s Mobb Deep gears up for their smashing comeback, one of the members of their entourage may look familiar to West Coast Hip-Hop fans. 40 Glocc has taken a personal investment in P and Havoc, and parlayed his own career to the G-Unit label.
Unlike your usual rapper support-system, 40 Glocc is hardly waiting for his turn. Instead, the Inland Empire native released his debut, The Jakal in 2003. While the release was hardly in mainstream conversation, it did feature production from Dr. Dre and appearances from Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Suga Free.
On the verge of another edition of Outspokens with DJ Whoo Kid, AllHipHop.com and 40 discuss his hometown, and its native daughters J.J. Fad. The rapper revisits his debut, and looks at the catalysts to his future with G-Unit.
AllHipHop.com: Recently, you were involved in the G-Unit Golf Tournament in Arizona. Now, I did hear that you didnt participate. Why?
40 Glocc: Uh, well, you know I was runnin around. I stole me a Scion car. It was rainin. So I made the driver get in the passenger seat, and I was drivin around.
AllHipHop.com: How does the Scion handle?
40 Glocc: They tight. I like em. It was like a lil golf cart with a [Scion] shell over it. It was rainin like hell. I liked that s**t.
AllHipHop.com: So who came in the lead at the golf outing?
40 Glocc: To tell you the truth, I dont really know. Nobody came in the lead, cause it started rainin. Everybody was freelancin. [Prodigy] and Spider [Loc], they was partners. It was crazy, man. They was just throwin the golf balls into the holes. It was cool.
AllHipHop.com: We all know what a 40 Glocc is. But how did you earn the name?
40 Glocc: Basically, people put it on me. It was a metaphor for myself. My name was already 40, but I been spittin like [mimics a round fired]. I put the Glocc on it cause thats what I always carry too.
AllHipHop.com: Not much is known about the Inland Empire in California, where youre from. What sets that apart from what outsiders perceive as just greater Los Angeles?
40 Glocc: Im from Colton City in San Bernadino County. Its right on the side of LA. Were right by Pomona, where Kokane, Above The Law, Suga Free came outta Pomona. They right here by us. The Inland Empire is makin noise though. Sly Boogie came out, he had his lil s**t.
AllHipHop.com: Were these the people you looked up to, coming up?
40 Glocc: The people that influenced was me seein Dr. Dre. Matter of fact, J.J. Fad is from my hood. All my big homies used to f**k with them b*tches. When I was a kid walkin around, them b*tches used to be around, rehearsin they parts, in the hood. Dre and Eazy used to come through and pick em up in limousines. Id be like, Whoa! I was really lookin at Dre and them Snoop. They was the s**t. This is what I want I want to do.
AllHipHop.com: Whats good with J.J. Fad now?
40 Glocc: S**t. I dont know. B*tches runnin around with babies and s**t.
AllHipHop.com: Theyre not back around the way anymore? They had the crazy cameo in Coming To America.
40 Glocc: Um, yeah, they still around. I see Dania [Baby D]. Shes doin her thing. I see her around. The rest of em, who knows, they around somewhere, knocked up.
AllHipHop.com: From Yo-Yo to Spider, a lot of artists claim to be getting into the studio with Dre. You achieved that on your debut album with Papa Lil Soldier. Everybody approaches Dre. Why do you think he decided to work with you?
40 Glocc: Its funny that said Yo-Yo, cause I just got off the phone with her. But with Dre, it was crazy, cause I always used to run with Snoop. Dre heard me, he felt me, and he said, Im f**kin with you 40, and Im like, For real? He was callin me everybody, it was amazing. S**t, that n***a like the Abraham Lincoln of rap. It was really like a blessing. It was a pleasure.
AllHipHop.com: Coming from the Inland, how did you become part of the click or entourage of people from other parts, like Snoop?
40 Glocc: That started to take shape like around the Pac days. I was runnin with my homie, Bad Azz. It transitioned so much. I done been through so much since then that its hard to remember. Snoop was just a good homie. He laced me with a lot of game. Him, Big Tray Dee, all them.
AllHipHop.com: Whens Tray coming out?
40 Glocc: He got a few more years, man. Its all bad. But I keep my Free Tray Dee campaign goin on.
AllHipHop.com: So many artists refuse to put out an album if it doesnt succeed. The Jackal probably didnt do what you wanted. But what did it mean to you as an artist to get that album out there?
40 Glocc: I felt like it was a blessing, man. It was my first time. The [label] gave me $250,000. I had never seen that s**t. I was just open. I was happy, because since weve been f**ked up on the West Coast so long, it felt good. I did what I could to help it sell and make it do good. The label didnt really step up to bat and do the s**t that they was supposed to do. Being that Im a hustler and a gangsta, seein them not step up to bat, I ended up spendin the money that they gave me to push my album further. I couldnt just sit and watch my s**t fail. [At] least I can say that the numbers that it did do, I made it do that.
AllHipHop.com: But on an artistically?
40 Glocc: I thought it was hella good. I was thankful to everybody that participated on it with me. It was a no-brainer. It helped me in my career too, because looking back, my work ethic now is way crazier. It made me want to work harder, and achieve more.
AllHipHop.com: How are things different since youre now with G-Unit and Im guessing, have more resources around you?
40 Glocc: Ah, hell yeah! Its way easier. Everybody at the Unit is workaholics. Being nice, we stay in the studio. We eat, s**t, breathe, sleep in the mothaf**ka. When we come out, its to handle business. 50s the same way. The whole Units like that. Say, like if you cant go to a certain studio, you can go to another studio and get crackin over there, or go to 50s crib, and do music over there. Its way better. Plus, you workin with people of that stature, you get the best of the best.
AllHipHop.com: You mentioned 50s crib. Do you spend more time out East or in the West?
40 Glocc: Im not gonna lie, man. Since weve been with the Unit, weve been spendin most of our time on the f**kin road just movin. I do be in New York morely now, but I do fly home and be here for two, three days, s**t like that.
AllHipHop.com: Does the travel wear on you?
40 Glocc: It does. But its something I gotta deal with, bein this is what I wanna do.
AllHipHop.com: Being on the road, whats one spot that particularly moved you?
40 Glocc: Man, when we was in that motherf**kin spot what was its name? This n***a, 50 takin n***as to spots they cant even name. I cant even pronounce the s**t. I be accidentally callin it Morocco, but its Monaco or Monte Carlo. Its one of the richest places in the world. Crazy!
AllHipHop.com: What did you like about it?
40 Glocc: It was the fact that I was somewhere that a lot of these n***as and sucka ass artists that I dont like, act like they been, but they cant even get in some of these spots around the world. To get inside Monaco, you gotta get approval. You cant just walk up in there. Its a whole gated city.
AllHipHop.com: Theres a belief that people are a product of their environment. What do you think itd do to a kid from Inland Empire to get to experience that? Would it impress them, or disgust them at the wasted wealth?
40 Glocc: Man, I think itd better. Theyll see that s**t and be like, Man, Im tryin to get this. It gives the n***as somethin to look forward to.
AllHipHop.com: The same way you were when you saw J.J. Fads limos
40 Glocc: Exactly, man! Real talk. You see that s**t, you get that adrenaline especially if you a hustler. You cant just be a nothin ass mothaf**ka though. You gotta be somebody thats gonna already try to get yours anyway though. You gotta have big expectations anyway.
AllHipHop.com: You were a part of The Rifleman with Prodigy, Kurupt, and Jayo Felony. It was monumental to see Kurupt and Prodigy come full-circle to collaborating anyway. But that was several years back. Whats the status of the group now?
40 Glocc: Everybody doin they thing. Kurupt, thats my homie. We all f**ked with each other [before that]. You cant forget Ras Kass either. We just all came together just some cool mothaf**kas. Now, Kurupt and P and Hav talk. We all still f**k with each other, its just different situations.
AllHipHop.com: There are skeptics out there who believe that well never see an album from M.O.P., never see an album from Ma$e. There are people who believe that G-Unit just signs artists for political reasons. Being on that totem pole, how do you answer that?
40 Glocc: M.O.P.s doin they thing. They recordin like a mothaf**ka. They workin and livin good. Ma$e, I mean, there aint too much they can say about Ma$e. Ma$e rich as a mothaf**ka hes runnin around in Maybachs, Phantoms, and Lamborghinis. He doin his thing. G-Unit, what they doin, people just cant understand. When you get to a certain level and achievin s**t, n***as gonna hate. 50, being successful with a lot of s**t he do if something does a little bad, they tryin to make it sound real, real bad. So if [G-Unit] puts out a record and it dont go platinum, they act like thats a bad thing. Meanwhile, they made like 20 mill off it! These mothaf**kas gonna hate you when you get something. Im sure theres websites out there that hate the f**k out of AllHipHop.com, cause yall doin yall thing. [laughs] That comes with the territory.