is already sprouting wings. The streets are buzzing, talking about the battle
between the young Queens native and P.Diddy's Da Band down at the Mixshow Power
Summit in Miami.
While there is
no official word of a victor, the word is Grafh held it down all by his lonely.
His mixtape, "The Bangout," has been selling like Bronx crack and
he shows no signs of decline.
the Epic Records/Blackhand gunner as embarks on war.
me about yourself.
Grafh: My name
Grafh yall. Blackhand is the label Blackhand is the gang. Queens Is the borough
and I just rep everything and I'm just doing it. Right now I finished two albums
and the "Bangout" out video. I'm on the "In Those Jeans"
remix with Ginuwine's song. I'm on the grind. That's it man.
does your album consist of?
Grafh: My album is well rounded. I talk about my life in general, the sh*t I
seen and the sh*t I been through and my people been through. With me, there
was a lot of pain coming up. At 14 my pops was gone. I aint got no father in
the crib. My only role model was the street. He got murdered right in front
of me. I was in the street. My moms was in the street. I tried to stay out the
street but that sh*t aint work. My pops came back around when I was seventeen
and they blew his brains out so now I'm here and rap is kind of like my last
your style of rhyming?
Grafh: Dirty, new, different not like them. Its Grafh. I just talk about real
sh*t. I try to get creative and witty with the topics. I'm a sarcastic nigga
so it's a lot of sarcasm in there. I think today's hip-hop is in a state where
it just sucks. I'm trying to put a whole bunch of cool sh*t in one spot. I'm
just doing me.
you get the name from?
Grafh: I been had that name since I was young. I spit a motion picture. I spray
paint art. I even spray paint walls and sh*t. My name is Grafh. Its graphic
art. I spit a motion picture. Spray paint your brain a little bit.
AllHipHop: Is there
a certain place that you wanna get in the game?
Grafh: I wanna get to the top quick, but not too quick though. When you blow
up too quick then you don't have no longevity and n*ggas will get washed up.
When you blow up real quick your music gets saturated and today's hip-hop is
based on saturation. You gotta saturate the industry in order to win and as
we all know saturation make sh*t corny. That's why hip-hop got a short memory,
because music get saturated.
do you think hip-hop is going down?
Grafh: It aint going down. Its stagnant. It aint going no where. Everybody is
doing the same sh*t. Everybody's a killer everybody's a hustla blah blah blah.
Sure. So if everybody's a hustla where the f*ck are the fiends at. It aint impressive.
The music sound the same and n*ggas is picking the same type of music same hooks.
you explain Blackhand Entertainment?
Grafh: Blackhand that's the label. It's a street label. Street business, now
we doing music. Rap and the street is all the same sh*t. Rap, crack what's the
difference. Its all the same sh*t but we doing music now and trying to take
it to the top. I'm the President of Blackhand. We just do music for everybody
that can feel my pain. If you poor and you aint never have sh*t then this here's
AllHipHop: I heard
you got song with Shyne.
Grafh: Yeah its called get "Dirty." That's in the street driving n*ggas
crazy. I did a song with Jay-Z and Juelz Santana. I'm on that Ginuwine remix,
its playing on the radio right now. I'm on 2 songs with Lil Flip and I got a
song with Juvenile.
AllHipHop: How you get Shyne?
Grafh: Magic. I put a mic under the f*cking cell block and we just made it happen.
got an album coming out?
Grafh: The album is called Autografh. It will be out in February. Check
your local bootlegging table. I also got the CD out on the streets called Bangout.
I made an album for the streets because I make like a song a day. I got too
much music I can't do nothing with, so I just give it to the street. I just
feed n*ggas. You only win in this game with music and I want n*ggas to understand
who I am and understand my story understand while I'm here.
you talk about your mixtapes?
Grafh: The mixtape
is just street sh*t. It's for the street and whoever else wanna listen, be my
guests. As far as mixtapes period I'm on everybody mixtape. Kay Slay, Funkmaster
Flex, Enuff, Clue, Kool Kid, Whoo Kid, you name it then I did it.