Baatin - conducted by Todd E. Jones  


September 2003

MVRemix: How long were you in the coma for?

Baatin: It wasn’t long at all. Maybe a day and a half.

MVRemix: You said that after the coma, you lost your car, house and you were out of the group. Now, you are making moves again. How did you get from that point to this point?

Baatin: I lost everything. When I went to my condo and saw my furniture outside, I had to just laugh. Everything happens for a reason, but sh*t! My sh*t was going to the right! This started slowly. I started losing stuff slowly. I can’t explain how I reacted. I am more patient than a lot of my friends because my friends would have really went berserk. I maintained. I figured that I already went insane because of the business. My business wasn’t handled right in the group and I already literally went crazy on that part. What else am I to do? I lost everything. Either I deal with it in a sane mind or I lose it, like most people expected me to do. The rumors were going around that I was drugs.

MVRemix: How are you with money? Where are you getting the money to do the new solo project?

Baatin: I’m struggling, man. I don’t have any support or a dime in my pocket. It’s going to change though since I have a manager who believes in me. He’s a new manager and he knows that I can really pull this sh*t off. He supports me.

MVRemix: What is the address for people to donate money to Baatin’s preservation of hip-hop?

Baatin: Titus. 17166 Goddard Street. Detroit, MI. 48212.

MVRemix: What’s your real name?

Baatin: Titus is my real name.

MVRemix: You worked with Common on a track called ‘Theolonious' from the ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ LP. (It was also a hidden track on ‘Fantastic Vol.2’.) How did you hook up with Common and what was that collaboration like?

Baatin: He hooked up with us about a year prior to that. He dug a lot of our music. He came to Detroit and we were honored to work with him. Jay Dee was doing a lot of production for him at the time. We did a lot of vibing in the studio together and it just worked out. He always had our back since day one, before we had a deal. He was like ‘I’m gonna walk in and get you guys a deal myself if y’all don’t get signed’. He always supported us just like he’s supporting me now through this.

MVRemix: What advice would you give someone who is just getting into the music industry?

Baatin: Go into it knowing that there are risks but believe in yourself enough to expect the best out of whatever you are doing. Believe in yourself. See yourself in the mirror when you are in front of those 5 thousand people. You have what it takes to make it happen. Get yourself a team who believes in you as well too. That’s important. If the people who are working on your behalf don’t believe in you, it’s difficult for it to work.

MVRemix: There were rumors going around that you were on drugs. Have you ever done drugs at all?

Baatin: No, none whatsoever. I smoke weed and I drink on occasion.

MVRemix: You obviously were given prescription drugs. What drugs did the doctors prescribe to you? Did they affect your creativity in anyway?

Baatin: No, they helped me. They helped me ground myself. I was prescribed a medicine called Seroquel. It kind of helped me relax my mind and ground me. I don’t think that I really needed it but it helped. Again, I never have been into taking medicines. I study herbs and stuff. Ginko for memory loss. All of these herbs and remedies that I was used to taking for years did not help me at this time. The pharmaceutical medicine did help me out a lot.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions that people have of you?

Baatin: People take me literally. They take everything I say literally. 50% of the times, I am not literal. They have this spiritual concept in their mind and they think that all I too deep. The truth is that I get along with pretty much anybody if they will just come and say ‘What’s up?’ and talk to me. They think that I am just the man who wore the head-wrap out of the group. I never really had a big problem though with it. I can’t really say. I get along with everybody.

MVRemix: Jay Dee left Slum Village as an emcee and sole producer after ‘Fantastic Vol.2’. Then, Elzhi came in for the recording of ‘Trinity’ album. How did that change the way the group worked? How did the dynamic change?

Baatin: Hell yeah, it changed things. You are in a group with somebody for 11 or 12 years and you are used to the vibe and chemistry you have with that person. Elzhi showed up and it was all brand new. We had to work at it but it was fast. Elzhi did mesh right in with what we were doing. It was in the pocket. A lot of people didn’t accept it at the time but we believed in Elzhi. I still think that he’s an awesome emcee. Metaphorically, he delivers those skills. He’s like the youth. He represented the ‘future’ in ‘Trinity’. I was ‘past’ and T3 was ‘present’. Elzhi definitely held down the fort as the future representative.

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    " The truth is that I get along with pretty much anybody if they will just come and say ‘What’s up?’ and talk to me. They think that I am just the man who wore the head-wrap out of the group."