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O.C. - conducted by Todd E. Jones  


Starchild In The World Of Smoke And Mirrors

March 2006

MVRemix: Where were you during September 11th 2001? How did you handle it?

O.C.: I was in New York actually. I actually woke up. I sleep with my TV on. I stay with my TV on day and night. I woke up looking at a plane hitting a building. It wasn’t for real. I thought I was bugging, like ‘I’m tired. What movie is this?’ Then, I saw the 2nd plane make a turn into the 2nd building. I was like, ‘Oh shit!’

MVRemix: I thought I would have to unlock the safe and get the guns out.

O.C.: For real! (Laughs). It bugged me out! I wondered if we were about to get bombed. It startled me to see that. I knew that what I was seeing was real but I was like, ‘I hope that was a dream’.

MVRemix: Each O.C. record was released on a different label. Which record label treated you the best? The worst?

O.C.: Unfortunately, yeah. All the labels treated me bad. My records always promoted themselves. So, I really didn’t need a label. If I knew then what I know now, I would have never signed to a major label. I will never sign to a major label. This thing with Hiero is more of a partnership. It was more lucrative doing a deal with them than me doing a deal with Wild Pitch, Payday, Universal, JCor, or anything. Dom and I did a venture together. He was like, ‘Yo, you need money?’ I was like, ‘I don’t need money for nothing. I got all of this.’ I did the album out of my pocket. It wasn’t like Dom and them were impressed. They were like, ‘I expected that from you because you have been in the game so long. You sure you don’t need help?’ I was like, ‘Nah, duke. I’m good.’ When the momentum on my record slows down, I get every cent off of this record. They didn’t have to give me any money.

MVRemix: Do you think that success and credibility are mutually exclusive?

O.C.: I think too much success probably throws your focus off at a certain point in time. I never really heard of someone having too little of success. I think everyone wants to be successful in anything they do. You have to really be focused. For example, I had a chance to sign with Puff, years ago. In his exact words, he told me, ‘We will fuck with you but I want to remix ?? Word… Life?.’ I told him, ‘No’. If I knew who he was going to be when we were that young, I probably shouldn’t of said, ‘No’. It wasn’t it for me to be on Bad Boy. That’s why it didn’t happen. You know, Jay-Z was my man! I never stepped to Roc-A-Fella. Up to this point, I haven’t seen Jay in a couple of years but, anytime he saw me, I was always chilling. He was like, ‘What’s going on? What you want to do?’ I wanted to come up how he came up. He did this on his own. I don’t want a hand out. I had a chances to deal with dogs. That’s my man. He did my record for free when ‘Hard Knock Life’ was at $3 Million.

MVRemix: What was the biggest mistake you have made in your career?

O.C.: Probably not taking control of my career early on. Business-wise, early on. I probably shouldn’t have trusted people to handle what I was supposed to handle. You know what I’m saying? Business sense.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say the name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, ‘Flava Flav’, you may say ‘Clock’ or ‘The Surreal Life. Okay?

O.C.: My last show was with Public Enemy.

MVRemix: Public Enemy.

O.C.: Revolution.

MVRemix: Little Brother.

O.C.: Revolution.

MVRemix: Pep Love.

O.C.: Really revolution!.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

O.C.: Baseball.

MVRemix: Freddie Foxxx.

O.C.: Bumpy Knucks.

MVRemix: DJ Premier.

O.C.: Classic hip-hop.

MVRemix: Pharoahe Monch.

O.C.: The Bruce Lee of rap.

MVRemix: Prince Po.

O.C.: Prince Po.

MVRemix: Jay-Z.

O.C.: Wow! The Jim Kelly of rap.

MVRemix: Big L.

O.C.: Phenomenal.

MVRemix: Soul Supreme.

O.C.: Credible.

MVRemix: Eminem.

O.C.: Phenomenal.

MVRemix: George Bush.

O.C.: Dickhead.

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"You have to really be focused. For example, I had a chance to sign with Puff, years ago. In his exact words, he told me, ‘We will fuck with you but I want to remix Word… Life.’ I told him, ‘No’. If I knew who he was going to be when we were that young, I probably shouldn’t of said, ‘No’."