking for him? So he went gold twice how? Idiot

  • W.Montana

    he would be a nice pick up for a label like terror squad or somethin cause he’ll go gold every album lol

  • fireforreal

    Why is he lying about not being signed to the row.He was in every magazine talking about It’s tha row 4 life and that’s why he titled his album same eyez on me.Now he feels like a dummy because here he is kicked to the curb from not listening to all the others who dealt with suge and got fucked one way or another.

  • http://myspace.com/pamento87 Dante

    lol…I doubt that Dr. Dre actually checks his Myspace page.

  • guyeight

    LISTEN TO STICK UP MAN – PT PABLO KILLS THAT SHIT. LAST LINE IN THAT SONG IS FUCKIN FIRE. SOO STREET. GO DOWNLOAD IT RIGHT NOW.

  • Roger

    LOL @ him thinkin Dre checks his myspace page – what a moron.

  • Joker187

    I hope he gonna drop something soon. If been waiting for the stick up man.
    Rais up your hands and twist your fingers and stop hatin on this nigga

  • Danny

    He obviously signed to tha row (A dying label) so they asked him to start a beef with aftermath, being that suge already had problems with them.

    Think about it…

    This was perfect!! They thought by beefing it would revive Tha Row. I mean after all they did crown him “The Savior”.

    Now that Tha Row went bankrupt, his album was released with the diss track that was supposed to pop off the beef and he doesn’t want that drama so he is denying he wrote it….

    That’s a bitch move… Shady should ride on this dude and end his career for being a homo….

    Ya dig??

  • i’ll shit bag u

    this bitch ass nigga thought he was tuff with suge behind him …now he’s not and he’s actin like a scared little faggit!!! what a clown!!!

  • C

    He sounds scared.

  • mr martin

    classic example of a former death row artist acting hard and burning bridges and when they’re off the label they walk with their tales between their legs… kurupt, crooked I , petey pablo, daz, etc… all kicked that gansta shit and now they wann be friends

  • istayreppinVA

    “I recently hit [Dr.] Dre on his MySpace page,”

    “So one day, I just seen his [MySpace] page and I sent him a message”

    what the FUCK?!?!?!?

    did this nigga just do some hoe shit, and sent a another grown ass man a message on MYSPACE?!?!

    at least get a prepaid phone, callin card, SOMETHING!!!

    –and that’s why ur currently lookin 4 a job…(shakin my head)

  • roger

    ur a fuckin idiot istayreppinya. fuckin fat ass.

  • FuckYoHood

    Y’all niggas stupid, the exact kind of fucked up state of mind ass people he spoke of, all hard on the internet and shit lmao

  • YouGuysRHaterific

    I know some of you jackasses are wannabe rap stars and should know damn well yo shit can be manipulated in the studio yall mufuckas need to think about it, he was dealing with suge knight. Even RBX said that nigga redid some of his tracks to make him sound like the devil on one of snoops songs.

  • http://www.haulinone.com zacreole

    hmmm, everybody wants to front & emulate (imitate & initiate like) the bad guy yet it seems that most folks don’t really like living in the aftermath of the evil that (bad) men do. Props to Suge for really being the dude that so many try to project that they are or want to be. Whatever.

    As for me I’ll roll with God & the type of people who know that they have to answer to someone much badder than them if they get out of line. God is my Suge Knight & Jesus (Isa, Yeshua, etc.) is my nigga.

    Fake wannabe thugs take Lucifer’s flaming cock in the ass & mouth in hell for all eternity. Real & honorable men (& women of course) who try to follow the path of righteousness in life are rewarded with everlasting peace, comfort, relaxation, knowledge, wisdom, beauty, enlightment, health, fun, the promise of constant truth, spiritual ecstasy & and eternal bliss.

    Fuck off with that hard & beefin’ shit. The (supposedley) free descendents of slaves should not act like fools & compete with each other in front of the descendents of slaveholders. It might give someone the wrong idea.

    Read The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison & check the chapter near the beginning where the benefactors of a “colored” secondary school hold a contest wherein they toss coins in the center of a rug. Someone blows a whistle signalling the young Black competitors to rush toward the center of the rug in order to retrieve the coins first. As the players ( hmm, “playa’s”) brutally grapple with each other to grab a hold of basically leftover pocket change the old rich (white, no racist, that’s just how it was) bastards smoke cigars, drink whiskey & bellow & laugh.

    When one of the contestants finally gains sole control of the prize & begins to revel in his success the judge of the contest pushes a button on a small box on the end of a cord which is wired to electrodes placed throughout the underside of the rug. All contestants, both the winners & losers are instantly (not to mention surprisingly) electrocuted to within an inch of their lives. The winners are particularly shocked (pun realized & intended) because thought they had won becausing they were holding on to the prize of the (white) men’s gold coins. The metalsthey hold in their hands cause them excessive pain due to the conduction of the electricity. The “benefactors” double over in laughter as they watch the promising young Black men writhe in pain shortly after they were fighting each other not realizing that they all were destined for the same fate.

    Reading this passage that was written (wrote?) back in the 1950′s really changed & sharpened my views of the way that racists operate & how oppressed peoples are turned against each other to succumb to petty bickering & infighting so as they continue to be oppressed completely subliminally & psychologically voluntarily.

    Just some food for thought for y’all.

  • EXPOSER

    stop talking bout my boyfriend that way he sucks a cigar like i suck a d!@#k!lol ive been exposed!

  • Biggie

    HAHAHHAHAHA

    how old is petey?? 14-15??

  • poppa lq

    for who for us north carolina all day every day baby

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?cat=29 noz

    “I recently hit [Dr.] Dre on his MySpace page”

    OMG ME TOO!

  • Danny

    EXPOSER Says:

    June 27th, 2007 at 3:30 am
    stop talking bout my boyfriend that way he sucks a cigar like i suck a d!@#k!lol ive been exposed!

    ^^^
    You have been….. “EXPOSED!” lmfao!!! this shit is just too funny…

    Props to ever did that… hahahaha

  • Walker V.W.

    I always liked Petey Pablo, but damn. He is either suckin’ up, sellin’ out, or flat out lyin’. Last issue he was in, he was wearin’ a Death Row chain and now he’s sayin’ he was never there? So is he lying to us? Was he tryin’ to suck up to Suge by wearing it? Or did he just flat out sell out completely? Whatever it is, I think we got another Ja Rule on our hands.

  • Tommy Kreed

    This dude Petey is trying to deny the past 4 years. Petey had that huge ass Deathrow chain that Suge paid for with those exploitation 2pac remix albums. Wasn’t Suge punk ass saying he would never profit off pac like Puffy did with “I’ll be missing you”. Petey sound like a scared bitch that burned all his bridges. He got trapped with the devil and was dissing all the people that Suge had a problem with. This dude was talking all that “Ima ride with suge till the very end” shit, now he wanna act like he don’t know how those diss songs were made. I remember that bitch ass record you made about Suge getting shot too.

    I still got the magazine with this funny style dude on the cover with Suge. That was a classic issue though. Chain all in your mouth, talking bout shoting wild pigs. Nigga you’s a clown. The thing is, it wasn’t a bad move if the feds would get their foot of Suge’s neck and Petey stayed himself. You had Crooked I over there, traitor ass Kurupt was fuckin with them. In the end you got fucked like everyone knew you would.

    This nigga sent a message to a dude in Arkansas that set up a myspace page with dr. dre’s picture.

  • not a fan

    this dude hit up dr. dre on myspace

    i bet his message looked like this..

    ”whut up dr dre, jus comin through to show sum luv,just wanted to say it wasnt me he made that diss song about your label, so i hope you are not mad at me, it was that nigga suge, he’s straight up player hatin’

    by the way.. checkout the new songs i just posted on my myspace, its straight fire.. i sound hard as hell on track number 2, THESE NIGGAS ARE FUCKIN SCARED TO COME TO THE WESTCOAST!!!”

    hit me back,

    Peace, yours truly

    petey pablo (sign me!!!)

  • 2real4yaazz

    yall haters does the nigga make good music yeah so get of his dick

  • Stax On Deck

    Mayne Fuck Petey Pablo. Dis nigga wack as fuck. He only drops like 1 single per album. Thatz it. Super-Duper-Lame!

  • Speech

    zacreole thank you for offering a statement of substance. It was truly needed. For those of you who are complete fucking idiots, shut your mouths, open your eyes and ears and learn. Don’t speak on things you have little or no understanding of. It makes you appear to be bigger idiots than you might actually be. Despite the fact that people might not beleive Petey is a talented artist, they should be aware of the fact that he has written several hits for our elite artists in both hip-hop and R&B. He has more songs that he’s written place in the top 25 on billboard than most artists have period. Long story short, do your fuckin homework before you consider yourself an expert. Realize that this is entertainment. Just because it’s not entertaining to you personally is irrelevant. That is the beauty of individuality, and freedom of choice. Food for thought.

  • CT Killah

    ya dig stop fuckin hatin this nigga spit straight fire on get xxx’d,freek a leek and helicpoter so shit stop hatin on dis nigga

  • Q-BURO

    WHEN I MET ILL SHIT BAG U HE TOUGHT HE WAS ALL TOUGH TILL I RAMMED HIM!!!

  • Q-BURO

    WHEN I MET ILL SHIT BAG U HE TOUGHT HE WAS ALL TOUGH TILL I RAMMED HIM!!!

  • Q-BURO

    WHEN I MET ILL SHIT BAG U HE TOUGHT HE WAS ALL TOUGH TILL I RAMMED HIM!!!

  • Q-BURO

    DANNY U FAG U POST GAY SHIT ALL OVER THIS SITE U AND UR BOYFRIEND EXPOSER HAVE BEEN EXPOSED!FLAMERS

  • Q-BURO

    DANNY U FAG U POST GAY SHIT ALL OVER THIS SITE U AND UR BOYFRIEND EXPOSER HAVE BEEN EXPOSED!FLAMERS

  • Q-BURO

    DANNY U FAG U POST GAY SHIT ALL OVER THIS SITE U AND UR BOYFRIEND EXPOSER HAVE BEEN EXPOSED!FLAMERS

  • zacreole

    Speech,

    Good look on the props. Sorry for the typos in the 2nd to the last paragraph. My keyboard kinda froze up & I hastily submitted the piece before proofreading it.

    Anywhoo, blogging & responding should always contain food for thought. No offense to anyone in particular but taking the time to read someone elses thoughts & then taking the time to respond requires a chunk of life that you can never get back. Why waste time & space by writing inane, idiot-like, inarticulate, ignorant & insulting garbage. Instead try to use your freedom of speech & the opportunity to reach out to others wisely. Use your mind, words & time to try to express how you really feel, ask a question, enlighten yourself or others or even just bussa comment that is genuinely funny & good for a laugh or 2. I swear that even if I’m just talkin’ shit it should at least drop on fertile ground. Make somehing grow, knawmean?

  • Q-BURO

    ZACREOLE I MADE MY DICK GROW IN YOUR MOMS ASS LAST NIGHT!GO WRITE A BOOK OR SOMETHING JESSE JACKSON WANNABE!GET DA FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZACREOLE I MADE MY DICK GROW IN YOUR MOMS ASS LAST NIGHT!GO WRITE A BOOK OR SOMETHING JESSE JACKSON WANNABE!GET DA FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZACREOLE I MADE MY DICK GROW IN YOUR MOMS ASS LAST NIGHT!GO WRITE A BOOK OR SOMETHING JESSE JACKSON WANNABE!GET DA FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZACREOLE I MADE MY DICK GROW IN YOUR MOMS ASS LAST NIGHT!GO WRITE A BOOK OR SOMETHING JESSE JACKSON WANNABE!GET DA FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZACREOLE I MADE MY DICK GROW IN YOUR MOMS ASS LAST NIGHT!GO WRITE A BOOK OR SOMETHING JESSE JACKSON WANNABE!GET DA FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZACREOLE I MADE MY DICK GROW IN YOUR MOMS ASS LAST NIGHT!GO WRITE A BOOK OR SOMETHING JESSE JACKSON WANNABE!GET DA FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q-BURO

    ZACREOLE I MADE MY DICK GROW IN YOUR MOMS ASS LAST NIGHT!GO WRITE A BOOK OR SOMETHING JESSE JACKSON WANNABE!GET DA FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/0zgur Oz – www.myspace.com/0zgur

    All ma Opinion have changed about him a few minutes ago ! when i read this shit..
    what’s dat..he s like a coward..like a mause…
    he cant say just what happened…

    and whats dat shit..He must b believe in Karma or something :S
    fuck dat

  • the walker boys

    The Walker Boys hacked into my computer? Weird shit. I got a cookie for them on my browser on this page for auto complete when responding to this blog. Hmm…

    Zacreole

    Who da fuck are the walker boys anyhow?

  • zacreole

    Hey Ms. Woo. Where is my comment that I issued back to Ms. “Q” Buro in response to his enlightneng comments regarding my posts. I really wanted him to hear how much I appreciate his wisdom & intellectual postings on this blog. Thanks. & good interview. Keep doin’ what you do Miss.

    Zacreole

  • doctor69

    danny still a fag and petey has issues I got the xxl issue with him on the cover with a death row chain now he wants to kiss the ass of gay ass dre (2pac own words)now he copping out fuck that bitch shit man up and stand by your word you gave to suge apologize afterwards dre is a bitch now you kissing up to him damn lost respect for ya second danny loves exposer every blog danny says ya dig so exposer calls him out

  • JoeShort

    Petey Pablo is a platinum selling artist, both of his Lp’s are platinum. Yeah he got caught up in the wrong shit, but half of you fags probably havent listened to his shit, so you say “he has like one single off each album” these are the people who dont appreciate good music, if you stayed up on it all you would know that the rap scene isn’t just about singles and going mainstream, half of the shit I listen too hasn’t even made its way to the radio, but it’s good shit. FUCK THE HATERS PETEY IS GONNA BRING IT IN 07. He’s got “Tryin’ to Get Around” (featuring Chingy, Twista, Young Jeezy, T.I. & Lil Wayne) “Rep Yo City 2″ (featuring Cam’ron) (produced by Lil’ Jon) “I Got a Freaky Side” (featuring Fantasia) (produced by The Runners) and a lot of good shit. speaking of myspace

  • negros please

    just quit hatin or your soul will get sold on ebay.

  • traebizzo

    A-Town Says:

    June 26th, 2007 at 10:21 am
    Nobody checkin for him includin his home state North Carolina.

    Um i got both albums im from elizabeth city NC and everybody i talk to say its the only album they could listen to all the way through in a while. Plus he went gold twice so somebody checkin for em. He just made a wrong turn he’ll be AIIIGHT.

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