Memphis Bleek: I'm cool. I don't have no beef. [chuckles] I don't know them guys. We never had a real incident to where it's like we should really have a problem. It's just competitive shit I guess. My thing, if they wanna be competitive and feel like they better than me then we can just stage a battle and we'll see who's the winner from that. As far as like beef, this is WWF in this rap game, my man.
MVRemix: Are there any other acting roles you've got lined up or things along those lines?
Memphis Bleek: Not as of yet, but I'm looking for some scripts. Somebody might send me a nice script where I don't always have to be the killer like Blizz ("State Property"), maybe I'll do it.
MVRemix: So far, which is the album you're most proud of recording apart from "5,3,4."
Memphis Bleek: I'd say "The Understanding."
MVRemix: Okay, and why would that be?
Memphis Bleek: Because it was energy! It was a lot of good songs and good music on that album and that's what I feel this album is a comparison to.
MVRemix: Did you get the chance to record with ODB or spend much time with him before he passed?
Memphis Bleek: No, not really. I seen him, we did a couple photo shoots together but that was really it. We never been in the studio together.
MVRemix: Have fun with this one - a la "Fight Club," "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"
Memphis Bleek: What you mean like really fight?
MVRemix: Nah, just like a fun joke type thing. I've had answers from Gary Coleman to Elijah Mohammed, Arnold Schwarzennaeger and such...
Memphis Bleek: I don't know... I don't wanna fight nobody. [chuckling] I don't think about that kind of stuff, my man.
MVRemix: Lil' Wayne has shouted you out in many interviews. How are your feelings on working with him or something like that?
Memphis Bleek: I would love to work with him. I wish we could finally come together and put this down, 'cause you know I've known him and we spoke about this a lot and you know things kind of got messed up along the way because of the business; Roc-A-Fella splittin' up and stuff. So it was kind of hard to keep that contact, but I would love to work with him. I feel like he has one of the best albums out right now, "The Carter."
MVRemix: Aside from the album, do you have anything else you're working on... guest appearances and things of that nature?
Memphis Bleek: Yeah, I'm supposed to be doing the remix to the Bobby Valentino single - "Slow Down" and then I've got my own groups I'm workin' with, my artists Kali and Proof. The "Get Low" project we're tryin' to put together. We just workin'. Everything is about "5, 3, 4" right now though.
MVRemix: Do you have any aspirations with regards to following Jay-Z's footsteps and having other companies beneath yourself?
Memphis Bleek: Yeah! But he buying everything, so he's not leavin' nothin' for me to do! Haha.
MVRemix: How do you feel about the conscious rapper movement thats been going on because there's been publicized that Puffy is paying Kweli and Common to ghostwrite for his new album along with the success of Kanye's "Jesus Walks" and such. What do you think about the rise of that sort of Hip Hop?
Memphis Bleek: I feel that's needed. Because in the world of Hip Hop, if you look at it - nine out of ten rappers portray to be the hustler, gangster, killer type, right? If you really do the history, only two out of ten lived that life. I feel like people like Kanye and Common Sense is like the alter ego of all these wanna-be acting tough guys. They just a cool guy that just know they went to school and they read books and they had a job and stuff. So I feel like that's needed, so the kids won't be confused and inspired by the music thinkin' everything is just drugs and guns.
MVRemix: How do you respond when people look upon Bleek as not being as successful as you have in actual fact been?
Memphis Bleek: I look at myself the same way they might look at me. It's timing, it's marketing, it's promotion. Everything has to be right for you to hit the head right. It's like tryin' to hit a baseball from a pitcher and he's throwin at a hundred miles per hour - the timing, the trajectory of the swing, everything has to be right for you to smack it out the park, right? I feel this is the right time right now, so I'ma smack it out the park now.
MVRemix: Do you have any last words to your fans or potential fans that are gonna be reading this?
Memphis Bleek: Thank you for the support over the years. Roc-A-Fella since '96, and we got one thing to say, that's we gets busy over here!
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