In this installment of out interview with Turk, we discuss New Orleans and the relationships between amny of its rappers, and how outsiders often use the NO swag for their own purposes. We dig deeper and get into what it’s like to be on drugs and what kinds of decisions you make when you are under the influence. What does Turk have on deck? Does he hold anything against Cash money for the bad deals he signed? What would he say to someone in a similar situation? All those answers are in part 2 plus a freestyle from Turk on the audio. Enjoy
Planet Ill: Rick Ross just dropped a video in New Orleans. There are a lot of people that try to pimp New Orleans both for the Mardi Gras side and the hood side. How do you feel about people that are not from New Orleans taking advantage of the images and the kind of hood aesthetic that goes on there?
Turk: It’s all love. It’s hoods all over. It’s a Martin Luther King in every city, every state you go to. You cross Martin Luther King, you know that’s the hood so I aint just trippin about it. I got much respect for Rick Ross, I fuck with the whole Maybach Music. I just got off the phone with Stalley the other day. They talented over there; they do what they do. They keeping it thuggin.
Planet Ill: A lot of artists in New Orleans are connected that people don’t necessarily know. Aside from the Hot Boys, which other artists did you come up with?
Turk: Fucking with C-Murder, Curren$y, Magnolia Slim before he was Soulja Slim; all the bounce music in New Orleans, Choppa, Magnolia Shawty before she got killed.Just that whole New Orleans movement. DJ Jubilee back in the days, UNLV. All that PMW, you know Cash Money was our soundtrack back in the day and I wound up signing with Cash Money and as they broke up we came with the fresh meat with the Hot Boys.
Planet Ill: Let’s move forward. What do you have going now?
Turk: I got a mixtape, Blame It On The System, me and Drummaboy. Probably going to have like 12 to 16 songs. Going to release it by December, it’ll be an early Christmas present. I’m about to go to the studio tonight and get it in. So far I did like 4 song’s in two hours today. I’m just going in getting it in there like swimwear.
Planet Ill: Do you think you have it in you to create something that will change the game?
Turk: I’ll tell you like this man. When they hear this shit they gone be like that’s what we been missing. That’s what we been needing for a long time. The game done changed; everybody is doing their own thing. But it’s missing that real life, somebody that done been through shit and overcame it ad they got bragging rights and they can talk about it. And get everybody to listen to it.
It’s sort of like Tupac when he came out with the All Eyez On Me, that double CD. That’s what I’m about to drop on my commercial CD. It’s gone be a double CD called The Audiothugography of Turk. And I got the Autothugography of Turk, my book and Restless, the screenplay which is the biopic of my life; everything just a true story.
Planet Ill: You got a label. You got artists under you. Are you going to use your album as a platform for them or are you going to use a mixtape to bring them out?
Turk: Baby and Slim, they taught me a lot; I learned a lot from them. So how I was showed and how I was told, you put your artists on as much music as possible and you give it to the world and you let the world see if they like them or not. If they like them, then you put their album out. So we’re going to promote everything we do before we do anything. We ain’t gone spend no unnecessary money. Right now my first artist is Imani the Made Woman.
Planet Ill: If you were to see a child in the same situation as you, going through some of the same things, what would you say to him in order to get him hip?
Turk: I got little nieces and nephews and my brother-in-law, I talk to him all the time and I tell him don’t do the things that you saw me do; don’t do the things that you heard me do. Do you. Make sure you make the right choices. I can’t tell you what to do and how to do it, but just know that there are consequences to every action you do and there’s good and there’s bad.
You let them know straight up, I ain’t gone cut no corners with them, if you do this, this is going to happen. If you do this like that, that’s going to happen. The youngsters today you have to give them that raw straight, not cutting no corners man this is what’s gone happen. You go out here talking to that little girl, you go out here and have sex, you gonna wind up getting pregnant, you’re gonna fuck around and get AIDS.
They got this show on TV called “Scared Straight.” Some people might look at it like, “Damn they cursing at them lil kids like that.” But that’s what them little kids need. They need that tough love. And after you finish giving them that tough love, you bring it back down and let them know you here for them. You just gotta show ‘em that love, whether it be tough whether it be soft, but give ‘em that tough love if they acting hard.
Planet Ill: Speak to us on the kinds of decisions people make when they are on drugs.
Turk: The decision you make Is not your decision because you are controlled by something that’s ten times stronger than you. You’re not yourself; that drug is controlling you. First of all, use any drug, whether it be weed, Molly, even alcohol, you’re a weak person. And I say that with aggression because I was a weak person because I did things to make me feel this way or feel that way.
But now, today, I’m not on anything and I feel better than I did when I was doing it. If a person is messing with any kind of drug because they’re stressed out, they a weak person man, point blank period. And I think it’s dumb; I think it’s stupid. Whatever kind of drug it be; whether it’s mind altering, you’re a weak person.
Planet Ill: Send us out strong
Turk: I want everybody to know all my friends never shady I really appreciate all the love and support while I’ve been gone. Ya’ll already know. Got get that Audiothugography double CD coming first quarter of 2013 and I got the book the Autothugography of Turk. Follow me on Twitter at MrYNP, follow me on Instagram on Turk_emani We gone turn up. We gone keep it thuggin’. Let’s get it.
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