Why do you think the video was released yesterday out of all days?
I don’t know. That I can’t say. I went to court on Monday for my situation in May where I quote-unquote was trying to solicit a male undercover officer. I went to court this Monday that just passed, and my case was dismissed. Nobody reported it, it wasn’t talked about. And that person filming has no relation to the case in May, so I can’t even sit here and try to say there was a connection with that. I really have no answer for that. I just went to court Monday, and this situation happens. It’s like you take one step forward and two steps back.
How long have you been soliciting prostitutes?
For like five plus years or so. I mean I never counted when I actually started soliciting transexuals. I can’t say the actual day that it started but over five years.
How have the fans responded?
First and foremost, let me say that I am not on Twitter. There’s a person that’s on twitter ”Real_Mistercee” with the whole I might kill myself… That is not me. I am not on Twitter at all. I’m on Instagram. I’m saying that just to say what I been getting from social media, it’s been positive. I would say 85 percent positive and 15 percent negative. But even with some of the negative it’s like, “I don’t condone what you do, but I’m glad you came forward.” And some of the comments are just outlandish, homophobic slurs and what not, but I’ve been dealing with that for two years since my first incident in 2011 anyway.
Do you believe this could turn into something good for hip-hop?
I hope so. First and foremost I never decided to do this to be the person like, ”This is the first hip-hop personality that finally…” It was more or less like I got to stop with the hiding and the lying. I do believe that taking the first step with what I did today will first help me but will also help a lot of other people that have the same issues that I have.
Are you back at Hot 97 for good?
I came back today. Me, Ebro and the team are discussing the situation moving forward. I may take some days off just for some personal time. That will be within the next few days or weeks. But to put it in a nutshell, yes, I’m back. I will resume all my normal duties. I’m just blessed that the company believes in me enough to allow me to return. As I said, me resigning was totally my decision, and for them to come back to me and say, “We can’t let you go out like that,” that in itself just means so much. How often do you work for a company putting them through so much and they say that, ”We’re still here with you”? Once I did the resignation, that’s an open season for saying, ”Let’s move forward as a company.” But for them to snatch me back up and say, ”We’re not letting you go that easy,” it’s still unbelievable to me. I’m so humbled and blessed, you don’t even understand.
Well, you’re a legend, and that’s your family right there.
I don’t look at myself the way other people look at me. I can get on that radio, I can be in the clubs and talk hella junk on that mic like I’m the biggest and baddest thing out there, but when I’m off that mic, when I finish the set, I’m just Calvin. It’s hard for me to look at myself in the mirror as Mister Cee, it’s very hard. I think that’s part of the reason I’ve still been around all these years. I don’t get caught up in the hype. I get caught up when it’s time for me to do my job, but when the job is over, it’s back to reality.
Now that you’re staying, are there any new guidelines or limitations that have been put in place?
Well, the No. 1 guideline is don’t get arrested and don’t get into the situation again. With this situation it’s a better process—from Ebro to Karlie Hustle in programming to Alex Cameron my general manager all the way up to the upper management in Emmis, they are totally walking with me step by step to make sure that I get the help that I need to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again. Where as with the other situations I was telling them, ”I’m okay, I’m okay,” and this trip they are like, “You’re not gonna tell us you’re okay. We’re just with you. We’re gonna walk this together.” And I need that. Of course I’m gonna get that from my immediate family, but to get that from my Hot 97 family, which is a different approach from the other times, is so much more satisfying to know that I have that safeguard.
Previously: Mister Cee Resigns From Hot 97 After New Prostitution Allegations
Mister Cee Signs Off From Hot 97 With Heartfelt Goodbye, Mobb Deep Song
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Mister Cee Admits To Sexual Encounters With Transsexual Prostitutes, Reconsiders His Resignation
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