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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