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Tony Hussle: The Son of Soul

October 2005

Born into a musical family, it's no surprise that Tony Hussle (who adopted his name through the determination he had to make it in music) would be involved with the creative art in some capacity. His buzz singles "Special" and "She's A Virgin Too" have earned him a lot of word of mouth promotion.

Tony Hussle is set to release "Sexy, Freaky, Electric" through Warner Brothers later this year.


MVRemix: Was singing something that came naturally or were you taught?

Tony Hussle: I think it was natural. When I decided I wanted to sing, I just started diggin' deep inside. Tryin' to make good, makin' sure my tones is right. When I was little, I always wanted to sing like Michael Jackson, so being that I couldn't sing like Michael Jackson as I didn't have his voice, I stopped singing. Once I got older, I definitely started breakin' it down and practicing more. I think it was natural but I had to work on the way I am now.

MVRemix: How did you manage to get signed? I know your name has to do with your persistence, how did the big break come?

Tony Hussle: Two guys at a Los Angeles, California record company that I was handing my demo's out - I was talking to Sam Shephard, and it was kind of weird because he told me to leave because I didn't have my music. The day I met him, I didn't have my music so we went out to lunch... This mother... got up and said, "I'm not speaking with you, I'm a business man, I didn't come here to talk - I came here to listen to the music! You've got to be focused on your career!" So the tone struck by me, me more than Sam Shephard.

MVRemix: Who were you musically influenced by growing up?

Tony Hussle: Well my mother taught me how to play the piano. My uncle was the lead singer of Parliament Funkadelic, his name was Glenn Goines so it was like the influence of music in my family had always been there. Bernie Worrel was in my career, Fuzzy had come to my house - the guys from Parliament would always come to my house. So the influence of three big musicians in their show gear coming to my house wearing their gear - they was funky though. I think the influence just came from my uncle being in Parliament and my moms playing guitar and piano. It's definitely comin' from church, it came from church.

MVRemix: Which were your favourite Parliament tracks?

Tony Hussle: My favourite Parliament track is a song called "I Got To Go," it's a song that my uncle sings that goes [sings] "I got to go, I got to leave - somethin' is missin' that I need." I'm just funkin' around for fun, that's what it's called "Funkin' Around For Fun."

MVRemix: How did the album title "Sexy, Freaky, Electric" come about?

Tony Hussle: I really admire people like Parliament and DeVante Swing - those musicians were ones that I always bought their music and I just took what I thought they were and just put it in me. That's how I got "Sexy, Freaky, Electric."

MVRemix: Tell me about the album... What's your most highly regarded track?

Tony Hussle: My best one is "Fucking Your Girl," everybody likes that song. I got a song called "Come Again," I got real high regard for that record because it's talking about pleasing a woman seriously. A lot of females get gratified but they don't never really get a chance to cum. I like those two songs, but that song "Fucking Your Girl" is a song that's basically saying "Treat your girl right because if you don't treat your girl right, somebody else will." She's gonna find attention from somebody. It's not self-glorifying, "Ah, I'm fuckin' your girl motherfucker!" It's just the lies that guys lead. A lot of guys be lying to they girlfriends and be with 'em, put rings on they fingers, tellin' 'em they gon' marry them and they don't marry them.

And I got a song called "Wait," I'm tryin' to get some pussy but the girl's tellin' me to wait. Wait, wait, wait - how long I gotta wait? I've been waitin' for 90 days. I got "She's A Virgin," which is just because she's a sexy girl doesn't mean she's not a virgin, she's a ho. She could be a virgin, it's a balance on the album. I've got "Try A Little Love" talkin' about the face of us. If we've all got the face, we can conquer street things. I got a song called "In Your House" which is basically a song talkin' about makin' love to your girl before she go to work and there is time within time. It could be like ten minutes before her ride get there, but there's still time for y'all to make love. I like to talk about a lot of things that a lot of artists don't talk about that we all do - male and female.

MVRemix: In an interview I did with The O'Jays, they criticized younger R&B singers for their lack of sincerity and emotion attached to their material through their age and a lack of experience. Having such a hectic schedule and being so young, do you feel that you're having to act a certain way or do you feel your experiences are well enough developed to be sincere?

Tony Hussle: I criticize them too. I roll with whatever The O'Jays say, I roll with it! That's crazy. It's weird that you ask me that question man, because yesterday we was ridin' in the car and one of they records came on. When I listen to they album I heard the power of they music. Then they was doin' all they stuff live, and my album is like that. I'm glad that I'm not one of those young guys that they talkin' about. My music really has a lot of live instruments in it. It's not manipulated by an MPC, so the whole song is not just two chords. It's real chords, that's what The O'Jays talkin' about. A lot of guys got the frame of working and went to a computer because they feel they're being creative. Back then there was no computers so songs were more soulful because you don't really know how a bass player was feelin' before he came in to the studio, or how the drummer was feelin'. But today, it ain't no drummer or no bass [player], it's a computer. I think that all those elements and those feelings that people was goin' through made music that powerful back then and I think I've got that same element.

MVRemix: You've said you're trying to change modern music... in what way?

Tony Hussle: I can't really answer that question because - a lot of people told me I was gonna change the game of music. People hear my music, they always say I'm gonna change the game. But I can't say that, you know what I mean? I just make the music. How you feel right now I definitely appreciate that.

MVRemix: What do you listen to when you're trying to get over a finished relationship?

Tony Hussle: Whatever's hot, I listen to it. I'm like Don King, I don't fuck with no losin' shit. If I'm in a relationship and I'm hurt - it depends on what I'm hurt about. Sometimes new music is bad or it's better for you. But I haven't been in a relationship in a long time so I forgot what those feelings feel like.

MVRemix: A la "Fight Club," "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"

Tony Hussle: Justin Timberlake.

MVRemix: Do you reckon you'd win?

Tony Hussle: Oh hell yeah! I'd win that.

MVRemix: I read you have strong business goals such as being the CEO of a major label. Would you prefer this over the life as an artist and if so why?

Tony Hussle: I prefer my creative lifestyle. A CEO can't create; they just say do this and do that. They just basically run the company, that way all the money don't get spent and everybody is doing they job. Anybody can do that, you can go get a man from Burger King right now to go and do that. He gon' listen to whatever whoever up top is tellin' him anyways.

MVRemix: Aside from the album do you have any other guest appearances or compilations you've been working on?

Tony Hussle: Yup, I have my group Sugar Jones - a few girls from L.A. They singin' background with me too and my band. I've been workin' with them for the last six months, they signed to my music company.

MVRemix: Any last words?

Tony Hussle: Yeah, buy "Sexy, Freaky, Electric."





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"But today, it ain't no drummer or no bass [player], it's a computer. I think that all those elements and those feelings that people was goin' through made music that powerful back then and I think I've got that same element."