Last year New Jersey-based rapper Vita anticipated
that her long-awaited album, La Vita Dolce ("The Good Life"),
would drop under the Murder Inc. banner. Her hopes would never come to fruition.
Instead the original female on Murder Inc. would walk away after being signed
to the label for over two years.
Now, the former Murder Inc. artist says she is
currently recording her next project, which she expects will see the light of
day. The rapper stresses she is working with an assortment of producers including
Damizza, Lil’ Rizzy,
Dame Grease , Lil’ Rizzy (aka Lil’ Rob), Grease and others.
Jumping straight to “big records,”
Vita boasts she recently recorded a song with R&B-turned-punk rocker Pink
called “Finally Goodbye.”
“I’ve been stagnated for a long time
now and I’ve been fighting a war that’s not mine,” Vita says
to AllHipHop.com. “I just want everybody to know that I’m still here
and I’m not going nowhere.”
Irv Gotti admitted on record that he never wanted
to lose the first lady of Murder Inc, but says his upstart grew impatient as
the labels roster blossomed. Previously, Gotti said Vita “spazzed out”
with the addition of Charli Baltimore and wanted more creative control, something
he was unwilling to relinquish.
Still contractually bound to Murder Inc., Vita
speaks on her situation and the direction she wants her still-promising career
AllHipHop.com: What do you mean when you say
a "war that’s not yours?"
Vita: I said I’ve been fighting a war that’s
not my war. I’m in the middle of a situation that really doesn’t have
anything to do with me, but I’m being affected by it.
AllHipHop.com: You can’t speak more specific?
AllHipHop.com: Is that what led you to leave?
Did you leave? Some people said you were dropped.
Vita: No I wasn’t dropped, all the world
needs to know is that I’ve been stagnated.
Vita was not dropped from the label, I just been stagnated to the point where
I just basically threw myself back in the studio. I’m just basically in
the middle of a situation that really has nothing to do with me.
AllHipHop.com: But you can’t say what that is?
Vita: No, not yet
AllHipHop.com: I heard you on a Kay Slay tape today.
Vita: We did that record like 2 years ago and
they just releasing it.
AllHipHop.com: Who did you do that with?
Vita: Me, Lil’ Mo, Ja and Envy. I have
some hot records like the joint that Pink just did with me called “Finally
Goodbye.” It’s crazy, it’s hot.
AllHipHop.com: How did you hook up with Damizza?
He’s from the West Coast right?
Vita: I’ve had a relationship with him
for a while now. We actually did about 4 songs together. He’s a real person
that’s been showing me love outside of the B.S. that’s been going
on. I got Lil’ Rizzy a.k.a. Lil’ Rob. He did “Hot Spot”
for Foxy. He used to be signed to Irv’s production company Top Dog. Grease;
Vacant Lot, Jay 5; Vacant Lot, Steve Rizzum; he produced Pink’s first album.
I just have a lot of different people showing me love and I’m just in the
studio working and doing joints, building up.
AllHipHop.com: Have you secured a deal yet?
Vita: There are several deals on the table but
I can’t make any moves because of things that’s going on right now.
AllHipHop.com: Are you still kind of hemmed up in a contract
Vita: I wont say that, it’s just a lot
of things going on where people can’t get certain information that they
AllHipHop.com: Is Hype your manager?
AllHipHop.com: But he’s the one that introduced
you to Murder Inc.?
Vita: Yeah, I’m signed to Hype’s production
AllHipHop.com: Was it an issue between him and
Irv? Irv made it sound like it was Hype was the one that got upset with your
project being pushed back. Would you say that was accurate?
Vita: Their both businessmen and I can say that
of course it’s accurate. He’s going to feel the way he feels, that’s
why I told you I’ve been stagnated for awhile and I’m fighting a war
that’s not my war.
AllHipHop.com: So you feel like your stuck between those
Vita: I just feel like I’m fighting a war
that’s not my war.
AllHipHop.com: Was it your decision to actually leave or
were you guided that way?
Vita: Put it like this, I’m grown and I
can speak for myself. That’s all I need to say. If there was anything said
in reference to Vita wanting to leave it never came out my mouth. I’m grown
and now I have to go full speed ahead
on making a decision that’s best for me.
AllHipHop.com: Was it scary to do that ‘cause
Murder Inc. is one of the top labels in Hip Hop and R&B, tied to really
big company like Def Jam. A lot people would be kind of scared to make that
Vita: It’s still all love, but this is
a business. It’s nothing personal.
AllHipHop.com: I know Charlie Baltimore made
it clear that y’all didn’t have any beef. In fact they were really
hesitant about saying that you actually left, at least Ja and Charlie were.
Are you still on good speaking terms with them?
Vita: I’m still on good terms with everybody
and it’s all love.
AllHipHop.com: I don’t think they want you
to leave ‘cause they used to keep talking like you were still with them.
They were still saying you were on Murder Inc. Do you think that’s the
case; that they still want you there?
Vita: That’s what I’m hearing. In
any situation actions speak louder than words.
AllHipHop.com: Did you have an album finished?
Vita: Yeah, just about. The Pink and Lil’
Rob records have been done way after the situation. I put myself back in the
studio so I can continue to work and be an artist. I’m fighting a war that’s
not my war. I will definitely keep you up to date with what’s going on.
Like I said, I’m fighting a war that’s not my war. I don’t have
no animosity toward the Inc. I’m just trying to stay working and keep busy.