MVRemix: Iíve heard rumors that you were banned from Blaze BattleÖ
C-Rayz Walz: I lost in the competition. But the politics that were behind it and other competitions that were going on in the city, I was banned for that reason. I donít know, itís like a conspiracy. Me and my man Breeze got banned, and Breeze won his Blaze Battles.
MVRemix: A lot of people consider you the best battle MC, what do you think of people that say this?
C-Rayz Walz: I think theyíre smart.
MVRemix: So youíre the best?
C-Rayz Walz: Iím the best at what I do.
MVRemix: Whatís your secret?
C-Rayz Walz: Iím Wolverine.
MVRemix: Alright, letís play a rhyming game. Iíll say a word or words and you rhyme those words.
C-Rayz Walz: Alright, Iím down.
MVRemix: Mary Poppins.
C-Rayz Walz: Having the umbrella ass.
MVRemix: Penguin Pussy [by the way, it may seem insane that I wrote penguin pussy, but itís something he wrote in an email to me. So it makes sense, trust me.]
C-Rayz Walz: Batmanís victory flag
MVRemix: The Big Bopper
C-Rayz Walz: Heís probably next to the Wopper.
MVRemix: Marky Mark
C-Rayz Walz: Heís probably a true hip hopper
MVRemix: The Funky Bunch
C-Rayz Walz: Thatís what I represent in stronghold.
MVRemix: Carl Winslow
C-Rayz Walz: Would have Erkle selling hoís
MVRemix: Bean curd
C-Rayz Walz: Itís what tofu goes through
MVRemix: Mario Brothers
C-Rayz Walz: Itís a game in the video local
MVRemix: Foxy Cleopatra
C-Rayz Walz: Underground like pyramid caves
MVRemix: The Game
C-Rayz Walz: C-Rayz, Iím Made
MVRemix: On the track Essence off of Ravipops, you say, ďComing straight off the bean curd rap.Ē [This is my mistake, he actually doesnít say that line, as I soon find out.] What does this it mean to come straight off the bean curd rap?
C-Rayz Walz: Itís the opposite, I said rack.
MVRemix: Oh, it makes a lot more sense now. [Honestly, I donít know what it means].
C-Rayz Walz: So you know what it means now?
MVRemix: Yeah. [I didnít know what it meant, but I hoped there wasnít a follow up. Instead, he calls my bluff.]
C-Rayz Walz: What does it mean?
MVRemix: [Silence for at least 20 seconds.] Hmm, you were saying something earlier about how soy is the opposite of something, actually I donít know what it means, what does it mean?
C-Rayz Walz: Well what Iím saying is, itís straight off the bean curd rack. Like in the hood or slang, itíll be like, ďYo, your man is off the meat rack, b.Ē This is the opposite of off the meat rack, Iím off the bean curd rack. Iím vegetarian. But Iím bringing just as hard as someone thatís street, Iím positive, but Iíll slap the shit out of a motherfucker, so this is straight off the bean curd rack.
MVRemix: How long have you been a vegetarian?
C-Rayz Walz: All my life, before it was fad.
MVRemix: What were the reasons for you to be raised as a vegetarian?
C-Rayz Walz: My mother basically imparted her ways upon me. As I got older, I tried the Whopper here and there, chicken and things, but the meat didnít make me feel good to my stomach. After a while it made sense to me that you shouldnít eat things that are alive with eyes and nose, but after I further studied, plants are alive and they give you life. Theyíre a lot more alive more so than me. So youíre eating directly from life. I just think itís a better concept of being at one with life and sharing with it. Herbs and vegetables grow in more abundance and the amount of herbs and vegetables you have to fuel meat production for a mass of people is not necessary.
MVRemix: What is the meaning behind the title, ďYear of the BeastĒ? What is the ďbeastĒ that you are referring to?
C-Rayz Walz: I mean this year I wanted to be negative again, and start robbing rich white people, because black people donít got money in the hood. Itís not about race or nothing, itís just that white people are richer in midtown than black people in all five boroughs or Asians in the upper West Side. So Iím slowly taming that beast inside me, Ďcause itís been a long time since Iíve done that. Weíre in the age of not even Aquarius, weíre in the age of demons. But itís always been what it is, ainít nothiní ever new, itís the year of the beast all the time, cause weíre always fighting that battle within ourselves, so I think that if everyone fights the beast within themselves, we can emerge victorious with some more love and straight up caring in the world, on some corny shit, but basically thatís the only thing that really makes sense to me. And then lyrically Iím a beast. I am the culmination of Chinese astrology, Iím the year of the beast, Iím the whole calendar, Iím the whole zodiac sign. Read my expression, can you see a look on my face? [Iím not if he wants me to read his expression, but I canít see a look on his face.] If you could, you could read hieroglyphics. ĎCause when someone tells you what that says, Iíll say, ok, but until then this is just gonna be a whole bunch of people asking what that is. So everybodyís gotta go in themselves and get that beast out. This is 2005, this is the year of the 7ís. God coming, righteousness coming, wind coming, balance coming, light coming, the dark stayin, the dark canít go no where, itís staying.
MVRemix: How did you get involved with MTV Made?
C-Rayz Walz: Well I got connections with the most high. So, I visualize things happening and they happen. I visualize myself being on MTV or BET or something big this year.
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"After a while it made sense to me that you shouldnít eat things that are alive with eyes and nose, but after I further studied, plants are alive and they give you life. Theyíre a lot more alive more so than me. So youíre eating directly from life."