Do you think you know Hip-Hop? Meet Bonz Malone, who is possibly the greatest unknown Hip-Hop mind to come down the pike in quite a long time. He is an accomplished literary artist with work that has been seen across the globe. Although he has many movie credits to his resume, his role in the movie Slam has brought him the most notoriety to his ever-growing career. By Bonzs own admission, the movie was given critical acclaim by Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings from various parts of the country.
His latest production work, We Got Your Kids, has gained national attention and is sure to be a staple in the Hip-Hop community. The movies goal is to make fans realize the importance of the Hip-Hop culture and why it stands apart from the rap industry. If you believe that there is no difference between Hip-Hop culture and the rap industry, Bonz Malone and Allhiphop.com took time to uncover those differences. Go do your homework!
Allhiphop.com: The word I'm getting around various Hip-Hop circles and publications is that Bonz Malone is Hip-Hop. Can we speak on some real Hip-Hop topics right now or what?
Bonz Malone: You got alot of drug dealers, niggas who was hustlin' out there. They made their money and they turned around and laundered that shit in the music industry. That ain't no Hip-Hopper, man. You didn't bomb trains, kid. You wasn't out there in the linoleum, man. You need to get your knees scraped up and all of that s**t. You ain't no Hip-Hopper, man! You a rapper, you are down with a gang, trying to boost sales through your gang. Don't talk to me, man. I know the hustle already. You are dealing with a Hip-Hopper, and other brothers and sisters who are like-minded are Hip-Hoppers. They come up in the art form. They weren't capitalists; they were idealists, man. I'm enjoying the good life and I know you are, too. I can walk down the street and I don't have to look over my shoulder. I can pass a whole bunch of Bloods and a whole bunch of Crips and I don't have to look over my shoulder. I recognize who you are by the flags that you're burning and s**t, but you recognize me, though. Not because of the flags that I'm burning, but because of the flags that were clappin', man. We are swinging that s**t back and forth, man; it's a universal flag, man. We don't need no fuckin' skullies and all of that s**t. You know who we are, man.
Allhiphop.com: Real Hip-hop does not need a logo or an emblem to be seen. Hip-Hop is too global for that.
BM: When I did that movie Slam, I got all of those letters back from CO's and high ranking members of Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings, like "Whatever you want to do, man." Shit, we can call up some right now and get a coalition, man.
Allhiphop.com: I honestly believe that we need to bring back the debate into Hip-Hop. Too many publications and characters are too afraid to ruffle a couple of feathers and bring the truth to the forefront. People are getting too soft on that level.
BM: I'm going to give you an exclusive, man. Hot 97 is looking at me. If that happens, man...they asked me, "Yo, what would you do?" I told them I would start a war the first day. I would give you some consciousness, too. Anybody on the left of this dial or anybody on the right of this dial, if all you want to do is make people laugh, if I see you in the club, I'm shutting it off for you! (laughs)
Allhiphop.com: Let's get into this We Got Your Kids movie that's attracting so much acclaim and attention.
BM: There's four things right now that unites the whole world. Any race, face, or place, I don't care where you live, who you are, or what religion you are, man. Those four things are fast cars, good food, better sex, and alot of fu**kin' money. All the kids want that. They want that cheese, that pure sweetenin'. That's what Hip-Hop is...shameless self-promotion. We get paid to be 17 for the rest of our fuckin' life, man.
Allhiphop.com: Who is responsible for dreaming up the concept behind the movie?
BM: This was a shock bandage, man. Some wild Jewish cats, man. We all collaborated on a book and they wanted to upgrade. They said, "yo, we interviewed 160 people, so we are going to put out a joint called We Got Your Kids." I was like, "F**k it, I'm down." There has never been a corporate alliance; there has never been a timeline that shows the corporate alliance between Hip-Hop and rap.
Allhiphop.com: It still surprises me that people have no clue that Hip-Hop and rap are two separate things.
BM: It is two different things. One is an industry, and the other one is a culture. But, here's corporate America who deals with both. Of course, they deal with the industry one way, and they deal with the culture in another way. There is still no definitive DVD or book that talks about that history and the politics and the kind of money that is shared and exchanging hands like this. The community has definitely affected the market. Let's get people to sit down that's in the industry that got Sprite endorsements, sneakers, cars for free, jewelry for free, did Cognac ads and stuff like that. Let's talk to them and find out what they like about Hip-Hop, what they don't like about the industry, what they like about the industry, and what they don't like about Hip-Hop. Being in Hip-Hop is like having a child, man. You are going to spend $100,000, $200,000 by the time the kid turns 21. You are going to have 30-something pairs of sneakers if you are a Hip-Hopper and you ain't got no kids and no responsibility, eating cake bowls of cereal up in your crib, man. You are going to have cats like Kid Capri with 100,000 records, Brucie B. with 200,000 records, Fat Joe with 400 pairs of sneakers and Posdnous (De La Soul) with 400 pairs of sneakers. We are going to go into the porn industry, the automotive industry; we have gone into everything. This is why we had to come out and say We Got Your Kids, and say to the world, "Don't front on us no more!" We got the shit locked down so bad right now. We went into everything like the Mob did in '29 with prohibition, man. We are going to be pouring concrete next, building cities next. Hip-Hop is going to control entire governments, man. We ain't playing, man.
Allhiphop.com: Are the people featured in the movies actors portraying rappers, or rappers portraying actors?
BM: They work in the industry from one aspect to another. They are coming out just dropping the straight juice.
Allhiphop.com: Tell the readers what they should expect when they go to the theatre and check this movie out.
BM: They can expect the pure, sweet juice. The pure, sweet juice from the streets. Open book style, man. You'll see me up in my crib, keeping it gully. My crib is a mess, man! This ain't no movie right here, this is the dusty. I got nasty magazines just laying around, dirty socks, I get up in my long johns with a big hole in the shit, and I go take a piss right there. I got the dirty toilet bowl with the cigarette floating around. I turn around, light up the cigarette and throw on 52 beads. I want to call the shit "Wake Up And Smoke!" That's what we do in the opening scene. We wake up and smoke and get ready for the outdoor fashion show for the fans. And the metrosexual man just comes out dripping. Dripping with the fly s**t on. You just sit down and catalog model for yourself up in the crib until you got the right outfit on. Then, you splash out there in the sunshine. There's no color with that, man. All they do is recognize. They recognize the shine right there. Every race, place, or face can get that, as long as you keep yourself grounded and respect the rule to the game, which is you must be original, man. You cannot be a carbon copy of nobody. Your character, your style, everything must be original. You got to be the first one to have those sneakers. There are five rules that I break down in the DVD that should be useful for anybody, and those five rules are the same rules for a rock star. The first one is to wear your flyest s**t everyday. Look somebody in their eye and tell them "nope!" Be your own boss, don't take no s**t from nobody, and make the rest of it up yourself. You got that shit right there, it's a wrap, man. Whether it takes you two years or twenty years, you are going to be famous.
Allhiphop.com: Before we conclude matters, hit the readers with a little more realness and insight behind everything we have talked about.
BM: Rap has reached its peak. Thats why we did We Got Your Kids, man. Put that shit down and tell them that rap has reached its peak. It cant get no bigger. The only thing left is to go into politics
Allhiphop.com: And win the presidency!
BM: Right! And tell the people Im proud to serve them. Im at their service from day one to forever, man.