A general knows the value of good
soldiers. In recent months, Rick Ross Triple Cs (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 Cs 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 groups aspirations
extend beyond achieving regional popularity.
AllHipHop.com: 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. Im from the Bronx, NY so this
aint just a Southern movement. Its 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.
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AllHipHop.com: 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
youll have to make those concessions for your Def Jam debut?
Torch: We make good music, thats what we do. This aint
ringtone rap; they just embrace our music so much they end up making ringtones
out of it. We dont 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, thats a street smash. Its going mainstream and that wouldnt 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. Thats when they get away from the gritty side. Hip-Hop will
always be ghetto. Thats where it started.
Aint nobody over there making good music, [or]
matter of fact, music at all. [Its] just interviews, cartoons, and skits, the
Curly Springer Show. Torch
AllHipHop.com: Both of you have solo mixtapes and endeavors along with your Triple
Cs 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 others styles so well its 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 Cs Amerikas
Most Wanted coming late Summer than
Gunplay solo Kill Switch. That
my solo joint Human Heroin
coming because Im that boy! You look out for that.
Gunplay: Weve 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
AllHipHop.com: Youve 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 aint 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 its all said and done theyll be irrelevant again. Aint nobody over
there making good music, [or] matter of fact, music at all. [Its] just
interviews, cartoons, and skits, the Curly Springer Show.
Gunplay : Of course
lines [have] been crossed. But thats war. Im happy its only entertainment.
The only things getting hurt are my fingers from typing so much. My guns dont
get dusty. We can knock each other off at any time. Neither side really wants
that. This is a competitive business. Im 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 couldnt talk about it if you aint live it. Ross says s**t
the world can relate to. Gunplay
AllHipHop.com: 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 hes going to be a real n***a until the day I die. Integrity? Not
at all. We [are] about that real. Try tricks and Ill 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 couldnt talk about it if
you aint 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 thats all the
merit you need, jack!
Torch Careful What You Wish
AllHipHop.com: Recently, 50 released a sex tape of Ross childs 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: Thats somebody mother, man. Thats
crab sh*t. I aint really got no words for that. That goes hand and hand with
filming a n***as moms! And everybody knows lyrically our camp is killing them!
I dont make Internet threats, n****s know what it is.
Gunplay: All we got
to do is make music to up the ante. Well be lowering ourselves to their level
by using those type of tactics. They cant make good music anymore. Theyre
forced to go that route. I dont blame them. We revived their careers. Theyre
trying to end ours. Look at the thanks we get [laughs].
AllHipHop.com: 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 thats project platinum. People can download it for free at www.torchisny.com. Volume 2 [is] coming soon. I got a Streets
Is Watching type DVD
thats about to drop in June. We just shot about 20 videos [for] Amerikas
Most Wanted coming late
Summer featuring the smash single Yams. We shot a little street video you can
see but the real coming soon. Im finishing up my solo project Human Heroin and than you look out for Specialyst,
thats 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. Were
working on 2010 now. Shout to the whole BX, free Dolla Bill, free Hocus, [and]
Gunplay: Rick Ross Deeper Than Rap April 21. Triple Cs debut album Amerikas Most Wanted on Maybach Music/Def Jam. Gunplay solo debut album Kill
Switch. Torch solo album Human Heroin. Dont let me kill nobody, man. I aint come this far to
go to prison, jack! Gunplay is self-explanatory.
Triple Cs f/ Brisco All
About It Video