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Prinz The Pistoleer Interview

December 2008

MVRemix: For those that are now hearing about you for the first time, tell us about yourself.

Prinz the Pistoleer: I'm from Queens New York. My music is aggressive. I'm down with the Black Hand family.

MVRemix: How did the name Prinz The Pistoleer come to be?

Prinz the Pistoleer: My name has always been Prinz.

MVRemix: How did you hook up with Black Hand Entertainment?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Chaz is my uncle. He started doing the music thing while I was incarcerated and when I came home I stayed focused on the music because I knew hip hop could change my life and I wouldn't end up back in the pen.

MVRemix: The company/gang has quite the reputation. Any thoughts/comments on their reputation?

Prinz the Pistoleer: No comment.

MVRemix: As a songwriter, who has influenced you?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Nas, Tupac, Rakim, Biggie, Jay-Z.

MVRemix: Do you remember the first song you wrote?

Prinz the Pistoleer: I never wrote a song. My music comes from within.

MVRemix: How does living in Queens shape your attitude towards music, art and culture in general?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Living in Queens was great because I was able to explore both cultures; the street and the music. On the music aspect I got the chance to embrace LL Cool J, Nas and on the street aspect I got the chance to embrace Chaz, Prince - from Baisley, Gerald Miller and both has influenced my art form which we call Hip Hop.

MVRemix: What are your thoughts on other Queens artists, are there any in particular that you look up to?

Prinz the Pistoleer: The people I look up to are no longer here. Malcolm X, Che Guevara , George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, The Weathermen, Matula Shakur, Asata Shakur, and a host of others I won't name for political reasons.

MVRemix: What are your feelings on Obama winning the presidency?

Prinz the Pistoleer: It was long overdue. Don't get it twisted. Racism still lives and breeds in this country. Obama is a major stepping stone. I know Martin is happy that we are living his dream.

MVRemix: Tell me about the mixtape, "Poverty Breeds Crime." How did the title come about?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Gallic Wars came up with the title. The title speaks for it self.

MVRemix: What do you wish to achieve with the mixtape?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Reaching as many people as possible... I want people to enjoy the music and receive the message. If you want to get the message download the mix tape.

MVRemix: What separates you from other rappers? Why should I opt to listen to your music above others?

Prinz the Pistoleer: I can't tell you to listen to my music above others, but when u listen to my music its guaranteed that you will feel it. If you ever dealt with pain or oppression, drugs, violence, poverty, relationships, lost loved ones, politics and even what's going on in suburbia.

MVRemix: In a sentence or less, what do you do to relax?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Read.

MVRemix: Have fun with this one, a la "Fight Club" - "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight"

Prinz the Pistoleer: I don't want to fight any celebrities

MVRemix: Do you have any non musical aspirations?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Yes, I would like to make movies and write books.

MVRemix: What next do we have to look forward to from you?

Prinz the Pistoleer: A whole slue of mixtapes, album coming out soon, Angel With A Dirty Face, DVD appearances, just grinding.

MVRemix: Any last words?

Prinz the Pistoleer: Zaire I love you.

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