Like many of the reigning kings of late 90s Southern rap, B.G.s career has been in a bit of limbo. Like his Hot Boy brother Juvenile, BGs reach was never as far as when he had the Cash Money Records tattoos out and the label on the album. The three Koch releases since found cult fans, but lacked one-tenth of the punch of his Bling Bling bolstered Chopper City In The Ghetto seven years earlier.
With a potential G-Unit record contract on the table, B.G. is looking to raise the stakes again. Hes reunited with father-figure producer, Mannie Fresh. B.G. has also been active in upholding fallen No Limit star, Souljah Slims legacy. Even in touching on issues such as Hurricane Katrina and his sobriety, BG carries himself more seriously than. Going into the mixtape, The Heart of the Streets Volume 2, get an inside look as AllHipHop.com and B.G. have a very real discussion on the future, the past, and the Almighty.
AllHipHop.com: Lets cut to the chase - are you really signing to G-Unit?
B.G.: I could be. But fo real, I got several offers on my plate.
B.G.: Sony, G-Unit of course, a couple others. I aint trying to jinx nothin. Just looking for the best deal for me and my team.
AllHipHop.com: If you do sign to G-Unit, will you drop something like all the other artists on the roster? That was 50s promise to the people?
B.G.: Im dropping somethin regardless. Thats just me. I make music for the world, feel me? So no matter what I chose, my album will get to the people. G-Unit or no G-Unit.
AllHipHop.com: With G-Unit being a prospect, how did you feel when Lil Wayne was allegedly sporting G-Unot shirts?
B.G.: You know it was crazy man, like my peoples was calling my phone and s**t. That was a little after the story was out there that I may sign to them, you feel me? And I didnt even believe it at first. Cause to me, thats that young stuff. Then I got the emailed pictures, and then I decided I had to do what I had to do.
AllHipHop.com: Was that how the Lil Wayne diss record came to pass?
BG: Yeah, I aint no b*tch ass n***a, you feel me? For me not to finally step up and say something would have made me look like a b*tch. I wasnt going to say nothing at first when this thing first started. I know that he felt like he had to be loyal to his team and I can respect that. But
what I was going through with Baby was basically between me and Baby. I aint holding no one accountable for his action, thats why I focused on him only. Wayne needed to be chastised. You got to do that sometimes. Discipline the child so they know better next time.
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of Baby and Cash Money, hows Turk? Do you still keep in touch?
B.G.: Turk is family, man. He gets everything he need from me. Phone calls, visits, whatever. We still family aint nothing changed because I aint with Cash Money anymore. Being down dont stop relationships, people do. I aint no bail-out n***a. if my fam going through it, then Im going through it.
AllHipHop.com: Leaving Cash Money was a major step for you. Do you think Juvenile set an example by finally succeeding without Cash Money? Did it make it any easier for you to make you move?
B.G.: It was something to see. When you with these, big labels man. Theyll make you believe that without them behind you, aint nothing go ever come to pass, you feel me? It was like being trapped on a sinking ship. You know its going down [for you anyway], but you got that feeling of being stuck and not being able to move. Then a n***a was getting high, so that only made the feeling and situation worse. But just like with everything, you get to that point where its either do or die. Getting clean was that first step, once s**t aint cloudy no more, you see a whole everything.
AllHipHop.com: Youve been clean for two and a half years now right?
B.G.: Yeah! In July of 06, itll be three years.
AllHipHop.com: with that being said, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, after seeing all the devastation, did that desire to use nip at you?
B.G.: Hell Naw! I wont say that seeing all that I saw aint effect me, cause it did. Thats my home and my roots right there. I had the means to move me and my people feel me? We packed up, and now Im in Detroit doing what needs to be done for my label and my family. I aint using, that was a decision I made a while ago because I never want to be where I was. You know what it feels like to read an old magazine article and see that hey wrote about you noddin - or how you looked or presented yourself? I dont want that for me or for nobody else. When Katrina hit, I did the only thing I could do, I prayed.
AllHipHop.com: Do you feel like since youre an artist from New Orleans that people expected for you to do more then the average for the survivors?
B.G.: [Pause, long sigh] Yeah man, I felt like, like there were people looking at me expecting me to do something. I aint no broke dude, but at the same time, my money doesnt stretch so far as I can bring back a whole city feel me. With all that I gave, I still wish I could do more. I lost people close to me; I aint trying to be part of a story because I lived it. It still break a n***a down just to think of it. Just the thoughts and the sights brings a n***a to tears the world saw a lot but it was so much that yall didnt see that like, burned to my memory. I dont think people understand - that was our 9/11. People went to bed with their version of everything and then you woke up to nothing. I pray everyday that everybody that made it out, makes a way.
AllHipHop.com: You sound like this is really hard to talk about
B.G.: Its more than hard to talk about it - its that vision that comes back every time you speak it. Cause in a way, its like through the story your reliving it. Knowing that this horrible thing took place and it may have been prevented man [pauses] all I can keep doing is saying the serenity prayer; I say it every morning, afternoon and evening. Thats how I get through this. God and my music are my therapy.
AllHipHop.com: Its working if your single with Mannie Fresh is any indication, how did that reunion happen?
B.G.: Man, me and Fresh been family. He raised me in the studio. We been trying to do somethangs, but our schedules at the time didnt allow for us to do what we wanted to do. I made it clear when I left Cash Money, that my issues were with, who they were with and nobody else. I cant hold everybody accountable for one mans actions. We realized that we had time at the same time. We made it happen. Cant nobody do a beat like Fresh. He puts you into the beat, feel me? Its like he makes you, your own little theme music. When he do something for you, you know its for you and not just some Sh*t. My new album is gonna let everyone know where BG been, and where he is now.