The Star Trak camp is all about sci-fi and Fam-Lay might as well be Back To the Future. We revisit Norfolk, Virginias Rock N Roll champ three years after his Traintogo debut floated into outerspace aboard the Def Jam ship and wasnt released. Naturally frustrated like his Clipse label-mates, Fam-Lay had to re-work his game plan. Fortunately, the setback was just an intermission that sharpened 30-year-old Nathaniel Johnsons skills. After cameos on The Clipses Lord Willin and Neptunes Present… Clones, the Huntersville aficionado is creating a buzz for fans that have been impatiently waiting on the release of Dat Missle (Star Trak/Interscope). From the perspective of an everyday dude, Fam is ready to play Virginias musical tour-guide. The lyrical hopscotch on his single, Da Beeper Record, complemented by a Hype Williams video, is only a forecast of what to expect on Dat Missle. AllHipHop.com talks to Fam-Lay about going boldly where no rapper has ever gone before.AllHipHop.com: Is it true that you heard about getting dropped from Def Jam from Allhiphop? What was your reaction?Fam-Lay: I had actually heard about the article from a friend right before I found out but I knew it was coming. I could tell by the way they werent pushing it. But I aint got no ill feelings for L.A. Reid. He could have been an asshole about it. He could have been a dickhead like, Yo were not going to let him release it and put the album on hold, so let him go. I was kinda salty because I knew [the process] would take more time.AllHipHop.com: Since Traintogo was never released did you transfer any of the songs to the new album, Dat Missle?Fam-Lay: I run into a lot of people on the streets like yo whatever happened to Ambulance? There were certain records like that that I just couldnt get rid of. And if I felt like that about them then I kept them for this album to really make it complete.AllHipHop.com: So who did you work with on the new album?Fam-Lay: Theres a lot of people on this album that Im a fan of myself. For production I got The Neptunes of course. DJ Toomp. We got Shorty Red. One of the features Im most excited about is the one with Jadakiss, Mr. Treat Your Nose. I got B.G. on a song and David Banner on a song called Ten Toes Down and Three Six Mafia.AllHipHop.com: How have you grown lyrically on this album? Fam-Lay: I think I got sharper you know what I mean? I think Ive always been sharp but now its more creative. Since the last album Ive seen more things and been through more. Usually I rap about things Im going through right then and there. Now Ive got three extra years of stuff to talk about. AllHipHop.com: The 757 area is like a mixture of NY transplants and southern artists. How do you identify your sound?Fam-Lay: I think Im blessed because in VA weve got the best of both worlds. I can go both ways. When people think of the South they think of the beat. And when they think of the North they think of the lyrics. I can get it on any beat I want; a South beat and still feel at home or I can get an up North beat, an East Coast beat and do my thing too. Ive learned how to adapt and use that to my advantage. AllHipHop.com: On your website you talk about how hard it is trying to get put on in VA. With so much talent coming from the area why is that?Fam-Lay: Theres not that many avenues we can take if you trying to do this. Its not like we can knock on a door or walk down the street into a building like Bad Boy. We dont got none of that. And it aint like a lot of people come down here. We just gotta run into them. Its like hitting the lottery. We dont really got that many opportunities or avenues to be heard or seen. So at the end of the day if you do it and you got that chance I got, then youre lucky. AllHipHop.com: How did you link up with Pharrell and the Star Trak camp?Fam-Lay: His brother and I used to stay in the same neighborhood. So it wasnt like someone introduced me to him. Pharrell used to come out there to see his family, me and him used to hang out. He was talking about music back then. Star Trak back then and space ships and all that shit. He was the only one who really talked about music. Like I said if you told people you want to rap theyd be like Are you crazy man? You can spend the money on the keyboard; Im going to get the Jordans. But now trying to rap makes a lot more sense. AllHipHop.com: You got on the Clipses first album and then your joint Rock N Roll made it to Clones. What kind of feedback did you get after that?Fam-Lay: When youre thinking of a record or trying to think of a concept for a song youre not really sure how people will take it you know? In some cases you dont even think about that. Like take for instance when I did the joint on the Clipse album a lot of people didnt know I rapped. I aint let nobody hear none of that and when it came out people was like oh shit. A lot of people liked it and came up to me and said they wanted to hear more. With the Rock N Roll joint I did for the Clones, I got a lot more positive feedback.AllHipHop.com: The Clipse have the VA hustler theme locked down with their music. Are you on the same wavelength or do you veer off in your own direction?Fam-Lay: Man. Im more of an everyday dude you know what Im saying? Im just that dude hanging out. I got records for hustlers, I do that. But that aint all its about. Im trying to give you all of the scenes of Virginia. The hustler part, the party part, the bad part, the murders and drive bys, all of that. But from the point of view of the average, everyday dude. I got a record called Ambulance talking about here comes the ambulanceabout putting somebody in the back of the ambulance. On the same album I got Da Beeper Record, which is all about getting money. Theres another record called Strung Out and thats about women. I want it to be like a brochure. As soon as you get to a city and get off the plane wheres the hotspot? Thats how I want my album to be. AllHipHop.com: You didnt want Da Beeper Record to be your single but you kind of got outvoted. Now that its doing well do you feel differently about your decision?Fam-Lay: I was flying to L.A. to record with Three Six Mafia and my album was done. That was the last record we recorded. And nobody heard the finished version but me. Pharrell hadnt heard it. So Pharrells assistant played it in the studio while I was gone and everybody went crazy. And you gotta go with what the bosses want. But I like the record I didnt think of it as the first single but I like the record. AllHipHop.com: You re-shot the video for your first single Da Beeper Record. How do you feel about the final product?Fam-Lay: Yeah, Hype Williams did it. It came out great. The first one we shot in Virginia and it didnt really come out right. It just didnt feel right. Its wild how things work out because [we] worked with Hype on the second joint in Miami. Three full days of shooting and the last day Hype was like lets get some shots in Virginia so we came back home and got the last ones. So I got Hype Williams to do the video and we got to film back home in Virginia. [Story continues below]AllHipHop.com: Your debut album is coming out in a tough time in terms of album sales. Is that pressure to go platinum a real concern of yours?Fam-Lay: Yeah the game has changed a little bit. But I dont think thats a big issue. Of course I want it to go platinum or whatever but I aint really stressed out about that. I just want to make sure get it out to the people that Ive been running into in the streets like whats up with the album? You know? Get it to the people that have been waiting through the setbacks.