WC: How About Some Hardcode

XXL: There are quite a few younger West Coast MCs displaying their talents at the moment within the past couple of years- who might not have lived the ‘hardcore’ gangster represented in your music. For you does that take away from their credibility at all?

WC: I’m happy for a lot of up-and-coming new artists getting down with stuff like that. I’m even happy for the artists that were once upon a time were hardcore and journeyed over to the commercial area. If it’s working for them I can’t get mad at anyone providing for their families. I have a sense of responsibility I think as an individual from the West Coast to stand up and rep the West to the fullest. Just like the homie Cube, I feel like I got to put shit on. I’ve never been an artist in the past that converted over to do a lot of commercial records. My position at the present time right now is to give them my album that represented our identity from the true essence from me being a true OG in the game. I’m not down talking, or saying anything negative about any new artists coming out that’s not wearing khakis or crip walking, because I want you to do you. That’s what makes hip-hop, hip hop. It’s based off originality and that’s just something I want them to put out there. Kids that like Lil Wayne, Drake, and a lot of these other artists that aren’t doing hardcore gangster rap don’t want to see me walking in the party trying to look like them, trying to rap like them. That’s not WC.

XXL: So you would rather they not try to get in the wrong lane either?

WC: Yea, stay in your own lane.

XXL: That’s good to hear because a lot of people sometimes have an issue with the younger generation coming in with their contributions.

WC: Hell nah. Yaya I’m good with everybody. I still got little homies, even the New Boyz with the skinny jeans. I still like to see them get out there and do their thing and do them. I slap hands, chop it up with them and the whole shebang. They come to do them and I can’t do what they’re doing for me and my generation. I wouldn’t want to see them doing what we do because that’s not them.

XXL: Yea that would be mad awkward if I saw you in a pair of skinny jeans.

WC: I know huh. With the Kanye stance trying to be something I’m not. Yea that’s cool.

XXL: There were some talks about a West Side Connection reunion, but Mack 10 has obviously stated his feelings on that. Then there were rumors of The Game possibly coming into Westside Connection. Is there any truth to that?

WC: Inquiring minds want to know, huh? [laughs] I skim, but I don’t believe everything I read. I would love to see another reunion. As far as the way that’s going to go down or the way it’s going to go down, right now it’s still up in the air. I don’t have any harsh feelings or any issues with Mack 10. I believe that Ice Cube doesn’t have any hard feelings or issues with Mack 10. It’s just something that will have to be worked out. I can’t sit here and lie to the fans or to myself and say I know exactly how everything will pan out. Who knows, later down the line shit happens.

XXL: So, at this point nobody’s being replaced in Westside Connection?

WC: There is no Westside Connection right now so nobody can be replaced. I’m gonna rep Connect though no matter what. I’m gonna throw that shit up and throw down. It could have been grand opening and grand closing when we came up and we did it. I’m not trying to open up the history or the past or anything like that but we went through so much just to represent the West after Death Row. I think I owe it to my fans for me to get out here and rep it myself. I would be lying to myself and lying to my fans by saying I don’t want to do another album or that this is what’s going on right now. I can’t tell them what’s going on, but what I can tell you is there’s no Westside Connect record coming out at this present time. Who knows though…

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