Hell Rell
Watch Ya Mouth

hell-rell-1.jpgIt’s three weeks after the murder of Byrdgang member Stack Bundles and Hell Rell is returning home after a trip from Miami. “There was a lot of things going on in the city,” says the Bronx native. “I just needed to clear my head, get my thoughts together and be around some tropical weather.” Besides providing a relaxing time in the sun, the escape to Florida was productive as Ruger Rell was able to put the finishing touches on his debut album, For the Hell of It. Set to be released on Koch/Diplomat Records this September, the LP has been in the works ever since Rell made his first lyrical appearance on The Diplomat’s 2003 release, Diplomatic Immunity. Featured on several key tracks, the Dipset enforcer’s vocals were actually recorded over the phone while he was serving a two-year bid on drug related charges. Upon his release in August ’03, the self-proclaimed “hardest out” appeared on various Dipset albums before releasing his own batch of mixtapes, including Streets Wanna Know (2005), Hell On Earth (2006), New Gun In Town (2006) and Eat With Me or Eat a Box of Bullets (2007). Now, after four long years, For The Hell Of It is only two months away. The album, which is largely produced by Dame Grease, features guest appearances by the Dipset family, Styles P and Young Dro. XXLMag.com talks with Hell Rell about his long-awaited album, his criminal past and the alleged feud between Jim Jones and Cam’ron.

For the Hell of It is finally coming out in September. What’s been the holdup?
A lot of politics and bullshit [with] the labels and shit like that. But it’s just to buildup [the] anticipation. I could’ve came out anytime I wanted. I don’t want anybody to think somebody was holdin’ me up. It’s all about timing, man. I didn’t want to come out and do 20-30,000 my first week, as opposed to be coming out with a big single and doing a 100,000.

What can fans expect on the album?
If you’re familiar with my music, you know I keep it street [and] hood. I’m the poster child for the have-nots—the million people across America who grew up without shit. I’m just a voice for those people. Whatever bullshit you went through in your life, you can definitely relate to it on my album.

Do you feel like you’re brand of aggressive music will have a hard time crossing over?
White America is buying this gangsta shit. They love it! If you look at the history of record sales with gangsta music, it’s tremendous. Look at N.W.A, Death Row [and] G-Unit. 50 Cent puts out gangsta music and sells millions and millions of records. Even though the singles might not be gangsta, the rest of the album is shoot ’em up, bang, bang. It’s not just the singles selling these records. If you have a story to tell, whether you’re lying or not, people wanna hear it. This shit fascinates White America. So if y’all are feelin’ me just for doing For The Hell of It, then when I actually put my mind to this shit, and get on my artist shit, these niggas got a problem.

If people love a story, how come you don’t glorify your criminal record in your music?
‘Cause it’s real. I’m not trying to sell my story. You can look my story up on [the] department of corrections [website]. It’s public information. It’s not like I have to run around glorifying being in gangs or being in jail. You gonna hear it in the music, but I’m not gonna glorify it. I’m telling a story, I’m not selling it, and there’s a difference.

What drew you to the streets at a young age?
I always wanted to be a rapper ever since Big Daddy Kane. It’s something about that swag. I just never took it seriously, as far as trying to get a deal. But [in] my neighborhood, I had to go according to the rules and regulations my neighborhood laid down for me. It was either take a pack and hustle or don’t look fly. It was either rob this dude or you ain’t have school clothes for the next year. Those were the rules that were laid down for me in my hood.

At the time, did you understand that those “rules” could potentially lead to jail?
I knew I was on a one-way ticket to hell. I just didn’t have no guidance. It’s like when you know your doing something bad for you and you still do it anyway. I knew where I was heading; I just didn’t give a fuck at the time.

Do you regret any of it all?
Nah, hell no! I wouldn’t be the man that I am today. If I had to go down the road and do it all again, I’d do it the same. From experience comes knowledge.

Was it tough to watch Dipset blow up while you were locked up?
Honestly, I didn’t get a chance to see the effect of it because I was in prison. There was no face to the Hell Rell voice that was on Diplomatic Immunity. When dudes would come fresh off the street [to jail], I’d be like, “What’s the hottest music out there?” They’d be like, “Yo, the Diplomats just signed this new kid called Hell Rell. He’s spittin’ over the phone—he’s hot.” They don’t even know I’m Hell Rell. So I went through the identity crisis in jail ’cause there wasn’t no visual to the voice. So a lot of people was coming in telling me I’m the hottest dude in the streets and didn’t even know who I was. [Laughs] So that was kinda irking me like, “Damn, they don’t even know who I am.”

Was there ever any jealously in jail when people found out you were Hell Rell?
Of course there was jealousy! You got people in there doing 50 to life, who ain’t never coming home. So to know I’m going home to that type of situation created jealously and envy. But 90 percent of the rap game is dudes who ain’t really rappin’ about what they live. So when I got my deal, all the gangstas and the hustlers were like, “Yeah, finally somebody who’s really one of us made it.” I used to laugh at rappers. All of the rappers that’s from New York, I was in jail with all the real official gangstas from their neighborhood. If you from the realest projects, whoever was locked up from there, I did time with [them]. So when we see these dudes on TV, we would laugh at them. The murderers and drug dealers from their neighborhood would be like, “I know lil’ such-and-such, he ain’t no tough guy, he lyin’.” So I always had the inside scoop on all the rappers who thought they was tough. So that’s why I didn’t really like New York rap like that ’cause I felt like they were lying to me. I knew all the gangstas from their neighborhood.

With Jimmy and Cam feuding, what’s the status of Dipset right now?
At the end of the day, we’re all brothers, we’re all family [and] there’s no break ups. Cam and Jim are both bosses of Dipset and they’ve known each other since they were three years old. Anybody to get into the mix of that [is a] fool. I would never even fix my mouth to say anything wrong or attempt to say anything wrong pertaining to either one of them. Both of them had a tremendous impact on my life. I was drowning in the ocean and Cam came and threw me a lifesaver and Jim helped me on board. So I would never say anything to discredit both of them.

Check out some tracks from Rell’s new mixtape, Eat With Me or Eat a Box of Bullets, which is in stores now.
“Streets Keep Callin Me”

“I’m The Shit (Remix)”

“Send Some Shooters”

“I Ain’t Playin’ With ‘Em”

  • Holla

    Ruger Rell! These tracks are hard body – i like that im the shit joint – that beat is crazy

  • GMAN

    HELL RELL straight fire dipset all day im coppin that day comes out no homo

  • yessir

    Hell Rell is nice. The niggas got talent and a story to tell. BET and MTV needs to stop bullshiting and support EAST COAST music. I’m tired of all these dance this twist that South gabage.

  • the G.O.D

    Peace see that ‘s the problem I have with this cat now money wanna start a 50 like controversy, all the rappers from New York ah–and you did 2 measly years-yeah whatever-Hell is the reallest yeah okay.

  • brebre

    LAUGHING AT RAPPERS ON TV IN JAIL? BAHAHAHAH WHO’S LAUGHING AT WHO HERE, MANE? HAHAHAHAHA RAPPERS ON TV DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE. CUZ U IN JAIL LOCKED UP FOR LIFE. THIS SHIT IS SO FUNNY.

  • Joey

    Hell Rell is on of the hardest out right now..

    He is straight hardbody no homo.. Props

  • M.T.

    All the beats are trash. And fuck all that fake Blood and Crip shit all these East Coast niggas be on.

  • http://xxlmag.com hollwood

    What beats are you listening to? Those shits are hard.

  • Caine

    Hell Rell da truth…

  • kem rock!!!

    it sounds great! im doing a new dance to it right now….

  • Alex

    hell rell is garbage lol nigga is a joke ugliest nigga i ever seen LMAO

  • East Coast

    Okay! He must of not been locked up with anyone from Harlem then! Because they should have told him that both of his bosses were Pussy! Them BK boys ahd them jumping Fences

  • Lano

    Besides the fact that your selling your soul for a little bit of bling.Who the hell told you it was okay to take a piture looking like a fucki*g ape up there.Dude you sound like every other bling rapper… nothing new about you.

  • http://www.richarte.blogspot.com Rich Arte

    hardest out, hands down…

    http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com

  • maximuspop

    1ook first week yeah good luck noway he gets 100k the first week jim maxed out at 300,000

  • Cake A!

    Whats really really good! Bout time that minute hand stopd and we got 2 the man of the hour, the homie Ruger Rell. My nigga been spitn crack so its time to distribute! America.. middle finger the war… Hell’s coming. A!

  • Holla

    To me, this is why hip-hop is fucked up. Everybody wants to like artists who are real – but then u shit on hell rell. U guys like all the fake mcs who lie about everything in their raps. if it was really about tellin the truth, then you should like hell rell. like he said, look up his wrap sheet on the correctional department website.

  • YA MOM

    he da only nigga im feelin outa dipset right now

  • J.R.O.

    “Two crosses on my neck, and I ain’t never read a scripture out that mothafuckin’ bible.”
    ^^^^^^^
    Damn.

  • killadelphia

    THIS SHIT TRASH HE ANINT FUCKING WIT BEANS OR STYLES THE TWO HADEST REGARDLESS.PLUS HE WONT SELL CAUSE ANINT NO BITCHES COPPIN UGLY ASS NIGGAS.HE LOOK LIKE A BLACK ASS CRAIG MACK..

  • Kyser Soze

    Hell Rell is hard as fuck! He’s honestly the HOTTEST Diplomat right now.

  • RUGER

    shit is crackk ima deff cop that new album. i already got that mixtape and shit is firrre

  • CRAZYPEE81

    Ruger!

  • J SMOOVE

    ahhahahah this guy is an asshole he said Killa season the movie went platinum????????? since when do movies go platinum????? If ya don’t know what I’m talking bout go to onsmash.com an watch

  • J SMOOVE

    What drew you to the streets at a young age?
    I always wanted to be a rapper ever since Big Daddy Kane. It’s something about that swag. I just never took it seriously, as far as trying to get a deal. But [in] my neighborhood, I had to go according to the rules and regulations my neighborhood laid down for me. It was either take a pack and hustle or don’t look fly. It was either rob this dude or you ain’t have school clothes for the next year. Those were the rules that were laid down for me in my hood.

    ^^^^^^^WTF????????? that right their is one of the worst answers to a ? I ever heard. So an olded cat said yo take this pack an sell an your Bitch Ass did it, fuck is ya backbone you so mofo TOUGH you would think you would have stood up 2 HIM or gulp *pause* HER

  • somebody

    ruga!!!!

  • The Real

    lol
    yo that was a dumb fuckin answer to that question nigga. wtf u was thinkin? fuckin dumb ass muthafucker. lol GET YA FUCKIN GAME UP. Lame

  • TRZT

    LMAO @ BEANS & STYLES THA HARDEST.
    MUHAHAHAHAH !!!
    RELL IS BRINGING THAT FIRE DONT FUKKIN HATE.

  • Brackus

    eat with me or eat a box of bullets? is he serious? such ignorance.

  • Money Carlo
  • Sean

    hes the onli dude im feelin outta dipset too.. he tha truth fer real.. he mite be able 2 bring dipset back.. (mayb).. septembers a big month for rap.. got rell n 50 n cassidy all comin out wit long waited albums.. 50s i think will be the wackest tho but still will be good

  • Tonythetiger

    average…

  • Ryan

    Call me crazy but I actually like some of what this dude is doing………..I don’t know why, it’s generic nu gangsta, but it’s not so bad…….

  • 5yrslockeddown

    fuck heaven rell. dem dipset niggas cant never step n my city ever agaian. he kno what he did, that was sum fucked up shit. trust me these niggas is phony not on kno rap shit cuz the niggas aight but street shit the money must not b really that good cuz he did sum file shit

  • alter negro

    I’m the poster child for the have-nots—the million people across America who grew up without shit. I’m just a voice for those people. Whatever bullshit you went through in your life, you can definitely relate to it on my album.
    ^^^^^^^
    wow this is so original wonder why jay-z never thought of this shit?.wait a minute……

  • ALBANY4LIFE

    “MY BACKGROUND CONCRETE,NIGGA THATS ROCK HARD’.TO HATE ON HELL RELL MEANS EITHER YOU NEVER LISTENED TO HIS MUSIC OR YOUVE NEVER HAD SHIT TO DO WITH THE STREETS!

  • You Know What It Is

    HELL RELLL LOOK LIKE A ROCK CREVICE

  • brailer

    does anyone actually wanna talk about the music?
    personally i think its alright. uv gotta forget about all the bullshit surrounding the artist(s) and listen to the track. no wondering nas’ sentiment in the title of his new album is how he feels. peace

  • Danny

    Alex Says:

    July 18th, 2007 at 1:42 pm
    hell rell is garbage lol nigga is a joke ugliest nigga i ever seen LMAO

    ^^^

    So this is where hip-hop is in ’07 huh?

    Judging a rapper by his looks….

    WOW hip-hop is really turning gay…

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • http://xxlmag positiveid

    Hell no I aint feelin dipset as a whole I mean juelz and jim jones are aight but this kat is a joke next time u get locked stay there we aint missin u.

  • flyboy403

    i like these cats talkin like they gangsta and shit like u ALEX and u dont like hell rell cuz he’s ugly ??? thats straight homo u guys hatin on hell rell cuz he aint cute is gay what rappers is cute ? hahahhaha
    rell is hard jus cuz he dont make u hard hahahaha

    and jus so yall faggots know the dips is big in the streets my whip got busted into last fuckin night and all they took was my 50 dipset cd’s and my louis backpack

    they left my cd deck my subs my d&g sunglasses and my artfuldodger hoody

  • bizzle

    THIS DUDE IS GARBAGE…WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND IF YOU CAN’T RAP, LEARN HOW TO RAP FIRST BEFORE YOU PUT OUT AN ALBUM DUMMY!…THIS GOES TO SHOW YOU HOW WACK THE NYC RAP SCENE IS RIGHT NOW..AND I WANT NYC TO COME UP AS BAD AS ANYBODY…MOST OF THAT SOUTHERN CRAP THESE CATS ARE PUKING UP IS PATHETIC

  • Young Murph

    im feellin rell (no homo) i meen this gangsta shit dont always need to be implied in ya music but at least he aint forgot where he came from unlike most rappers

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    HELL RELL is one of the hardest niggaz in these streets & hes the best out of DIpSet, I dont fucks with them but Imma cop Rells shit. hes nice on the mic.

  • Lano

    alter negro Says:

    July 19th, 2007 at 5:00 am
    I’m the poster child for the have-nots—the million people across America who grew up without shit. I’m just a voice for those people. Whatever bullshit you went through in your life, you can definitely relate to it on my album.
    ^^^^^^^
    wow this is so original wonder why jay-z never thought of this shit?.wait a minute……
    ALBANY4LIFE Says:

    July 19th, 2007 at 7:23 am
    “MY BACKGROUND CONCRETE,NIGGA THATS ROCK HARD’.TO HATE ON HELL RELL MEANS EITHER YOU NEVER LISTENED TO HIS MUSIC OR YOUVE NEVER HAD SHIT TO DO WITH THE STREETS!

    Or,you been in the streets and know it’s all bullshit.

  • http://myspace.com/blizzlecorleone detroits finest

    personally i think the nigga hell rell is nice, but he just need to talk about some different shit. myspace.com/blizzlecorleone

  • Caine

    5yrslockeddown Says:

    July 18th, 2007 at 11:59 pm
    fuck heaven rell. dem dipset niggas cant never step n my city ever agaian. he kno what he did, that was sum fucked up shit. trust me these niggas is phony not on kno rap shit cuz the niggas aight but street shit the money must not b really that good cuz he did sum file shit

    ^^^What dat was?

  • pavlov’s dawg

    LOL somebody stole FlyBoy’s pocketbook!!!

  • M.T.

    It’s official. Dipset is worse at pickin’ beats than Nas.

  • fn.the source

    HELL RELL IS THE TRUE ONE OF THE BEST

  • Superiun

    Hell Rell is the shit. 50 cent once was on that real street gangster music.

  • Mr. Whats beef

    hell rell is not all of that, he aight, he aint fucking with juelz.

    everybody know lyric wise juelz run dipset, it sure isnt cam. shit ask lil wayne the nigga thats kissing the game on its lips right now. hell rell can spit but when santana raps he kills it, but niggas on rell dick cus he goes so hard.
    but rell is on 50 cent dick cus he rapping about gangsta shit.

    so that means if you fuck with hell rell u mine as well fuck with 50 cent, shit hell rell just said it in a different way. read it again you’ll see, they on the same shit rell fans.

  • facescar

    Hell Rell is the next big thing to come out of New York City, be on the lookout for him…

  • doctor69

    fuck this bitch he a coward and don’t walk around nyc dressed like he claim he ran from me at columbus circle second how nice can he be when poster boy murked his bitch wanna be blood ass fuck the dipset and there fans

  • Big Grim

    What drew you to the streets at a young age?
    I always wanted to be a rapper ever since Big Daddy Kane. It’s something about that swag. I just never took it seriously, as far as trying to get a deal. But [in] my neighborhood, I had to go according to the rules and regulations my neighborhood laid down for me. It was either take a pack and hustle or don’t look fly. It was either rob this dude or you ain’t have school clothes for the next year. Those were the rules that were laid down for me in my hood.

    Thats how you know most of these dudes in gangs are pu@@y. I grew up in the ENY Brooklyn and Bed Stuy and i held it down by myself and dudes knew the rachets would come out if they step to me. They all knew my big brother Shot gun. I remember being in HS and these lame dudes get jumped by decepts and the next week this lame dude is down with them. That’s Hell Rell forced into the life.

  • VPFEATURES

    BEATS just weren’t good keepin it in house is a good look and all but you ain’t gotta settle for bottom of the barrel tho’ that’s not even hate that’s real and I’ve heard better from rell and I don’t like dipset save for juelz but without saying too much about the article as an artist he should really try not to market ignorance that’s what make hip-hop look bad certain shit he said which is all good in some instances but come on folk in a national publication watch what you say fuck keepin it real all the time as blacks we don’t get judged individually and yall know this they take one of us to make all of us look bad that’s when keepin it real goes wrong just like when Cam did 60 minutes duke set hip hop back wit some of those statements and its not hip-hop shit thats street shit seperate the two the music business is still a business

  • traebizz

    “Holdin a thirty-eight he in his fortys”

  • 5yrslockeddown

    YO CAINE, i cant put what happen on the comp but he ended up making jim jones get his ass whipped on the strength of them doin bad business. dats what type of nigga he is.

  • autobot4sho

    rugga rell is doin his thing. and him and freakey zeakey remain the hardest.

  • JAPRAY

    BRICK CITY IS FEELIN HELL RELL, THE MUSIC IS REAL!

  • http://xxlmag.com hoodg

    doctor69 Says:

    July 20th, 2007 at 5:52 am
    fuck this bitch he a coward and don’t walk around nyc dressed like he claim he ran from me at columbus circle second how nice can he be when poster boy murked his bitch wanna be blood ass fuck the dipset and there fans
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    and i still see your on that bullshit fairytale story of yours nigga where you live you don’t walk on these nyc streets claimin folk sayin fuck dipset you can only say that from the comfort behind your computer in your moms basement lil nigga.

  • traebizzo

    That black democrat joint go hard.

  • traebizzo

    Hey, im just sayin, juelz aint no slouch

  • ty akins

    hell rell is the truth dipset all day i cant wait to the album drop on 9/11

  • KaizerSozzay

    Rell, can spit. But, his A&R needs to be fired. He only sounds good, jackin other people’s beats. The ones they pick for him 95% of the time are terrible! It makes it very hard to buy his music. Keep it real Hell. Dipset all day everyday!

  • http://myspace.com/japraytracz Japray

    Hell Rell keep up the hard work. Peace!!!!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com duce duce

    my nigga rugga is on his grind keep it popin