Triple C’s: Rolling with the Bawse (Rick Ross)

A general knows the value of good

soldiers. In recent months, Rick Ross’ Triple C’s (Carol City Cartle) have

served the Miami native well in his lyrical and sometimes personal war with 50

Cent. Additionally, the duo (Torch & Gunplay) has done their best to

deflect criticism on Ross’ character in light of their mentor finally admitting

to being corrections officer.


Now after the positive buzz of

their street single “Yams” and a newly inked Def Jam contract, Triple C’s have

their sights set on lifting themselves from mere street soldiers to power

players in the game. With roots in both NY and Florida, the group’s aspirations

extend beyond achieving regional popularity. Those throughout the Miami area understand the

significance of your group name. But explain to the uninitiated why you

selected it and what it represents in regards to the overall direction of your


Torch: It represents the territory [and] the crew [that]

originated from Carol City in Miami. But it has 20 different meanings: Close

Casket Capital, Cashing Checks Constant, Custom Cars & Cycles, and

Constantly Cookin’ Classics just to name a few. I’m from the Bronx, NY so this

ain’t just a Southern movement. It’s a worldwide situation.


Gunplay: Carol City

Cartel is a name repping for those dead or in jail behind real hood issues.

Dope, money, [and] respect. 


Triple C’s “Yams” Video Hip-Hop, at least mainstream wise, appears to be moving

away from the grittier edge of gangsta rap. Even Rick Ross is incorporating

more melodic and radio-friendly tracks onto his new LP. Do you both feel that

you’ll have to make those concessions for your Def Jam debut?


Torch: We make good music, that’s what we do. This ain’t

ringtone rap; they just embrace our music so much they end up making ringtones

out of it. We don’t go into the studio thinking about mainstream radio or

trying to be “gangsta.” We just tell it how it is. For example our first single

“Yams,” that’s a street smash. It’s going mainstream and that wouldn’t be the

record you would usually hear on radio but the streets determine what you hear.


Gunplay: Hip-Hop is not getting away from the gritty side,

[but] the artists are. Hip-Hop loves the hood. Hip-Hop also loves to see

artists grow. That’s when they get away from the gritty side. Hip-Hop will

always be ghetto. That’s where it started. 


“Ain’t nobody over there making good music, [or]

matter of fact, music at all. [It’s] just interviews, cartoons, and skits, the

Curly Springer Show.” —Torch Both of you have solo mixtapes and endeavors along with your Triple

C’s work. How difficult is it to adhere to a group format when both of you are

capable solo artists?


Torch: Not hard at all. We grew up together with this

music. We compliment each other’s styles so well it’s crazy. Me and Gun [are]

night and day. The music balances out so well that even on our solo albums you

should expect to see a lot of us featuring each other on them. Triple C’s Amerika’s

Most Wanted coming late Summer than

Gunplay solo Kill Switch. That

my solo joint Human Heroin

coming because I’m that boy! You look out for that.


Gunplay: We’ve been

a group for so long we mesh together great. Teamwork makes the dream work. We

all had solo intention from jump. Ross spearheaded the movement in order for

solo projects to come about.


Gunplay “How Ya Like Me Know” Video You’ve supported Rick Ross during his feud with 50 Cent.

Have you guys observed actions from either your camp or your rivals that you

feel crossed the lines of rap battle etiquette?


Torch: Ninety-five percent of that s**t

crossed the line. The f**ked up thing is these n****s ain’t killing nothing and

letting nothing die. N****s beefing with half the industry and you never hear

nothing come out of it but threats. Before the beef they was irrelevant and

when it’s all said and done they’ll be irrelevant again. Ain’t nobody over

there making good music, [or] matter of fact, music at all. [It’s] just

interviews, cartoons, and skits, the Curly Springer Show.


Gunplay : Of course

lines [have] been crossed. But that’s war. I’m happy it’s only entertainment.

The only things getting hurt are my fingers from typing so much. My guns don’t

get dusty. We can knock each other off at any time. Neither side really wants

that. This is a competitive business. I’m actually flattered that a Fortune 500

n***a is paying us attention. You got to beat the best to be the best, right?


“I can spot a fake n***a in the dark. Real

recognize real. You couldn’t talk about it if you ain’t live it. Ross says s**t

the world can relate to.” —Gunplay Ross recently acknowledged his past as a corrections

officer. Both of you have worked extensively with him on mixtapes and his

forthcoming album. Do either of you feel his initial, vehement denials damage

his integrity as an artist, do you feel it has no merit on his art?


Torch: Ross been a real n***a since the day I

met him and he’s going to be a real n***a until the day I die. Integrity? Not

at all. We [are] about that real. Try tricks and I’ll make you a believer

quick. The crazy s**t is the n***a pointing the fingers is a reputed snitch and

the whole world knows it! So does it affect his music? No! He is an incredible

artist that makes hit records!


Gunplay: I can spot

a fake n***a in the dark. Real recognize real. You couldn’t talk about it if

you ain’t live it. Ross says s**t the world can relate to. He talks about

issues n****s in the hood go through. At the end of the day that’s all the

merit you need, jack!


Torch “Careful What You Wish

For” Video Recently, 50 released a sex tape of Ross’ child’s mother

on a customized website. Does your camp plan to up the ante with similar

tactics or focus on handling the conflict through traditional lyrical means?


Torch: That’s somebody mother, man. That’s

crab sh*t. I ain’t really got no words for that. That goes hand and hand with

filming a n***a’s moms! And everybody knows lyrically our camp is killing them!

I don’t make Internet threats, n****s know what it is.


Gunplay: All we got

to do is make music to up the ante. We’ll be lowering ourselves to their level

by using those type of tactics. They can’t make good music anymore. They’re

forced to go that route. I don’t blame them. We revived their careers. They’re

trying to end ours. Look at the thanks we get [laughs]. Outline for everyone what they can expect from Triple C in

2009 after Rick Ross’ Deeper Than Rap drops.


Torch: I got the mixtape bubbling Ski Mask

Music Volume 1 in the

streets right now that’s project platinum. People can download it for free at Volume 2 [is] coming soon. I got a Streets

Is Watching type DVD

that’s about to drop in June. We just shot about 20 videos [for] Amerika’s

Most Wanted coming late

Summer featuring the smash single “Yams.” We shot a little street video you can

see but the real coming soon. I’m finishing up my solo project Human Heroin and than you look out for Specialyst,

that’s the hardest n****s coming out of NY.


Shout out to

the whole Maybach Music Group coming to Masspike Miles, Magazine Duece Pounn,

Young Breed, Scotty Boi, and the whole Haitian Magia. ’09 is ours. We’re

working on 2010 now. Shout to the whole BX, free Dolla Bill, free Hocus, [and]

free S-One!

Gunplay: Rick Ross’ Deeper Than Rap April 21. Triple C’s debut album Amerika’s Most Wanted on Maybach Music/Def Jam. Gunplay solo debut album Kill

Switch. Torch solo album Human Heroin. Don’t let me kill nobody, man. I ain’t come this far to

go to prison, jack! Gunplay is self-explanatory.


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