“Throughout my career, I think I’ve done four songs called ‘Brooklyn.’ And there’s an album called The Black Album that Milk and I did in ’98 that I have a song called ‘Brooklyn’ on that one too. That may not hit the scene until I hit the dirt, but the back packers will definitely appreciate that joint. I have songs like ‘Death,’ ‘Angel Dust’ and ‘Illegal Penetration.’ Yeah, it’s one of those albums [laughs]. But I think with “Brooklyn” I never gave my take on a reggae track. I’ve always did it to some hip-hop joints. But I was working with two guys, a production duo called Black Phantom out of Atlanta. And one of them is from the Islands. When he played me that music I was like, ‘Yep…Brooklyn.’ I just painted the scene. The events that I spoke about on that record were real. Those people are real. These are the people I went to school with and all of them are dead.
Right this very minute I head up the entire music division for DuBose Entertainment . So with that I’ve taken on the responsibility as executive vice president of DuBose Music Group, which is their record label. I do music supervision for all of the DuBose television shows which have included Tiny & Toya, Monica, Michael Vick, Tre Songz and I’m currently working on Toya’s Family Affair and we are set to do Ciara for VH1. And we are doing an ESPN Special that airs in March called Elite 24, which is about the 24 hottest high school basketball players in the United States. I’m also responsible for signing composers and producers. So all of the music you hear on all those shows I’m responsible for it.
I toy with making music again. I have a laptop full of unreleased songs. I’m light years ahead of the rest so whatever I put out you are going to think that its new anyway. It’s really great to hear people catch songs like ‘Wonder Years’ at a way later time. But there is a producer I really like and I’m toying with the idea of doing an EP with him just for fun. I don’t know if I’ll ever want to sell a record again. The climate is very unkind to hip-hop in general, and forget about being here for as long as I have been. But I’m much more interested in doing collaborations. Working with Sugarland on the VH1 Salute to The Troops was a great experience.
I like and respect a lot of the MC’s that are out today like Nicki Minaj. And I just heard someone on the radio I was feeling…Joell Ortiz. He had me stuck! But I also listen to some of the guys and say, ‘Why?’ I know that up against some of these guys who are out today that my old shit would tear them up. The thing is, in the days that I came in, we actually talked to people. We told stories and we had fun too. But we followed through with a thought. That’s why those cats can get into ‘Wonder Years’ because I’m talking to them. Now it’s just a lot of sporadic thoughts. You almost have to have ADD to follow them.
I guess my legacy is that I was able to inspire and encourage many generations of people through music and through lecturing at schools. Just letting people know that it’s okay to stand up for what you believe in and be yourself. I’m the best at what I do. When I come through you know it’s me.”