Many of us only saw the damage of Hurricane Katrina from our television sets, however, Chopper (Young City) was there to see it first hand. Born and raised in New Orleans, Chopper was one of the millions of people who were uprooted from the only homes they knew. While many people are still struggling to bounce back from the devastation, Chopper was a lot more fortunate. We recently got up with Chop to talk about how the horrific hurricane affected him and his loved ones, as well as what he has done over the past few weeks to help the cause. Chopperís has got much love for his homwtown, and heís reppiní New Orleans Ďtil the day he dies! Of course, with work forever looming in the background, he also spoke with us in regards to his new single, ďLil DaddyĒ, and his debut album that will be coming out later this quarter!
MVRemix: I see that album is finally getting ready to come out.
Chopper: Yeah, ďNew Jack CityĒ is the album, and itís readyÖ
MVRemix: I know you were talking about it before, but like I said, itís been so long since I talked to you that I knew some of the details had changed...
Chopper: Yeah, now itís official like a referee with a whistle.
MVRemix: Who did you end up working with all around with production and guest appearances?
Chopper: Well letís see, I got Mannie Fresh all on there, I got T.I. all on there, Lil Wayne, Jody Breeze, and I got some moreÖ
MVRemix: Man, right off rip, its got to feel like a major accomplishment for you, because back when you were doing the show on MTV the one thing I remember you saying was that you always wanted to get down with Mannie Fresh.
Chopper: I did, and it does feel like a major accomplishment. But honestly, I gotta say that I made this shake for myself. Nobody gave me a hand-out or anything. I made this shake for myself. I went out there and I made it pop! I made them believe in me.
MVRemix: How did you hook up with him? Do you think heís was paying attention to the show and heard you say it, or did someone get you two together?
Chopper: It was kind of a mutual thing. It was kinda like, ďI see you homieĒ on both sides.
MVRemix: What type of feel are we getting with this album? Is it a major difference from what we were getting with ďDa BandĒ?
Chopper: Itís a very big difference. You can tell by the new single, ďLil DaddyĒ. Itís a very big difference. With this album, you are getting the real Chopper. The Chopper that we always wanted, or that I wanted yíall to see and that I knewÖ
MVRemix: So are you telling me that you werenít being yourself, or that we werenít getting the real Chopper before?
Chopper: I mean, you seen the young Chopper, the naÔve Chopper. You saw the wild side of me. Very talented, but wild. I couldnít really show off like I wanted to, which was a bad situation, but thatís history. That side of me is in the trash can. The real Chopper is cool, calm, collected, fly, gutta, you know! The Chopper that I always was. Iím finally getting my shine and my freedom. I finally got my oxygen tank! Itís like I was struggling in the water with no oxygen tank. I was being told what to do. When you first come in the game as a rapper or a rookie, you got to do what they tell you. Whatever they tell you, thatís what you do. Now, I got a brand new situation. I call the album ďNew Jack CityĒ, and not because of the movie, but because Iím a new jack to this game, Chopper Young City, and I got something to prove. That point that Iím proving is that Iím one of the hottest new-comers coming in the South. Matter-of-fact, I got to be one of the hottest new-comers period! Iím definitely one of the youngest in charge in this game. People donít believe shit stink Ďtil they smell it! But you know what, Iím about to give them some shit to the face! ďNew Jack CityĒ, the album!
MVRemix: What are people going to take away from this album once they purchase it?
Chopper: Theyíre going to say ďDamn, thatís Chopper Young City?Ē The shit is hot! This album is a different type of creature. Itís that South shit. Iím a universal cat! Iím connected urbanly, suurbanly!
MVRemix: What else is happening besides this album?
Chopper: Well the album should be dropping in January, but right now, itís about this mixtape that I got coming out. Thatís the situation right now, with DJ Smallz, called ďAll Eyes On MeĒ!
MVRemix: Are you playing a part in the site? Do you go on and talk/chat with your fans?
Chopper: I most definitely do that. My sidekick is right in my pocket. I have to, because they love me just as much as I love them. I love them so much. Iím going to keep giving them good music, because thatís all I can do. I told you, itís offical like a referee blowin the whistle.
MVRemix: Definitely man.
Chopper: So the ďNew Jack CityĒ album is real hot. Iím not a star. Iím a super super star! I ainít even twenty-one, and I done been through so much. I been through so much. Like, I done been shot, but I donít talk about that because it ainít really the type of shit to be glamorizing. I ainít trying to get shot again. I been out in the streets.
MVRemix: So the album is out in January?
Chopper: Yeah, January! It might have been sooner, but itís so much going on with this Hurricane Katrina.
MVRemix: I wanted to ask you whatís happening with that on your end? I know New Orleans is your home, and your family is there.
Chopper: I lost a couple of my homies. My family is good now, but it donít seem right with my city gone.
MVRemix: With you being there, I know youíve heard everything they were saying about the city being rebuilt and whatnot. Do you really see that as being possible in any way?
Chopper: I mean, I see it, but I think itís going to be to the point where the new housing is going to be so expensive that a lot of the black people wonít be able to afford to come back. I remember New Orleans for what it was. Itís not going to be the same.
MVRemix: I know. Iím just sorry to hear about your loss and everything.
Chopper: Most definitely, and I appreciate the condolences. I love for you to support and the whole situation. New Orleans was a city like no other. I feel like sheddiní a tear, and it hurts, but I got to be strong for my family.
MVRemix: Exactly. And at least with stuff like your houses, you can definitely replace that.
Chopper: Right, but itís just so messed up that some people already didnít have a lot, or was struggling, and now that this done happened, they really donít have nothing. Thatís wat hurts.
MVRemix: There are so many artists getting involved in aid and what not. In what ways have you been able to help?
Chopper: I gave to a few organizations. I gave to the red cross, and helped to supply food and water.
MVRemix: The hip-hop culture is dogged and shitted on so much, but itís really good to see how in a time of crisis, we can stick together and help each other out. I mean, you know how this government is.
Chopper; Definitely. This is a time to get a reality check on voting, especially for the next election. Bush, them are some fucked up people. Itís a trip, but let me shut up for they try to sabotage meÖ
MVRemix: Man, you just donít know. Iím right there with you on that thought, but like you, I ainít trying to get shut down.
MVRemix: Whatís going on as far as shows?
Chopper: Iím doing a lot of show, benefits, and that sort of thing. Iím making it shake!
MVRemix: Whatís up with us here in Cleveland? When will we see you?