Its a blazing 90 degrees in New York City, but reggae/dancehall sensation Elephant Man isnt at all affected. I love it when its hot, he says, sitting in the Bad Boy offices with a fresh new multi-colored haircut and a new album anticipating a late summer release. The man who delivers more wine than a vineyard is enjoying his current status as Bad Boys first ever reggae artist, while at the same time positively experiencing Diddy as a boss. Elephant Mans brought out the freak in us for years, and this time around Lets Get Physical will be no break from that. However, like his single Five 0 with Diddy and Wyclef suggests, he has some serious issues to tackle as well. In speaking about his new project, Elephant Man discusses his philosophy on not looking back on past incidences regarding his musical subject matter. Hes moving forward, aimed to take the new King of Dancehall title but hell never call himself that. Besides, he has fans doing that already, on top of standing naked onstage offering themselves to the Elephant god. What?! Keep reading AllHipHop.com Alternatives: So with all of this hot weather, it must be good for you now that you cut your hair Elephant Man: Yo, trust me man its good! AHHA: What made you decide to cut your hair? Elephant Man: Well ya know I got tired of the tall length; sometimes it got too tall. Sometime I gotta be washin it every minute and whenever I perform on stage, I get that sweaty and all of that so sometime man ya know Im tired of washin it every minute. I needed a new look. Everyday I get up, I look at the glass, I look the same way. Im tired of that; get bored with that look. I had to take it down a little man. Explore my face and expressions. AHHA: Well your hairstyle isnt the only thing thats changed for you. Your style has changed up quite a bit. How would you describe your change from the old Elephant Man to the new? Elephant Man: Well ya know the old Elephant Man he done give you a lot of dancin tunes. Still do dancin tunes, but kind of cut back a little. I gotta take it to a more listenin space now ya know ya know? Crazy crazy but like more different topics like with Five 0. Normally, you cant just make it like people have you [think] you are only speaking on one topic. Ya gotta talk about different stuff. So ya know I give you a lot of dancing songs, but Im gonna also talk about some topics down the line that I havent talked about. AHHA: Your single Five 0 discusses situations with the police. Who would you say is tougher, American police or the Jamaican police? Elephant Man: Yo I would say the two of them. Every police. In England, America, Jamaica, the cops it aint gettin no better. Its getting worse. Ya got good cops and bad cops. The way of the world right now, the cops are clamping down. They aint pardoning nobody right now. Everybody got issues with the cops. Paris Hilton, they wanna imprison her cause cops caught her with a suspended license. Normally they would let her go, but ya see they dont care who ya are right now. Lindsay Lohan, all of them, so ya just gotta know what ya doin with the cops right now though. Trust me. AHHA: Have you ever had any bad situations in dealing with the cops? Elephant Man: Yeah I got a bad situation riding my bike without a license, and they call the wrecker and took [my bike] away and thats embarrassing. Sometimes they know you, but they just wanna make you suffer. Its not too bad; theyre doing their work, but they could just say, Ok Im giving you the run, but they aint gonna do that. They just gonna make it like ok they are the evilest person on earth and they do got no heart. And you dont want them to hold you with a spliff. Trust me. Prison. AHHA: I dont have any experiences like that, thank goodness. Elephant Man: Well one day theyre gonna pull ya and tell ya, Walk the line, girl, and you better walk it! No leaning! No falling! [laughs] AHHA: Well the cops do that all the time when youre trying to come back from a club. Elephant Man: See thats what Im talking about! AHHA: Yeah but for girls, they dont wanna make sure were not drunk. They just wanna watch us. Elephant Man: Yeah they gonna tell you to walk the line, but they just wanna watch. And youre gonna have some evil ones who dont care. They dont wanna watch, they want you to walk and do something bad and youre like, Why you being so mean tonight? You run into one that you didnt want to run into. AHHA: They tell me to walk the line, I tell them to stand in front of me not behind me. [laughs] Actually, stand to the side of me. Elephant Man: [laughing hysterically] Oh ya know whats goin on. Okay! [laughs] Yeah stand to the side, cause they still gonna see somethin shakin up on there. [laughs] AHHA: [laughs] Ok well lets talk about some happy shaking. Dancing. Your shows, theyre so packed with energy. Elephant Man: Well ya know my shows are crazy man. People, if you wanna lose weight, come to an Elephant Man show. Trust me, its crazy. When it comes to my shows, everyone enjoys themselves, skinny ladies, big ladies, young kids, old folks, at my shows ya have everybody. Theyre gonna see the ladies move. Its just awesome. AHHA: What is the craziest thing a lady has done at one of your shows? Elephant Man: Craziest thing? You dont want me to tell you. Trust me. AHHA: Yes I do. Elephant Man: A lady ran onto the stage and stripped naked right down AHHA: [gasps] Elephant Man: and said, Elephant, its all yours. AHHA: No Elephant Man: Ya see? I told you! [laughs] [She] take off everything. Everything, sayin do me right here! AHHA: [gasps] Elephant Man: [laughs] AHHA: Did the guards come and take her away? Elephant Man: They were too far. They were busy trying to hold back the other rest of the ladies. When it comes to Elephant Man, the ladies get crazy. Ya know, cause everybody wanna touch the anaconda AHHA: [laughs] Did you tell her to walk the line? Elephant Man: [laughs] Well I told her, Walk the line, but I gotta stay behind. [laughs] AHHA: [laughs] How does it feel to be Bad Boys first reggae artist? Elephant Man: It feels great. The opportunity is great. Remember the album is coming out August 14th and right now were doing Summer Jam [in NJ] on Sunday and doing a lot of interviews. The vibe is good though. AHHA: Do you feel any pressure being the first reggae artist? Elephant Man: Well I gotta do is make sure you all enjoy the album, and trust me youre gonna because its got a lot of great music. So youre gonna enjoy it a lot. Weve been recording for two years; its got some crazy tracks. AHHA: Whats it like working with Diddy as opposed to other label heads in the past? Elephant Man: Its very crazy because Diddy got a lot of vibes and Elephant Man got a lot of vibes. Diddys got a link to all the producers he wants so you get every producer you wanna get to make great music. So its nice, and I enjoy working with Diddy. AHHA: Youre proclaimed The New Dancehall King. Elephant Man: Well you the fans. Its up to you to give it. Anything you all say...Im not gonna get up and say it, but if you say that, thats how it is. AHHA: Well I was going to ask you, being called The New Dancehall King, do you think thats going to piss off other artists that are out? Elephant Man: I dont care. Let them get pissed off. Tell them they need to go and do the work. The more you work, the more you gain and earn the respect and success. You cant just sit down on your big ass lazy bum and say, Yo all this talkin about Elephant as the dancehall king. Elephant Mans doing the work. You need to go do some work then too man. AHHA: I know in the past your lyrics have caused some controversy. On this project, youre tackling some different issues. For you was it following a natural progression, or did you also want to change your reputation from the past? Elephant Man: Well the past. We dont wanna go into the past. The past is the past. We just wanna do music for the fans who are buying the music [to] enjoy it. We dont want to be causing no controversy or pissing off nobody, so we just do music for everybody to be happy because Elephant Man makes music to make everybody happy. If theres an issue and everybody solved the issue, then theres not gonna be no more issue. Just gonna do music and make everybody happy and sell some records. Some good music. AHHA: When I think of your album title, Lets Get Physical, I think of the Olivia Newton-John song. Elephant Man: Alright! Ive got a song like that. We sing back the original Olivia Newton-John vocal. A girl sing it back, and then Elephant Man DJing on it, and you got Zsa Zsa from Dipset so its crazy. The album is so moving. When you hear the CD, its so moving. Thats why I named the CD Lets Get Physical because its so active and energetic that you cant sit down. Its crazy and sexy. AHHA: How did you go about working with Kat DeLuna on her remix for Whine Up? Elephant Man: I was in Jamaica and her company Epic flew down and said that they wanted me or Sean Paul. So they come to me and said they want to use me, so I went in there and they were excited when I finished because the song was so, ya know, pleasing them. And then they want to shoot the video. So were shooting it. AHHA: What was it like working with a brand new artist like that? Elephant Man: Its a pleasure working with brand new artists. Same like Rihanna when she first came out and I did the Pon De Replay remix with her. Its good working with brand new artists. AHHA: Out of all of the artists youve worked with, who was your favorite? Elephant Man: Likkle [Lil] Jon man. Thats my friend. Thats my brethren right there. AHHA: Well you both have so much energy. For you, is there any music that you listen to when you want to calm down? Elephant Man: Yeah like some 70s and 80s R&B, some Gladys Knight, some 80s and 90s love songs. Anita Baker, Tracy Chapman, Kenny Rogers, Pati LaBelle. AHHA: Whats your favorite action movie? Elephant Man: I have a lot, like Knock Off with Jean-Claude Van Damme or [movies] with Jet Li. Lots of movies. AHHA: Would you ever want to star in an action movie? Elephant Man: Of course! If it comes, Im ready. No problem!