D4L - conducted by Hugo Lunny  

D4L: Laffy Taffy?

November 2005

D4L seemingly sprung out of nowhere. Nobody really knew about them (apart from in certain areas of Atlanta) and then their hit "Laffy Taffy" came along and bam, there goes stardom. The phone reception for this interview wasn't the best to begin with and Stoney seemed a little offended by the tone in which I asked him questions, but either way, the interview went fairly smoothly. D4L will be releasing their debut album "Down For Life" on November 8th through Asylum/Atlantic.

MVRemix: What's your first memory of Hip Hop? (Due to bad reception I repeat the question several times)

Stoney: Don't be so overcoming with it, puttin' the accent on it or whatever. Just be down to earth with it...

MVRemix: Sorry, it's just you don't seem to be able to hear me.

Stoney: Just be more down to earth with the question you're askin' me, 'cause some of the stuff you askin' me I don't understand how you writin' it.

MVRemix: Okay, when you think about Hip Hop and your memories of it, what's the first thing that comes to mind?

Stoney: Ah man, just... Sorry, say that again...

MVRemix: What's your first memory of Hip Hop?

Stoney: N.W.A.

MVRemix: And with which album?

Stoney: The first album, the Eazy-E one.

MVRemix: How did the name D4L or Down For Life originate?

Stoney: It just kind of started in our neighbourhood, we would run around and say we down for life. Everybody was feelin' it, everybody was movin' as a unit. So we just said D4L, we all together and we down for life.

MVRemix: How did the four of you meet and what spurred on the decision to become a group?

Stoney: The CEO of Hitt Afta Hitt's records Dee Money got everybody together and everybody got into check. We from four different projects in Atlanta.

MVRemix: Who served as influences for you?

Stoney: We was just influenced by the ghetto to get up out of there. There was our big influence - to take care of our sons and all that, so basically that was our influence and our kids. We just wanted a better life from what we had, so they influenced us to do somethin' positive with our life. In order for us to be we had to take all the bad and turn it into good.

MVRemix: What was it that gave you the epiphany that the street life had to stop and music would be your next move?

Stoney: We just felt like we could really do it. Ain't nothin' really trigger it, we just felt out there and really tried it. It worked and we seen how we can do it so we kept goin'. We came up with "Laffy Taffy" and all the rest and it got us where we at today.

MVRemix: How did your moniker come about?

Stoney: Well you know, everybody in the hood see me in them big ol' cars, big rims and nice belts so they always say I be stuntin', so they gave me the name Stunt Man and I ran with it so...

MVRemix: Are you surprised by the success of "Laffy Taffy"?

Stoney: Oh yeah, we really surprised. We was just in the studio messin' around and the song came out better than we expected it to. We didn't really like it at first, but the people were like, "That's it! Y'all need to do that." So it kinda got out and everything else is a wrap.

MVRemix: How did the Asylum deal come about?

Stoney: The spins on the radio, they wanted to know who we were independently, 'cause we our own record label D4L records. Everybody wanted to know how we got so many spins and we ain't signed to no one, 'cause we got a hot record. They came up with a bargain and we couldn't refuse it.

MVRemix: There's a lot of criticism for the song, despite it's success in the south. What are your thoughts on people's extremely negative reactions to the song?

Stoney: We really don't really care nothin' about the negativity because we take the negativity and turn it into a positive for us. We take the negative and make it a positive

MVRemix: Tell me about your album.

Stoney: The album's blazin', we got like fifteen tracks and six singles on the album.

MVRemix: What about guests/producers on this album?

Stoney: On this first album we ain't really get too many guests/collaborations 'cause we really wanted to come out and show the people who we were besides puttin' a big name on there to help our album sell. We really wanted to sell our own album and help so the people know what they actually gettin' and buyin'. We really didn't do nothin' heavy on the featurin' artists.

MVRemix: What are your favourite drinks?

Stoney: "Laffy Taffy." They got a alcohol drink in Atlanta, but there's not much alcohol in it. Laffy Taffy and Cherry Coke.

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

Stoney: Myself.

MVRemix: Why?

Stoney: Because I feel like I can beat myself and nobody else can.

MVRemix: What do you think is the biggest misconception of you?

Stoney: Like we a pop-Hip Hop group. Everybody just thinks we all fun and dancin'. It's not really that, it's just that we came heavy with a song and a dance to the song. That's about it.

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

Stoney: We have a whole lot of stuff, we got Busta Rhymes on the "Laffy Taffy" remix, and we got a couple more artists I can't really say because it hasn't really been done yet.

MVRemix: Any last words?

Stoney: Sure man, D4L loves all the fans. Please go pick that album up November 8th, get those ring tones and just stay focused man. Keep dancing and we love y'all.

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"It just kind of started in our neighbourhood, we would run around and say we down for life. Everybody was feelin' it, everybody was movin' as a unit.."