Flipmode Squad Member Rampage Plots Return

Rapper Rampage is best known for his guest verses on Craig Mack’s 1994 hit “Flava In Ya Ear (remix)” and the 2002 Mariah Carey-assisted Busta Rhymes’ record, “I Know What You Want.” But now, Busta’s first cousin and the Flipmode squad member is planning a musical comeback.

Now residing in Arizona by the way of Flatbush, Brooklyn, Rampage talks to XXL about diving back into the hip-hop game, his new record with T-Pain and working on his very own cartoon.—Mark Lelinwalla

XXL: Rampage, what’s up? What have you been up to?

Rampage: I’ve been in the studio working on my new album, working on some singles and letting everybody know I’m back to the streets, creating a new vibe, creating a new look.

Talk about the single with T-Pain.

It’s something that fell into my lap and it leaked out to the DJs, so I decided to go with it as my single, “Motivated.” The DJs said it was dope, so I continued to move with it. I dropped other records. One called “Ambush,” another record called, “Pump Up The Volume” and the DJs were like, “Keep it Coming.” I had the “Motivated” record in my lap for a while and then it leaked.

How long have you been living in Arizona?

Roughly between two and three years. I been back and forth between New York and Arizona.

Why did you decide to move from Brooklyn to Arizona?

The reason for the move was every time I came out here I loved it. Plus, I have family out here. My sister was out here, so I just stayed. I was just back and forth between New York, LA and Atlanta. I came out here and I saw that the cost of living was good, so I said, “Man, let me make a whole new change.” When I moved out here, my mind was right, my soul was right, spiritually I was right, so I decided to stay.

When people think of Rampage, I think they think of Flipmode Squad and your big guest verses…

I got classic verses on “Flavor In Your Ear” remix with Biggie Smalls, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes. Also classics like “Woo Ha” and “Wild For Da Night.” A lot of artists aren’t on too many classics, so I just stay grinding and stay pushing. It’s been a minute for me.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/itsdabidnessyo Bizzy

    LMFAO T-Pain released that song as a contest song that anybody could rap on and he would choose one winner to be on his mixtape. Anybody can throw a verse on that track. Stupid ass rappers.

    • To bitch ass bizzy!

      bizzy! What happen dude, u never got a chance to record ur vocals on this track? So ur crying now cause you never got your chance? Stop hating and congratulate and when ur chance come you’ll be that dude too… Fix ur face and keep it movin youngin and respect hip hop legends – Rampage keep doing what u do sir. The single is bangin! 1

    • http://reverbnation.com/ziplok Ziplok

      Stupid? look at YOU…. what brand are do you represent???? give me a link to here you rapping on something. wait let me guess that was why you wrote something…. Haters like this deserve a trophy at the end of the year for ever hating on anything hip hop related. this has been going on forever and drives the money and numbers up overall. ask Pain about Ramp anytime ask Pain about you that is another story. noone has ever heard of you so shut the F up. Fix your face… DeepFreeze. Rampage The Last Boy Scout.

  • ghetto stuttin

    APPARENTLY THE CONTEST DIDN’T DO SHIT, THAT’S WHY IT FELL INTO RAMPAGE LAP, AND ALL THE DJ’S ARE VIBING WITH IT, I HEAR THIS VERSION ALL THE TIME AND GUEST WHAT THIS IS THE ONE T-PAIN IS WORKING WITH, STUPID ASS PEOPLE WANTING SHINE!! GET A LIFE!! YOU MUST WANT TO BE A RAPPER!!

  • http://www.magikgfx.com EDDIE BOY PHOENIX

    Rampage gots da heat from NY to AZ………much love to rampage keepin it moving forward………..

  • KEI

    Rampage!!!!!!!!!! Your skills are worthy of all your haters. Man, without haters, no one would be boosted up to their next level of success. GOTTA LOVE THOSE HATERS…LoL I have to laugh, because they aren’t getting paid for their service. Work isn’t considered work if you’re not getting paid, but a hobby. Who willingly takes time out of their life for that other than those that are here just to make numbers. LOL We’ll call them success builders. Keep hitting us up with the club banggers and we’ll keep spinning.

  • AC Says 10%

    Been Wondering What Happened To Dude!!….Glad He Makin A Return To The Game!!

  • th3memusic

    See what happens when the homeless get a cellphone and Google?lol Rampage ….bklyn stand up! Salute! Love it bro skys the limit keep raising ur credit score!

  • LEREAUX72

    WE NEED YOU RAMPAGE…YOU’RE WHAT WE BEEN MISSING! THE GAME NEEDS YOU…..NOW LET’S GO BRO. BROOKLYN’S IN THA BUILDING