Cuban Link Talks About Big Pun, Remy Ma, Joell Ortiz and Forming a New Group
For a younger generation of hip-hop fans who may not be familiar with Cuban Link, be prepared to be in the know.
The former Terror Squad member has a lot of music planned for his reintroduction to the hip-hop game. For starters, he's prepping the releases of his EP Chain of Command and subsequent album, The Missing Link. Link is even throwing around the idea of forming a group with Peedi Peedi (formerly of Roc-a-Fella Records) and fellow former TS crew member and R&B crooner Tony Sunshine.
Here, Cuban talks to XXL about churning out new music, the possibility of formally cementing the group, still repping Big Pun, love for Remy Ma and taking issue with Joell Ortiz over the "Big Pun Back" record.—Mark Lelinwalla
XXLMag.com: Earlier this summer a video hit the net with yourself, Peedi Crakk and Tony Sunshine throwing around the possibility of creating a group together. What are the prospects of that actually materializing?
Cuban Link: It’s definitely something that we’re looking forward to in the future. Me and Peedi’s relationship always been good. Me and Tony–our relationship had been a little off since all that Terror Squad thing about 10 years ago and we just recently, maybe a year ago, got back together on some, Let’s patch things up. Peedi was already down with it. We all been in the game for years, veterans. I think it’s just a matter of time, but it's nothing concrete yet. It's definitely something we're looking forward to in the future.
Have ya’ll even made records together?
We got two joints that we did because we were hyped up on the team we got together. But it’s just a matter of time, like I said. We did two joints that we got in the stash that came out crazy. We got to sit together and think of the big picture.
Do y'all even have a group name?
Right now, nah. There's not even a name to it. Me and Tony's project...we were going to call that Tango & Cash, but when Peedi got added to the equation, we had to rethink things.
It’s interesting because in many ways your stories are similar. Peedi referred to y’all collectively as the underdogs.
Yeah, we’re the underdogs. We’ve been held back for certain reasons. Some niggas deserve the treatment they got when they were with certain people. Bottom line–the talent was always there and people were expecting for me to come out, Tony, Peedi. It never happened. Lot of people question that in their head like, Why they never came out? So, we’re similar in struggle and then the beefs we had with our leaders at the time. Me, Tony and Peedi we went through that. Regardless of what life throws at us, we still here in y’all faces. We love the game of hip-hop.
How much do you hope that this group really formally materializes?
I’m with the unity, man. I believe a team working together is way stronger than one dude working together. I was always in a group. I love the energy, bouncing ideas off each other. Collabs are definitely going to happen.
Away from them, what’s good with you?
I’m in grind mode. I got an English album that’s almost done already that’s going to be called The Missing Link. That’s coming soon. I don’t want to give a date and then it doesn’t come out. I got my EP Chain of Command coming first. I dropped the Chaingang Bully mixtape–that’s online. That’s the mixtape to get everybody familiar with me, just in case the young boys don’t know. I got a Spanish album called, Hijo De La Calle. I ventured into the Spanish world and that’s something I always dabbled with. Me and Tony doing something. That’s five projects I’m hitting niggas with.
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