They go everywhere, watch everything, and listen in to some of the most intimate conversations that take place in the industry. Trailing the artists and managers everywhere they go, they have some of the best access to the real insides of Hip-Hop. This is the life of a two-way pager, you might be reading this on one now.
Whether its the familiar scroll wheel of the Blackberry or the sliding screen of the Sidekick, two-ways grace the hands of industry heavyweights and hopefuls alike. From conference calls negotiating major label deals to casual conversations with local groupies, two ways facilitate the artists every communication need and then some.
About to drop his sophomore album, Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live, Atlantas Prince of Crunk decides to flip the script and get away from discussing the music and discussing what keeps his everyday operations afloat, his Sidekick.
AllHipHop.com: What kind of two-way do you have right now?
Lil Scrappy: I got the Sidekick III. I got that because the Blackberry is too hard to figure out, know what Im saying? I dont like going through all that other s**t. I just like to slide that s**t back and keep it moving. Somebody was stealing Blackberries or something, and going through and hacking it and getting s**t and I was like, Oh my God, Im definitely not f**king with the Blackberry no more. So Im f**king with the Sidekick now, and its way more popular now anyways.
AllHipHop.com: When you get the Sidekick, you have to choose your Tmail address right then
Lil Scrappy: Yeah. [laughs] I love the address. You know the other thing about the Blackberry? Its got a long address. Its the company you with, your phone, and your name. With the sidekick, its just your name and your carrier youre with.
AllHipHop.com: For some people it takes a long time to pick their Tmail address. Was it a long process for you?
Lil Scrappy: Naw, it was quick. It was quick because I already knew who I am, and who I am is what I want. Its in the name.
AllHipHop.com: With the fame come the stalkers. How bad has it become with your phone number and two-way address getting leaked?
Lil Scrappy: Its gonna happen sometimes, but it dont happen like that all the time. Sometime you might have some a**hole that gets your number and he might be on some d**k-riding type s**t and he might hit you up.
AllHipHop.com: Whats the craziest voicemail youve gotten?
Lil Scrappy: Somebody telling me that they hate me, and they gonna kill me. That s**t gets old.
AllHipHop.com: What about the craziest groupie voicemail?
Lil Scrappy: [Laughing] I get groupies saying they wanna suck my d**k whenever I come to her town, and I really dont even know who she is. But its all good though.
AllHipHop.com: For every 10 messages how many two ways do you actually read and respond to?
Lil Scrappy: I answer everything that makes sense, everything that I have to, you feel me? A lot of it is usually business, so Ill be taking care of that s**t, gotta stay on top of all that. Most of the stuff I get Ill answer, Id say about 90%. I got a lot of people who randomly hit me up on the Nextel, but I dont get a lot of motherf**kers on the Sidekick.
AllHipHop.com: Did you start with a Sidekick II or did you start with the Sidekick III?
Lil Scrappy: I had the Sidekick II but I went straight to the other one went it came out because my old Sidekick kept bugging on me. The screen used to go out on me, itd start freezing up one, and s**t like that. I really just got this cause it was the new thing.
AllHipHop.com: A lot of artists are starting to write their lyrics on their two ways. Do you do that as well?
Lil Scrappy: I write my notes on there. If I think about something, Ill write it in there, but as far as sitting down and writing the whole track in there, I dont do that. Thats for a real pad.
AllHipHop.com: What kinds of pictures do you have on your Sidekick?
Lil Scrappy: Just my little girl. Nothing else, just my little girl, thats what gets me through my little time when Im on the road and I cant see her.
AllHipHop.com: What other things do you on your sidekick?
Lil Scrappy: I make phone calls and check emails, thats it, not much more than that. A lot of other people do other s**t on there as well, but I keep it simple.
AllHipHop.com: If you didnt have the Sidekick how hard do you think your life would be?
Lil Scrappy: Itd be difficult. The Sidekick is how I find out most of my information. Im out on the road a lot and thats how I find out my s**t so itd be difficult without it.
AllHipHop.com: Do you carry anything else on you?
Lil Scrappy: My laptop. I just use that to surf the web.
AllHipHop.com: Do you do any production or anything musical on the laptop?
Lil Scrappy: Naw I dont try to get into any of that s**t, man, Im simple. I just do my CEO s**t. I got Crime Mob with an album coming out top of the year, and I got G’s Up. so I take care of my CEO s**t.