Beeda Weeda - conducted by Mildred C. Fallen  

Beeda Weeda

September 2006

MVRemix: From what I've read about the Hyphy movement, it's been around for years but for whatever reason it's just now blowing up, and it's blowing up with the kids.

Beeda Weeda: Yeah, it's basically just like the new generation with the Bay. My whole thing with the Bay was, I always felt that we'd be overlooked right now because we had the potential. They hear what we're sayin' but they couldn't understand what we was talkin' about. I always felt like, if they could actually see what we were talking about, then they'd be sayin', ‘Oh, okay, that's what they mean by ‘this.' That's definitely helping my career as well as a lot of young cats that's tryin' to come up and do they thing.

MVRemix: Yeah, cause a lot of people are confused by the drug aspect, the popping pills aspect and think that's just hyphy.

Beeda Weeda: Yeah, there's really a lot going on right now. Really, people don't understand hyphy. Hyphy is not a dance. It's not wearing dreads. It's not having gold teeth. It was originally a street thing; that was where it originally came from. Basically like the whole attitude, the whole, ‘don't give a fuck attitude.' Just like, do anything at anytime, you know what I mean? Just like when 50 Cent came on the scene and slashed? That's hyphy. Too hyphy. Just got on the mic and, ‘Fuck it, I'm a talk about everybody, and go hard.' Or like how Tupac started slashin' on everybody! That was the perfect example of a hyphy nigga. His whole, how he acted, how he just slash out or whatever. Somebody say something about him, he go hard, regardless of who it is or where he at—that's hyphy. So a lot of people think it's just a dance—you gotta dance, you gotta shake ya dreads. I don't do all that shit! But I'm still hyphy.

MVRemix: So it's basically a lifestyle?

Beeda Weeda: It is. You know how on the East Coast they say, ‘They wildin' out?' That's all it is.

MVRemix: Well it's been around the last 20 years, then! You know, like Too Short…and like you said, ‘Pac…

Beeda Weeda: Right! And you ain't gotta be from the Bay to be hyphy. That's where people get it confused. They think you gotta be from the—No! It's hyphy niggas in every hood, in every city; everywhere.

MVRemix: Which songs on the album do you think best represent hyphy?

Beeda Weeda: "We Ain't Listening." I got a song called, "We Ain't Listening."

MVRemix: Yeah, that reminds me of N.W.A.'s, "Fuck the Police."

Beeda Weeda: Basically, that is a perfect example of real hyphy, ‘cause on that song, I think I'm sayin', "Fuck the police. We ain't listening." Basically, ‘we don't give a fuck about what the police talkin' about; we gon' do what the fuck we want to. We don't give a fuck, we gon' start throwin' bottles at they cars.' That's hyphy. Another part in the song, I got a hook that says, ‘Fuck your turf, we ain't listening,' and that's basically like, you know, niggas that represent they hood and when he be tryin' to bang his hood on you, you like, ‘You know, it's all about my hood! Fuck yo' turf!' You feel me? So that is kinda hyphy, it's talking about the sideshows, hangin' out the doors, and the music up and the the donuts.

MVRemix: Right. Well you also seem to plan the CD out where there's something for everybody to relate to—you got something for the ladies also. How did you plan the CD out, did you intend to do this or did it just happen?

Beeda Weeda: No, I didn't even plan the CD out, it just happened. My music, I call it ‘Reality music.' I only touch on subjects that I know about or are familiar; either what I've been through, or my partners been through, or certain ladies done been through or whatever. It just happens that a lot of people can relate to it ‘cause it's truth. It's situations that people go through, you know what I mean? It's life.

MVRemix: My last question is more about Oakland and how you see it. Oakland is also known as the place of origin for the Black Panthers, who wanted to protect poor people and the streets from the police and the government. Aside from that, music from that period talked about progression and making change, do you think street rap still does this?

Beeda Weeda: You know what? I think, it's a lot of rappers out here that do try to push a message. But I'm a speak for myself. Like, my album is Turfology 101. And basically what I'm tryin' to do is expose the lifestyle of a youngster in Oakland, CA. And it comes across harsh; I don't sugarcoat it or nothing. It might sound like I'm promoting negativity, but I'm just putting it in your face. I'm not lyin'…the shit I'm talkin' about is really serious. People tend not to listen to you when you say stuff nicely or you sugarcoat it, so if you give it to raw and uncut, maybe somebody might do something about it, and really realize that the youngsters out here is lost. In a sense, by puttin' it out there real harsh to get they attention, yes, it might help make a change. Eventually, with me and my music, I do intend on putting positive messages in my music, but from experience, these cats that are out here doin' bad shit, they not gon' listen to you if you can't understand where they came from. Or if you ain't familiar with their experiences but try to teach them and tell them stuff, they gon be like, ‘Well, what have you done? Like, have you been in my situation? Instead of telling me to turn around and change, could you turn around if you was in my situation?'

MVRemix: I feel you. You made some excellent points right there.

Beeda Weeda: Yeah, so once I grab ‘em and they like, ‘Okay, Beeda from the same place we from. Beeda done been through the same things we been through,' you feel me, then I can say, ‘Now, we need to do this.'

MVRemix: Well, what would you like to see change, especially economically for Oakland?

Beeda Weeda: Man, I'd like to see a lot more stuff for the youngsters, activities. That's really the problem out here. They don't have nothing else to do but to act up and it's so small, like, more and more free programs—being that this is the independent capital of the world, why don't we have free studios for these youngsters to go and rap instead of being on the block? I wanna open up a school and teach kids how to engineer, how to run a studio. The business part. Basketball shit. Why we don't have that? A lot of sports players out here who can have free basketball games and clubs for these youngsters.

MVRemix: What's stopping the rappers from getting together and doing something like that out there?

Beeda Weeda: Money. And attention. That's why I'm tryin' to bring the attention here. A lot more money is coming in now, but they're not focusing on that. They're only focusing on a certain part of the economy. Like as far as downtown Oakland, the business areas. But they're not lookin' at the urban parts, you know what I mean? They just tryin' to tear down what we got and build property so we can't afford to stay here and would have to move to another city. You know what I mean? They basically tryin' to push us up out of here.

MVRemix: Yeah, they're doin' that everywhere.

Beeda Weeda: Yeah, and hey ain't gon' do nothin' but go to another city, turn another city into what Oakland was. So just the youngsters, that's the main thing. With Oakland, I learned that like the older people out here; it got to a point where they didn't teach us nothin'. And like the same people I was lookin' up to, they out sellin' drugs, they out hangin', but these is the people I look up to. That's all I got, these was the people to stick to. But instead of teachin' me not to do this, they passin' on what they doin' bad, and I'm pickin' it up. You know what I mean? So it's mostly up to them to turn us in a direction; we need a lot more attention on them, we need role models and the older people need to step up.

MVRemix: Yeah, ‘cause if they drop the ball, then what do they expect you to do with it?

Beeda Weeda: Exactly!

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