Watch the Throne [Feature From the March 2012 Issue]
Since C.J. took your song, do you have another one, T’yanna?
T’yanna: I have a lot. But lately I’ve been falling more in love with “Big Poppa.” I don’t know why. “Warning” has always been one of my favorite songs. Oh, my gosh, any song on Life After Death. I play that album beginning to end in my car.
The albums your dad made when he was alive, Ready to Die and Life After Death, are both classics. Do you guys have a favorite between the two?
T’yanna: Life After Death.
C.J.: That’s a tough one… I’d have to say Life After Death, I think, because he showed a lot of progression, and a lot of my favorite songs are from that album, also.
What artists do you see who have been influenced by your dad?
T’yanna: Any rapper that does punch lines, because he did that a lot. Rappers who do lyrical comparisons—he did that, too. Honestly, I think it’s a lot of them. You have to listen, but it’s a lot.
C.J.: A lot of rappers…will kinda talk what he said and will take [his lyrics]. That lets you know they were listening and took that note.
What did you think when Puff was working heavy with Rick Ross and a lot of people started comparing Ross with Big?
T’yanna: I’m a fan of Rick Ross already. I thought it was like he was kinda trying to have that persona. Versace shades and whatnot, trying to bring it back. Not so much trying to copy it, almost to, like, revamp it and make it 2011. I didn’t take it like he was copying. It was more like he was trying to have that swagger.
C.J.: I’m a fan of Rick Ross also. I guess he’s trying to show respect, also. Yeah. That’s cool.
Who else do you guys listen to? T’yanna, I heard you’re a Tyga fan.
T’yanna: Yeah, I’m a Tyga fan. C.J. actually got me to listen to Tyga, because he’s L.A.
C.J.: Yup, yup, yup! [Laughs]
T’yanna: I like Kanye. Kanye—
C.J.: Kanye! Thank you. Thank you!
T’yanna: I’ve always been a loyal Drake fan. Loyal Big Sean fan. Kanye is my all-time favorite rapper, ever, ever, ever!
C.J.: Kanye! Exactly. Exactly!
T’yanna: I just went to the Watch the Throne concert, and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
C.J.: You went?! I’m so mad.
T’yanna: It was amazing! Kanye’s lyrics, I’ve been a fan since the first album. If you listen to The College Dropout and then listen to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, you can see his growth. Oh, my God! It’s amazing. I’m just in love with him, because the stuff he said, only a genius would come up with that. At this point, he’s at the top of the list.
So when a tour like Watch the Throne comes around— Jay-Z was one of your pop’s close friends—can you just hit Jay-Z and say, “Jay, I need some tickets”?
T’yanna: If I really wanted to, I could. But I wanted to go and support, so I bought my tickets. I went and supported and enjoyed the show just as anyone else would.
What about you, C.J.?
C.J.: I try to go to shows. Usually, [my other sister] Chyna encourages me to go with her. But, I mean, we’re always looking for a deal. We’re in a recession. [Smiles] But I’m a loyal fan. I’ll pretty much support anybody that I like. I’ll buy my ticket.