Duece Poppi isnt your average newcomer to the realms of rap music. In fact, he isnt new at all. Cutting his teeth on high school chum, Trick Daddys 2001 release, Book of Thugs: AK Verses 47, and more notably, the single, Shut Up, the Atlanta-born rapper went on to work with South Florida rap elites Cool & Dre and write numerous tracks for Trina albums, 2000s Da Baddest B***h and 2002s Diamond Princess.
With a grocery list of credits to his name, why Duece Poppi hasnt released any personal material in the past comes into question. While learning that knowledge of the music business was essential, now toughly educated; the confident Duece Poppi claims that his soon to be released, God, Guns and P***y, is the soundtrack to the streets; getting club goers loose on the dance floor with its euphoric psychedelic gangsta sound. Whether or not you chose to drop tabs, keep Deuce Poppi on your radar for early 07.
AllHipHop.com: Youve written for a lot of people: Trick Daddy, Cool and Dre, Kanye West, and multiple tracks for Trina. Why did it take so long for you to finally come out with material of your own?
Duece Poppi: I was growing, learning the buisness. Im glad that I didnt come out right when I started. I didnt have too much to offer back then. I had great time writing. Writing is not a bad thing, its very profitable. I feel like when I first started being known for making music and getting on records If you dont grow or get better, you stay the same, or get worse. An artists needs to get better and better. I always had the talent, but now I know more about the business. Ive been performing all over the country and the world. Ive been doing a lot. A lot of people dont know because I dont really toot my own horn. But Ive been working with Trick for years. Now Im ready. His first album [Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47] was my first true album. Im glad that it took a while. Ive been doing this for five years. It takes longer for most people. My first song was, Shut Up. That was my first official song in 2000, when I first got signed. Im ready now.
AllHipHop.com: Youve stated that Marvin Gaye was a large influence on you musically
Duece Poppi: Hes just one of those people that I look up to, amongst a lot of people. He was right on with what was happening at his time. He kept it gutter. He could go a lot of ways. He had the fame and everything that you could want. Regardless, he kept pushing it, trying to take it to another level. I feel that Im an artist like that. I can rap, but rap for me is real cookie cutter. As people are going to do Southern rap or what ever you want to call it, it should have a theme just like my man Marvin Gaye did. If the theme for this album dont work out, Im not going to stay with it. Im gonna do another theme. Im gonna trust the fans. Marvin was classy and ghetto at the same time. I remember when I was a little boy and he died. My mother came home from work crying. I was a little shorty. Thats when I really started listening to all of his music. He was real and aware of what was going on during his time. Thats how I want to be because I want to push the envelope like Marvin did.
AllHipHop.com: Quoting from Ghostface, would call yourself a Soul baby?
Duece Poppi: Most definitely. Love to Sly and the Family Stone, and all the pimp culture. I love everything gutter, so its like my musical taste is with the pimp underground, 70s and 80s. If I were to have come out a while ago, you wouldnt have heard me. I wouldnt have been able to put my 28 on it. See right now, youre gonna hear me. The label, Capitol Records, really gave me a chance to express the gutter side and whats really going on. I appreciate all the labels giving me a chance. When the album comes out, youre gonna really be able to feel the soul. You see, were from the South. Were supposed to control the soul, but right now, we control the clubs. I wan to put some soul into it.
AllHipHop.com: So if youre trying to evolve Southern music, whats going on in it right now?
Duece Poppi: Heres whats going on with Southern music, you have cats doing the same thing, or keeping it crunk. Im trying to evolve that. Im not trying to get away from mySsouthern roots, but I think that with my aura and the way that its gonna be marketed to the actual music, I feel like its gonna all be self-explanatory.
AllHipHop.com: What can people expect from this, psychedelic-gangster style?
Duece Poppi: Just from my albums title, God, Guns, and P***y, it encapsulates what a real n***a on the street really knows. Im gonna show me, but every producer is encouraged to take it there. We want musical s**t. We want club and all kinds of s**t. Did I Do That, is my first single because it was my emergence. I came in this b***h a worm, and now Im coming out a caterpillar. Thats me producing and all. I made that beat, the gangster hood. The aura and all that is one thing, but when you get into records like Cool & Dres Money in Bags, where me and Rick Ross recorded the hook, everybody can get on that psychedelic-gangster s**t. When I say, psychedelic, I mean drug induced. Right now, the world is in a state of shock. The world is trying to put itself in a coma because of all of the s**t going on. Americans, were out here selling work and getting f**ked up. Were trying to forget about the things impending in the future. Were getting f**ked up and keeping it gangster. My future is what ever people like in an impaired state. People are gonna feel it. I mean everyone can enjoy it. Thats why I call it, psychedelic-gangster s**t.
AllHipHop.com: So youre a rapper that isnt big, but has a lot of fans. You obviously have a lot of loyalty. What about rappers that get big and forget about their fans?
Duece Poppi: Hey man, thats just the kind of n***as they was. Thats the thing, money makes you be yourself. Theres a lot of different reasons why they act like that. A lot of cats just want to be good for the money. A lot want to be good for the fame. And a lot just do it for the b***hes. Theres some n***as that sell bricks to get money and take care of the generations under them. A lot of n***as just do it to rhyme good and f**k b***hes, but dont learn. See you can be good at something, but what are you doing it for? Some werent really doing it at all. They aint the kinds of cats that love their people. It shows when you get money because theyre the types to not really be around anybody. Theyre the kind of n***as that you say, Oh, they dont f**k with nobody! Thats them.
AllHipHop.com: How will listeners from the North respond to your music versus those of the South, or even worldwide?
Duece Poppi: I think that its gonna do better in other places because down here, theres a lot of cats that know and love me. When I walk around, theyre like, Duece Poppi, what up? But up there, they havent had the opportunity and chance to sit down and kick their feet up. They aint had Duece in their lives like that. The purpose of the deal that I just took was to go national. I feel like the South its not really big, just America cut up into little pieces. What we do here, is incredible, this music. I think that the way that people are feeling the South; theyre ready for that next level. Theyre ready for some more. What I do is colorful. It aint even regionable, its global. If ya f**k with the club, then I f**k with ya. I love to go places. I got music that the West Coast is gonna love. I go straight to the club to study my sociology. Everywhere I go with Trina and Trick, weve been on the road our whole careers. Im talking about music. Im a growthful artist. Its just a beautiful thing right now to be me because Im gonna win. The music that I do is for your life. Its supposed to make you feel better.