Are you comfortable with your current financial situation?
Yeah, I’m cool.
What’s your favorite track off the mixtape and why?
My favorite track off the mixtape would probably be “Pure Honesty.” I couldn’t even find a name for the song, so I just named it “Pure Honesty.” My boy B Don sent me the beat -- shout out to my boy Steve Reason; he played the loud saxophone on there. I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want the song to just go off, that’s why I put the rain and the thunder on for about a minute. I think that’s what’s missing from hip-hop, just creativity, different things. We’re dealing with a whole different era, a whole new generation. I think ‘Pure Honesty’ is one of them songs where it could’ve been an album record. It could’ve been an intro to an album record or the outro to an album, it could’ve been a single. It could’ve been anything. I’m just glad that my fans took it for what it was when I recorded it. I appreciate that.
You worked with Beautiful April, who’s a published model on two different tracks: “She Bad” and “Sleep with my Shades On.” What was that like?
Yeah, April is my home girl. She’s from out the West Coast. She told me she wanted to try the rapping thing a couple of months ago. So I told her she should put her face in music, let’s work on some stuff and we just been working on some music lately. Just to get her out there, see how people perceive her. I threw her on the mixtape, and in the midst of us working we did another joint. She’s something new. It ain’t like she’s been down with a bunch of labels and a bunch of different crews and had deals.
You also worked with Smoke DZA on the mixtape. He’s obviously from Harlem, like you. Who else do you respect out of Harlem that’s coming up in the game right now?
I respect everything that’s coming out of Harlem. You gotta understand, Harlem is only about fifty blocks long. From Central Park to the Rucker, up the hill down the hill. There’s not a lot of people that’s going to make it out of this little place. For us to have people like Juelz -- he’s back and his mixtape was hot. He’s one of those people from New York who’s a frontrunner. Of course my homie Vado, you know that’s like my brother. He’s basically family now, congratulations to my boy. He just signed to We the Best/Cash Money. So he’s YMCMB now, that’s all love. I’m feeling the whole A$AP movement, all of them. I think that’s just like some Wu-Tang, Dipset, Death Row type new shit. I know where they come from and I’ve seen a couple of them grow up. Shout out to my boy A$AP Ferg. He just got a big deal too. They’re ringing his records off in New York. It feels good to see people like A$AP Rocky go Number One on Billboard and he’s from Harlem; he’s from the hood. I got my Most Hated movement, Diplomats supposed to be doing they 10th year anniversary of Diplomatic Immunity, so that’s going to be fire.
In a recent interview, you dropped the name Nothing is Promised as the title of your upcoming album. You said that you wanted to make sure that if you never release another album, you want to be comfortable with it being the only one. Can you explain?
That’s just life: Nothing is promised. I put out a song every week since the ball dropped. Since we walked into 2013, Jae Millz has put out a new record every week. Some people don’t even notice that. That’s how I got my buzz back. That’s how I got people to pay me attention. You got to just come with the music. I know I can’t give you no freestlyes no more. Ya’ll don’t want to hear me rap over “Bitch don’t kill my vibe.” Ya’ll don’t want to hear me rap over “Started from the Bottom.” Ya’ll done seen me do that shit for so long, that ain’t impressive. I ain’t getting no points for doing that. You know what I get points for? When you turn on the radio and you can’t stop hearing that new Jae Millz shit and you turn on the TV and you see that new millz video. Every time you log on to a site, there’s a Millz interview. You got to stay digital, it’s not about being nice, it ain’t about being the flyest dude in the world, what you drive and getting jewelry. It’s not about that. It’s about being digital and just coming with the music. There’s niggas out that aint got no swag but they come with that music and you can’t deny it.
You have a track with 2 Chainz called “Molly.” Why has that drug become so popular?
To be honest with you, when I recorded that record it was 2011 and the people still didn’t hear the whole record because I never released it. Shout out to my man Stevie J, DJ Stevie J YMCMB. I didn’t release the full song. He put it on his mixtape and people was rocking with it and then I started to hear a bunch of molly records and I didn’t want to fall into the category of just being the dude with the molly record. I did that shit in 2011. I’m off that. It is what it is. It’s a dope record. Shout out to my man 2 Chainz for doing the verse for me. We got some other shit that we working on now. But it’s a good record. Everybody got a molly record. It just turned into something else. When I did the record it was a different time; now we’re in 2013. I’m just on some different shit and just trying to move forward.
Do you think artists can influence a listener to try the drug?