After a long bid on the mixtape circuit and an unsuccessful run with Universal Records, Alfamega found a home on T.I.s Grand Hustle, via Capitol Records. His soon to be released debut is titled I Am Alfamega and at 64 and 260 pounds theres no question why hes been dubbed the Grand Hustle Muscle.But what isnt so apparent is how he has used Hip-Hop to change his situation from negative to positive. Six years after being released from prison, Alfamega is taking advantage of his opportunity to give back to his community and create his own identity in the Hip-Hop world. Respect this big mans hustle.AllHipHop.com: Are we going to hear something on this album, I Am Alfamega, that we havent heard from another artist before?Alfamega: You cant say you never heard it, theres nothing new about it, its the same. Everythings being recycled, but Im bringing that good feel back. Im bringing storytelling back. You know when Biggie used to tell stories? Im bringing that back to you. Im giving you some party music, and Im giving you some reality. I tend to see that in music a lot of people have strayed away from reality.T.I. f/ Busta Rhymes & Alfamega Hurt VideoAllHipHop.com: Youve been compared to Tupac and Biggie, theyre calling it the Gemini Trilogy. Where did that come from?Alfamega: Pac, Biggie and I are all Geminis, but it came from the media. People like yall did that, probably from listening to my music. Its when they get to know me, you see me on the blogs, you see me on YouTube walking around talking to people, you see me on the Hurt video; youre like hes real street, whats up with this dude? Thats when they say, Hes like Pac. Then when you meet me Im real funny and I kick it and then thats how Biggie was. Then, they compare them together. I didnt come up with that. Im just trying to make music. Theyre trying to mess me up. Those are two big shoes to get into. I did a song titled You Can Never Be Me with the Outlawz, were about to get Lil Kim to do the intro, and I said it on the song, Here I is big Alfamega the heart stopper, the hottest n***a since Mackavelli and Big Papa. I got the Outlawz on there co-signing it. Alfamega Uh Huh VideoAllHipHop.com: Whats the inspiration behind your first single Uh Huh?Alfamega: Uh Huh is a celebration song. When I made it, the whole hood made it. Ive been doing the cookouts in the hood with my mixtape money. Each day I hustle for the kids, paying people's rents and stuff. My children may want some Air Forces, Im like, Nah you cant get the Air Forces I have to help somebody, but I can get you some regular Nikes. Thats coming from my heart. I dont do it for publicity. I dont ask people to come by and cover it. I do this for me. Thats what Uh Huh is, its to celebrate your boy doing the right thing. Im going to get money and help yall out, because yall knew me before I got in, and still accepted me.
One dude was like. I only have $7,000 on me homie, but you can take it. Dont do this to me man. Im like, What you talking about? Im not here to rob anybody. Just buy some CDs.
AllHipHop.com: You were signed to Universal, what happened with that?Alfamega: I came home in 2002 out of the penitentiary. I met Beanie Sigel, and he wanted me to get down with State Property. I respect Beans, Beans is a good dude no matter what anybody says. No matter what trials and tribulations hes been through hes a good dude. He had so many people on State Property I just couldnt wait in line. So, Im like, Nah respect, boom boom boom, but we can work together. I did my deal with Universal Records six months later. With that deal, the finances was cool, it was the creative differences. Crunk music was popular at the time. They wanted me to get crunk, look at me. Im 6 4 260 pounds. What I look like jumping across the stage all night? I could do it. I can do any type of music. I did it because I wanted the deal and I didnt want to go back to prison. Then it just got more political. We didnt part ways on bad terms. They let me go no problem. I went back to the A, sold my mix CDs. Me and TIP were talking, at the time I had TIP on the album with Universal. I was the only dude who had TIP and Lil Flip on a song together while they were beefing. It was a mutual understanding, both of them respected me. TIP was like come meet me well go down to the pizza spot. So were eating and talking and hes like youre selling your music? Im like, Yeah. Hes like, Give me a hundred. How much you selling them for? Six dollars a piece. He said, Give me 200. What you got on besides doing your mix CD? When they coming out with your album?I was like, Im not with Universal anymore. Im a free agent. He shook my hand. Hes like, Welcome to Grand Hustle. Do You. I want you to be you. Youve got a story to tell man, its needed in the music.Alfamega 4 Or 5 Ways VideoAllHipHop.com: Tell me about when you were incarcerated, word is you did some really interesting things.Alfamega: I wrote 1700 songs, three screenplays, and a book. I got one [screenplay] I wrote about AIDS, its titled Cold Blooded and it really gets so deep to where youre like, Oh s**t. Its about five dudes, they cool. One of them gets married and his bachelor party has strippers. He has sex with the stripper and his partners walk in and see it. They have sex with her. A year later, hes the only person his wife has had sex with. She pops up pregnant, gets tested and shes positive. It has twists and turns. Me and T.I. are in the works of putting that together.
You got dudes saying they did something and didnt do it... Dude, you were a computer genius in school and now youre a hardcore rapper? Its not right, it doesnt go together. Be you.
AllHipHop.com: What did people say when you tell them that you were going to be a rapper when you got out of prison?Alfamega: They doubted me. I was atrue knucklehead. Its a funny story. I come home. Im rapping, people dont believe it. You have to understand I was the boy that would put that ski mask on and come and get that. Sometimes I wouldnt put a mask on, Id come get you and you're going to take me to where its at. So I come up at this spot where everybodys gambling. I get to the door, Im like whats up baby? Theyre like, huh? Whats up? When you got out? Id be like, Let me up in here. Im rapping now. I got some CDs for yall. I come into the room where everybodys shooting dice, and everybody looks. Theyre all like, Aww this n***a. One dude was like. I only have $7,000 on me homie, but you can take it. Dont do this to me man. Im like, What you talking about? Nah, Im not here to rob anybody. Just buy some CDs. They were looking around like, I dont care what you say he is not rapping hes scoping. My cousin was in there, and told them I was really rapping. They got CDs, and they saw that I really stuck to it even when times were bad. My mindset was if I use all this energy to do negative and I was winning, I can use that same energy and drive to do something positive and win. Like I say in the song You Could Never Be Me, a lot of these dudes in the industry are make believe. You got dudes saying they did something and didnt do it. We being human we can see it. Something isnt there, it's not right. Dude, you were a computer genius in school and now youre a hardcore rapper? Its not right, it doesnt go together. Be you. AllHipHop.com: You have a foundation, it seems like youre doing a lot of different things with that. Alfamega: Its called KOTU. We getting that crunk up now, Kings of The Universe. We do real estate, music, and different things. Our slogan is the earth is our turf. I may be from Atlanta, but I was put here to be a king. I can go anywhere, as long as I have people on the same page that Im on. I also have the Hundred Kings Foundation. Its like the movie Pay It Forward, I get a hundred underprivileged youth from around the country and wherever they want to be in life I put them with someone whos successful in that [field] who can mentor them. AllHipHop.com: How do you help young people not follow your old path?Alfamega: I tell people Im not a role model. You cant live by what I did in the past. What I did in the past, today my head would have been opened up. I can tell you my experiences, give you my good advice, but were all human. Were going to do what we want to do. I tell people, whatever you choose to do, do it, and do it well.