ot all lessons are learned on the first try. Around the time Trick Daddy was telling haters to Shut Up, Panama City, Floridas Blood Raw was supposed to follow-up the sunshine-state charge. While label drama was one thing, it was ultimately Federal agents that halted Blood Raws charge to the game. A drug-trafficking conviction landed the rapper in state prison, with a dim future.
Since being released in 2004, Blood Raw has been committed to meeting his dreams with the mic in lieu of the measured grams. Despite that new outlook, the rapper is aligned with Young Jeezys Corporate Thugz Entertainment by way of U.S.D.A. (United States Dopeboys of America) with Slick Pulla. The trade secrets of Blood Raws speckled past push his rhymes forward. With hopes of releasing The True Testimony in the next year, Blood Raw intends to carry the Trap Star baton in the rhyme relay-race of the South. Get to know Blood Raw, and read a story that could just as soon air on Court TV as MTV or BET.
AllHipHop.com: Whats going on, man? What are you up to today?
Blood Raw: Im just running a couple or errands and kicking it with my son while Im in town. Other than that, man, Im handling business. Ill probably work from around seven oclock until whenever. Really man, my day consists of just getting up, hitting the gym, and doing what I have to do during the day and work at night.
AllHipHop.com: How old is your son?
Blood Raw: Well, hes six but he acts like hes 23-years-old, for real.
AllHipHop.com: When did you first move into the rap game?
Blood Raw: Ive always been a fan of rap music. I like the way it really moves people, inspires people, and gets people through their day. As it went on, the different types of music started losing me. It went away from [being about] people [to being about] people just trying to make some money. Back in the day, people like Tupac and Biggie influenced a lot of people. They made people want something out of life. It made people believe that even though we come from the struggle we do have hope.
I was initially just dabbling. I kind of wanted to do it, but I really didnt have my head into that. What really woke me up was that back in 2002, I caught a trafficking charge. I was like, Look man, I gotta do something else. You know? These folks aint playing. In January of 2005, the Feds picked me up on a conspiracy charge. I really feel like God took me on this paid and he showed me that he would deliver me from anything. And on April 6, 2006 I was acquitted on all charges.
AllHipHop.com: When was it that you got up with Jeezy?
Blood Raw: I signed in like December, 2004. So I was already running with him for a whole year before we were getting ready to go over to Europe. These folks met me at the passport office. I dont know what type of feeling that would be to anybody else, but to me, that was my worst nightmare. I mean, for me, to be a [fearful] man, its unbelievable. When I tell people this story, they dont believe me because you and I know that when the Feds grab you, nine times out of ten, you aint gonna see no daylight anymore – especially dealing with that type of charge where it only takes two people to convict you.
AllHipHop.com: What do you feel the best way to fight Fed time is?
Blood Raw: I mean the best way to do it is to put your trust in God and keep your mouth closed. The younger generation doesnt really know the definition of a gangsta or a real n***a. To them, its just a title that the younger generation is carrying. Its really funny, Im going to say about 90% of the artists in the industry are pretending to live a lifestyle that they never really experienced. Theyre not worried about the consequences or theyre not thinking about the consequences. Nowadays in the Federal System, they feel like its cool to snitch on a n***a, and its cool to get ten years. Thats not the way I was raised and its not in my blood. I would rather take life than to put my family through it knowing that I done told on somebody or even dealing with that. Its not in my blood, homie. I dont get these n***as.
AllHipHop.com: From hearing this though, it might seem that youre new to the game. But werent you supposed to be on Genoveses unreleased album in the late 90s?
Blood Raw: Genovese is my man; thats my heart. He helped me man when a lot of people doubted me and didnt believe. There was a lot that went on in terms of the politics. The industry is so full of s**t and they would waste a wholeheartedly good n***a, or a good artist or a good dude to deal with these bulls**t, watered-down cats. They can accept them easier than they can accept the truth. Its because they cant handle guys like us who are going to keep it real and give the truth to you. He was just too real and Universal [Records] couldnt accept that. I mean, I do believe that somewhere down the line, my dude Vese is going to come back and its going to be shocking because the same people who didnt do their job are going to be on his d*ck.
AllHipHop.com: Youre running with Jeezys USDA camp, will there be a group album coming out from that clique?
Blood Raw: Actually right now, were working on a domino effect. Jeezy fittin to drop in October, then me, and then Slick Pulla will drop.
AllHipHop.com: Southern Hip-Hop has come a long way in the last ten years. Did the greater Hip-Hop audience miss out on some great rappers?
Blood Raw: I mean, one thing about Southern artists is that their mentality is Were not going to get recognized. So when you come in with that mentality, you get your business sense. Youre not looking for no deal, youre looking to get money. Down here, they package their s**t up, or they sell it out of they trunk or they get a small distribution deal. As far as an up North artist or a West Coast artist, theyre right near the labels and they try and get deals first, because of the connections. Down here, without connections, we try to get it on the hustle.
AllHipHop.com: Were you rapping while you were in prison?
Blood Raw: Yeah I rapped in prison. Thats actually where I got the name Blood Raw from. Blood Raw is slang in Florida for whatever you see that is real tight or real dope. Like a n***a down here will say some s**t like, Damn. that s**ts Blood Raw. So when I was in prison, prison is really like the streets, so I was doing my thing rapping the older cats started calling me Blood Raw. So, I kinda liked it. Blood is the purest form and Raw is uncut.
AllHipHop.com: Did you record anything?
Blood Raw: Nah, in the Southern prisons, man, you dont really get that, except for in the Federal system. I did time in the state at first, and they dont really have that.
AllHipHop.com: What is your new album like?
Blood Raw: My new album is going to be called The True Testimony and its going to be like the new ghetto gospel. Im going to take people back to the old s**t, the Tupac and the B.I.G. and give people the struggle. Im going to give people the real definition of pain and struggle.
AllHipHop.com: Were sure the album is for the streets, who do you have coming with you?
Blood Raw: You know Ive got the camp with me. Ive got Jeezy, Ive Slick Pulla, Im trying to work with Beanie Sigel, and Im trying to get at Lyfe Jennings. Im f**king with Cee-Lo. I got a few cats. Im going hard and trying to bring the real soul back into the game from my heart. This s**t is s**t to help people get through their day and not want to party all the time and go to the club.
AllHipHop.com: If you could do an All-Star track with only Southern artists who would you pick?
Blood Raw: Oh man, as a matter of fact, I got a song where Im going to collaborate with Trick Daddy and Rick Ross, with Jeezy on the hook. Its a real crazy Chevy song and its going to be real summer anthem.