Brother Lynch Hung: No Cure Pt. 2 Who are the top West Coast MCs,

in your opinion, and what have they brought to the table of Hip-Hop as a whole?

BLH: I got to go with Yukmouth, Crooked I, 2Pac…I

usually go with people who got lyrics, you know? Hitman from RBL Posse (R.I.P.)

had lyrics, too. X-Raided is one of my favorites, too, you know what I'm saying? Talk about the new label and the

new artists you got underneath your wing.

BLH: The label is called Siccmade Music. I got

an artist named Loki who appeared on Master P's "West Coast Bad Boyz II"

with me. That album went gold and probably platinum by now. He developed a name

for himself, so he's dropping his albums under me. I also got an artist named

C.O.S., who's been on all my albums. All the albums that did good, he's been

on all of them. Have you ever had a major label

deal at any point in your career?

BLH: Actually, I was with Priority Records/Blackmarket

Records. That was around 1994 up until about 1997. Then, the company I went

to court with got kicked off of Priority because they wasn't handling their

business right. Priority wanted to sign me alone, but the company wouldn't let

me go. So, I've been stuck in court for a couple of years behind that sh*t. I hear a lot of sh*t about Priority

and how they screw their artists out of their deals with no Vaseline.

BLH: That's the thing, too, so if I was going

to leave Blackmarket to go to Priority, my manager was like, "I don't know

if you should do that." What sort of issues do you have

with major labels and the deals they try to pass on to these artists?

BLH: Shoot man, I've always been a firm believer

in not f*cking with them majors. Of course, you are going to like the videos

and the up front money, but I'm telling you, anything they give you, you got

to pay back. I'd rather just go ahead and stay independent. Them major labels

have too much control over how they promote you. If they want to throw $1 million

into your promotion, and if you don't sell that much, you are going to owe them. A good example of that situation

is our boy Ras Kass. You see what happened to him at Priority?

BLH: That was kind of f*cked up. I didn't hear

too much detail, but I heard a lot about it. Even when Ras Kass was with them,

I was on Priority back in them days. So, you and him were label mates

at one point?

BLH: Yep, and that's how I found out about him,

man. Every time I went up to Priority, they was bragging about him. I said to

myself, "I need to check this cat out." Ras is a good dude, but they messed

up his momentum and the rest is history, you know?

BLH: It goes both ways, because they shot JT

The Bigga Figga hella cash to do their joint venture, but he wasn't able to

come through with some good sh*t. They lost out on JT, so it's like now, it's

hard for me to move around in Priority because n*ggas was so tense up in that

muthaf*cka. Then, that Master P. sh*t started jumping off and muthaf*ckas started

getting beat up at Priority… (laughs)

BLH: You know, I don't even know nobody up there

no more. Now, you and C-Bo have another

album coming out right?

BLH: Yeah, we just started working on it. We

are just pre-advertising it and stuff. It's called "Blocc Movement 2."

It'll be better, too, based on C-Bo trying to stay out of the pen this time. Talk about you and your old label

parting ways and what has transpired since that time.

BLH: This Blackmarket thing ain't nothing nice.

He (the owner) is a millionaire, and he wasn't trying to pay me nothing. So,

I've been in court the last two years fighting it. I finally got half of my

money, but he's going to make me sell more of my old records to get the rest

of it. He can't touch it. He can't touch none of the money or the record company

until the records are sold. He owns a company that he can't

get anything out of?

BLH: Nope. We go straight to the attorney until

all my money is gone. It's been a lot. That's my underground story, man. But,

it's the shame sh*t that them big folks be going through. But, there is more money to be

made in the independent game than there is as a major label artist.

BLH: The only ones getting paid in the majors

is the major label. (laughs)

BLH: I'm telling you. Explain to me how an artist can

make a company $100 million dollars, but they aren't rich themselves?

BLH: (laughs) That's some real sh*t. DMX said one time that he sold

three million albums, but the label "loaned" him some money. What

the hell do you mean, "loan" me some money? This cat sold triple platinum,

did mad shows, and kissed a lot of label ass, and they "loaned" him

some money.

BLH: That's scandalous, man. Well, I'm glad you decided to

go that route because you have a better opportunity from a financial standpoint.

You can get rich just selling 100,000 copies of this album.

BLH: My preorder for the album was at 47,000

copies. Plus, I got this Sacramento scene sewed up. I sold 42,000 in the first

week with my album "Loaded." It ain't no Eminem sh*t, but it's something

to be proud of for out here. After all the shrink-wrapping

and things like that, how much is your album selling for?

BLH: Blackmarket was selling my old sh*t for

$9.00. I'm selling my double album, which includes a DVD, for $9.50. Usually,

I'll sell an album for $7.50. And you had 47,000 orders backlogged?

sh*t! Do the math, homey!

BLH: It cost about $15,000 to make it. Hopefully,

it'll go good. I'm a good-hearted n*gga, even though I used to do all the gangbangin'

and stuff. I done got older and sh*t, so I think I deserve a little something

because this man done made $3 or $4 million off of me. What's this cat's name, man?

BLH: Cedric Singleton. He's the owner of Blackmarket

Records, the label I was with for the last nine years. Exactly when did you have your

falling out with him?

BLH: It was around '95. Man, I couldn't get no

other artist on the label to go in with me and sue. All the other artists was

scared to sue. I had to do it by myself, but it still took me 1-½ years

to get it started because I couldn't make the decision. This n*gga was buying

boats and all that sh*t… Damn, my man is ballin' like that?

BLH: Aw sh*t! He got about three houses. I was

going to seize all of his assets, and then I found out he had a boat, three

houses, and all kinds of cars…he was big ballin'! Man, the game is scandalous!

BLH: I'm telling you, man. I got f*cked, and

it ain't going to happen again. He ended up getting f*cked in the end, though. You can't enjoy fruit that was

wrongfully obtained.

BLH: The f*cked up thing is if that n*gga was

smart, he would have gotten away with more. I was lucky to be dealing with a

dumb n*gga. He isn't the smartest executive

in the world, huh?

BLH: He got some smarts and he knows a lot about

the music business because he's been in it for about 15 years. He did a lot

of f*cking up, and my lawyer was like, "I can't believe you was f*cking

with this dude because he keeps f*cking up." My lawyer's from L.A., and

he seems like he's a gangsta or something. (laughs)

BLH: The way he be talking, I like that sh*t,

you know? Sometimes you don't need that

suit and tie wearing, Harvard grad type of cat to handle your business. You

need somebody that can give it to you raw, you know?

BLH: That's real, and he seems like he cares

about the artist, you know I'm saying? These muthaf*ckas make millions off of

artists, you know what I'm saying? Why do you think Jews own most

of the game? It isn't because they like Black people and they like Hip-Hop so

much. They know where the gold mines are located.

BLH: That's some real sh*t right there. I'm going to tell you the honest

truth. I'm from the East Coast, but I never seen anyone on the "businessman"

level like I've seen since I moved to California. You, C-Bo, E-40, and other

rappers are really getting that real money and not letting these labels screw

y'all around. I really respect that about y'all cats, man.

BLH: Tackle this game region by region. That's

how I sold in the first place. Even when I was with Blackmarket, you know they

are entirely independent. We just hit region to region. I was doing show after

show all the way from '92 to '97. I kept doing shows and it was helping my sh*t

sell. I rap for myself, so I didn't think I was going to do all cool back east.

Chicago is one of my big areas, and so is Cleveland. I've sold a little bit

in New York…at least 50,000 to 100,000 copies over the years. I try to

let the East Coast know in some of my rhymes that I have an East Coast background.

I ain't never even been to New York. Describe your town and what it

has to offer as far as the Hip-Hop scene and the general vibe of the people.

BLH: Sacramento has everything, man. It's mostly

bangin', but when you get to the downtown area, you catch the Hip-Hoppers and

stuff. I'll be producing for some of them. I like to stay up in that scene and

stay away from the other stuff.