Switching topics, I know you are working on your new album now with Mannie Fresh. We’re lovin’ that “Power” joint. That beat is crazy. Do all of the beats have that feel or is it more of an old school Juvie and Mannie sound?
That was 10-12 years ago, man. Not only has the music industry changed, our lives changed. I try to give people music to relate to, where I’m at in life, and that’s what this album is basically about. I got a lot of stuff, man. I’m covering a lot of ground on this one.
It’s been a minute since people heard you. What have you been up to?
Well, you know the kids done got a little older now, so it’s at the stage where daddy gotta be around a little bit more than he used to be. Like they say, don’t make ’em if you not gonna take care of them right. My responsibility at home overwhelms me a little bit, but the good thing is I’m back making music. I got my own little personal studio down here in New Orleans so I’m always doing music—me, Skip and Wacko, we back in the studio together. We have another project that’s a follow up behind my [forthcoming] album. So we got a few things comin’ for this year and the next and I don’t plan on leaving for a minute. You know I don’t plan on leaving for a two-year or three-year stretch. I plan on being around dropping like two or three albums or mixtapes or what have you every year.
That’s good ’cause hip-hop missed you, man.
I love it. Sometimes it’s good to be missed ’cause you don’t know how much people miss you until you pop back up. They like ‘damn where you been?
Definitely. So I know along with you, Mannie is also working with Mystikal. There was that YouTube clip that popped up with you guys freestyling in the studio. Are you and Mystikal also working together?
Yeah, man. Matter of fact, we getting ready to do a mixtape right now.
Really? That’s dope. So you and Mystikal are working on a joint mixtape together, what are you gonna call it?
Well, it’s gonna be me. Mystikal, Wacko and Skip. We don’t have a title we just gonna start recording the songs and I guess then we gonna have a title and let one of these DJs come up with a title for us, or Mannie might come up with a title.
And Mannie’s doing all the beats on that one?
I already got some of the beats. They’re bananas! Mystical is [also] on his shit right now.
Cool, so what about your album? Who have you worked with on it so far besides Mannie and I’m assuming Mystikal?
I’m waiting for a hook back from Lloyd right now; Bun B—that’s like basically it, man. Rick Ross and the Drake record and that’s basically it right now. I’m just getting my feet wet. You can’t expect me to have everybody on my album right now ’cause I been away for a minute but gradually as I work back in like I was I will have more songs ’cause I know that’s what’s happening right now everyone wanna hear they favorite artist with another artist and see how the song sounds together. I’m open to do songs with everybody, including Cash Money. I don’t want people thinking [there’s] something going on [between us]. We cool.
Speaking of which, what do you think of the new Young Money/Cash Money artists right now?
Amazing. Amazing. I’m impressed. You know they reigning. I put them at the top of the game and I put Ross at the top of the game too. I think they giving the industry what the industry really wanted, and what the industry needed and they filling that void right now. And they making good music and that’s what its really about so, I mean so if you not making good music, what you doing this for?
What do you think of Tha Carter IV?
I got all of Wayne’s albums. Wayne can make 1,000 albums, I’ma always feel like I’m a part of what he doing and he a part of what I’m doing. You know we started together so it’s always gonna be like that. We never had a friction. Everything between me and Cash Money was always business.