MVRemix: Also, I don't know if you heard about it but Hot 97 also aired a song where they had people teasing the Tsunami victims... I was just wondering whether you'd had a chance to hear about that controversy...
Buckshot: Somebody really needs to talk about that. I don't know who's gonna make that an issue but Hot 97 was wrong for that. What do you do when you are wrong for something but you have so much power that no-one can challenge you. The only one that can challenge you is the media to say "Look, that's fucked up." Now you're going overboard 'cause you know nobody can contest what you do or what you say 'cause you're that powerful against myself and other artists who say that that was wrong, but what can we say? All they'll do is say "Oh, then we won't support your record." I don't care if Hot 97 supports my record. [raising his voice] I personally don't give a fuck! The people of New York do because that's what they listen to for access of what's goin' on.
MVRemix: What's going on with the Bootcamp Clik and Black Moon at the moment?
Buckshot: We got three the hard way's coming out. We got three albums about to drop. A lot of people don't know that, but we got three albums that we about to drop April, May and June. People always say "What's up with Bootcamp?" "What's up with Black Moon?"
[loud car honk resonates]
...if we're not as big as we used to be...
They're actually being worked on right now. Can you hold on for one second?
[Buckshot lowers the phone as he deals with a man who just ran a red light and nearly killed him "Stop sign? Sir, did you see that stop sign? You didn't stop at the stop sign!" The conversation continues]
Sorry about that, this guy almost hit my car. As we're speaking, he runs a stop sign and if I wasn't on point, it would be a wrap. So I'm sorry for disturbing this and being distracted, but this guy... okay, my fault. Go ahead. I know I'm killin' you with this interview. So, shit a lot of people don't know when we do things is that people have to actually buy the record. The hardest part for people to understand is when you don't buy the record, it's like me putting out a sneaker and no-one buys it. How could I come out with another brand or another sneaker or shoe or whatever? How could I do anything if it's not gonna be supported.
People may not understand, yeah, we "support" the record because we talk about you or we think about you. Unfortunately it really is like a fund raiser. Your ten dollars means so much to just buying my record. Your walking into Tower Records or Beat Street or Best Buy or HMV and buying a record is so huge for me. That's what keeps us around and gives us another opportunity to keep putting out records. The record companies say, "Hey, we put in $100,000 to get you to the public and we made our money back, lets do this again." But if they put $100,000 into Black Moon and we don't get their money back then obviously they're not gonna want to promote us again.
MVRemix: What's the current situation with Ruck?
Buckshot: He's chillin', he's grindin'. Same thing. Sean Price is a part of Heltah Skeltah and they're gonna do an album as well, but because they just decided to do that Sean Price is currently in motion to put out a solo album, we still moved ahead with the Sean Price album. He's a solo artist, he's good as a solo artist as well. I think a lot of people should take the opportunity to listen to Ruck as an individual. As well as a member of Heltah Skeltah.
MVRemix: What is actually going on with or will One Nation album (Buckshot's album with Tupac) ever see the light of day?
I love everybody who mentions that album because it means people were listening and acknowledging and everything like that. To speak honestly, with Tupac leaving us it created a lot of holds. Death Row didn't see us as a platinum group that should have deserved enough priority to continue this album. I think it's unfair. I think it's fucked up that people like Dre and people like 50 Cent and Eminem are rapping over the same vocals that Pac and I did. So obviously they found an outlet for their album, but they put people like 50 Cent on it and they put people like Eminem on them and knocked us out the box. They found the songs and said "Hey, who are these guys? They're not platinum, fuck 'em, take 'em off." So for the people that want to know what happened to the One Nation album - that album was destroyed because we weren't seen as platinum or double platinum artists that would have made them go and re-do that album. If Pac was here, he'd have put a bullet in everybody who did that.
Do you have access to master copies of the album?
I got copies, but when Pac, rest in peace, came to me and gave me that album. He gave it to me himself. He gave me the cassette himself. Pac obviously didn't think that he was gonna die, so he gave me that album and it was rough, it was raw. There was no mixes... our vocals were all over the place. Whenever you hear the rough copy of the Tupac/Bootcamp stuff, that is the only copy. Our vocals were removed and replaced with artists like 50 Cent. Our album was taken apart by Interscope because they didn't feel like we were platinum acts.
But you do have the originals?
Buckshot: Yeah I do, I have the tracks with my vocals and his vocals. When I play those versions, you hear myself and Pac and nobody else. I don't think that was called what Jimmy Iovine or whoever else it was that did that, that's how it goes - you know. What I do is before I start my show, I usually play a song or verse off that album. Every show that I do, I honour Tupac and I play some Tupac stuff and I honour and I say this is off the One Nation album... blah, blah, blah.
But unfortunately there's nowhere for these people to buy it. Therefore they don't know. There's nowhere to buy the album, so it's kind of hectic promoting something that you know people can't buy. But, for the most part it's just personal. It's good that they can hear it.
MVRemix: A la "Fight Club," "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"
[ponders] I would probably fight Elijah Mohammed.
Okay, why would you fight Elijah Mohammed?
Buckshot: 'Cause he got Malcolm X killed. I wasn't feelin' that. You can dislike somebody because they bigger than you, they get more publicity than you... But don't kill 'em man.
MVRemix: If you could alter something in your career thus far, what would you change, if anything?
Buckshot: [ponders] I think I would go back and just try and be more conscious about the decisions that I made. I think I made a lot of bad decisions, but I would say that I wouldn't change anything, but I do regret some of the decisions that I made. Not badly, but just like "Damn." If I could do that again, I'd definitely look at the contracts better.
MVRemix: Aside from the three Duck Down projects which are coming out - what else are you working on?
Buckshot: Have you ever heard of a DVD called "Smack"? Well I'm working on one called "Shot." It's basically gonna be Buckshot taking you into the world of some sub-independent celebrities/Hip Hop underground artists. I'm gonna be bringing people the real views of what's really going on. I'm gonna be bringing people to where I brought people to with Smif N Wessun and the Bootcamp; I'm gonna bring them Rustee Juxx and a whole bunch of new cats that ain't on yet. So if anybody out there feel like they talent and they skill should be on that DVD - there is a small fee because we're gonna be promoting this all around the world. But if you do want to be involved, hit us up at my website at Duck Down or they can hit up my e-mail.
MVRemix: Any last words to fans or potential fans that are going to be reading this?
Buckshot: I would say to my fans - stay in touch with me. Stay in contact. Lets talk more. All my fans, I don't get a chance to talk to them that much. I love my fans. I think if I had anything to say to them it'd be "Don't be afraid of Buckshot." If you have a mixtape or a show, don't be afraid to ask - you never know. I'm all about the Hip Hop growth. Maybe I could do the same for Bootcamp for somebody else.
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