Brisco: Save and Sound Off
"I'm the realest thing in the hood since Tupac Shakur- go ask his momma." - Brisco
Brisco oozes tales from the hood with his poetic abilities as one of the premier Hip-Hop acts in Florida. But what happens when the hood decides to give him material to write about? The self-proclaimed Opa Locka goon found himself on the receiving end of a successful jack move as he attempted to get a haircut in the hood. Robbed at gunpoint, he escaped with his life and even offered a very curt and cocky lyrical response to those that stole his money and jewels. F**k a diamond you can have the gold/dont want it back young n***a rather have your soul and later, Brisco rapped.
Giving fans what he claims to be a classic album is really his goal these days. Brisco prepares for the release of his official debut album Street Medicine, and Brisco prides himself on living off of his talents. Though the hardships he goes through, hes got both heavies like Lil Wayne and and E-Class of Poe Boy Records to support his forward movement. In this piece, Brisco gives us a rundown on the conflicts of the hood, who he admires lyrically and even that he plans to save Hip-Hop.
AllHipHop.com: So how are you doing? Is everything good?
Brisco: Yeah I'm great, blessed.
AllHipHop.com: I'm sure everybody heard about the robbery that took place in the Miami barber shop. You actually replied to the robbers in a record called "The Revenge", tell us about that.
Brisco: I'm at a point in my life where you don't know who to trust and I think people are just taking my life and kindest for weakness you know what I'm saying- my hood s**t for some bull s**t. So I basically vented on that instead of going to n****s momma's house knocking on doors you know what I'm saying, and kicking doors down and shooting n****s and doing all that shit. I said "let me kill these n****s soul, let me kill their hearts" you feel me, so I did it like that.
AllHipHop.com: The robbers were lucky enough to get away with that Yellow Head chain. What did that chain symbolize?
Brisco: It just symbolizes the hood you know. We used to eat Lemon Heads candy when we was in the hood- and Red Hotts and Boston Baked Beans and shit. So that's just simply a symbol of the hood. But you know, I came back bigger you know- came back bigger. It wasn't really nothing you know. A n***a can't wear it anywhere over here, you might as well throw that shit in the ocean somewhere.
The robbery was caught on tape.
AllHipHop.com: Going back to the record "Revenge", I heard there was actually a mixtape called Revenge...
Brisco: Yeah there's actually a whole Revenge series. I actually did the mixtape in seven days. We blasted it out... every day we blast like two records you know. It's just a lot of my hard records coming straight out. A lot of s**t talking about no haters and the way people s**t on you and just getting revenge.
AllHipHop.com: In your earlier years, you used to be a hype man for Freeway right?
Brisco: Naw not a hype man. One time Freeway came down here- he was working with Poe Boy [Entertainment] doing like a couple verse for em and shit, we were f*cking with him. He had a show that night at a club in Miami and he didn't have no hype man. Me being a big Roc [A- Fella Records] fan, I just went out there and hyped for him you know what I'm saying, real small. He asked me to go on the road with him but I was like "Naw I rather just stay and work on my craft" or whatever. He was amazed to see me knowing all the records and s**t so.
AllHipHop.com: Do you think it's because you're from Florida?
Brisco: He probably didn't expect this lil' n***a out of Poe Boy [Entertainment] to know all his shit. I always integrate the greats you know what I'm saying. I always take from everybody that I come around.
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of the greats, you're voice and style in heavily influenced by Tupac Shakur. What do you admire about him the most?
Brisco: I just admire his political interest. I'm interested in his political ways. My parents are also strong parents- I lost both of my parents you know what I'm saying- so they were strong parents to my remembrance. I always said I couldn't sound like him, but I can project [my raps] off the same way. I think I live off that legacy and that projection of that music.
AllHipHop.com: I quote from you in a Street Money TV interview "Through the loss of Tupac Shakur, the streets ain't have no real solid foundation... No cats that will bring the hunger back to music." Are you trying to say you're going to be the new solid foundation and bring the hunger back to music?
Brisco: Yeah. If you ever heard one of my records, you can hear the hunger; you can hear the first time I was ever in there [the studio]. I never slack on a verse you know what I'm saying. Every time I write a verse, I try to come new and I try to do it like I'm writing against [Rick] Ross or writing against Flo Rida, because that's who I used to write against. There's only three verses to a song you know what I'm saying and I had to get on a song with them n***a. I had to polish up for that, that made me polish so I always come with that hunger. Integrity.
AllHipHop.com: When you have this hunger and you're in the studio about to do a track, what's an average studio session like?
Brisco: I really like to listen to the music and listen to what the producer was trying to do with it, where he was trying to take it you feel me. I just basically fill those slots in the music you know what I'm saying. I feel like when you're an artist, your voice should be like a jute box or like an instrument. So when I go in, I try to be those instruments, I try to put longevity in the track. I don't want my tracks to ever fade out.
AllHipHop.com: You aren't afraid to say what you feel- no matter who it concerns. I recall hearing that you even said you're better than Lil' Wayne. What makes you say that?
Brisco: That's my personal belief and that's how I carry myself- I'm better than all of them. I'm the best rapper alive in my eyes. I always had that self-esteem about myself from when I was young, when I lost my mom at [age] nine. I always had that [thought] like "Man I'm the shit, a n***a ain't been through what I been through" you feel me. "I'm the shit! Ain't nobody better than me if I can go through all this". Like I say, losing my mom, my dad, my brother, you know what I'm saying, all my grandparents. I know I'm the backbone of my family so I have to come like that you know what I'm saying. So it is what it is.
AllHipHop.com: You also don't budge to depend any of your label mates- especially when it comes to Flo Rida. In the past, Young Berg- and I guess the most recent person being Jamie Foxx both went at him. Why do you go so hard for another people?
Brisco: People don't deserve it. If you ever hear me going at someone it's because they [Flo Rida or any other label mate] don't deserve it [beef]. I feel like when I do come at cats like that and be splitting cats for my label, it's just that we eat together, we sleep together. I know how cats is you know what I'm saying and it ain't really like that you feel me.
AllHipHop.com: What do you think of the status of South music right now? For instance, Gucci Mane is in the forefront of everything right now and he's one of the hottest features. So how do you feel about everything that's going on?
Brisco: Well you know, I can't really speak for Gucci Mane, but as for Poe Boy Entertainment Brisco, I know the South is real strong. Our camp is real strong. We have Billy Blue coming... you know I'm just basically promoting what I'm doing and we're real strong and I know we can hold the South down as a label.
AllHipHop.com: What would you say separates you from the other Southern rappers?
Brisco: I've been doing this 14 years and I'm grinding you know- hard grinding. I made like 14 albums within' my circle and my region. My music speaks for itself so if you ever popped in Brisco or went to YouTube or downloaded anything that has to do with Brisco, you know it speaks for itself.
AllHipHop.com: A lot of people seem to be confused on your label situation between Poe Boy and Cash Money. Can you break it down for us?
Brisco: Yeah it's Poe Boy and Cash Money.
AllHipHop.com: How did you get in the position to be connected to them both at once?
Brisco: Poe Boy is a major independent you know what I'm saying and Cash Money is a major independent. It's basically a joint venture, cats coming together putting both of their minds and their piles [of money] together to make something greater. I guess that's why it's taking so long because you can't rush a classic- classic shit you feel me.
AllHipHop.com: You're in a good position with your album Street Medicine about to come out. What would you say we can expect from this album?
Brisco: Like I said it's going to be a classic album. Basically it's going to be street medicine, everythings going to have a message, everything is going to have a point. I'm just gon' show my skills; show my talents- like poetically and in every show. The album in whole, you're going to get a real good feel of the album. You can play 1 to 16 you know what I'm saying, and get that same feeling and feel good.
AllHipHop.com: When you say classic, can you compare it a type a classic that we've had in the past? Whose status would it be on?
Brisco: You know like Scarface- The Diary album? Like that [Tupac Shakur] Makaveli [The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory]. Like that Eightball and MJG and like Eightball when he had that [Lost] double-CD, you know what I'm saying. Just that old school, that Spice 1, that bounce, but at the same time, you can hear that hunger. You can believe it- it's believable. That's the most part of it, you can believe it, and youll know this cat went through all this.
AllHipHop.com: Who can expect to hear on the album? What are the features and the production looking like?
Brisco: Got Lil' Wayne... I don't really like calling out producers because they be tripping when you don't call all the producers out, but major producers and cats on the rise just like me. Just classic music, got Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross- all the greats gon' be on this one... Flo Rida, Billy Blue.
AllHipHop.com: Is there anyone you would want to be on the album but was just unrealistic to happen?
Brisco: Naw, we're in the process in getting Young Jeezy on the album. That's the one of the cats that ain't got no leaks in the system and I just want to ride with that. You know I'm still a student to this Hip Hop game and I'm willing work with anybody.
AllHipHop.com: When can we expect this classic to drop?
Brisco: Ahh man, you talking bout this December, might be a December present for you or it might be coming out first quarter.
AllHipHop.com: Now you know they say the heavy weights release their albums around Fall/Winter time...
Brisco: The big boys.
AllHipHop.com: Yeah the big boys.
Brisco: You know it's like when you think of Brisco- if you ever say Brisco in a conversation, somebody in that conversation gon' know Brisco and they're gon' rank me as one of those upcoming pioneers of Miami ya feel me.
AllHipHop.com: After Street Medicine, what's next?
Brisco: Just rocking more shows and coming out with another classic album. I got enough music to do three albums so music ain't nothing. I'm just gon' be out there rocking them shows internationally.
AllHipHop.com: Any last words for Hip Hop?
Brisco: I'm here. I'm here to save you. I'm here. I'm here to save you, Hip Hop.
AllHipHop.com: That's all you got?
Brisco: Yeah that's all I got. Street Medicine. I'm the realest thing in the hood since Tupac Shakur- go ask his momma.