When Dr. Dre tests
out his beats, he jumps in the whip and takes his sounds for a ride. While great
music has always been associated with the move and the road, hip-hop is only
recently stepping up to leave the block.
One of the innovators in this world of motion is the Atlanta duo, the Youngbloodz.
J-Bo and Sean Paul hit us with a hand-full of hits about driving, most notably,
85. In addition to that, these two dudes really know how to flex
their fuel injection in the videos. Reaching number one on the charts a couple
weeks back, the Bloodz chop it up with AllHipHop to talk about records,
reviews, and rides.
AllHipHop: I didnt
feel the album, and my review was kind of harsh. I loved Against Da Grain, and
I do realize that Im just a damn Hip-Hop writer. But can you help me understand
the new album?
Sean Paul: Man,
were just laid back and crunk with it. Were real comfortable where
we at. We know we still got some songs thatll get you crunk and everything.
This album man, we done been through a whole bunch of shit, man. We remain partners
through the whole shit, drinkin partners just drinkin, having
a good time.
J-Bo: Well for
one, we just stepped it up: new situation. The albums just hot, man. I
dont have a favorite song. Its something you can ride to, dance
to, kick to. I think the album is just universal.
as far as tracks to ride to Lane 2 Lane seemed like a sequel
attempt to 85.
[its] My Automobile. We kinda figured that would be the new
85. Its produced by Mello out the group P.A. It just comes
natural, kockin em out.
time I saw the Youngbloodz, it the U-Way video. I loved that video,
it was fun, it was comical. It was great. Whats your input like on your
J-Bo: We just do
us, man. We just be original. We just keep it us. We different. We wanna be
able to stand-out.
does it feel to hit number one so early?
Sean Paul: It aint
really kicked into me yet. It dont really matter to me. I dont look
at the charts and all that shit. I just make music for folks to have a good
time and party.
do heads love this album so much?
Sean Paul: When
we were younger man, it was that younger crowd that was fuckin with us.
We got a lil older now. Now we got these younger kids getting crunk again,
nahmean? So when [we] came back and hit em with another joint, we got
a younger crowd [too.]
did switching to So So Def affect you?
Sean Paul: Actually,
it helped me. [So So Def] unlocked a whole lotta shit, man. You gotta open that
shit. You gotta be ready, man. I been blessed to [already] have an album that
folks will [always] remember. And its only the second album. But me and
J learned a whole lot more, you feel me?
not trying to stick it to the South, believe me. But I love the Youngbloodz
because you incorporate the roots of hip-hop into your sound. How do you pull
take you back to like Run-DMC days, man. And LL, and all them cats, man. Those
are my influences.
role does the Cadillac play in Southern hip-hop?
Sean Paul: Cadillacs
is the South, man. You see a brother drivin a Cadillac back in the day,
you knew somebody was doing good. So we keep it Cadillac pimpin for real,
against the Lincoln though?
Sean Paul: Nah
nah, I love the stinkin Lincoln too.
AllHipHop: I think
you guys and Outkast got the best taste in your rides in the videos. Whats
your roster lookin like now?
J-Bo: I got a 77
Sedan Deville. I got an SS. Im on my way to get the new Escalade. But
we be on the road so much, we dont get to drive em anyway. Just
walk past em walkin in, walkin out.
Sean Paul: Got
an 87 Fleetwood, cocaine white. Got a 59 Chevy, got a 65 Pontiac.
Old school, man!
will be performing at The Source Awards next month.