In Nick Broomfields recent documentary, Biggie & Tupac, for possibly the first time, someone not associated with hip-hop culture acknowledges the surveillance of the F.B.I. on unsuspecting artists and other figures in the hip-hop community. Implying that the feds have aggressively monitored artists for years in the hope that they will lead them to bigger fish (i.e. Harry-O, Supreme, etc.), but will also cause rifts between one another to destabilize the artist community. Simply stated, the feds who are predominantly upper middle-class, white, and happen to have children who love them some 50 Cent, would love nothing more than to nab a huge drug kingpin as they simultaneously bring down the culture that has their kids matching their doo-rags with their new pair of S. Carters.
In Biggie & Tupac, Mr. Broomfield goes even further to suggest that the feds have elevated their game and are now not only simply trying to make the culture seem disjointed, but are actually creating the climate for murder. He suggests that the fellow inmates of one Tupac Shakur, who allegedly tipped him off that Biggie was somehow involved in his 94 shooting, were actually paid informants working for the F.B.I. A little rift that would contribute to two murdered legends, who both just happened to be under surveillance by the feds at the time of their deaths.
Unfortunately, this malicious and unwarranted attack on mere recording artists has grown into an all out assault on anyone in the hip-hop community. With multiple record companies now under the watchful eye of federal agents, the attention and scrutiny of hip-hop artists and executives has reached an all-time high. With eyes and ears (and snitches) from coast to coast, the feds seem inexplicably fixated on one city in particular: Houston, Texas.
In this Allhiphop.com exclusive, Short Stop Records CEO, Lil Troy, breaks his silence on the rumors that have now surfaced regarding a supposed indictment of him as a friend of the feds by Mr. Brad Jordan aka Scarface and lingering allegations surrounding his own run-in with the F.B.I. a few years back. Is this a good ole fashioned hip-hop battle, a legitimate beef, or the strategic handiwork of the nations top cops? You decide.
Allhiphop.com: Lets just get right to it, whats your response to Scarface Snitch N***a?
Lil Troy: It was a tight song. I dont see him talkin about me. Its just media bullsh*t, tabloids wanna try to make somethin out of it. When you got somethin to say about another man you gonna say somethin to that man, or say his name or somethin. Me and Face aint got no problem. I aint heard him say nothin bad about me, so I dont know where yall get that sh*t from.
Allhiphop: So theres no beef whatsoever between you and Face?
Lil Troy: No.
Allhiphop: Do yall speak on a regular basis; have you had any contact with him?
Lil Troy: Yeah, we see each other all the time in H-Town, he live in H-Town, I live in H-Town, so we see each other, speak, talk. Matter fact, did yall see the movie, Dirty Third 2? Me and Scarface got a scene in there together. We just did this movie about six months ago, me and him together in the movie.
Allhiphop: Well, basically whats goin on right now on the internet, theyre tryin to play it up that Face is sayin you snitched to get your deal when you had your fed case.
Lil Troy: I dont know nothin about that, thats speculation and that ole he say/she say bullsh*t. Like crabs in a bucket, when one black man get to the top, the other crabs wanna pull him down.
Allhiphop: Have you had a chance to talk to Face directly since this track came out?
Lil Troy: Yeah, I seen him since the track been out. It aint been no conversation like, oh man, I had to make that song, cause it aint no issue, the song aint about me. Face hard enough to come out at anybody he wants to in this industry and eat they a** alive. You mean to tell me if Face wanted to eat somebody alive on a track he woulda came like that?
Allhiphop: Nah, not really, not to me, but everything is being played up to hes got beef with you supposedly because you snitched.
Lil Troy: Did he say somethin about that in the record?
Lil Troy: Well then, what the hell are yall promoting?
Allhiphop: Im not trying to promote nothin. Im tryin to clear up the rumors that are being spread by all of these people out here that say youre a snitch.
Im tryin to give you the opportunity to clear things up.
Lil Troy: Have you ever seen any papers sayin I testified against somebody? Why dont yall print the real sh*t! Kill all these f*ckin rumors! Cut the bullsh*t, this allhiphop.com, why dont yall print whats really happening, whats really goin on?
Allhiphop: Thats what were tryin to do.
Lil Troy: Ok, Ima see what you put out there.
Allhiphop: Ima print every word you say.
Lil Troy: Alright.
Allhiphop: Thats what Im tryin to do. Its up to you whether you want to discuss why you ended up with the lesser charge of using a communications device to commit a felony, when you were facing a charge that carried a 10 to 15 year sentence.
Lil Troy: Because they couldnt pin that case on me, the prosecutor had to make a deal with me.
Allhiphop: So it wasnt you goin to them, it was them comin to you?
Lil Troy: They came to me, they had to make me a deal cause they were gonna lose the case.
Allhiphop: I think the speculation is coming in because you only did 18 months. I got family in the fed, and very rarely do you ever see somebody only do 18 months.
Lil Troy: Bullsh*t! See you aint never been in the penitentiary or the streets before. How you gonna say, very rarely do you see somebody only do 18 months? Everybody out there get 18 months, or 86 months, everybody get different times. It goes by a point system. What yall fail to realize, yall dont understand the point system. If you dont have any other cases, you dont have the higher point system. So, how much time do you think felony using a communications device carries?
Allhiphop: Thats a lesser charge, so you aint gonna get hardly nothin.
Lil Troy: Thank You!
Allhiphop: But see all the speculation out there is suggesting you only got the lesser charge because you was in pocket with the feds.
Lil Troy: Ok. Allhiphop.com is very influential in the community and know a bunch of people, right?
Lil Troy: Then why dont you got no letter at your desk with my name on it showing that I went to court and testified against somebody?
Allhiphop: Im not tryin to do that. Im tryin to give you the opportunity to rebut these rumors.
Lil Troy: The way the system works nowadays, if you did somethin, the internet is so strong, you can find out anything you wanna find out.
Allhiphop: Just to let you know, I did try to, but I didnt have enough time to pay for it, and get it back. I tried to get a copy of the case record.
Lil Troy: Do you want mine?
Allhiphop: If you wanna send it to me, thats fine.
Lil Troy: Ill send it to you, that way all of this bullsh*t is (cleared up). And Ill tell you somethin else, yall should never worry about another man. When he makes up his bed, he has to lay in it. You should never worry about what another man does period for one thing.
Allhiphop: I agree with you a hundred and fifty percent!
Lil Troy: If that man aint done nothin directly to harm you or your family, you should not have anything to worry about. And let me tell you somethin else, you every see an Army guy? Whats the definition of a real soldier?
A real soldier is gonna survive no matter what the consequences are. Hell come out of it on top.
Allhiphop: Just to clarify one last time, all Im tryin to do is give you the opportunity to counter this.
Lil Troy: I just have.
Allhiphop: Allhiphop.com is not trying to paint a certain picture of you, were trying to give you an opportunity to counter this. So, just to review, theres no beef with Face, you got no problem with him, and you dont think hes talkin about you on Snitch N***a?
Lil Troy: Nah.
Allhiphop: Alright, thats enough of that, lets move on to some other stuff. Whats up next for Short Stop Records?
Lil Troy: Well, Short Stop Records, we got T2 out, the new debonair father/son of hip-hop, straight out of H-Town. T2 got a song out now called The Pac Man Song. Its gettin 200 spins per week. So hes gettin mobbed crazy everywhere he goes. That album is out, and then I got my new album thatll be out this summer.
Allhiphop: Are you still workin with KOCH?
Lil Troy: No, Im back independent now. I run a distribution company. I run my own distribution company.
Allhiphop: Is that still Short Stop or is that under another name?
Lil Troy: The distribution company is called R N D. (www.rnddistribution.com )
Allhiphop: You got like a plant?
Lil Troy: A distribution company, I distribute a lot of labels records to the stores.
Allhiphop: So like a one-stop basically?
Lil Troy: Yeah.
Allhiphop: You just mentioned T2, whats the game plan for his album? You gonna try to take him national, have him aim for that B2K/Bow Wow crowd?
Lil Troy: Im killin em down here in H-Town now. They cant come this way and mess with T2.
Allhiphop: Hes grown now, aint he like 18?
Lil Troy: Yeah, almost.
Allhiphop: Since youre not messin with KOCH, do you plan to go back with a major? They helped you get a platinum plaque (for Sittin Fat Down South on Universal Records) back in 99.
Lil Troy: Ima get one regardless. I run my own distribution company, I can get it in the stores.
Allhiphop: So its not even worth it.
Lil Troy: Nope. The money gotta be sweet for me to do another deal. Right now I make more money than the majors, sellin less records. And I control and own my product. So talkin about signing T2 to a major, and we own the product, aint no need.
Allhiphop: Last, but definitely not least, H-Town. Lets talk about the Houston scene right now. To me it seems like everybodys goin crazy, goin at each others throats since (DJ) Screw passed (R.I.P.).
Lil Troy: Nah, everybody aint goin at each others throats, its just beef, just like in any other city, certain guys have problems with other people at certain times, just like every other city.