So what’s your approach with Top 5 Dead Or Alive?
I just want to give you that music with that ’90s feel. That’s why I put that song out with Dream, because it sounds different than any other song on the radio. Or anything that’s out there in the club. I just want to balance it out. I love Chief Keef, I love Young Scooter, I love French [Montana], I love all of that, but if we [were to] balance it out it would make hip-hop that much bigger. If we bring this kind of music with that kind of music, I think it would be bigger for hip-hop as a whole. Instead of your ears getting attracted to just one kind of sound. I’m heavily into my social media so I look at my Tweet comments, Instagram comments and you constantly get the people saying, “This don’t sound like a New York song,” or “Why you sounding—,” you know what I mean? I feel passionate about that because they [the fans] made me. So before I could cater to anybody else, I got to cater to the home team and that’s what this Top 5 is gon’ be like. It’s going to be a breath of fresh air more than anything that’s been out in a minute. I’d say since Kendrick’s.
What did you think of K. Dot’s debut, and how will it’s impact compare to Top 5 ?
He came with his own lane, own sound and fucked shit up. ‘Cause it didn’t sound like anything else. He just did what he know how to do and what they like him for and that’s where I’m at with the music. Even though, I’ma have a little ratchet on the Top 5 because that’s what it is. I embrace it. But it’s not gonna be [like that] when you pop the CD in.
Then what’s that feeling going to be like once we press play on the album?
When you first pop in Top 5, you gon’ feel like you in the Golden Era. Because the first shit I got on there is the intro called “The First 48.” It’s different from the Meek Mill intro. It ain’t bouncy, but it’s just 48 bars of death. It’s giving you that New York [feel], just spittin’ over a nice beat. When I play it, niggas be like, “Yo they ain’t gonna get past it.” You know what I mean? I’m just trying to give you that. I love where hip-hop’s at, the only thing I disagree with is some of the fashion. They even made me make my pants smaller, lose weight and get fit just to rock shit. But the music, if we could balance it out where they appreciate me, they appreciate Nas, they appreciate this because you need this with this.
What’s one of the best quotes to describe you?
Timing is everything. Another thing with music is timing. You could have one of the greatest—like Alicia Keys, she had Songs in a Minor for years, then Clive Davis, when it was time, was able to [make it happen]. Timing is important with music.
And that explains why you have these long gaps within your album catalog.
If you watch my career though, that’s the whole mystique with me. I don’t put out albums like that, because that’s what makes fans want more of it. That explains how I feel about my fans. I could go in and make albums how Master P was doing it every three months but I don’t want to do that. I could probably do it and make a lot of money and all that but I would disappoint myself. I maybe should put albums out more frequently than I do, but I would never keep overlapping you with albums because the content wouldn’t be there. I take time to make albums because I got to go through shit. I’m going through family members getting cancer and my best friend going to the feds and all kind of shit. All of that stuff, even though it’s bad, and not the kind of stuff you want to happen to you, it’s good for your brain and good [for the] music. I try to give [the music] some kind of pain back instead of just a bunch of partying. Everybody ain’t partying, life ain’t that good that you just popping bottles and pills everyday. It gotta be some other shit going on there. I’m getting older with this shit and I have a different outlook. That’s what I was telling the Def Jam execs earlier today, I don’t expect too much from y’all. I’ma do my part and I just expect ya’ll to do ya’ll part and give me one big push and I’m good from there. The music will speak for itself.
Now before I let you go, I got to ask about this signing to MMG rumor. Recently you were featured on one of Self Made, Vol. 3‘s new singles, “Oil Money” with Rick Ross. There’s speculation that you might be the next signee. Any truth to that rumor?
The LOX might get an offer from MMG. That’s what that’s about. I’m signed to Def Jam though for three or four more albums. But definitely that was one of the places that were inquirying about the new LOX album. You’ll hear about a couple more. The LOX album is definitely coming.