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Busta Rhymes‘ recent interview with Elliott Wilson for RESPECT magazine, for its insight on him more as a person over and beyond the rap personas. In the feature, Rhymes discusses the personal disagreements that went on among Leaders of The New School, through the tension surrounding his guest feature on A Tribe Called Quest‘s “The Scenario,” before his reluctant departure from the group to pursue a solo career.
He reminisces on the rapid success he experienced following the release of club classic, “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” and the financial comfortability provided by his following singles, journeying through to the present in rediscovering “the old Bussa Bus,” spurred on by fans reactions to his role in DJ Khaled‘s “All I Do Is Win” remix – and keeping that lyrical fire;
“I’ve never lost, and I don’t think I’ll ever lose, that fire and that passion and that drive to wanna hear myself dismantle a beat.”
Read excerpts below.
On solo after Leaders Of The New School fallout:
“I never really wanted to do the solo shit. But Charlie Brown had it in his head that he was the leader of the group. The way the group dynamic was—every decision was collective. The Leaders of the New School was owned 25 percent times four. We functioned and operated as a corporation. Everybody had to make decisions collectively, so there wasn’t no boss shit. Even creatively, when we were doing songs, we voted. The majority rule was the way we went with it, even if you ain’t like it.
“But then when we started to put the records out, and the consumer started to pick who their favorite was, that’s when the bullshit started. Me and Brown had the outspoken personalities, and it made it seem like we were competing for the shine. It got to the point where me and this dude were bloodying up each other’s shit before the shows.
On the impact of “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and beyond:
“From the success of The Coming, I had hardware on my wall. I was coming home looking at a platinum album and a platinum single. Seven-figure money was starting to hit the account, constantly. And then When Disaster Strikes was done, and I had “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See.” I was like, Jesus.
“We were at the Roxy, and Kid Capri was DJing. I came in there with one of my mans, and Kid Capri played the shit for the third time, for the fourth time, for the fifth time, for the sixth time, for the seventh time, for the eighth time. By the eleventh time straight, no other song in between, I damn near started crying in the club, because I couldn’t believe that I’d done something that was so compelling that warranted that kind of love from the DJ. And the club was demanding that he keep playing it.
“Roc-a-fella and Terror Squad crossed paths in that spot that night, and you just started seeing bottles wildin’. Capri stopped the music: “Yo, y’all niggas chill the fuck out, man. Don’t fuck up the party.” Niggas still wildin’. He was like, “I know what’s gonna stop y’all from beefing”—[makes beat noises] for the twelfth time. That song stopped the beef.
“I said, “Oh, my God.” I was like, What am I gonna make to follow up that record? And if niggas was gonna want this all the time, I just hoped I could meet that standard, meet that demand. And after that, the “Dangerous” record came, and that shit took on a life of its own. The video budgets went from $200,000 and $300,000 to 500-something thousand and 700-something thousand, to $1 million, to $2.4 million by the time we got the Janet Jackson video on Extinction Level Event. Money wasn’t a factor no more.
On financial stability and priceless passion for Hip Hop:
“If I don’t get another thing from this business—I don’t lose no sleep. Because my family is so comfortable financially, stability wise, spiritually, emotionally—everybody’s good. That ain’t never been compromised in my 20-year run. I may not put a record out for a year, and I still generate four, five, six million dollars just touring with no current records out.
“I’ve never lost, and I don’t think I’ll ever lose, that fire and that passion and that drive to wanna hear myself dismantle a beat. It’s as simple as that. It’s the biggest feeling in the world. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten the kind of money that could really explain how priceless that feeling is. I’m cut from the cloth of that competitive shit, which was primarily the greatest reward you could get as an MC.”
24-year old Austin Brown is the third child of Rebbie Jackson who is Michael Jackson’s sister and the eldest of the Jackson family musicians. But he says his favorite is his aunty Janet:
“She is the person that I talk to the most in my family. She knows everything about me. If I couldn’t tell my mom, I would tell her. She would take drives with me and talk to me like I was a normal person. When you’re a kid it’s cool to talk to a relative who doesn’t look at you like a kid. She really took the time to spend with me and be a support system. I would call her about problems at school and she would give me sound advice. She’s a great listener.”
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R&B and Pop Princess Janet Jackson covers the January/February issue of Gotham Magazine.
In it she talks about her new book, New Year’s resolutions and her brother Michael’s death.
Check out an excerpt from the interview below.
On what she’s taken from Michael’s death:
“When you hear people say life goes on, it’s really the truth. You can’t stop living. It becomes a part of you. I feel a bit selfish because there are times I feel I shouldn’t be doing this, but I enjoy my work and I have to keep doing it. I have to keep my life going. There are days that are harder than others.”
On her New Year’s resolutions:
“I want to learn a language. I haven’t decided which, but it’s between French, Spanish and Italian. I also want to get closer to God.”
On her new album:
“It’s going to be a little different. The writing is about life experiences. There’s a part of me that’s craving escapism, which is a sense of wanting to keep on moving with my work but also of coming to terms with reality. So I think it will be upbeat and light.”
On her new book:
“I hope it’s inspiring for all ages. I’m talking about weight loss, confidence, self-esteem—especially in your youth. It’s not an autobiography, but there are little anecdotes that I give here and there from my childhood all the way to the present that I thought would be interesting and helpful to share.”
On what she loves about New York:
“Everything. I love the energy–the creative energy. I’ve been here for 12 years and I will be here for the rest of my life.”
R&B singer Janet Jackson has confirmed recent reports of her break-up with Jermaine “JD” Dupri after maintaining a nearly seven year relationship.
While she said her romantic relationship with JD is done, Jackson also said she keeps in touch with him.
During a radio interview with Atlanta’s “Bert Show,” Jackson reveals that she has a very short list of ex-boyfriends with whom she still communicates. “I’m not the type of girl that stays in touch with your ex like that,” the singer, 43, said. However, Jackson said that Dupri, 37, is an exception. “Jermaine is one of my best friends,” she said. “I love him to death. We’re still connected. We’re still good friends. We still talk.”