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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  • daz_oc

    Talk about dickriding a man………this nigga needs to let go of Pun’s nuts

  • that nigga

    Yeah, I agree. Who the fuck you think you are, never dropped an album but somebody gotta ask you or his wife to do a Big Pun Tribute. I think y’all wanted a couple a dollars outta that? No disrespect but Pun’s wife is fucked up money wise cuz Cuban Link was fuckin’ her. If you ask me your the unloyal dude, Cuban. That was the whole Fat Joe beef with you then y’all throw him under the bus for truly protecting Pun’s legacy. Your a hypocrite Cuban!!

  • UKMAD1

    TO DAZ & THAT NIGGA, YOU FUCKING IGNORANT FUCKS
    READ!!! YOU FUCKING DUMB FUCK!!
    THE STORY MAKES SENSE, PLUS CUBAN LINK IS TOO GANGSTER FOR JOELL.

  • UKMAD1

    CUBAN LINK IS THE STORY NEVER TOLD!!!!
    CUBAN WE HOLD YOU DOWN IN LONDON!!!!!!!

  • o.skino

    Y’all nigags is F*CKIN NUTZ!!! Joell Ortiz is the future… PUN (rest his soul), FAT JOE, CUBAN LINK… is the PAST!! And foreal, yall really need to let this Big Pun shit go!! What, we never gonna let another latino rapper Rise in the ranks of HIP/HOP because we to busy living what used to be Christopher Rios spot. LET HIM GO!!! While y’all so worried about the late great vet… u have a new Artist that could possibly flourish into something PUN wanted to be, but didn’t survive long enough to see. In the end it doesn’t even matter… Joell is doing his thing BIG TYME… he could rap lyrical circles around Links and his whole crew. Sounds like irrelevance trying to become relevant again!!!

    BIG PUNS BACK!!! & he lives through the talent of Joell Ortiz

    • Afi K. James

      Who really cares about this cuban now, the same one who compared mysonned to notorious b.i.g., man he sucks big time now, just like fat hoe, at least fat hoe admits he’s a terrible rapper and an industry snake, this clown is so horrible now, it’s a crime

      He hasn’t been completely since pun left us.

  • o.skino

    And nobody gives a F*%& about London!! lol… We hold shit down in NYC!! Dem niggas struggle’n for fame here ma dude… rap game in LONDON is unheard of in NYC/USA!! lol

    • KingMiz360

      Ha ha….true maf*ckin story!!!

  • http://xxl 40water619

    Yeah, fu*& London!! lol.. fu*& outta here… Cuban is a snake. Who cares what he thinks… always good for a funny read tho. lol

  • Tre

    UKMAD1 needs a hug

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  • MIKEY CANCUN

    CUBAN LINK IS THE TRUTH

  • EHO163RD

    YO CUBAN ,FUK WAH U TALKIN BOUT,,,I USED TO FUK WIT CHA HARD BODY,BUT EVERYTHING FROM THAT M.O.B LABLE U WAS WIT TILL NOW…..PAI UR SHIT HAS BEEN STR8 TRASH……PEDDIE ,TRASH…..TONY,HE IITE…..GET OFF PUNS WAGON .DUN U SHOULD’VE HOLLA @ FIF TO SMASH JOE MAYBE U WOULD’VE GOTTEN SUM LITE..U WASHED UP JUS LIKE TRIPLE SEIS….WORD AND IM FROM THE BRONX

  • Sha

    Let this be a lesson to the children. Have a back-up plan!!! Don’t look to another man to save your life. Be a man and save your own life! This dude right here lost part of his life when Pun died. But he should’ve had ALL of his own life when he reached adulthood. Do you think Dr. Dre has time to react to what other people are saying about Easy E? Nope. He’s getting his paper. Do you think Jay-Z is crying about people using Biggie? Nope. He’s getting paper too. The only people that will object to something like this are those that used these people as “meal tickets”. Too b*tch-like to make their own paper. Be a man.

  • Fireforreal

    Cuban Link was and still is hot on the mic. He was next up until Fat Joe sabotaged that shit. It’s the classic case like Puff did after Big died he wanted to be the lables biggest artist. So when Pun died instead of Playing business mode and Bring Remy out and Cuban and maybe Tony Sunshine he started making all these party records and said forget them. Cuban Lnk can still out spit most rappers with record deals.

  • Rob Rosa

    I never get involve with these kind of chat/blogs, but it scares me to learn how much ignorance is out there! Talkin about letting go Puns nuts!? Sounds like you suckin joells nuts! Cuban paid his dues, and has to keep his brothers name alive!! It’s called Love loyalty and respect!!

    • Afi K. James

      But he needs to let the big pun legacy go big time, because he is really breaking faith with his audience and I Am not sucking joell’s dick.

  • MIKEB

    CUBAN LINK IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERATED MC’S IN THE GAME. HE WAS THE SIK IN TERROR SQUAD AND IS STILL SIKK..FUKK ALL THE OLD SKL BEEF CUBA GET BACK ON POINT AND LETS HEAR SOME NEW SHIT…WHAT A LEGGG

  • http://Facebook.coom/theapplejuiceboys x_snoopy

    Look Cuban links you were an ALRIGGHT artist SIT THE F*CK DOWN NIGAA. Like Realtalk I grew up in nyc and am still here when pun was around the only reason you (cuban link) were heard was because of him (bigg pun) you need to STFU Joell ortiz is a fucking beast only boriqua rapp or in general latino rapper that has flow & lyrics to get HUGE. He’s signed to Aftermath/& Shady records W/ slaughter house. Nigga you (cuban link) haven’t been sign to a big label since PUN!! &&&&& that london fag nigga only famous english rapper is tiny tempah so SHUT THE FUC**K UP RT Follow me on twitter @x_snoopy

  • BRoNXvILLe

    PUN REST IN PEACE……..All u dumb niggaz talkin shit about Cuban Link OBVIOUSELY dont know what time it is….Ive seen cube in the illest hoods of the bx and queens holdin shit down…uuuummmmm never seen fatty Joe out there, uuuummmm never seen joell ortiz out there….EXACTLY…Keep talkiin shit and dont show face lil niggaz cuz if u do… cube would pop ur top…WE WAITIN PATIENTLY CUBAN….GET EM!!!!