Jae Millz: Steppin’ Up

When P.Diddy calls you in to battle the best rapper in a house

of young lyricists, you take the opportunity seriously. The success of battling

Ness, On MTV’s Making The Band 2, led to Jae Millz landing

a deal with Warner Brothers where he released the certified street banger “No,

No, No” produced by Scram Jones.

Business problems with the label caused Millz to jump ship to Universal where

he is now set to release his still debut LP Back To Tha Future this

spring. With appearances by heavyweights like Fat Joe, Slim Thug, and T.I. in

line, this isn’t your lackluster debut.

In this AllHipHop.com interview, Millz cites his Hip-Hop roots, looks at the

Ness battle, and even reveals how one if his peers is using the battle system

to get ahead, and jerking Millz in the process. We been riding with Millz since

’03, and it’s time to re-up.

AllHipHop.com: Who is best battle emcee in the game right now?

Jae: Me. Somebody was telling me the other day because I was the

first artist of 2005 to appear on the MTV News You Hear It First segment. And

the description it gave, it said my style was Jay-Z rocking with Jadakiss, something

crazy like that. And when they started doing the article it said Rakim, Big

L, Nas, Fat Joe, Mase, they showed people that I said were my inspiration. I’m

lyrical; I can kill anybody, lyrically. I am not saying people is wack, or I

am the best, but if it come down to it, I am gonna do what I got to do.

AllHipHop.com: Can you explain to the readers what happened

in the battle between you and Ness on making the band?

Jae: Me and Ness battled for about an hour. On MTV they showed about two minutes,

I wasn’t mad. [Puffy] said it was a draw on TV, he said it was draw that

night when we was really there. It was just crazy that they only showed three

rounds, we went five rounds, and he wanted to cut the cameras off, cause I was

getting so disrespectful and so crazy. It got very ugly in there. Anybody who

seen the uncut footage on DVD’s floating around [knows].

AllHipHop.com: Has your ability to freestyle helped you with

your song writing skills?

Jae: Of course, because when I first started off when I used to

battle a lot, all my songs sounded like I was battling. My moms always used

to tell me that all the stuff I talked about on my songs would sound angry.

Everywhere I went I just wanted to have ten rhymes in my head that I could just

say that nobody heard and I could just zone out. That’s how I was really

running around, I would just leave my house if I know I was going to a Ruff

Ryder or a Bad Boy session or a party or a video shoot you never know what can

happen. So as long as I got ten new rhymes in my head, the average person ain’t

got ten new rhymes that none of his people heard, that nobody heard that have

people like [S**t!]. Nobody really thinks like that, but that’s how I

used to think.

AllHipHop.com: Do you use your actual battle lyrics in your

songs?

Jae: Yes, but it wasn’t really appealing to people. That’s

not what people really wanted to hear. Now that I am a little older, I realize

when you trying to promote somebody, when you trying to work a single, work

an album, or an artist, you have to have those records. Nobody just wants to

hear you saying punch lines, so I had to figure out how to make a song, but

I still had all those battle rhymes, ’cause that’s what I was still doing.

AllHipHop.com: How do you think the transition from a rapper

with a buzz on the streets to a rapper trying to achieve commercial success

will be for you?

Jae: It’s not really a transition for me. This is what I do. I am an MC. I don’t have to switch my style up or sound like nobody,

I am real versatile. I could switch my style up like crazy. I grew up listening

to Kane, Rakim, Jay, Nas, Big, Pac and all them, and I was still listening to

Snoop, and Eazy and all them old NWA joints, then you got Big L, Cam and Mcgruff

and Mase. I was influenced by all this but I am straight New York n***a. I know

how to get on a down South bounce, I know how to rhyme slow over a screwed beat

how they do down in Texas, I know how to get on a Cali joint and get my bounce

on, I know how to slow it up on a crunk beat I know how to do all that. But

I am a New York n***a. Fat Joe’s Jealous Ones Envy and AZ’s Do or

Die. When I first got my first stereo, my moms got me those two albums for Christmas,

my moms pick those out for me, since then every payday I would ask my mom for

two CD’s and she just started hitting me with every CD I got. I’m

Hip-Hop. Can’t nobody tell me nothing.

AllHipHop.com: Is there room for you coming from Harlem, when Dip Set and Mase

are already holding Harlem down?

Jae: Oh yeah, I rocks with all of them – Cam, Jim, Juelz, Hell Rell, JR, those

my people. I know all of them. I got a good relationship with Mase. I know Loon,

I know Poster Boy, Mcgruff. I am not trying to step on nobody’s toes

or trying to compete to be the king of Harlem, nobody is gonna be the king of

Harlem because to me Big L got that.

AllHipHop.com: You were battling at the Mixshow Power Summit

in Puerto Rico.

Jae: Yeah, I was out there in the Fight Club battle, with me,

Jin, Shellz, and Wreckonize. I took an L, first round. I came in third place.

I lost to Shellz and everybody he came to Puerto Rico with. I’m keep it

real, you ain’t got to edit none of this out, that boy had all his people

directly behind me on the stage. He said some aight s**t, but I came back at

him. I think the things I was saying in my rhymes he took that personal, ‘cause

I know him. I battled him before and what was so crazy was, I think he took

that personal, his people thought I was really trying to stunt on him. So when

I started rhyming his people just starting airing me out with the boo’s,

and I ain’t really know who it was because I wasn’t looking in his

direction. I’m looking at him, they behind me, so I ain’t really

peep what was going on.

So the next round he said this old rhyme that he said to me in 1998 when I battled him, So I am saying the rhyme on stage. Like, I

know he ain’t gonna play himself and say this rhyme in 2004, like I ain’t

got this on tape in my house, like we ain’t do a freestyle together and

he ain’t say his rhymes, like he ain’t say this rhyme on Stretch

Armstrong years ago, this little battle rhyme that he said every battle growing

up, so I was just there listening and I’m saying the whole battle rhyme

out with him, and I think the judges thought I was trying to be cocky and say

his rhyme with him, but I really knew the rhyme.

After that, the next time I started rhyming they started booing me again, like really crazy. It was so much politics involved with it, it wasn’t nothing after that, I still

gave him a pound, gave all the judges a pound, walked off the stage, looked

at the rest of the battle. But me and him, I don’t rock with him anymore.

AllHipHop.com: What subjects are you gonna touch on your debut album?

Jae: I’m gonna take ya’ll to the hood, take ya up to Harlem; let you

know where I’m coming from on a Hip-Hop level. I’m gonna let ya’ll

party for a minute, give you some punch lines. Stop a couple beats with it.

Take ya’ll to the South real quick and get real dirty, take ya’ll

through my emotions and through my life. That’s how I’m gonna walk

ya’ll out. I got this song on my album called ‘Feel At The Moment’.

Things I went through with my pops. The intro and my outro on my album is better

that most peoples whole albums, Hip-Hop-wise. AllHipHop.com: What’s your 2005 New Year’s resolution?

Jae: Stop being so lazy, I ain’t gonna lie. I can’t

be this year cause there’s a lot of money involved, there’s a lot of serious

people involved. Sylvia Rhone is about her business, everybody over at Universal,

there’s so much going on, I can’t be lazy, I gotta be on point right

now.

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